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Old 07-25-2012, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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polaris 500 or john deere 550

I'm looking at getting a sxs. I like both looking at pros and cons of both.
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My friend got a 850 or 800 JD last year. It "looks" like an awesome rig but it is the loudest damn thing I have ever heard. I can hear him all over my woods in it during hunting season.

Also, the ergonomics of everything is way out of whack, and the seat sucks.

I would rather have a 1994 technology Rhino.

Ranger all the way if that is all you are looking at
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure what you are using it for, but I have driven both and bought the JD XUV 550 S4. I use it mainly for hunting purposes, and dealer support/availability definitely played into my decision.

- the JD has half the HP as the ranger (16 vs 32), and has a lot to be desired for top end speed. However, from what I can tell it drinks less from the B&S engine. Deere has a 5 gal tank while the ranger has a 9. If speed is your thing, then don't buy the Deere...or either for that matter
- JD has a fold down rack for the second seat and dry storage under the hood as standard, and bed dump releases on both sides (little things matter)
- Polaris instrument panel wins hands down. Not even a gas gauge on the cap for the JD :l
- suspension seemed to ride about the same to me, with comparable travel on both
- Warranty was better on the deere. Polaris dealer told me 6 months vs one year on the JD
- efi and liquid cooled on the Polaris vs carb and ac on the Deere
- hope this gets you started. I am happy with the Deere for what I use it for.
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Not sure what you are using it for, but I have driven both and bought the JD XUV 550 S4. I use it mainly for hunting purposes, and dealer support/availability definitely played into my decision.

- the JD has half the HP as the ranger (16 vs 32), and has a lot to be desired for top end speed. However, from what I can tell it drinks less from the B&S engine. Deere has a 5 gal tank while the ranger has a 9. If speed is your thing, then don't buy the Deere...or either for that matter
- JD has a fold down rack for the second seat and dry storage under the hood as standard, and bed dump releases on both sides (little things matter)
- Polaris instrument panel wins hands down. Not even a gas gauge on the cap for the JD :l
- suspension seemed to ride about the same to me, with comparable travel on both
- Warranty was better on the deere. Polaris dealer told me 6 months vs one year on the JD
- efi and liquid cooled on the Polaris vs carb and ac on the Deere
- hope this gets you started. I am happy with the Deere for what I use it for.
Thanks for reply I'm going to use around the farm and ride in woods alittle.
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