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Utility vehicles, also called side by sides, come in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models. Four-wheel-drive UTVs are equipped with a heavy duty drivetrain and rugged tires to get through mud, debris, sand and uneven terrain. Most construction worksites call for four-wheel drive UTVs. Two-wheel drive UTVs are best for light-duty jobs. They work well on smooth surfaces and are gentler on turf than four-wheel drive models.
To rent a UTV that best suits your needs, consider the space you’ll be navigating and what people or materials you’ll be transporting. Will you need to make tight turns? Larger vehicles are handy for transporting materials but they typically have a larger turning radius and aren’t as nimble as two-passenger UTVs.
How many seats do I need?
United Rentals offers two-seat, four-seat and six-seat side by side rentals. If you want to be able to zip around the jobsite and you won’t frequently be carrying materials or multiple passengers, a two-seat UTV may suit you best. Go for a four-seater if you want to be able to transport a small crew and/or materials. If you know you need to transport both crews and materials/tools, a six-seater may be your best bet. The decision may depend on the configuration of the UTV. On some models, the second row can fold down to give you more options for how to use the space.
Smaller UTVs can tow around 1,000 pounds. UTVs designed for jobsites typically can tow loads of up to 2,000 pounds, and the largest models have towing capacities of up to 3,000 pounds.
UTVs are well suited for uneven or bumpy terrain. If your worksite’s terrain is particularly uneven, opt for a UTV with a higher ground clearance, such as a diesel, four-wheel drive model. UTVs have higher ground clearance than golf carts, which are best reserved for use indoors or on smooth outdoor surfaces.
Diesel- and gas-powered UTVs are common on big jobsites. They are more powerful than electric UTVs and are the better choice for rough terrain. If your jobsite has a diesel tank, choose a diesel UTV. Otherwise, stick with a gas-powered model.
Electric UTVs are becoming more popular because they are quieter and don’t emit fumes, so they can be used indoors. They are the best option for landscaped surfaces, which powerful gas and diesel models are likely to tear up, and in large warehouses. Keep in mind that you may need to stop work to recharge them.
Some UTVs feature a rollover protective structure, or ROPS, which is an open steel framework enclosing the UTV. It helps keep the operator and passengers safe if the vehicle tips or rolls over. If you have a jobsite with uneven terrain or steep gradients, rent an ROPS-equipped UTV for additional protection.
When you rent a side by side, consider accessories that could help you get work done. Many UTVs can be fitted with a variety of accessories, from snow plows to sprayers. Ask about accessories when you choose your UTV.