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Old 03-16-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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I am considering looking at a 2001 WorkHorse ST480. The cart looks good in pictures but I have a few questions before making a 4 hr. trip to see it.

1. Is the suspension more like a golf cart or a UTV?

2. Are they built sturdy enough to do things like haul a trail mower, etc.

3. I wanted a 4x4 UTV but this has locking differential and I am considering it due to price and anticipated condition. Any problems or things to look for with these?
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:48 PM   #2
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One thing to check is hours, all workhorses I have seen have hour meters.
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:00 PM   #3
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I am considering looking at a 2001 WorkHorse ST480. The cart looks good in pictures but I have a few questions before making a 4 hr. trip to see it.

1. Is the suspension more like a golf cart or a UTV?

2. Are they built sturdy enough to do things like haul a trail mower, etc.

3. I wanted a 4x4 UTV but this has locking differential and I am considering it due to price and anticipated condition. Any problems or things to look for with these?


The suspension is just like a golf cart,rear has heavy duty leaf springs & front has drop axle (3" I think).

Coming from the factory with a 16 HP Vanguard & locking rear differential makes them a very good working machine .
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:03 PM   #4
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One thing to check is hours, all workhorses I have seen have hour meters.
I asked the seller about hours. He went to the machine and listed everything on the dash but there were no empty spots or hr. meter.
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I asked the seller about hours. He went to the machine and listed everything on the dash but there were no empty spots or hr. meter.
In the engine compartment.
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He says it isn't in the engine compartment. He assumes it was an option but I have no idea. I'm going to see it tomorow. It's four hrs. away so I tried to learn all I could about it in advance.
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You're right ski, I just called a dealer, funny I had 2 st-350s that both had em and
looked at 2 st-480s for sale (I didn't buy) both had em. I guess they paid extra.
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st480 should have the briggs motor in it with a locking diff. Also has hydraulic rear brakes I believe which is good until you have to replace a $300+ drum
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:48 AM   #10
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The seller checked the manual and the hr. meter was in fact an option as some of you said. Hard for me to imagine it being an option on a cart of this type but it was.

I appreciate all the input. I did buy the cart. When comparing it to my current 2006 TXT I noticed two things immediately.

1. When I press the gas on the TXT there is a soft and immediate take-off. On the Work Horse there is a need for just a little more pedal and there is more of jolt on take off. The engine is more powerful than the Robins in the TXT but it seems I should have that jolt like the belt suddenly engages.

2. It is much faster in acceleration and top end than the TXT. I am wondering if the top end is normal or if the governor has been removed. That will require some book time. So far I found the 2003 service/parts Workhorse manual but haven't been able to find one for the 2001.
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