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Hello everyone, my name is Frank, I am new to this forum and I was hoping to pick your brains a little. A little about me first, I live in southern Wisconsin and have been a atv owner for many years. My first atv was bought in 1988 which was a 1986 Honda Fourtrax 350 4x4 (which I still have) and I also have a 1989 Yamaha warrior 350. My wife and I love trail riding, most of there use is on the trails but I use the Honda for cleaning the driveway and icefishing in the winter (46" snow blade). Over the memorial weekend we were out trail riding when a friend brought out a new can-am commander. That definitely sold me on buying a side by side. Now a can am is a bit out of my price range but I have been doing some online research on the Honda Pioneer, Yamaha Rhino, and Polaris Ranger. I have looked at John Deere but at there prices I might as well buy a can am. I am curious on what all of you have and your opinions for my needs. I do have a local Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki dealer in town which I do plan to visit, but I want to hear what you have to say without the dealers "bias" opinions because he is trying to sell his own products. Basically I am looking for something that handles well on the trails yet versatile enough to have a snow blade or maybe use ice fishing (course weight is much heavier than my Honda atv). I look forward to hearing from you.

Frank (Tracker0040)

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Well, I just bought a new 2015 Polaris Ranger ETX because the John Deere units don't have as many features for the same money. I did tons of research and felt that Polaris was the best bang for the buck with predictable resale value. If you do a comparison, you will find the same to be true. 31 HP, bokoos instrumentation, EFI, "Lock & Ride" attachments, better gas mileage, less weight per HP, etc, etc, etc. By the way....I am a John Deere lover but broke out due to price, features, & brand name.

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