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7 Reasons to Choose an Argo Amphibious ATV

Why are more and more people choosing to ditch their ATVs, side-by-sides and 4x4s in favor of an Argo? They can do things other vehicles can’t. Here are 7 reasons why you should choose an Argo XTV over other off-road vehicles.

They Go On Water, Not In It

These vehicles have sealed hulls and giant tires that act as ballast, so they float like a boat. When you’re in the water, the tire treads act like paddles, propelling your vehicle forward. That means you don’t need to worry about snorkels, oil contamination or electrical shorts when you cross bodies of water.

A Tiny Turning Circle with Low Effort Steering

XTVs use a skid steering system, slowing the inside wheels to make turns. Shift into low gear, and the turning circle is shorter than the length of the vehicle. This helps these vehicles get into places that would be almost impossible to reach in a side-by-side.
Since this steering is brake based, steering effort is always the same, and the wheels won’t veer left and right over uneven terrain. There’s no need to wrestle the handlebars, no matter where you’re driving.

Float Over Mud, Sand and Snow

Thanks to their giant tires, these vehicles spread their weight over a large contact patch, like a snowshoe. This lets Argos drive over soft ground that will swallow other off-road vehicles. Add a set of tracks, and that contact patch gets even bigger. This lets XTVs operate on the loosest surfaces, including loose mud and soft pack snow.

High Efficiency

While ATV and UTV engines are based on motorcycle powerplants, Argo uses industrial engines, like you’ll find powering commercial lawn care equipment. These engines are built for low RPM grunt, keeping engine speeds and fuel consumption to a minimum. All models except the Frontier 650 6×6 have fuel injection, further improving fuel economy.

Increased Stability

An Argo’s giant tires are its suspension. That means the axles, transmission and engine aren’t perched on top of a long travel suspension, lowering the center of gravity. This works so well that they aren’t required to use a ROPS for rollover protection, giving you a clear view of the surrounding area as you drive.

More Space for People and Equipment

With models that seat up to 6 people and cargo options that include everything from mobile workstations to dump beds, an Argo fits the needs of professionals and enthusiasts in ways no other vehicle can.

High Quality Components

First responders and workers in remote locations can depend on Argos because they use the best components available. Every vehicle uses an industrial engine from Vanguard or Kohler, and the driveline components are built by Argo’s parent company, ODG. This is the same company that builds OEM parts for applications ranging from automobiles to trains.

Does an Argo Sound Like the Right Vehicle for You?

If you’re looking to buy an Argo, visit Shank’s Argo. We’re one of the East’s largest dealers, carrying the full line of Argo vehicles. We also provide the service and support commercial and hobbyist owners need for these vehicles. Visit our shop at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA, or see our current stock at

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