Compact Equipment

NOV-DEC 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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12 Compact Equipment NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 Design Notes You can't change a rental customer's use of a UTV — the machine will get beat up, service intervals will be ignored and any small safety risk will be exploited. But after identi- fying the most common points of failure, Polaris designed a UTV to handle the harsh conditions that await, focusing on safety, durability and serviceability. To our eyes, Pro XD has the potential to make UTV fleets an asset rather than a burden for rental providers. Here are some of the clever upgrades we jotted down: • Beefed up suspension springs (photo 1). • Heavy-duty driveline components including the drive- shaft, CVT boots and wheel bearings to better resist cor- rosive conditions that cause vehicle downtime (photo 2). • All-new Polaris heavy-duty clutch for better durability paired with a 32 percent larger belt for longer belt life. • Kevlar vinyl seats (because UTV seats are often ripped). • UTV tires are commonly softer to protect lawns. Polaris opted instead to work with their partners and develop a hard surface jobsite tire that is more puncture resistant, non-directional and all the same size (photo 3). • Relocated air filter and oil dipstick to eliminate the need to lift the bed for conducting maintenance checks. • Orange seatbelt and vehicle decals to improve passenger and vehicle visibility. • Wider foot wells that make it noticeably easier to get in and out. • Both the PRO XD models have top speeds of 26 mph, powered by 24-hp Kubota diesel engines with an indus- try-leading 200-hour maintenance interval. An optional speed limiting kit can also be installed to further reduce the vehicle's top speed to 15 mph. • When Polaris debuted the prototype for customers, the only flaw they found was the gas cap wasn't connected, which means that cap will for sure get lost. Polaris had already corrected this by the time we arrived for the test drive and added a lanyard. The additional durability and safety features are comple- mented by some serious power and performance. Polaris identified towing and capacity as key specs in which to hit the top of the class (tow capacity 2,500 lbs, box capacity 1,250 lbs, payload capacity 1,900 lbs). The bed can fit a full-size pal- let, further enhancing the vehicle's work capabilities. There's also more than 50 work accessories being offered including a poly roof, beacon light, glass windshield and poly doors. To be sure, although the vehicle was purposefully designed for the rental industry, all of the features mentioned make it just as great for any prospective application in property maintenance, facility navigation, landscaping and more. I mean, who doesn't want an extended 200-hour mainte- nance interval and fewer ownership headaches? Chris Crowell is a contributing editor for Compact Equipment. 1 2 3 Old New Old New Old New

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