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Offline Miha

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Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:15:37 pm »
I'm in doubt. Make it too high and it's hell to design to make it sturdy enough. Besides it'll be heavy. Make it too low and the platform will plow the snow, and what's the point?
What do you guys think?

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Offline Gaston The Guide

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 07:32:51 pm »
IMHO I would go 10".  Depends on the snow conditions, runners etc. 

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 07:45:48 pm »
I made my 6" high, worked really well.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 07:46:20 pm »
I made my platform 4" off the ski's.. The skis never sink into the snow more than 1-2" even when i have 50-60lbs of hut auger minnows ect.. on the sled.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 08:37:52 pm »
Higher is always better but then again it adds extra weight. Also depends on how heavy a load you are hauling. A lightish load on skis with 2 x4's will float over even deep snow. If hauling anything over about 150 lbs I'd go with 2 x6's.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2013, 07:18:06 am »
Miha 8" is more than enough, also check your pm, sent you some info.
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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2013, 07:37:27 am »
Not to hijack the thread but I am so useless with designs and tools does anyone in the area sell them?

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2013, 07:39:21 am »
I made mine 8 inches,, mounted on full length of skis mounted more to the back of the skis 20 ft. rope attached  to the tip of the skis.. the extra weight is not a concern.. Its all about how it rides over the snow and ice.. Works Well..  

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2013, 08:30:30 am »
Not to hijack the thread but I am so useless with designs and tools does anyone in the area sell them?


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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2013, 10:55:16 am »
i debated building a smitty sled but by the time you factor in the lumber, some sort of paint or varnish, carriage bolts, ski's. rope and whatever else you may need its the same price to just buy a pelican from crappy tire which are great sleds

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2013, 10:59:43 am »
i debated building a smitty sled but by the time you factor in the lumber, some sort of paint or varnish, carriage bolts, ski's. rope and whatever else you may need its the same price to just buy a pelican from crappy tire which are great sleds

the whole point of smitty is easy pulling... lots of guys put the pelican or other plastic sleds on top
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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2013, 11:01:02 am »
i debated building a smitty sled but by the time you factor in the lumber, some sort of paint or varnish, carriage bolts, ski's. rope and whatever else you may need its the same price to just buy a pelican from crappy tire which are great sleds

I have a Pelican and having a smitty sled with 6" of clearance is a WORLD of difference.  I put my pelican on top when there's snow on the ice.  Less drag and makes long walks much easier.

I won't recommending buying everything.  Lots of the stuff is already in the garage.  Ask a neighbor I'm sure they have scrap 2X4, 2X6's lieing around just in case.  



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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2013, 11:09:28 am »
Go to construction sits and ask to grav some scrap wood

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2013, 11:10:56 am »


I have a Pelican and having a smitty sled with 6" of clearance is a WORLD of difference.  I put my pelican on top when there's snow on the ice.  Less drag and makes long walks much easier

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 11:20:10 am »
Yep, the ease of pulling is the whole point. I'm getting too old for working as one-man-power snowplow  ;D Bathtubs are good enough for bare ice conditions, but get a little bit of snow or some slush and it becomes quite an experience. I'm not ready for a heart attack yet.  ;D

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 11:29:37 am »
In the process of building mine, should be done by tonight.

Cost me about 30 bucks at home Depot for all the materials, including carriage bolts, eyebolts, lumber, etc.

They even cut the lumber for me for free. Just a matter of putting everything together.


I got old kid's downhill skis at value village for $14

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2013, 11:50:46 am »
The best one I have ever seen is Roys

Skip to the 4 minute mark
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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2013, 12:33:55 pm »
I'm making one now to transport my Fish Trap Pro on when the slugging is tough. Anybody out there have a smitty build for that size? If so any  building tips... measurements etc.... so I can do it right the first time would be appreciated.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2013, 12:37:01 pm »
There is a whole thread started by the original inventor of the smitty sled on a different message board if you do a google search.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2013, 06:44:44 pm »
Ok, after some elaborations and research I made it 8" high :)


It works :)
Thanks, guys for your input. I appreciate it.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2013, 12:22:43 am »
Looks like a great job you did there, you won't be bottoming out in the snow. I have about 6" clearance on mine and never plow.. the full size downhill skiis float amazingly well. One tip, wax those skis! man do they ever glide nice.
Yours is nice and wide so it wont tip. I first built mine too narrow (it has two rubbermaid totes on it mounted the long way). It would tip when I hit snowmobile ruts, so I had to modify it and widen the ski stance.
Smitty sleds are the walker's best friend. Next time I build one I will use cedar and some clever structural design in a skeleton frame to create a very lightweight model.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2013, 11:55:05 am »
looks good Miha,

you might as well remove the clam plastic sled and attach the pipe framing to your new sled.
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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2013, 12:13:40 pm »
Sweet design.
Nice and clean looking workmanship.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2013, 01:48:40 pm »
Thanks, BB.


you might as well remove the clam plastic sled and attach the pipe framing to your new sled.

I'm still debating. There are pros and cons to this...  ??? Coincidentally  width and depth of the platform is just enough though.  ;)

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2014, 04:50:52 pm »
What kind of ski's are you guys using to build these?
Cross country ski's or downhill?

I'm thinking downhill, but want to check before I start.

Thanks!

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #25 on: October 25, 2014, 06:42:44 pm »
I used a downhill pair bought for nothing on Kijiji.

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Re: Thinking about smitty sled. What platform height is enough?
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2014, 09:02:12 am »
Thanks!

Got a line on a few on Kijiji, just wanted to make sure I grabbed the correct style.