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Pat Trap Rubbers

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Capt_ed, Nov 5, 2011.

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  1. Capt_ed

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    How long should a set of these rubbers last?
     
  2. Old Cowboy

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    We have two Pat's at Scobey, MT..........One's about 12 years old, we put on new rubber "donuts" a couple years ago @ 10 y/o. The other Pat is about 8 years old and still running the originals. FWIW we trip the throwing arms and un-crank ALL the tension between shooting sessions.

    ps--if you're putting on registered shoots it might be a good idea to have an extra set on hand for quick replacement.

    John C. Saubak
     
  3. RWT

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    Depends on how many targets you are throwing. Ours that we use twice a week are lucky to last 6 month before the start giving up. The ones we use once a year? As John said release the tension on the rubbers when not in use. John I wish we could get 12 years.
    Robert
     
  4. Jon Reitz

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    RWT,

    What do your PAT traps do when they begin to give up?

    Thanks,

    Jon Reitz
     
  5. perga1

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    They get their feet wet!
     
  6. Mark425

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    We just had the pat trap guy come to our club and overhaul our machine. He said that heat is the main enemy of the rubbers and that in Florida they last a year or so but up north they can go much much longer.
     
  7. Harv Shell

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    When they start failing we see it setting doubles. Eventually you can't get 39 to 40 mph with it cranked tight.
     
  8. 34model12

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    Capt Ed We have six Pat's with the power spring rubbers and they last from one year to a couple years. If you look at the top of the upper rubber you will see cracks first appear at each end of the space in the middle. As the cracks get longer one half of on spring will crack in two at one end. As the crack gets longer (before it breaks) the spring looses it's power a little at a time. Usually you get this as a clue because to have to tighten the crank up to get the same distances. Have a good trap day!! Tom B.
     
  9. Shooting Coach

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    We had a week old band fail at a monster shoot last spring. Normally, we use them until they will not give us the speed required.

    Keep a few spares, unwind them and reset as needed.
     
  10. RWT

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    Jon,
    When the band starts loseing its memory, it requires more turns on the crank to get the same speed. It really shows up when you start to set doubles. If it gets bad enough you can not get the required speed on the doubles target. Usually at that point you will see some small cracks in them.
     
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