Argo Vs Quad

Ben82

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#1
I am thinking of changing my quad bike and considering either a new bike or an Argo 8x8.

Any comments, pros and cons would be very much appreciated.

Main activity is woodland and some open hill stalking.

Thanks - Ben
 

nick.308

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#2
i have seen argos and quads in action and there isn't much between an argo and a quad with KENDA EXECUTIONER tyres on it!
i would be tempted to say £4k would get you a more reliable quad than an argo!
when buying an argo know your stuff coz there are some wrecks around.
 

rodp

Well-Known Member
#4
Reliability isn't a problem but they are higher maintenance than a quad, going to be, they have more wheels. The upside is they don't get bogged down in swamp like a quad, and they carry a lot more.
 

roedeerred

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#5
it's horses for courses again each has +&-
only you can decide on exactly what conditions you use it in I have my quad with me most of the time but an argo every time on the hill is best
 

alberta boy

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#6
I've owned a few Argo's over the years , 6 and 8 wheel versions . We , me and my brother , still own an 8 wheeler , the are very capable machines . We mostly use ours for pulling out Moose from muskeg ( very large bogs ) and in that role they're hard to beat . They do require regular maintenance , especially the drive chains , but it's something you can do yourself . As nick 308 says , take a good look at any Argo before you buy it , a lot of the used ones I've looked at were rode hard and put away wet , don't buy someone else problems . One downside to an Argo is they're a pain in the ass to haul around and you need space to store them . To be honest , unless you're going to be pulling large loads out of boggy country on a regular basis , you'd probably be better off with a quad . You'll get more machine for the money that way , a good Argo isn't cheap . We use quads most of the time and they work just fine . My brother just bought a Can Am 800 ? , it is an amazingly powerful machine and it's a lot easier to carry around . I'm not trying to put you off of an Argo , it's just a big , and expensive , piece of equipment . The new quads are more than up to most tasks I can think of . I guess it boils down to what your needs are and , more importantly , what your budget is . I hope this helps with your decision .

AB
 
#7
the Argo is good when its well maintained but parts are expensive and if it brakes down and cant be repaired in situ its very difficult to tow even if you do have another Argo available we had to recover one slung under a helicopter if you can get of with the quad its a lot less hassle
 

Ben82

Well-Known Member
#8
Sounds like oversized tyres on the Quad is the way to go. I wont shoot enough deer to cover the cost of a major breakdown.

Thanks - Ben
 

N.F.W.M

Well-Known Member
#10
i have seen argos and quads in action and there isn't much between an argo and a quad with KENDA EXECUTIONER tyres on it!
i would be tempted to say £4k would get you a more reliable quad than an argo!
when buying an argo know your stuff coz there are some wrecks around.
+1 for the Kenda Mud Executioner tyres, I have them on my RTV.... unstoppable ! (nearly)

Ed
 

Heym SR20

Well-Known Member
#11
I don't what sized the Canadians or Americans who designed Argos are, but they make Landrovers seem positively luxurious. One plus is they do have a tent type cover that keeps some of the Scottish rain out. But they don't haven a lot of ground clearance and get stuck in snow quite easily unless you have tracks on them.
 

alberta boy

Well-Known Member
#14
I don't what sized the Canadians or Americans who designed Argos are, but they make Landrovers seem positively luxurious. One plus is they do have a tent type cover that keeps some of the Scottish rain out. But they don't haven a lot of ground clearance and get stuck in snow quite easily unless you have tracks on them.
You're right about the tracks , Argos are almost useless in deep snow with out them . If the snow gets deep , and it does get deep here , we use snowmobiles instead . And you make another important point , in rough terrain an Argo will pound the hell out of you . We generally only use ours to haul large dead things out of difficult terrain , not as general transportation . To be honest , I'd rather walk ..........or drive a quad with a soft seat and cushy suspension lol . I guess you can tell which machine I'd go with , unless I can talk Muir out of his Rokon he he .

AB
 

Yorric

Well-Known Member
#17
This is what you need, ask me nice |I might even sell it to you :)



John
Hi John
Have you managed to get stuck anywhere with it yet? & how do you rate the tracks after a year's use? Also does the turning circle alter compared to the original wheels?
Happy new year when it comes!

Ian
 

JAYB

Administrator
Site Staff
#18
Hi Ian,

No never been stuck, and Glen tried his hardest to get it stuck on the same ground that we had to pull his Honda out of. The turning circle obviously is bigger as the tracks are bigger and give a wider stance which gives much greater stability. The trouble is I do not have great stability and my health is forcing me to act sensibly and stop tempting fate on the hill, I am afraid, so therefore it will have to go to remove temptation :D.

Happy New Year to you mate.

John
 

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