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#7000809 - 12/18/17 10:15 AM OnTime feeder motors
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Just curious if anyone else is having issues with these motors. We have been using them exclusively for several years, essentially because of the "lifetime" warranty. I currently run 4 of these plus some spares in storage. We haven't really had any issues except one. The "lip" on the aluminum spinner plate will separate and then flare out and hang up against the funnel. This won't let the motor spin, thus not throwing corn. I contacted them about a year ago and they told me that it was not covered under their lifetime warranty. This is the third motor this has happened to. Other than this, I am completely satisfied with their motors. Customer service on the other hand is a different story. We'll see what they say this time.




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#7000819 - 12/18/17 10:23 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
D'hanis Offline
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Registered: 09/28/17
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That's pretty interesting that it would happen just from spinning,or even a raccoon for that matter. Never anything that I've seen

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#7000832 - 12/18/17 10:32 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: D'hanis]
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Originally Posted By: D'hanis
That's pretty interesting that it would happen just from spinning,or even a raccoon for that matter. Never anything that I've seen


I am assuming its just fatigue. I haven't had a coon problem in years (knock on wood).
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#7000842 - 12/18/17 10:37 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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aluminum plate, bent sharp like that, is severely weakened at the bend when minimum bend radi is not observed;
this is a design/production FLAW! probably wouldn't be hard to research/prove it!


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#7001123 - 12/18/17 01:29 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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I use them also and have had this happen many times. Luckily my leases are within minutes of my house so I keep plenty of spares and change them out when this happens.

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#7001178 - 12/18/17 02:00 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
TAT Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
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If you would like to keep using those motors could you just put a better spin plate on there?
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#7001187 - 12/18/17 02:04 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
ctonsmitty Offline
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Registered: 12/14/09
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The bent spin plate problem has occurred to over half of the On Time's I USED to use and this occurred every season. I played this game for 2-3 years and then changed to Texas Hunter Products and Boss Buck. Texas Hunter are awesome (worth every penny) and the Boss Buck are still good (as we use these on the Boss Buck feeders because TX Hunter hole patterns don't match up)

Dump those On Time and get new feeders. You will be VERY happy you did

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#7001233 - 12/18/17 02:29 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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Originally Posted By: TAT
If you would like to keep using those motors could you just put a better spin plate on there?
I would love to, but see their response below...

Originally Posted By: ctonsmitty
The bent spin plate problem has occurred to over half of the On Time's I USED to use and this occurred every season. I played this game for 2-3 years and then changed to Texas Hunter Products and Boss Buck. Texas Hunter are awesome (worth every penny) and the Boss Buck are still good (as we use these on the Boss Buck feeders because TX Hunter hole patterns don't match up)

Dump those On Time and get new feeders. You will be VERY happy you did

I think I will certainly be looking for different ones when its time to replace.



This was their response to my email....


Dear Tyson,

I appreciate the time and effort that you made in emailing me about your concerns for the spinplate that you have been having and hope through this email address this issue.
We do not have control over the size of grain that is distributed by the spinplate. Most of our competitors have a motor that runs on a 6000 rpm range. This offers poor distribution as far as distance from your feeder is concerned. If you are using our Elite or digital feeder, those units carry 3 speeds at top speed of 10,000rpm , medium speed of 9,000 rpm and low speed of 6,000 rpm. This problem will not occur at below 6,000 rpm speed like our competitor.

The high speed over a period of time can cause fractures in the wings. Generally this occurs in one year at top speed, due to so many different variables for the weight of corn on the spinplate, size of corn, the rpms of distribution, length of run time and other different factors. Kind of like your tires on a car, you can run it at 90 mph or 50 mph.

So our recommendation would be to run if you want large distribution a smaller run time of 5 seconds at top speed. Then for addition output drop the speed down to 50 percent.

We also have a spinplate that is made of galvanized steel as used on our bumper buddy spreader. We have had no fractures on this spinplate but the ramifications of using this spinplate is lower battery life and it runs harder on your motor and plus the galvanized spinplate has 3 times the weight of the regular aluminum spinplate.

As you can see there are many different variables available. But perhaps in understanding of how the rpms and material that we have chosen (steel or aluminum) have a great deal to with the longevity of spinplate.

At on time On Time we offered a poly carbonite plate which we never had problems using. But many customers complained about the varmints chewing on it. So we went with the aluminum to alleviate the chewing problem. In our opinion that was one of the best ever that we made. We have made these under special requests but rest assured there may be some chewing! The lifetime guarantee was on those many years ago. The aluminum spinplate for which we replaced it with which was over 10 years ago are not covered.

Last but not least we recommend on all feeders to have a gap between the funnel and aluminum spinplate to be 3/8 inch. That is where you get the maximum performance out of your feeder. Where if this is not followed only 1/8 inch different will cause 50percent more out put of grain causing more wear and tear on the motor.

If you have any further questions you can call 318 255 1834 Hours 8-4 Monday thru Thursday Central time. We will be closed Friday and Monday for the holidays. Thanks LaVerne On Time customer service representative



So, if I am reading this correctly....

1. Their product is better because it runs at a higher RPM.
2. Because their motor runs at a higher RPM, it causes the spinner plate to fail.
3. To fix the issue, I have to run the motor at a lower RPM. So now, according to them, I have an inferior product.
4. I can also solve the issue with a steel spinner plate, but this causes the motors to fail.
5. They have something that will fix the issue, but the squirrels and coons eat it.
6. This is not covered under the "lifetime" warranty.

Please tell me if you read it differently.
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#7001471 - 12/18/17 04:32 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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look.....I dealt with the lady over at On Time and bought parts each year. It's a maintenance nightmare getting parts, but worse yet, is getting to your feeder and finding it hasn't thrown corn in days or even weeks (because of spin plate breaks and gets hung up)

Do yourself a favor and cut bait with On Time and go with proven feeders (even if it cost you a little up front). All the choices below throw more and farther

RUN 12 volt system w/ solar panel
Choice #1 Texas Hunter slingers, you won't have a problem for years to come.....FACT!!
Choice #2 All Seasons with the Timer
Choice #3 Boss Buck

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#7001495 - 12/18/17 04:51 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
ctonsmitty Offline
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and one more thing....based on the top picture your seal around the feeder lip is dry rotted. When you pull the old spinner plate, you might pull the cap off and in that case will have to re-seal the lip (yep....get to call the lady to get the seal they have custom made and be careful you might pull the wires from the motor and if this happens you will need to solder them back to the motor

I guess you can tell this topic gets me fired up.....I've had it with that POS slinger

I've got 4-5 of them collecting dust in my garage

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#7002427 - 12/19/17 10:16 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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I tell you what, ctonsmitty, since you have them just sitting around collecting dust and you think they are a POS, why don't I take them off your hands. I don't have a problem using them- my farthest lease is 35 miles away so checking them frequently is not a problem for me. I have changed spinner plates several times and have a local place that repairs them for just a $10 fee. Not trying to start anything- just looking at a possible opportunity to pick up some extra spinner motors and help you stay in the good graces of the spouse by cleaning something out of the garage...

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#7002448 - 12/19/17 10:30 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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I have used On Time feeders for about 17 years now and have never had any major issues. As far as customer service i have no complaints and the lady that I have dealt with in the past was very helpful and polite. I had a solar timer that I kept have issues with and decided that I wanted to convert it regular battery usage etc... I called OT and talked to them about what I wanted to do etc.. I shipped it to them and had it back within about 10 days or so. I dont remember what they charged me but it was not that much. I have never had an issue with spin plate.

If you want to unload a few of feeders let me know ..

Regards
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#7003811 - 12/20/17 07:00 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: LG]
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Originally Posted By: LG
I have used On Time feeders for about 17 years now and have never had any major issues. As far as customer service i have no complaints and the lady that I have dealt with in the past was very helpful and polite. I had a solar timer that I kept have issues with and decided that I wanted to convert it regular battery usage etc... I called OT and talked to them about what I wanted to do etc.. I shipped it to them and had it back within about 10 days or so. I dont remember what they charged me but it was not that much. I have never had an issue with spin plate.

If you want to unload a few of feeders let me know ..

Regards


I may eventually phase them out. I will surely let you know!
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#7004112 - 12/20/17 09:53 AM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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I've been running them for years and have had the same problem a bunch of times. I keep several extra spin plates to change out when it does. I will someday replace them all together for something better but just haven't got around to it.

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#7004422 - 12/20/17 01:05 PM Re: OnTime feeder motors [Re: jrfan]
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