|Polaris Ranger XP 900 Field Mowing Review
By Jon Crowley, UTVGuide.net
Spring is here in a big way and that means our pasture grows like crazy! We’ve been using our Kunz AcrEase Rough Cut Field Mower for a few years now. It continues to amaze us with its ability to mow through tall/thick grass. We decided to see how our 2013 Polaris RANGER XP 900 would do towing the mower and we are thrilled with the results. Our RANGER is stock other than the Pit Bull Tires mounted up on No Limit wheels. Plus we have added PURE Polaris windshield and roof.
With the new ProStar 900 engine the RANGER XP 900 has plenty of power to pull the mower, even uphill with sloppy mud in our path. The ProStar 900 engine churns out 60 horsepower and class-leading torque that makes it well-suited for hard work. And the RANGER XP 900 has the ability to tow a class-leading one ton and haul 1000 lbs. so towing a rough cut mower is a piece of cake.
The RANGER XP 900 features a new, durable drivetrain built to handle the units higher horsepower. It also boasts the strongest belt on a RANGER vehicle so it can tackle the toughest of jobs, and has powerful cooling for the belt and clutches for optimal performance under all work conditions. We never once felt any belt slippage.
In the dry areas, we prefer to put the 4-wheel-drive selector in one-wheel-drive and this make tight turns a breeze. When in 4-wheel-drive, the vehicle pushes more in the turns and definitely increases the turning radius, but when driving up hill in muddy terrain with the mower in tow, it can save the day.
Our mower is a Kunz Engineering MR55B Rough Cut model with 57″ cutting width, electric start engine, manual clutch engagement and powered by a large 23 HP Briggs & Stratton Intek Twin Cylinder Engine.
When moving slow like this and towing the mower, overheating is a concern. With no ram air, the radiator is solely dependent on the fan to keeps temperatures in check and the RANGER XP 900 handled it perfect.
The RANGER XP 900 has a wide variety of accessories available for a variety of work applications. To ensure the unit is hard working, Polaris equipped it with a high capacity battery and new stator for 30 percent more electrical power to run more accessories at one time.
One of the most exciting, new accessory offerings available for RANGER XP 900 is the new Lock & Ride PRO-FIT cab accessories. The cab frame on the new RANGER XP 900 features profile tubing, providing a 360-degree sealing surface for every cab component. Windshields, roofs, doors and rear panels follow the shape of the vehicle, locking directly into the cab frames precision contours. Many PRO-FIT cab components feature Polaris-exclusive Lock & Ride technology for quick and easy on and off. We have a Lock & Ride full windshield and roof on our RANGER XP 900 and could not be happier with how easily they can be taken on and off the vehicle to suit changes in weather.
Although we primarily use the RANGER XP 900 for work, we did slap a set of paddle tires on it and travel out to Sand Mountain last Fall. You can read all about that at RANGER XP 900 Takes on the Dunes.
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