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LIMIT SWITCH - for Pattrap target amount

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by mikiet, Mar 22, 2012.

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  1. mikiet

    mikiet TS Member

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    Has anyone ever setup a limit switch that will turn a light on the house when the clays need to be replenished on a G series PatTrap? If so, can you share how it was done?
     
  2. Ajax

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    We use a Green target, but we would be interested in a limit switch also.

    Ajax
     
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    Good idea, someone could make some money with this.
     
  4. halfmile

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    Mount a microswitch on the steel band that is right next to the roller. A NC with a long throw, when the target is missing the light will go on and off as the carousel rotates. You will probably need a bar type activator so the angle iron doesn't mess things up.

    Where you mount it there will probably be 2 or 3 in a stack when it activates.

    HM
     
  5. mikiet

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    I'm in the middle of developing one, but would like to know if anyone has ever done this without any issues. Thanks for the info though!
     
  6. likemybrownings

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    And this is needed because the trap help is sitting on the picnic table texting all their friends about this boring fkg job,,, instead of doing their payed job????
    Dave B.
     
  7. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

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    Some clubs don't have paid help. We do it all ourselves. The Green target works but a low target indicator sure would be nice.

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  8. HSLDS

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    Pretty straight forward.

    Just need a micro switch with a roller arm, a mount for it and, a circuit for the light.

    Mount the switch so it touches the targets about 5 ~ 10 up from the bottom of the stack. Do so in a way that lets the switch press against the targets and the frame as it rotates to keep pressure on the switch. When target level drops below the switch it will extend fully and close the circuit and make the light go on.

    Ideally you want a switch with a small roller on the end of the arm.


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  9. mikiet

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    Actually we're trying to reduce the operating costs. It's crazy in this economy to pay additional help just to run out there and fill houses. Capable members can perform this activity, if they know when to do it.
     
  10. running bear

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    It easy just fill it after 3 rounds.
     
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    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    This is one of those projects that sounds like it should be easy...until you get into it.

    Not sure the microswitch idea will work all that well, especially since even when full, there will be movement of the switch arm as the carousel rotates. That is, even when your target stack is full, your light will go on and back off every time a target is thrown and the carousel rotates.

    Might be distracting, depending on where you place the light.
     
  12. mikiet

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    I've actually completed it, now I will test it next time at the club. It works on the bench and the way I've resolved the light flickering is by adding a second switch in between the stacks. This one will act like a delay and stop the light from being a distraction. I'll let everone now how it works later.
     
  13. targetbreaker

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    OUR club has tv-type cameras to watch them we see there getting low, we send someone to fill them. Works for us under $200.
     
  14. Catpower

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    It might be easier to mount a photo cell on one side of the carrousel,not on the carrousel, but right beside it, with a light aimed at it and when the targets get below a certain point the photocell will sense the light and have a relay energize the light outside the traphouse

    You might want to put a delay on made time delay relay in the circuit, so the light wouldn't flick on and off when the carrousel turns
     
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