What is the Buddy Tow?
The developers of the Buddy Tow are sledders with over 50 years of combined riding experience. We’ve had our share of breakdowns, disappointments and headaches on the snow. One broken down machine can wreck the day for everyone. The Buddy Tow helps get that dead sled off the snow more quickly so the group can get back to having fun.
The Buddy Tow is a very simple device made of dense, slick, tough High Molecular Weight (HMW) plastic that attaches to the track of the disabled sled using a series of three bungee cords and hooks. It’s designed to withstand cold temps, and will last a long time when used properly.
But more than anything, buying the Buddy Tow is buying “Peace of Mind”. You spend a lot of time planning your trips and trying to prepare for every situation. Breakdowns happen, and having a Buddy Tow along gives you a tool to make that task less painful.
Question: What’s the difference between the Buddy Tow Pro and the Buddy Tow Lite?
Answer: Both models are constructed of high quality HMW plastic. The Pro is long enough to fit all mountain sled track lengths and widths (up to 16″ wide) and includes two stabilizing runners. The Lite will fit tracks up to 144″ long and does not include the stabilizing runners. We will also custom-make you a Buddy Tow if you’ve got a wider track. Give us a call!
The PRO model ($72.95) fits mountain tracks over 144″ and includes a set of UHMW plastic runners to help reduce fishtailing that can occur when towing.
The LITE model ($52.95) is a less expensive, but equally effective unit made for tracks up to 144″ and does not include the runners. (Runners are not necessary for the safe and effective use of the Buddy Tow, but do add a bit of stability to the towing process.)
And at less than 4 pounds, (PRO model) the Buddy Tow can be carried on the sled or in a backpack so it’s with you if you need it. For those weight-conscious sledders, it can be left in the vehicle and you’ll have peace of mind knowing it’s there if you need it.
Question: Can a Buddy Tow be used on studded tracks?
Answer: Yes it can, however we’ve been told by customers with studded tracks that the studs have punctured the UHMW plastic sheet. There may have been extenuating circumstances that caused that to occur which we are not aware of. We believe that the Buddy Tow will still perform satisfactorily when attached per our instructions. Unfortunately, we do not guarantee the Buddy Tow in the event studs do puncture The plastic sheet.
Question: What are the most important things to know when attaching a Buddy Tow?
Answer: Make CERTAIN the parking brake is applied before attempting to move the disabled snowmobile. If it is not, the track may creep, putting stress on the metal “L” brackets that connect the center bungee and damaging them or the plastic sheet. When attaching the Buddy Tow to your track, pull the bungee cords as tightly as possible, and be sure the center bungee strap is run through the track suspension. This will ensure the Buddy Tow stays in place without shifting.
Question: What are the dimensions of the Buddy Tow?
Answer: The Buddy Tow PRO is 15″ wide and 75″ long. When rolled up the PRO’s diameter is approximately 4-5″. It will work on sleds with 16″ wide tracks. You will have to slightly bend the “L” brackets out to fit on the sides of the wider tracks. The LITE model is 15″ wide and 60″ long and has a diameter of approximately 4″. It will also fit tracks up to 16″ wide. We can custom-make a Buddy Tow for utility sleds with wider tracks.
Question: How much does a Buddy Tow weigh?
Answer: The Buddy Tow PRO model weighs approximately 3 1/2 pounds. The LITE model weighs approximately 3 pounds.
Question: Will the Buddy Tow fit on my snowmobile?
Answer: The Buddy Tow is designed to fit track lengths ranging from 121″ or longer, making it universal and able to work on nearly all snowmobiles. As far as “physically” fitting on your sled, it will fit in larger tunnel bags; store it in a backpack; and it can be attached to the tunnel of a sled in any manner you see fit. You’ll figure it out!
Question: How is Buddy Tow different from a cheaper kids toboggan?
Answer: This one always makes us smile! The Buddy Tow is much different. The Buddy Tow is made of high quality, extremely durable, ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) that won’t crack or freeze, making it reusable. It is custom designed for snowmobile tracks, includes all hardware to secure it in place, and the PRO model has runners to minimize fish-tailing. Most importantly, you can take the Buddy Tow with you on the trail or into the back country. Try hauling a plastic toboggan around with you all day!! The Buddy Tow will show its true value the very first time you use it!
Question: Is it Difficult To Use?
Answer: No! You can tow a broken down snowmobile easily!
If you’re a snowmobiling fan, you understand what an exciting and exhilarating sport it is. Whether you’re cruising a well-groomed trail system or busting powder in the mountainous back country, sledding is an awesome combination of machine, human effort and the great outdoors!
But, as invincible as you think your ride is, it’s inevitable that either your, or a buddy’s, machine will break down at some time, caused either by human error or mechanical failure. You’ll be faced with the task of dragging that 500-pound beast back to the trailer or to the shop.
We invite you to take a look at the Buddy Tow. We guarantee it will make the task significantly less stressful on you, your riding partners and both the dead and towing sleds.
Question: But it’s not for me…it’s for my buddy right? Why do I need one?
Answer: Ever had to tow a sled? Yeah, we know you have!
When customers call us, it is inevitable that EVERYONE has a story about how a sled trip went bad when someone broke down. Some already had a Buddy Tow and they wanted to let us know how well it worked for them. Some didn’t, and came home from that experience, did some internet research on snowmobile towing products and found us.
However you’ve towed a snowmobile in the past, using the Buddy Tow makes the job easier. Even if your track is locked up, you can tow your machine with the Buddy Tow. It attaches in minutes without tools, and you reduce the risk of:
– burning belts
– damaging the towing sled
– wasting valuable riding time
– using words your mother would NOT approve of!
Question: Why The Name?
Answer: Simple…snowmobiling is a sport of pride where YOURS is best. It’s not YOU that will break down…it’s your BUDDY! In fact, our slogan says it all…It’s Not For You…It’s For Your Buddy!