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Need Feeder Insight #7268708 08/27/18 02:33 PM
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Purchased the ASF Stand n Fill knock off from Bucee's (made by ASF but called EZ Feeder) for $399. Not quite as substantial as the ASF Stand n Fill I purchased four years ago and have never had a single problem with, but seemed well worth the $399. Haul it 300 miles to lease in west Texas, fill with corn, plug in timer and battery, program timer, hit test, counts down from 8 to 1, and goes click. That's it.....just click. Battery was off shelf at Bucee's and I failed to charge before installing. When I took it back to camp and put it on trickle charger it was showing low (i.e. not fully charged), but my son's tester was showing it had around 10 v charge. Brought battery home (due to scheduling conflicts couldn't stay out there until battery charged) to charge (it is now on green). Going back Saturday, but I'm concerned it could be timer (even though everything appeared to be reading out just fine on it) or motor instead of battery.

Anybody have similar experience? If it's motor I'm not sure how I proceed. The prospect of emptying that feeder and hauling it back 300 miles for a bad motor is not what I'm praying for.

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Good luck. Sounds like motor but put check to see if your time also has a battery in it.
FYI, I learned long ago to have a back up battery and I always test my battery/timer/thrower before I fill em up 1000# and 1700#.

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Not totally familiar with your feeder but if you have to remove motor/timer just stuff a rag in the hole at bottom. That should keep all corn inside.

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Yup, I got complacent. Have never had a new unit fail, so didn't do any back-up. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have fired it up in Bucee's before I loaded it.

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If it is a 12V unit and that battery was only showing 10V that is your problem. A "click" is normally a low or bad battery that doesn't have enough power to spin the motor.

Now, if that is a 6V motor than it's something else.


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If you can Iíd put a solar panel on it. Iíve learned the hard way that if you donít have a solar panel on those 6v or 12v brick type batteries they wonít last long. Iíd try to cover the exposed wires going to the motor too. The coons would pull that loose in no time on my place.

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I've had that issue with other feeders and occasionally the "easy" fix can be just checking all your wiring connections. If not a new motor might be needed


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I'm thinking it is the battery. Sounded like it wanted to take off but couldn't get over the hump (rather than some motors that will start with low voltage but run real slow). TxAg, it is a 12v motor so fingers are crossed that this hot battery will kick it off Saturday, and it came equipped with solar panel, so hopefully will hold charge. It's a heck of a bargain if I can get it going. $200 cheaper than similar equipment. Screwed a $1.47 plastic flower pot over the motor and wiring harness that hangs below the varmint plate. That was the only real issue I saw with the feeder. Raccoon was going to jerk that harness first chance he got.

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Originally Posted By: 82Ag
Anybody have similar experience? If it's motor I'm not sure how I proceed. The prospect of emptying that feeder and hauling it back 300 miles for a bad motor is not what I'm praying for.


I looked at one Saturday at Bucee's. Considering what I paid for my 600lb All Seasons S&F, it looks to be a smokin' deal as the real cost is in the unit itself. I saw it had a "The Timer" timer and those tend to be pretty solid, so you're really down to the motor and battery.

Battery is an easy swap, I too picked up a dead battery from Bucees one time.

While I didn't open the door to look at the motor access, I would assume it's similar to the setup on my Lamco Timed Protein feeder where I can see the hopper opening and the spinner under the hopper via the access door. Can you stuff a rag the hopper opening from the access door and secure with some Gorilla tape, enough to change the motor if had to?


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I have used a plastic storage tote to empty the corn into if tape or rag not feasible. Then just shuttle it back in when done.

I will make sure I test the batteries I pick up from Buccees from now on. I keep a tester in the truck at all times.

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Sounds like the battery. Considering drive time and all other factors Iíd take a spare motor just in case though. You could always return the motor if you donít need it.

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10 volts might as well be 0. 13.5 is about where it should be.

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I didnít realize they came with a solar panel and ďThe TimerĒ. That is a good deal! It could be the battery in the timer itself. Iíve had those go low and make that clicking noise. I think itís 1 AA battery.

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CharlieCTx, your description is accurate. Shouldn't be an issue to stop it up if need be. Battery went from 10 to over 13 with a day of charging, so I'm hoping I'll be good to go. It did not come with "The Timer". Comes with ASF Digital Timer. Very similar and super easy to program. Of course, no way it will be as reliable at "The Timer". Those things are great!

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Been looking for a couple EZ Feeders, but they're tough to find



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Yes, at that price, they don't hang around long.

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Could someone post a pic of the All Season Feeder that Bucee's sells? Can't find anything on the web about these. Sound like a decent deal.


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100% battery issue. Those 12 volt motors rarely go bad. I've seen the problem enough times.


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Is this the feeder you're talking about?



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Originally Posted By: Pope&Young
Is this the feeder you're talking about?


Is this the ASF, sold at Bucee's?


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Don't have a picture of mine, but here is a link to a discussion with pics.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=699201&highlight=bucees%27

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Don't have a picture of mine, but here is a link to a discussion with pics.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=699201&highlight=bucees%27


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I saw those at Buccees here in temple last week. I took a quick glance at one and looked very similar to the original ASF stand and fill but with sheetmetal legs vs the welded angle. For their price point, they look like a good deal. I don't know anything about their timers though.

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I am betting the battery also. I can't believe it would be the motor on a brand new unit.


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Keep us posted, interested in quality of this product.


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