|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm: |
We have just finished the Southern Farm Show and decided it was time to put the new Avenger through its paces. Some of my concerns were how stable it is in the water and how well will it preform in very soft mud and\or swamp conditions since tracks are not readly available. The machine has preformed beyond expectation. In the water the machine is much more stable than I have been used to with the other Argo models. The machine handled great with 4 adults in the water. The normal unstable feeling with 4 people was no longer there. I also found that unlike most models that the Avenger will back up at a reasonable rate to get you out of a corner. Far as the mud and swamp condition I have tested the Avenger in thus far the machine has not hesitated to transverse with ease. Most of these areas I was in today,the Conquest for instance, would have had to have tracks to get through. The transmission has been very forgiving in the shifting ability. It is very smooth to shift from gear to gear with no scraping at all. The transmission is still a planatary transmission which uses the same principle as the old transmission. The idler chains have also gone to #60 single roller with the addition of auto chain tensioners on the front chains as well. The belly of the machine is somewhat tunneled which helps quite a bit in the very soft stuff. I also must say something about the new steering. It takes only a moment to get yourself very comfortable with its operation. Much like the handle bars on a bike with the throttle on the right and the brake on the left. The machine steered very well with 4 adults as well as 4 kids weighing an average of 100 lbs each. The steering is much easier to handle since it can be steered with just one hand and the effort is much less than the Conquest with simuliar loads. This is most likely due to several things including the center tires being lower as well as the extra horse power. The climbing ability was very good as well . Im sure this is due to the aggressive tires as well as horse power.The drain plug design has also been changed. Now we do not have to remove floor pans to access the drain plugs. They simply screw into the rescessed areas in the back of the machine from the outside and are positioned low enough that they drain very well. We also used the machine after dark and the head lights worked very well and spread the light far and wide. The only down fall I have found so far is that the machine is much higher which is a plus in all other applications but a downfall as far as getting into the machine. The new Avenger is very impressive and will be an addition to the commercial line of vehicles.