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Offline watatic

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1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« on: March 01, 2019, 07:24:32 pm »
I was looking at toboggan kits today and discovered this dirt track race car supplier sells 10 foot rolls of 1/8" HDPE for US $19.99. It's 22" wide, which is good for one toboggan after you cut some off to narrow it down. (You could make doll toboggans with the scrap...)

https://www.speedwaymotors.com/Colored-Plastic-Rolls-10-Ft,1557.html

Is that a good price?

I see some forum members have used 1/8" instead of 1/4" and found it acceptable. It would have to have cross bars, I would think for stability. Someone suggested using screws of a smaller size, but more of them, being careful not to countersink too deep. Or I is there a reliable way to glue the cross bars on?

I may give it a try. I would use it mostly for ice fishing and maybe a local camping trip, not a trek into the Labrador.

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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 08:28:18 am »
I think you may have an issue countersinking screws in material that thin.

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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 08:43:26 am »
Countersinking works, you just need more, smaller screws and be extremely careful with the countersink.  You need to ensure that you don't go even a bit too deep, as in, keep the head perfectly flush with the surface. That said, my 1/8 toboggans have issue with being lashed tight. They end up getting "wavy" or bumpy when you tightly lash the gear down. For towing I still prefer my 1/4" ones.
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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 09:26:13 pm »
What about using the 3mm for the sled itself and adding thin runners the length of the sled made from 6mm * 40mm strips?
I've got a few even thinner sheets I use for dragging loads of firewood, these roll up very small so and last a very long time on occasional usage

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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 09:17:39 am »
I posted how I did it with even thinner sled material. 
If I put runners on i would use short straps at each intersection of runner and cross bar attached with screws through the holes in the straps down into the runner.

https://www.wintertrekking.com/community/index.php?topic=4716.msg44445#msg44445P
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 09:30:16 am by chimpac »

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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 09:40:14 pm »
Why plastic rather than wood toboggan?  Weight only or something else? I know ounces matter.


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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 10:37:07 pm »
Rolls up. Doesn’t need waxing. Lower maintenance. Less likely to break (don’t ask how I know!)

I’ve used 3mm on small toboggans, would likely go with 4mm 3/16ths if there was a choice. It makes a nice toboggan.
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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 09:45:14 am »
What about using the 3mm for the sled itself and adding thin runners the length of the sled made from 6mm * 40mm strips?
I've got a few even thinner sheets I use for dragging loads of firewood, these roll up very small so and last a very long time on occasional usage

If one cuts this 22" blank down to 15 or 16" wide, the extra piece could be used to make as many runners as needed to stiffen up the edges of the toboggan.

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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2019, 09:46:50 am »
UHMW and HDPE both roll up and can fit in a smart car. You can also throw a plastic one off a cliff without issue. They slide incredibly well, laugh at rocks in the trail and require no wax.

I like wood, but I am not giving up those benefits for nostalgia.
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Re: 1/8" HDPE for $19.99
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 04:05:06 pm »
Thanks for the answers guys.