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jrp454

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Smitty built sleds
« on: Jan 27, 2010, 01:11 PM »
Ok you all know of the problems pulling a suitcase shanty.
I have the Clam 5600, great once there, but a pain in snow to pull.
I have got the parts together to build the sled, was woundering if any mods
would make it easier to haul gear prior to building?

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #1 on: Jan 27, 2010, 01:38 PM »
Not sure if they fit your sled but i have a shappell 2000 and they make a pair of skis for their suitcase models. I bought and put a pair on mine and it's really easy to pull now. Cost me $25. plus shipping. My buddies that have had suitcase sleds for years, are ordering them now.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27, 2010, 02:12 PM »
I thought about shappell's ski's but wanted a heavier built ski.
was looking for a more secure way to haul gear with a smitty sled
than just strapping on. I have seen ways guy's come up with things for other stuff.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #3 on: Jan 27, 2010, 02:42 PM »
I put a small piece of wood in the center of each crossbar, for my Shappell DX300 as it is has a grooved bottom when folded. Not sure about the Clam though? I use a couple of rachet straps to secure thing for a long haul, but most of the time I can just load it up and go.

You may have seen this thread but lots of pics on different sleds

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=9812.0
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #4 on: Jan 27, 2010, 04:37 PM »
i wish i took a pic of my sled before i tore it apart but what i did was i built a box that sat on skis about 18" high the box had no bottom but it did have supports going across so i could put my clam (closed up) in the box and that became the bottom of the sled then just put your gear on top of you shanty,hope this helps

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #5 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:03 PM »
I have the 5600 too, and made a sled out of old skis and a rack out of pvc...pulls like a dream and nothing falls off the top.


hope that helps
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #6 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:15 PM »
silvercreeker and mealworm thanks, after reading mw's post I thought of the pvc rack and the next post there it is.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #7 on: Jan 27, 2010, 05:21 PM »
Hey silvercreeker, looks like you haul the same amount of gear as me. How does that pull on loose snow, that has not glazed over?

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #8 on: Jan 27, 2010, 07:24 PM »
The skis seem to make it pull easy.  If I was to build another sled, I would have the base highe, maybe 12 inches.  Still, a LOT easier then just the suitcase.
I aways bring way more then I need ;D
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #9 on: Jan 27, 2010, 08:11 PM »
My hieght is 4.5", the snow in my part of Illinois rarely get more than 6", with out getting froze solid. Then have freezing and thawing to pack it down. If I run into problems I have some 2x12's around, that will get 11.5" up.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #10 on: Jan 28, 2010, 04:48 AM »
I used 2x8, and so far so go.  But we do get a little snow in Western NY ;D ;D
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #11 on: Jan 28, 2010, 05:57 AM »
Yes you do. My Daughter is stationed at Ft. Drum.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #12 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:39 AM »
silvercreeker, I also have the clam 5600 and a similar sled to pull it. I love your idea for the pvc rack. Nicely done !!!! 

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #13 on: Jan 28, 2010, 05:15 PM »
Thanks on the rack.  Its made to break into 2 halfs, easier for putting into the truck.
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:17 PM »
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This is my first attempt to paste a picture using photobucket.

Shown is a "smitty" sled of my own design. It uses cross country skis and 3 sets of risers with a shallow box above to fit the grooves of a Shappell DX-3000. It holds 4 extra buckets in front and two buckets on the shanty. I have more pictures if you have questions.

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #16 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:33 PM »
3rd try.


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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #17 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:39 PM »

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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #18 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:39 PM »
nice! looks like your ready to rock n roll.
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Re: Smitty built sleds
« Reply #19 on: Jan 28, 2010, 06:46 PM »


Underside show 2x4 cross members cut down to 2x2 in middle.

 

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