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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by N. J. BOB, Aug 31, 2011.

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  1. N. J. BOB

    N. J. BOB Active Member

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    What trap machine would you recommend for a very small club with $3000.00 to spend ??
     
  2. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    Do yourself a big favor and buy what you need and not what you cna afford. It is best to buy once then twice.

    Pass the hat around or keep saving up your money and buy a Pat-Trap. If you can't buy a new one there are ones out there used that will just as good.

    Look here on TS.com and call the factory and ask them if they have anything. If not then ask who is a repair stations or people who might have one to sell.

    Buy it right the first time. It will save you money in the long run.
     
  3. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    If you don't want to throw doubles, there are many GP 544's around for sale at 2500 and less. Good electric machine, made in Kansas, with full support from the company.
     
  4. N. J. BOB

    N. J. BOB Active Member

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    Personally I would buy a Pat Trap in a heart beat but they just wont spend the money....Maybe you are right we should just hold off until we have the money...
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

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    Have you called Shyda's to see if they have any used equipment? Good people to deal with. Good luck, Bob
     
  6. Trapshooter

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    Agreed Roger
     
  7. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    How long is the arm on the "other machines"? Need to know so I can compare to our Pats
     
  8. Catpower

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    You can get an Atlas trap AT 250 for about $1300, buy two just in case one breaks down they have a 5 yr warranty, and life time on the drive, or an AT 400 for about $2300

    I have an AT 50 that has thrown 1000's of targets without a problem
     
  9. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

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    For 2500 you can buy a good electric GP trap. The Atlas is ok for the back yard but not very sturdy. Local club bought one and is sorry.
     
  10. ljutic 111

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    Here at Mallard , we are satisfied with our Super Stars . Shyda has very good business relations with his customers .
     
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    Unfortunately, Superstar is out of business!!
     
  12. Bob Hawkes

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    I don't know where ljutic 111 is located, but here in eastern Mass. we've had great service and help from Shyda's. Good luck, Bob
     
  13. Ljutic111

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    Mallard Trap Club is in Monroe Twsp , Central NJ , and about 2 1/2 hr drive from Shyda`s shop and when we needed any assistance Steve would be there within a day or 2 . Rod and Steve have also helped us over the phone when we had a problem . WE have our 2 machines under water from Irene and I may be taking them both up to there shop one at a time for storm maintanence after speaking with Rod of the future damage that can happen if the bearing and motors aren`t removed and cleaned . 5 ft of flood waters did a job at our club . The worse weather in 60+ years that they, the home owners remember . I wish Rod would get more involved with USA ownership which may happen . I`m off now to remove one machine .
     
  14. Straight99

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    Try a Laporte. Used machines go for less than $2000. They throw good targets. Good support from many dealers around the country. We have had 15 Laportes since 1993 and have had very little problems.
     
  15. Bob Hawkes

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    Sorry to hear that Mallard. The down side of them is water and electronics do not mix well. Hope you make out OK.
     
  16. Baber

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    Avoid Laporte like the plague.... They are really called LeCraps. One of the cheapest alternatives is the upgrade of the Winchester hand set. People will almost give you a hand set trap and then you can buy a conversion kit for about $2k and you are in business. Its called Retro Trap http://www.westernretro.net/
     
  17. EuroJoe

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    The problem with LaPortes is the crummy American soft targets.
     
  18. Bob Hawkes

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    TBaber, I've wondered if the retro-fit could or would be a decent trap for a bunker set-up. Just wondering.

    Euro Joe gave me a good laugh.
     
  19. Baber

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    Retro Traps are oscillating traps and are not suitable for bunker. Retro does make a wobble trap version that should be ok for that sport.

    The problem with LeCraps has nothing to do with targets. I have seen them malfunction on hard International targets.


    Tom
     
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