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    Thanks, Thor!

    Making the handles for the locks is a real pain and takes a lot of time. I could save a fair amount of time by substituting arc-shaped metal plates with various holes and locking pins.

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    Wow! Excellent design and work.

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    I have the Triton cart and like it very much, BUT what you have done is genius! The Triton is light weight aluminum and sturdy as hell, as I climb all over the ski while on the cart.

    Your fold up design is a HUGE advantage and takes up minimal space!

    Well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpt7779 View Post
    I have the Triton cart ...
    Just curious, what ballpark price are those Triton stands going for? (It appears customer has to add casters but, for right price, that could be okay ...)

    Steve, I donít wanna sidetrack youíre thread but, I didnít even know Triton made a cart and, unfortunately, inquiring of my local dealers does nothing but set me up for non-stop followup ďsalesĒ calls (Ugh, donít ever wanna go through THAT again, EVER!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor View Post
    Just curious, what ballpark price are those Triton stands going for? (It appears customer has to add casters but, for right price, that could be okay ...)

    Steve, I don’t wanna sidetrack you’re thread but, I didn’t even know Triton made a cart and, unfortunately, inquiring of my local dealers does nothing but set me up for non-stop followup “sales” calls (Ugh, don’t ever wanna go through THAT again, EVER!
    $375 with casters and optional riser kit. read this thread as it has all your questions answered.

    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=274407

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    Steve's cart is way better than anything else I've seen.

    But I'd add one more upgrade to the design. I'd set something up to be able to mount a tongue and a winch post. It would be great to be able to winch a ski off of a trailer and onto the cart.

    I started doing something like that with a basic cart. I drilled a piece of 2x4 to accommodate u-bolts to attach the 2x4 to the frame of the cart. I was going to mount a winch post to the 2x4 whenever I needed to move a ski onto the cart. I ended up getting a Wheel-Eez beach cart and never followed though on my idea.

    The Wheel-Eez is great, but it takes up a lot of room and I had to disassemble it to store it for the winter.

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    That's a great idea! Let me give it some thought.

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    I'm thinking a long piece of the wider square steel attached to the front. Make the tongue out of the narrower square steel to slide in. Put a pin for a stop at the end so that you can only pull the tongue out so far. It doesn't have to be as stable as a trailer tongue. Weld a small piece of the wider square steel to the back so that when you slide the tongue in, it has a resting place. Or you can pull the pin and remove the tongue completely.

    Bring me on Shark Tank.




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    Thumbs up

    Steve - excellent work, and well thought-out !!
    I've welded a few steel projects of my own, so I appreciate time effort skill and logistics that go into these DIY projects, and the end-result pay-off is certainly rewarding!
    I like Grummpy's idea about the winch - as I've done this very technique with my wood stand(s).
    Speaking of material ... I read above that you are contemplating a blot-together version, and if so, there goes that welding problem ... you might then revisit going to aluminum.
    Having built (temporary/seasonal) stands myself from lumber, I can tell everyone that the highest stress points are where the bunk support stanchions interface with the lower stand frame - aka forces tend to spread the bunks outward due to the "V" hull. All I'm saying is that if there a place to over-engineer something - that's the area for sure. Example, mine being lumber currently, for added safety, I've always added a ratchet-strap around my stand's bunks once the ski in on - as to counter that spreading deflection. I thought the same concept could apply here (maybe steel cables or latching bars that 45 deg to the center lower frame), in case lesser steel or aluminum were used for greater weight savings.


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