Spoke with Ray Bennett this morning.  He's the owner of Bennett Motor Sales in Fly Creek, NY.  I've been working with him on the purchase of Red Hand's newest all purpose piece of equipment, the Kawasaki 4010 Trans 4x4.  It's appropriately named the Mule.

Four stroke, liquid cooled, overhead valve twin-V, digital fuel injected.  CVT trans, high/low range and 4 wheel drive.  Power assisted rack and pinion steering, independant MacPherson struts in front, a semi-independant rear axle suspension with leaf springs and shocks.

It converts from a 4 seater with a 400 lb. capacity bed to a 2 seater with an 800 lb. bed in about 2 minutes.  Payload is 1330 lbs. with a towing capacity of 1200 lbs.  Mule, perfect name for it.

Add-ons include front and rear CV joint guards, head and tail light guards, front brush guard, bed liner, soft top and tandem gun boots.  No winch, as the Cat has a heavy duty Wren on it that is very serviceable for our needs.

Hopefully all the attachments will be delivered by this weekend as I'm psyched to get it up to the farm and put it to use.  Access to the upper pasture is very tight with an uneven, sloped trail.  Hauling up the red 4'x8' trailer would present problems.  The mule should be much more nimble.

Check out the video at www.kawasaki.com  select Utility from the left menu.  When the drop down menu opens select ... Mule 4010 Trans 4x4. 

Spoke with Matt from Canadarago Electric, looks like they'll be finished with wiring the upstairs bedrooms by the weekend.  If the motion sensors come in they should complete the full job, inside and out.  That's really good news as the fall hunting season starts October 1st.  Already seen the turkeys fattening up in the fields and waiting to spend a night at Red Hand to scout out the coyotes. 

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