The Gravely Brand Offers Four Atlas Job Site Vehicle Models
Ariens Co., established in 1933 in Brillion, Wis., is an outdoor power equipment manufacturer serving consumer and professional markets. The company’s international equipment brands include Ariens Sno-Thro and Ariens lawn and garden products for consumers and Gravely commercial equipment for the landscape management and facilities maintenance sectors.
The Gravely Atlas Job Site Vehicle (JSV) was derived from the company’s past experiences in the UTV category. With the organization’s understanding of the landscaping market, the decision was made to partner with Polaris to produce a commercial-grade utility vehicle with upgraded features that distinguish it from the crowded market. Together with Polaris’ expertise in power sports, Gravely produced a vehicle designed for the jobsite. After months of work between the two companies, the Atlas JSV was launched to the market on Sept. 22, 2014.
The biggest difference between the Atlas JSV and other UTVs in the market is the MX-18 job box. The all-steel box has a 1,250-lb capacity, while the Atlas 6000 machine has a class-leading 2,100-lb total payload capacity, allowing users to carry more per load, says Gravely. In addition, the semi-independent suspension, part of the vehicle’s de Dion suspension system, helps the machine maintain ground clearance and maneuver difficult terrain while fully loaded. The size of the job box — 57 by 48.2 in. — can also accommodate a standard pallet, and the electric cargo bed lift, which comes standard on the machine, saves time and effort.
New in 2016, Gravely introduced a landscaping rack for the job box and a snow configuration for the machine. The snow configuration for plowing makes clearing snow a quicker, more comfortable task. The kit features exclusive technology to make installation easy and an auto-retracting frame kickstand, which keeps the plow at the right height for drive-up attachment and detachment. In addition, a large-capacity Gravely salt spreader is available for the MX-18 box. The spreader’s dual variable-speed, digital control allows independent adjustment of spread pattern and material flow.
The MX-18 box landscaping rack configuration is designed to help professional ground crews, nurseries and municipalities. This kit transforms the Atlas JSV into a work station by transporting tools and equipment like string trimmers, backpack blowers, chain saws and shovels, reducing the number of trips needed to get supplies.
The Atlas JSV is available in four versions, with gas or diesel engine options on both the JSV-3000, which seats three people, and the JSV-6000, which seats six. The diesel models are powered by a three-cylinder, 1028-cc Kohler diesel engine that has a 110-amp alternator, allowing contractors to use multiple attachments with the unit. Gas models are run by Polaris 570-cc DOHC engines, using EFI technologies to save fuel. All models have a class-leading 10-gal fuel tank and can reach a top speed of 35 mph. The Atlas JSV starts at $12,999.
Advice to Buyers
“Consider the jobsite environment in which the UTV will operate when selecting a unit,” says JW Washington, Ariens director of business development. “Not all jobsites nor UTVs are the same. Select a UTV that has the features appropriate for your project — the right speed, neither too fast nor too slow, the ideal payload and towing capacity, expanded people capacity and safety and storage capacity. Select the accessories and attachments that will make the UTV function efficiently and save time and money — accessory racks for tools and equipment, snow plows, cab enclosures for operator comfort, clear doors for site-line visibility, etc.”