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which pioneer for my purposes #15073801 07/23/20
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I am managing my family's part of the farm and I am looking to get a SXS .
I have always had good luck with Honda Products from 3 wheelers to 4 wheel drive 4 wheelers so think I will stick to Honda .
My uses will be to ride around approx 400 acres of flat ground( fields mostly)in Central AR)often very muddy.
Checking flooded rice fields and bean crops occasionally turning wells on and off.
Mostly will be by myself . I want a hard top

Which Honda would be best for my purpose ,the 500,700 or 1000 ?

Would I be best to get a discounted 2019 or a 2020 ?

Any known issues with any of the year models or sizes ?

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Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15074526 07/23/20
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I have no experience with the 500, but have had the 700 and now have a 1000. On all my SXS's, I've upgraded the tires for muddy conditions (Georgia clay) and I've found that despite the additional weight, my 1000 is the best performer in muddy conditions. Best ground clearance, and lots of torque to keep the tires cleaned out. The 700 was ok, the 1000 is better. I also like the turf mode on the 1000 so you can ride on hard surfaces or on grass without tearing up the tires or the grass, and the front and rear diff locks are very handy in the sloppy stuff.


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Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15074867 07/23/20
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The mechanic who works on my ATV's answer was the Honda Pioneer 500. He said it is a great engine and if you are not using it on the street as a licensed vehicle the 500 is plenty.

Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15077259 07/24/20
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Thanks guys
I think if I buy one I will get a 1000 for the better ground clearance although If I found a great deal on any of them I might buy it.
What time of the year is the best for getting a deal on one of them ?


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Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15077526 07/24/20
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Originally Posted by bcraig
Thanks guys
I think if I buy one I will get a 1000 for the better ground clearance although If I found a great deal on any of them I might buy it.
What time of the year is the best for getting a deal on one of them ?


Usually after hunting season.


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Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15087152 07/27/20
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The 500 will be under powered in muddy rice fields, even with no load or passengers. No way I'd buy that one.
I have a 700 and it has been a great machine. Honda's bullet proof reputation is well earned.
I'd get the 1000 if your budget allows for it, but no complaints on my 700.

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If you're going to have to tow anything heavy i'd go with the 1000, as long as it's in your budget.


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Originally Posted by country_20boy
The 500 will be under powered in muddy rice fields, even with no load or passengers. No way I'd buy that one.
I have a 700 and it has been a great machine. Honda's bullet proof reputation is well earned.
I'd get the 1000 if your budget allows for it, but no complaints on my 700.


Yep, plus the 1000 can spin some bigger mud tires that the smaller machines struggle with. Only downside is if you do get bogged down, it's going to take a little work to get it out. It's heavier than the others.


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Re: which pioneer for my purposes [Re: bcraig] #15090814 07/29/20
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I was at our local dealer a few months back and they just put a 1000 together for a guy up in Northern CA. that gets a lot of rain. It had tracks, winch etc. Cost was about $30,000 for the whole thing but he said its no good if he can't get around. It did draw a lot of attention when it was going down the highway on the trailer

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Originally Posted by coyote268
I was at our local dealer a few months back and they just put a 1000 together for a guy up in Northern CA. that gets a lot of rain. It had tracks, winch etc. Cost was about $30,000 for the whole thing but he said its no good if he can't get around. It did draw a lot of attention when it was going down the highway on the trailer
Last year a friend bought a used Arctic Cat from an old lady who was downsizing. It had belonged to her husband and had very low mileage. He bought it and when he went to pick it up, she said there were some other parts for it in the barn...including a never mounted set of tracks. My friend hasn't mounted them yet either.


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