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Offline Ronnie D

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PVC Smitty ski's ?
« on: Apr 29, 2023, 06:04 PM »
Have some extra 3" schedule 80 pvc pipe & 22 fittings left over from a project.
Has anyone ever tried using pipe instead of ski's for a smitty? The plan is to place the 22's on the front " pull rope end " , fill w/ foam & cap. , then build attaching struts to fit a jet sled. Just not sure if pipe would be a + or - compared to flat ski's in slush & snow

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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2023, 10:40 AM »
It works but the PVC gets brittle when cold and cracks or shatters. The foam may help, I did not try filling with foam
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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2023, 02:46 PM »
Agreed on the standard schedule 40 p.v.c
( the white stuff ) , schedule 80 is grey in color & twice the wall thickness. My thoughts on the foam were to absorb shock & possibly make it buoyant.

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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2023, 07:25 AM »
If your pulling under your own power you should be fine, but if your using machine power I'd stick to skies.
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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2023, 06:50 PM »
Skis wont break

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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #5 on: Jun 12, 2023, 10:10 AM »
let us know how it works out. My guess is that i should work, depending upon how much weight you'll be carrying also if it will be strictly on ice/snow and no gravel

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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #6 on: Jun 12, 2023, 10:21 AM »
Just out of curiosity why would you want to do this?  Seems like skis are designed for this exact purpose?

If getting skis is the issue I have just posted on Facebook asking if anyone had an old pair of skis they didn't use and both times I literally had an offer of a pair within half an hour.
Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange,
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #7 on: Jun 13, 2023, 07:15 AM »
Ski's have square edges that make pulling & turning in slush a PITA. , less resistance = less work.
Also it'll hold air pressure which will add buoyancy & w/ a small regulator & hose, should work as an aerator.
I'll post pics when it's done.
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Re: PVC Smitty ski's ?
« Reply #8 on: Jun 13, 2023, 06:08 PM »
Ski's have square edges that make pulling & turning in slush a PITA. , less resistance = less work.
Also it'll hold air pressure which will add buoyancy & w/ a small regulator & hose, should work as an aerator.
I'll post pics when it's done.
Swift Tines

Interesting- thanks for the explanation and definitely post pics!
Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange,
Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain.

 



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