About MAX

MAX – the Original 6-Wheel Drive Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle


Long before there were four-wheel all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles, the off-road world was dominated by amphibious, six-wheel drive machines – the first true ATVs! MAX has been out there, crawling through and over just about anything in their path, since 1969. Affordable MAX ATVs are in use in every imaginable off-road application: trail riding, hunting, fishing, farming, search & rescue, oil exploration, and numerous other industrial and recreational applications.


Over mud, sand, rocks, logs, snow, or even water, go where no vehicle has gone before!

MAX Range of Amphibious ATVs

We are very excited to have acquired the highly successful Recreatives Industries MAX range of 6×6 Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicles (AATVs). The MAX range of Amphibious ATVs offers a family of vehicles that can meet any off-road mobility requirement.

Recreatives Industries Inc. and the MAX ATV range have an renowned reputation, which extends back to the earliest days of ATV design, during which MAX ATVs established a dominant presence. MAX remains an important player in this market, having benefited from careful development of proven design over many years and impressive global reach in sales.

The MAX range comprises the Max 2 (a compact two-seater with a separate load carrying space), the MAX 4 with an extended chassis and body-form capable of carrying four passengers, and the Buffalo All Terrain Truck which is a rugged utility vehicle offering room for two passengers plus a load in a hydraulically-tilting bed.

Smooth and Efficient Independent Drive System

At the heart of all MAX ATVs is the ingenious non-differential T-20 Skid Steer Transmission system, a Borg-Warner design optimized to provide the balanced and controlled torque and traction control that is fundamental to off-road usage.

The T-20 provides true six-wheel drive with efficient transfer of torque and low braking losses, which critically, is not reliant on differential slippage as in competitive brands of amphibious vehicles.

Each side of the vehicle is independently driven – the T-20 is effectively two integrated but distinct transmission systems, one for the right side and one for the left.

This enables smooth tuning, turning from a standing start, and the elimination of uncontrolled transfer of power from one side to the other in mud or ice or snow, thus making for safer and more precise handling.

By stopping one side while the other side drives, the MAX ATV can make a complete turn within the length of the vehicle – a zero turning radius – either in forward or reverse.

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