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« on: September 15, 2017, 10:15:09 PM »

Anyone using these?  Could start a stampede away from conventional/topless/box/unicorn ring?

http://www.floordoorcrabtrap.com/
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 11:30:18 PM »

Too costly for most crabbers. Good idea, but as is...too costly.  Invenor says better materials cost more.  True, but very few people will pay $30/each for an unrigged crab trap.  Great idea/bad marketing plan.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 06:27:40 AM »

If you wanted to try to make your own, I think the principle could be duplicated with a simple cylinder and disk using wire mesh of 2 different sizes: 1 - big enough to admit crabs on bottom part of cylinder; 2 - small enough to keep them from escaping on top part of cylinder and disk. A possible issue could exist with the disk sticking in a "cocked" position when retrieving the trap and allowing crabs to escape, so some experimentation with the design might be required. I already have an idea for a variation that might solve that. Sort of raises a question that I have had for a while when thinking about building my own "pot" or "hotel" type traps: is mesh size the only variable in what size crab can escape? In other words, if I only wanted crabs 5" (or 5-1/2" or 6") and larger, are there "magic" mesh sizes for a pot that would retain those crabs and allow all others to escape?
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 07:40:42 AM »

  Don't look like they would stack very well, take a lot of room in a boat to haul 20 or so.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 07:04:30 AM »

Brilliant .  A crab can't climb out on the way up and no doors to worry about malfunctioning . If they prove to catch more crabs, are easy to take apart and fit stacked in a boat, crab trappers wouldn't worry too much about the price. More crabs means more money saved and that is the real bottom line. If nothing on them doesn't rust they should last a lifetime. I think some crabbers will try a few with their other traps before they pass along judgement . "It also says they come apart to be stack stored " It appears the nut on the bottom of the cage can be unscrewed to remove the bolt and take apart the cage in 2 pieces to be stacked .  Then the tops can be stacked inside each other  and the bottoms stack on top of each other. If this is how they come apart for stacking, a nylon threaded wing nut used on the bottom would eliminate the use of a wrench . If the traps don't work you could hang a light bulb in them and use them as a conversation piece overhead light in you shed, garage, porch, etc. Good light bulb safety protectors.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 09:28:50 PM »

Good light bulb safety protectors.

For $30 each (in NJ pickup only)?  Expensive protection!   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 10:06:42 PM »

No thanks, my unicorn traps work just fine!
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 04:27:35 AM »

You can't buy any now anyway. They're sold out until next shipment arrives.
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2017, 01:34:35 AM »

I have a grill grate from a Smokey Joe grill that would work for the bottom, have to form the top out of something like a grill lid.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 12:06:46 PM »

Good idea, but watch, someone's going to make the same thing out of thinner gauge wire, that is collapsible and run it to the bank. I'm imagining one of those South Bend type companies would do this within a year and then market it at half their cost.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2018, 12:42:48 AM »

Samething I thought when they first arrived.  Manufacturer was too arrogant.  Great idea, but bad marketing.  Patent owner told me that customer would pay more for higher quality, WRONG!  Not everyone.  In MD, if you are running 30 traps.  At the initial price of about $30 unrigged, that would be $900.  The average recreational crabbers are not willing to pay that much for unrigged traps that don't easily stack.
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 09:25:19 AM »

Simple concept and they look well built. You can easily see how they would work well!

But I agree with everything that Russ said above!
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