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Two new UTVs from Bobcat

The 3400 and two-seat 3400XL models are designed for typical farm work

Bobcat is introducing two new UTVs for 2015, the three-passenger 3400 and six-passenger 3400XL. They feature improved suspensions, higher payload and towing ratings, faster travel speed and more integrated accessories, according to the company.

Both models are available with either a 40 horsepower, 570cc, fuel-injected, gas engine or a 24 horsepower, 1120cc, diesel mated to a two-range CVT transmission. And those power train combinations can get the two 3400s down the road at speeds up to 65 KPH (40 MPH). They also get change-on-the-go four-wheel drive.

Underneath, the machines get a full skid plate to protect them from uneven terrain, along with an optional brush guard on the front to minimize the risk of body damage when charging through pasture bush.

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Front suspension is an adjustable, independent A-arm configuration, while the rear uses a multi-link system. That, the company claims, gives these models an improved turning radius, increased load capacity and improved traction along with a smoother ride.

The 3400 and 3400XL also get some improved body styling. Front and rear windows, a roof and canvas or hard-shell doors can be added as options to improve operator comfort. And once installed, doors can simply be lifted off their hinges if you want to enjoy a ride in nice weather. In fact, converting these models from an open station to a fully enclosed modular cab only takes a few minutes.

To add to the operator comforts is standard power steering and a tilt wheel. Occupants ride on a standard, three-passenger bench seat. The XL model includes a similar rear seat, which doubles the passenger capacity count to six. And for cold weather operation, a dealer-installed cab heater is available. There is also increased storage area in the passenger area, with under-seat compartments.

Behind the cab, the cargo bed, which is 168 millimetres (7 inches) longer than previous models, is rated for 568 kilograms (1,250 pounds) of payload. A standard manual or optional hydraulic dump feature let you unload it in a hurry.

To make these models more versatile, a winch-operated snow blade is available to help keep the farm tidy in winter. And a 228 litre (60 U.S. gallon) spray tank can be mounted in the bed for spot control of weeds or spreading fertilizer.

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Scott Garvey

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