|Long Term Product Review
John Deere Gator XUV 825i
Using our Gator:
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. 4×4 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 Gator…
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. TheGator 825i XUV did not even flinch moving the dual axle trailer!
The mower is a Kunz 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 have the John Deere Gator 825i XUV in 4×4 low. UTVs are perfect for towing field mowers – comfortable, powerful and with 4×4, almost unstoppable even in sloppy conditions.
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.
Dump bed on the Gator 825i
John Deere recently unleashed its most performance-driven Gator 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 injection.
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 thats easy to load and unload from any side.
Best-in-Class Advanced Engine Systems
Best-in-Class Ride, Safety & Stability
John Deere Gator XUV 825i Specifications Long Term Review:
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