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    Looking for ideas for a snowmachine sled capable of hauling 15' logs. Any pics?

  • #2
    www.logsled.com looks kind of like a good idea for the front.

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    • #3
      There you go.
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      • #4
        Freight sleds work best

        Sled type depends on whether you're wanting to go off in the boonies and go logging or wanting to haul logs down the trail to your cabin. For hauling down the trail the 4 ski freight sleds are really hard to beat.
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        • #5
          I second the freight sleds that Ron builds.... the load you can haul on those towing with a Bravo is incredible! I use smaller sleds to dral the logs out of the woods and pile them up on the river, then use the freight sled to haul them to the lodge.

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          • #6
            I'll second for the third time Ron's sleds! Ron Van Wavern, River Express Freighting (907) 354-7001
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            • #7
              Originally posted by bmunsell View Post
              Sled type depends on whether you're wanting to go off in the boonies and go logging or wanting to haul logs down the trail to your cabin. For hauling down the trail the 4 ski freight sleds are really hard to beat.
              Good advice there. My latest sled I made with 9 inch wide runners, 14 feet long with 9 feet on the ground, out of 2x8's. Once in the trees those four posters would be likely to get hung up. They are likely to not be cheap, and look heavy. Remember you have to lift the logs up onto the sled too. That can just about kill you.

              I am not yet sold on the plastic sheet sleds. For the price of one tricked out plastic sheet sled, I can build four of mine. The design itself is self limiting. Once loaded, you don't have so much weight on it you cannot pull it. Again, the difference will be where you are going to use it. On nice groomed, hard trails and rivers, you can make the sled wide, long and with wide runners. But once in the trees....
              Here are a couple shots of in the trees:

              This is what I was after:

              Here is a pic of my latest sled when I took it out for a trial run. I had just returned from the Yukon area. You can just see the logs I had already rolled off on the far side of the sled. I had to cut them into much smaller pieces to get them into the truck. This run took me 75 miles up, about 5 miles into the trees, and 75 miles back; I was seriously pooped at the end of this day:

              A pic of my hitch:

              Some other pics once I was out of the woods onto the tundra and on a trail and the Kuskokwim River:


              The above two shots were in a no-snow year so I was cutting stumps along the river. A four poster sled here would really shine, IF you stayed on the river.
              This one is about 30 miles from my home and doesn't show the two hours I took getting the thing unstuck from deep snow. When you do get stuck, you have to roll your logs off, dig out the sled, then one-by-one carry the logs to hard snow before reloading the entire load. This was a nice, very hard, dense tree that burned well. It was really cold that day too, around -32*F when I left the house that morning.
              Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                You found a tree within 30 miles of Bethel!.........

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Catch It View Post
                  You found a tree within 30 miles of Bethel!.........
                  It can be done, but you really need to look.

                  I had spent the previous two days scouting around, and found a cluster of several trees, but only one I could get to. This was along the Quiq.
                  Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

                  Better living through chemistry (I'm a chemist)

                  You can piddle with the puppies, or run with the wolves...

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                  • #10
                    I've had really good luck with this design, the box could be removed and longer runners used. Have had it about 3 years now with minimal repairs to the box. Have built quite a few sleds over the years, this is the best so far, I went with 6x8's for runners as I have slough or river banks and a 6-8 foot high set a railroad tracks to go over, and then slam down on top of, followed by a nice sharp 90 degree turn.....Am gonna post my pics before I loose the contents of my reply AGAIN!!!Click image for larger version

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ID:	2497546If I use lighter runners they either split and fold or just split. In my experience the most likely part to fail is either end of the tongue. Tubular or square stock, when it bends is next to impossible to bend back, so this time I used 5/8 solid round stock, it can be straightened good eough with a sledge and a stump if and when it bends, no biggie......The main " bulletproof" feature is the hardware, I will do my best to describe it......2 inch pipe as a spreader to the inside of the runners, with 1 inch pipe going through to the outside of the runners, all sandwiched together with washers and heavy allthread. Time has run out AGAIN!!! So will follow with images in the next post......@!@$##@#$......

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ID:	2497545 I used 5/8 bar for the skaggs oprox. 12-18 inches......I have about $250 in materials....

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                        • #13
                          If it were just for firewood, I use a large otter sled. I attach the hitch up front reinforcing it with 3/4" plywood on the inside. Under the edges are 2x2's fastened with 3/8" eyebolts every 18". I then have a rope that goes through all the eyes with extra up front. I buck everything in the field and tie the ropes across the top. I have hauled a lot of wood with it. Then again our snow gets a little deeper than most areas.

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                          • #14
                            16' treated 4'x12"s
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                            • #15
                              I have ripped poly 55 gallon drums on a table saw on the radius to use for the bottom of runners.
                              Works and holds up well. And the price is right.

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