Author Topic: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"  (Read 569591 times)

Offline Allen1203

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #900 on: Jan 09, 2014, 02:07 PM »
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #901 on: Jan 09, 2014, 05:58 PM »
I sit right there on the bucket and ZOOOOOMMMMM!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #902 on: Jan 09, 2014, 06:43 PM »
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #903 on: Jan 09, 2014, 07:19 PM »
Here is my $15 sled
 
 

 
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #904 on: Jan 10, 2014, 10:36 AM »
Great job Gooner....looks awesome! Smitty
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #905 on: Jan 10, 2014, 09:08 PM »
Ok, I built my sled a couple weeks ago.  Used 2x6s, 3/8x4" carriage bolts (just fit snuggly into the wood no washers/nuts securing them), downhill skis acquired from Craigslist, 16' rope, bungie cords, eye bolts and PVC to make a rack.  Got the idea for the rack from page 4 of this thread where a user with the same shanty as me, Clam 5600.  Fits snuggly over the shanty and is secured with bungie cords.  Used it last week in Northern Illinois on the Chain O Lakes.  There was 4" of snow on the ground when we got there and mother nature added 4" more and the sled road on top the whole way, pulled like a dream. Now if it can only help me catch fish!


Sled broke down into parts for transport


Sled put together


Shanty (Clam 5600) on top


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All loaded up and a friend to pull it!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #906 on: Jan 10, 2014, 09:38 PM »
Thanks smitty
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #907 on: Jan 11, 2014, 11:52 PM »
Well I'll be Damned!!! A propane propulsion system on a smitty sled! Must be a first!  :P
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #908 on: Jan 12, 2014, 07:27 AM »
Ok, I built my sled a couple weeks ago.  Used 2x6s, 3/8x4" carriage bolts (just fit snuggly into the wood no washers/nuts securing them), downhill skis acquired from Craigslist, 16' rope, bungie cords, eye bolts and PVC to make a rack.  Got the idea for the rack from page 4 of this thread where a user with the same shanty as me, Clam 5600.  Fits snuggly over the shanty and is secured with bungie cords.  Used it last week in Northern Illinois on the Chain O Lakes.  There was 4" of snow on the ground when we got there and mother nature added 4" more and the sled road on top the whole way, pulled like a dream. Now if it can only help me catch fish!

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Sled broke down into parts for transport

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Sled put together

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Shanty (Clam 5600) on top

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PVC pipe storage added

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All loaded up and a friend to pull it!

Looks great Diddly!! Thanks for sharing. Smitty
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #909 on: Jan 12, 2014, 08:02 AM »
Getting ready to make my second smitty sled and have the question of how much harder is it to pull one made with snowboards instead? I have a matching pair of snowboards and want to try them for better floatation in the deep powder. Any suggestions?
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #910 on: Jan 12, 2014, 08:25 AM »
I guess it would depend on the curve at the tip of the boards. There has to have a pretty good curve or they would dig in.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #911 on: Jan 12, 2014, 08:52 AM »
The wider the surface, the harder the pull. Years a go I used water skis, pulled much harder than downhill or cross country skis.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #912 on: Jan 12, 2014, 09:45 AM »
I would agree. Narrower skis = less resistance which makes easier pulling

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #913 on: Jan 12, 2014, 01:18 PM »
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled? I just realized I wore a hole through the bottom of my jet sled after running it on some pavement after a hike to a lake. I like the idea of the smitty sled, but dont like the idea of the extra bulk of risers/cross members
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #914 on: Jan 12, 2014, 01:26 PM »
I would agree. Narrower skis = less resistance which makes easier pulling
The wider the surface, the harder the pull. Years a go I used water skis, pulled much harder than downhill or cross country skis.

I totally agree with these 2 guys. Smitty
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #915 on: Jan 12, 2014, 02:06 PM »
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled?

I am sure you could. I would consider using something on the inside of the sled to screw to. Like either fabricate a plywood bottom in the bottom of your sled or just some 2-3" strips. That way you will have some added support so that the skis won't rip off the bottom. Maybe also adding some water proof construction adhesive between the skis and tub as well.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #916 on: Jan 12, 2014, 02:32 PM »
I am sure you could. I would consider using something on the inside of the sled to screw to. Like either fabricate a plywood bottom in the bottom of your sled or just some 2-3" strips. That way you will have some added support so that the skis won't rip off the bottom. Maybe also adding some water proof construction adhesive between the skis and tub as well.
Just my thoughts...

Yeah I was thinking about putting a couple of 3/4 by 2 inch pieces of wood along the inside and screw that to the skis. Or maybe a piece of ply on the bottom of the sled. I'm just looking to protect the bottom of my sled, and those hyfax kits are too expensive and I have some skis I could use.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #917 on: Jan 12, 2014, 03:20 PM »
Yeah I was thinking about putting a couple of 3/4 by 2 inch pieces of wood along the inside and screw that to the skis. Or maybe a piece of ply on the bottom of the sled. I'm just looking to protect the bottom of my sled, and those hyfax kits are too expensive and I have some skis I could use.

I think it would work. And maybe you could add some patches to take care of any snow that might get kicked up through the holes. That waterproof construction adhesive works great.
Hint: Diablo blade in a sawsall or cutting disc on an angle grinder makes fast work of those skis.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #918 on: Jan 12, 2014, 07:38 PM »
Anyone mount skis directly to their sled? I just realized I wore a hole through the bottom of my jet sled after running it on some pavement after a hike to a lake. I like the idea of the smitty sled, but dont like the idea of the extra bulk of risers/cross members
I talked to a guy yesterday on the ice with skis mounted directly to the bottom of his old one man flip shanty. only had about a 3" gap in front down to a 1" gap at the back, where the seat is. He screwed it thru to a piece of wood on the inside part of sled and used caulk  under the wood before he tightened up the screws. said he had no problems with water leaking thru.  he says it slides good. couldn't afford a new one so he did that instead.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #919 on: Jan 12, 2014, 08:12 PM »
That's how I made my old tote. It looked the same but no riders on it. It worked pretty well but plowed a lot of snow when I was in deeper powder. That's why I have the riders now.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #920 on: Jan 12, 2014, 09:50 PM »
Finished my Smitty Sled today. Looks like I could get hurt with this thing. It might run me down ! :-) Thanks Smitty, this thing is great with my Fishtrap aboard.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #921 on: Jan 13, 2014, 08:19 PM »
Mines a slow puller, but definitely better than snow plowing the jet sled alone.  I built it with 2X6, so the sled isn't in the snow.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #922 on: Jan 13, 2014, 08:21 PM »
Just built my "Smitty" tonight after purchasing some new gear.
Pulled it around out in the snow for a bit and it worked like a dream.
Thanks for all of your post and inspiration!

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What are those poles that are attached to the ski's?  I have been looking for a similar thing but dont know what exactly to look for.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #923 on: Jan 13, 2014, 08:24 PM »
It's a galvanized flange with a nipple.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #924 on: Jan 15, 2014, 03:01 PM »
There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the ice looking like an idiot.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #925 on: Jan 15, 2014, 11:47 PM »
http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575

Eskimo now has a Smitty Sled!
Bet it isn't no 15 bucks!  LOL    Looks heavy duty. I am surprised none of the shack makers hasn't came out wit a pop out skis.  Shappel had something close,  but it wasn't verygood for heavy weight.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #926 on: Jan 16, 2014, 12:32 AM »
WHAAAA ?    144 pounds !  :woot:    I'll guess more than $5.00/ #     It has a drop down feature, but it's no Smitty Sled.      :roflmao:
      

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #927 on: Jan 16, 2014, 08:51 PM »
Found the Eskimo "smitty sled" - $700!!!  Yeah just a tad over $15.  I only have $4.22 invested in mine so far and it hauls over 300 lbs of stuff.  Of course it doesn't have a lowering feature, but i dont want to fish off it so its all good.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #928 on: Jan 17, 2014, 06:11 AM »
Found the Eskimo "smitty sled" - $700!!!  Yeah just a tad over $15.  I only have $4.22 invested in mine so far and it hauls over 300 lbs of stuff.  Of course it doesn't have a lowering feature, but i dont want to fish off it so its all good.
Yeah, it's a bit overengineered and overpriced, but I was surprised at a commercial offering. And only 5 years behind Smitty! I'm VERY happy with mine! I may have $30 in mine with the additions to hold my auger one one side and my tent on the other. Thanks again Smitty!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #929 on: Jan 17, 2014, 03:20 PM »
So a dumb question that has probably been answered a few times but...I want to build one for my otter sled how are you attaching it to the smitty?  Is it held in place just by the bungees and weight?
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