Sure, Argo’s amphibious ATVs look cool, but does that translate into usable performance? There’s more to these vehicles than the ability to cross both land and water. Their unique capabilities give them massive advantages over other vehicles in nearly every aspect of off-roading. Here are some reasons why you should consider an XTV for your next off-road vehicle.
1. Better Hunting and Fishing
An Argo amphibious ATV goes places you can’t reach in other vehicles. Cross streams, climb steep inclines, and fly across mud and sand without worrying about getting stuck. Like waterfowl hunting? With one of these machines, you can drive right into your duck blind.
2. Serious About Quality
Under the hood, you won’t find a standard motorcycle or ATV engine. Instead, you’ll find a top quality industrial engine, like those used in professional lawn care and construction equipment. The transmission is built by Argo’s parent company, Ontario Drive and Gear. They make gear components for everything from off-road vehicles to trains. Each design is tested and refined until it works perfectly in temperatures ranging from -40°F to 104°F. It’s no wonder why these vehicles are popular with outfitters, first responders and professional hunters.
3. Better for the Environment
The same giant tires that give XTVs their unparalleled offroad capabilities also reduce ground pressure. That means you won’t tear up the surfaces you drive on, unlike traditional off-road vehicles. Add a set of tracks, and this pressure becomes far lower than a human foot. This allows XTVs to be used in ecologically sensitive areas that can’t be accessed by other vehicles.
Oil and fuel leaks can contaminate the environment, but since everything is inside the Argo’s hull, there’s no chance of these fluids leaving the vehicle.
4. More Passenger Space
Some 8×8 XTVs can carry up to 6 people on land, and up to 4 people on water, yet they’re shorter than most four passenger side-by-sides. This lets you use fewer vehicles for large groups.
Since these vehicles don’t need a long travel suspension, all the mechanical components are mounted low in the frame. This keeps the center of gravity low, virtually eliminating the chance of a rollover. It’s so safe that a roll over bar isn’t required to meet safety regulations. This gives you better visibility and a less cramped seating area than a side-by-side.
6. Get There Faster
Thanks to their low ground pressure and amphibious capabilities, you don’t have to second guess where you’re driving. These vehicles float over mud and sand, and they can tackle the steepest inclines.
For emergency services, it means cutting down the amount of walking it takes to get between the vehicle and the people in need of care. That means faster response times and less fatigue when working in extreme environments, whether you’re in the wilderness or dealing with a natural disaster.
See What an Argo XTV can Do for You
If you think an XTV is right for you, talk to the experts at Shank’s Argo. We’re one of the East’s largest Argo dealers, and we have decades of experience helping professionals and enthusiasts with their outdoor equipment. Come visit our showroom at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or see our in-stock models and schedule a demo at www.shankslawn.com. Need parts or accessories for your Argo? We can ship your order anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.