Author Topic: My Homemade $15 Sled! AKA The "Smitty Sled"  (Read 569587 times)

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #930 on: Jan 17, 2014, 03:23 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?
   eye bolts on the uprights and use bungees or ratchet strap
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #931 on: Jan 17, 2014, 04:57 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?

Just take a look at some of the sleds that have been made to get some ideas. I for one just looked around the garage for "stuff" i had to keep the costs down. I went with tie down straps. The kind that have a spring loaded clip. Just my opinion..and like Hardwater Diehard stated eye bolts or another anchoring device in the risers.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #932 on: Jan 17, 2014, 06:22 PM »
I think the Eskimo sled is almost the perfect design for the Shappell Bay Runner. I will be incorporating some of it's feature into my smitty sled build. I don't like the ski's on it, I will use downhill skis. I love the raise up feature, that will be awesome to be able to lower the bay runner to the ice for fishing through the trap doors, instead of lifting it off the smitty sled. The wheels... they are a turning in my head.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #933 on: Jan 18, 2014, 08:12 PM »
Used my new sled today. AWESOME ! That thing worked just like everyone said it would. Totally happy with it.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #934 on: Jan 19, 2014, 04:25 AM »
http://www.geteskimo.com/Foundations/Store/shopdetail.asp?params=15575

Eskimo now has a Smitty Sled!
Wow the sled itself is 144lbs. Common where is the aluminium frame.

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #935 on: Jan 19, 2014, 10:54 AM »
Used my new sled today. AWESOME ! That thing worked just like everyone said it would. Totally happy with it.

Great to here! Any pics?
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #936 on: Jan 19, 2014, 11:03 AM »
Wow went fishing with my boy last night, Got there and set up no problem. Now coming off the ice it snowed and there was probably only 4 inchs new. My sled pulled like heck. Don't know if is because skis need waxed or what. Maybe I need to shed some stuff. (NEVER) ::)
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #937 on: Jan 19, 2014, 01:08 PM »
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #938 on: Jan 19, 2014, 01:11 PM »
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #939 on: Jan 19, 2014, 02:40 PM »
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder(Image removed from quote.)
That is awesome!

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #940 on: Jan 19, 2014, 02:53 PM »
Wow went fishing with my boy last night, Got there and set up no problem. Now coming off the ice it snowed and there was probably only 4 inchs new. My sled pulled like heck. Don't know if is because skis need waxed or what. Maybe I need to shed some stuff. (NEVER) ::)
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #941 on: Jan 19, 2014, 02:55 PM »
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around

That's pretty cool!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #942 on: Jan 19, 2014, 02:57 PM »
this one is a snowblower cover mounted on a chair mounted on wood mounted on 1/2 of 55 gall plastic drum .oyea a can for a cuppie holder

Nice windbreak !
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #943 on: Jan 19, 2014, 05:51 PM »
they work great the wind breake don't way it down but the walker will take a 1oo lbs like nothing . check this on I almost got done 35 bucks for the skin for ebay

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #946 on: Jan 19, 2014, 05:59 PM »
anybody build a smitty with the tip down feature so I don't have to unload my sled off the smitty?

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #948 on: Jan 19, 2014, 06:08 PM »
can beat that

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #949 on: Jan 19, 2014, 06:41 PM »
I have seen those replacement skins on ebay. I like the square tubing. Nice job!
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #950 on: Jan 19, 2014, 07:34 PM »
thanks

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #951 on: Jan 19, 2014, 08:08 PM »
Smitty your a genius. Just tried out my Smitty sled for the first time today, wow, night and day difference. So easy to pull now. Thanks for the great idea  :)

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #952 on: Jan 20, 2014, 08:37 AM »
Smitty your a genius. Just tried out my Smitty sled for the first time today, wow, night and day difference. So easy to pull now. Thanks for the great idea  :)

I am glad I could help you out, I appreciate the feedback I get here. Thanks. Smitty
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #953 on: Jan 20, 2014, 09:30 AM »
my sled was only 5 bucks for the walker free skies most the other stuff laying around(Image removed from quote.)
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.
 

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #954 on: Jan 20, 2014, 09:33 AM »
A lot of great ideas in this thread  :thumbsup:

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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #955 on: Jan 20, 2014, 10:56 AM »
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.

When I made mine straight it would wonder to one side then I toed in the tips just a hair, now it tracks straight as an arrow.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #956 on: Jan 20, 2014, 03:39 PM »
I made some mods. to my smitty sled. I realized that when using smitty to get my sled out on the lake, I was forever leaving it behind when I drilled a new hole. Then after 4 or 5 moves I would have to walk back and get the smitty.
 So I came up with the drop down smitty. Here is the prototype. I have just a little tweaking to do before it is finished. But it seems to work very well (out in my driveway). Simple up and simple down. Being past 90 degrees allows it to stay up without and ties or straps.








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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #957 on: Jan 20, 2014, 03:53 PM »
That has to be the best one I have seen. I love the fact it drops down. Might be a lot easier to put back in the vehicle.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #958 on: Jan 20, 2014, 03:56 PM »
Ljc2tall, that has to be one of the bests mods to the Smitty Sled I have seen.  Simple and effective....PERFECT.
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Re: My Homemade $15 Sled!
« Reply #959 on: Jan 20, 2014, 04:30 PM »
Just wondering how it pulls threw the deep snow with the tip of the ski's toed in like that? I know from sking that when you toe in the tip's it slows you down.
pulls like a dream

 



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