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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi There,
I'm new to this forum, so please don't slaughter me if I posted this in the wrong place. I'm looking to buy my first sled in a long time...basically to use for ice fishing, bombing around my woodlot, taking the kids around the yard, and the once/twice a year ride with my neighbor who has a 99 Skandic. Ive narrowed it down to two sleds that are the same money:
1. 1996 Formula III 600 with triple pipes and a rebuilt motor (professionally done)...motor has 12 miles, chassis a little over 7k. $500.00 cash...its been painted black with blue accents, and blue pipes.

2. 1992 Arctic Cat Jag 440 w/ 2800 original miles. Ski Skins, in good shape. Owned by an older man...$500.00

Which do you think is the best sled for my money and usage...I can tell you that next year I plan to purchase a new sled and this sled will become my wifes.

I worry about the reliability of the triple, I've heard horror stories of others burning cylinders and costly repairs...but at the same token the Jag is older than I would like. The money is right on either one, so it is more about longevity.

Thanks for your time!
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I can't speak on the 600 other then its heavy and if you plan to pass it down to your wife would she be able to handle it? Now the arctic cat 440 is one that I own but a 91 JAG, very reliable with over 6,000 miles on it and never been in the motor. A fun sled to ride and even a better beginner sled to learn on.

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For what you want to do, I'd go for the Jag. Fan cooled engine is less finicky than the 600.

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I'd pick the Jag also. Less to go wrong, easier to maintain. More versatile than the 600.
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