on Thursday, September 3, 2020
If you need a reliable form of transportation that sits squarely between a compact tractor and a pickup truck, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better tool than a John Deere side-by-side Gator™ UTV. In case you’re wondering exactly what is a UTV? or you simply want to know what those letters stand for, “Utility Task Vehicles” are off-roading vehicles that are engineered to manage a range of conditions including varied and inclined terrain. While many models are designed for more recreational uses like trail riding and hunting, crossovers in the mid- or full-sized category are also ideal for getting work done around the farm. So, what all can you do with a UTV in this class? Here are some of the top tasks made easier by these strong and versatile machines.
Field Work and Activities
Need to scout crops or check on a part of the orchard that’s clear across the farm? Side-by-sides are a tremendous help with a number of on-field activities that go from making sure your soybeans and apples are well protected from pests to livestock-related chores like tagging dairy cows. They’re capable of getting around your property when you’re facing less than ideal weather and softer underfoot conditions. They can also get into harder-to-access areas your tractor most certainly couldn’t. For instance, Gators in the full-sized category are far less likely to get stuck acres away from home after a heavy rain because of their suspension and true-four wheel design systems. What’s more, there are a number of attachments that can be paired with these vehicles to handle additional on-field tasks like high-performance, high-capacity sprayers among many others.
Daily Barn Maintenance Activities
It always helps to have the right tools for the job. This equipment comes with generous cargo and towing capacities and is nimble and small enough in stature to handle tight spaces without any trouble. The cargo box is designed similarly to a pickup truck, and depending on the model, can be converted into a flatbed so you can move a wider range of products, materials and even tools at one time. Because of all this, you can expect to make your way through barn maintenance tasks like delivering fresh straw, feed or clearing out the muck from your stalls more quickly than you would with bigger equipment and certainly faster than it would take to do it all by hand.
Hauling and Towing Chores
UTVs are well equipped for a range of hauling and towing tasks. They can be outfitted with an additional trailer to help you move just about anything from barn to barn or between miles of pasture. For instance, they can be used to carry wood and fence building materials to the furthest corners of your property with hustle. You can even enlist a UTV to help bail out larger equipment that’s made its way into a muddy rut like a compact or implement that needs to be removed from the equation, depending on your max towing capacity. There’s also the matter of transporting extra working hands with seating configurations available to accommodate two, three and four passengers.
With all that said, it’s not hard to imagine a great many more practical farming applications you can expect to accomplish with a UTV. Especially when you start to consider task-specific attachments. If you’re on the fence about side-by-sides or you want more information, contact your nearest GreenMark Equipment dealership. Our expert associates are here to answer all your questions and help you find the best UTV for farm and ranch activities that’ll best support your operational needs. You can also explore our selection of John Deere Gators by clicking on the link.