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Suzuki Carry for work around farmstead?

 
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I just bought one of these to try out. At about 5k it was far cheaper than a new Side x Side and has the added enclosed cab, heater, radio and larger dump bed. Some states allow on road licensing. Anybody else using a mini truck?
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Hey robert

I can think of about 6 of these little truck on my island. I think they are the best little truck for homesteading. They have all kinds of uses. They are also not a huge truck at the same time. I have heard getting parts for them was challenging, i however haven't looked myself. I like how the sides of the box can fold down. I imagine if you install a rack in the back you would be able to carry lumber real easy making the truck even more functional.


If you do not like it i will take it :P
 
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I've got one - even got it from the exact same place!  I kinda wish I'd held out for a dump bed though...

B/c my place has a lot of distinctly un-farm like terrain I had the shop replace the tires with knobbies from an ATV and lift the suspension a bit.  That caused some tire rubbing when turning ... although they now have some spacers that should solve that problem.  In 4 wheel drive + low I would have to be quite ingenious to get it stuck!  It can haul branches, hay, tools, etc and it seems to use less gas than a chain saw.  The cab is small for for 6'4" frame, but with some planning I can get in and out.

Alas, a tenant killed the clutch.  That shop isn't interested in doing the work ... and I'm still getting a machinery space built so I haven't taken on the project yet.  I suppose I could take it down the road to a mechanic, but maybe there's a BB for replacing the clutch on a vehicle?  Hopefully it will come to life this winter
 
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I've always thought those were cool and looked really handy. I don't understand side by sides. They keep getting bigger and more outrageously expensive, yet have a little atv-style engine. I keep wondering how much longer it will take for them to evolve into a Jeep, like we had in WWII.😂
 
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Jordan, Mahindra is making a jeep look alike with a diesel but it doesn't have a dump bed.
 
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Robert Ray wrote:Jordan, Mahindra is making a jeep look alike with a diesel but it doesn't have a dump bed.


😂 That's funny. I wish I had an old diesel Jeep.
 
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I bought my John Deere gator about 5 years ago and don’t regret it at all.  It goes places that nothing else can do with confidence.  We use it daily to move chickens and pigs and I have pulled marching band equipment and kids around on a 20’ trailer no problem.

I have a pull behind mower that has its own engine and I can mow places my friend in his 4wd tractor doesn’t dare to go.

I spent about $14k with the warn winch that is wired for the front and the back.  It is a work horse of a machine.

My friend spent about $25k on his ranger with air conditioning and full cab etc.  it’s nice but that is out of my range.  

I will look at the roxor next if I want to add another vehicle just because it looks like the old jeeps and can be modified apparently pretty easily (ecm flash etc)
 
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Nice truck! I would love to have one of those, but only if it was 4x4, stick shift and KY street legal. Probably not the safest vehicle to be in a collision, but worth the trade off because I'll bet it sips fuel and is super handy. I'll bet they are pretty easy to work on - very utilitarian.
 
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I had been thinking about an UTV for use around the property but now you all have me second guessing that.  They were pretty common where I grew up but never thought about them for off-road.
 
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Almost all I've seen are 4x4 - although that isn't necessarily so. Never seen one with an automatic transmission.  The Honda versions have an automatic 4x system, my daihatsu can be 2wd, 4wd hi or 4wd lo.  

The road legal part is curious ... I know of one that is registered and licensed, but I've never attempted to register mine.  I think it varies by state... but yeah, its a small, light vehicle and it won't fair well in a collision with an aluminum can much less a hulking modern truck!  The doors are thin, there is nothing to crush in front of you... so mine will stay on the farm.

They are an interesting reminder of a past time ... they have to be 25 years old to be imported ... so there is a lag in their design.  There was a time when the Deere gator was very utilitarian, and now its been all SUV'd up and made into some sort of performance/sport vehicle instead of a handy way to move stuff around.
 
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This particular one is 4x4, 5 speed with lockers. In the shop today mounting winches, atv snowplow brackets and 2 inch trailer hitch to pull implements. I have a set of atv tracks a customer returned so I'll fabricate the adapters for lashing that up for the winter.  
 
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In Australia they are capable of road registration.
They are a great vehicle, fit for purpose and with climate control.
What is  this about

maybe there's a BB for replacing the clutch on a vehicle?

please?
 
Eliot Mason
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Sorry John, permies joke about all the SKIP/PEP badges ("BBs") that are happening.  Which I have little intention of actually doing, but I"m an equal opportunity procrastinator!
 
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