The ads are everywhere. John Deere touts its Gator 825i as being the fastest and most powerful Gator yet.

I tested the new crossover utility vehicle on my beef feedlot, cow/calf and grain farm, located on the border between Minnesota and South Dakota, last fall. We used the Gator for a variety of jobs — from basic transportation and cattle roundup to fixing and fencing.

This machine really catches the eye with its all-aluminum John Deere yellow wheels with polished aluminum accents. The machine I tested had the green and yellow color scheme and a bench seat.