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post #11 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 07:37 PM
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On our older 4Wheeler, We have approximately 800 miles on it. This one is made of work.

Our new one (orange one), probably 300 miles. We ride this one alot as we have a Razor we ride up on trails in Baldwin, MI. This 4Wheeler is made for speed.
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 07:44 PM
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My Polaris 500 Sportsman 4 x 4 is 13 yrs old and does everything I need it to do. I'm not interested in the sport of hill climbing or high speed riding. It handles the bush trails quite nicely, hauls a single set of harrows. Since mine isn't equipped with a windshield I find 15 mph plenty fast on the trails or on the gravel road, especially in cool weather. Lots of time you'll wind up riding much slower. When this machine needs replacing I won't be looking for a big honkin 700 cc as it just way more expense for nothing. My Polaris is strong arm steering but as long as it's moving a little it's easy to steer, especially backwards, it'll turn real easy.
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post #13 of 18 Old 05-01-2014, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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MDH and I are discussing the cc required. There is no way our machine will ever hit 20 mph. Seems like so many of the machines are almost dual purpose, being suitable for the bush, but also lots of displacement for roads and trails. My machine will never see a road. And barely a trail. The only easy terrain will be the pasture when I harrow it. I need power and low speed so do I really need to pay $ for hundreds of cc that I will never use?

Has anyone heard about the new Yamaha Grizzly 350? Dirt cheap, but apparently has power to haul half a ton. No power steering unfortunately though.
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post #14 of 18 Old 05-26-2014, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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I bought the Honda Fourtrax 420. Manual tranny and manual steering. Its just fine for us. As I thought, top speed so far is 15km\hr! I'll try to post a PIC from my phone and you'll see why we're slow. If I get the pic to load, its on one if our better, smoother, clearer trails.
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-26-2014, 11:36 PM
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Recently I had the good fortune to find a dump trailer with atv tires in nice shape. It's big enough to easily carry 4 or 5 bales. It's khaki green which just happens to match the color of the quad. It uses a proper hitch and tows like it's not even there.
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post #16 of 18 Old 05-27-2014, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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I couldn't get the pic to load from my phone, but here it is. And the trail looks so nice and smooth in the picture, of course The trailer is one that we had sitting around, with a couple modifications. It works OK for what we do, but it is just about impossible to turn around in the bush. As I figured it would be.

I brought in a load of wood yesterday. It's a far cry from using a skidder, making your trails as you go and bringing in all the firewood in a couple of days, but it gets the job done. I think it's a cute little machine.
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-27-2014, 01:17 PM
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Nice.

I am glad we have ours - it's so practical.

We splashed out on a little ATV trailer recently that has proven well worth the monetary outlay. It's a flat bed trailer, slats in the sides to put in 2x4 boards to make walls (if you want) with wide tires on and is very maneuverable. I see you're from Ontario so I suspect there is probably a Princess Auto Store around you some place - that's where we got it from. I'd recommend you have a look at that.
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post #18 of 18 Old 05-28-2014, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Chevaux. Yes we have a Princess Auto in town but every quad trailer we have looked at is just too lightweight and I would destroy it in a season or less. Teeny tiny axle, teeny tiny tires, flimsy tongue and hitch; just too Barbie for our purposes. I for sure need the big tires - the regular little tires they put on those trailers just won't cut it in our bush trails. Although, I'm not convinced we need truck tires but they are free and can easily be replaced for free. We have an overabundance of tires around here. :)

That all said, this trailer is, IMO, still in a trial stage. MDH says its OK. I'm still not sure. MDH says that because its so long it'll be easier for us to haul out a bunch of 8' length small limbs easily for cutting at the house in a rack all at once, rather than in the bush one at a time. But the length is certainly one of my complaints when manipulating it in the bush. We'll see what happens with it.
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