There’s a new name, but not exactly a new face, in the diesel utility vehicle market. Dalesman is the latest company to have a stab at an oil-burning ATV.
So far plenty of companies have tried, and failed, to get the best from a cheap-to-run diesel motor, with the burly Arctic Cat the only one to make any inroads into the petrol-dominated market. The Dalesman has had a head start, though – it shares more than a few common features with the Diesel4ce ATV, which came and went in 2012.
Like the Diesel4ce, the 840D’s major selling point is the convenience of swinging up to the farm’s diesel tank to keep the two-cylinder, 840cc engine topped up. The economy stats are also appealing and it still manages to deliver a top speed of 38mph (61kph).
It comes in road-ready form as standard and gets an auto transmission with a heavy-duty torque converter and selectable high/low box. Electrically engaged four-wheel drive, a tow bar and seven-pin socket are also included in the price.
The bigger engine means that the Dalesman weighs in at 395kg. Rear rack payload is 60kg, so it should just about be strong enough for slug pelleting duties, and towing capacity is 450kg. It is priced at £6,995.
There’s also a diesel UTV, which offers a manual box, selectable four-wheel drive, front windscreen and roof lights for £6,995. There are petrol alternatives too, including the well-specced Dalesman 500. The Dalesman range is imported by Shire Tractors, based in Clitheroe, Lancashire.