India recently launched the company’s first road legal vehicle, the Sportsman
570 tractor. Roy
P. Tharyan drives it to find out what this little tractor offers for
those interested in tilling their land. This tractor is unconventional; more
like an ATV and is Polaris India’s first road legal vehicle in India.
Polaris Sportsman 570 tractor was also recently put to good use to combat the
ongoing covid-19 pandemic where it supported the Municipal Corporation of
Faridabad to sanitise the Badkhal and Khori village red zone areas having
narrow lanes and uneven roads making the sanitisation difficult for other
Dual overhead cam, 4 valve, 4 stroke single cylinder
weight (+/- 7 %)
191 kg (includes operator, cargo, accessories,
tongue weight )
Electronic fuel injection
MacPherson strut with 21cm travel
Progressive rate with 24 cm travel.
Single-control hydraulic disc
Foot-activated hydraulic disc
let us get straight to its features. With
a maximum weight capacity of 345 kgs, this Polaris Sportsman 570 tractor looks
almost identical to the ATVs that are currently available from Polaris in the
country. Of course, for the tractor, a few tweaks have been done to the
suspension, ground clearance, etc. It is definitely sporty looking and the one
that we got was the same one that was used by the Municipal Corporation of
Faridabad. It had a tank that was meant to carry disinfectant liquid.
front looks bold and smart with its two dual beams on bumper (50/60 watt), 1
single beam on headlight pod (50 watt) and 2 single beam on bumper (50 watt).
With an electric starting system, this vehicle has a ground clearance of 28cm. The
tractor has a length of 83 inches, a height and width of 48 inches each and a
wheel base of 50.5 inches.
switches on both sides of the handle bar, it has a large digital screen that displays
a lot of information like speed, mode, time, etc.
Polaris Sportsman 570 tractor is a petrol driven vehicle that is powered by a
dual overhead cam, 4 valve 4 stroke single cylinder engine with a displacement
of 567cc. The engine produces a peak power of 34hp. The tractor comes with
electronic power steering, independent suspension, 4 wheel drive on demand and
automatic transmission. It has a minimum
turning radius of 165cm unloaded. The fuel capacity is 17 litres with an engine
oil capacity of 1.9 litres and a coolant capacity of 2.5 litres. The vehicle
comes with an electronic fuel injection.
While the front suspension consists of MacPherson strut with 21 cm
travel, the rear suspension comprises progressive rate with 24cm travel. The
hand brake is a single control hydraulic disc while the foot brake is a
foot-activated hydraulic disc. The parking brake is a transmission park lock
and hydraulic lock all wheel.
let me come to the drive experience. To begin with, Polaris insists that we
wear a helmet while driving this tractor. They are very particular about it. In
the blazing sun with temperatures of more than 40 deg C, the helmet and the
riding jacket proved too uncomfortable for us. And by the way, which farmer,
rich or poor, do you think will wear a helmet to till his land or orchard or
whatever. I found that pretty weird.
Maybe in cold climes, this would make sense, but in hot Indian climes,
this is almost hara-kiri!
that can be used with the tractor include pesticide sprayer, cultivator,
disc harrow and utility cart. These can be connected easily with the Polaris
Sportsman 570 tractor. While attaching these accessories is kind of easy, it is
a bit tiring using them, especially when you want to adjust the disc harrow and
the cultivator to dig into the soil. This has to be done manually as hydraulics
are not provided here. But since it is a four wheel drive with option of a high
and low gear, cutting through tough soil comes easy. When the vehicle is on
plain tarmac, you can disengage the 4wd option and use the 4x2 which will
ensure better fuel efficiency for the vehicle.
For narrow farmlands, orchards and other
cramped spaces, this tractor is the ideal vehicle to use. And when you are not
in the mood to use it as a tractor you can actually detach the accessories and
use it on the road or off road as an ATV for some real fun. At this point I
would definitely insist that you wear your helmet, you riding gear and keep
yourself properly clad for an adventure.
found the Polaris Sportsman 570 tractor a compact powerhouse with great ability
to maneuver in tight spaces. With reasonably good torque, the engine is strong
enough to pull the machine out of the most stubborn soil, not to mention its
ability as a great off roader in its stand-alone version. With characteristics
of an ATV and the prowess of a tractor, the Polaris Sportsman 570 tractor is a
perfect machine for the modern farmer. The icing on the cake is of course the
road legal nature of the product.
the question is when mini tractors in India are available at prices around Rs 3
to 5 lakh, who would really buy this tractor at Rs 8 lakh or so? It is here
that the age old status symbol purchasing kicks in. People buy their Maruti
Altos, and people also buy their Audis and Beamers. For the well heeled and
those believing in haute couture, the Polaris Sportsman 570 is the perfect
is no better way tilling your land in style!
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