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Need a machine in winter what do you advice #6458228
02/11/19 06:03 PM
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snowy Offline OP
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I'm looking for a outfit that I can get around in hilly, heavy snow area for winter months. Of course I don't want to spend a lot on a machine, will only be using it for a few months each year when the going gets tough.

So, what would you suggest I'm not big on snow machines so that option is out. I was thinking of an old pickup and installing tracks on it, a good side by side etc.. Give your best take and keep in mind cost of the unit.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458249
02/11/19 06:18 PM
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pig castrator.


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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458251
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budget?


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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458252
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buy a mule

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458254
02/11/19 06:21 PM
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Cheap skidoo check the track first!


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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458255
02/11/19 06:21 PM
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Geo tracker with the tracks that fit a side by side. It works, but voids the warranty on the tracks, but they'll sell hubs for that all day long.


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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458258
02/11/19 06:22 PM
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Buy a snowmobile. Best option for winter. Check around states that havenít been getting usual amounts of snow, should be some motivated sellers.


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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458259
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Argo with cat tracks.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: pcr2] #6458260
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Originally Posted by pcr2
pig castrator.


Why not the bat mobile with tracks?


If you take care of the land the land will take care of you
Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458261
02/11/19 06:23 PM
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argo with a cab and tracks


Ban private vehicles now. They are killing too much wildlife and too many children.
Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: danny clifton] #6458354
02/11/19 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
argo with a cab and tracks


and after the first mile of travel you break down and will have a good ground blind never to be moved.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458366
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worst problem I had was an exhaust leak. bout did me in one day before I figured out what was wrong. probably should have went to the hospital. paid a guy to let me breathe oxygen instead for about an hour from his torch. had a throttle cable break one time. used a nut from a trap pan to smash for a ferrule and ran a piece of snare into the cab. pulled the cable to accelerate so I could get back to my pick up and trailer. got more than one pickup broke down tales, snowshoe broke tales, chainsaw wouldn't start etc. anybody that has never walked out aint used many vehicles to trap from.


Ban private vehicles now. They are killing too much wildlife and too many children.
Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458388
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Not much help so far. LOL Thanks

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458443
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Snowy that argo got me in and out of a lot of country. Unlike a smowmobile you don't need snow. Will go across dirt mud no problem. It floats.. I wouldn't want to cross anything with much current that was deep but ponds and creeks slow rivers its fine. They will go up and over beaver dams. Pretty nice when driving- following a froze creek. Not fast like a snowmobile but they turn good. Can haul quite a bit in them. I hauled it with a trailer behind my pickup. Just drive on and off. if getting on a paved road I could tie it down on the trailer in under 5 minutes with ratchet straps. Like every machine ever made you need to keep up on stuff. Oil chains grease stuff etc. if you get a chance to go for a ride in one you owe it to yourself to have a go.

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Ban private vehicles now. They are killing too much wildlife and too many children.
Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458477
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When I hunted Newfoundland every year, there were three times we put two bull moose in an Argo. Plus 2 hunters and a guide. I hunted 10 different weeks with them, they never left me stranded. Burnt up the bearings in a transmission on one, but we made it back to the truck. We used the 8 wheeled versions, but Iíve rode in them when theyíre fitted with tracks also. The downside of them is they are somewhat loud, and top out at 15-16 mph. You gotta take care of the wheel bearings and chains, but maintenance isnít a big issue. They will float, go over ungodly rough terrain , and are almost impossible to flip. Easy on gas, and Iíve run them with half of the tire flat.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458494
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Real small Toyota truck with big wide tires? How deep the snow?

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458507
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Horse. Plenty of em around you! I'd say from the sounds of it a little Toyota with chains might be the way to go.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458508
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I will looing into the Argo.

The snow depth can vary from year to year week to week but anywhere from 18' to 36'' plus.

Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458524
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The problem with any wheeled vehicle is going to be the same, you're going to be riding snow on your skid plate. If I were ruling out a snowmobile, the next thing I'd be looking at would be tracks on an ATV. I have a snowmobile and an ATV. Anything much over a foot of snow and the ATV is out of commission. Tracks cost considerably more than a good used sled.

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Re: Need a machine in winter what do you advice [Re: snowy] #6458528
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Always wanted something like this, and it has a bed for skinning on....Tiny truck

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