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PostPosted: 18 Jan 2007, 20:45 
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i have a question about pan tension. what can be used gauge the tension? i have heard 3-4 lbs for fox,coon, 5 or so for bobcat. i've used my fingers but it's hard to remember how hard i had pressed before i caught myself

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PostPosted: 18 Jan 2007, 22:06 
You can buy a trap pan tension tester.


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PostPosted: 18 Jan 2007, 22:27 
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you really stuck your hand i an trap to test the tension!

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PostPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 00:26 
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well not actually intending to catch myself... see it' like this. i was holdin the jaws down with my left hand and pushin the pan with a stick with the other. well the speed of a 4 coiled # 3 was a lot faster than my reflexes. and the stick was a little shorter than i thought so i ended up with a three fingers on right hand and thumb and pointer of the left stuck in the trap!

i use a longer stick now!

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I have done this mostly to see how it will fire but I have one hand with slight pressure on the one side of the trap hand over both jaws and then push down on the pan you will not get caught . well you shouldn't you don't have to have the trap jaws slam shut to check you just need it to fire.I set the pan tencion on my rat traps yesturday and seem to have made it too light or should I say the speed at wich it fires I had 6 sprung traps no toes ,feet or even hair . could have been placement too. we will see tomorrow may be different story .

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PostPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 07:19 
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If you have an accurate scale, find some scrap wood (of a dimentsion that will fit into your trap jaws) and cut it down until it weighs what you want the trap to fire at.

Say you want 3 pounds, weigh a 24" pc of 2X4", if it weights 3.5 pounds, trim it alittle & re-weigh it. You can screw/nail some flatwashers back on it you need to adjust the weight.

Make & mark the weight of each one so you can reuse them. They do make a tension setter ($12-14), but it won't do anything the above method won't.

When setting tension, keep your "tester" in the center of the pan, as being "off-center" will affect the setting. Also, setting tension is the very last thing to be done to a trap, after the trap is waxed or dipped.

Smitty

PS--3-4 pounds is too heavy for a fox which weighs 8-10 pounds.

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PostPosted: 19 Jan 2007, 22:22 
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Use the Sullivan's Trap Pan Tension Tester.

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