Tips & Support


Technical support for TRAP 185 SP14 2016



  • • The arming motor will not start

    • Power is not connected.
    • The circuit breaker is off or the fuse has blown.
    Move the switch marked “ON-OFF-UNCOCK” on the electrical control box to the “OFF” position. Remove the cover of the control box and check the fuses. If the fuse continues to blow, check the wiring and the power supply to locate the cause before continuing.
    • The electricity supply is insufficient (check with a voltmeter), i.e. battery is discharged or AC voltage below 200v.
    • Electrical connections are dirty or loose.
    • The arming motor is defective.
    • The electrical connections are incorrect (see Start-Up Instructions). In manual.
    Only proceed if the machine is uncocked
    • The cocking stud is in direct contact with the mainshaft spindle stud. The motor does not have enough power to bring the throwing arm into the cocked position and the circuit breaker (or fuse) will eventually blow. To correct this, push the throwing arm in a counter clockwise direction by about ½ inch. Re-start from the position “ON” and try again.
    • The electric command box is defective.
  • • The motor turns but does not cock the throwing arm.

    • The electricity supply is not sufficient (check with a voltmeter).
    • The throwing arm is blocked. (PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION!)
    • The gearbox mechanism does not work (the motor turns, but the main shaft does not turn).
    • The stud between the main spindle and the threaded eye bolt is broken.
    • The main shaft is broken.
  • • The machine is cocked but does not throw.

    • There is no electrical supply.
    • The main spring is broken.
    • The “Pull” switch or remote release system is not working.
    • The battery in the Optional Radio Control transmitter is exhausted and needs replacing.
    • The switch on the “ON-OFF-UNCOCK” is in the “OFF” position.

    The throwing arm is blocked by two clays or by fragmented clays.  WARNING: The throwing arm will be pressing against the targets with TREMENDOUS PRESSURE.  Uncock the trap using “Manual Uncocking”, be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS as the throwing arm will release VERY fast.  The clay(s) on the throwing plate will most probably shatter throwing target fragments in all directions.
    The throwing arm is bent or broken and subsequently jammed against some part of the trap e.g. the mobile throwing plate, the magazine base.  THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS CONDITION! As you cannot “re-cock” the machine the arm will have to be removed….Call LAPORTE for help. WITH SOLENOID (Skeet, Trap…….): Prior to 2015
    • There is too much pressure by the arm on the trigger.  Adjust the stopping of the arm.
    • 12V, 220V – adjust the potentiometer on the electronic card.
    WARNING: In order to manually uncock a machine with a solenoid press on to solenoid core.  Before proceeding, position the switch to “OFF” (be careful of clay fragments being thrown).
  • • The throwing arm does not stop throwing targets

    • The cocking circuit micro-switch is defective or out of adjustment and causes the cocking motor to run continually.
    • In 12 volt box, the relay is defective and sticks.   WARNING: THE MACHINE CONTINUES TO THROW CLAYS EVEN WHEN SWITCHED OFF.  It is imperative to disconnect the power supply.
    The “PULL” button is stuck, or the cable is damaged.  The button on the radio remote control is continually pressed (e.g. in a tool box, office drawer, pocket etc.).  Check by carefully disconnecting the receiver of the radio remote from the electronic control box.
    Another radio transmitter could be adjusted to the same frequency as the receiver and operate the machine.  Check by disconnecting the receiver of the radio remote from the electronic control box.  The electronic circuit on the control box could be defective.
  • • Abnormal noises.

    • Check all bolts for tightness.
    • The mainspring does not have sufficient tension on it, and the coils are touching each other: It is imperative that when the spring is at minimum tension the coils do not touch.  If they do, this could break the main body.
    • The one way bearing is worn out or damaged.
    • The throwing arm is bent and scrapes on the underside of the magazine support base plate or on the throwing plate.
    • The throwing plate is loose.
    • The magazine spindle needs greasing.
  • • The targets break immediately when thrown.

    • The targets were damaged prior to loading.
    • The targets were damaged during loading.
    • The throwing arm rubber is damaged or worn.
    • The throwing arm is bent.  It can be straightened without removing it.
    • Check that the throwing arm rubber is always at the same distance from the throwing plate throughout the entire radius over the throwing plate.  Uncock the throwing arm and disconnect the mainspring before this inspection and adjustment.
    • The throwing plate is damaged.  Check edges of plate for ‘nicks’ and file smooth if necessary.
    • The throwing plate is dirty or has clay target pitch build up resulting in the target not being located correctly in the launch position.  Clean with solvent or sand it.
    • The throwing plate is loose.
    • Check that there is nothing in the way of the target trajectory.
    • The safety guard is bent and gets in the way of the clay flight path.
    • A piece of broken clay is lodged on the throwing plate or shock absorbing plate.
    • The arm is not in contact with the clay and when the machine throws the arm hits the clay and breaks it.
    The throwing arm rubber should always be in contact with the clay before the machine cycles.
    • The one-way bearing is damaged and causes excessive oscillation.
    • The bearing on the throwing arm shaft has excessive clearance.
    • The main spring is not correctly adjusted or the rubber damper is not correctly installed.
    • Check ALL the causes in Section 8 below.
  • • Two clays fall and break on the plate.

    • The clays were broken before being loaded.
    • The clays were broken while loading.
    • The magazine support plate is dirty, damaged or bent.
    • Check that the shock absorbing plate is free and can vibrate.
    • The 6c target retainer leaf springs are damaged or incorrectly adjusted (too weak).
    • The clay separator knives are incorrectly adjusted.
  • • Two clays fall from the magazine at the same time.

    6 COLUMN MAGAZINE: The 6c target retainer leaf springs are damaged, loose or the pressure on the “springs” is insufficient. The position of the magazine base is too high with regards the magazine support base plate (the contact area between the target leaf spring rubber and the second clay is insufficient).
  • • The targets do not come out of the magazine.

    The targets are stuck together. Separate them before putting them in the magazine.
    Magazine rods are damaged or bent and are restricting the vertical movement of the target stack.
    The 6c target retainer leaf springs are bent or twisted thus blocking the first clay and prevent the column of clays from registering down.
    The magazine support base is damaged.
    The magazine assembly is twisted.
    The indexing finger does not move the magazine or its spring is damaged or incorrectly adjusted.
    Check the correct pressure of the indexing finger and its lubrication.

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