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#1603660 - 08/17/10 03:50 PM Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger
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Registered: 12/18/07
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Loc: Sealy, TX
I'm looking to sell my two 4 wheelers and get one of these. Any advice is appreciated. Pros and cons of each??? I am looking at the ones with two bench seats so I have room for the wife and kids when they come hunting. I like the way the Mule's second seat folds down to make the bed bigger. Thanks in advance for any input.

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#1603834 - 08/17/10 04:36 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: PriddyTxHunter]
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I have a mule and very happy with it but I think the Ranger might be a tougher machine . But there some difference in price when I was shopping several years back


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#1604069 - 08/17/10 05:49 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: sallysue]
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Registered: 01/04/06
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Loc: Sanger,TX
I have a Polaris Ranger Crew. I put a 48x48 dog box that I can put 4 pointers and a English Cocker Spaniel in, put a 5 gallon Water jug on, a cooler and have had up to 6 Adult men in the seats with shells and guns and off we go to hunt. With this load it will do over 30 mph way to fast when you are up North in Kansas go to the back side of a CRP field to hunt pheasants. My son-in-law the Jet Fighter pilot will run it at 45mph to 50 mph. (top speed on Mule is 27-28 mph)No changing seats around to get more bed space, There is no comparison in ride with the Mule. Several of my friends have mules, They ride in the ranger when they can. Triplett 6 year old Granddaughters love to drive it, and their mom is happy because it has seat belts and a roll bar. As you can see I am very happy with my ranger. Have not been able to get it stuck yet and try out the winch on the front, even though I did use it to pull out youngest daughters boy friends car when he got it stuck.


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#1604162 - 08/17/10 06:31 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: twostrike]
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When I was looking for a side-by-side I looked at the Mule 610 and the Rhino 450. I chose the Rhino becaues it had a top speed of 35, Mule 25, Rhino gas tank 4.1 gal, Mule 2.8, Rhino ground clearence 12.1 in, Mule 8.4 plus I thought the Mule was down right UGLY.
Of course Rhino does not make a quad cab.
Just some thing to think about when you are comparing the two.

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#1604288 - 08/17/10 07:32 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: twinbubba]
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I have used both the Ranger and the Mule. The Ranger is much smoother to ride in for sure. Ranger can haul and pull a larger payload. The maintenance and upkeep to fix it when something goes is much greater on the Ranger than the Mule. The newer Mule with power steering and fuel injection is nicer than older Mule hands down. The Ranger seems to be a little louder from motor noise than the Mule, but I did ride in a new Ranger Crew this weekend and it was quieter than they have been in the past. Your maintenance costs and your time to do it is much less on a Mule than a Ranger in my opinion.

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Is 7 year old 200lb+ buck poop similar in size to small doe poop? Or can y'all tell the difference?
It smells different...

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#1604714 - 08/17/10 10:06 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 06/06/10
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Tried both and ended up with the Ranger. Smoother ride and greater payload as stxranchman already noted. Top speed not a consideration as anything above 25-30 mph in these things makes me pucker. Have the regular Ranger now but will probably trade up to the 2011 Ranger Crew which comes standard in camo and power steering. Check out the different blogs on these guys. PRCForum.com is specific to Rangers and SideXsideworld.com for all other brands. I spent months on these forums reading pros and cons before making a selection. Good luck - both are good machines. Depends on what you are looking for in a side x side.

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#1605171 - 08/18/10 07:42 AM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: Ranger Man]
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Originally Posted By: Ranger Man
Depends on what you are looking for in a side x side.


I have a 2010 4x4 610 Mule, I won it in a raffle, so no complaints from me. However, I would say it seems a little under powered, and it's not fuel injected. If I had the cash, I'd move up to the 4010 with two seats. Look at the accessories too, I don't know about rangers, but Mules don't come with roof, winshield, etc. I'm with Ranger Man, if I want to drive faster, I'll get in my Land Cruiser. Mules have seat belts and roll bars too. They are fun too!

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#1605245 - 08/18/10 08:22 AM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: DoubleB20]
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Test drove both in 09, the mule drove like a bus and the Ranger drove like a cadillac ( both crews ). Always funny to watch my buddies grab the hand rail when I'm about to hit a badly rutted road at 20 mph. They find out very quickly they didn't need to. Sold my 08 Ranger XP and got a 2010 Ranger Crew, it rides even smoother than the other one ( longer wheel base ).

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#1605280 - 08/18/10 08:36 AM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: HuntingTexas]
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I just bought a Ranger and this thing is a beast. I can't speak for the mule, but the ranger is well worth it. It pulled trailers loaded with stands through the mud and up the hills and never flinched. One of the best investments I have made.

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#1605320 - 08/18/10 08:48 AM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: TXMachinist]
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I have a ranger, my friend has a mule. The mule is fine for what he uses it for, a small farm / cattle operation with mostly flat pastures. I use my Polaris in a lot of heavier terrain on my ranch. I go places I would not even try in his mule. And like has been said, the suspension on the ranger makes it a LOT smoother ride.

Oh, and I always rag on him cuz his mule doesn't have cup-holders. Where ya gonna put your 'beverage'.


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#1605785 - 08/18/10 11:51 AM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
but I did ride in a new Ranger Crew this weekend and it was quieter than they have been in the past.


I noticed that when I was riding around in one filling feeders last weekend and then hopped over in a new one, much quiter than they used to be.


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#1605813 - 08/18/10 12:04 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: rifleman]
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can't add anything other than we have a Mule 3010 and have been quite happy with it for use around the ranch.

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#1606728 - 08/18/10 05:37 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: MELackey]
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Registered: 10/27/09
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Well don't know about the Mule but my uncle is on his 2nd Ranger. The first one was a beast, held up on his ranch which is saying alot the way he drives it and the terrain it's on. It lasted a long time and then got shipped out to a masonry jobsite where it is still going and that's saying alot.

He got a quad cab ranger after that one and it's a POS. My BIL works for him and took it to the dealer a month or two back because the rollcage broke it 5 places. They didn't flip it, roll it, nothing, just under normal driving doing ranch work the rollcage, which is supposed to hold up under a rollover, broke in 5 places

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#1606824 - 08/18/10 06:09 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: z71dustin]
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Registered: 12/02/08
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Loc: Richmond, Texas
I have had both. I much prfer the Ranger for comfort, ride, and payload. I just got a new Ranger Crew and it is even more satisfying. The ride is unbelievable and it is much quiter than my previous 500.


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#1607113 - 08/18/10 08:07 PM Re: Kawasaki Mule vs. Polaris Ranger [Re: z71dustin]
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Originally Posted By: z71dustin
Well don't know about the Mule but my uncle is on his 2nd Ranger. The first one was a beast, held up on his ranch which is saying alot the way he drives it and the terrain it's on. It lasted a long time and then got shipped out to a masonry jobsite where it is still going and that's saying alot.

He got a quad cab ranger after that one and it's a POS. My BIL works for him and took it to the dealer a month or two back because the rollcage broke it 5 places. They didn't flip it, roll it, nothing, just under normal driving doing ranch work the rollcage, which is supposed to hold up under a rollover, broke in 5 places


I have driven 3 Rangers and they all had frame breaks or cracks on the front right roll bar. All 3 had tops, one was Ranger Wear Top and the other 2 were homemade. There roll cages do not handle the stress on going back and forth over rough terrain from what I can tell with a roof on them.

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Is 7 year old 200lb+ buck poop similar in size to small doe poop? Or can y'all tell the difference?
It smells different...

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