Bigger and faster
When you have a lot of land to cover, using a utility vehicle, or UTV, to take you from one chore to the next will help you accomplish more. Companies that produce UTVs, also called side-by-side ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), and MUVs (multipurpose utility vehicles) are rolling out the latest technologies and accessories to make you more efficient and comfortable, whether you're clearing snow or checking on cattle.
To make hauling tools and supplies easier, manufacturers have increased payload capacities. New utility vehicles offer electronic fuel-injected gas engines and more horsepower. Some UTV companies have more than doubled the horsepower of older models, offering up to 50 hp. Speed capabilities have also increased. Certain models can go as fast as 55 mph.
Before purchasing a UTV, first determine what your needs will be. Will you be transporting heavy materials? Does your machine need lots of power? How many seats do you want?
UTVs are available in 4x2, 4x4, 6x4, and 6x6 models. For the versatility and capability required on most acreages, a 4x4 is the standard machine. Larger properties and heavier loads require the power found in 6x4 and 6x6 models.
UTVs come standard with a box bed for hauling cargo. If you want to use your vehicle for more specialized jobs, attachments such as sprayers, carts, and blades can be purchased through manufacturer or accessory companies.
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