Hardest working. Smoothest riding. The Polaris Ranger is one of the bestselling utility side-by-sides across the globe, and has earned its reputation as the ultimate utility vehicle with over one million vehicles built and counting. To showcase the versatility of the Ranger, Polaris has embarked on a journey across Europe, Middle East and Africa to discover and film how customers are using the Polaris Ranger in their day-to-day lives. The initiative, called Ranger Stories, is set to demonstrate the many ways in which the RANGER line-up is servicing customer lives worldwide.
Episode 8 – MW Agri Ltd., Hertfordshire, UK
Heavy machinery and specialist equipment are a must for agricultural and grounds maintenance work, but what happens when a utility vehicle is needed for lighter duties? Longstanding agricultural business, MW Agri Ltd., found a solution in the Polaris Ranger.
Working across a large part of Hertfordshire in the UK, MW Agri Ltd. covers a wide range of agricultural duties, public and private grass management and maintenance tasks. Beautiful landscapes surround this South East region, a number of which are maintained by the team at MW Agri Ltd.
Originally purchasing a Polaris Ranger 900 five years ago, MW Agri has since owned a Polaris Ranger XP 1000 and more recently, bought a 2021 Ranger 1000 from local Polaris dealer Taylors Tools to help out across their many duties.
For the eighth episode of RANGER Stories, Polaris joins MW Agri Owner and Managing Director, Malcolm Weaver, to see exactly what aspects of the Polaris Ranger make it so versatile for ground management. Homologated for road use in the UK, and with the addition of the larger alloy wheels for increased road speed, the Ranger 1000 is perfect for transporting the team across different locations; especially as time management plays such an important role in this line of work. The Ranger 1000 boasts class-leading 1,134kg towing capacity and smooth low-speed drivability, which allows the team to tow all kinds of heavy fencing equipment and implements, and paired with its 30.5cm of ground clearance, the team can access all areas for every client.
Reliability also played a large part when choosing the Polaris Ranger; it’s essential that the company’s equipment doesn’t fail on a job for its clients. The Polaris Ranger 1000 is built to last with a heavy-duty steel front bumper, full body skid plate, longer-lasting sealed suspension bushings and the new Pro-PVTi clutching system which has been engineered with large internal wear components to deliver enhanced drivability, reliability and control.
Malcolm Weaver said, “…the Ranger, with its light footprint and maneuverability, comes into its own taking equipment and materials to remote locations even when the conditions are boggy. With its two-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive options the Ranger gets us through the toughest of conditions. The Ranger also has Turf Mode, which is absolutely essential and one of the main reasons why we bought it which is ideal when working on delicate areas.”
There are no days off when it comes to the upkeep of land, so MW Agri have made full use of the Polaris Engineered accessories for the Ranger 1000, including a full cab kit with a windscreen, full doors, roof and rear panel, as well as an in-cab heater to stay warm on colder winter days. Not only that, they have also added a Polaris fitted winch which comes with a number of benefits when working in woodland – such as retrieving fallen limbs or for some extra pulling power when removing dead branches – as well as tensioning fencing wire.
With its versatility to suit a vast array of jobs, Malcolm and the team at MW Agri rely on the Polaris Ranger as an essential part of their workforce, day-in, day-out.
Catch the eighth episode of RANGER Stories in the UK on the Polaris Off-Road International YouTube channel here.
Established over 30 years ago, MW Agri Limited is an agricultural contracting business, and over the years we’ve expanded into large area grass management including maintenance of large estates, council amenity areas, sports fields, public areas and rural verge works.
As the machine fleet is made up of tractors, mowers and necessary attachments for the job, 5 years ago we found we consistently needed a utility type vehicle for lighter duties.
After some research, in 2016 we decided on a Polaris Ranger 900. In 2018, we upgraded to an XP 1000 then more recently, we have just bought a 2021 Ranger 1000.
Separate from the grass maintenance, the company also does a lot of tree work and fencing throughout the winter months.
This is where the Ranger with its light footprint and manoeuvrability comes into its own taking equipment and materials to remote locations even when the conditions are boggy.
With its two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options, the Ranger gets us through the toughest of conditions.
The Ranger also has Turf Mode, which is absolutely essential and one of the main reasons why we bought it. The one-wheel-drive option gives us a smaller turning circle and is ideal when working in delicate areas
We included the Polaris fitted winch when we bought it – we use it to tension the fencing wire sometimes and to retrieve fallen limbs in the woodland.
When out and about on general duties, especially the verge works, the Ranger is quick on the road, moving the workforce to strimming locations and job sites
We had the optional large alloy wheels fitted which give more ground clearance and better road speed, which is a massive time saving compared to other UTV’s.
The Ranger has a great towing capacity for towing trailers and implements as required.
The Ranger is an everyday all-rounder and a key machine in our fleet. It is at work every day in some form.