New farm buggies revealed for 2015

Farm buggies, once a rarity in the UK, are getting more and more popular as farmers and contractors enjoy the greater payload and passenger-carrying capacity they bring.

Next year will see a raft of new buggies on the market as manufacturers upgrade their existing models and introduce new ones.

See also: Yamaha petrol-powered Viking

Kubota

First off is the new Kubota. Its RTV-X900 will replace the current RTV900, which is best known for its heavy-duty build and as the sole side-by-side with hydrostatic transmission.

Its replacement has the same power output – 22hp from an 898cc engine – but the transmission has been replaced with a slicker installation.

Kubota RTVX900 buggy

The current three-speed hydro system is replaced by a two-speed VHT-X variable hydraulic transmission, with gearing that Kubota says will involve less frequent shifting. A straight line dash-mounted shift stick selects low or high ratio, reverse and neutral.

The engine’s coolant radiator is also 20% bigger than before and located up front along with the air intake.

Independent suspension is on all four corners of the chassis to give good ride quality with 205mm of wheel travel and ride height is adjustable at both ends to compensate for both heavy and light loading. Ground clearance is now 263mm.

In the driver’s compartment, a large digital screen positioned at the centre of dash provides essential information, including speed, hours and distance travelled, while hydrostatic steering should make the RTV-X900 easy to pilot.

A storage box set into the dash and storage compartments beneath the seats provide space to keep tools and other small items under control.

The back of the vehicle is dominated by a 0.43cu m steel cargo box with half-tonne capacity and either manual or hydraulic tipping to discharge rough loads.

Reco

Reco’s Kioti range is expanding with the introduction of two more Mechron variants for a range that currently includes the base 2200 and its 2210 road-legal spin-off.

Kioti Mechron 2240

The newcomers have a longer chassis, which is occupied on the Mechron 2230 by a longer tipping cargo deck with the same 500kg load capacity as the current machine, and on the 2240 by two rows of seats and a truncated 300kg capacity cargo box.

Otherwise, they are similar to the current Mechron and use a 1007cc engine to stump up 22hp of motive effort, which is channelled through a two-speed plus reverse auto transmission and selectable two- and four-wheel drive.

Polaris

As anticipated when Polaris launched its high-performance XP900 side-by-side ATV with sprightly 50hp engine and a new, significantly improved chassis, the benefits of that vehicle’s development have filtered into the diesel-engined version.

As Polaris points out, the Ranger Diesel is a popular choice for a hard-working ATV among farmers and others thanks to the convenience of the fuel and capability of the vehicle as a whole. The Ranger Diesel Crew six-seater, meanwhile, has found favour with gamekeepers and shooting estates as an ATV with plenty of people capacity.

Polaris Ranger Diesel 2015

Both get a new three-cylinder engine of the same 24hp rating plus double alternator output providing 110 amps to power accessories.

A restyled cockpit, dual A-arm front suspension, flip-up cushions giving access to under-seat storage and a larger 37.6-litre fuel tank are among the practical upgrades provided by the new chassis.

The Pro-Fit cab system, which is said to be easy to install and remove, is available for both Ranger Diesel ATVs, with upgrades such as cargo bed interior liners, power windows and a tip-out glass windshield adding to equipment levels.

Farr

In contrast to these incoming new models, the New Holland Rustler is no longer available, as are the Linhai farm buggies that were branded Farr in the UK.

Although Farr is no longer in business, potential distributor Iain Falconer is trying to drum up support among Farr dealers for a fresh arrangement with the Chinese manufacturer, which he says has agreed to up its game in terms of parts support and warranty.

Linhai LH800D buggy

Mr Falconer is busy showing a 762cc Linhai LH800U diesel side-by-side ATV around the country, and hopes to start supplying the Perkins-engined machine by the middle of 2015.

With 400kg capacity in its rear load deck, the vehicle is at the smaller, lighter end of this class of vehicle suited primarily as a stockman’s runabout with some load-carrying ability.

Honda

Could 2015 be the year when Honda finally decides to bring its Pioneer farm buggy to the UK? It’s been in the US since 2013 and is made in South Carolina.

Two models are available stateside, a 500cc two-seat model and a 700cc model with two front seats and a second pair that cunningly fold up out of the load bay. Towing capacity is 700kg and it can carry 450kg.

Honda Pioneer

 

Specifications

Engine size and power

Driven wheels

Gears

Weight

Cargo load **

UK road legal?

List price ex VAT

Diesel-fuelled side-by-side UTVs

Linhai LH800U-2D

762cc / n/a

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

700kg

400kg

n/a

poa

JCB Workmax 6×4

768cc / 21hp

4wd

1f 1r CVT

654kg

500kg

yes

£14,012

JCB Workmax 800 D

784cc / 20hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

710kg

400kg

no

£9,973

JCB Workmax 800 D (Type Approved)

784cc / 20hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

710kg

400kg

yes

£10,276

John Deere Gator XUV 855D

854cc / 25hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

788kg

454kg

£1,171

£13,441

John Deere Gator XUV 855D S4

854cc / 25hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

946kg

454kg

£1,171

£14,792

John Deere Gator HPX Diesel

854cc / 21hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

757kg

454kg

£1,251

£11,856

Cub Cadet Big Country

854cc / 21hp

4wd

2f 1r CVT

630kg

409kg

yes

£10,499

Kubota RTV-X900

898cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2spd VHT

941kg

500kg

option

£12,600

Bobcat 3400D

904cc / 24hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

730kg

500kg

no

poa

Polaris Brutus

904cc / 24hp

a2/4wd

2f 2r Hydro

745kg

567kg

no

£13,999

Polaris Brutus HD Front Lift

904cc / 24hp

a2/4wd

2f 2r Hydro

745kg

567kg

no

£16,649

Polaris Brutus HD Front Lift PTO

904cc / 24hp

a2/4wd

2f 2r Hydro

745kg

567kg

no

£21,499

Kawasaki Mule 4010 Diesel

953cc / 24hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

725kg

499kg

no

£10,529

Kawasaki Mule 4010 Trans Diesel *

953cc / 24hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

788kg

499kg

no

£11,729

JCB Workmax 1000 D 4×4

1000cc / 26hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

850kg

500kg

yes

£12,045

Cushman 1600XD-R

1007cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

740kg

500kg

yes

£11,061

Kioti Mechron 2200

1007cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

740kg

500kg

no

£11,800

Kioti Mechron 2210

1007cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

840kg

500kg

yes

£12,700

Kioti Mechron 2230

1007cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

855kg

500kg

yes

£13,350

Kioti Mechron 2240

1007cc / 22hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

840kg

300kg

no

£13,700

Ausa Task M 50D

1028cc / 26hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

650kg

500kg

yes

£12,950

Polaris Ranger Diesel

1028cc / 24hp

a2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

649kg

453kg

no

£11,699

Polaris Ranger Diesel Crew *

1028cc / 24hp

a2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

649kg

453kg

no

£12,699

Kubota RTV1140 *

1123cc / 26hp

2/4wd

3spd Hydro

1075kg

530kg

no

£14,260

Electric-drive side-by-side UTVs

Polaris GEM eM1400

7hp

2wd

EM

680kg

500kg

no

£8,499

Polaris Ranger EV

29hp

a2/4wd

EM

770kg

227kg

no

£10,999

Petrol-fuelled side-by-side UTVs

Aeon Cube 350

349cc / 20hp

2wd

1f 1r CVT

400kg

216kg

yes

£4,999

Linhai LH 400 UTV

352cc / 28hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

498kg

n/a

yes

poa

Aeon Cube 400

400cc / 25hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

423kg

n/a

yes

£5,832

Kawasaki Mule 600

401cc / 13hp

2wd

1f 1r CVT

429kg

n/a

no

£5,829

Kawasaki Mule 610 4×4

401cc / 13hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

458kg

n/a

no

£6,529

Kubota RTV400 CI

404cc / 16hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

565kg

200kg

no

£7,800

Polaris Ranger 400

455cc / 29hp

a2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

476kg

227kg

no

£6,899

Kubota RTV500

456cc / 16hp

2/4wd

2f 1r Hydro

615kg

200kg

no

£8,800

Polaris Ranger 570

567cc / 44hp

a2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

476kg

227kg

no

£7,799

John Deere Gator XUV 550

570cc / 16hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

553kg

181kg

£1,975

£7,831

John Deere Gator XUV 550 S4

570cc / 16hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

660kg

181kg

£1,660

£8,764

Quadzilla CUV 600

594cc / 34hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

150kg

yes

£5,460

Linhai 700 EFI UTV

686cc / 33hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

524kg

524kg

yes

£6,799

Yamaha Viking 700

686cc / n/a

2/4wd

2f 1r CVR

623kg

267kg

no

£11,999

Yamaha Viking 700 SE

686cc / n/a

2/4wd

2f 1r CVR

623kg

272kg

no

poa

Arctic Cat Prowler 700i HDX

695cc / n/a

2/4wd

2f 1r CVR

549kg

454kg

no

£10,990

Polaris Ranger 6×6 800

760cc / 40hp

a4/6wd

2f 1r CVT

704kg

567kg

no

£11,599

Linhai HS 800 UTV

800cc / 55hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

529kg

529kg

yes

£7,899

Quadzilla Tracker 800

800cc / n/a

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

560kg

n/a

yes

£7,599

John Deere Gator XUV 825i

812cc / 50hp

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

788kg

454kg

no

£13,441

Polaris Ranger XP 900

875cc / 50hp

a2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

562kg

454kg

no

£11,599

KEY – Transmission: CVT – continuously variable transmission (variator + belts); Hydro – hydrostatic drive; EM – electric motor(s); 4wd – permanent four-wheel drive; 2/4wd – selectable two- and four-wheel drive; a2/4wd – automatic two- and four-wheel drive; n/a = information not available. Note: * These models have a second row of seats beenath the front of a convertible cargo box; ** cargo load allows for driver and passenger weighing 100kg each.