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Polaris 570 or 325

3/20/15 @ 7:32 PM
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river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
Been looking at ATVs, never owned one. Kind of a tossup between the Sportsman 570 (40+ HP) and the ETX 325 (30HP). Is the 325 with 30hp, enough to handle some snow, ice fishing conditions, putting chains on the rear tires. I am more concerned about the strain on the engine and tranny by putting chains on tires. Any experience or educated opinion on this.

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11/18/16 @ 1:14 PM
JustPerchinAround
User since 1/16/14

I am running an ETX.  I use it on the ice and have no real issues with it. It gets my kids and my gear on and off the ice without issue.  It has EFI so cold weather starts are not an issue.  With that said, buy the biggest you can comfortably afford.  I was more comfortable buying a new ETX than I was a larger used machine, and that's what my budget permitted at the time.  No complaints to speak of.

4/22/16 @ 2:04 PM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12
Go with the bigger one. I have both a 300 and a 400, wish I had bigger one yet. The small one is ok for putting around, but if you're going to put on chains and maybe a plow, get he bigger one, you'll be happier in the long run.

4/21/16 @ 1:46 PM
PalmerTenderfoot
PalmerTenderfoot
User since 3/7/16
I second the 570 Sportsman. I have a 2014 that I bought strictly for ice fishing and have no complaints thus far. I added the tracks and it handles anything I've thrown at it.

4/4/15 @ 9:28 AM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
We liked the 325, how easily it handled. But went with the 570 anyway, I want more power for getting through the snow on the lakes. These Polaris have one heckuva a smooth ride, very impressive. So we got a 2015 570 with EFI, AWD for $5300 plus tax.

We looked hard on the used ATV market and couldnt find anything comparable that justifies the asking price.

3/24/15 @ 12:30 PM
wskiph
wskiph
User since 9/3/11
we have a 2004 Arctic Cat,,not fast but powerful,,used for plowing,and riding,,no problems engine is a Suz uki 376cc also a 1989 Polaris 250 2cycle bought new by an uncle 3rd owner in the family ,,no problems,,sometimes you dont need big engines ,,depends on your needs,,we are fine with ours

3/24/15 @ 11:36 AM
laxeagle
laxeagle
User since 10/1/06
We have two Polaris Atvs, a 1994 4x4 and a 1997 2x4. Neither have incurred any major costly fixes or maintenance in the 15+ years we have owned, and we don't do much to maintain them.

3/24/15 @ 11:09 AM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
Thanks for the comments. I see the Polaris units cost a lot less ($$1000-2000 )than Honda, Suzi, Yamaha, when comparing similar units with equal features. Makes me wonder if the Polaris is a value trap and money pit.

3/23/15 @ 1:10 PM
ironwall
ironwall
User since 5/30/02
I second northwds.

3/21/15 @ 11:45 PM
Northwds
User since 6/20/14
Go for the biggest engine you can get. I started out with a 350 Yamaha and ended up with a 700 Sportsman. The 700 is fast and plows snow like a hot knife cutting butter. Plenty of power is key IMO.

3/21/15 @ 6:12 AM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
I would prefer the 570 as it seems more versatile but its my DW that really wants this. Of course I am going to swipe it every chance I get. So my main concern is if the 30hp and drive train can handle the additional strain of tire chains in the winter. Or should I not even be concerned. Neither of us are large framed, around 160.

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