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Can anyone provide instructions on how to replace the rubber insert on the throwing arm for Pat-Traps. Model is SW series.
Any help is appreciated.
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Pat Childers
Myrtle Grove Gun Club
 

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Send it to Pat-trap for replacement. The cost is minimal. If you want no down time, buy a second arm and rotate them when rubber wears out.
 

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What MOP said------- buy a new one - replace the one on the machine and send the other for repair....then you will have a spare
 

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They are pressed in. We have replacement rubbers that we got from Pat Trap. I use a vice, and clamp on the old one and pull it out of the groove. Take the new one and start one end in the groove and them use the vice to press the new one in. It is important to get it fully seated, evenly, so there are no waves, when looking down the edge of the rubber insert. The first time, like anything else, takes a little while after that, it's an easy swap. You can also, pull the old one out and turn it over, so that you are exposing the under side, and get twice the use out of it. Mark
 

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I put the arm in a vice, pull out the old strip with Vice Grips. Then, I use a steel brush to get burrs and stuff off the grooves that hold the strip in.

Vaseline works well, rubbed on the strip. thread the leading edge of the strip to the inside of the arm. Then, I hold the arm on the flat part of the vice, and tap in the strip with a mallet.

After strip is in, I take the Vice Grips, pinch the new strip and tap it with the mallet to make sure the strip is firm against the inside edge of the arm.

Some folks trim the strip, but if it is properly installed, it seldom needs trimming. As was said, when fully seated, there will be no ripples in the strip.

All this takes about 5 minutes. With this said, have a spare, and when you change them out (usually during a shoot with folks wanting to shoot), replace the strip soonest to have a spare ready for the next emergency.
 

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This is good info guys but how do you line up the new arm to height when putting it back on the machine? Thanks
 

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See where the old arm sits in relation to a bird sitting on the plate, and install the new arm so it hits the bird the same way. Mark
 

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The top part of the rubber should be just a little above the step in the target, in other words not quite making full contact with the target.

this was in an older manual, I forget if it was the Remmy 4100 or another machine.

HM
 

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On our old beo-mats We used a square block to sand the face of the rubber when it got rough and are able to prolong the life of the rubber by quite a bit. We bought a Pat trap and was wondering if the same procedure would work with them? Mike
 

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I have done that before. Can't say I saw a lot of difference, but it can't hurt. Mark
 

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As Shooting coach & oregunner have said but I go one step further. After I'm sure the rubber is all the way down the groove and at the bottom of the square tube arm I hold the face of the rubber onto a 24" X 6" belt sander to make sure the driving surface is perfectly flat. Any bumps in that rubber surface will have an effect on the bird & it's flight if it's not flat & straight.

Tom Boyd
 
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