As a young boy starting to trap, I knew nothing about pan tension and not much else at the time.
In my mind, I wanted to get the pan as low as I could. I did this by bending the end of the pan downward and bringing the loose jaw up, and placing a stone under each corner. My thought was, the lower the pan, the more committed the animal was when he put his foot down. Thus you would have a good solid foot catch instead of toe catches.
In later years, while working on not hundreds but thousands of traps in my custom modification business, I always daydreamed about someday making my own trap.
In the mid 1990s, I took the time to start working on my project. This is where a combination of my coyote trapping experience and knowledge of working on a variety of traps kicked in. I knew exactly what I wanted.
When restoring some old Diamond brand traps for a customer, I could see the potential speed for using a wire lever and spring combination. I wanted a dogless trap with a large, low, heavy-duty pan with total tension control. I was tired of cows bending the pans and the coyotes twisting the dogs out of shape.
I also wanted the jaws riveted in to eliminate the jaw tips breaking and popping out of the frame; and a heavy duty base so the frame wouldn't bend. I felt the pads on different rubber padded traps that I used were too soft and with inadequate spring pressure which caused pull-outs, snapped traps, etc., and I was totally unsatisfied.
I designed my rubber pad with straight-lined grooves and a higher, firmer density. The pads could be easily removed. All the parts were cut out with a hacksaw and all the bending done by hammer and vice until I came up with a trap to my satisfaction.
My first prototype was named the Coyote "Jake"™ Trap. Named Jake, after my first grandchild.
I designed this trap strictly for myself.
The Coyote Jake™ Trap — The Toughest Coyote and Cat Trap on the Market — Rigged to Go!
Features a dogless trap with double gun notch. Large heavy-duty pan with adjustments for pan tension and for high or low pan. Special 4-coil wire lever springs made from the best grade music wire available to produce both POWER and SPEED. Jaws are riveted to base and have 3/16" Thicker Jaw addition and smooth rounded jaw edges. The loose jaw lays flat!
Made by a trapper. Only a limited number will be made each year due to my trapping.
Click on the link for a close-up picture of the Jake™ Trap features:
• Pan & Trigger System - Important to Read
• Rubber Pad
• Flat Loose Jaw
• Riveted Jaws
• Stone Gap
• Heavy Duty Baseplate Hook-up
• Crunch Proof Swivel & T-Bar
• Double Stake Ring
The jaws are designed to accept specially designed rubber pads that are included, making the Jake™ Trap the most versatile trap on the market.
Heavy-duty center D-ring baseplate rigged with three MB Crunchproof swivels or Rod Swivels, welded link chain, tough T-Bar™ Shock Spring and a Chesnut double stake ring.
Jaw Spread Measurements
Inside 5-5/8" - With Rubber Pads
Coyote Jake™ Trap - Rod Swivel Rig
Customer pays all shipping on Jake™ Traps. Call or e-mail for quote.
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Jake traps are available with our Rod swivels or the MB Crunchproof swivels
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Coyote Jake™ Trap - MB Swivel Rig
$1.00 - Pair
$35.00 - Each
$195.00 - Half dozen
$370.00 - Dozen
$36.00 - Each
$200.00 - Half dozen
$380.00 - Dozen
Pad Changing Tool
$2.25 - Each
Now a new and easy way to set your Jake traps.
All Aluminum - Strong and light weight!
Designed for wire lever traps with center hookup but also works well on metal lever traps and end hookup.
Sets #1-1/2's to #4 coil spring traps. Setter includes 2 sets of stainless Quick Links. The medium quick links for the: Jake Trap - MB 650 - Sterling 600
The longer quick links for the: 1 1/2's thru #4's - MB 550
$85.00 - Each plus all shipping
Select the group of traps from the drop down order box that you'll mostly use the setter for, and we'll set it up with the right quick link!