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Long Term Product Review
John Deere Gator XUV 825i
Using our Gator:
Hauling Oak Firewood
Using an old kennel and baby pool to create a goose habitat.
Dumping grass clippings in the compost pile. Electric dump bed is
Cleaning out the pasture of downed branches. Big bed and headache rack
are real nice.
Mowing the pasture with out rough cut mower - Ground is wet
and muddy. Gator just powers through the thick grass and mud.
Mowing the pasture with out rough cut mower
Used our Gator to tow our friends trailer. I used the
Gator because the area was muddy and tight so the Gator could easily
maneuver it in place.
The pasture is looking good. Split the remaining two
cords of wood from the huge oak tree that went down last year.
Finished off the day with a nice fire of all the scrap leftover and a load
of camping wood in the Gator. Nice to have that all done!
Our John Deere Gator 825i is a huge help doing work around the alpaca ranch.
Today my son & I cleaned the pasture of downed branches. Can you tell we
only like to make one trip?! lol. The Gator bed is big, and the grate behind
the seats allows you to stack stuff up super high. Then, the hydraulic dump
bed kicks in and boom, it is all out. Got to love it. Then I loaded it up
with oak firewood for an upcoming trip to Glamis.
Hauled about 20 loads of dirt in 45 minutes. Speed
dumping! The Gator's electric dump bed was key to making quick work of this
and it kept the Bobcat doing its job instead of driving much slower than the
Gator back and forth.
My daughter's eight grade class had a work day out at the
White Feather Ranch. I took our Gator 825i along to help haul tools,
people and do work. We hauled a load of compost and used the dump bed.
Used a tow strap to drag big branches up a hill to the burn pile. The eighth
graders and our Gator did a great job today!
Created a new outlet for our pond so the water will stay
away from the new shop. Used the Gator 825i to haul and dump river rock in
the new channel. Dump bed worked awesome, even with the super heavy
load. 4x4 low range was key because I had to cross a muddy creek to
get here. Only complaint I have is the rocks don't load themselves into the
Using our Gator to haul straw out into the alpaca pasture.
Few areas that need some coverage before big rain hits.
Running around the alpaca pastures picking up the dung
piles. Strangely enough, alpacas like to go in common piles. My wife likes
this because there are less areas to rake up. I argue if they went anywhere
that we wouldn't have to pick it up. Either way, our John Deere Gator comes in
handy. Especially the hydraulic dump bed!
Right after I got back from picking up the John Deere Gator
at Valley Truck and Tractor, we put it right to use. First up, move the
"new" horse (or in this case alpaca) trailer into the shop. The
Gator 825i XUV
did not even flinch moving the dual axle trailer!
More field mowing with our Gator 825i XUV. Grass is really tall and ground
is still wet and muddy in many places. 4 wheel drive is a must and low
range is key to maintain slow speed for mower. Mowed about 5 acres and
the Gator never skipped a beat. Towable field mower from
Parts of our pasture are still super wet from all the rain this season.
Grass is over my knee in many spots so I have no choice but to get it mowed.
is doing awesome. Good traction and float through the slop so it doesn't
tear the pasture up too much.
XUV is coming in handy again today. Hauling 8 foot lodge poles, concrete
and tools out to the work site.
It has been raining almost nonstop here in northern California, and our
pasture is out of control. The alpacas can't keep up with this thick meadow
grass so I use our towable rough cut field mower.
The mower is a
AcrEase 57" Rough Cut Mower and it does a great job with this thick,
tall, wet meadow grass. The ground was still pretty wet, so it was nice to
Deere Gator 825i XUV in 4x4 low. UTVs are perfect for towing field
mowers - comfortable, powerful and with 4x4, almost unstoppable even in
I was able to cut about 4 acres of this thick, wet grass in about 2 hours. I
am sure this won't be the last time I mow it this season.
Day trip to Sand Mountain in Nevada. Brought the Gator along to try
out the Fox replacement shocks.
Weed abatement along six miles of rail road tracks. This right-of-way is
used for mountain biking and hiking. The Gator is hauling a 35 gallon
sprayer in the bed.
A heavy gate fell off its track last night. Busted out our
John Deere XUV 825i and used the Warn winch to pull it back in place.
Made the job much easier.
I didn't realize a friend's GMC truck was two wheel drive until it was stuck
in the ditch. He was pulling a heavy landscape trailer. I hooked up the John
Deere Gator XUV 825i and pulled him right out. Pretty impressive.
Gator XUV 825i came with a factory installed Warn winch. It is coming in
handy today with pulling some hug logs (not in picture) so they can be cut
up into 16" lengths for firewood.
John Deere Gator XUV 825i is really coming in handy with our fencing
project. The pasture is really sloppy wet in some areas so you can't even
get a truck in there. The Gator can be loaded down with fence posts, fence
or a big load of concrete and no worries about getting stuck.
Time for yard work. Gator is hauling all my tools around the property.
Recent storms took out a big oak tree in the pasture. Time to cut and burn
the small branches and haul away the firewood. Our John Deere Gator 825i XUV
will come in handy today for bring out all the chain saws and other tools.
Plus we will load it up with firewood when we are done.
Amazed at how much oak firewood the Gator can haul
The Gator can haul five bales of straw in the bed!
Sand Mountain Nevada - Took the Gator to Sand Mountain. I was able to
make it up Super Bowl, and all the way around the mountain.
Dump bed on the Gator 825i
We are using our new 2011 Gator 825i to haul oak firewood. The bed has a
1,000 lbs capacity with 16.4 cubic feet of space. It also has a spray in
liner and 20+ attachment points for tying down loads. Our Gator even has a
hydraulic dump bed.
I picked the John Deere Gator XUV 825i today at Valley Truck and Tractor in
Elk Grove. Took it for a quick drive to deliver some paddle tires to a
John Deere recently unleashed its most
performance-driven Gatorô utility vehicles yet. Targeted toward the true
outdoor adventurist, the 2011 lineup of Crossover Utility Vehicles (XUV) is
packed with advanced features that deliver an unparalleled balance between
work and recreation.
The 2011 Gator XUV 825i is the fastest Gator ever produced. Boasting 50
HP, it is the highest-powered engine in its class with superior low-end
torque for taking on even the toughest tasks, trails, and terrain.
Horsepower is delivered by an 815cc, liquid cooled, inline 3-cylinder engine
featuring 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and electronic fuel
All the new Gator XUV models have a completely re-designed front and rear
independent suspension system that delivers a superior ride through rough
terrain. The new models are designed for less body roll and superior
side-hill stability with either no-load or maximum cargo. Also, all the
models sport an entirely new braking system that improves stopping
performance over previous models.
The Gator XUV also features 1500 lbs. of towing and 1400 lbs. of payload
capacity. The all-new hybrid metal and composite cargo box offers 16.4 cu.
ft. of capacity, the most in its class, and an available factory installed
spray-in bed liner with 20 integrated tie downs to help keep cargo in place.
The sides of this cargo box are removable as well, giving the user a flat
bed thatís easy to load and unload from any side.
Best-in-Class Advanced Engine Systems
50HP - Highest power output in its class with superior low end
812cc liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder with dual overhead cams,
electronic fuel injection, 4 valves per cylinder, aluminum heads and
cast block with painted interior walls.
Largest displacement engine in this class
Only 3 cylinder model in this class
Only DOHC in this class
Best-in-Class Ride, Safety & Stability
Advanced Double A-Arm Suspension
Fully independent and adjustable suspension
8in front and 9in rear suspension travel
Load ready ride: Light- to no-load smooth with max load ride balance
Greatest stability in its class
Wide stance, long wheelbase and predictable handling
Operator Protection System (OPS)
SAE, ANSI, OSHA ROPS certified overhead structure
3 pt. automotive seat belts
Deluxe Cargo Box with 16.4 cu. ft. cargo, (Best-in-class) with 1,000
lbs capacity, 1,500 lbs towing and 1,400 payload
Auto style tailgate
Integrated attachment system
20+ tie down points
Convertible to flat bed mode
Integrated brake and tail lights
Quik clamp attachment system
Factory installed spray-on liner
Advanced Suspension to provide a level & stable ride through the
entire load range
John Deere Gatorô XUV 825i Specifications Long Term Review:
4-cycle gas, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Cylinders/Valving: 3, DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.
Horsepower: 50 (37.28 kW)*
Maximum torque 47 ft-lbs. (64 Nm)
Length 119 in. (3035 mm)
Width 62 in. (1571 mm)
Front/Rear-tread Centers 44.8 in. (1137mm)/
47.9 in. (1216mm)
Height (with OPS) 75 in. (1903 mm)
Wheelbase 79 in. (2007 mm)
Weight (dry weight) 1630 lb. (739 kg)
Towing Capacity 1,500 lb. (680 kg)
Payload Capacity 1400 lb. (635 kg)
Sound rating (driver's ear) 89.4 dB(A)
Material Hybrid steel/glass-filled poly
Dimensions, in. (mm) 45 x12 x52 (1143 x304.8x1320)
Volume 16.4 ft3 (0.46 m3)
Weight 1000 lb. (454 kg)
Dump Manual with lift assist shock (factory installed power lift option)
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