Anyone know how to adjust pan tension on the 550's. I saw on trapperman where you bend the dog. Hate to do that but gonna have to do an adjustment or sell um. I had greys n coons dance all over them. It is prolly my fault I just cleaned shipping oil off them by throwing them in the dishwasher. I didn't dye or wax. Will that make any difference. I know the wax will change things a little but I'm using full metal jacket. I bought a multi species trap and that's my goal. Any help appreciated.
Post by manghamtrapper on Jan 31, 2014 21:15:26 GMT -5
Are they four coiled? I've never had that problem with the 2 coiled version when waxed. Are you getting too much dirt under the pan when setting? That could pose a problem. Try using pillow stuffing under the free falling side of the pan before sifting dirt over the trap.
Not four coiled. Jus didn't take time to wax. Ordered before the holidays and due to the season ups was way behind. They were delivered a week into our Christmas holiday and had promised some excited boys that we would trap during their vacation. I used the poly fill at first but started seeing tracks all over my trap pan and started questioning pan tension. I re constructed all of my sets without poly fill because I thought it may b contributing to pan tension. Still was having problems. Ur the second to tell me it wouldn't be a problem if I wax. I will dye them and full metal jacket dip them and test pan tension. I will test a few before that I have been using and let everyone know if it made a difference. Hope maybe save someone a little frustration.
Post by Tony Howard on Feb 14, 2014 7:31:24 GMT -5
There is no adjustment for pan tension on the 550. However, you can put under alls under the pan and increase the pan tension a little more. Instead I would recommend digging your trap bed deeper and making them step down. When they get off balance to make the step they get to the point of no return and you will bury them up in the 550. Still don't solve the problem of possums like you can with the 650's.
My mind is as sharp as a steel trap, with off set jaws.
Post by jakelsmith on Feb 15, 2014 19:22:19 GMT -5
Thanks for the help. Pan tension straight out of the box is about 4lbs. That's no dye or wax. I was told that will make a difference. I jus didn't want people to think its two pounds as advertised. I will dye n wax them and test tension and let you guys know. If the dye and wax doesn't help I was told you have to bend the dog down to reduce pan tension and move up to increase. This is done by placing trap dog in vice at the base and tapping with hammer till dog moves up or down. For ever 5 degrees in bend equals 1 pound of tension. Tony I've never heard you speak of any dog adjustments on the 550 s and you catch tons of coons and greys so I'm thinking there is prolly some truth to the dye and wax helping with tension. For me ideal would be two pounds.