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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-03-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

Here is the new Step-Down large PIT pan on a Duke #3. The dog is a 1 5/8" stainless rod dog bent down at approx. 30 degrees to lower the pan tension.



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I addes a small stainless machine screw to the base to act as a pan stop because the pan can get caught in the levers.



I really like the Duke #3 for fox/coyote trapping and this pan works really nice on it. No more fiddling around with nightlatches and pan bolts. In this configuration the pan tension is under 2 pounds.
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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

Sweet looking rig right there !!!

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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

I'm not a big fan of Duke traps but that does look like a very nice trap. Do they come factory manufactured with the PIT pan like or is it modified?

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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

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I'm not a big fan of Duke traps but that does look like a very nice trap. Do they come factory manufactured with the PIT pan like or is it modified?
they do not come with the PIT pans you have to purchase them and put them on..
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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

Those pans and dogs are very similar to what's on an MB550

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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

I believe the Cavens worked out an agreement with Ed Medvetz to use the PIT system on some of thier traps.
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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

Never used those pans so I have no idea of the benefit.I just take a couple swipes out of the original pan to nightlatch and works fine.Seems like a lot of extra work to install those pans.Is it worth it??

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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

They do not go out of adjustment because there is no pan bolt. Pan tension is more consistent along the length of the pan. On some traps it increases kill area. The stainless rod dog is pretty much coyote proof.
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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

From the pic, the pan is close to the loose jaw for me. I would cut a little off.

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Re: New PIT Step-Down pan on a Duke #3

I live right down the street from Ed and he has been a family friend since my dad was a kid. I've talk to him a lot about trapping and such. I believe he is trying to make a step down pan that will fit every type of trap.Not sure if he will come out with one that will fit every trap or come out with a different pan for each type. I think it is a great design/concept. Creates depression over pan and a higher catch on animal so less misses.

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