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« on: November 17, 2017, 08:21:22 AM »

What are the best pliars for folding in the wire when installing crab pot funnels ? I am thinking a good heavy duty pair of needle nose?
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 11:14:35 AM »

gas pliers
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 12:27:07 PM »

They don't make them anymore so I had to buy a used pair from E-Bay. Thanks
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2017, 09:12:49 PM »

I use channel lock pliers.  I've built over 1K and by far the best way to fold/bend the wire.

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 05:38:29 PM »

Jack I received the gas pliers  today. They don't make them like that any more . They are better than heavy duty adjustable pliers like they make today in that they don't slip in the adjustment because there is no adjustment. I like them better for bending the corners on the main pieces to get them on the inside of the corners of the pot so they don't protrude as a snag point. Capt.  Ron I like the 6 1/2 in . channel  locks best for folding in the funnels because they fit inside the entire funnel and the angle of attack can be reversed to easily twist the wire. I also bought a pair if the smaller 4 1/2 crescent wrench channel lock style off set pliers plus I have the larger 10 in . channel locks. I think I've got every thing covered now. It's been many years since I made a crab pot and I'm tweeking the process to suit my needs . I've made 7 so far and learn a little bit on each pot to speed up the process . I changed the funnel hole pattern by adding the extra square mesh on the top corners like the bottom corners to get a more solid funnel fit. Then I wrap the funnel wire and bend in the corners at the same time to make a smooth transition for the funnel ramp.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 05:52:28 PM »

Guess I will have to take better care of the 2 I have.  Grin Maybe I'll stash one away for a rainy day. Wink Thanks for the heads up. They are my go to for just about every thing.  Cool
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