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By: CJ Rena Johnson

Bobcat

Bobcat 3200 2x4 Utility Vehicles: A Crossover to Cross Over For



We have actually been a fan of Bobcats agricultural products for a while because of all the rave reviews we have heard for years from those in the landscaping. Therefore, we were looking forward to some first-hand experience on these UTV and was excited about this opportunity to learn more about all of their products, including their new line of utility vehicles.

Media Event 2010

Bobcat, Doosan, and Two Rivers Marketing arranged for a very informative and impressive media event in Atlanta, GA. Bobcat and Doosan representatives prepared and delivered presentations on each of their new products followed by plenty of hands-on time so we could fully review almost all of the products on display.

In the presentation, we learned that both Doosan and Bobcat take pride in providing built-in longevity for all their machines including Bobcat’s new UTVs. They accomplish this by making maintenance areas easy to access as well as by protecting critical areas of the machine as in radiator guards that protect the radiator from damage, CV guards that protect the half-shaft grease from damaging debris, skid plates that protect the undercarriage, engine and transmission and with sealed CVT covers which protect the drive belt.

We spent some time trying out some of their agricultural and excavation equipment I had never had the opportunity to review. However, I focused the majority of my time on their four new UTV models including the 3200 4x2, the 3400 4x4, the 3400XL 4x4 and the 3450 4x4. The first in this line-up of the utility vehicles we reviewed was the 3200 4x2.

3200 4x2

The 3200 4x2 is the smallest of all the new Bobcat UTVs. It is also their only gas-only UTV. With its 29 HP engine, it has enough power to accomplish all kinds of tasks around personal acreage or even larger farms or job sites. As we went through the presentation on this vehicle, the representative focused on its ability to haul, tow, and transport. With the bed designed for hauling, you can carry more than on a typical ATV, yet you can go places you could not go with even a small truck.

One example they gave was its use during calving season. This would be an ideal vehicle to use to go rescue a calf from a remote area of the farm. Its 1600 lb. load capacity and 1500 lb. towing capacity is also very handy in hauling supplies to areas of the farm that need tending such as broken fences, falling trees, or rockslides.

The 3200 4x2 comes equipped with a 2-inch receiver hitch and as a UTV it can pull heavier loads than a comparable ATV. They are also great to have on job sites where you need to transport passengers or packages from one place to another.

The all four-wheel independent suspension allows for more comfort and stability over any kind of terrain. After spending a few hours in the seat of any UTV, it becomes very clear why this is so important in a crossover vehicle like this one. Not only does it reduce soreness due to bouncing and vibration, it reduces fatigue by reducing the strain of having to fight against the terrain as hard when you go from one place to the next.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how the 3200 4x2 UTV handled a variety of situations tested at this media event.

Compared with other side-x-sides

This is a great crossover vehicle for those who want to work and play on the same vehicle. Other more recreation-focused vehicles such as the Polaris Ranger, Polaris Ranger RZR, and the Kawasaki Mule are better suited if you plan to spend most of your time out on the trail playing instead of working on the farm.  The Honda Big Red is the closest comparable side-x-side I have reviewed in comparison to the Bobcat 3200 4x2.

Trail Test

The Bobcat 3200 4x2 tested better than I expected on the recreational obstacle course set up, which included hill climbs, a rock crawling area, mud holes and ruts. It conquered each one without hesitation. I would certainly take this vehicle on most of the easier OHV trails I have been traveled. As far as the work side of it, I cannot imagine many areas on a farm or job site where this machine would not exceed expectations. The 3200 4x2 UTV is the perfect vehicle for anyone who wants to enjoy some of both the recreational and agricultural worlds.

Specifications

Vehicle

  • Overall Length:  113 inches
  • Overall Width:  60 inches
  • Overall Weight:  75 inches
  • Operating Weight:  1375 lb
  • Travel Speed, High:   30 mph
  • Travel Speed, Low:  15 mph
  • Wheel Base:  76 inches
  • Tread Width (Front/Rear):  48 inches, 49 inches
  • Ground Clearance:  9.5 inches
  • Turning Radius:  122 inches

Engine

  • Fuel:  Gas
  • Horsepower:  29 HP
  • Displacement:  27.8 inx3
  • Injection:  Carburetor
  • Cooling:  Liquid
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:  9 Gallon

Cargo Box Capacity

  • Cargo Box Length:  36.5 inches
  • Cargo Box Width:  54 inches
  • Cargo Box Height:  11.5 inches
  • Cargo Box Load Height:  31 inches
  • Cargo Box Load (Maximum):  1100 lb

Vehicle Capacity

  • Vehicle Rated Capacity (all inclusive):  1600 lb
  • Towing Capacity:  1500 lb

Vehicle Features (Standard)

  • Steel Frame
  • Lockable Rear Differential
  • Gear Selector, R-N-L-H
  • Front Suspension, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension, Double A-Arm
  • Sealed CVT Cover
  • 2-inch Rear Receiver
  • Headlights
  • Tail/Brake Lights

Vehicle Features (Optional)

  • Brush Guard
  • Cargo Box with Power Lift Assist
  • Work Lights/Strobe Lights
  • Turn Signals

Operator Area Features (Standard)

  • Headrests
  • Park Brake
  • Beverage Holders
  • Storage Compartment with Door
  • Dash Mounted Hour Meter
  • 3-point Seat Belt with Comfort Strap
  • 4-Point ROPS (rollover protective structure)
  • Gear Position Indicator Light
  • Park Brake Indicator Light

Operator Area Features (Optional)

  • Radio & Speakers

For more information about the 3200 4x2 or any of Bobcat’s other UTVs, please visit their website at www.bobcat.com/utility_machines/utility_vehicles. These machines are definitely worth checking out for work and play.

To check out all of Bobcat’s and Doosan’s machines, please go to their main webpage at www.bobcat.com
Remember: No matter where you work or play, always leave the area better than you found it.


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