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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Spring levers hitting pan?

On another thread I saw about the spring levers shouldn't hit the pan, plus a while back someone was grinding the pan down to avoid this. When I am tuning my older traps I noticed this with all the traps as they really jump.

Is this a problem with the traps that needs attention? If I remember correctly you can set off the trap in your hand without it really moving. I know that is not happening with these. I'm just looking for some experienced input, so I can be as effective as possible in the fall. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 12:14 PM
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

I bought some Duke 1 1/2 traps that did the same thing. The pan was pushed upward at the same time the jaws were closing. I cut many of the pan sides down, and its not a problem anymore.
The 1 3/4 traps don't have that problem and I use them and old montgomery 1 1/2s most of the time now.

If I was more serious, I'd only use them after cutting the pans.
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

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I bought some Duke 1 1/2 traps that did the same thing. The pan was pushed upward at the same time the jaws were closing. I cut many of the pan sides down, and its not a problem anymore.
The 1 3/4 traps don't have that problem and I use them and old montgomery 1 1/2s most of the time now.

If I was more serious, I'd only use them after cutting the pans.
the 1.75 i have get bound up. grind a quarter inch off of pan on both sides and you are good to go
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 12:07 AM
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

i have duke 1.5 and 1.75. never had a problem with them night latched and the pans set level.

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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

If properly adjusted the levers are up past the catch point when the trap is fired. Some think (as I once did) that the pan needs to clear and not catch if the levers are pushed back down after the trap is set off.

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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

TrapperRon2 said it well.....
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

I'm still a little unsure as if it effects the catch at all. The traps will jump in the air when fired.
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

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I'm still a little unsure as if it effects the catch at all. The traps will jump in the air when fired.
and what do you expect something to do when going off with all that force....the trap is jumping towards the animal when it "jumps in the air" would you rather have that trap jump away from what your trying to catch?
just do this little test and let us all know how you make out......take your finger and push on that pan ans see just how many times out of 5 tries you can pull your finger out of that said trap before it catches you....

ron said it spot on.....for me i want the biggest pan i can get on a trap.....
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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

I run a lot of dukes,never had a problem

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Re: Spring levers hitting pan?

I've seen where guys had put a small nut and bolt in the pan frame to keep the pan from falling between the levers and getting hung up.May be easier then grinding down all the pans.I set like bobcat and nightlatch everything to go off quick with the right pressure;that may help

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