What utility vehicle looks like a lawn mower had an affair with a snowmobile? The Snowdog.
In 2015, a company called Snowdog LLC was founded with the mission of developing lightweight towing equipment for outdoor enthusiasts. The first product they developed is an all-terrain vehicle that can be used in various applications such as fishing or hunting. It's small enough so it's maneuverable and easy to stow and haul, but also powerful enough if needed during rough terrain adventures. It's a true multi-function machine. And frankly, they're pretty cool too, like all your childhood mechanical dreams come true!
In addition, these rigs don't need registration (in most states, check regulations) and you don't need to pull a trailer to haul them.
The company has Russian and Canadian roots, but now is located in Ankeny, Iowa after a recent re-location. It'll give them better access to the US market, from a central location that's prone to cold winters. They're real popular in Europe and have only been in the US for a few years, so look for these puppies to start showing up at parties in your neighborhood soon.
Snowdogs Are A Versatile Off-Road Vehicle
A Snowdog is a self-propelled off-road vehicle with tracks, similar to a snowmobile, but it's more compact and economical. If you have to describe one to someone whose never seen one, you may say it looks like the back end, or seat area, of a snowmobile, with a handle like a lawnmower. Maybe like a snowmobile and a lawnmower had a weekend in the Hamptons.
They come standard with a Briggs and Stratton 420cc engine, one that you've probably seen before. They're easy to operate and easy to work on if necessary.
Snowdogs can handle all types of terrain, from powder to packed snow. They can also pull sleds and haul gear. For these reasons, they are an essential piece of off-road equipment for hunters, trappers, and fishermen. In the winter you won't have to make that long walk across the lake.
A Snowdog can be transported easily in a truck bed or an SUV, or it can be transported in a plastic sled. It can run on varied terrain and pull heavy loads, such as fishing gear, over a long distance. In addition, hunters and trappers use Snowdogs on forest trails to bring game back to the road.
These vehicles are built for the elements, with a heavy duty chain and track that means business. Having come from Russia and Canada, they've been designed for cold, off-road situations.
They're extremely easy to start, you just stand on the sled making sure you've attached your kill switch to your wrist, push the choke and then hit the electric start button. Easy breezy.
Innovation Can Create A New Category Of Vehicle
Some people can remember in the late 80s when a crazy innovator, Scott Olson, put a roller skate together and put the wheels in-line like an ice skate blade. And the Rollerblade brand was born, which created a whole new category of fitness gear. The Snowdog has the chance to do the same thing, much like what the Jet-Ski did for water sports.
This could be an entirely new category of utility vehicle. And the prize for the first in the category is that they become the name of the product, no matter who produces it. So it's possible we'll be referring to all vehicles like this as Snowdogs.
A Snowdog Versus A Snowmobile Or ATV
A Snowdog is an innovative, versatile and reliable machine, and a great alternative for a snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). It's more economical and easier to operate than a snowmobile. In addition, a Snowdog doesn't require a trailer to transport it, so you can save money on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. Most new snowmobiles or ATV can start at $5,000 for an entry level vehicle. In contrast, the Snowdog starts at roughly $4000.
You'll also need registration for a snowmobile, and unless you're leaving right from your back yard, you'll need a trailer or a truck to haul it around. Yes, they're bigger and more comfortable, but the Snowdog is just so nimble and convenient.
As a more affordable alternative to the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Snowdog is tailored to hunters, trappers, ice fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. With a compact and highly versatile machine, the operator can sit comfortably in a sled with an abundance of room to carry gear and supplies. And they're able to pull quite a bit of weight.
Snowdogs Can Be Used For Farming
Not only are Snowdog machines great for outdoor recreation, but they can also come in handy on the farm. Farmers use them to move hay bales, pull trailers, and clear snow from driveways and parking areas. In addition, they can be used to aerate pastures and fields. And just for an economic utility vehicle, the Snowdog is a perfect "toy" to have around the farm or ranch.
A Snowdog is a small tracked vehicle. Its low-speed travel ability and cargo-sled capability make it a versatile utility machine for farming, ice fishing, and trapping. Snowdogs can carry an operator and heavy gear over long distances. They also work well in a variety of terrains and environments.
Snowdog Ice Fishing Can Be Fun
The versatility of the Snowdog vehicle is a great asset to ice fishermen and trappers. Its low speed capabilities and ease of towing make it the perfect vehicle for ice fishing. It can also carry a heavy load, so ice fishermen can easily transport their gear to remote fishing locations.
The Snowdog has many benefits over a traditional sled. First, its low ground pressure allows it to carry a large load. It has a CVT transmission that allows you to easily change directions. In addition, some models a forward/reverse option for easier maneuvering.
Snowdogs Can Be Used For Hunting
The Snowdog is also popular among hunters, because it's a much easier way to haul game back to the road or check on traps. It's smaller than most ATVs so you can get it in and out of remote areas, and has the power and torque to haul lots of gear over a wide variety of terrain. Its versatility is what makes these vehicles a hit with hunters and trappers.
The Company Offers Several Models
The company offers several models of the Snowdog, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The models range in price from $3,995 to $6,199. They also offer financing options. Here are the different models Snowdogs now offers:
Standard B13 ME
Base Model Snowdog
This is the Snowdog base model, which is very popular. It has a standard length tracksled with a powerful 13 hp Briggs & Stratton engine. It's for those who don't need reverse gear. Snowdog Standard B13 ME is a reliable companion designed to take you long distances in deep snow.
Utility B13 MER
Step-Up Utility Snowdog
This step-up model is equipped with 13.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and CVT it can haul sleds with weight up to 440 lb on dry ground (much more on snow and ice).
In 2021, the time-tested Snowdog Utility got a new wide handlebar with handguards and heated grips, more comfortable luggage compartment and the ability to get the updated slider suspension installed.
Sport B13 MER
Sport Snowdog With Upgraded Design
The new Snowdog Sport has attractive sportier design. The liftable hood, made of frost-resistant plastic, provides quick access to the engine compartment. It has a reverse gear, heated grips, handguards, safety kill switch, a 12 V socket and a large plastic box in the trunk all standard.
Long Track B13 MER
Long Track Snowdog For Better Towing
Snowdog Long Track is the best towing machine to move over the deep snow. The reverse gear, bogey-slider suspension, a powerful 6-diode headlight, and a large trunk come standard.
Twin Track V14 MER
The Big Dog Snowdog For More Power And Tougher Jobs
The most powerful and largest Snowdog for tough jobs and professional tasks, equipped with two 15'' wide tracks, gearbox with a low gear and reverse and the latest Vanguard 408 professional series engine with increased torque. It can move at an incline of up to 35° and carry a wide sled.
Snowdog Machines FAQ
We’ve created a buyer’s guide of frequently asked questions about these cool Snowdog machines.
What Is The Cost Of A Snowdog?
The smallest and most affordable Snowdog in North America for just $2,999, it is powered by a decent 10 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a reliable aluminum CVT from more powerful models. Snowdog Compact B10 ME conquers forest trails and snowy landscapes.
How Much Weight Can A Snowdog Pull?
There is no need anymore to drag your prey out of the woods. Snowdog can pull a moose, deer or elk easily with a weight up to 600 pounds! Make your hunting adventure fun and easy!
How Much Snow Can A Snowdog Go Through?
What snow depth can Snowdog pass? Provided that there is not much water underneath, Snowdog runs over snow up to 50 cm/20 in deep. In most cases, a Snowdog can continue in situations that become unpassable for ATV or on foot.
How Fast Can A Snowdog Go?
Cruising speed on a snowdog is 15-20 mph. They're fast enough to get you where you want to go quickly and conveniently.
What Does A Snowdog Do?
What is a Snowdog? Snowdog is an innovative, versatile, and reliable machine designed to travel on the ice, on the snow, in the forests, in the fields, and in hard-to-reach places.
How Much Does A Snow Dog Machine Weigh?
A Snowdog weighs approximately 330 lbs.
The Bottom Line
Snowdog machines are versatile and affordable. Are they the greatest thing since sliced bread? Just like every other machine, they have their limitations But they're are a great alternative to snowmobiles or ATVs, and they can be used for a variety of purposes. This vehicle could be the beginning of an entirely new category of off-road utility type vehicles.
If you're looking for a machine that can do it all, then you should definitely check out a Snowdog.
Cheers to the outdoors,