Get a cup of coffee and have a seat. Long story time. We live on a hill. Not a gentle rolling slope but a real hill.
Wife was after me to give her one of my tractors to use to pull a garden cart. Well, first time out, she is pulling a small trailer to the compost pile. Moving slowing down the hill, the rear starts to break loose. She hits the brakes, which, on the Ariens, throws the trans into neutral. Well, two things happened. The slow trip turned into more of a slip and slide. Fortunately there is a good amount of run out on the lower portion of lawn. And second, she told me what I could do with the tractor and that she wasn't gonna use one again!
O.K., fast forward a couple of years. Now she's using my Polaris 500 ATP to do her gardening and even taking it down in the woods. After seeing some of the UTV's with the bucket seats she tells me that looks like it would be more comfortable. (HINT,HINT)
I'm in TSC shortly after they stated carrying the Massimo UTV's. Looked it over, talked with store manager and then brought wife down. Asked her if she thought this would work for her. Well seeing as how it was about $7K on sale, we got it and brought it home.
During the q&a told, that the basic running gear was from IIRC, was from the Yamaha Rhino and that Massimo adds their body to it. Seeing as how Yamaha has a decent product, well no problem. Also mentioned was the fact that we could use this on a variety of state and private trails for X-country riding.
So she's happy. That's what matters.
First of all, really it was the last item but we'll talk about that first. Thought it would be good to take the wife and machine out to get use to handling. There are a couple of ares near by so I look in to getting it registered. Well living in NY state, that isn't possible. Seems the regs state that ATV/UTV have to be under 1000lbs. Nope that won't work as this is 1276. Supporters of raising the wt limit to 1500lbs have been unsuccessful so far. Now we live just east of the PA border and could register it there. NY won't recognize a reciprocal agreement but that doesn't matter as the nearest trail is just 25 miles away. OOPS! Reading about the PA trails, all the gates are two inches less than the width of the machine. Well, bright side, at least I saved the $20 registration fee.
All of the above, not a real big deal, just a bit frustrating. She'll just have to get use to driving it in the back on our five acres.
But now to the OP's questions and what he wants if for. This machine doesn't have the power to get out of it's own way. The steering is a BEAR. Probably partially due the huge knobby tires, which I may add, tear the crap out of any lawn you take it on. And forget about turning on pavement.There's a choice of two wheel drive, four wheel, or locked four wheel. I thought this would be similar to my Polaris which as a differential two wheel, two heel locked and four wheel. In differential I can pull anything, including a large roller on lawn and not dig it up.
There is no way the UTV can do this;
With the UTV you can't even go across the lawn in a straight line without it looking like the grass was attacked by voles/mole. But it is the lack of power vs weight that is the real let down. Trying to come up the hill with a couple hundred lbs in the bed (rated to carry 400 lbs)
has to be in locked four wheel, floored and you leave ditches you could bury cable in. (Hmm may there is a use for this after all
) And for all that it is just creeping up the hill.
And the quality, lot of complaints online about the folding windshield. Seems most don't like that the seam is right in middle of primary sight. Have to keep looking under or over. Yes, a bit of PIA. Shifting, very stiff and takes a bit of rocking to get it into reverse and low. Don't stop on a hill and then try to change it. Had it to their certified repair center in first month for missing bolts, broken door hinges, (which have broken again) had it for about 18 months so far) If I had to rate this, adequate at best. Should have taken it back instead of having it repaired. Wife uses it some, but not as much fun for her as I thought it would be. Don't even have 50 hrs on it. So all in all. Very disappointing.
To the OP: I would look on any of the "for sale" sites for a good used atv w/ plow. Think you'll be better off. In my area there are always quite a few, and some UTV's also that will cost less and do a better job. BTW look to drop another about $1000 for the plow.
All of the above are my observations. I would never buy another BMS (Massimo) product again.