We have a new all-terrain vehicle to use at my farm.
As many of you know, there's a lot that goes into maintaining a farm. My outdoor grounds crew is always busy - working in the gardens, on the carriage roads, and in the woodlands. It is important that we can all get around easily and efficiently. Whenever I am home, I also make it a point to tour the property, visit all my animals, and check on the many plantings. These mid-sized utility vehicles are very useful around my 153-acres - I like how they can get into narrow spaces, and drive off-road without damaging the grassy landscapes.
Recently, we purchased a new Polaris Ranger Crew 1000. This one runs on gas and is roomier than our electric Polaris EV 4x4. Take a look at our photos.
Polaris dealer, Rob Herman, delivered our new Polaris Ranger Crew 1000. It is among the newest models available with 80 horsepower – one of the most powerful in its class. Here, Rob lets Mike sit at the wheel.
We do so much carting around the farm, it is important to have a roomy and durable back cargo space for tools, supplies, plantings, etc.
This cargo box is quite large, and has a towing capacity of two thousand pounds. It makes picking up fallen branches in the woodlands, or driving a day’s harvest from the gardens or my indoor vegetable greenhouse to my Flower Room so easy.
The back of the vehicle has a large, easy to use handle for easy access to the cargo box.
The wheels are built for off-road terrain in all kinds of conditions, so we can drive this vehicle through all areas of the farm with ease.
And, this model has comfortable bench seating for six, which will be very nice when visitors come to see my gardens and the growing peafowl.
I was happy to see that the vehicle also came in a neutral “Avalanche Gray” base model color – it coordinates well with my signature “Bedford Gray” used all around the farm.
This model also has durable fabric doors, which can keep the dogs and my grandchildren safe while riding.
It even has a rope winch, so we can have extra pulling power around the farm when needed.
There is more storage in the new Polaris Crew 1000 – here is a great place for small gardening tools under the seats.
There is a lot of room in both the front and rear section of the vehicle, and is designed so everyone can get in and out easily and quickly.
As an all-terrain vehicle, it can go more than 35-miles per hour, and safety is a major concern. I never allow fast driving on any of the carriage roads, but all the seats in this Ranger are equipped with seat belts.
There are also head rests for added comfort.
The ProStar® engine is designed to be easy to maintain – a very good feature since it will be used a lot every day.
The front is well equipped with proper lighting and the same handsome gray coloring.
Polaris utility vehicles can be outfitted with many different and useful accessories, such as a windshield and roof. These features are easy to install and arrived just a few days later.
Here is the roof. It takes up to 15-minutes to install these two parts.
Dominic and Mike review the instructions before installing.
Dominic installs rubber seals first, to ensure the roof is secure and to prevent leaking into the cab of the vehicle.
Here is Mike connecting the two main roof sections together before placing on the top of the Ranger.
Both the roof and the windshield fit very securely onto the vehicle’s durable frame.
Dominic and Mike attach the roof in the proper tracks – the “lock and ride” technology makes this quick to do – it is very light, but very strong and slips easily into place.
It’s also a durable, precision engineered roof that protects the main compartment from the elements. Oftentimes, I will ride around the property before leaving for work, so it is helpful to have a roof on the vehicle in case it is raining or snowing. The roof has a lot of clip closures, which keep it completely secure.
The front windshield goes on next.
There is also a back windshield to keep out rain, blowing snow, and those cold winter winds.
Here is the complete Ranger from the side – roomy, and very versatile.
And here is Ryan testing it out and moving a bin of pumpkins leftover from this year’s harvest.
It’s a great addition to the farm. We are all very pleased with our Polaris Ranger Crew 1000.
The outdoor grounds crew drove it up to my Winter House, so I could take it for a spin – complete with a holiday bow. I am looking forward to using it, and will continue to share all its many functions here at the farm.