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1975 Snow-Master on craigslist

teledawg

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I saw this ad on the Anchorage craigslist for a 1975 Snow-Master that is located in Eugene, OR.

Note the narrow tracks on it!

http://anchorage.craigslist.org/rvs/1214991898.html

1975 Snowmaster Snowcat (Eugene, OR)

Reply to: sale-p8ut4-1214991898@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-06-10, 12:17PM AKDT



Trailer included. Good wheels and tracks with 4 extra wheels. Much rebuilt or new, including 1600 VW Industrial and Transmission . Have receipts. Trade for buildable property, prefferably in the MAT-SU valley or cash offer. Manuals included. More pictures available.

  • Location: Eugene, OR
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couchloafer

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I dont think they are narrow tracks I think they might be wide tracks that have had the inside and outside belts removed and cleats cut down.......what a shame :(
I emailed the guy twice and he hasnt responded but he did read me emails double :( :(
 

Snowcat Operations

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He did send me pics along time ago. It does look like a nice rig. The tracks have indeed been cut............. He was asking 12K back then.
 

couchloafer

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Here is an email I received from the owner Ron Hanks:

Kevin, sorry for the delayed response…………………$15,000 is was I’m looking to get out of the snow cat & trailer.
You are correct the tracks have been cut & narrowed to fit on a standard width car trailer. The grousers actually look like they were made that narrow………….not cut down……not positive though.
I will send you some more photos tomorrow.
Thanks for the interest.
 

couchloafer

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The grousers dont look cut down after all, they are just all intermediates in lieu of any wide ones!


Kevin, let me know if you need additional photos.
Thanks


Ron Hanks
Construction Manager
Tool Tech LLC
cell 541-510-4840
fax 541-610-1914
ronhanks@tooltechcellular.com

 

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Snowcat Operations

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In my letter from him he told me they were cut down to allow for easier turning. He may not have known...... They dont look cut down.
 

hendog

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Hey all, he still wants 15k. I did want to ask if anyone has the grafix ability to enlarge the snowflake on the bumper we would actually be able to get all of our ST back to orig!! Any help you snow trac gods can be we would all appreciate it!!!

All the best!!!
Hendog:w00t2:
 

teledawg

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Hey all, he still wants 15k. I did want to ask if anyone has the grafix ability to enlarge the snowflake on the bumper we would actually be able to get all of our ST back to orig!! Any help you snow trac gods can be we would all appreciate it!!!

All the best!!!
Hendog:w00t2:

Download the .ZIP file in this post:

http://www.forumsforums.com/3_9/showpost.php?p=261424&postcount=1

All the Aktiv graphics are contained within it, including the snowflake design for Snow-Trac, Snow-Master and Trac-Master!
 

mtnguyco1981

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In my letter from him he told me they were cut down to allow for easier turning. He may not have known...... They dont look cut down.

Any thoughts on how much additional speed the narrower tracks would provide? The ST4B is geared lower than an ST4, correct? Also wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the current asking price of 12K, which accoring to Leadviller, could include delivery to Colorado.

I don't suppose Ron provided any additional photos of the interior? Looks like you'd have to crawl over that bench seat to drive her.
 
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leadvillerpm

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He did tell me that he would deliver it to Colorado for $12000 and that he is firm on that price. From some of the pics he sent me it does look like the grousers may have been cut down. I don't think that the modified tracks would give you any increased speed as these machines are geared lower. You may have some increased acceleration do to less mass in motion.

As far as the price the rig does appear to be in good condition, but if I was to buy a snow master I would want those full tracks.

I did find another st4b in Minnesota for sale. It is a 2 man cab and has no fenders. I talked with the owner of it and he says that it appear to have never had fenders. I believe his asking price was $7500.

Here's the link:

Minnesota Outdoor Sports Specialties

Ryan
 

mtnguyco1981

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Leadviller, I saw a post of yours a little while back where you mentioned that the narrower st4 would be a better fit for the type of trails you have near your place. I'm in the same boat here. Forest service access roads behind my house in Blue River are on the narrow side and with the amount of sled traffic they see I don't think anyone would be able to get around me if I had the wider-tracked rig.

I'd also like a machine that I could trailer up to Vail Pass for some cat skiing and I think the Snow Master might be a bit overkill for me to tow at around 8'6". This machine seemed like it might be a good fit, given its narrower footprint and good condition, but I'm not so sure about sacrificing speed and getting less flotation due to those cut down tracks.

Thanks for the link to the other ST4. She looks clean. I'm definitely in the market for a full cab though, since I'd primarily use her for backcountry ski and snowboard access, even if it just meant getting up high and touring or split boarding from there.
 

leadvillerpm

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I have seen some people build custom cabs for the back of a snow trac and turning a 2 man cab into a full cab. I believe you can take the back section of the 2 man cab unbolt it and then move it to the back. Then you could do a canvas or sheet metal section between them. That is what is was considering for awhile until I found the st4 in Alaska.

If you are going to use a snow trac mainly on trails that are used very often (like Vail pass) where is gets packed out quickly I think an st4 would work just fine.

The area I go in gets pretty deep, but I am up there almost every week (with snowmobiles) and maintain some good packed trails that we use for back country skiing. Can't wait to keep those trails packed with the snow trac.

Ryan
 

Snowtrac Nome

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i dont know what type of snow contitions you guys are driving in but until i got the big thaw and refreeze around here i was crusing through powder between 6 and 12ft deep i could not climb the hills that i can now that i have the frozen base i however was easyly going through snow that snowmachines would not try to stop in with my snow trac at times pushing through drifts that came over the hood most of the trails i broke are being used by snow machines now i wont say its un stoppable but don't under estamate what this little machine will do also the snow master running gear will put down less ground pressure than a snow trac even with the narrow tracks because of the longer chassis and track.
 

leadvillerpm

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From how your describing your machine I don't think there is anywhere I won't be able to take one of these around here. Can't wait to find out.

Have you ever got yours stuck?
 

mtnguyco1981

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i wont say its un stoppable but don't under estamate what this little machine will do also the snow master running gear will put down less ground pressure than a snow trac even with the narrow tracks because of the longer chassis and track.

That's a good point that I hadn't considered in regards to the longer track. Would you estimate the top speed of the narrow-tracked master to be about 13mph?
 

leadvillerpm

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I did the calculations for the snow pressure (psi) for the snow tracs when I was thinking about purchasing this snow master.

stock snow track - .5psi
stock snow master - .3psi
snow master with snow trac width tracks - .55psi

The snow master tracks are only 8 inches longer which does not make up for the added weight (over 400lb heavier than a snow trac)

So if you buy a snow master with cut tracks it is slower and does not float as good as a snow trac.

Doesn't make much sense to go that route to me.

Ryan
 

Snowtrac Nome

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I did the calculations for the snow pressure (psi) for the snow tracs when I was thinking about purchasing this snow master.

stock snow track - .5psi
stock snow master - .3psi
snow master with snow trac width tracks - .55psi

The snow master tracks are only 8 inches longer which does not make up for the added weight (over 400lb heavier than a snow trac)

So if you buy a snow master with cut tracks it is slower and does not float as good as a snow trac.

Doesn't make much sense to go that route to me.

Ryan
that is interesting didn't think there was that much more weight to extending the track out the back i have known some people ho have chopped the snow master tracks and they did it only because the primary use of the rig was to cross soft ground up by eurika while hunting and all the hard ground in between would break the grousers when on rocks or in ruts dont think they saw much snow
 

Snowtrac Nome

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From how your describing your machine I don't think there is anywhere I won't be able to take one of these around here. Can't wait to find out.

Have you ever got yours stuck?
i have needed assistance only 2 times got against a fence by the airport on a side hill didn't want to do damage to the fence or machine took a 966 to swing the backaround segond time on a recent S&R mission i nosed over into a blow hole and smashed up a fender and broke an axle tube see mini truck fails for the pics if i had not broken parts it would have backed out almoste did it with only one track
 
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