View Full Version : The Cube-Protein/Corn feeder.
10-31-2006, 12:05 PM
1400lbs of pure badness!
I built it 2 1/2 years ago and hunted over it for the 1st time last weekend, it's neato!
10-31-2006, 12:07 PM
The protein unit.
10-31-2006, 12:25 PM
very nice. I am glad you reposted this!
Do you use it for half corn and half protein or how have you actually been using it. or has it been empty all this time:)
10-31-2006, 01:52 PM
I've been running it 1/2 corn and 1/2 protein, but I think the divider is coming out next time I fill it so I can fill the whole thing with corn.
10-31-2006, 03:06 PM
Does that PVC on the legs keep the coons out?
I've heard about that, but never had a confirmed report that it worked.
10-31-2006, 04:22 PM
I have 2 feeders with the PVC installed going back 5 years or so and I've never seen or gotten a pic of a squirrel or coon on either of them.
how far off the ground are the protein tray things?
10-31-2006, 11:07 PM
Dang, Dale...you're a pretty handy boy to have around the house! Nice job with all the angles. I can't tell if it has four down spouts or just the two?
Thanks for posting.
10-31-2006, 11:47 PM
What kind of tubing did you use for the protien downspouts? I built a couple protein T heads and 4 ways using 4x4, 11 ga. Next year am looking to build a hopper style protien feeder with angled ports similar to yours (already found a hopper to start with in the junk pile at the local cotton gin). Was looking for some lighter tubing but haven't been able to find any.
11-01-2006, 07:30 AM
Dang, Dale...you're a pretty handy boy .......
He is a "handy boy", isnt he! :)
11-01-2006, 07:53 AM
Was it Sackett's signature that said "If she can't find you handsome, let her find you handy!" I'm not real handsome.:)
I don't recall how high the protein spouts are but I bet they're around 40"-41", just over turkey high.
Just has two down spouts, and a divider in the middle, and a corn slinger on the other side. But the timer could be removed and two more down spouts installed.
That 4X4 tubing is 11ga also. I don't reckon you'd find 4X4 much lighter unless you went with like barn gutter, and that would be too light imo. Mine is heavy, it's wired up to the legs.
11-01-2006, 08:02 AM
11-01-2006, 11:35 AM
What gauge of sheet metal did you use for the hopper? And how did you cut it?
11-01-2006, 12:28 PM
The hopper is 14ga. I had the steel company sheer 2 4'X8' pieces into 4 3'X4' pieces with some scrap (they'll do this for about 5-10 bucks). I used the skill saw with an abrasive blade (seen in the 1st pic) to cut the 2 angles at the bottom of each pic. I've got a friend who works in a welding shop, so I took him a 12 pack right at closin time and he let me use their brake for a few minutes to bend the angles to form the "funnel" shape on the bottom.
11-01-2006, 09:06 PM
Awsome feeder Dale!
11-02-2006, 09:08 AM
11-02-2006, 09:46 AM
Dale's got skills.... mad skills!!!
he does...and he's right..the boy is fugly!
11-05-2006, 09:20 AM
That is one nice feeder, have'nt heard about the PVC yet either, good idea.
11-06-2006, 05:08 AM
That is a cool project. I am building my own feeders for my place. I have a monster of a feeder that I thank I am going to make a self feeder like that. The other feeders are 24" square with the funnel at the bottom like yours. Great design!!
11-07-2006, 01:25 AM
Dale what are the deminsions of your feeder? I am thinking about building one that is 4'x4' so that it will hold at least 2000# of feed.
11-07-2006, 09:42 AM
4X4 should do it, mine is 3X3X3 plus the "funnel" on the bottom. It'll hold 1400lbs of corn, bout 1300 of protein.
If I were to go 4X4, I'd use much less angle on the legs, in fact you could **** near use no angle.
What was your cost? Better than any store bought I have seen.
11-10-2006, 07:27 AM
I believe I had less than 300 in steel, but that was 2 1/2 years ago and steel has probably more than doubled since then. Plus I had alot of scrap stuff at home, and my good friend Danny Ratliff, of Ratliff Iron Works gave me the 4" Tubing for the protein head.
Gotcha - Still a great looking feeder and a great idea.
11-13-2006, 10:46 PM
Sweet thanks for sharing!!!
05-10-2007, 03:07 PM
Dale, Is there anything you'd have done different? I'm gathering materials!!:)
05-14-2007, 10:34 AM
Another gentleman PM'ed me a few questions so I'll copy and past the answer here.
The break angles-I had my sheet metal sheared to 3'X4' pieces, then I made some cardboard templates to figure out my angle. Basicly take your 3'X4' piece and stand it up, measure in 8 inches from the corner on the bottom-make a mark, and 12 inches from the corner up the side-make a mark, draw a line from each mark and cut it there. If you save one of your drops from that cut (the triangle piece), that will give you the angle they need to be broken at. (see photo #1 in the post for reference)
Matt, if you plan on putting a divider in the thing like I did, weld it in permanently and just put a sliding door (8"X8" or so) in the divider at the bottom. That will allow you to split it or use the whole thing without having to wait till the whole thing is empty to yank the divider.
I'll add, the braces inside are welded in exactly where the tops of the legs meet the box, THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT! As is the tubing around the inside of the top!
Don't try to run the tubing inside for the solar panel wires, it's a pain and they'll work just as good in tubing on the outside.
Also, order an extra piece of steel and build you a bad *** lid, and bolt/weld it on with hinges, and a crash chain. My lid sux!
05-14-2007, 05:36 PM
Nice, the deer will love that decal! :)
05-21-2007, 01:37 PM
Based roughly on Dale's specs/words. I changed a few small things. That Dale...he's a smart one. I had the 14 gauge cut and broken at Unico Fabrication off of Berry in Fort Worth. Material, cutting and breaking was $130. I still have some square tubing and a little more 14 gauge to buy for lid and bottom. Excel was the only way I could post this...sorry.
06-01-2007, 09:50 AM
Yall makin any progress?
06-04-2007, 12:00 PM
Bought the square tubing and going to start burning metal on Wed of this week. Going to doc the process like you did with photos...I'll post once all is complete.
03-25-2008, 10:23 AM
Top for Joe.
03-25-2008, 10:52 AM
Top for Joe.
You are a good man, D-Mo!!!!
Now you need to come up with a cool name for mine since it is 4x4x4!!!!
03-25-2008, 01:48 PM
Legdog is the official giver of names around here, he named the Cube.
03-26-2008, 08:17 AM
I have seen Tx Cane Fan's monstrosity of a feeder in person.....all I can say is WOW!!!!!:D
03-18-2010, 03:55 PM
Top for Ol Thumper!
03-18-2010, 04:58 PM
this is my next build
03-18-2010, 05:17 PM
03-18-2010, 08:56 PM
very nice feeder im jealous
03-18-2010, 08:59 PM
Nice job Dale.
03-29-2010, 05:03 PM
Thanks for sharing!!! Looks GREAT
03-29-2010, 08:10 PM
Very nice feeder. Well done!
08-25-2011, 08:32 AM
That looks like a winner!! Thanks.
08-25-2011, 09:33 AM
Very cool. I love big feeders. Good job on the construction.
08-25-2011, 09:43 AM
that is very well built, I love it!! You have some welding skills :)
08-25-2011, 09:58 AM
08-31-2011, 10:02 PM
Very nice feeder. Well done!
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