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Got my new gator today and took it out for a good run along the Sturgeon River near my acreage. We had a snow storm on Thursday am so we still had some white stuff to work through....this unit drives like a dream...lots of torque and traction. Here are a couple of photos.....GatorDan
 

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Congrats on the new vehicle!!! :D Nice looking little beast! Glad to hear that you have ample torque and traction. I got the 825i for more utility on my ranch (and lack of availability of the 2-seat 550 in my area - still only have S4s here!), but there are features of the 550 that look really sweet.

Look forward to hearing more about your machine as you gain experience!

- Steve in sunny CO
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Looking good!

Looks like it fits right in at your place. I see you have some goodies installed...lights, winch...are they Deere products or aftermarket? Tomorrow my gator gets its first tast of farm work...the acreage pace is pretty tame. We are getting ready for spring planting. Looks pretty springish at your place. Enjoy!
 

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Over 10 hours....love my gator!

Well we have over 10 hours on our gator and it had been a real workhorse. One issue came up when we were stuck in a wet spot waiting for a tow....the gas tank vent line siphoned water into the fuel tank and contaminated the fuel supply. Had to remove the tank and drain the lines. All is good now. I shortened the fuel vent line by 12 inches and this should never happen again...I will have to let my dealer know about this. The vent line is positioned at the floor board level...I was in water and mud at that level and the end of the hose was in the water and mud....when the tank and fuel cooled in the ice cold water a vacuum was created drawing in the water. So...if you are in mud and water be aware of this potential issue...otherwise...the little unit is a beast!
 

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Thanks for the heads up on the vent line, I'll be sure to check it out this week, as I'm at the 8 hr mark, and time to change break in oil and filter. mountaingoat.
 

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Oil change this weekend!

Yes .. Time to change the oil and filter as well...still clean and right on the mark after 10 hours. Bought JD oil and filter at the dealer....looks like the filter could be fun getting at..will see on the weekend.
 

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Oh yah! To change your filter you will need a "cup" type filter wrench. I purchased one at NAPA, and the part# is: 77-3862. It uses a 3/8" drive. You'll need a funnel for filling also. mountaingoat.
 

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Got my new gator today and took it out for a good run along the Sturgeon River near my acreage. We had a snow storm on Thursday am so we still had some white stuff to work through....this unit drives like a dream...lots of torque and traction. Here are a couple of photos.....GatorDan
Dan, have you had the opportunity to use your 550 on a long grade, uphill? I run between properties sometimes and all is well going downhill, but my return trip back up the hill is very slow, think tractor in low gear slow, I am looking at the Gator 825 and 550 considering a change. JH
 

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The ride back up the hill is steady but slow....never had a spin out problem but wonder what I would do if I needed more speed to make the long grade....the 550 is slow.
 

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I have the 825i and have never had a need for more power or lacked more on long stepp up hills.

I had it out last november on my deer hunt. We camped at the lower end of a 8 mile long forest road. Leaving camp in the morning I literally had about 50' of about 2% grade thatwent to about 6-8% for the next 3 miles. I could maintain what ever speed I chose the entire time with two people in the gator plus 5 gallons of fuel. It would pick up speed or maintain at my descretion..By no means is it a RSX or Razor but will get you where you want to be in a hurry or as slow and comfy as you want..

To say I love my 825i is an understatement.:D.
 

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Congrats and looks good!!!!!

Thats one thing I like about my RSX, I can play on the weekend and work during the week.
 

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My 550 S4 doesn't have problem since the clutch fix. It has never let me down as far as power. I'm amazed at what this little Vanguard 16 HP engine can do. It will move any thing I hook on to. Here on the beaches of Padre Island the sand gets plowed up and soft especially after a storm. The little 16 HP plows right through it. It's not much on speed but it's a great little work horse. I've carried way more the 400lb cargo limit and 4 passengers it just doesn't care. It just keeps on moving at it's 28 mph limitation.
 

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Hey vanderrt, I have the 550 SUX and some pretty steep grades and the little JD that could just does, as fast or as slow as I want.
 

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My 550 has 148 hours on it now, it will be one year old next april, it's doing great, strong as ever. we are in indiana on a medium terrain orchard. good hills, plenty of mud when it rains, and some moderate woods around. the gator gets it done. not the fastest but it works for us.
 
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