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Trap modification #7925764
08/11/23 12:31 PM
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I know thereís a lot of us trap tinkering junkies out there letís see some modified trap photos!
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925774
08/11/23 12:41 PM
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A few Iíve messed around with. And yes I like dogless traps haha!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925775
08/11/23 12:42 PM
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Amite county Mississippi
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Haven't modded a trap in a lil bit , leem dig around grin


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925786
08/11/23 12:58 PM
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Not meaning to de-rail this thread, but I bet it hurt like hel* when you smacked that thumb.

Btw...I like that dogless pan on the beaver-sized longspring in the very last pic. Small pan lines that back foot up well.

Last edited by Swamp Wolf; 08/11/23 01:00 PM.

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Re: Trap modification [Re: Wolfdog91] #7925788
08/11/23 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolfdog91
Haven't modded a trap in a lil bit , leem dig around grin

Oh I know you have the same canít leave a trap alone disease I do Wolf!

Re: Trap modification [Re: Swamp Wolf] #7925790
08/11/23 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Swamp Wolf
Not meaning to de-rail this thread, but I bet it hurt like hel* when you smacked that thumb.

Btw...I like that dogless pan on the beaver-sized longspring in the very last pic. Small pan lines that back foot up well.

I have some weird nerve condition in my hands and some other joints in my body and donít have much feeling in them parts anymore. It felt like a thump when it hit it so if I had full feeling still I would have probably had a lot of choice words and thrown a few things hahahaha!
That num5 double long turned out freaking awesome love that trap so much I plan on doing a dozen for myself to use!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925827
08/11/23 02:22 PM
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Mostly inspired by the hammer. its fun tinkering around on traps. I'm not goo enough a metal worker to go much beyond the dogless mods and laminations though hahaha.

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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925927
08/11/23 04:54 PM
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Those dongles DLS are flat out sexy!
Here is my exposed cat set goto.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925951
08/11/23 05:28 PM
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Very nice Carolina Foxer!
Left lane, I love the dogless dbl longs!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925959
08/11/23 05:38 PM
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They don't compare to yours hammer but some I've done or had done to give folks some ideas....

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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7925987
08/11/23 06:08 PM
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Georgia
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Iím too embarrassed of my welding to show you the traps that Iíll now never be able to sell, but yalls look great!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7926010
08/11/23 06:41 PM
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ADC I like them jump traps very nice!
Sportsman post em up as long as they work then there good!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7926073
08/11/23 07:57 PM
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7926367
08/12/23 07:53 AM
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Boys, Hammer and Rodney aka Etextrapper make some good stuff....as JC Conner says "Bullet Proof!"

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7926392
08/12/23 08:54 AM
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Etextrapper, those TS 85s are sick! Those for lions?

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7926509
08/12/23 12:53 PM
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Appreciate it. Built for lions.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7929285
08/16/23 06:58 AM
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I donít have much use for my num2 bridgers anymore but they are fun to mess around with! I have several of them I converted to dbl long springs with num 3 dbl long springs. Not the fastest of a trap but lock up is 100% guaranteed!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7929992
08/17/23 07:12 AM
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Not a trap but got bored and made a auger out of some stuff laying around the work bench.[Linked Image]

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7929993
08/17/23 07:13 AM
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7929995
08/17/23 07:16 AM
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Did you split flat washers? Been thinking of doing that myself. Been told to watch it though, as they tend to grab pretty hard and screw into the ground.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7929996
08/17/23 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by The hammer

If nothing else, it'll make a good bulb planter! Lol


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Re: Trap modification [Re: Yukon John] #7930005
08/17/23 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Yukon John
Did you split flat washers? Been thinking of doing that myself. Been told to watch it though, as they tend to grab pretty hard and screw into the ground.

Yeah I just split some washers. Iím f they are spread and gapped properly to elongate the pitch it helps reduce the wanting to just screw into the ground. Thatís why I tested it using one hand. Works well for a few pieces of scrap laying around and about 10 minutes of work.

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930658
08/18/23 07:40 AM
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Had some mb 650 parts and some spare square jaws laying around and made this weird combination of a trap.
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Still a work in progress haha!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930702
08/18/23 08:51 AM
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You guys have WAY TOO MUCH TIME on your hands or I suspect you are a lot better at mechanics than me!!!!! Oh by the way -- I have some old #2 SJ mont dogless traps that need the Bridger levers added (frame cut and rewelded when the original jaws are used, any advice for other options of adding those levers?. .........................the mike

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930705
08/18/23 08:53 AM
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Why would the frame need to be cut?

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930770
08/18/23 10:17 AM
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You should be able to release the springs from the old levers, pull spring pin and take out one end of jaws and replace levers.Good time to add new springs while you have them broke down.

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930795
08/18/23 11:14 AM
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On the old Mont 2 low levers
I cut out the top inside corners of the levers ,
and ground the outside jaw ramp angles.
Makes em hi lever and no need to remove mailable jaws.
Also, for the broken jawed ones.
Sleepy Creek 175 round jaws are direct fit.

Guys today are lucky with out of the box fit and finish
on many models.





Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7930800
08/18/23 11:30 AM
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Are the jaws cast on those?

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7931495
08/19/23 11:40 AM
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After seeing these, I'm ashamed to post mine! Lol.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7937449
08/26/23 03:30 PM
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Not a trap but always gotta have a good digger!
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7937473
08/26/23 03:55 PM
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I have done some...... a few.........probably lots ... of trap modifications as it seems like I am always tinkering with my grinder, torch and welder. The two that I really like and use and turned out great are when I turned the Bridger #1.75 sq jaw into a dogless trap. Also I really enjoyed taking a #3 Duke and making it dogless and beefing it up all around. I've made #1.75 Dukes dogless also. [Linked Image]
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953084
09/18/23 07:13 AM
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Not a trap but I really enjoy making these.
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953129
09/18/23 08:11 AM
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That's one sharp lookin sifter! Surely you are going to have it engraved 'Sniff this Joe" and below that 'Let's go Brandon'


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Re: Trap modification [Re: Leftlane] #7953157
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Originally Posted by Leftlane
That's one sharp lookin sifter! Surely you are going to have it engraved 'Sniff this Joe" and below that 'Let's go Brandon'

Haha! That could be done!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953162
09/18/23 08:35 AM
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LMBFAO. Shut up and take my money already.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953438
09/18/23 04:07 PM
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The Hammer does some nice work!

Re: Trap modification [Re: MChewk] #7953454
09/18/23 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by MChewk
The Hammer does some nice work!

Thank you!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953793
09/19/23 04:59 AM
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The hammer and others, if you have ever tried removing the old square jaws from the frame of an old dogless Mont #2,3, or even a 1.5 you will break the the jaw tip or get a crack in the frame (at the 90 degree bend) 1 out of 3 times. The jaws were heat treated more than the common victors or they used different steel mixes in them at that time. Hence when you try to remove the jaw (straighten the curved tip) you damage (break) them or crack that frame and get to Really repair/modify them. The accepted method of the time is to disassemble the trap, cut the frame on the bottom about midway from the cross member to the end 90 degree bend. Remove the old levers, slide the new Bridger levers on (correctly I might ad !!!), then weld the base frame back together. Faster and better than modifying the existing levers/jaws on an existing trap. I ask because my welder (son) has moved 160 miles away and I can't compare to him and his equipment, soooooooo was wondering if there is another way which this old man has missed through the years. Will try for a picture on here to show you.................. the mike

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953799
09/19/23 05:24 AM
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Thatís a fancy sifter very nice craftsmanship

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953812
09/19/23 06:06 AM
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Got ten sifters made a couple hammers and some shovels. When I get time to i have some drags I gotta get made up!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953813
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Thanks for the kind words everyone I enjoy making things very relaxing. Specially after spending all day everyday working on cnc stuff itís a well needed break haha!

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7953887
09/19/23 07:58 AM
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I am impressed with your work. In the past, Tom Stalker and John Cloud have done some mods for me, but we lost John not to long ago.

Do you constantly (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) cut the sleeves off yer T-shirts, and smell bad? If so you might be a great replacement!
grin


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Re: Trap modification [Re: Leftlane] #7954008
09/19/23 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Leftlane
I am impressed with your work. In the past, Tom Stalker and John Cloud have done some mods for me, but we lost John not to long ago.

Do you constantly (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) cut the sleeves off yer T-shirts, and smell bad? If so you might be a great replacement!
grin

A lot of sleeveless work shirts plus burn holes through most, I smell like old machine coolant and waylube so yeah probably got the smelling bad down grin

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954185
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Welded that little triangle on to a Northwoods 110 coni and now it is a magnum. No more live mink for me in dry land sets. Not pretty but it is effective.....jk


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954358
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Here are the pictures of the #2 Mont dogless SJ and the dog on RJ that I have used for years. Mid picture is of the underside where the base was cut and the Bridger Levers inserted and rewelded. Never an issue for me as those levers come up high and lock. I like the RJ's but the SJ gives me a little bigger jaw area and I like the dogless trigger as you might as well replace the dog on the RJ right away because the 1st or 2nd coyote will eat it !!!!!! If someone has a better idea on how to switch the levers I am all ears but at my age you may have to speak up so I can hear LOL.................... the mike

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954413
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Jk that is a nice mod!!!
Wife, those jaw ends break you said when you bend them? Couldnít you just heat them with a little nap gas torch to bend straight to remove? Would save on cutting the frame. If they are breaking from bending that little bit it takes to get them out of frame then itís very cheap metal Iíve bent 1,000s of jaw tips down and back in my days of modifying traps for people and only ever had two break off and those were wolf creek jaws.

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954414
09/20/23 05:42 AM
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Or are these a cast steel jaw trap?

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Not cast jaws from what I know. Many guys have tried heating the jaw tips with poor results. Too much and it softens the jaw leg and too little results in broken tips as you still have to re-insert the tip. For some reason (the type of steel I think) it does not remain that soft and can break on the put back. Like I mentioned, I still like the old RJ Monts and call them the "poor man's MB" when you fiddle with the jaw and dog. Bought both the #1.5 and #2's (closed and OS RJ's) in the early 80's and out of the box, they were superior to the squares. Don't like to tinker (like you guys) but if it can be made better with a little retro then I will try it. I am comfortable with the dogless squares with the Bridger levers and the jaw filed smooth or laminated. The center swiveled base has never bowed on me with no reinforcement on the coyotes I have snagged in the last 30 years. So levers and jaws and I'm ready to go with the squares. Some unsuspecting mechanics cut the bolt off the underside of the pan on the dogless, thinking it is a tension adjustment. It is a jaw stop to keep the coyote from pulling the pan up and out of the jaws and bending it. Too much thought sometimes. I pick one up like that now and again. If anyone on here knows how to get those jaws out of the SJ #2 dogless Mont w/o cutting the base let me know as I may only have a few seasons left LOL. .................... the "aging older" mike

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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954561
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I did laminations and pit pans on a dozen Sleepy Creek 4 1/2's. I thought they turned out great.
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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954564
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I wish I could find some of the traps my dad Frankenstein-ed together with trap parts lying around.

Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954573
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Looks like I have plenty of folks to send traps to if I ever want mods, lol.

Re: Trap modification [Re: jk] #7954610
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Welded that little triangle on to a Northwoods 110 coni and now it is a magnum. No more live mink for me in dry land sets. Not pretty but it is effective.....jk

This is a great idea! All bodygrip companies that have spring eyes that slip over the corners should do this. They'd sell more traps.


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954612
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I need a couple of these..if any of you shop jocks are up to the task. I'd prefer aluminum...just like these...

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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7954665
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Swamp wolf, Iím looking into the aluminum and just machining it out of one solid piece and threading the handle on.

Re: Trap modification [Re: Flipper 56] #7954669
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Originally Posted by Flipper 56
I did laminations and pit pans on a dozen Sleepy Creek 4 1/2's. I thought they turned out great.
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Those look sick!!! Nice work!

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Flipper if ya ever need to save room in the shed I'd take those of your hands.


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Swamp wolf, Iím looking into the aluminum and just machining it out of one solid piece and threading the handle on.

Awesome!


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Re: Trap modification [Re: Leftlane] #7954888
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Originally Posted by The hammer
Originally Posted by Flipper 56
I did laminations and pit pans on a dozen Sleepy Creek 4 1/2's. I thought they turned out great.
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Those look sick!!! Nice work!

Thanks, I bought the lams from J.C. Conner, made it easy, just had to clamp them in place and weld them.
Got the pan kits from Ed.

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I will make a mental note of that my friend!


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Re: Trap modification [Re: The hammer] #7955276
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I was first introduced the concept of trap modifications in 1982 by Charlie Dobbins . He was someone that could /would analize what he thought was a problem and than set out to find a way to fix it .Many of his ideas where basic and simple to do At the same time he was taking stock traps and turning them into refined tools that had become works of art .Once he open that door many more improvements followed . What began with adding swivels and filing the triggers and notches created traps that so much improved that it seemed like they where a complete new invention .Just a few strokes of a file and taking the slack out of the trigger allowed the pan to set level and not wobble And that for me anyways resulted in fewer snapped empty traps and better grips on the quarry's foot pad . I had purchased some 1.75 coil spring traps After using them for a short time I was not happy with their performance A little bit of research pointed to putting inside lams on the jaws and base plating them That included swiveling them on the base plate . I starting liking that set up I quickly add additional traps of the arrangement. And it allowed me to improvement my catch due to it being more versatile to set for different animals And the lams made it a better holding trap Many of you have taken it to another level Iam impressed While it might be over kill to some people I see things that make me think I want me some of that Thanks for the pictures and the thought concepts behind your ideas There is always room for a better way of doing something.

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