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New MB 550 Mod #7363206
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A buddy sent me a pic of some new MB 550s he purchased. They have welded a bead to the jaw because too many people were dry firing them, causing the lever to slip past. Nice to see they addressed the issue and fixed the problem.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364079
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Youíre kidding, right?

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364128
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No, not kidding. Chris Evenson of MTP said this was temporary, but theyíre in the process of fixing it completely.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364268
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Iíve never had that problem, is that even nessisary? I donít make it a habit of dry firing them but some times it happens and Iíve never had that happen. I guess it must be a problem for enough guys if MTP is adding a mod.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364398
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If the levers are that weak, use better or thicker steel.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364420
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I saw 550ís traps like that at one of País mini conventions. I thought the guy selling them did something to the traps. The welded beads they put on them look terrible and if dry fired it will eventually snap off. Fix the problem before selling something like that. I love the 550 but would never buy ones like that.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364422
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Sounds more like a band aid then a Mod. But probably having issues getting quality steel these days. Being some what in the metal supply industry it is getting rough out there. Prices are jumping up production falling and quality well letís just say itís not held to the same standards as before.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7364644
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Haven't seen them yet. Wonder if its only closed jaw?


Ya can't miss fur if yur traps are out somewhere.
Or so I've been told.
Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7366658
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I got a batch of them that the levers where cracking/ripping in the corners. They blamed it on dry firing. Some of them were that way out of the box.
At the price they sell, there is no excuse for poor steel.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7367893
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I asked about this back in August on in Trap Talk. I bought a dozen and did a double take when I got them out to degrease.

1 - I didn't know that shoulder was a problem
2 - Whoever did the welding/design of the fix may want to keep working on it. Looks like I welded it, and I am no welder.




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Originally Posted by Rusty Axe Camp
I asked about this back in August on in Trap Talk. I bought a dozen and did a double take when I got them out to degrease.

1 - I didn't know that shoulder was a problem
2 - Whoever did the welding/design of the fix may want to keep working on it. Looks like I welded it, and I am no welder.

I would have sent them back. Those aren't up to the quality of MB 550s. And EVERYONE knows it.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7367963
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Wow


"Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom." Song of Solomon 2:15
Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7367981
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Hope the proper steps were takin before welding that take on or there can be more issues then what was trying to be fixed. Is this just a close jaw problem? Never had a issue with the offset 550s Iíve used over the years.

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Originally Posted by Tailhunter
I got a batch of them that the levers where cracking/ripping in the corners. They blamed it on dry firing. Some of them were that way out of the box.
At the price they sell, there is no excuse for poor steel.

If I got a response like back from a trap manufacturer then I would switch entirely to a new brand of traps.

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Originally Posted by The hammer
Originally Posted by Tailhunter
I got a batch of them that the levers where cracking/ripping in the corners. They blamed it on dry firing. Some of them were that way out of the box.
At the price they sell, there is no excuse for poor steel.

If I got a response like back from a trap manufacturer then I would switch entirely to a new brand of traps.


They did make those traps right. But it is evident that they havenít fixed the problem.
Shame because they have an excellent product but it wonít take very long with this kind of rigging to ruin it.

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7368094
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Pics of the ones I have

Kinda nitpicky I know. Once it's dyed and in the dirt once, it wont matter. But not what I expected from MTP.

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Looks like the stops on the jaws need to be cast larger.

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Something looks like it changed. Levers wider or jaws narrower

Re: New MB 550 Mod [Re: kinley31] #7368468
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I bet they added them beads of weld to the closed jaw traps because the lugs don't hold open the jaws as wide as the offset version. Narrower jaws allowed the lever to slip past the bumps forged onto the outside of the jaws.

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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
I bet they added them beads of weld to the closed jaw traps because the lugs don't hold open the jaws as wide as the offset version. Narrower jaws allowed the lever to slip past the bumps forged onto the outside of the jaws.



That was my thought. Never noticed a problem with my other ones, but maybe it they are fired enough or when dryfired, it wears down the lever and lets it slip past the shoulder on the jaw.

Like I said, kinda nitpicky, but just didn't seem up to normal MTP quality.




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