Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Sled: 09 HCR 800 & MODS
09-10 Mileage: 381
08-09 Mileage: 1341.3
07-08 Mileage: 1245.9
06-07 Mileage: 1664.3
ATV: 09 AC550 efi Wplow
2009 Mileage: 189
I do not have plans for the basket sled. But here is a "description"
the sled measures 36" wide, and is 12' long, the up rights are 14" apart, and are made of hickory.
Alot of the people up here use a uniform length on the up rights, (except for the last 3') making a more suitable cargo sled.
the runners are made of hickory and UMHV plastic,(plastic goes on last) the wood is 2 1/2" (2" thick) wide, the plastic is 3 1/4" by 1/2 thick, I put 1" aluminum square U channel ( inside measures 7/8") on top of the hickory, and then off set the last 24" 1/2" (thickness of plastic) of the "runner" to double up the plastic and make the "bend" using a heat gun. ( again this is the last thing I do)
the hickory uprights slide into the channel and are bolted with lag bols to the runner through the aluminum. Aluminum is boletd to the hickory, every 16"
I use stainless scews to hold the plastic to the hickory, counter sunk,
The bed slats are ash, and are 3/8" thick, and are screwed to the cross pieces which are made out of 2" X 1" thick pieces of hickory, the top rails are made of 1" x 1" hickory and is hled on by1/16" metal bent over, (a nail was diven into a counter sunk hole, 2 bit sizes smaller than the nail) lastly there are 4...1" x 1" side supports, that run the entire length of the seld, and meet the top rail on the bow, attaching to a thick wedge shape cross bar (bow bar) on the front, these side pieces are on the outside and inside on the uprights and are 8" above the runners, and are lag bolted to the uprights. the cross pieces rest on, and are bolted to them... then the bed slats on those. There are 2 pieces of 1" x 36" x 2" pieces on the last to uprights, 1 to make a "handle" and the other lower for support.
3/8" line is used to "tie" the sled up and help keep the cargo inside the uprights and the rear supports.
I made the runners and uprights out of a solid piece of 2" x 13" x 14' piece of kiln dried hickroy, I got a 2" x 12" x 14' piece of ash for the bed slats
the hitch is made of cold rolled steel 1" tubing, and is shaped like an "A", each arm is independent, and has a clevis on the front that attaches to the hitch. (this keeps the steel from cracking)
I haul up tp 600lbs in this sled, 2-3 caribou, 1/2 a Moose etc. I have hauled drumms of fuel, and a wood stove! My kids ride in it, as does their toys...
it trails behind easily and was very fun to make. oh there are skeg too, made of old track cleats from dennis kirk, I just ground a taper on the front, and screwd them to the runners
The company I got the skis from is called PLASCHEM, it is in ANchorage. I don't have a number, but they are online... those skis were llight and all I ever did to them was slap them on a trailer frame, and add a set of skegs made out of an old set of track cleats.
Hope this helps a biit, I'll try and find more pictures, I think that either way you would be happy, my basket sled is now 6 years old, and has been great,
KGB FABRICATION.... WELDING That is.