With a variety of attachments to choose from, a utility vehicle can be one of the most versatile machines you own on your acreage. But before you purchase an attachment, carefully consider what you'll need to maintain on your acreage, both now and in the future.
Some vehicles are made to handle attachments from aftermarket companies. However, others only support attachments made by the original manufacturers. Before you decide on an attachment, check to be sure it will work with your vehicle.
Another point to consider is the hitch. Is your vehicle equipped with a hitch that allows you to hook up with ease? Does your vehicle have the ability to hitch on the front and back?
Attachments can range from $400 to more than $2,000. Be sure to ask about attachments when you purchase your utility vehicle. In some instances, an attachment may be included in your vehicle purchase.
Here are just a few of the attachments available from manufacturers.
A blade is a great tool to move dirt or snow. Some companies refer to them as a plow. They are available in a variety of width configurations to meet the varying needs of an acreage owner. There are typically two types of blades: a straight unit like the one pictured or a V-shape.
Pictured is Husqvarna's all-purpose plow with a 72-inch blade. This universal plow has 600 pounds of down force. All parts are included for installation. Front receiver hitch is included (1-1/4-inch receiver). MSRP: $1,249.95
The broom not only pushes dirt and debris but also can brush snow. This tool offers a much faster and easier alternative to hand brooms for sweeping away light snow. It cleans sidewalks, driveways, and more as you drive forward or backward. Ideal for cleaning along curbs, walls, and other tight areas.
Pictured is the Whisker Push Broom from Bobcat. It sweeps away dirt, leaves, and other debris. This attachment (for the Bobcat 2300 utility vehicle) costs about $850 with manual angle. The hydraulic angle kit is available for an additional $300.
Whether you're scooping up dirt or light snow, a bucket (or dump bucket) is a handy tool to have around an acreage. Some manufacturers offer a bucket as a standard feature on a utility vehicle.
The 44-inch dump bucket from Swisher (pictured) is made of heavy-duty steel and is designed to cover a large width. Features include an 18-inch to 24-inch lift height, rugged scoring teeth, and quick-release lever for easy dumping. Bucket lifts with winch supplied by owner. MSRP: $399.99
Chisel plow/field cultivator
A chisel plow (or field cultivator) performs the initial loosening of the soil while leaving the trash on top.
Pictured is the Till-Ease Model 543 Chisel Plow/Field Cultivator from Kunz Engineering, Inc., is 43 inches wide with an electric lift and is capable of 6-inch tillage depths. It can also be equipped with an optional drag harrow and a turning shovel for working in sod. MSRP: $2,095
A cultipacker crushes dirt clods, removes air pockets, and presses down small stones, forming a smooth, firm seedbed. If seed has been broadcast, roller gently firms the soil around the seeds, ensuring shallow seed placement and excellent seed-to-soil contact.
Pictured is the Till-Ease Model 2148 Cultipacker by Kunz Engineering, Inc. It features a 48-inch-wide flip-over design. It includes 21 individual ag quality cast-iron packer wheels. Wheels are 9-1/2 inches in diameter and have crushing knobs for pulverizing clods and creating water-catching dimples. MSRP: $845
This implement typically has two or more prongs, which are used for raising, carrying, or piercing. It is also sometimes referred to as a pallet fork or bale spear.
Club Car offers a variety of attachments for its utility vehicles, including the pallet fork with two prongs (pictured). To make attachments easier to use, the company created the IntelliTach system. It is mounted to the frame of this XRT 1550 and has arms that extend forward. Attached to the arm is a mounting plate to connect attachments. MSRP for the fork is $510. Other attachments include a broom, mower, and blade.
Hydraulic tools offer the utility vehicle owner an assortment of tools that are driven off of the power of the vehicle's engine.
Pictured is Kubota's hydraulic tool line, which offers a wide array of hydraulic tools for its RTV900 utility vehicle. The lineup includes a breaker, chain saw, pole saw, concrete chain saws, water pump, earth auger, post driver, pruner, and submersible pump. Contact a Kubota dealer for individual pricing information for specific pieces.
Miniature manure spreaders are becoming a handy tool for removing manure from horse barns. Millcreek Model 37 Manure Spreader fits through doors as narrow as 4 feet. Touch the lever and in about a minute or so spreading is complete. Spreader uses a ground-drive mechanism so forward motion provides all the power needed for spreading. Unit is designed to handle up to six horses and can hold 37 cu. ft. or 30 bushels. Contact a dealer for pricing.
Mowers are available in either a front (push) style or a tow-behind model. A variety of cutting widths are also available.
The Trailmower from Swisher (pictured) has a 50-inch cutting width and mounts on the front of a utility vehicle. The unit features three blades for finished cut quality. Other highlights include Boron alloy steel blades, manual clutch engagement, ball bearing caster wheels, 1.5-inch to 4.5-inch height adjustment, and 11-hp. Briggs & Stratton engine. MSRP: $1,545
Do you need to make a lane, path, or driveway smooth? Then a power grader might just be the tool you've been looking for.
The DR Tow-Behind Power Grader (shown) is 60 inches wide and has 16 carbide-tipped teeth. Fill in potholes, shave down washboard, regrade softer surfaces, or loosen the most compacted surfaces with this implement. The power grader comes with an exclusive guarantee of a six-month risk-free trial. MSRP: $1,499 Utility cart
The John Deere 10AT Utility Cart (pictured) is a heavy-duty cart that can carry full loads at a speed up to 30 mph. A hard (Poly Cart Hard Top - $99.99) or soft (Utility Cart Load Cover - $24.99) top is available to secure cart contents. MSRP: $39
A winch is a mechanical device used to wind up a rope or cable.
The Warn RT40 winch features a 4,000-pound pulling power and is specifically designed to pull the extra weight of a utility vehicle. Highlights include a 1.5-hp. high-torque motor, 55 feet of 7/32 inch wire rope, full-sealed drivetrain, ergonomically designed clutch knob, handheld remote, potted-and-sealed mini-rocker control with universal mount, high-capacity waterproof contractor, and a roller fairlead. MSRP: $631
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