The bare Snowmobile Freight Sled is the bedrock design for our utility snowmobile-sleds. With a firmly fastened deck and two steam bent oak runners, the possibilities for winter recreation and work are endless. These sleds were designed originally by our craftsman’s mentor for the commercial fishing market of Northern Manitoba. Its brilliant design allows for twisting and flexing while barring massive loads that pull like a dream.
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The total width of our standard model sits around 30 inches with a 24.5 inch wide deck. The steam bent oak runners are 10 feet long and four inches wide up either side, attached firmly with milled steel bridges and brackets. For wear-prevention, the red oak is finished with linseed oil, and the steel brackets are given a coating of black enamel. The resulting snow sled is both beautiful and durable; able to stand up to harsh elements over generations with its flexible deck capable of hauling immense loads over winding terrain. In the words of one customer: “The way that sled distributes weight is really an elegant thing.”
- Snowmobile Freight Sled Features
- Freight Sled History
Most of our customers who prefer this model are do-it yourself types, handymen and women who want the full potential for customization. Many of them build their own custom box-tops to fit more precise and delicate loads-- packing research equipment or insulated food supplies --while others need the open deck to stack timber and other large, irregular commodities. Most of our customers choose the Snowmobile Freight Sled simply for its open concept. They are the type of outdoors-people who take pride in a sled-load that has been perfectly stacked and perfectly bound. With this model of snowmobile sleigh, the length of one’s bungee and the breadth of one’s imagination are the only true limitations to what you can carry.
For even more customization potential, we offer custom sizes.
Our craftsman’s brother, a builder, once asked for a Snowmobile Freight Sled to be constructed at nearly twice the size of our default model. Over the course of the winter, this massive, custom sled carried literally tons of lumber and equipment. In the past his construction business would have had to slow down the rate of production; instead with the custom Snowmobile Freight Sled, two new homes were finished in good time.
For those of us with fewer construction needs, the total width of our standard model sits around 25 inches with a 19.5 inch wide hardwood deck. The runners are 8 feet long and four inches wide up either side, attached firmly with milled steel bridges and brackets. For wear-prevention, the red oak is finished with linseed oil, and the steel brackets are given a coating of black enamel. The resulting snow sled is both beautiful and durable; able to stand up to harsh elements over generations with its flexible deck capable of hauling immense loads over winding terrain. In the words of one customer: “The way that sled distributes weight is really an elegant thing.”
We also offer a smaller design for those without access to motorized towing. The design of the Hand Sled is built on the same principles as our Freight Sled, only rather than for snowmobile towing, it’s designed for personal horsepower. Whether you're a minimalist ice-fisher or you need to haul groceries on snowed in streets, the Hand Sled offers itself as a versatile tool.
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.