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Old 06-08-2009, 02:51 PM
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Fastraps

Installed a set a couple of weeks ago for a walk behind and they are awesome! One thing though I guess I didn't consider. I use my trailer to haul mulch once in a while. Once these things are installed it appears they cannot be removed unless you unscrew them due to the straps being fed through the chocks BEFORE you screw them down.

Anyone else run into this? Did you just through the mulch or dirt over top of them and let them get all nasty? Guess this is one of the drawbacks. DOH!!!
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:30 PM
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Not sure what you mean by putting the straps on before you screw the chocks down. I have no problem at all threading the straps through with them in place. At first I left the straps on which made it harder to shovel the mulch, now I take the straps off AND lay a tarp down before I have them fill it up.
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:03 PM
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Not sure what you mean by putting the straps on before you screw the chocks down. I have no problem at all threading the straps through with them in place. At first I left the straps on which made it harder to shovel the mulch, now I take the straps off AND lay a tarp down before I have them fill it up.

Well I guess what I'm saying is; I threaded the chocks with the straps before I screwed them down per the instructions. So, they are threaded through the bottom of the chocks which you can't really get to once installed. Does that make sense? Or, is there another way to thread them? It looks like I could maybe thread them like I initially did by going under the chocks and grabbing the strap tip with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Sorry to be possibly blowing something minor out of proportion.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:52 PM
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yes i ran into the same problem. Mine are also threaded through the back so its hard to take thme out.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:54 AM
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maybe you guys are not trying hard enough. I can remove and re-install them in a minute. Sure it's tight but it's really not hard at all.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:13 AM
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I agree you cannot re-strap the fastraps without un-screwing the chocks from the floor.
So, what I do is put down a big piece of cardboard over both the chocs/straps if I am hauling mulch/dirt/trimming debris. Not a perfect solution, but it works.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:09 AM
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Installed a set a couple of weeks ago for a walk behind and they are awesome! One thing though I guess I didn't consider. I use my trailer to haul mulch once in a while. Once these things are installed it appears they cannot be removed unless you unscrew them due to the straps being fed through the chocks BEFORE you screw them down.

Anyone else run into this? Did you just through the mulch or dirt over top of them and let them get all nasty? Guess this is one of the drawbacks. DOH!!!

I have a dump trailer for mulch jobs but used to use a tarp when I used my lawn trailer for hauling mulch and debris. I don't think the fastraps will mind being covered up...

I would also duct tape them in place under the tarp as well...just to eliminate sharp edges under the tarp...maybe even do a sheet of luan plywood over them to ensure you're not going to hack them up with the mulch fork??


B y the way I just installed my fastraps last week and I love them...!
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:29 AM
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I agree you cannot re-strap the fastraps without un-screwing the chocks from the floor.
So, what I do is put down a big piece of cardboard over both the chocs/straps if I am hauling mulch/dirt/trimming debris. Not a perfect solution, but it works.
I guess I could set-up my video camera and take a video clip of how easy it is to thread the straps through the chocks while bolted down. It's so easy a caveman could do it. It's all in manipulation of the strap.
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:19 PM
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I ran into this problem also. I can take my straps off or put them back on without removing the chocks in less than a minute or two. You just need a little pocket screwdriver and a pair of neednose pliers. I always take my back pack blower and blow the mulch out of the chocks before reinstalling.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:16 PM
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If you are really concerned you could use bolts so you would be able to take the chocks off the trailer deck
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