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Gear Guide: What to Look for in a 4×4 Work Utility Vehicle

Being the steward of a big swath of land is an honor, but taking care of it is a series of unending chores that require the right vehicles and tools. Your crews have to repair fences, clear property, haul debris,

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Being the steward of a big swath of land is an honor, but taking care of it is a series of unending chores that require the right vehicles and tools.

Your crews have to repair fences, clear property, haul debris, gather firewood, garden, mow grass and do hundreds of other chores.

In addition, you may want to hunt, train bird dogs, build deer stands, raise horses and fish your land.

So you’ll want to find a utility vehicle that can do all this and more, and that requires four-wheel drive.

When looking for a 4×4, ease of operation should be your primary concern. That’s why automatic all-wheel drive systems are so great.

With most four-wheel drive systems, you’ll have to manipulate four or even five levers on the dash. It’s up to you to push the right levers, select the right gears and worry about locks. But you can be getting stuck before you even know it.

Club Car XRT 1550 with IntelliTach quick-change attachment system.

Club Car XRT 1550 with IntelliTach quick-change attachment system.

With automatic 4x4s, you merely select “forward” or “reverse,” and drive on. The system does the rest. What’s more, most four-wheel drives require you to come to a full stop — or even back up — to engage the locking differentials. That’s not the case with automatic 4x4s.

Easier to Drive, Safer and Gentler on Turf and Tires

In addition, traditional four-wheel drive systems want to travel in a straight line, leaving the driver to wrangle a steering wheel with a mind of its own. And locked tires in these 4x4s can damage turf and lawns and cause excessive tire wear on pavement. Automatic 4x4s leave a much lighter footprint.

Add Versatility with Attachments

Automatic 4x4s are available in gas or diesel and two- and four-passenger models, and with extended beds.

If you want a vehicle that can move quickly from job to job, look for one with a quick change tool attachment system and task-oriented tools. Buckets, forklifts plows, winches, trailer hitches, disc harrows, spreaders, mowers and other attachments can dramatically increase your crew’s productivity.

You’ll be amazed at how powerful and versatile a first-rate automatic 4×4 utility vehicles can be. And they can get into small spaces pickup trucks can’t access.

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