/ UTV - Trying to Decide #41
- Dec 30, 2017
- northern Nevada
- John Deere 2020 diesel, Kubota M7060HDC12
Agreed...if all you will be using the UTV for is working around the farm or ranch.I know that UTVs are attractive options, but for the money, function, and overall value, you are WAY better off getting an older 4X4 small pickup (like an old ranger.) For less than $3K, you can have a 4 wheel drive, heated (and poss A/C) fully enclosed cab truck that is STREET LEGAL! Beyond that, parts availability are WAY better and cheaper for a 10 year old truck than a 5 year old UTV. Again, the fact that it can be street legal means that you can drive it to pick up stuff at the local store.
I am analyst by trade, and a self confessed tool/equipment junkie. I have multiple tractors and other 'toys', UH, I mean 'Tools.' But there is not an argument in the world that I can find to justify the cost of the UTVs. 3 to 4 times MORE expensive for an open cab, with limited parts availability that you can never legally drive on the street. Just my 2 cents worth.
But if you are trail riding on rough roads or trails your financial justifications mean nothing. The pounding your body, and the body of whatever pickup or SUV, will take will very quickly make you wish you were riding in a soft-riding UTV.
This shot is of a fairly typical dirt road out here. Driving it in my pickup - I thought the dash was about to come apart. In a UTV with soft tires and soft suspension - just a nice smooth fast ride.