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How to Warm-up a Pat Trap ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by bluskyshooter, Jan 26, 2012.

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  1. bluskyshooter

    bluskyshooter Active Member

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    OK, that time of year again in the NE ... where the Pat Trap takes forever to warm up on its own before working properly. Cant leave a light or heater on overnight. Anyone have a suggestion for a method I can employ when opening up the trap house ... to get the machine warmed quickly ? or somewhat quickly ?
    Thanks, Brian
     
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    Can you put a heater on a timer so it comes on an hour before you get there. We're lucky as we leave heat on in our houses most of the winter. usually -5 to -15C for 2-3 months
     
  3. FLIP

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    water pipe heat tape !
     
  4. Two Dogs

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    drain your system and add 0W15 syn.hydro. oil...
     
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    about 15-20min with the pump only running warms ours up
     
  6. Barry C. Roach

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    Hey Two Dogs, how about putting two dogs in each traphouse?
     
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    Golden west sells a oil pan heater to put on the pump reservoir. We plug it in about 1/2 hour before we shoot. It works well. If you have the new style pump with the plastic reservoir it wont work ,It would melt it.
     
  8. bluskyshooter

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    FLIP - what is water pipe heat tape ? Personally, I was wondering about a hot air gun, or propane torch, against the oil reservoir ?? But then, got to thinking about the torch flame and oil .... and decided that might be a bad idea !!
     
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    How about a heat type flood light?
     
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    We wrap a small heating pad around the oil resevoir and turn it on low the night before a shoot. No warm up needed after that.
     
  11. Star4Ever

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    Here is what we use... it is a Pad Heater. We have it on a timer so that it starts up at 7:30AM which is about 1 1/2 hours before we open up the Trap Range. The URL is above...
     
  12. DTrykow

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    Also in the Pat-Trap manual for Winter Operation it says to adjust the arm so that it's farther back on the brake. By moving/sliding the micro switch towards the front of the machine. This puts just a little more brake pressure on the arm so that thicker/cold oil doesn't windmill the machine. Dave T.
     
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    <i>"...what is water pipe heat tape?"</i>

    Heat tape, or heat tracing.

    It looks like an extension cord. Basically it is low wattage resistance heating wire, kind of like you have in an electric blanket, but this stuff is intended to be wrapped around water piping in cold climates to keep it from freezing.

    Some folks will use it in and around rain gutters in cold climates to keep the gutters from icing over.
     
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    At our club we keep a small electric heater under a tarp pointed at the pump and oil tank. We start the machines 45 minutes to an hour before shooting. When it is about 40 degrees or below we keep the doors closed until 10 or 15 minutes before shooting to keep the heat in as long as possible. As mentioned above, due to the oil being thicker and moving through the valve ports more slowly so we also adjust the switch as mentioned above.
     
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    why not try a heating blanket on a timer..............
     
  16. Two Dogs

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    Hey Barry...how ya doing...yes two dogs in the traphouse would really heat it up....
     
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    The heater on a timer works well for us. You didn't specify why you couldn't use an electric heater - perhaps expand on that.

    I also like the idea about using an electric blanket on a timer.

    What ever you do, keep the torch out of the trap house. Nothing good can come of that.
     
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    We use small space heaters on ours about 30-40 mintues before shooting. We turn the pump on & close the traphouse door. For extreme cold,we have a sheet of plywood that has a cutout to allow the thrown target to just pass thru,keeping the open area to a minimum. Hamilton Gun Club,Hamilton,MT. And I have seen entire winters where the temp never got below 0 so that helps.
     
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    Brian / Dave,

    By moving the micro switch bracket toward the front of the machine so the machine doesn't windmill, your pulls can become horribly slow if you go too far. You’re better off leaving that setting alone, turning the pump on an hour early, putting a Styrofoam enclosure around the hydraulic pump, and keeping as much heat in the house as possible via heaters. Shooters hate those slow pulls.

    Respectfully,

    Jon Reitz
     
  20. DTrykow

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    Hi John R. Yes I agree. Manual says 1/16" increments. Dave T.
     
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