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post #1 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a quad / 4-wheeler

I am going shopping. Does anyone have any tips or experiences to share?

Our quad will be used exclusively in the bush. No road travel. Even the bush trails are rough. The terrain is bare rock, swamp and beaver ponds, mud, and topsoil. A fair amount of bush debris on the ground - fallen trees, broken branches, a few rocks. Primary purpose will be to haul a trailer to load our firewood into. Secondary purpose will be clearing out riding trails at the same time. MDH will build the trailer. We have the axle in the yard already.

I haven't looked at any machines at all yet. What I know so far is that I need to specify that I want a utility quad, 4x4, and MDH says 500cc is probably about right.

Whether new or used will depend on pricing. But if it will be used, it will not be very used.
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 11:52 AM
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Whatever you get make sure it has power steering or it as least easy to steer.

My boss had a 4-wheeler that didn't have power steering that thing was a bear to turn even going fast down a gravel road was a pita. He sold that one and now has one with power steering ahhhhh yes lovely!
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 12:35 PM
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I have always loved the Polaris brand. They are nice, ride well, and work great in any terrain. My parents have a Polaris 500 with a winch and they only do off-road riding. This machine has kept up to the Grizzles 750 with 2 people and a cooler on the Polaris. Once I have enough money this is what I'm going to get. Spend the extra money for a winch, it is very handy for if you get stuck, pulling trees, or towing! Make sure you get the power steering as mentioned before and if you get an electric key start, have the pull cord as a back up!
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post #4 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 12:49 PM
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We bought a Honda quad awhile back - runs nice but hard to start when the weather gets cold. I use it for chores and little odd jobs where getting out the big tractor would be overkill. We bought new (wished it could have been used because of dollars) because we had heard such bad stories (which I believe to be true) of how most quads are treated in that they driven hard and, apparently this is what's hardest on them, run through water bodies like sloughs. And most certainly yes to power steering and electric start; I assume all quads have a reverse in them which is pretty much a necessity if you're storing it inside or getting into tricky places.
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post #5 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 01:15 PM
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We have 2 Polaris 4Wheelers. One is 8 years old or so. In great condition. That one is a 650/700 I think.

Our other one is a orange 850. Awesome. Power steering.

For sure get power steering. You'll thank it later.

Hard working equiptment. We use ours for everything.
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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This is all great, guys! Keep it coming! I really wasn't considering the power steering to be that important.

What kind of mileage does everyone have on theirs? I've been online shopping and looking more and more at a used one.
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I can't say for sure about mileage on ours - although the gas tank is not very big, it can go quite some time between fills. Our running time, I would guess, is say 5-6 hours a week and we don't have to fill it up every week. I suspect that if it is being used on rough terrain, etc., fuel usage would be noticed.
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post #8 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I don't mean fuel mileage or efficiency. I mean how many miles or km do you have on your machines?
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 05:32 PM
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I would personally buy new if you can save up and afford it because some people use them to spray pesticides, or ride them hard, or try and repair the machine by themselves and it will break down later.

With buying new you have a warranted, sometimes you can get the place to through in some specials, like free helmets or repairs in the first year(in case it rolls, or something like that.

Here is my recommnded list of must haves in a 4 wheeler:
-power steering
-EFI(Electronic Fuel Injection)-Makes for starting them easier especially after sitting for a long while or in the winter
-at least 500 cc(enough power to get you up hills/and towing/or for working with)
-winch!!!!!

as far as mileage I'm not sure...some ATVs have a gauge where you can check that and being used they may not tell you the exact mileage but how many hours they have ridden and what kind of terrain it has been in. Also, some questions to ask this seller before purchasing:
-are you the first owner/only owner to use this ATV?(some atvs need broken in a certain way like: not going over a certain amount of RPM for so many miles then, keeping the RPM above a certain number for a while for so many miles)
-has anything been fixed on it?who did the repairs?
-any modifications done too it?(any sort of boost for speed can mean that they have ran the heck out of it for long periods of time, could cause overheating and other bad things)
-the year!
-then ask if you can have a mechanic who specializes in 4 wheeler to go over it and check it out? if they say no, stay away! this is a way you can see what kind of repairs it will need in the future or if something is bad on it now that needs fixed right away and so you can tell if it is cheaper in the long run to buy new.
-some 4wheeler/motorcycle dealerships will have used ones already gone through by a mechanic and you can ask them questions that should be asked when buying used.
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I have a friend with 2 artic cats, I think they are 12 years old at least and both run well, only time he had to repair one was when a tree jumped in front of him

Another friend had 3 artic cats and kept them 5-6 years till he traded them in for jets skis, never a repair needed.

Here is a link about how to find used prices if that is what you are interested in and they have other info on new.

Used ATV Prices. Free Sources for the Latest Four Wheeler Prices.

I cannot begin to count how many people I know that have a Kawasaki Mule or the equivalent, we had an no name brand which tore up about once a year...lol.. but was cheap and easy to fix, these things are great for farm work, carrying bales of hay in the mud and snow and for towing trailers, dragging the arena, etc.

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May all your Trails be happy and safe ones

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