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Pat Trap Stainless Steel Plate

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rick979, Feb 5, 2012.

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  1. rick979

    rick979 Active Member

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    With the Pat Trap's plate subject to severe rust and corosion why has no one built a stainless steel one? This would be a sure money maker!!!!
     
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    Be a pain in the butt to change but worth it?
     
  3. TEXASZEPHYR

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    Beleive it or not Stainless Steel will rust (corrode) Try to find a way for the base to mount where air can get under it or a way to completely seal it off from moisture and air. Sitting on a piece of concrete gets moisture trapped under it and hastens corrosion. Stainless only will slow down the process. The higher the content of Nickel or molybdnium(sp) the slower the corrosion
     
  4. grunt

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    Our club had a stainless steel plate made and it has been fine. A lot of work but we think it was worth it. Golden West Inds has a more information on this.
     
  5. rick979

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    Since these traps are very expensive why doesn't the manufacturer make the plates from SS so that we don't have to treat them once a week to work well?
     
  6. Ajax

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    Rick, can you go into more detail about what you have to do to treat the plates?

    I live in Washington State on the West side and it rains most of the time. We have never treated them with anything. Just curious, thought maybe we are missing something.

    Ajax
     
  7. rick979

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    We have to sand the rust off them,,,, what a pain in the butt!
     
  8. scott calhoun

    scott calhoun Well-Known Member

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    I'd love to hear more about this too. We have three Pats, and shoot bio targets. From everything I've read on this site our machines should just be a pile of rust by now. We have zero rust on our machines, and haven't had a bit of trouble with them, and have been throwing bio's for as long as we've owned them.

    Scott
     
  9. Ajax

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    Rick, what kind of weather do you have? The only time we see any rust is when is snows and then warms real quick. It has not been bad enough to cause any problems with the target, that we know of.

    Ajax
     
  10. dverna

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    I wonder if a High Density Polyethylene surface would work?

    Don Verna
     
  11. clayman51

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    we have had ours for at least 8 years. Grounds are wet most of the time in the spring and winter.Block gets wet,dampness comes through.No rust to be found on the machine.

    Dennis
     
  12. Ajax

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    Darn Rick, now you have me looking. We do have rust on the older s series trap we have. I had never noticed it before and evidently it does not cause any trouble. Maybe there is a difference in the material the plates are made of, or the coating on the newer G series?

    Ajax
     
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