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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Chain for eath stakes

I would like change the cable on my eath stakes to chain. What size is recomended ? Would it be ok to use coated chain?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-17-2018, 09:34 PM
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A #2 chain should suffice. I wouldn’t by a coated chain.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 03:00 AM
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Good American made chain...been a while but #2 was in my mind as well.


I have most mine set as partially chain with 6-10" of cable on the bottom. Lightens the load a bit (I trap on foot) ..the cable is all burried and can't be chewed or springing up through the bed. Best of both worlds for me..I short chain everything off the D loop with 3 swivels. Again...lightens the load and keeps the critter in place. Tried longer chains and watched as coyotes could get a real good powerful lunge...never went long enough to the point that wasn't a factor...but I know some guys do. A coyote can't get any kind of power from a short chain.
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good american made chain...been a while but #2 was in my mind as well.


I have most mine set as partially chain with 6-10" of cable on the bottom. Lightens the load a bit (i trap on foot) ..the cable is all burried and can't be chewed or springing up through the bed. Best of both worlds for me..i short chain everything off the d loop with 3 swivels. Again...lightens the load and keeps the critter in place. Tried longer chains and watched as coyotes could get a real good powerful lunge...never went long enough to the point that wasn't a factor...but i know some guys do. A coyote can't get any kind of power from a short chain.
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Thank you.


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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 06:42 PM
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Agree on short chain....lots of swivels. Some will say a longer chain gives less leverage to pull your stake. I’ve never had a cable stake pulled from a trap bed with a 12-14 inch trap chain.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2018, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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That was what i was thinking. The cables I have are 16 in. They held good .I just do not trust the ferls .I know I am crazy but I just like the idea of chain better with welded s hook. I have a bunch of short pieces of chain I have been collecting from work but it is the shiny nickle or zink coated stuff . If I sand blasted do you think it would take a dye job ?


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You could try that. But consider that your cable/chain anchor is going to be buried, most of the time mine are under the trap bed. For my money, I boil and wax my traps. I’m not really concerned about dye. By the time they get to see the trap, it’s on their foot. After a few seasons it seems the traps take on a darker shade on their own.

Traps that aren’t buried and bedded...water sets, dp coon, conibear.....I do dye or paint them.

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I use an anchor that Walkercoonhunter made.
Then use combination of cable & chain. Total length is 12"
I use chain that was taken off other traps...

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Thanks every one for the help.


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