This might be the best equipped Ranger we’ve ever seen
We’ve had a chance to spend some time with a Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar outfitted with the Ranch Collection of accessories. Here is our review.
Working on any property or farm is always made easier with a tool that gives you the ability to move in and around tight spaces as well as the versatility too do multiple tasks. Just like adding a special set of wrenches to a mechanics toolbox, having the right accessories can make specific tasks even easier. Polaris has built Collections of accessory packages for their Ranger line of UTV and chosen demographically significant personalities to compile the gear that makes the best of their perspective environments. It was the daily work environment and ideas from multi-time rodeo world champion Trevor Brazile that inspired this special Ranch Collection vehicle from Polaris. Built on the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar edition, this Ranch Collection is a special set of Polaris accessories in combination with the NorthStar platform that makes the most versatile working machine according to Brazile. Competition comes in many forms and he believes that anyone who owns this collection will have a leg up.
If you are curious as to what makes Brazile an authority on UTV accessories, I would encourage you to simply look up his history in the world of ranching and rodeo.
As mentioned above the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar is the building block or the foundation for the Ranch Collection we had experienced. This machine is well known for the incredibly quiet enclosed cab, glass windshield with wiper and washer functions, plush seating with ergonomics to fit most any driver (as well as two passengers) and of course the heating for colder days and the refined AC for those hot summer months. The Ranch Collection includes the eight-vent heater and defrost system which keeps the windows clear from fogging up when cold or humidity is at its peak. The full lockable doors with roll-up or down windows make this cab top shelf and with full sealing perimeters the door keeps the dust out and heat or AC inside. The storage inside the cab is immense with many small to large cubbies for your stuff. The Ranch Collections dual bin under-seat dry storage is also invaluable when you need to take more sensitive items or tools to the job.
The incredible 82 horsepower and 62 lb-ft of torque from the ProStar 999cc mill gives up the grunt to haul incredible loads in the cargo bed up to a half ton. If you need to tow a load behind you, the two-inch receiver in the rear is ready with a rating of up to 2500 lbs.
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My time with the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar decked out in the Ranch Collection accessories was spent primarily in the wooded hills of Northern Georgia. The weather here has been mostly rain for the last few months with one or two sunny days mixed in as a tease from Mother Nature herself. My test driving location consisted of many steep hills, wide open fields with incredible views and very deep, muddy, wet conditions in the bottoms all around the vast property. Driving the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar was quite comfortable all day long. The seating is extremely nice and just operating in an enclosed cab is wonderful in itself. The power delivery of this ProStar engine is always enjoyable and this model is also equipped with the Polaris three-mode throttle control switch that allows you to adjust power delivery for specific operations. In the really tight and tricky sections of the trails, I choose to use the Work mode to smooth out the throttle delivery in the rough. Otherwise i had this beast fully unleashed in the Performance mode, which gives the full range of get up and go from the power plant.
Included in the Ranch Collection from Polaris you have the Pro-Armor wheel and Dual Threat tire set. The evenly spaced lugs of this 29-inch tire mounted on a 14-inch rim gives the smooth profile for a variety of terrains. As I mentioned earlier, the rain had been non-stop for several weeks and the mud was abundant on our ride. The Dual Threat tire seemed to clean out well in the slop and felt smooth on the harder ground throughout our ride. It was clear that this combination of tire and wheel fit perfectly for a great all-around traction provider. Even in some questionable mire, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar never gave me any worries of getting stuck. I’m sure if the depth had been overwhelming that it might have turned out differently, but we had no problems at all and forward traction on full throttle acceleration was as expected.
You have all most likely driven or read reviews on the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS before, but we thought it was worth mentioning that the steering is very easy on the arms. There is just the right amount of feedback in the steering and you can still feel the trail below the wheels. Getting through tricky uphill roots or across sections of rock in slow motion helped us appreciate the Polaris Ranger EPS even more.
As for the Ranch Collection of accessories, there were a few that we were able to use on our adventure. The front end is perfectly protected by massive bumper and Ranch Collection accessory upper brush guard. Getting around or over small brush did not concern us as the protection from this steel tubular accessory kept the sticks off of the Rangers plastics. I can see this also being a great feature for those cattle gates that work on a non-latching pendulum style closure device. Simply pulling up and nudging the gate open makes getting through fenced areas faster. I am not sure if there is anything that a 6000-pound winch couldn’t pull out and it seems to be fitting for the Ranch Collection as well just because of the serious size of the livestock or farming implements located on most working ranches. We did have an opportunity to use the winch, but not how you might expect. As we ventured out on the trail, we found a stranded rider and his ATV that had been sucked into a deep bog. Even if it means not getting the full 6000-pound pull tested, it was still noted that this ATV and its rider was not even a strain on this winch. Another cool feature on the winch is the rapid rope recovery. This is operated on the dial where you typically engage and disengage the winch. Instead of two selections (free or engaged), you now have a high and low speed recovery selection. It speeds things up when retrieving the synthetic winch rope.
The dumping bed of this Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar Ranch Collection is equipped with a Lock & Ride Tip down headache rack. Combined with the Lock & Ride Bed Extender Divider, you have plenty of room for that 1000-pound capacity as well as protection for the glass rear window and cab. For working ranches that haul many different items in the bed, the Lock & Ride Headache rack will keep the cargo in the bed and out of your lap should you stop suddenly or toss cargo into the bed too hard. These accessories are easily removable should you want to take them off, but they are so well designed to snugly fit in their positions that I’d say once installed you would rarely remove them. The tube steel bed extender divider gives you a little more room for cargo and I’d say the only caution would be to not allow excessive weight on the tailgate when the extender is in use. Both of these products are very well built and seem sturdy enough for years of abuse.
A few of the final things we loved in the Ranch Collection on our Polaris Ranger had to be the extra lighting. I’m not sure anyone has bought a new UTV and not at least thought about adding extra lights. The Rigid SR series 10-inch Spot LED light bar mounted on the front bumper is crazy bright for its size and It projects plenty of usable light out into the trail. The slender design style also keeps it tucked in out of harms way. My personal favorite feature in the entire Ranch Collection on our Ranger had to be the Work Beacon LED Light. This little gem seems like a small and less significant tool to some but in the early morning or late dusk of a workday this light, when stood up, projects a wonderful cloud of ambient lighting on at least three sides of the machine. The low voltage draw of the LED design gives a working rancher great light without taxing the electrical system that is already under a load.
Overall, our experience with the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 NorthStar and the incredible accessories in the Ranch Collection was memorable to the point that when we have to send this machine back to its home it will be deeply missed. If you have a working ranch or jobsite, this could be a great, reliable fit for you.
Ranch Collection Accessories
The Polaris Ranch Collection consists of these Polaris accessories:
- Polaris PRO HD 6,000-lb Winch with Rapid Rope Recovery
- Rear Brush guard
- Upper Front Brush guard
- 8-Vent Heater & Defrost System
- Rigid SR-Series 10” Spot LED Light
- Work Beacon LED Light
- Lock & Ride Bed Extender/Divider
- Lock & Ride Tip-Down Headache Rack
- Dual Bin Under Seat Dry Storage Box
- Pro Armor Dual-Threat Tires
- Pro Armor Buckle Wheel
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