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Old 10-11-2021, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default canam defender hd8 vs kawasaki mule pro fxt

Which would you buy and why? Will be for utility work. 6 seater/crew. Not for mudding and stuff
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:00 PM   #2
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If it was strictly for work and ranch use Iíd buy the one I got the best deal on. Both are well built machines.
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:44 PM   #3
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I've abused the hell outta a pro-fxt for 6 years. Routine maintenance is all I've done.
But I been spying those can ams as well.
And also.... I find the 1 row mule option w bigger bed handy more times than I thought I would.
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Old 10-11-2021, 10:09 PM   #4
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I have been very happy with my mule. Has done everything I have asked, including bending my truck bumper back in place after hitting a huge pig. I don't know about the canam but have not heard any negatives other than how big it is.
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Old 10-11-2021, 10:12 PM   #5
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IMO the Can Am is a more comfortable and capable rig. I don’t have any complaints with any our Can Ams, and haven’t been able to hurt any of them (and I really tried hard the first couple). That said I still feel like the Mule Pro would be the more durable work rig. I have worked my Defender pretty hard over the last 3+ years without issue though.
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Old 10-11-2021, 10:18 PM   #6
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For the can am guys, I heard the routine maintenance parts are pricey and very hard to do yourself. Any truth to that? Just googled it and looks simple.

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Old 10-11-2021, 10:44 PM   #7
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For the can am guys, I heard the routine maintenance parts are pricey and very hard to do yourself. Any truth to that? Just googled it and looks simple.

The maintenance on the CanAm side by sides isnít really any different than any of the others. On the other hand, their 4 wheelers are a kick in the taint.


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Old 10-11-2021, 10:51 PM   #8
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Iíve had zero luck with the new Mules. Looking to trade ours for another brand pretty quick.


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Old 10-11-2021, 10:53 PM   #9
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For the can am guys, I heard the routine maintenance parts are pricey and very hard to do yourself. Any truth to that? Just googled it and looks simple.
Cost me $50 for a complete oil change kit this weekend, and took me maybe 10 minutes. I could get the kit cheaper online or if I bought the oil separate. It’s easier just to buy the kit from Can Am though. This is for my Defender though. My Commander I had before this was the same price, but was a bit more pain in the butt. Took maybe 20-25 minutes due to having to remove a small skid plate.
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Old 10-11-2021, 11:10 PM   #10
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I loved my mule fxt and put that thing through hell and it never let me down over 700 hours without a problem one. I have a can am now it's it's been pretty good so far but already had to replace the fuel pump and it's got a little over 100 hours. It's been babied compared to the fxt.
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Old 10-11-2021, 11:16 PM   #11
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The mule we had was TERRIBLELY ROUGH... Would knock scopes off... If they have fixed that. They are even. The mule WOULD NOT DIE
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:15 AM   #12
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The mule we had was TERRIBLELY ROUGH... Would knock scopes off... If they have fixed that. They are even. The mule WOULD NOT DIE
did you have an ftx or one of the 4010/3010s? Havent been in one yet cuz no one has any, but heard the FXT Pros were pretty smooth
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:30 AM   #13
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For what you are doing, either one would be fine. I have a can am hd8 personally and we have a few other can ams and mule pro at the ranches. Both are good machines, but i would lean toward the can am. I've used mine a LOT over the past few years and so far so good.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:25 AM   #14
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Whichever one you can find. As tight as our market has been, it is about to get much harder to find them! I am afraid many dealers will be charging well over asking price in the very near future.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:30 AM   #15
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I've been in both lately. I don't own one nor am I in the market for one so no bias here, I liked the mule better.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:36 AM   #16
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The Can Am is a bigger machine. More comfortable. The Mule is tough but so is the Can Am
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:11 AM   #17
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I picked up my new mule pro fxt yesterday. I was looking at the two machines you are and went with the mule for a few reasons. Mainly I didn’t want to buy a new trailer. The shorter wheel base on the mule fits on my 12’ nicely. The can am does better in heavy mud but I don’t plan to use mine for that. The three year factory warranty on the mule is also really nice. You would probably be happy with either machine. Finding one seems to be the main issue.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:41 AM   #18
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I’d go Mule pro. Bought mine in 2016 and have had 0 problems
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:55 AM   #19
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The bad thing about the mule pro FXT is the bed space. It is really small when the back seat is folded out. That just didn't cut if for me, so I ended up building a true "ranch edition".
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:09 AM   #20
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both are pretty close. if your wanting a work horse get the diesel kubota , they are not speed demons so leave alittle earlier but all have there benfits
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:56 AM   #21
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Theyíre so close in capability Iíd probably just go with whichever one I could find if I hadnít gotten my HD10 right before they disappeared.
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