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abacofeverabacofever Posts: 377 Officer
What sayeth the Hive on least problematic Timer, Spinner, Motor- combo..?
After many years dealing with issues with the more common 6V ones... better options ?

Not looking forward to $2K for 4 feeders from Companys like Boss Buck..?

I know. Pay once, Cry once.


  • AllenRAllenR Posts: 2,702 Captain
  • MojitoMojito Posts: 222 Officer
    I just replaced ours after 2 years. Went with Moultrie again, $45 on Amazon and shipping is free. I've been very satisfied and had very few performance issues with their product.
  • abacofeverabacofever Posts: 377 Officer
    Mojito wrote: »
    I just replaced ours after 2 years. Went with Moultrie again, $45 on Amazon and shipping is free. I've been very satisfied and had very few performance issues with their product.

    Which one. The newer Magnum ? We had Moultrie.. Meh. OK, but battery issues, timers.
    I was thinking to just get 30gal Tree Hangers ready to roll from Moultire and live with it until the guts start to fail and then start replacing with better motors, Timers. We only seem to get about 3 years max before things get problematic. Thanks

    I guess I should have asked if anyone gets more than a couple years out of Motors, Timers, ?
  • BCSAILSBCSAILS Posts: 436 Deckhand
    I have owned two of these 250lb Castaways for 7 years issues. Reason they work so good is all the workings are protected inside the can out of weather. Not cheep but last and are the best....IMO.

  • MojitoMojito Posts: 222 Officer
    Not sure how realistic your expectations are to have a $40 anything exposed to the elements 24/7 and last more than a couple of years. The few issues i have had were from squirrels and coons. The plastic housing was not designed to be chew proof. I have mine mounted to 55 gallon tripods, about 6 months ago I coated about 4' of the legs Vasaline and cayenne pepper. That has stopped the critters from hanging of the feeders.
  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 8,165 Admiral

    I don't use them anymore but when I did I chose this one. After some trial and error it occurred to me to use the cheapest, simplest model they had, because there was less to fail.
    I customized them to run silent, waterproofed and rigged them all to run off of 6vdc gel cells. I built a charging circuit and found it was way more effective than lantern batteries.
    I used these for probably ten years or more and still have some of them.
    Using feeders can be very effective for hogs, but I found that the large boars required a different strategy. At least where I hunted, this was the case.
    I haven't hunted over a feeder in a long time. I enjoy the sport more because of it.
    Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon... No matter how good you are, the bird is going to crap on the board and strut around like it won anyway.
  • gator4evergator4ever Posts: 2,664 Captain
    I have two cabelas 400lb feeder with ladders. They worked great before the bears showed up. They are now in Georgia spinning away 10 years old. Motors lasted 2 years which is a record. Moultrie pro hunters last 1 year in the swamps with standing water.

    Now that we have bears I have gone to the 30 gl moultries and hang them high. With solar panels. I strongly suggest solar panels knowing the batteries never die is piece of mind.
    "sometimes it's OK just to kill a little time" my grandpa 1972
  • abacofeverabacofever Posts: 377 Officer
    Thanks.. Sounds like things have not really changed. Florida Swamp is tough with the humidity !
  • Camocam813Camocam813 Posts: 244 Deckhand
  • Matt TMatt T Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Castaway, Lehman and Texas Hunter with "The Timer"
  • abacofeverabacofever Posts: 377 Officer
    Yep. Looks like we are going with Castaway.
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