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Old 12-26-2012, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ice Fishing Sled

This year or next, I will be purchasing I new sled. I use it for ice fishing only. Most of the lakes I go to are very slushy, and I have to make my own trails.

The only requirements I need, is it has to be 2-up and a 4-stroke.

Any suggestions? The dealers in my area are mostly Polaris and Artic Cat. I'm looking to by brand new. Thanks
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bearcat 1100.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I heard they have major electrical issues? There is no polaris equivelent to a bearcat?
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I haven't heard of ANY issues with the Bear Cat! Esp the 4 stroke!
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm curious how the Ski-Do Turndra Skandic compares? And how much lighter is it compared to the Bearcat?
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The skandic is a good, solid sled as well. I'm not sure about the weights of either, but being utility sleds they are built for strength and durability, neither is exactly a featherweight. What they both do well is go just about anywhere and tow or carry your gear very well. The Bearcat will just do it in greater comfort, if that sort of thing makes a difference to you.
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No comfort is not an issue... I'm just worried about buying a 2-stroke, I hear their engine longevity is not as good as a 4-stroke.
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They do need piston and ring replacement more frequently than a 4 stroke, but they're also far easier and less expensive to work on when they do need it.
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The Bearcat will just do it in greater comfort, if that sort of thing makes a difference to you.
Why do you say it will do it in better comfort then the Tundra or Skandic?
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would get a Ski doo.

To compare weights, just go to the company's website and check.

If you're only using it for ice fishing, I can't imagine that you'll put many miles o each year. So a 2 stroke would last years and years for you. I have friends that only use sleds for ice fishing and after 10 years they still only have about 1,500 miles on them.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Had over 10,000 miles on my 2000 Arctic Cat 440 Panther 2-up when I sold it... never had a rebuild, and still ran perfect. Hated to sell it, but I was moving to FL at the time.

Scrap the 4-stroke requirement, and look for something with reverse!!!
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Go look at a new one. Their as comfy as any of the new touring sleds and more versatile.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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New one what, bearcat?
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd go with an Argo with a cab encolsure and track kit. What could be better than a portable ice shanty that floats.
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