More and more businesses are beginning to appreciate the value of using a utility task vehicle or UTV on their sites. These small vehicles offer unique advantages over other vehicles including: ease of entry and exit, navigating over rough and narrow terrain, ability to tow and carry small loads, and good fuel mileage. In addition, UTVs are also easily transportable by truck to a specific project location. Below are a few trades that greatly benefit from a commercial UTV rental.
UTVs can be great for projects around the farm ranging from plowing snow in the winter to carrying tools for fence repair in the summer. Depending on the vehicle’s configuration, UTVs can be used to tow materials on a trailer or haul material in their dump box.
Unlike tractors, UTVs can be nimble and fast and are well suited for small quick jobs such as managing multiple poultry houses where hopping on and off quickly makes things more efficient.
Gardeners and landscape architects usually need to carry around a lot of equipment when on a job site. UTVs can be useful in transporting mowing equipment and smaller tools, and can work in conjunction with your other retrofitted vehicles. UTVs can also haul plants, shrubs, fertilizers, and compost easily. The small size of a UTV make it the perfect vehicle to navigate through delicate landscapes without damaging the terrain, all the while having the option to tow additional material or equipment. Groundskeepers can make use of the versatility of UTVs for mowing, snow removal, ground levelling, planting trees and shrubs as well as fencing and decorative landscaping.
Construction sites, particularly large commercial or industrial sites are well suited for UTV usage. The nature of these sites makes pickup truck usage a liability in some cases so having a vehicle that has 4×4 capability, can travel over difficult terrain, carry more than 1 person and tow or haul materials can drive greater productivity. In addition, the cost of a UTV versus a pickup truck as an example is less, including maintenance and repairs fees. There is also the aspect of damages to vehicles. Many construction firms lease their truck fleet, and dents, dings or scratches can harm residual values. UTVs in many cases have a more lenient dent, ding and scratch policy, therefore reducing the liability. The other aspect is that UTVs are better on gas than traditional pickup trucks.
Dense forests, often with difficult terrain, can prove difficult for a regular truck to navigate but it won’t be a problem for a UTV. Lumberjacks or Parks Rangers can haul equipment and supplies while either working at a specific location cutting down trees or traversing a set of trails to ensure they are safe for people to travel down.
Emergency Search and Rescue Teams
Fire crews and search-and-rescue teams often travel through difficult or relatively inaccessible areas to perform their duties. UTVs can carry vital life-saving equipment to any area of operation as well as transport personnel in and out of a hazard zones as quickly as possible.
To avoid any inconvenience when utilizing a UTV for your operations, it would be best to check if the vehicle will be appropriate for on-road use or is only allowed exclusively for off-road use.
In Canada, UTVs are not regulated under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) provided the UTV meets the ATV definition. Many UTVs are designed primarily for recreational use or for the transportation of property or equipment exclusively on undeveloped road rights of way, marshland, open country or other unprepared surfaces.
Thomas Solutions UTV’s on the other hand are built for plant or project site use, are road safe with headlights, brake lights, blinkers, full roll cages, speed governors and shoulder and lap seatbelts.
Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email Steve Gruber for your truck or fleet rental, leasing and maintenance needs. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent. We service all of Southern Ontario from our locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara, as well as through our growing list of service partners.