Farmers use ATVs every day to assist them with their farm work. ATVs are preferred for the durability, agility, and payload capacity. Below, we discuss ATV specifications for farms and outline what you should look for in an ATV so that you can choose which four-wheeled machine is right for your needs.
The first thing you’ll want to consider when choosing an ATV for farm use is its weight. In the case of a sports vehicle, you want the highest horsepower-to-weight ratio. But in the case of a farm vehicle where towing and cargo capacity are paramount, lightweight isn’t a benefit.
ATVs have the best horsepower-to-weight ratios with 750 cc or larger engines powering machines with less than 700 lbs. Side-by-sides can have similarly sized power, but payload capacity will range from 1,000 to over 1,700 lbs.
Size influences how maneuverable the ATV will be in tight quarters or how many can fit on a trailer. Trailers today are limited by law to 120-inches in width. If a machine exceeds 120 inches, positioning it sideways on a trailer will not be an option. ATVs will have smaller frames than side-by-sides, so if size is a priority, an ATV may be your best choice. Depending on the conditions and how you plan to use the ATV or side-by-side, ground clearance may be another specification you need to pay attention to.
● Cargo Capacity
If you only need to transport yourself and small equipment, most ATVs will accommodate your needs with rack capacities around 100 lbs. in the front and 200 lbs. in the rear. Side-by-sides can carry much more, with bed capacities ranging from 200 lbs. to over 1,000 lbs. Some ATVs can be equipped with electro-hydraulic dumps to unload cargo. However, even if the model you select doesn’t have a power dump option, aftermarket kits are readily available.
● Tow Capacity
Towing capacity is similar to ATVs and side-by-sides, but there are several things to look for. For instance, what is the size of the receiver? Is it 1-1/4 inches or 2 inches? If you want to share hitches with other vehicles, then receiver size is important. Another thing to look for is if the ATV or side-by-side comes with hitches in the front and rear.
● Operator Space
You might say ATVs have plenty of operator space and leg room. Yet, if you need to get on and off frequently, swinging a leg over the seat and frame can be cumbersome. Side-by-sides don’t allow quicker entry and exit, but may also have limited leg room.
When you test-drive an ATV or side-by-side, pay attention to the ergonomics. Some models more comfortable positioning designs than others. The position of the steering wheel (or handlebars), the location of controls or buttons for transmission gear selection, brakes, and 2WD/4WD actuation are all important items to consider. Ask yourself: does this vehicle feel comfortable to you? If not, spend a little time with another ATV. Electric Power Steering (EPS) is a relatively new option, and if available, can reduce operator fatigue. Pay attention to the seats as well.
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CFMOTO offers a wide selection of single and double-rider ATVs. We are committed to providing safe and sturdy all-terrain transports that you can use for recreation, farming, or job-related activities.
Our ATVs are rugged and can handle any off-road terrain. To find out more about our line of CFMOTO ATVs and side-by-sides, visit a CFMOTO dealer near you.