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UTV Buying Tips

Updated: May 29, 2020

Whether it’s for work, play, or even a bit of both, get the job done with the right UTV.

These side by side utility vehicles are the must-have pieces of equipment for farmers, forestry workers, agricultural work, and more.

UTV Buying Tips

The shift in popularity towards UTVs has come from the experience of working with large pieces of equipment and machinery, such as tractors.

Tractors are well known for their size, but they are also known to be slow and cumbersome in their approach to specific tasks.

Tasks that it has been found a small UTV can carry out quickly and effectively, making them the much easier and better option to support you around the farm.

When it comes to buying your first or your tenth UTV, it’s always good to know some of the top tips and recommendations out there.

That’s why we’ve pulled together our UTV buyer’s guide, including top tips on buying a UTV and how a small farm UTV can benefit you!

Benefits of a UTV

UTVs ultimately can provide you with all of the versatility and flexibility of a compact tractor, matched with the manoeuvrability of an ATV or jeep!

They can reach high speeds fast, and due to their weight and size, they offer riders a great handle on even some of the toughest terrains.

Then comes the best part…UTV’s can, we believe, be pretty much used for anything.

Due to the various attachments and accessories now available for UTVs, they can now be used to mow grass, plough snow, haul feed and hay bales, dump dirt, dig holes and post stumps, and so much more!

To help with this work attachments can include, sprayers, backhoes, dumpers, diggers, etc. – with all of this work carried out while offering the maximum user comfort.

Let’s not forget the fun aspect of UTVs, either.  These types of quads are great for getting from A to B, quickly and safely.  Taking tight turns and sharp corners in their stride, UTVs can also provide a great adrenaline rush.

To many UTVs are versatile, functional, and easy to use – offering a diverse use on small farms.

Farm utility vehicles buying guide

If you’re looking to buy a UTV, then it’s important to think about the size and type of engine suitable for you.  To help with this, you need to know roughly what payload capacity you’re looking for if a 4-wheel drive is required and more.

Starting at the beginning, let’s take a look at the different types of engines available.

When it comes to UTV engines, there are three different types of engines you should look into:

1.  Gas.  Gas is economical (to a degree), convenient, and less noisy than Diesel, for example.   These types of engines are also easy to repair and maintain, and they’re also more readily available.

2.  Diesel.  Diesel is more expensive than gas, but these engines do offer more power, longevity, and reduced maintenance.  Ultimately, diesel engines can provide the user much more pulling power, but repairs can be expensive.  This type of engine on a UTV also helps the UTV to hold its value better.

3.  Electric.  Electric UTVs is the latest innovation on the market.  Offering increased responsiveness and zero emissions, you’ll never run out of fuel with an electric UTV (as long as you remember to charge the battery).

Moving on from engines, let’s take a look at the types of drive.

Two-wheel drive.

Ideal for light work and if you’re operating across flat ground, carrying little or light loads.  These quads are also less expensive than a four-wheel drive, they can fit into the back of a pickup truck, and they are slightly better on the gas.

Four-wheel drive.

Great when working across uneven terrain or steep and muddy ground.  They’re also suitable for carrying heavy loads due to their stronger engines, making towing an easy job!  They’re also much more robust and durable, handle well and offer an excellent grip on the road.


These quads provide the best traction.  Distributing the weight evenly across the UTV, they can also handle the biggest payloads, making them the ideal choice if you have a lot to carry or, indeed, heavy loads to haul.

Horsepower should play a big part in your decision-making process too.

Most UTVs run from 8-18hp, and again depending on what you need it for will depend on what is most suitable to you, i.e., if you plan to use attachments or tow trailers, you’ll need a much bigger engine and a much higher horsepower.

However, bigger isn’t always better, so we’d always advise speaking to a professional first.

The team at Beckside Machinery is always on hand to help, and with a range of new and used UTVs for sale, call us on 01673 828965 to see how we can help you today.

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