Editor’s note: Each regular issue of Snow Goer magazine includes our Cold Tested department, where aftermarket gear and equipment related to the snowmobile industry is long-term tested and evaluated. The following article appeared in the December 2021 issue of Snow Goer
Many years ago, when a particular snowmobile manufacturer hadn’t won our Snowmobile of the Year honor for almost a decade, we were “called on the carpet” by that brand’s product manager, who wanted to know why. Our response was, “Our Snowmobile of the Year award recognizes innovation and advancements in technology, and frankly your product hasn’t evolved much recently.” He got all red-faced and bellowed back at us, “How about an award for [stuff] that actually JUST WORKS rather than just what’s new?!”
We were reminded of that conversation last fall when deciding which products to collect and test for our Cold Tested department. Each year we scour the vendor areas at events like Haydays, Big East and Novi, and also talk to distributors and dealers, sift through the internet, etc., to try to find the latest products, gear or gadgets to utilize and then write about. That’s fine, but it sometimes leaves us in the odd position of ignoring long-standing products that “just works.”
Which brings us to the Eazymove Snowmobile Cart. At our shop we have various contraptions that we’ve collected over the years to move around our demo sleds. And, with an increasing number of sleds utilizing pre-studded tracks like the Ice Ripper and Ice Cobra designs, moving the entire snowmobile off the cement floor without spinning the track is more important than ever. One day, when pulling up on a ski to slide a dolly under it, a buddy asked, “Have you guys ever used that cart with the big carpet pad on it? My brother uses one and swears by it!”
Yes, we reported, we previously had one of those, tested it and wrote a story about it for the magazine. “When?” our buddy asked. “I’ve subscribed for close to 20 years and I’ve never seen you write about it.”
Upon checking, we realized that it had in fact been more than 20 years since we last did a story on the Eazymove. Perhaps more importantly, we started remembering our fond memories of how well it worked, and how compact it was compared to the big U-shaped sled dollies. The design has essentially been unchanged in the two decades since our last test: How well would it stand up to current sled-moving designs, we wondered. It was time to find out, so we ordered one.
First Impressions, Again
Our Eazymove cart showed up, theoretically unassembled, in a long and narrow 35-pound box. That said, most of the key components were already bolted into place, so putting it together took just a few minutes.
The base of the cart is a 2-inch diameter square steel hallow tube. Attached to its bottom were two 5- by 1.25-inch hardened Ecoforma composite wheels with a rubberized tread. They were aimed straight-ahead, with no ability to pivot.
Atop that base was a carpeted, 47- by 4.5-inch landing pad. It’s held on a riser above the base bar and can be adjusted to two positions using some insertable pins. Unless you’re hauling around truly vintage equipment, the high position is the one you’ll want.
Those pieces were all assembled and ready to use after rotating the carpeted pad into place. We did have to put together the two-piece handle. Like the base, it is adjustable in height using a latch pin – it can either be 81 or 86 inches tall. Further adjustability is offered by the fact that the T-handle that mounts the strap that’s eventually wrapped around the sled’s rear bumper runs in a channel on the upper part of the handle. After the T-handle is slid over the top handle, we had to install one screw as a “stopper” for the sliding T, plus a plastic cap, then we were ready to roll. The two-piece handle is designed to fit into either side of the base, as long as you always have the T-handle pointed toward the snowmobile.
To utilize the Eazymove Snowmobile Cart, the user brings the base and carpeted pad up beside the snowmobile, perpendicular to the direction of the sled, and slides it in the gap behind the skis but in front of the track – with the carpeted pad forward of the base. You kind of skid it in place utilizing your foot to gently shove it under the sled.
Next, you square-up the base and pull it rearward until it touches the track. Then, standing beside the sled, you pull down on the long handle back toward the rear of the sled, which causes the carpeted pad to rotate under the sled’s bulkhead and pick up the skis. The handle should now be near the sled’s rear bumper. Utilizing the strap that’s attached to the T-handle extension, wrap the strap around the bumper and then double it back to the strap’s top loop and secure it in place using the 3-inch clasped hook.
Now all that’s left to do is move the sled – by pulling up slightly on either the long handle or even the rear bumper, it’s easy to find a balance point where both the skis and the track are off the ground and the entire snowmobile is riding on the carpeted pad and the wheels underneath the pad.
Suddenly the 500-plus pound machine you’re trying to move feels feather light. You can rotate it around in a circle, haul it across the floor or walk it all the way out into the driveway or possibly into your trailer with very little effort.
When your sled is where you want it, you pull down on the long handle to let the snowmobile’s track touch the ground and take the pressure off of the security strap. After unhooking that strap while keeping a firm grip on the handle, you rotate the handle back toward the front of the sled and pull the base and carpeted pad out from under the sled.
Options, Details & Critiques
The wheels that Eazymove utilizes work very well on hard-surface floors, but if you take off across the grass or try to hop over the lip on the end of a trailer ramp they show their limitations.
For these instances, Eazymove offers an optional tire and wheel kit, featuring pneumatic wheels, with 4.10/3.50-4 rubber tires mounted on metal wheels and attached to 10-inch extensions that insert into the ends of the base on each side. The kit works fairly well for rougher or looser surfaces, as long as you have the suggested 50-pounds of air in the tires, though arguably not as well as the bigger but significantly more clumsy big U-shaped (and, for whatever reason, most often painted red) rolling carts that you see at racetracks and such.
The Eazymove Snowmobile Cart is made of high-grade material – with e-coated steel components, bearings instead of bushing at the high-quality wheels and even high-grade indoor/outdoor carpeting on the pad. Owner Mike Keeler offers a lifetime warranty on his product, but he says he’s never really had anybody act on it, and we see why – it’s well put-together, and there aren’t many parts here to fail.
And that leads to the only possible downside of the product that we see – at 35 pounds, it can be a bit clumsy to carry around and slide into place vs. just grabbing some of the little under-ski and under-track metal plates with caster wheel on the bottom. But it’s a back- and garage-floor saver that we’re very glad we re-added to our fleet last season.
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