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    towing ability

    I am hoping someone can help me with a comparision between a Big Red and a John Deere XUV 620i. (Kawasaki v-twin fuel injected) I am a Honda fan and really want to purchase a Big Red however I am holding back for only one reason. I use my machine for transportation and working on a 200 acre game farm. I haul and pull a LOT. One of the pulls requires towing a 200 gal. sprayer up a 1/4 mile long, rough, rocky (and most of the time) wet road. Anyway, sometimes its all the Gator can do in low range and all locked up with aggressive radial tires. I cant imanage the Big Red with much more power not being able to do this but I am just not knowledgable about the transmission. Just how low is first gear? I used to have a Ranger 500 and it had no problem in low range power wise. Also had a mule (same engine but of course completely different drivetrain) and it also just chugged up the hill on low. I would be sick if I bought a Big Red and it did not have the grunt. I am not so much talking about the "traction" issue but rather the "power/gearing" issue I know you guys say they have a lot of pulling power but I was hoping someone could make a direct comparsion. Thanks, Bill

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    Re: towing ability

    I don't think you'd have much of a problem...I haul debris down the mountain often and haul back my car hauler empty. I'm covering about 1500 vertical feet in a mile and a half. My trailer weights 1500 lbs. It does this with no problems at all on a dirt road.

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    Re: towing ability

    You will no problem at all. I tow all the time with mine with loads of equal weight in bad terrain.

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    Re: towing ability

    Thanks for the replys. As I understand the transmission setup the operator has no way of manually setting the trans. in low (like on an automobile gear selector) so that it will not automatically upshift? I take it the transmission does a good job of staying in the correct gear for the circumstances? Have the trans. been trouble free? I want to get away from belts but not unless the tranny is pretty much bullit proof. I have seen more than a few pickup trucks with automatic trans. burnt up by pushing snow and other sever load situations. Other than the belts any cvt's i have owned have been trouble free. I would rather not change belts or have the worry of belts but not at the risk destroying a trans in Big Red. Thanks again.

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    Re: towing ability

    I frequently hook up my 16 foot car hauler and load it up with trees and brush and it never gives me a problem. That thing is a tank!
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    Re: towing ability

    I just used my department BR in a winter training. We loaded the bed, two passengers and trailer on ski's loaded. Went from 3,000 to 7,000 in about 3-4 foot of fresh snow. Never over heated. Slow going, but it made it. Then turned around the next day after about 2-3 feet of fresh snow over night. Hauled out more stuff, due to the deep snow and the relieve the height from the snowmobile sleds. See my pictures I just posted.

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    Re: towing ability

    Thanks for the responces, sounds like it wont be an issue at all. Bill

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    Re: towing ability

    anybody can suggest me which trailer size is best for car towing? i have to use that for Manhattan 24 Hour Towing.

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