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Fred Sowerwine, Montana's Max dealer (Fred4dot)

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm:   

Bill, I guess it all depends on what it is that you are comparing. The six wheeled Argos are two people machines (with 140 pounds maximum in the rear compartment - 700 pounds total payload). The Max II is a two people machine with 600 payload. The eight wheeled Argos are four person machines with 1000 pound payload while the max IV is a four person machine with a 1000 payload.

The argo vanguard weighs 765 lbs. and has less tire contact area than a max II so is not comparable. The big foot weighs 910 lbs. and has more tire contact area than a max II giving it almost equivalent PSI on the ground as a Max II with 22" tires (both having the same tread pattern) and close to equal engine performance. The conquest six weighs 990 pounds using the same tires as the Big foot so it puts it out of contention for comparable to a Max II. The heaviest Max II weighs about 700 pounds giving all Max IIs better Horsepower to weight to tire contact areas ratios than any Argo six.

The Max IV with 26" tires has about the same tire contact area as the Big foot, but weighs less and has the same or more horse power; so the Big Foot does not compare at all to the Max IV (it looses in all categories by a significant margin), but I guess to some it does look better and that really is what is important in a skid steer (Very Big Grin). The eight wheeled argos have almost enough tire contact area to be comparable to a Max IV, but they all outweigh the Max IV by a considerable amount, therefore are not comparable (they too, all loose in all categories except maybe, they too, look better).

The story is the same when it comes to tracked machines (I will except out the Avenger, because I think it is a comparable performing machine to a max even though you can buy two max for the price of one avenger). The Max IV (25 or 27 HP) with 26" tires (or tracks) is in a class by itself when it comes to performance. If we ever get an 18" or wider track, it will be the ultimate snow machine.

I will close with any snow machine will get stuck in tough conditions if it isn't driven with skill and care.