Your UTV is the perfect mobile toolbox and people transporter for your hobby farm or homestead. It’s great at everything that your tractor can’t do. It’ll get you to the back of your property with a bed full of fenceposts and shovels in no time. Doing the same job with a tractor is a pain when you have to load a bucket and slowly wind your way around fragile plots.
So what can you do to make your UTV an even better tool?
Today, we’re looking at some awesome products that make every day easier on your burgeoning homestead or hobby farm.
Since your UTV is the best place to throw whatever tools or feed you need around your property, it’s only natural to give it even more cargo room. With the right racks, you’ll be able to fit every last tool, bag of feed, and load of fertilizer so that you can get your work done fast. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
A good hood rack puts the utility back in Utility Task Vehicle. That’s because the hood rack is the most easily accessible storage you can get from the driver’s seat. With racks that can hold up to 500 pounds, you can add a huge amount of cargo in a space that doesn’t get much use otherwise.
Get more of a great thing by installing a bed extender. They’re designed to work with your tailgate down, so you get those precious extra inches and a frame to keep your haul from spilling out the back.
Some designs can be flipped to work as a bed divider instead, so you can keep your tools separate from the load of manure you’re hauling.
Tending to your farm is a year-round job. You can’t take the day off just because it’s too cold or rainy. Work has to get done, but you don’t have to be miserable doing it.
That’s where cab enclosure components come in.
From windshields to roofs and doors, getting the right accessories will make your UTV the ultimate tool for getting around.
So what do you need?
A good set of windshields is your first line of defense from the elements. For the front, we always recommend something versatile like:
When your windshield gives you control of your airflow, you can leave it on all year round for warmth in the winter and a breeze in the summer.
If you want the cream of the crop, you want our MaxDrive Power Flip Windshield. It lets you flip your windshield with the push of a button, and the powerful actuators hold it in any position regardless of how bumpy the ride gets.
Make sure you pair your front windshield with a rear windshield too!
But let’s talk about polycarbonate and glass. Which one’s right for you? Let’s make it as simple as possible.
Typically, you’ll also get a wider variety of windshield styles with polycarbonate. Poly windshields have the strength to flip and have smaller frames for a wider view. But nothing comes close to the scratch resistance of glass, not even hard-coated polycarbonate.
Get a roof! A roof protects you from sun and rain to make.
We have aluminum roofs, polycarbonate roofs, and molded plastic roofs, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses.
The final piece of the cab puzzle is the doors. You want a good set of doors to keep mud out and help keep heat in. There are a couple different door styles that might suit your fancy.
Aluminum half doors protect you from whatever branches and mud you might have to roll through.
But our recommendation for a long day at work is full polycarbonate or soft cab doors. Like our flip windshields, they give you the most versatility.
They let you seal your cab up tight to keep the elements out. But they also have windows or vents you can open for airflow.
There is one job that your side-by-side could take from your tractor: plowing snow.
When the drive is covered in snow on a winter morning, you might be tempted to head straight for the ol’ tractor to clear it.
But if you have a Plow Pro Snow Plow Mount installed on your UTV, you can slap your Plow Pro blade on in seconds and get plowing. You’ll have the job done in no time thanks to the nimbleness of the machine and the comfort of your cab.
This is one job where you can let the tractor have a break.
You need a winch on your UTV. Why?
Because every farm has that boggy area, and you really don’t want to get stuck. That last thing you want to do is hoof it back to the tractor to yank yourself out of the mud.
Instead, make sure you can get yourself out of any situation with a winch.
SuperATV’s Black Ops Winches are water resistant, rugged, and easy to use. You get wired and wireless remotes, so you can winch in whatever way is most convenient for you.
Installing them is easy too. We have winch mounts for most side-by-sides so your Black Ops Winch can mount securely.
Basically, every UTV needs a winch, and your hobby farm machine is no exception.
If you got your side-by-side and expected it to replace the rest of that heavy equipment on your property, you’re probably disappointed. But if you use your UTV to its strengths, and enhance it with some extra gear, you’ll find that there’s nothing that can replace it.
When your tractor’s too big but your back is too small, your upgraded side-by-side is the perfect tool for the job—and that’s most jobs.