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Friday 20 January 2017

This Trooper packs plenty of payload

Chris McCullough

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

The Quadix Trooper can pull up to 800kgs and has a payload of 400kgs.
The Quadix Trooper can pull up to 800kgs and has a payload of 400kgs.

Farmers are demanding safer vehicles on their premises and that explains the sway in interest towards UTVs (utility task vehicles).

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There are quite a few models to choose from when considering such a vehicle, but one that seems to tick all the boxes is the road legal Quadix Trooper 800 model that we recently test drove. With increased stability due to its low centre of gravity, this UTV helps keep the operator safe with the certified steel cage as extra protection.

This model, being sold in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by Wolfhound Vehicles based near Dungannon, is powered by a quiet Perkins three cylinder 800cc diesel engine. The vehicle weighs 700kgs unladen and has plenty of pulling power with over 20 horsepower coming from the engine, generating a top speed of 25 miles per hour.

This UTV is recommended to pull 800kgs and has a payload in the cargo box of 400kgs, plenty of room for those bales of hay.

With a ground clearance of 11 inches and fitted with 26 inch agri tyres this tough utility vehicle will go anywhere, especially as it has select four wheel drive and lockable front and rear differentials when the going gets really tough.

Winch

If you get stuck there is the option of a 3,000lbs winch to call on, which can be operated with remote control.

The CVT transmission is really straight forward to use, changing smoothly from low to high and to reverse when the engine is idle. A test drive on the vehicle proved it is very steady on the road and handles corners with ease.

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The all-around independent suspension makes for a comfortable ride and the hydraulic disc brakes perform well giving confidence. A turning circle of 4.2m makes manoeuvres easy.

I found the only potentially negative feature of this machine was the 'safety door' which is fitted at the bottom of the entrance to the vehicle.

This is a small fold up/fold down door which is there really only to prevent the operator's foot from sliding out when driving. It is another safety feature nevertheless.

A two year parts and labour warranty for a price of €12,995 plus VAT should convince some potential buyers for that specification list.

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