Product Focus: Utility vehicles

New utility vehicles from Honda, Club Car, Polaris, Mudd Ox, John Deere, Caterpillar and Cushman.

Five-seat UTV
Caterpillar now offers the gasoline-powered Cat CUV85 and diesel-powered CUV105 D utility vehicles with a second row of seating to accommodate up to five people. Both models feature a rugged steel cargo bed with 1,000-pound total rear cargo capacity and 2,000-pound towing capacity. Their four-wheel independent suspension system has a front sway bar for stability, even at full load. The clear sight lines and engine braking make them well-suited for hauling and towing. The continuously variable transmission is tuned for work applications with smooth transitions even under load. The choice of two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or four-wheel drive/lock modes permits the driver to match the vehicle drivetrain to ground conditions.

Cat 5-passenger UTV
Cushman Hauler 4x4

4x4 series
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. offers the Cushman Hauler 4x4 series that has been built to handle the toughest jobs at any facility, including golf courses, rental facilities, construction sites and municipal parks, sources report. With a 2,000-pound towing capacity, 1,500-pound payload and 1,000-pound cargo box, the Hauler 4x4 series is built for heavy lifting. The dash includes a multi-function display that communicates vehicle performance and diagnostics. Hauler 4x4 models offer several storage locations, including behind and under the seat, and a glove box ideal for transporting everyday gear such as gloves, goggles and tools. The Hauler 4x4 is available as a three-person vehicle and the Hauler 4x4 Crew accommodates up to six people. Both models are available in either a whisper-quiet 50-horsepower gas engine or a robust 25-horsepower diesel engine. Electronic power steering is standard on Crew models, and available as an option on three-passenger models. They can be equipped with a wide selection of options and accessories including a glass windshield, canopy, center seat console, under seat storage, a rear-view mirror and more.

Upgraded models
John Deere introduces the new gas-powered Gator XUV835 and diesel-powered Gator XUV865 utility vehicles that offer John Deere’s quietest cab, three-wide seating and exceptional heating and air conditioning. The 54-horsepower XUV835 and 23-horsepower XUV865 offer tight turning and optimal weight distribution for superior off-road performance. The XUV835 reaches speeds of more than 45 mph and the XUV865 offers a top speed of more than 30 mph. Versatility is furthered by compatibility with a full range of more than 90 attachments, from snow blades to winches. They also feature a large, 11-gallon fuel tank to keep the vehicle running longer between fill-ups. They are the first units in the Gator family to have three-wide seating including an adjustable driver’s seat, ample legroom and tilt steering to reduce operator fatigue during long adventures. Available HVAC systems and pressurized cabs offer year-round weather protection.

John deere XUV 865 UTV

Gas-powered UTV
Polaris Commercial broadens the applications where the utility task vehicle (UTV) can be used. Its gas-powered Pro XD models that are built for tough duty cycles on the worksite. Like the diesel models, the gas models provide seating capacity of up to four individuals, industry-leading payload of up to 2,075 pounds and towing capacity of 2,500 pounds. They are designed for work across various off-road and on-road terrains and speeds up to 26 mph and feature lower total cost of ownership with heavy-duty components such as puncture-resistant seats and tires, commercial-grade wear components and heavy-duty suspension. All Pro XD models provide added safety features to comply with job site rules and regulations and are designed with a tamper proof, digital speed calibration, allowing the owner to decrease the top speed to as low as 15 mph.

Tracked amphibious vehicle
Mudd-Ox offers the Fort Mac tracked utility vehicle, the end product of many years of vigorous testing in the oil fields in Fort McMurray, Canada. This industrial-grade, high-duty unit is powered by a 85-horseppower Ford gasoline engine with a heavy-duty cooling system that powers four hydraulic wheel motors. Center wheels are idlers for the tracks like a military tank. The Fort Mac is built for extremely demanding applications with the need for very little maintenance.

MuddOX amphibious UTV
Polaris XD UTV

Utility vehicle line
Club Car has been around for more than 60 years and is the world’s largest manufacturer of small four-wheel electric vehicles, sources report. Its portfolio includes electric, gasoline and diesel-powered utility and turf utility vehicles as well as golf cars, low-speed vehicles and transport vehicles. Club Car vehicles are designed specifically to meet customer needs and solve their problems. They are engineered with features that improve durability, versatility and reliability for the rental industry. The vehicles are backed by industry-leading warranties and a network of more than 600 authorized Club Car dealers who staff factory-trained technicians and stock genuine Club Car parts. Club Car also offer complimentary fleet planning services by trained experts, the industry’s largest portfolio of commercial and industrial accessories and a variety of purchase and leasing options.

Side-by-side utility vehicles
Honda’s multi-purpose side-by-side utility vehicles feature the Pioneer 1000 models that are driven by a high-tech automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission. They are available in three-person and convertible five-person versions in standard, deluxe variations and a Limited Edition five-person model that offers handy features like hill-start assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and the I-4WD traction-management system. All trim levels now get electric power steering. They are available in a wide variety of colors.

Honda UTV

This article was originally published in the May-June 2020 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. ©2020 Urbain Communications LLC. All rights reserved.