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Old 05-28-2017, 02:18 PM   #1
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Anyone care to venture a guess at what this is?

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Directional feeder mechanism.

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Old 05-28-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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Directional feeder mechanism.

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Ding Ding Ding, we have a winner !!!!

I've wanted a directional feeder for a long time, but just could not bring myself to turn loose of the cash for one.

Decided to build my own.
It works too. Throws corn 36ft in about a 3ft wide swath.

Now guess what it's made out of.

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Old 05-28-2017, 02:28 PM   #4
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An old Moultrie feeder control box, a shop vac hose and maybe an old shop vac blower.

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An old Moultrie feeder control box, a shop vac hose and maybe an old shop vac blower.

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It's an old Remington feeder, modified to have the motor out the back instead of the top, and a much larger motor.

You're not even close on the other stuff.

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Old 05-28-2017, 02:36 PM   #6
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It's interesting no doubt. I prefer a spincast myself. Of course at my place it won't matter but I prefer the animals spread out.

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The caster is made from an old & HEAVILY modified swimming pool pump.
Only the housing & connectors from the pump were used. The internals are all home made.

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Nice. You might should patton that.

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Old 05-28-2017, 03:27 PM   #9
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Nice. You might should patton that.

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I am thinking about it, and that's why I didn't do a build along on it.
I have not seen one that casts the feed the way I am doing it.
Just going to have to research it some.

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Old 05-28-2017, 03:29 PM   #10
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Looks like a slick unit any pictures of the slinger mechanism


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Old 05-28-2017, 03:31 PM   #11
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Looks like a slick unit any pictures of the slinger mechanism


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I'm researching to see if my caster mechanism has been, or is being used in other feeders. If not, I am leaning strongly toward applying for a patent on it.

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Old 05-28-2017, 03:41 PM   #12
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I'm researching to see if my caster mechanism has been, or is being used in other feeders. If not, I am leaning strongly toward applying for a patent on it.

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I would be glad to field test it !
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:49 PM   #13
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I would be glad to field test it !
Well, I would do that, but I only have the one, and I'M going to be using it.

Aside from being successful at getting it to work the way I wanted it to, the best thing is I have ZERO money invested in it. Completely built from salvaged, and scrap parts.

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Old 05-28-2017, 05:17 PM   #14
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Pretty crafty and awesome Rick. Make it for a car mount slinger or ? If the barrel or whatever contains the corn sits above the tube, where do you mount the box?
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Old 05-28-2017, 05:18 PM   #15
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Well, I would do that, but I only have the one, and I'M going to be using it.

Aside from being successful at getting it to work the way I wanted it to, the best thing is I have ZERO money invested in it. Completely built from salvaged, and scrap parts.

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Old 05-28-2017, 06:35 PM   #16
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Sweet!
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Old 05-28-2017, 07:30 PM   #17
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We need a video of it in action!
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:25 PM   #18
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We need a video of it in action!
I'm gonna do that as soon as I get it mounted on a barrel. I've been testing it with just corn in the tube, and it empties it to fast to make a good video.

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Old 05-29-2017, 09:30 AM   #19
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Dang crafty Rick! Awesome!
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:16 AM   #20
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Anyone care to venture a guess at what this is?



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I guess it is a fine example of redneck engineering.


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Old 05-29-2017, 11:30 AM   #21
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Good feeling to build your own ain't it. Looks great
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Old 05-29-2017, 01:52 PM   #22
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:31 PM   #23
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I am working on a homemade solar charger for this thing.
Just salvaged parts from old solar driveway lights & such.

The feeder will have a 14 volt Dewalt cordless drill battery for it's power.
The solar charger puts out 14 volts in the shade.

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Old 05-29-2017, 03:35 PM   #24
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Actually, I should have said - The solar charger puts out 14 volts inside the shop.

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Old 05-30-2017, 01:54 PM   #25
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I suggest you get your patent application filed before you do much more by way of publicizing it.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:58 PM   #26
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And get a lawyer to help.

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Old 05-30-2017, 05:23 PM   #27
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Thanks for the advice guys.

I've dealt with filing patents before.

It's highly likely, that the only patent I could achieve would be the internal parts of the caster, because as far as I can tell no other casters work this way. That is why I have not posted about, or shown pictures of the internal mechanism.

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Old 06-04-2017, 01:56 PM   #28
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I'm almost done.
Still have to build a basket to hang it in, since the barrels are plastic.

Completely homemade from scrap, and salvaged parts.
The only thing purchased was some paint, and rubber sealant.

Here's the video as promised. I'm very pleased with the final product.

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