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#6537840 - 11/10/16 03:17 PM The Timer
dradkins Offline
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Registered: 06/04/12
Posts: 2
I bought some new feeders that have "The-Timer" in them. Everyone has spoke highly of them but everytime I go to lease they are froze up. I have not one but two doing this. I press the reset button and they seem to work for about a week and then they will freeze again. Anyone else have this problem or know of a solution other than taking them back?

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#6538014 - 11/10/16 04:57 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
JTS Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 317
Loc: Wichita Co.
I have 5 feeders with The Timer in them. They haven't given me any trouble other than the one the coon ripped out of the spinner box.

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#6538020 - 11/10/16 05:02 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
TxBuck Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 320
Been using them for years no problems, what exactly do you mean by freeze? A lot of times I have had the motor get in a bind with trash & dirt and not being able to spin. But never any problems with the timer itself.

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#6538033 - 11/10/16 05:12 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
Birdog62 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 450
Might check the battery leads and connections? confused2
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#6538037 - 11/10/16 05:15 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 3900
Loc: texas
I have one that acts similar to what you describe when the battery is low, and it reads 100% battery
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#6538201 - 11/10/16 06:50 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
603Country Online   content
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
And you might want to change out the backup battery. Seems like it's a AA. My Timer was acting up - not feeding - and someone on the forum suggested I change out that AA battery (or is it two?). No problems since I did that and used the reset.

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#6538377 - 11/10/16 08:22 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
Theringworm Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 325
I have 4 of them. All have had the same batteries in them for 4 years. Never a single problem. Agree with above. Check battery leads. Also might make sure one of the buttons isn't permanently "pushed in".

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#6538863 - 11/11/16 08:28 AM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
HogBranch Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/26/07
Posts: 310
Loc: Dallas, Tx
Change the internal batteries. Two AA inside the timer.

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#6538886 - 11/11/16 08:37 AM Re: The Timer [Re: HogBranch]
sqiggy Offline


Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1881
Loc: Franklin, Tx Hunt in Panola ...
Get the #'s off those timers and call their Customer Service. Was reading on another forum where there is a bad batch of them that got out. I too have some problems with a couple that I bought a few months ago. Haven't had time to call and get the numbers to see if mine are in that batch. Other than that, the rest have been top notch.
I'm adding a link to the discussion over the Timer. Hope this helps.
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=614480&highlight=timer


Edited by sqiggy (11/11/16 09:04 AM)

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#6538938 - 11/11/16 09:01 AM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3022
Loc: Conroe, TX
I've used "The Timer" for 20 years with no problems until my last trip.

The display on one of my units went out. Changed all the batteries and fuses with no luck. Will try to get a replacement soon
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#6543201 - 11/14/16 01:22 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
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Yea, they had a bad batch, I had 2 go bad. 5 year warranty and replaced no questions asked.
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#6543213 - 11/14/16 01:28 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3022
Loc: Conroe, TX
I pulled my "bad" timer from my hunting box yesterday to get it ready for a return to the dealer, but to my surprise the darn thing was working fine. I guess the bumpy ride home on the ranch road shook it back to working confused2
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#6543229 - 11/14/16 01:33 PM Re: The Timer [Re: titan2232]
Stompy Offline
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
I pulled my "bad" timer from my hunting box yesterday to get it ready for a return to the dealer, but to my surprise the darn thing was working fine. I guess the bumpy ride home on the ranch road shook it back to working confused2

I'd still replace it, if it went bad once, it'll do it again.
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#6543457 - 11/14/16 03:55 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 4979
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
a little fine sandpaper to the battery leads inside the Timer and put in fresh batteries.

I have been running these after having several HCRs quit working and didn't have time to get them fixed. I have about 12 feeders running year around with half with the Timer and half with HCR. I usually replace internal batteries mid/late summer even if indicator shows good on those without solar panels keeping the 6v or 12v motor batteries charged. I have replaced several HCRs but never had a problem with the Timer (been running those for 4-5 years now). I just dropped off 2 HCRs at the factory in Burnet, they were repairable, $15 since out of warranty (likely 12-15 years old).
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#6544838 - 11/15/16 01:23 PM Re: The Timer [Re: dradkins]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1014
Loc: Houston, TX
I've used them for years without a problem until last year. Bought 24, 18 were possessed. They'd reset to midnight and quit feeding. You could reset them and they'd work fine for awhile, then quit feeding again. Makes it hard to get all your deer on cameras when the feeders won't run consistently. Even harder to kill them.

I called West Texas Feeder Supply (who is the distributor) and they made no bones about it. They got a bad batch from the manufacturer. The number was big, but I can't recall exactly how many bad ones were sent out. WTFS sent me 18 brand new ones that weren't from the possessed batch and asked that I return the bad ones.

The manufacturer was supposed to be eating all the expense. Only thing is, WTFS has no way of knowing who got the bad ones so, if you did, give them a call and I'll bet they make it right.

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