has anyone tried or used one of the snowmobile extractors? They have a handle, spring or bungee and a hook on the end. I guess the ideas is the spring force helps pull harder and the handle makes it easier then trying to grap the ski loops. Are they a good thing to have or just a waste of money, or just forget it put on your tough pants and pull a little harder.
I have a few buddies who use them and they have reported some pretty impressive stories of hooking up, pulling tight, and driving some sleds out of some pretty gnarly situations...
I think they are fairly large if I remember.
The reason I stop using a rope and made my own bungee cord extractor over 15 years ago is.
If you use a rope to pull someone out of a hole or tow them home, each time you come to the end of the rope you will be jerked. This can break things on the sleds, not good. If you are stuck really hard your snowmobile is an anchor weighing several thousands #. The best way to not break things is when the rope started to pull you out is, hit the gas. The problem is this is not possible to time everything correctly unless you are using a bungee that stretches.
Before you could buy them I made several and gave them to friends.
Snobunje's are excellent. Here a few more advantages; Extra mechanical force provided by the elastic pull. You are not trapped under the ski/skid as the sled comes out, the Snobunje gets you up front and off to the side. You can use a ropewinch attached to a tree to stretch it out if you are by yourself. They are light weight and easy to carry.