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TRAPS quality vs. quantity #7139344
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I am a new trapper, started with conibears, then DPs, now I want to venture into footholds. coyotes/bobcats/foxes. I have a limited budget (medical bills). Should I go with a few top quality traps and modify? or a higher number of stock dirt cheap ones?
or something in between? most bang for the bucks.

thanks

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139352
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Good steel lasts. Cheap steel does not. How long do you plan to trap is your question that may help you at this point. I have MB550's I bought 11 or twelve years ago that are 100% good to go. Were they "cheap" or "expensive?"

I'd say, "well worth the price."

Quality lasts.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139355
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Get a few of each and you decide. The cheaper ones can be used where you might lose them.

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: Mark June] #7139357
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Originally Posted by Mark June
Good steel lasts. Cheap steel does not. How long do you plan to trap is your question that may help you at this point. I have MB550's I bought 11 or twelve years ago that are 100% good to go. Were they "cheap" or "expensive?"

I'd say, "well worth the price."

Quality lasts.

I plan on trapping, hunting, fishing as long as I physically can

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139358
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look at it this way ,if I buy a car to go to work in do I need a Cadillac ,or will a ford do me just as well , i have the duke 550 pro series, and I've had duke #3 for along time ,and I've held big wolfs in the number 3 , I'm a ford man , never had a problem

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139377
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Good quality gear only costs once. Poor quality costs you time, fur, and some sanity every season for the rest of your life.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139391
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I like the MB550, because there good to go right out of the box, but I also have the Duke 550 pro, and with a little tuning there a excellent trap also, and get the job done. I'll agree with Trapper Dahlgren's comparsion, cars to cars--traps to traps. Like any other tool, if you take care of it, it is going to last, if you treat it like junk, it will turn into junk.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139393
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The 550 is a good choice but there are a lot of great choices to be made. JMO Grahams Montana #3 coyote specials are possibly the easiest predator trap out of the box that basically never misses or needs more than a tiny tweak here of there (rare)


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139397
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Buy some of both. Good quality traps that take little modifications right out of the box. Go to a convention, rendezvous, or swap meet and get some cheaper ones, they'll catch and hold fur also and these you can use in higher theft areas unfortunately Johnny Sneakum will never go away


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139420
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For what bobcats,coyotes,and foxes quality.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: Leftlane] #7139427
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Originally Posted by Leftlane
Good quality gear only costs once. Poor quality costs you time, fur, and some sanity every season for the rest of your life.

This. I'd buy less of the traps you knowou want. You'll be glad you did.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139434
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I used to be a quantity guy to save a buck. Spent more time tuning, fixing, adding on extras, etc. That i should have just bought quality and worked on acquiring more over time as I could afford them.
Jim


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139447
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If trapping public land- Cheap
Private land- pay for Quality

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139455
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Are you going to long line or trap just around your area? I have a full time job and just trap within short driving distance or walking distance from the house. I have trapped this land for 40 plus years and dont really need a big quantity of traps. I like traps so have more than I need but only use a fraction of them. But the ones I use are probably on the high end of expense wise. I dont have a lot of time for trouble with equipment.

Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: jabNE] #7139483
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Originally Posted by jabNE
I used to be a quantity guy to save a buck. Spent more time tuning, fixing, adding on extras, etc. That i should have just bought quality and worked on acquiring more over time as I could afford them.
Jim

So true


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139489
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A lot 0f good traps out there too chose from. Some will be on the more expensive side some more reasonable. As mention by lefty Grahams #3 is on the cheaper side of coyote traps and I never feel under equipped when I bed one. Us trappers are blessed to have a lot of good traps to chose from that will get the job done at a variety of price points.

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Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
Are you going to long line or trap just around your area? I have a full time job and just trap within short driving distance or walking distance from the house. I have trapped this land for 40 plus years and dont really need a big quantity of traps. I like traps so have more than I need but only use a fraction of them. But the ones I use are probably on the high end of expense wise. I dont have a lot of time for trouble with equipment.

year around , predator control

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In this day and age there Is very little difference In trap quality. But there Is a big difference In price. You take care of your gear and you won't have any problems.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139581
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Most folks start with a used mix of traps then trade up to better traps or buy low priced traps and down the road buy better then.


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Re: TRAPS quality vs. quantity [Re: bigfoottrapper] #7139649
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Originally Posted by bigfoottrapper
I am a new trapper, started with conibears, then DPs, now I want to venture into footholds. coyotes/bobcats/foxes. I have a limited budget (medical bills). Should I go with a few top quality traps and modify? or a higher number of stock dirt cheap ones?
or something in between? most bang for the bucks.

thanks


MB 550 legal just about everywhere footholds are allowed. You can sell them easily if you dont like them for very little loss. Other brands you usually have to discount pretty heavy to sell.

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