Sleepy Creek Traps
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SCM Product Information

Hinge Bolts

Trap Pan Hinge Bolts on #3 and #4 size SCM traps are stainless steel with brass nuts. All other SCM traps have brass bolts and nuts. Since the year 2000, all SCM traps have two flats on the pan bolt to prevent accidental loss of the nut.

Pans and Crosses

One-piece Pans and Crosses are available on all SCM traps. Although slightly increasing the tooling costs to produce these traps, the cleverly designed gussets greatly improve trap strength. The notch in the one-piece pan allows the exact dog engagement to be seen. It also helps SCM to control costs which would otherwise be passed on to the trapper.

Proper Trap Design

Varied conditions faced by the trapper are largely offset by the proper trap design. Metal fits, that at first glance seem awful, are actually things of beauty when analyzed.
For instance, at conventions we have set many traps with .005 dog/pan engagements to prove what "out of the box traps" with the burr filed off the dog, can do. All this with square axle jaws fitting round sloppy holes, dogs with a large eye and pan pivot holes with .022 slop! The square axle jaws continually remove rust. The dog eye centers on a sharp edge. Pulling the pan down level after setting negates the .022 hole slop.
Now, take a trap made with precision fits complete with bearings. It would look and work really nice right out of the box. Put that same trap through boiling, waxing, dying, rain, mud, beating around in a pick-up, soaking in water high in tannic acid (marshes) for a couple weeks, being walked on by cattle, etc., not to mention trap working temperature ranges from -60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That trap would require almost daily maintenance, besides the original cost of $50 to $100 each.
Muriatic Acid is not recommended to clean traps. It will quickly attack hardened steel (traps springs). While a rinse in baking soda will neutralize the acid, it may not be 100% effective.
We recommend long spring traps be set by hand or with a trap setter. Foot setting is not recommended, as spring damage may result.

Long Spring Traps

Pull Test Results
Pull Testing information should give trappers 'food for thought.' Many trappers have no idea of chain strength. Occasionally, when faced with a broken chain, a trapper will call the factory citing 'faulty chain.' This instance happened a few years ago, and turned out to be a 'snatch and jerk' by a four-wheeler in an orchard.
We hope you never have an unexplained problem on your trapline.  But if you do, perhaps the pull test results will help diagnose what actually happened.  All traps tested were SCM.  No other brands were tested, nor is further testing planned at this time.  J-Hooks and Chain are also SCM products.  The only products out-sourced are nuts, bolts, rivets and chain.

Pull Testing