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Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Cliner, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Cliner

    Cliner Elite Refuge Member

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    We have a 2012 John Deere 550 XUV. Thing is junk, the belt doesn't stay tight, has no power or torque. It's a pretty rough machine. We're looking at getting a new XUV that would be a crew cab one to transport enough people in. We don't use it very often, it would mainly be used to transport hunters from house to blind area and complete off-season tasks, etc. Nothing too crazy really. It would need to be able to get around in 2ft of water or so and be able to get out of some nasty muck.

    What are your suggestions and why?
     
  2. Farm4wildlife

    Farm4wildlife Elite Refuge Member

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    Most comfortable I have been around are the Polaris. They do well off road as well.

    From a working them stand point my Gator 825i has been the best. Hate to hear your having problems with the 550. I'd like to get a bobcat toolcat but just don't have that kind of money.

    I did open this thinking you were asking about a shotgun.
     
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  3. GK1

    GK1 Elite Refuge Member

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    Browning BSS.
     
  4. ripline

    ripline Elite Refuge Member

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    Polaris, Can-Am, Kawi, Yamaha all are belt driven, maybe same problem.
    One that doesn't is Honda...
    Kubota as well. don't know if Kubota has 4 seater though
    Just sayin...
     
  5. BigSkyDuk

    BigSkyDuk Senior Refuge Member

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    Have a Honda Pioneer, I haven’t done anything too hardcore with it, but I do appreciate that it has a dual clutch geared transmission instead of a belt. Plowed snow pretty well this winter!
     
  6. HONKEREXTREME

    HONKEREXTREME Senior Refuge Member

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    The mechanic from the rental company we use on the job sites says to stay away from Polaris side by sides. He says they are junk. One of my hunting partners has had 2 Polaris SxS. You would have figured he would have learned with the 1st one. Lol
     
  7. Michael Keating

    Michael Keating Refuge Member

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    I have to say the John's Deere Gators have lasted the longest at my work. We run power lines through some very shady spots and beat the hell out of the equipment. I'm not going to lie to you we don't take care of it and it's pretty bad. We find Polaris rangers and John Deere Gators loaded with probably 1800lbs of equipment on them which is way overloaded plus 4 guys all the time and our mechanic will even agree the John deeres are the best as far as reliability.
     
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  8. mpkowal

    mpkowal Elite Refuge Member

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    Another vote to stay away from Polaris.
     
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    tcc Elite Refuge Member

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  10. thatguy2

    thatguy2 Elite Refuge Member

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    I would replace my honda pioneer with another one in a heartbeat if something happened to it. Ive got the 700-4. I wouldnt get the 4 seater again though. I use mt SxS daily.
     
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