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Would like to get a less heavy machine

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I bought a 2003 Polaris 500 XC EDGE snowmobile a few years ago and it's in pretty good shape, but it is so heavy! I'm a small guy and don't need anything with that much power. I live right beside the trail in Gardiner but this last year I only tried riding three times and two out of three of those times got stuck in deep sticky snow without going 100 yards. Then spent the next couple of hours trying to get the sled back in the garage. I need something a lot lighter! Maybe it would get stuck too but I'd have a lot easier time re-positioning it while attempting to get un-stuck. I can lift up the back end of this one a few inches and slide it one way or the other. The front end I can hardly lift at all. I saw a guy getting gas lift his sled by the front end and spin it around to head back to the trail and see stuff like that frequently on tv people tossing their sleds around like it's nothing. Is what I've got an especially heavy machine? What to search for in an attempt to get something lighter?

Thank you for any advice!

Gardiner, ME
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I would not consider your 500 as a heavy sled
A 93 700 Wild Cat was 700 pounds!

Well a 250 Bravo is the lightest
That can't be that heavy of a machine.

Maybe something that floats a bit better. Maybe a cross-over or just something with a longer track.

Late 90's 500 Summits were pretty decent. Probably about the same weight, but had a 136" paddle track.
It isn't that heavy of a machine at all. Heck I got a cousin who weighs around 110lbs soaking wet and she can toss around a XCR 600 and her dad's Edge 700 like it is nothing. One thing that helps with the floating on those is a belly pan protector. Just putting one of those on makes a huge difference. Those Edge 500s are around 480-500lbs which is nothing for a snowmobile. Want to see a heavy snowmobile? Go buy a Yamaha.
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Track length and approach angle mean a lot to how a sled works in deep snow.

My Mountain Max's are a little heavier than the 121" trail sled I have in the same chassis, but the extra 10" of footprint on the ground + shallower approach angle is the difference between them getting up on the snow vs. digging trenches admired by civil engineers everywhere.
I saw this thread and imagined it would turn into the op being told they are not a good rider!
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