Back to the basics: SnowDog moves things from A to B

The Russian built machine takes farmers from pasture checks and fencing chores to jobs transporting feed out or calves in

FARGO, N.D. — Remember when snowmobiles were cheap and the technology simple? Well, those days might be returning with the back-to-basics SnowDog built in Russia.

Some of the earliest snow machine contrivances in North America consisted of a power unit driving the track and pulling a single sled or train of sleds holding the driver and cargo. And that’s exactly what the SnowDog is, according to Lynn Stuhaug of Buffalo River Sales in Glyndon, Minnesota.

“Make no mistake about it, the SnowDog is not meant to replace your Arctic Cat. It’s not so much of a snowmobile as a power unit for moving things around,” said Stuhaug, adding that top speed is just 20 m.p.h.

“They’ve only been coming over from Russia for two years now, but every shipment gets sold out right away. That’s probably because of the price. The small one with the Briggs & Stratton 7.5 horse sells for $3,100. The bigger one with the 13 horse Briggs sells for $3,500. The engines are built here in the U.S.

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“It’s mostly farmers buying these things because they get around so well. The track is 20 inches wide and even the big one only weighs 300 pounds, so it pulls you through a lot of rough territory. Farmers use them for fencing in wet areas or hauling feed out to remote areas. You can drive them along the edge of a slough or through shallow water. You can pull a cart or a couple of sleds pretty easily. The big one has no problem pulling 600 or 700 pounds.”

There are about a dozen dealers on the Prairies.

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