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Old 06-02-2008, 01:22 PM
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Default Tomcar raises bar for utility vehicles in Arizona

By Jon Johnson
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Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 9:02 AM MST

Imagine a vehicle that works through glacial cold, desert heat and every condition and terrain in between, and you might start to understand what the Tomcar can do.

Don Steinman, owner of Redington Land & Cattle in Bonita, is the only authorized dealer of the Tomcar in the Gila Valley. He said after taking one for a test drive, he couldn’t imagine selling any other type of off-road utility vehicle.

Originally designed for the Israeli military, the Tomcar is built to work in extremely hostile environments where lesser UTVs would fail. Its three different models satisfy people’s needs for recreation, commercial work and more, he said.

*“The advertisement says ‘Anywhere and back’ and we’ve added ‘safely,’” Steinman said.

The Tomcar’s roll cage and frame are built as one piece, and it is street legal in all 50 states. The floor has full-length racing-type skid plates and is equipped with four-point, racing-style seat belts. It also comes with a factory-installed speed limiter that keeps it to 25 mph. According to Steinman, the limiter is easily removed for those who wish to go faster, and the vehicle then has a top speed of about 55 mph.

According to the Tomcar’s Web site, it is the safest vehicles in its class with a record of zero serious accidents.

“The most important thing of the vehicle, other than its durability, is safety,” Steinman said. “They are wider (than an ATV) with a lower center of gravity and have military-spec steel. They were designed for off-road.”

Steinman showed a Courier reporter what he was talking about and took him on a test ride through the desert at his business in Bonita.

The harsh landscape filled with cactus, boulder-sized rocks, ditches and washes were no match for the Tomcar. It effortlessly cruised through terrain that ATV riders dare not tread.

With its rack-and-pinion steering and automatic transmission, Steinman said anyone who can turn a steering wheel can safely operate a Tomcar. He added that at about 35 mpg, people can afford to use it for a variety of uses.

Steinman tests everything he sells himself before offering the products to the public, and he said the Tomcar is proving to be difficult to break.

“We’ve been trying to destroy it, and we can’t,” he said.

Steinman said the Tomcar is perfect for many types of activity including hunting, construction work, mining, police and fire emergencies, and fun recreation.

Steinman will display an armored version of the Tomcar at the Big Boys Toys Show at the Graham County Fairgrounds on Dec. 7 and 8.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:13 PM
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Good article, I think we are going to see a lot more driving around with gas prices going up.
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:15 PM
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That was a good article. In the year i have owened my TM47G I hav been stuck 4 times, Had to replace the belt,Ball joint,1 rear rim.Rear brakes,And in the shop 3 or 4 times (for little things) But most of it was under warranty.As far as anywhere and back not mine. some hills to big,sand to soft,water to deep.( Also could be driver ?)Ha Ha. And still mine is way under powered . Top end is 35mph until it hits a hill.. But i love my tomcar,Best ride.most fun with 4 seats.

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Old 09-22-2009, 12:53 PM
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Great article. I read about how durable the Tomcar is and how it was used by the Israeli military. Right there, that statement got my attention.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:02 PM
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This is a super article that really does a good job of communicating the strengths of the Tomcar. I'm really impressed that it has so much power and agility and yet is street legal across the board.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:27 PM
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I really liked it when he said
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“We’ve been trying to destroy it, and we can’t,”
Ha ha ha.
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