Me and my trapping partner just split a dozen, got them in yesterday was wondering if anyone has had to do anything to them we set a couple and tested the pan tension and it is a little stiffer than we would like they are around 4 lbs we like about 2lbs not sure the best way to adjust them
wvmedic, it has been my experience with the MB550 that the pan tension out of the box is like you said, around 4 pounds. I found though that once I cleaned the grease/oil off, dyed and waxed them, the pan tension reduced to about 2 pounds. I think the wax is the key. It acts as a lubricant. Give it a try and see what you think.
I have had the exact same experience as redrooster did with the MB550's. They seem stiff at first, but once you are done dying and waxing, test them.
On a side note, i had a batch that did not seem to loose the pan tension like the others did. These traps didn't start showing signs of less pan tension until i used them for a season. I don't know if it was the springs themselves that caused the tension with the PIT pan system or what. Maybe i should do a little test and pop the springs off and put different sizes on and see if the pan tension gets lighter or heavier. Thanks wvmedic now i have another theory to test out LOL.
Post by trapperchick on Feb 18, 2012 21:14:33 GMT -5
I have weeded out all my other traps and run only MBs. I like the 550s best some are 4 coiled but I like the 2 coil better (less foot damage). I have some MB650s that are over kill and hard for me to set, but they will hold anything that jumps in. Great picture!
Post by palongliner on Oct 12, 2012 23:03:04 GMT -5
I recently received a dozen of the 550 RC's. And, I'll be buying more.. What a trap..!! I am just getting back in the game after relocating to Va. in 1985. So far this month, I have purchased 6 dozen traps from MTP..Great service, and great products. I am very happy with the Bridger Conibears. Better made than the old victors I had many years ago. Scouting today for mink and coon, and found the first muskrat sign I've seen since coming to VA.. I almost hate to catch it...sure are scarce around here.. Jerry
I've seen where you can lower the tension on 550's by bending the dog. Anyone have any pictures of this when done?
What? all bending the dog does IMO , is level the pan -- I tried the 450s -550s and 650s all good traps again in IMO- as for pan tension .. dye -wax or what ever you do ,, run them awhile then mess with the tension.. think Chris and a few others said the same thing .. I do not run MB traps anymore -just because I like Bridger and that is because of the jaw spread .. mainenance you can do in the field ,, with the new Bridger 2 and 3s dogless and the price might want to check them out .. [off subject I know]--D-