Re: ATV What do you recomend and why
I too have a UTV, a Kubota RTV 500. I chose it specifically because it was the least expensive hydrostatic transmission model available. The RTV 400 is belt driven.
Initially, it was available with a cab, but when the time came and I inquired, the cab had been discontinued, which really sucks. I did get the plastic roof and have a soft rear and front window, but I will be making my own doors this summer. In winter it really helps to be able to keep wind driven snow out the cab.
The RTV 500 rides very hard. I don't know if it is to provide "feedback" to the operator about his speed over rough terrain (land rover style and I am referring to the old leaf spring models). Certainly if it will spend a lot of time on hard terrain, the spring rates or spring preload would have to be backed down.
Yes, it is slow. But it was never going to be a racer. The engine is fuel injected and starts reliably in any weather. The layout is weird with the engine in about the least accessible spot possible. Good thing it is not too hard to remove things to get at it. Pretty much all the space in front of the toeboard is completely wasted, its not as if they put a trunk under the hood, although they should have.
You have a similar transmission system as a jeep. 2WD high, 4wd high and 4wd low as well as rear diff lock. I had no problems getting around this last winter in snow on top of sloppy clay. I would probably not have tried towing too much under those conditions since it does not have ice studs... but it did haul out all the deer we got on a sled.
I paid a little over $6000 for it with 93 hours on the meter which I felt was a good deal. A set of doors with soft windows, a rigid windshield, a trunk under the hood in front and a cover for the load box at the back are things I will add to it.