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Old March 21st, 2014, 10:46 PM
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Default Does anyone use a John Deere Gator 6x4 in the woods ?

Looking at a John Deere Gator 6x4, was wondering if anyone uses one, and how it does in the woods ?
It has the 6' plow and the power lift on the box and the heavy duty suspension kit, thought it would work well as a sap/firewood hauler.

Looking for any input concerning this machine, Thanks.
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I have a Polaris big boss 6x6 and you can not hardly steer it loaded without the front end locked in. With a live tandem axle drive they tend to go in a straight line when loaded. I only unlock the front end when its dry and hard on my 6x6. If you are planning on hauling sap and wood in the mud and snow I don't think you will like a 6x4. If you could get some weight over the front axle it would help but having the front wheels driving is a must on a 6 wheeler IMO.
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Buy a Polaris, more power, speed, clearance, value.
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I can't say if the Gator would be good or not, I CAN say that a Deere 2720 is good for a wide variety of work, including hauling wood and sap hauling. Its got 4 wheel dr, and with ag tires does well. I leave the bucket on the front for weight on the front tires for traction in snow n mud. Also takes plows, snow blowers, n a variety of farm equip with a cat 1 hitch and/or deere imatch set up. Cost shouldn't be much different, just isn't set up to haul people.
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We used a gator last year to haul 275gallon tote it handles a full load good but with snow this year we haven't used it
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We've used Gators around the dairy farm for 20 years and they always seem to accumulate gasoline in the oil reservoir. I might just because we stop and start it constantly with our daily tasks and the engine always stays cold. Anyway, check the oil frequently and watch for the level to rise and smell like gasoline!
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