UTVs can bring a lot of value to the job site. However, it’s important to understand that not every UTV is purpose-built for work. Many may not have the features and capabilities you need to get the work done. That said, we caught up with Norma Aldinger, Caterpillar UTV product expert, and Frattalone Companies, a Minnesota-based construction contractor, to highlight some important considerations to make in your UTV purchase or rental decision.
Norma’s Guide to Finding the Ideal Utility Vehicle:
As long-time UTV customers, the crew at Frattalone Companies echoed many of the points in Norma’s guide, along with a few additional insights on utility vehicles.
“We have been using and testing utility vehicles on large projects for more than five years, and they are a very big part of our fleet,” said Tony Frattalone, president of the company. “If you think about it, it’s more economical to transport people and tools across a site using a $15,000 UTV compared to a $65,000 pickup.”
“We’ve had two seasons of rain here and job site conditions are rough,” said Lee Gass, site superintendent. “You need a UTV that can get through the mud, get through the ruts. Good traction is key.”
“If you can find a UTV that can get through muddy conditions, carry the tools you need, charge the batteries you need … the time savings are huge,” another crew member added.
The 5-seat, gas-powered Cat Utility Vehicle offers the rugged capabilities and smooth ride of the CUV82, with room for more.
The 5-seat, diesel-powered Cat Utility Vehicle provides ample leg room and a comfortable ride for everyone — in the front or the back seat.
With a maximum speed of 45 MPH, a 50 hp engine and 1,000 lb. rear cargo capacity, the gas-powered CUV82 is ready to perform on any work site.
Featuring a 1,000 lb. capacity steel cargo bed and 4-wheel independent suspension, the diesel-powered CUV102 D is designed for stable load hauling and transport over any terrain.
We’ll put you in touch with your local dealer so you can to find out when the Cat Utility Vehicles will arrive at a location near you.