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Old 07-20-2003, 11:00 AM   #1
Kelly Moore
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I've been looking at purchasing a dragging sled, but the price is way too much. I became inspired by Frank Ollis's creative approach and have a thought on a cheap sled. It goes like this: the metal part of a child's wagon filled with wet concrete. A piece of 1" metal pipe standing up in the concrete (to add plates); a length of rope run through the front of the wagon for a handle. I have all the materials, but don't have any idea how the concrete and metal would work together or if this setup would be stable. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old 07-20-2003, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hi Kelly. Do you have any buddies who can weld?
I made my sled from an 18"x16" piece of 1/4" thick sheet metal with a 2" lip bent to 30' at one end. I bought tis from a metal workshop for about $10.
I then drilled a hole through the lip and fitted a split ring to which a rope may be attached.
Finally I welded a piece of 10" long, 2" piping to the centre of the 16"x16" surface.
The whole lot cost about $12 to make and is as good as those you buy. Mine will handle 11x20kg plates, 12 at a push. Not that I see myself dragging that too far in the near future.

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Old 07-20-2003, 02:07 PM   #3
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Kelly, I found an old wheelbarrow, removed the wheel and handles, attached and reinforced a u-bolt to the front, attached a 3/4" rope and started pulling. You can add anything you want for weight (kids, sandbags, plates...). It works great and was cheap.
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Old 07-20-2003, 02:32 PM   #4
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Thanks Keith and Ward! Your ideas sound lot easier than what I was concocting. Although today's WOD, it might be a bit before I do any pulling! :-)
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Old 07-20-2003, 06:54 PM   #5
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An old car tire with some wood inside (to prevent weight from dropping through) and a rope tied to it is an acceptable substitute. The rubber has killer friction as well.

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Old 07-21-2003, 04:27 PM   #6
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Scott

That sounds like a great idea! Thanks, K
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:49 PM   #7
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Re: Homemade (cheap) dragging sled

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Kelly, I found an old wheelbarrow, removed the wheel and handles, attached and reinforced a u-bolt to the front, attached a 3/4" rope and started pulling. You can add anything you want for weight (kids, sandbags, plates...). It works great and was cheap.
Hey Ward would you happen to have some pics?
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:53 PM   #8
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Re: Homemade (cheap) dragging sled

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Hey Ward would you happen to have some pics?
The thread's from 2003. Doubt Ward's still around to give you some pics!
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:15 PM   #9
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Re: Homemade (cheap) dragging sled

One steel Flexible Flyer saucer sled ($29.95). Good for serious Northwoods sled pull training.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:34 PM   #10
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Re: Homemade (cheap) dragging sled

The tire idea is pretty legit, and nearly free. We've used cement filled 1/2 tires to determine speeds in Traffic Collisions for a looong time. A weighted tire provides plenty of resistance on pavement.
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