• I am getting worn out moving your "For sale" threads, including loosely veiled sales pitches for "How much is it worth) or Wanted to buy to the swapmeet.

    I will no longer be moving them for you as I have been in the past.

    Some days are 20 per day.

    If I see it, it will get deleted.

    I try to help you...please try to help me.

    Thanks.
  • I've received emails and PM's asking me about "Group Buys" and promotions.

    A Group Buy here on SnoWestOnline.com would be a situation where a normal member (non vendor or mfg) personally collects orders from other members. That member then uses those orders to negotiate a better price with the Vendor/Mfg for HIS/HER "Group" of buyers.

    Here is an example of a viable "Group Buy"

    http://www.snowestonline.com/forum/showthread.php?t=269222

    A promotion that has the words "Group Buy" in the title is still a promotion, and from the rules that were handed down to me by Harris Publications is that non-advertisers cannot run promotions or open sales programs on the forums outside of the swapmeet.

    If a members wants to become a group buy manager, maintain a thread and collect the funds and negotiate a group buy... as a member, you are welcome to do that as long as you are not attached to the business of the vendor or Mfg.

    If you are a vendor/MFG and you want to offer an EXCLUSIVE "SnoWestOnline ONLY" promotion that is exclusive to snowest readers, please contact me and you'll be able to put it up in the Polaris forums.

    Also, before any vendors/mfgs get all "riled up" over this know that the moderators are strictly volunteers and do not receive a dime from any advertising $$ spent on this site.

    As ALWAYS, since DAY ONE of me becoming a moderator, I have pioneered, supported and encouraged vendors and mfgs in getting the word out to our readers with "New Product Announcements.

    Have a great season.

    From this point on, all vendors/mfg's promoting Pre-Season tiered sales programs, in the Polaris Forums, that are not paid advertisers will be appropriately moved to the swapmeet section of the forums.

    MH

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I need a machine for a once a year Elk hunt in eastern Wyoming. My hunting buddy has done the hunt twice on borrowed sleds and said they have gotten stuck multiple times. Some have recommended staying away from the longer track, high horsepower mountains sleds as they tend to be heavy and can also have cooling issues with long periods of slow riding as we will often do. Others recommend a lighter fan cooled machine or a Utility/Work machine. I live in Sacramento and can not find any Utility machines anywhere around here, most are mountain or trail machines as our snow typically has a lot of moisture in it.

There is a 96 Indy Lite 340cc with low miles a few hours from me and what little I can find out about it is that despite a small track does decent in powder and is easy to get unstuck.

I appreciate opinions from those that know this sled!
 

BeartoothBaron

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Well, you might just want to bite the bullet and find a utility sled, like the WideTrack. I've never rode an Indy Lite; I hear they're a fun little sled, and they're very popular as a starter sled for kids. That said, it definitely doesn't fit the bill if you're trying to haul anything or dealing with deep snow. You are correct that a mountain sled wouldn't be ideal for this either, although at least getting stuck wouldn't be a problem. The thing about something like a WideTrack is that they have a longer, wider track than most sleds (156x20 on newer ones, as compared to 121x15), plus low range (great for pulling a carcass) and reverse.

If you're intent on buying one, you may have to travel a little farther (try putting out a "wanted" add too though). Otherwise, depending on how much you'll end up using it, I'd seriously consider renting if you can work that out. If it's just for an annual trip, I don't think you'll ever break even buying one, and you have to worry about all the maintenance and storage, plus hauling it to WY and back.
 
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Renting came to mind first but I've found rentals are $250 a day x 10-14 days. This will be an annual hunt so renting makes no sense. Storage is not a problem, I have 2 acres. Maintenance I can handle as I have plenty of expertise working on and rebuilding motors. We already bought a Triton tilt aluminum trailer that weighs practically nothing. It came with new load range E tires so we will be changing bearings and traveling 80mph.

I agree with you on the Utility machine but despite lots of searching I have found none in the west. I know there has to be a few around. I did email 9 or 10 nearby ski resorts asking to notify me if they plan on selling any at the end of the season. This is for Jan 2020 as we have to put in for the hunt a year in advance.
 
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I know this is post is under the Polaris section so forgive me but what about a 1998 700cc Yamaha VMax XTC? It has a 136x16" track. One major drawback is the weight but it has reverse which I imagine would help when it gets stuck.
 
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If reverse helps when you get stuck, you're not stuck.
Pretty obvious you haven't really ridden before. Do you know where you'll be riding, as in how much snow and what kind of terrain?
You mention riding slow a lot and obviously the elk aren't laying in chest deep powder waiting for you, lol, but do you have to hit some real snow to get where you're going?
If you do, those 2 sleds you posted are about the worst choices. If you aren't hitting deep snow, get the Indy, but realize you'll be riding a clown car unless you're like 5'-4 and a buck40 soaking wet.

If you're looking for a no frills sled with fan cooled reliability in low snow, decent track in powder yet cheap, easy to get unstuck and big enough to haul you around, think 550 fan cooled sleds.
I got one for sale that would fit the bill better than either of the ones you asked about, if you don't find one.
 
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AZ800,


You're correct, all the riding I've done had been on Sierra "cement". I'm not 100% sure of the conditions we'll encounter as every winter is different but my friend said snow is dry, can get deep and they have been stuck too often. What do you have for sale?
 

volcano buster

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I used to cruise timber in NE Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana in the winter. We had two sleds to use. A 440 AC Prowler which had the zing on packed trails but sucked everywhere else. The other was a 440 Bearcat utility. It had the gearing but was way too heavy to get unstuck. We kept running across a guy out of Missoula that had a Skidoo tundra. That thing was awesome. It was underpowered compared to what we had but it was so easy to maneuver and get unstuck or over logs that the guy could handle it by himself. We were simply amazed that it was more like a pair of motorized snow shoes than anything we had seen.

I have a '94 Indy Lite that I extended with a 136" track that works very well that is actually for sale, but I would look for an older Tundra if I were in your shoes. They even had the electronic reverse.
 
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