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kawasaki mule 610 4X4

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by zim bob the landscaper, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    what do you guys think of them. we want it for plowing and landscaoing. we want a tuff machine, and we were thinking pay so much every month. so we looked into it, and it said 100 a month for 60 months which we might be able to do it in a year. what do you think of them.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    6k worth don't they sell new for like 9 grand roughly, not sure if it could handle a plow,probally though local boys here plow with 4 wheeler's.
  3. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    it can a 52" black line is what we are gonna get.
  4. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    my brother bought his kid a mule 4x4. i've used it a few times myself. i think it is a great tool. i especially like the dump bed on it. its great to speed around in the woods
  5. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    ya ive seen a short vid on it and it was in the woods would be fun to just be a toy but my dad wont allow it. i want it dor plowing and gonna put a spreader on it and use it for bark mulch etc.
  6. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,496

    I wouldnt get the kawi mule, i would go for either a john deere gator, Polaris Ranger, or a Kubota rtv, no offense but the kawis are junk. a buddy of mine has one with a plow, and man it is junk, it wont push the plow, and also it can tow any thing. just my opinon, good luck
  7. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    i wish i could get somthing that expensive but i dont even know if im going to get anything like that. my brother is being stupid and wont get his license. which my dad said we wont get any more equiptment till you get your license which he doesnt want to.
  8. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    as an owner of a kaw 3010, an updated 610, i can say it is not junk!!!!! it is very dependable. that said, there are some compromises with a mule. here are its shortcomings: first, the centrifugal clutch (cvt) is not the best for pulling. i have pulled some 10in dia, 15ft sections of trees and felt as though i was overloading the machine. a transmission that would allow the driver to select the gear would be a great addition. that said, i have never had a second of trouble from the drive belt or clutch. second, the ground speed is only about 22mph (GPS) whereas some of the others are capable of 40mph. third, the mule is not as good as a 4 wheeler in the mud. it needs taller and more aggressive tires, and don't buy one without a winch!!!!!!!! fourth, the undercarriage is exposed and has a good many wires which get snagged. if these get pulled apart the 4wd and locking differential will not work. if you plan to use your mule in the wood i would head to home cheapo and p/u a pack of cable wraps. it is obvious that kaw should have addressed this with a belly pan. this will be corrected on my machine, soon. there are also many connections there that can be flooded causing shorts. i have tried to ford 20in of water and have had it shut down b/c of water in the connections. finally, the handling is not the sportiest among the utility vehicles. think of it as more of a dodge ram 3500 than a porsche. but, when it comes to hauling a load, it would be tough to top. it is rated to carry 800lbs in the bed, however, i have carried as much as 150 gal of water many times with no ill effects.
    on the plus side is the feeling that this machine is absolutely rock solid. it has the capability to carry three, assuming you are close friends and none of you like the all-you-can eat pizza buffet too much. most of the competition only has two seats. it can haul a huge load, especially compared to a 4 wheeler and the motors on these machines are indestructible.
    all in all, i would recommend a mule in a second. realize it has its limitations and work the heck out of it.
  9. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    We (that means us, not our buddy) have a diesel 2510 mule - not sure how that model compares to yours.

    It is really durable and comes in handy for all sorts of jobs -

    Nursery - we use it every day to run in and out of the shop. It climbs the loam pile if we need to fix a line in the excavator, or pull tools out to the screener in the mud, etc. It also comes in handy for running around the yard for inventory checks or saving time bringing plants to a truck rather than the truck to a plant. Ours has a manual dump body.

    Jobs - It can bring materials where you need them without making a mess of a lawn. We also use it to tow a topdresser on fields for smaller jobs. The topdresser holds about 3/4 to 1 yard of soil. It has a receiver like a small car for the trailering applications.

    By the way, as far as traction and drive, I have had not trouble climbing over a pile of loam dumped directly out of the triaxle. It would go right up and over, even with a small load.
    Snow - We don't plow with it, but its kind of fun if you can keep the snow out of your eyes.:dizzy:

    Home - It really works well at Halloween as an escort vehicle.

    Seriously - we like our mule, and will get another one when we need to. The centrifugal clutch may make some jobs a pain, but that is not likely if you have reasonable expectations.
  10. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I dont have a Mule but we do have 3 Kawasaki four wheelers and they ARE NOT junk we run the hell out of ours and have had miner problems (all of which were our fault) such as my brother sunk one...the only thing that was a let down about Kawasaki is my mom and dads transmition on there prarie went out and it was 2 days out of the warrenty.....which i know my parents werent hard on the trans. so that was a let down and we bought a used one and the engine blew up becouse they guy before us got sand in the fuel and engine so that was his fault becouse any fourwheeler with that happening would mess up, but i would diffently suggest looking into Kawasaki i would give them a 4/5 rating when we go riding we run the hell out of them and they keep on truckin, so i would FOR SURE look into Kawasaki, my 2nd choice would be look into a Yamaha Rhino 660 and they now have a Rhino 350 i think (which would be cheaper) but i dont know how well it would plow or tow......hoped this helped somewhat

    My point is Kawasaki is NOT junk and are very reliable

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