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About markr108

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  • Birthday 10/08/1962

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  1. I started out with chains on the back and that helped a lot, especially for plowing. It's a huge help for backing up from the snow bank. A couple of years ago I added a set to the front so I have them all around now. It was amazing what a difference it made! Turning on ice when there is no snow. It also made going through the deep snow a lot easier. One trip last year I pulled a heavily loaded sled with two passengers through over a foot of powder with no trouble at all. Those still looking for a set, try Fleet Farm if you have one in your area and have not been there already. From experience, chains seem to be a seasonal item at most places. Once current stock is sold out they get no more until next year. I also highly recommend the bungee type tighteners. They work great and are relatively inexpensive. If nothing else regular bungees work fine. I used the same set of bungees for 5 years before I replaced them with the ones made for chains. A long bungee can be wrapped around the chain and returned to the other side. I used to put them on in a triangular form.
  2. Sandmannd, If you can find a decent sled for the trade you're talking, go for it. It took me many years to get to the point I could finance the wheeler. Before that I had several snowmobiles that, as I mentioned before spent as much time being repaired as being used. I'd stay away from the three wheeler too. I had one of those too. It was worthless in snow. Six inches of powder and it wouldn't move. I never did try chains on it. That may have helped. Actually, if I could find a good deal on a snowmobile I could buy without financing, I'd probably buy it just to have to use once in a while. Good luck in your search. If I should stumble accross one that the owner is willing to make the type of trade you mentioned, I'll let you know.
  3. Here's some pics of the power supply setup I talked about. I don't have th cig. lighter plugs hooked up in this picture. They're a strip of three plugs that I hook up to the power strip in the pic.
  4. I've got a deep cycle mounted to the four wheeler. I run a cord into the shelter with multiple plugs on a board. I can plug the slide on connectors or the cigarette lighter style plug to it. Also can clip alligator type clamps to it. I've also got a 12 volt flood light that I hook up to it outside. Gives plenty of light for packing up in the dark. I run the sonar, camera, lights and whatever else I think of. Could evan plug the cell phone into it if need be. Or evan the 12-volt tv if I wanted to. I've never run out of power. After two or three usages, I put it on the trickle charger over night. I've also used the vex type batteries in the past and usually get a days use out of them. The sonar runs about six hours or so on one of those. If you're interested in how I set this up, I could e-mail some pics.
  5. Personally, I'd get the wheeler first. You'll get much more use out of it. If I'm going to make payments on a machine, I can't justify making payments on something I'd only get to use 3 or 4 months in a good year for snow. With that in mind, with the wheeler payed off now. I'd refinance it for a set of tracks long befor I'd buy the sled. I've seen them for around 3000. You can use them 12 months out of the year too. Don't get me wrong. Snowmobiles are a lot of fun too. I've had several. I was never able to get one that didn't require as much repair time as riding time though. If you can afford to buy a good snowmobile without finacing it, well that may be another story too. I've also got chains on my wheeler. I've broken through the crust into six to eight inches of slush several times this year and with the chains, it just keeps on going. I also had two sleds hooked up behind it while going through slush one outing this year. Worsed that happened was one time I had to unhook the sled. Drive the wheeler back up on top of the crust and use the winch to get the sled back up to the wheeler. The slush freezing up on the machine has never been in issue with mine either. Just park it in the garage and let it melt off after I get home.
  6. I just looked at them at Menards today. If your talking about the 12v dc that goes into the same socket as a regular incondesnet bulb. They're in with all the other bulbs and all they carry is a 50 watt one. It costs about 2 bucks.
  7. Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to go get one. Now all I have to do is decide between the LXi or the Strikemaster Polar Vision.
  8. I was thinking of getting a hand held thru the ice sonar and am wondering if they're worth the 100 bucks. If anybody has one could you tell me how well they work?
  9. I shot off an e-mail to the DNRCO's office this am asking to clarify this question. When I get the response from them, I'll post it here. Untill then I just want to mention that the regulations book we all get is just a summary. Just because something is not printed in the book does not mean there is no law regarding it.
  10. As long as the radios (this applies to cell phones too) are not used to "assist in the taking of game" it is legal to use them. In other words, if you call your buddy and tell him the fish are biting here and he comes there to fish too, it's illegal. If you call him and say you'll meet him at the landing in a half hour, that's legal.
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