Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
orlandowiebe, Z-man65, LWH, BigHit, Sifat
60476 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 77503
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 43788
BOBO the Clown 41122
BMD 40539
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 33685
bill oxner 32681
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 30571
facebook
Forum Stats
60476 Members
45 Forums
476169 Topics
6246410 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#5850275 - 07/27/15 12:41 PM First feeder
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
I think I want a raised tripod style feeder. Don't think I'll get a winch and I'm kind of price sensitive but don't want to get junk.

I've seen some 55 gal tripod feeders that have the funnel but nothing else for $120
I guess that would need to add:
- Motor/Spinner plate
- Varmint cage
- timer
- Battery
- maybe a charger

Or I could buy a complete ready to roll unit like All Seasons. They have an affordable one for about $230 and an upgraded one for ~$450

Help me figure out how to move forward without wasting money.

Thanks
_________________________

Top
#5850352 - 07/27/15 01:35 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
Reloder28 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 276
Loc: Deer Park, Tx
Sweeney

http://www.sweeneyfeeders.com/product/scatter-feeder-300-lb/

Worth every penny. Add a varmint cage adequately mounted and you're set. I have had mine for 16 years. Works every time.
_________________________
"You ain't never gonna catch Geronimo. He's as much a part of this desert as the cactus & sunset shadows."

Top
#5850391 - 07/27/15 01:55 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
TxAg Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 3254
Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
Based on-hard won experience, you want:

-At least 300lb capacity
-Metal body and lid (avoid plastic)
-Metal funnel or galvanized body with funnel built-in
-12V setup
-Reliable timer (the heart of any feeder)
-Solar panel to keep the battery topped off for reliability. The fewer exposed wires, the better
-If coons or cows are a problem where you hunt you either need a cage, or an Eliminator spin plate.

This can all be had for ~$350.

Just remember, if it can climbed on, the coons will climb on it and hang from it. If it is prone to rust, it will. If there is a weak point in the legs or leg brackets, they will break. Buy good stuff the first time and you don't have to worry about it later.


Edited by TxAg (07/27/15 01:58 PM)
_________________________
http://www.weaverbilt.com/
Custom Feeders and Fiberglass Blinds

Top
#5850569 - 07/27/15 03:45 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
Pitchfork Predator Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 10847
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Cry once purchase decision.

Anything you get in your desired price range will not last and let you down after your 4.5 hour drive. Not worth the savings.

I would follow TxAg's advice and he has quality for the price your paying.

I recommend the stand and fill models with a good pen around them. They last a long time and you will never hurt yourself filling them up. They are also very easy to move and set up.
_________________________
Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920

Top
#5851341 - 07/28/15 12:31 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
So are those all seasons any good?

If you had the bare feeder what would you outfit it with?
_________________________

Top
#5851415 - 07/28/15 06:12 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
Pitchfork Predator Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 10847
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Can't go wrong with an All Seasons. The Timer control box and solar panel, along with a coon cage is what you would want to outfit a bare feeder it with.

TxAg above will have any of these options available to you at a very fair price. up
_________________________
Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920

Top
#5857403 - 07/31/15 04:25 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TxAg]
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
Originally Posted By: TxAg
Based on-hard won experience, you want:

-At least 300lb capacity
-Metal body and lid (avoid plastic)
-Metal funnel or galvanized body with funnel built-in
-12V setup
-Reliable timer (the heart of any feeder)
-Solar panel to keep the battery topped off for reliability. The fewer exposed wires, the better
-If coons or cows are a problem where you hunt you either need a cage, or an Eliminator spin plate.

This can all be had for ~$350.

Just remember, if it can climbed on, the coons will climb on it and hang from it. If it is prone to rust, it will. If there is a weak point in the legs or leg brackets, they will break. Buy good stuff the first time and you don't have to worry about it later.


How can I get one near Austin or Paris?
_________________________

Top
#5857939 - 07/31/15 09:57 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
TxAg Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 3254
Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
PM sent your way TexasED
_________________________
http://www.weaverbilt.com/
Custom Feeders and Fiberglass Blinds

Top
#5878838 - 08/14/15 03:43 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
ATX_Hunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/10/13
Posts: 43
All of my All Seasons Feeders work great. Zero Complaints so far. Good luck!

Top
#5896871 - 08/26/15 09:05 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
I got set up with a feeder from a buddy but without the control unit.

Anyone used this one?

http://www.thecybershack.com/mm5/merchan...egory_Code=CTRL

Looks like it has the features that would be important.
What's the difference between 6V and 12 V, how far it throws?

How long should the battery last? What conditions make the solar panel essential?
_________________________

Top
#5896909 - 08/26/15 09:27 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
TxAg Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 3254
Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
That is a good box, though I prefer a galvanized body for longevity. I use the same timer in my builds.

12V will both throw farther, and last longer due to more-robust components.

Battery run time will vary depending on how much you feed and how often. But, a solar panel is really a no-brainer. A good 12V solar-charged system, oriented S or SW, should provide years of operation with very little maintenance. Without a solar panel, you are rolling the dice that your feeder will go off every time unless you are diligent about checking battery levels. Not worth the gamble for ~$30 cost?

You can buy the control unit with the panel already mounted to the box with no exposed wires, which will reduce coon destruction. This means all you need to do is attach the box to your feeder and you're good to go. I sell them, as do others.
_________________________
http://www.weaverbilt.com/
Custom Feeders and Fiberglass Blinds

Top
#5897896 - 08/26/15 07:26 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
titan2232 Online   content
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3022
Loc: Conroe, TX
www.usafeeders.com

Good people and grade A products. Been dealing with these guys for the past 15 years.
_________________________


Top
#5898026 - 08/26/15 08:31 PM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
rattler03 Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 769
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
I'm sure most on here will disagree with me about this, but if you are looking for an affordable feeder I'd look at Moultree. We've had some that are over 15 years old and they're still working just fine. If you go this route, don't get the photocell (solar) timer that is supposed to throw corn at sunup and an hour before sundown. They don't throw at the right times in my experience. The programmable timer doesn't cost much more, though. The feeders usually come with legs that you piece together (several pieces that fit together to form one tripod leg), these work fine but I like to get 9 or 10' metal pipes to get the feeder further off the ground and to be more sturdy. You could definitely get a fancier feeder, but for the price I think Moultree makes some pretty good feeders.
_________________________
Walk the night, travel light, cross the Rio Grande
Someone strums a mandolin, soft gulf breezes blow
My new life is waiting in old Mexico
-Robert Earl Keen

Top
#5898579 - 08/27/15 08:13 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
bholt Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/28/06
Posts: 669
Loc: Georgetown,TX
If I can help feel free to call just right around the corner.

Top
#5898634 - 08/27/15 08:44 AM Re: First feeder [Re: TexasEd]
Cast Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 14901
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
Get a Monarch.
_________________________
Cast



I have a short attention spa

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide