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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Pan tension explanation

So my unexperienced common sense would tell me you would want as little pan tension as possible (like a hair trigger on a rifle). Yet pounds of pan tension is a common topic on this forum. Can someone please explain this to me? Also how would you adjust tension up or down?
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Re: Pan tension explanation

Hair trigger means it will fire before the foot is actually down, results in toe catches or misses if the trap is slow coming up through the covering. Even freezing and thawing will set it off, mice might set it off especially if the covering is heavier from being wet. I prefer not to catch things like squirrels and rabbits in my coyote sets. A matched pan tension results in the foot being fully planted and committed before firing.

A lot of traps have screws on the pan swivel to adjust tension. On my MB's I use underalls that take the tension from a stock 1 1/2 pound up to 3 lb.

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Re: Pan tension explanation


Also, look for the post on night latching...many trappers night latch their traps...

I like a night latch much better than trying to "short latch" the trap...the night latch gives an audible click when set..and the pan is set the same every time..and the pan only has to move a hair and the trap fires...

But, you want pan tension for most critters...I like 2-4# on my fox/coyote traps...with the pan tension set higher, the critter has more weight down on that foot when the trap fires...results in a nice deep catch...too low of pan tension and they can often get their leg pulled out before the trap fires or end up with toe catches/pull outs...
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