Long story short....I have to get a feeder set up and going on a property in Oklahoma this weekend.
Not looking to spend a bunch of money now; I'm simply going to upgrade next year and have this as a secondary.
1. Minimum 55gal(or equivalent)
2. Easy/reliable digital timer
3. Solar panel capable(either comes with or can be attached)
4. Be able to purchase it off the shelf...(Prefer academy)
You should have listed a specific price range.
Most all of the 55 gal feeders will work. The problem I have always had with them is the (motor/timers)
If you want a great off the shelf feeder then "All Seasons" would be a great one because they have a great Timer/motor. Some Buccees have them in stock.
I now only use 12 volt motors. Nothing worse than going out to hunt and have your feeder not working for the last couple of weeks.
I also like Metal construction of the feeder (I had a plastic one break out the bottom years ago after adding 300lb of corn to it)
So if buying from Academy: (I would plan to replace the timer/motor before the next season or two so you are only really buying the container to put the corn in, the Moultrie and wildGame Inovations timers are junk most of the time)
1. $199.99 Moultrie Pro Hunter 55-Gallon Tripod Feeder
2. $319.99 Game Winner® 600-lb Big "A" Feeder (I hate Game Winner but this feeder is nice)
3. all of the under $99 ones from academy are about the same , plastic barrels, similar timers as the above.
If you don't mind having some assembly I really like the Big A with the below control box (if you get this assemble it in your garage at home, it will transport nicely upside down in the back of your truck.
The size is nice especially if you don't make it out very often and it has a platform to stand on when filling it)
If you want something quick to throw up then the Moultrie.
I would make plans to replace the control box (timer/motor) with the following All Seasons.
12 VOLT EVOLUTION CONTROL UNIT ($ 149.00_) http://www.allseasonsfeeders.com/collect...on-control-unit
I now its hard to spend this much on a control box when many feeders don't cost this much, but I've has too many bad experience with the cheapo timers/motors over the years
I've also had the stock motors/timers work fine for a few years, Its just a gamble if its going to freeze up on you.
If your just needing a cheap feeder most of the $99 feeders are about the same. They can work but longevity will be in question.