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Missouri's Max Dealer
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Username: Brandon_price

Post Number: 271
Registered: 01-2005

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Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 12:51 am:   

The Max II is a great machine with any of the engines. The smaller vehicle with the small tires (no bigger than 22") just can't really use the extra power. 16hp is enough to do just about everything although the 23hp is great if you are able to spend that extra money.
The Max IV and the Argos are a different story. The Max IV is "OK" with the 23hp Kohler, I would not go with the 18hp. It is simply not enough power for a big machine and 26" tires. It labors hard with cargo/passengers or just simply going up hills and that decreases the fun factor in my opinion. The 25hp Kohler was the best motor ever put in the IV. Very simple air cooled engine with big power. The Kawasaki engines are good and reliable but I do miss my old favorite. Get the 27hp if you can afford it and the EFI is only about a grand more. Those larger engines also have better resale value.
Argo is the same way with power. Their new transmission works great but it is still a bit wasteful on power. The old Bigfoot with the 18hp was a great machine that sold in big numbers. I think we all wished ODG went with the 23hp in the Bigfoot like they have now done with the Frontier. The 23hp is the minimum I want for Argo's type of steering.