Utility vehicles have productivity edge over quad bikes
Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30
Has the quad bike had its day? There is certainly something of a trend developing as the workhorse performance of the utility all-terrain vehicle (UTV) and its versatility in being able to carry passengers and materials wins over more farmers from their simpler counterparts.
True, this type of vehicle costs more to buy than all but the most expensive quads.
Usually a UTV will cost in the region of €10,000-€12,000.
And farmers no doubt like the compact size and easy get-on-and-off nature of a quad bike for performing many of their daily duties.
But on a productivity basis, the utility all-terrain vehicle - or side-by-side ATV as people in the trade often call them - takes some beating.
For one thing, these vehicles can take at least one passenger in addition to the driver, while also providing a more secure perch for man's best friend.
At the same time, the driver and passenger can take along the materials they need to complete tasks from feeding to fencing paddocks.
Established machines like the Kawasaki Mule and John Deere Gator have been joined by a host of alternatives from some familiar names like Massey Ferguson and Kubota, and indeed some less well-known manufacturers in farming circles such as Polaris.