Picked up some new gear this year and needed a bigger sled. Figured I’d do a medium otter sport smitty sled. Made if so the otter can come off easily and be used for other stuff as well. Pulled it on the yard a bit and makes a huge difference. Can’t wait to use it!
Built a smitty
Thanks for the advice, Kylme. I might try that if I build another one. The size bolt I used for it wouldn't even allow me to get two of them in there without there being hardly any wood left. Perhaps I used a slightly larger bolt than needed? :-)
I did try it out Saturday with my flip over ice shanty. Pulls with one finger through 5 inches of snow easily! I did make it a little too long for fitting my flip over but it fits the otter sled well. I think I'll be moving the 2X6 back a little further so that it'll fit the shanty better. The Otter sled should still go on top of it just fine, it just won't be as balanced as well. There's an 8 inch difference in length between my flip over shanty and my Otter sled, but the width is only 2 inches different.
Fish, you may want to put two bolts instead of just one for the cross members. Even with the cut outs in the risers for the cross members to nest in, with one bolt you will get some canting. Two bolts will lock the whole thing together a lot better. At least that is my experience. If you have not used a smitty, you will be amazed at the efficiency of them.
I built my smitty sled yesterday. I learned when you have very few tools to work with it's difficult to cut in a straight line with a jigsaw while holding onto the board with one hand and cutting with the other hand! Also cutting that notch out was more complicated than I thought. Lastly drilling the hole in the front of the skis to put the rope was nearly impossible! I'll try to draw up some plans with dimensions one of these days (I have notes written down but noone would be able to read them besides me). I couldn't find any dimensions anywhere, just videos on how to assemble them. There are so many versions out there!
I like the wheels/ski idea...
(best of both worlds - situations)
Thanks Fishlovme , but I can't take full credit for the idea. I spotted it somewhere on the net. surfing last winter. I also seen the one nihif suggested . Thanks nihif for that , if I go that rout.I think I'll go to a 4" or 6'' wheels. I also seen somewhere , what looked like a heavy 1.25" steel strap bent to clear the ski with a steel wheel hub w/ bearings wheels. This pivoted from end and used a pin to hold it in position. Kinda like the idea of pulling rather then wheelbarrowing it.I'm weighing my options. Using D Hill skis and thinking going 12" to Bucket height risers . Getting the shanty a little closer to the tailgate. lol
Grizwalg, where did you get the wind break from ?
The first smitty I built I used cross country and they were fine for a few years then the tip broke off of one ski. I have since built 2 more using down hill and they seam to be more durable.
I've heard that downhill skis are better than cross country skis to use on a smitty sled, since the increased width/surface area of the downhill ski makes it sink less into the snow. Would a smitty with 4 cross country skis be worth the effort?
here's one, searched ice smitty with wheels