TOBOGGANS—Which toboggan pulls easiest—one twelve inches wide and twelve feet long or one eighteen inches wide and eight feet long, with the same load? About how much can one man pull when the snow is hard?
On smooth ground, where the trail is straight, the long, narrow toboggan would draw easier: but trails seldom run like that, and for general use the eight-foot one would give better satisfaction. Either of them would be larger than necessary, as they would hold more goods than a man could draw on a trail. On the ice or on a smooth, hard trail, a man can draw several hundred pounds easily, but where there are hills a hundred pounds will be plenty, while for an all-day tramp on a rough trail one would not want that much.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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