What is the Best Snowmobile for Towing? (Explained)

Best Snowmobile for Towing

Finding the right snowmobile for towing can be a bit annoying as most snowmobile manufactures fail to list their sleds tow capacity.

This leaves people like you and me doing guess work to try and find a snowmobile that is capable of towing what we need towed. Don’t worry, though, I’ve done the homework, so you don’t have to.

What is the best snowmobile for towing? Utility snowmobiles are the best for towing heavy loads. Specifically, Ski-Doo’s super wide track lineup of skandic utility snowmobiles, due to their weight as well as the length and width of their tracks. When it comes to towing, you want to use a heavy snowmobile with a good track width/length.

Check out this Skandic 900 ace snowmobile towing six chunky logs with ease.

Skandic 900 ace Widetrack pulling logs with bob sleds

Snowmobile Towing Capacity Chart (Weight + Track Size)

As we discussed, when you are looking to tow heavy loads, you are going to want a snowmobile that has a hefty weight to it as well as a long and wide track.

Let’s take a look at some snowmobile models that offer the best of both worlds, thereby making excellent towing machines.

 

As you can see, one of the best snowmobile right now for towing would be the Ski-Doo skandic SWT 900 ACE, the torque this engine offers alongside its weight and track size makes it a towing machine.

Unfortunately, Yamaha does not make the weight of their snowmobiles public information.

But, both the VK 540 and the VK professional II have a 154-inch track length and a 20-inch track width and Yamaha is famous for their heavy sleds, so both are excellent for towing.

Can you tow with a snowmobile?

Snowmobiles are great machines to get things done in environments where machines like ATV’s simply fall short. Many communities around the world depend on snowmobiles to tow in supplies that sustain their lifestyle.

Are you able to tow with a snowmobile? All snowmobiles have towing capability. However, the amount you are able to tow will vary from snowmobile to snowmobile. For example, a lightweight mountain snowmobile will have far less tow capacity than a heavy set utility snowmobile.

If you attempt to tow something that is far too heavy for your particular snowmobile, it can cause damage.

The most common issue you’ll come across when trying to tow something that is too heavy to be towed by your snowmobile is a burnt out drive belt, as well as potential damage to your clutches.

How much weight can you pull with a snowmobile?

Sleds are fun to mess around with, but they also make very serious workhorse machines that can tow fire wood, building supplies, people, broken down sleds, fishing huts etc.

How much weight can you pull with a snowmobile? Unfortunately, snowmobile manufacturers do not provide tow capacity specs for their machines. However, we do know that for towing heavy items, it’s best to use a heavy snowmobile with a wide track. This is why most people use utility snowmobiles for hauling loads.

As a rule of thumb, if I’m hauling a heavy load with a snowmobile I want the weight of my machine to be at least 600 pounds, with a 20-inch wide track. The more power in the engine, the better, but for me, weight and width trump horsepower.

Conclusion

Towing is an essential requirement for some people when looking to buy snowmobiles. For many, snowmobiles are their lifeline for bringing in food and other supplies.

It’s a damn shame snowmobile makers don’t offer up tow capacity numbers, but it’s also understandable.

How much you are able to tow with a certain snowmobile isn’t black and white, there are numerous factors that go into that equation, things like weather conditions, snow conditions, weight distribution etc. From this perspective, I do understand how manufacturers could have a hard time listing general tow capacity numbers.

But, safe to say by now you should know that if you are looking to find a snowmobile that you can use as a daily tower, utility snowmobiles for their heavy weight and wide tracks mixed with a solid engine are the way to go.

Happy towing!

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What’s up! I’m Shayne, and I’ve been immersed in the world of winter sports since before I could walk. My dad was a hockey player who had a passion for snowmobiling, which he passed down to me, and my mom was a figure skater who loved to take us on snowboarding and skiing trips as kids. Safe to say, I’ve learned so much about most winter sports over the years and have a passion for passing on my knowledge to others, as my parents did with me.