Re: So that's how it is?
Today I ordered my Gator 825i in camo w/ 14"6ply tires on black alloy rims, PS, black bench seat & HD brushguard. It is naked on top because it will get an aftermarket alum deckplate roof in black. I'll bet it will be a slow two weeks waiting for it. The decision came down to the J-D or the Honda. In the Honda's favor was an engine from an old familiar name with a chain driven cam, and a true auto transmission. Oh yeah also $2600 less for similar equipped machines (Honda does not have a front hitch receiver). In the Green corner, nothing scary about a Chinese Chery! The engine looks very familiar with its belt driven cam and water pump and a little spin-on oil filter that is easy to reach. 50hp of smooth 3cyl power and 44mph advertised top speed, noticeably more foot room in cockpit, 4 disc brakes instead of three, more robust suspension design, the new enhanced engine braking system...where to stop? It's John-Deere, hands down. The Kubota really was just too slow for some of my needs, but it gave me a clue about cabs. The A/C is standard on them because you would croak in that fishbowl without it. If I was going to be in this thing all day all year, a cab would make sense. I can get a canvas rig even if I have the boat cover shop build it, but for now a roof is adequate. Hope I chose well, I'm going to have this thing for a while.