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February 2011
Life Stages Single Door and iCrate?: A side-by-side comparison.

December 2010
Double Door iCrate vs. Life Stages?: This table is very useful for those that like to see the numbers.

November 2010
Need a replacement pan?: Follow these directions if you are not sure which one you need.
Championship Collection Replacement Pans: We have Replacement Pans for the Midwest Championship Series.
Can I Join Together Two Exercise Pens?: You can, and here is some more information about how to do it.
What About Heavy Duty Dog Crates?: They are available, but maybe you should look at the reasons before purchasing.

 

October 2009
Two Dogs in One Crate?: It can be done, but we do advise caution, and maybe you should consider a three door model.
Great Dane Dog Crates: Yes, we have crates available for your giant breed dog.
We Have Pans for the 89Z: The trick is to measure before you buy.

February 2009
Save Money with the Free Divider Panel: How does it prevent you from buying multiple crates?

January 2009
iCrate or Life Stages Dog Crate?: What is the difference between these two dog crate models?
Dog Crates Made in USA: Yes, really! These are extra sturdy folding crates made in Indiana.
You Have a Bunch of 48" Dog Crates!: So ... what's the difference?
Solutions 54" Ginormus Double Door Dog Crate: At last a giant dog crate with a side door!

December 2008
Canine Camper vs. Day Tripper: What is the difference between these two soft crates?
Announcing: MuttFence.com: Wireless, electric and underground dog fences and receiver collars by PetSafe and Innotek.
Midwest K9 Kennels: Chain Link Dog Kennels: Safe, secure outdoor containment.
Select 1300TD: The Crate With Removable Doors: Removable doors? What's that about?

November 2008
Price Increases: What's Changed?
Why Crate Train Your Dog?: It's humane and effective
Midwest iCrates: What is an iCrate?

October 2008
Product Updates: Canine Campers, Day Trippers, Vehicle Barriers.
Life Stages, DD and UL: The differences between the different Midwest Life Stages models.
Midwest Dog Crate Pans: About the ABS plastic pan in your crate.
Three Door Dog Crates: The most veratile of dog crates.

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MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

How Do the Life Stages Single Door Crate and iCrate Compare?

We wrote two previous entries about the differences between the iCrate and Life Stages crates and the iCrate and Life Stages Double Door crates. You may want to check out those articles also. This article completes the series goes into more detail about the differences between the single door versions of the iCrate and Life Stages crates.

In short, model for model, although they are designed for similar situations, the Life Stages crates are heavier than the comparable iCrate and they feel more substantial when compared side-by-side.

Life Stages Single Door Dog Crate Compared to the iCrate

And now for the numbers. The table below lists each of the double door models available and provides some significant statistics. The crates are listed side-by-side for models starting at 22".

Property Life Stages Single Door iCrate Single Door
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches
Life Stages 1622
22"L x 13"W x 16"H
1½" x 4¼"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
10 lbs
One latch
iCrate 1522
22"L x 13"W x 16"H
1½" x 4¼"
3, 7, 9, 12
9 lbs
One latch
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
Life Stages 1624
24"L x 18"W x 21"H
1½" x 4½"
3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12
16 lbs
Two Latches
iCrate 1524
24"L x 18"W x 19"H
1½" x 4¼"
3, 7, 9, 12
14 lbs
One latch
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
Life Stages 1630
30"L x 21"W x 24"H
1½" x 5⅛"
3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12
21 lbs
Two Latches
iCrate 1530
30"L x 19"W x 21"H
1½" x 4½"
3, 7, 8, 9, 11
18 lbs
One latch
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
Life Stages 1636
36"L x 24"W x 27"H
1½" x 5⅛"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
30 lbs
Two Latches
iCrate 1536
36"L x 23"W x 25"H
1½" x 5½"
3, 7, 9, 11
22 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
Life Stages 1642
42"L x 28"W x 31"H
1½" x 5½"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
42 lbs
Two Latches
iCrate 1542
42"L x 28"W x 30"H
1½" x 5½"
3, 7, 9, 11
32 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
Life Stages 1648
48"L x 30"W x 33"H
1½" x 6"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
48 lbs
Two Latches
iCrate 1548
48"L x 30"W x 33"H
1½" x 6"
3, 7, 9, 10
40 lbs
Two Latches

MONDAY, DEC. 06, 2010

The iCrate Double Door and the Life Stages Double Door Seem Similar - What's the Difference?

We wrote a previous entry about the differences between the iCrate and Life Stages crates and you may want to check out that article first. This article goes into more detail about the differences between the double door versions of the iCrate and Life Stages crates.

Our opinion is that the Life Stages crate is a tougher and more durable product, and that the differences are significant beyond how they appear on paper. For example, the wire pieces that hold the crate together (they clip over the top and sides at the front and back) are much longer on the Life Stages crate.

Our experience is that this makes it much harder for a dog to exploit the folding mechanism and escape from the crate. If you think your dog may be a bit of a Houdini, we recommend the Life Stages model.

Side-by-Side Comparison Table, Double Door iCrate and Life Stages

And now for the numbers. The table below lists each of the double door models available and provides some significant statistics. The crates are listed side-by-side for models starting at 22".

Property iCrate Double Door Life Stages Double Door
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches
iCrate 1522DD
22"L x 13"W x 16"H
1½" x 5"
3, 6, 7, 9, 12
10 lbs
One latch
Life Stages 1622DD
22"L x 13"W x 16"H
1½" x 4½"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
10 lbs
One latch
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
iCrate 1524DD
24"L x 18"W x 19"H
1½" x 5"
3, 6, 7, 9, 12
15 lbs
One latch
Life Stages 1624DD
24"L x 18"W x 21"H
1½" x 4½"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
16 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
iCrate 1530DD
30"L x 19"W x 21"H
1½" x 5"
3, 6, 7, 9, 12
19 lbs
One latch
Life Stages 1630DD
30"L x 21"W x 24"H
1½" x 5⅛"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
21 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
iCrate 1536DD
36"L x 23"W x 25"H
1½" x 5"
3, 6, 7, 9, 12
24 lbs
Two Latches
Life Stages 1636DD
36"L x 24"W x 27"H
1½" x 5⅛"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
30 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
iCrate 1542DD
42"L x 28"W x 30"H
1½" x 7⅞"
3, 6, 7, 9
35 lbs
Two Latches
Life Stages 1642DD
42"L x 28"W x 31"H
1½" x 5½"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
42 lbs
Two Latches
Model:
Size:
Mesh:
Wire Gauge:
Weight:
#Latches:
iCrate 1548DD
48"L x 30"W x 33"H
1½" x 7⅞"
3, 6, 7, 9
43 lbs
Two Latches
Life Stages 1648DD
48"L x 30"W x 33"H
1½" x 6"
3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
48 lbs
Two Latches

MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

I Need a Replacement Pan for my Midwest Crate, but How Do I Identify It?

Most likely this question is being asked because you are not sure which model crate you have. This is OK, since we should be able to identify the correct pan from finding out a few things about your crate.

The following information is required:

Crate Style: There are two basic types of crate style.

Folding Crates: These crates fold down without tools and without any disassembly. The panels are all joined together and the crate can be folded, but the panels can not be separated.

Folding Crate Folding Sequence

Drop Pin Crates: These crates do not fold down, but can be disassembled. They have long pins in the corner (called drop pins) that secure the panels together. In order to disassemble the crates, you must remove the pins and all the panels separate and come apart.

Drop Pin Crate Corner

Outside Crate Dimensions: Obtain these measurements with your crate assembled and we need the outside measurements - imagine a box that fits over your crate.

Crate Length: This is the longest horizontal dimension.

Crate Width: This is the shorter of the horizontal measurements.

Crate Height: In a few cases, this is the only way to tell two different crates apart.

I Have the Information, What's Next?

Folding Crates: Select Pan by Folding Crate Size.
Note that there are special types of folding crates called “SUV Crates”.

Drop Pin Crates: Select Pan by Drop Pin Crate Size.
Note that there is a special category of drop pin crates called “Giant Crates”.


MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Can I Get a Replacement Pan for my Midwest Championship Collection 500, 600, or 700 Series?

The Midwest Championship Collection were folding dog crates available in a range of finishes and sizes. There are three basic series that were available: 500 Series Gold Finish, the 600 Series Bright Zinc Finish, and the 700 Series Black Electro-Coat Finish. The crates were available in sizes for dogs 11 - 110 lbs.

Championship Collection 500 Series Championship Collection 600 Series Championship Collection 700 Series
Midwest Championsip Collection 500 Series Crate Midwest Championsip Collection 600 Series Crate Midwest Championsip Collection 700 Series Crate
Model 506
36"L x 24"W x 28"H
Model 606DD
36"L x 24"W x 28"H
Model 710BK
48"L x 30"W x 35"H

The table below lists the Midwest Championship Collection Models, Dimensions and the Compatible Replacement Tray. Clicking on the pan link will take you to the correct product.

Models Crate Size Pan Model
502
602
702BK
24"L x 18"W x 21"H Model 6 Pan
502, 602 & 702BK
504
604
704BK
30"L x 21"W x 24"H Model 7 Pan
504, 604 & 704BK
506
606
606DD
706BK
36"L x 24"W x 28"H Model 8 Pan
506, 606, 606DD & 706BK
508
608
608DD
708BK
42"L x 28"W x 32"H Model 9 Pan
508, 608, 608DD & 708BK
510
610
710BK
48"L x 30"W x 35"H Model 10 Pan
510, 610 & 710BK

Click on the following link to see the range of pans available for the Midwest Championship Collection:

Replacement Pans for the Championship Collection


MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Can I Join Together More Than One Exercise Pen?

Midwest Exercise Pens are a great solution for containing your pet. They each have eight panels, each panel is 24" wide, making the panel sixteen (16) linear feet.

The panels are attached together using clips that function as hinges, allowing the panels to be folded back and forth into almost any shape you desire.

Eight Panels - Open Ended

The pen is open ended, which means that you can stretch it out for the full sixteen (16) feet. This makes the pen very flexible because you can deploy it into a number of shapes, and it allows you to clip two pens together.

How Do the Pens Attach Together?

Each of the Exercise Pens comes with four (4) slide clips that allow you to close the pen. Using these clips, you simply clip together as many pens as you need.

Midwest Black E-Coat Pen With Door - Model 552-30DR

Three Styles, Five Sizes

Midwest Pens are available in three styles: Gold Zinc with Door, Black Electro Coat With Door, and Black Electro Coat Without Door. Each pen has eight 24"W panels and the pens vary in height by model from 24"H to 48"H.

Midwest Exercise Pens


MONDAY, NOV. 08, 2010

Heavy Duty Dog Crates

This is a subject that comes up a lot. In many cases, a requirement for a heavy duty crate is due to behavioral, or owner issues rather than a problem with the crate. Dogs that are well socialized, exercised, and not kept in the crate for too long will, in general, be better behaved.

You may want to consider these issues prior to purchasing a heavy duty crate. The crates we sell are fit for purpose, but they are not indestructible and are intended to supplement a good crate and dog training regimen rather than fix a particular behavior problem.

Reasons for Wanting a Heavy Duty Model

There are still many reasons for you consider a heavy duty crate. Some dogs can become alarmed by a knock at the door, a thunderclap, or from another unexpected stimulation. Rescue dogs can carry trauma and require special handling.

The heaviest duty crate we currently carry is the Midwest Ultima Pro Heavy Duty Triple Door Folding Dog Crate.

Midwest Ultima Pro Triple Door Folding Dog Crate

The Ultima Pro is manufactured from heavier gauge wire equivalent to some of the older Midwest drop pin crate models. In addition, the spacing on the wire is closer together than on most of the other crates. It also features three doors, removable without tools, a divider panel, black ABS plastic pan, a crate training DVD, and fold and carry convenience.

Heavier and Stronger

To compare the Ultima Pro against the most commonly sold product - the iCrate Folding Dog Crates - the Ultima Pro is (in general) 50% heavier and the wire spacing is approximately 30% closer together. Both of these measurements contribute to the overall strength of the crate along with the heavier wire gauge.

For Dogs 11 - 110lbs

As usual, the Ultima Pro is available in a number of different models from the 724UP for dogs 11 -25lbs to the 748UP for dogs 91 - 110lbs. To view the Midwest Ultima Pro product, and to purchase one, just click on the link below.

Ultima Dog Crate



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