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    Default Building a strip groomer

    Hello,

    I need to make a trail / strip groomer wondering if anyone has ideas or what works best?

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    I'm not concerned with grooming but I make an effort to pack the strip before day riders do their criss-cross stuff and the tracks set up. Most snowmachiners are pretty respectful of marked strips but some are, let's say, less than considerate.

    Why would a guy purposely mow down strip markers? Or the reflective trail markers on the Su and Yentna? I've never understood that mentality.

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    Default chain link fence

    I use a piece of 4' wide chain link fence to drag the river for skiers. I run a pipe through the front to pull against, otherwise your pull points get all stretched out. If I want it stiffer to take out dips, I can attach a couple of 2"x4" to each side longitudonally. If there is a lot of snow it creates a lot of drag for the machine though. But then I use an elan or something else without a lot of power.
    If you kneed to cut more hard pack off, you can add a couple of tires or long logs on top. Seems to work pretty well, and when I am done I can roll the whole thing up and stash it away.

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    Default I agree

    Quote Originally Posted by AK LIVIN View Post
    Hello,

    I need to make a trail / strip groomer wondering if anyone has ideas or what works best?
    I agree that riders who run over markers are not very thoughful nor have they ever broke trail or even more so paid $1.00 each for them. I do understand that sometimes it might be better to hit one than someone els, but at least put it back up broken or not. This has always been a proublem although should they ever get on the river at night, after fresh snow with a load or white out conditions they might understadn why they are there. I do feel that most riders understand there importance.

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    Default bed springs

    we always use old bed springs. drag it up and down your strip a couple times with your snowmachine and let it set up. wont make it flat, but it makes it smooth and safe to land on....

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    What i do is to start with if its deep snow i use a snowmachine with a large otter sled with about 250 lbs in it. It packs the strip great and is easy to tow . in a few hours it get pretty hard. and you can use it then. after a day or two if you want then i use a groomer which is made from 2 by 6s 8 ft long and 4 ft wide it looks just like a wall with 2 ft centers the front and rear studs are streaght on edge and the rest have about a 20 degree angle. Im on a lake so it is pretty flat to begen with it works real well. But i use the sled first otherwise it is to hard to pull in soft snow The sled with weaght in it is great i can make the hole strip in about a hour and you are good to go. alot of time i dont even use the groomer. in snow from 6inches to two feet or more you dont even leve a snow machine track just sled tracks.

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