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#94211 - 02/16/07 02:59 PM leaving connibear springs compressed
coonman22 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 185
Loc: NE Iowa
was wondering what others do that own alot of connibear traps, i leave my springs set or compressed year round, i do not think it matters?

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#94241 - 02/16/07 03:22 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: coonman22]
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I agree with you. I haven't seen any problems with leaving the safties hooked year around.

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#94252 - 02/16/07 03:28 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: ]
Mystic Wildlife Offline
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Registered: 01/23/07
Posts: 1186
Loc: Connecticut
I wouldn't do it. It could only weaken them.
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#94362 - 02/16/07 04:51 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Mystic Wildlife]
minnow Offline
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Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 214
Loc: West Des Moines, Iowa
I dont & would not either. Minnow

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#94367 - 02/16/07 04:57 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: minnow]
Mailman1 Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 412
Loc: Northeast Nebraska
I have left mine locked in the past and believe me it DOES make the springs weaker!!!! I had to replace the springs on the ones that I had left compressed (220's). I don't even think about locking them now!

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#94681 - 02/16/07 08:24 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Mailman1]
walkingstick2 Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 1131
Loc: PA
if you leave a load too long on a trailer, etc. the springs will take a set.....I wire them down before I go out on line but when season is over I let em relax....Mac~
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#94699 - 02/16/07 08:33 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: walkingstick2]
Big Elk Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 149
Loc: central wisconsin
I bought a doz vic 330's at a auction last year the old guy told me the last time he used them was in 1979 or 80. 10 of them had the safties on and 2 did not there is no dif at all.

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#94713 - 02/16/07 08:43 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Big Elk]
Newt Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 2275
Loc: Port Republic South Jersey
The ONLY time my coni springs are NOT compressed. Is when a animal is it the trap.
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#94777 - 02/16/07 09:20 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Newt]
madtrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 2137
Loc: Ely, Minnesota, coolest small ...
Yes, I left springs compressed on a Sauvageau, it did make them weaker.
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#95047 - 02/17/07 06:44 AM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: madtrapper]
Newt Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 2275
Loc: Port Republic South Jersey
I dont see no difference in my Sauvageaus.They have been set for 3 years now. Unless there is a animal in them.
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#95061 - 02/17/07 07:03 AM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Newt]
trapper72 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1493
Loc: NY
Hey newt that was a nice demostration on otter at herk, in NY. Hows the sheep \:\)

This is an Email on dukes:

Scott,

Thanks for your question. If you just want to compress the springs for a short time before taking to your field sets, that should not weaken the springs.

On the other hand, we don't recommend long term storing the springs compressed. Also, you should not dye or wax the traps with the springs compressed.

The springs on all of our body traps should last many years and give you good performance. Good luck this season.
Thanks,
Bill
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#95168 - 02/17/07 09:01 AM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: trapper72]
Mystic Wildlife Offline
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Registered: 01/23/07
Posts: 1186
Loc: Connecticut
Well, I think we could agree that leaving them compressed won't make them any stronger. Why would anyone want to leave them compressed in the off season?
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#95175 - 02/17/07 09:04 AM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: Mystic Wildlife]
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They store much nicer if you have a pile of them with the springs compressed. If it weakens them it's not enough to notice IMO.

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#95180 - 02/17/07 09:09 AM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: ]
cj's trapping Offline


Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2128
Loc: NW Ohio
It was always my understanding that pitting of the steel is the cause of weak springs, not leaving them compressed, but what do I know, I'm a muddy coon trapper.
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#95430 - 02/17/07 12:57 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: cj's trapping]
DLM Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 660
Loc: Maine
Look at it this way - you don't buy new ones compressed right from the manufacturer. Think if it didn't matter the manufacturer would ship them compressed as they wouldn't take up as much room.
Besides plain common sense tells you not to leave ANY SPRING compressed.

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#95451 - 02/17/07 01:12 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: DLM]
woodsrunner Offline
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Registered: 02/10/07
Posts: 363
Loc: Kaskaskia Valley. IL
Someone did an article on this awhile back in FFG or Trapper. They talked to an engineer and said leaving springs compressed makes no difference at all.
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#95473 - 02/17/07 01:24 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: woodsrunner]
coonman22 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 185
Loc: NE Iowa
i think i rember reading this,it may have been in hal sullivans article? i agree it does not make a noticable difference,when you buy new traps,they are not going to compress and hook the springs on them, it is a lot easier on hands if you have many traps to leave hooks set, i have hand problems which comes from years of doing same kind of work in factory

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#95475 - 02/17/07 01:24 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: woodsrunner]
bctrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 567
Loc: Prince George, BC Canada
Spring steel is of high enough quality that any loss is not noticeable. However, I boil my traps almost every year. If you leave the spring depressed in boiling water, they will loose some of there strength. Guaranteed.

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#95637 - 02/17/07 03:16 PM Re: leaving connibear springs compressed [Re: bctrapper]
Dave Plueger Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 2396
Loc: Iowa (where the tall corn grow...
Mr Pete Askins of Sleepy Creek was a field tester for Victor for more years than most of us have been alive. He will tell you that tempered spring steel will not weaken when body grippers are stored compressed. he also states that the temp. of boiling water doesnt even come close to getting hot enough to change the strength of spring steel. If any one would know it would be Mr. Pete. From my experience I agree with him.

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