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Questions about Super Star Traps

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by sshotshell, Jun 2, 2013.

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  1. sshotshell

    sshotshell Member

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    I've been made aware that the Swedish ATM company that manufactured Super Star traps went out of business. Does anyone know if there are any plans for a take over of their manufacturing by another company? Does anyone else manufacture replacement parts for those machines? Does this mean that all of the hundreds of ATM trap and skeet machines have become obsolete over night?
     
  2. wayneo

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    Shyda's or Quality Replacement Parts should have all you need. By the way GMV's web-site is still up and running.

    Wayne
     
  3. skeezix

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    I tried looking up information. From the warranty car it looks like GMV is manufactured by B&B tools AB in Sweden. They seem to be a pretty big outfit with some 2800 employees. They went through some major restructuring over the last 3-4 years. The annual reports deal with much bigger sectors than trap machines - so I was not able to figure out if the specific entity that manufactures the machines themselves was affected or not by the restructuring.
     
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    Here is the e-mail I received from GMV.This was sent from Peter Gustafson from GMV. We are not out of business. We have parts and service for Gmv Superstar machines worldwide. We do not have dealers in USA .

    Please contact me when you need parts or have problems with your machines. Thanks all for your input and help. Dave
     
  6. Bob Hawkes

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    Good machines that Steve Huber knows inside out. Any service issues--give him a call.
     
  7. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Bob is correct. keeping them clean is a big thing and they will run forever ( unless you throw Bio targets and if so you better clean them regularly)
     
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    As an FYI, keeping them clean is best done with a vacuum - using a brush to sweep them clean or compressed air can do more harm than good by moving stuff where it doesn't belong...

    There's not a lot to go wrong from a wear point of view... O-rings at the target drop area (keep a spare set - replace with normal service and you'll be fine). Brushes can wear, but Quality Replacement Parts has a 'life time' set that appears to solve that problem.

    The target elevator is covered with a rubberized material - if there are lots of broken targets this surface can get cut up. Shyda's approach is to replace it with a reconditioned one - they take your old one in trade and recondition that for the next guy.

    The throwing arm has a rubber lip, again this should be a low wear item, unless you are throwing a lot of broken targets.

    The electronics appear complicated, but in fact are rather simple. The bad part is that they are European in origin, so sources are a bit limited. Truth be known, though most of the parts are off the rack in Europe.

    Keep an eye on the electromagnet - typically the front left corner of the machine (if you are behind it looking out of the trap house) - looks a bit like a stop sign resting above a 'target.' Keep both clean - target dust can accumulate here and the machine will start throwing targets on its own.

    If the machine is a doubles machine look for the single/doubles arm - again from behind the machine it will be on the left side - there is a lever you move up and down for singles -v- doubles. If you look at the target plate you will see a round metal rod that lies across the back of the table. This rod is held in place by a single bolt and it tends to drift downwards.

    If you get lots of broken targets this may be the source...
     
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