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Old 10-30-2008, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Studs on Garage floor

Hello everyone,
I am new to this thread and I am new to Snowmobiling! (Well not new to snowmobiling but new to owning my very own sleds). Bought me & my wife two 2004 Saber Cats EFI. One is a 600 and one is a 700.
Was wondering if I could get some feedback from everyone that cares to share how they bring their sleds in and out of their garages/barns/sheds during the snow season. I ask this because Both sleds came with studded tracks and while reading about studded tracks, some people live by them, some people hate them. Since they are on the tracks already and there hasn't been a negative that I have read to make me spend the money getting rid of them, so they are staying and as I progress I can decide if I like them or not.
So............. I know these things would have to tear up concrete after constantly riding them in and out of a concrete floored garage. I have an enclosed trailer that came with them, and my initial thoughts were to drive them up and out of there all winter, but been thinking I would rather not and just have them in the garage to have quick drive out access. Does anyone have suggestions on what to do or what you might do to protect your garage floors from the studs tearing them up? I know about the wheels but do i wanna be constantly lifting the sleds on and off the rollers? I live right by the trail so 75% of my riding will be leaving right from the house with no trailer. I wanna have fast access. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i always just leave them outside during the winter and just put the covers on them...i also have a set of wheels that i use during the summer when i put them in, its not that hard to do
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First off, you will tear the hell out of the garage floor with one trip up to the trailer. I know because I've done it. I don't have the luxury of close trails so I leave mine on the trailer in the garage all winter. Than summer I use the dollies and cover them. I don't know what to put on the floor because the track will kick back pretty much everything that is not nailed down. Don't stand behind the sled if you do put something under track.
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Old 10-30-2008, 10:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You've got a good amount of money tied up in those sleds and trailer- just spend a couple hundred bucks more and get a two wheel snowmobile dolly like this one: eBay Motors: Snowmobile Dolly Snowmobile Shop Dolly Brand New (item 380075742750 end time Nov-01-08 19:00:00 PDT)
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a dolly also. Good piece of mind.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the big wheel dollie, it's great for moving the things around! But for in the garage there is a drive on cart/dollie! The problem you will have this winter is going from the garage out onto snow! The drive on dollie can turn the sled around and then be pushed out on to the snow some and then driven off!
If you have rev on both you could tapcon down some plywood or an old track? if you always park in the same spot!
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey thanks everyone,
This is the type of feedback I was looking for. Was just wondering how everyone else
operates during the winter while their sleds are active. Maybe it wouldn't be that inconvenient to use their trailer for on and off access all winter then get some rollers if they need to be worked on the garage.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a small drive in drive out ( doors on both sides) shed that i put my main sled in, i have tracks screwed down that stay in place with my studs. I also have one of them dollies with wheels on each sides, which are nice if you move sleds around alot in a garage. They make the small dollie things that go under your ski's and track, i made one for my track with plywood, 2x4's and 4 castor wheels, still need to make em for the ski's. Where you located noodlez?
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm in Constantia NY.
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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We don't plow the driveway in that particular part of the garage so we won't damage the concrete driveway. We just use dollys to turn them around and out we go...

If I were you, I'd just buy a dolly. I hate keeping my things outside.
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i got my dollies from northern tool and equip. for about 35-40 bucks they are eaiser than driving in and out you can turn them around ALOT eaiser i would reccomend that fully
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We just have the dollies that put under the skis and track. To try and keep the floor in decent shape when we park the sleds in the garage, we usually drive them in so the front skis are in the garage, then put the dollies under them. The we drive the sled forward enough to stick one under the back and then just push it in. To take them wout we turn them around, then take the dolly out from underneath the track then just drive strait out and the dollies for the skis usually slide off when you hit the snow. Usually doesn't mark up the floors too bad as long as you're careful with the throttle.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The prob with those type of dollies is sometimes when you hit the snow at the edge of the door it will stop you and you can spin the track! Plus you have to lift the sled!
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am in the same boat as you. My first year owning sleds was last season and most of my riding is done out of my garage. One is studded and the other is not. A couple of things I do that mitigate the damage but do not stop it. Don't clear the snow in front of the third stall garage door. use the dollies under the skis and track. I found that the large car dollies work better on the skis than the small snowmobile version. As the sled crosses onto the driveway remove that set of dollies and pull the sled manually. I discovered that the biggest damage creator are the wear rods when they touch the edge of the garage apron the chip the square edge as my driveway is sunk a bit below the start of the apron. I have good intentions of being more careful but after a long ride I just want them inside the garage. The studs only caused real damage if you spin the track not just let it roll freely by pushing it. I stupidly dug a nice hole in my tar driveway giving too much gas and there are wear rod marks all over it too. I now just accept some damage as the cost of riding sleds.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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tore up my concrete garage floor last year...learned from that real quick...
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:07 AM   #16 (permalink)
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The big 2 wheel dollies would be better! And remove the snow!
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm seriously considering using the enclosed trailer as my storage for them. On and off whenever I want to drive them. Then maybe get the rollers or dolly whenever they need to go in the garage to be worked on.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Check this out.

http://www.thesledbed.com/
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:40 PM   #19 (permalink)
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That is by far the most unsafe way I'v seen to doing that. Flinging the dollys back just to save time is pure lazyness.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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It is desgned for that, there is a safety chain that the track pinches when you drive off.
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