I received my Diablo DP traps. My thoughts.
I asked about Wolf Creek Diablo DP traps earlier this week. I ordered a dozen and here are my thoughts on them.
First off, the price was right. I ordered them from NorthernTrapping.com and paid $119.00 for one dozen. These are the most inexpensive dog proof traps I was able to find which were not used.
If you look at the picture of them on the website, the stake looks too short and rather inadequate. After receiving the traps, I've found that the stakes appear to be twice the length as pictured. I think they'll stake well, unless you're dealing with frozen ground.
These traps have a bait door which swings open so you can clean them out. I love that feature. The bait door is held on by single screw and nut. The screw head is obscured by the spring, which makes it difficult to tighten the nut. The nuts holding on the bait door needed tightened on most of my traps. The manufacturer also neglected to use a locknut, which may and most likely will result in the loss of the nut and bait door if you catch a coon in this trap. I used needle nose pliers to hold the screw, removed the nuts, applied Loctite, and then reattached the nuts.
The chain is attached to the wire stake without a swivel. I think this is a major blunder by the manufacturer because coons always seem to wrap themselves up to the point where the only swivel you have is the one attaching the chain to the stake. I'll definitely be adding a swivel there.
Other than the critiques I've listed above, I think I got a good deal at $10 per trap. I'll update after I have a catch in one. Though this cold weather doesn't make that forecast look very promising.