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Old 05-30-2010, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rancher or Forman for the farm?

Please assist me with which of these will best fit my application. I really appreciate the input.



Here are my specifics:

Little six acre farm.

80% work and 20% play

4x4 is a must

Will pull a 350 lb. DR field mover up some VERY steep hills that are about 120 feet long

Will pull a 5x8 utility trailer full of tools and/or dirt around our property.

Our property is hilly with some being very steep.


I like the gear shifting system on the handle bars. THe old foot shifter is getting a little old in my old age. Any experience with this?

I realize that the Foreman is air cooled and carborated and the Rancher is water cooled and FI. Owning a carborated and air cooled XR I like the idea of the water cooled and FI Rancher. I am just affaraid that it wont have the power for what I need.


I have sat on the Grizzlies. Being 5 foot 8 the Hondas fit me a lot better.



Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not taking anything away from Hondas as i do own one and love it but i also own a 07 700 Grizzly and its hard to beat for towing , working and comfort, like you i am 5'8" also and would not trade it for 2 hondas its a great machine and will out pull any honda out there!
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I agree with 69, I don't have a 700, but I own a 660 Grizzly and I like it pretty good. I also own a Foreman, too, though. If I had to pick between the two, I would pick the Grizzly, but the 700 is even better.

As far as the Foreman and the Rancher, I like the Foreman pretty good. If you are set on the FI and water cooled engine, though, then the Rancher is the only choice between the two. The 420 Rancher has about the same horsepower as the 500 Foreman. The 500 Foreman has 26.7 HP and the Rancher 420ES has 26.6 HP. Either one would probably be fine for what you need and both come in the electric shift models.

By the way, the Grizzly 700 has 45.6 HP.
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There's also the rincon if one wanted to stick with honda, but not sure how they compare in performance.
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There's also the rincon if one wanted to stick with honda, but not sure how they compare in performance.
Just so you know, the 680 Rincon has 38.5 HP and has a 3 speed transmission that works similar to an automobile transmission. I've never rode one, but I hear the engine don't hold you back too well when going downhill because they are geared so high. Again, this is just what I've heard. Maybe someone else that's rode one or owns one can tell you more.
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I would go for a grizzly for it will fit well for its purpose.
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To answer your question instead of sending you down another path, I would say the foreman.
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I have a rancher and it will do a great job plus mine starts right up with out hesitation in any weather ( no choke). Bro-n-laws forman never liked cold weather. If your gonna due more towing stick with solid axle. IRS tends to distribute the load on the chassis instead of the axle and tires.
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All depends on what you want to pay. Straight axled quads will probably be cheaper. The grizzlies are beasts, and if you could find a deal one I'd get it. The Rincon will pull pretty much anything the other quads will, but they are geared for the trails, not the farm. If I had a farm and needed a quad to do only farm duties, I'd get a Rubicon. Awesome hauling/ pulling transmission.
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