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GATOR VS. COMMANDER

Motorhead Mark Lester
5/27/2013

 

Dear Motorhead:

Have you guys tried the John Deere Gator RSX 850i and if so what is your impression? I'm looking for a SxS and I cannot decide between the Commander 800 or the RSX.

Top speed is not a concern for me. It's more to ride on our Quebec trail system.

Thanks. I love your show... Got OLN in my TV package just for you guys!

Luc



Luc:

Thanks for your email!

We have had little exposure to the JD 850i as JD appears reluctant to let out Press Units. We're not sure why we haven't had one yet but we've asked many times.

However, we have tremendous exposure to the Commander and can offer this advice. The 800 Commander is a great vehicle - you do not need to go all the way to the 1000 engine - this SXS with an 800 is faster than almost all other SXS anyway.

One issue you should consider is the DPS (digital power steering) package. In fact we would recommend you not purchase a Commander without DPS.

The vehicle responds so well to the power steering option that driving a Commander without this feature is not nearly as enjoyable.

Reliability with the Commander has been excellent and the versatility of the dual level dumping cargo box is undeniable.

Hope this helps!

Motorhead Mark







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