Toro has created a hybrid utility vehicle specifically for farmers — it hauls, dumps, plows and transports.

Called The Twister, this truck-style vehicle is named for its active in-frame suspension, which twists so that the front of the vehicle can adjust to the terrain independently of the rear. An independent A-arm front suspension helps handle uneven terrain. Toro says the result is better traction, improved stability and a smooth ride through plowed fields and pasture areas.

Dump box. For hauling, the Twister has a 14.75-cu.-ft. bed capacity and a payload up to 1,600 lbs. A double-walled polyethylene bed resists dents and corrosion. Quick-release latches on the cargo bed gate make manual lift unloading easier. An optional electric bed lift takes all the effort out of dumping heavy loads.

With a top speed of 20 mph, the Twister isn’t going to win any sport track races, but it can get many jobs done faster and easier than a tractor can. Available 4-wheel hydraulic brakes improve stopping power and control. A 9-ft. turning radius is handy for getting around in tight spots.

Amenities. The Twister is cushier than a lot of ATVs. It sports twin bucket seats, a wide step-through operator area, and lots of legroom. There’s a cup holder and under-the-seat storage space for tools. There is even a 10-amp outlet for accessories.

The Twister can be customized to more than 25 attachments and accessories. Stake sides allow for large-capacity loads such as lumber or bales of hay. A brush guard bumper protects the grill. An electric winch and a rear receiver hitch extend the machine’s capabilities.

Prices start at $7,499. For more information, contact The Toro Company, Agronomics, 8111 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420, 800/348-2424, or visit www.Toro.com.