tow-behind garden 'sled'

fireweed_1947(Western Wa 8)January 12, 2012

I would like to make a simple sled to tow behind my lawn tractor. I have a little trailer but I find it much easier to rake or hoe dirt, etc. directly onto a ground level semi flat/curved surface. My neighbor had a long (8' or 10') sled of fiberglass with slightly curved sides and wooden stiffeners underneath.

I'd thought of getting a thick panel of vinyl or some thing and attaching a towrope but how do I keep the front from digging into the lawn/dirt?

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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

An acquaintance bought a pretty tough plastic sled/tote kind of thing to drag behind his ATV when he's working on the far side of his 25 acres. It looks pretty sturdy. I don't know where he got his, but there are obviously things out there for such purposes.

Below is a link to a random search online. Looks pretty handy for $55, but better if you could find it local and not have to pay shipping.

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Sled/tote for hauling

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 11:25PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

belgianpup; what kind of link does your friend use to attach it to his hauler? The one in the link looked to be fine for hauling by hand but I think I'd prefer something like a regular tow bar and coupling or a swingle-tree arrangement. That would give a more reliable pull and make uncoupling much easier.

That up-curved front should prevent it from digging in, though.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 3:29AM
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Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

I didn't get a really close-up look at it, he was moving most of the time. I'm sure there wasn't anything as substantial as a tow bar. The sled swung back and forth. It seemed like the rope in front had been replaced with something shiny but narrow, not like any kind of heavy chain. Maybe something like that multi-strand steel cable in hardware stores. And the attachment wasn't bulky, either. I got the impression that it was something like the cable that had maybe a loop formed in the front to drop over the tow connection.

Sorry, I didn't get very close or take a very good look.

Maybe you could make one out of wood with the kind of tow bar you have in mind, and made the curved front out 1x2s. Attach some sheet metal over the curved part and the bottom, like a snow sled.

Sue

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 9:20PM
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