With the past centuries came the freshwater commercial fishing industry and the Klondike Gold Rush -- both requiring wooden sleds that could withstand heavy twisting and repeated use even while hauling tremendous loads. From that early snowmobile-sleigh predecessor, our craftsman's mentor designed the core elements of this wooden sled for freighting. Our craftsman enhanced its beauty.
Built atop our 30 inch x 10 foot Snowmobile Freight Sled, The Box-Freight provides pre-built hard walls to house gear and grandchildren! Our standard offering has an 8 foot cargo box with a driving bow for a rear standing passenger and aesthetic beauty! A fan favorite for the local ice fishing community and winter cabin goers!
- Box-Freight Features
- Freight Sled History
The Box Freight is probably our most popular of the two standard freight sleds, especially with our ice-fisherman friends. The elevated sled platform and flexible skies allow the freight sled to twist as it hauls, following closely behind your snowmobile through rough terrain. With the Box-Freight model, a storage bin comes mounted to the top of our basic Snowmobile Freight Sled allowing for greater convenience when loading, unloading and storing equipment. Sometimes out on the lake, the sun will begin setting and the cold will snap -- temperatures dropping several degrees in a matter of minutes. With the Box Freight you can throw your traps or your fishing equipment into the box and have your sled outfitted for travel in a matter of minutes, knowing that our smooth freight action will protect any delicate mechanical parts from being damaged.
In addition to its convenience, the box frame also provides a sturdy three dimensional platform for attaching smaller fish houses. For larger fish-houses and larger fishing parties, we offer the Box Freight in custom sizes.
All of the Box-Freight sizes come outfitted with a curved oak driving bow -- a design put together by our craftsman especially for this model. The driving bow offers the Box Freight a firm handle for standing passengers. It allows the back of the sled to be used as a stable riding platform, much like our more traditional toboggan designs. With heavier loads, a load-supervisor on the back of your sled can be an important hedge against disaster by allowing for greater balance and last minute re-adjustments. The result is simple but effective: an outside-the-box take on the traditional toboggan sled that continues to leverage simple and effective technology.
Our craftsman’s mentor originally developed his freight sled concept around the middle of the twentieth century in direct response to Manitoba’s rising commercial fish market. Small families with fishing permits needed the ability to operate at a commercial capacity with less than commercial resources -- they needed to be able to haul thousands of pounds of fishing supplies and raw materials even while traveling beyond the borders of conventional infrastructure. Other snowmobile-sleds molded from aluminum or plastic, while in-expensive, proved inadequate while facing constant use and harsh conditions. After one or two seasons, snow-sleds built from anything but the hardiest material would become dented on the rough terrain and warped by the twisting trails. Our Freight Sled line offered an alternative: the firm wood deck rests on an elevated platform, with two thick oak runners bolted to either side of the bottom, connected by steel brackets.
In hindsight, it seems like a simple enough modification, but the results were almost revolutionary: the elevated bed allows our sled to twist and turn easily as it pulls, even while subject to immense stress. This design enhances fisherman’s pulling capacity, while the quality craftsmanship and choice materials ensure continued use. Over the trail’s bumps and bends, from interior lakes to snow-covered highways and backwoods cabins -- this cargo sled performs beyond even our own original expectations.
As time has weathered on, fewer of our friends and customers have the same need for our Freight Sled. That is, their livelihood and future prosperity isn’t entirely dependent on its help. However, demand for the Freight Sled has not slowed down. This snow sled, built on a foundation of innovation, continues to find new uses with every owner. We love hearing stories from our customers about the endless applications of this unique ‘boggin sled. Some find the Freight Sled makes hauling ice fishing houses and equipment more convenient. Others need a way to move lumber and gas while they construct winter homesteads. Many purchase the Freight Sled simply to enjoy a winter sleigh ride with a full load of grand kids.
With our Freight Sled line, we have continued expanding the rich tradition of Northern Toboggan Co -- helping evolve traditional designs, while still maintaining the core simplicity and utility on which our products have always been founded.