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General ARGO Questions

  1. Wouldn't it be better to use hydrostatic drive?
  2. Why is it so hard to find a dealer?
  3. What type of fuel does the ARGO use?
  4. What is the top speed on water?
  5. What is the top speed on land?
  6. What is MAP pricing?
  7. What happened to the Goodyear Tires?
  8. What depth of water can the ARGO travel through?
  9. How much load can the vehicle carry?
  10. How many wheels drive the vehicle?
  11. How does the vehicle perform on snow?
  12. How does the ARGO perform on Ice?
  13. How does the ARGO perform in sand
  14. Do I need tracks?
  15. Can the vehicle operate on water as well as on land?
  16. Can the vehicle be transported on a pick-up truck?

Q: Wouldn't it be better to use hydrostatic drive?

Not by a long shot! The Argo does what it does because it is light and has a high horsepower to weight ratio. Hydrostatic drive is popular in applications where those things do not matter, like bulldozers, loaders, compactors, etc. The Argo uses a much more efficient drive system that maximizes horsepower to weight. Until you see cars, trucks, and motorcycles using hydrostatic drive, it still belongs on construction and farm equipment!

Q: Why is it so hard to find a dealer?

It is not! You have found us :-) We would love to be your ARGO dealer

Q: What type of fuel does the ARGO use?

All models use regular unleaded gasoline. Diesel models of the ARGO are not available, however, the Centaur TD utilizes a Turbocharged Diesel engine.

Q: What is the top speed on water?

The web of the tires propel the ARGO at about walking speed or roughly 2.5 to 3.5 mph. You can use an outboard motor of up to 9.9 hp for extensive water travel or higher speeds.

Q: What is the top speed on land?

Depending on load and terrain the top speed for 8x8 models varies between 18-20 mph and for the 6x6 models between 20-23 mph.

Q: What is MAP pricing?

Manufacturers often have a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policy. Argo does have a MAP policy. That only means that dealers can not advertise new unregistered vehicles for sale below a certain price set by the manufacturer. It does not dictate at what price a dealer can sell the vehicle. Always pick up the phone and make the best deal you can.

Q: What happened to the Goodyear Tires?

Goodyear ceased production on all of their low-volume tires including the Runamuck and Rawhide III tires that were used on Argo vehicles for many years. Argo worked with Carlisle and developed the new ARGO branded tires that are standard equipment on all Argo models. These tires are compatible with the older Goodyear tires. However, I always recommend that you replace them in pairs across from each other. This insures that if they are a bit different in diameter, the vehicle will still go straight and not pull toward a smaller tire.

Q: What depth of water can the ARGO travel through?

Since the ARGO floats, there is no limit to the depth of the water it can go in, as long as it is calm, normal boating safety precautions are observed, and safety equipment is on board.

Q: How much load can the vehicle carry?

The 8x8`s have a maximum payload capacity of 1,150 lb. on land or 6 adults. In water, it carries 4 adults or a maximum of 1000 lb. The 6x6`s have a payload capacity of 700 lb. or 2 adults and 2 children. In water, it carries 2 adults or 500 lb..

Q: How many wheels drive the vehicle?

All models are `All-Wheel Drive`. At no time are any of our axles allowed to `free-wheel`. This means that the operator has complete control of all 6 or 8 wheels, all the time.

Q: How does the vehicle perform on snow?

Using one of the optional track systems, the ground pressure of the vehicle can be reduced down to an extremely low 0.7 psi, even fully loaded. This allows the ARGO to operate on top of snow like a person on snowshoes.

Q: How does the ARGO perform on Ice?

The Argo weighs much less per square inch than we do on our feet. The weight is spread over a very large area. Argo vehicles can traverse ice with little difficulty. If the vehicle does fall through, remember, it is a boat and you are going to float dry and safe.

Q: How does the ARGO perform in sand

The ARGO's very low ground pressure allows it to navigate very well over sand.

Q: Do I need tracks?

Tracks reduce the ground pressure of the vehicle. If you are operating your vehicle in snow or deep mud, the tracks may be necessary. The ground pressure with the tracks installed is about .6 psi

Q: Can the vehicle operate on water as well as on land?

Yes, all ARGO models are fully amphibious and can be driven into the water without any special preparation. Please see the "Operator's Manual" and the "Operator's Video" that come with your ARGO for water use precautions.

Q: Can the vehicle be transported on a pick-up truck?

Yes, provided there is a ramp over the wheel wells. Even the 8x8 ARGOs fit into a full-size (8-foot long) pick-up truck box.

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