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Old 09-09-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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Anybody build their own corn throwers from scratch?

Iíd like to build a few more and am brainstorming what to use for the housing. Iíve used ammo cans before but their have their drawbacks. Any ideas?
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:12 PM   #2
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Ammo can is pretty hard to beat
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:31 PM   #3
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An(small) electrical switch box!
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:08 PM   #4
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Seems like all seasons, boss buck, and spintech all use about the same housing. Wonder who makes those?
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:12 PM   #5
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Ammo can is pretty hard to beat
Yep for strength, cost and weather proofing I donít know of anything that comes close.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:23 PM   #6
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I use a feeder unit attached to my homemade barrel, cover, funnel and custom made aluminum handle which Costa the most.


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Old 09-10-2018, 05:07 PM   #7
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great job like its.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:24 PM   #8
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What I learned is that most if not the BEST 12 volt ďmotors are actually GM blower motor units. They are like $20 units that spin your fan motor to blow air thru your defroster , A/C vents or floor ducts.

They work great ! I say the best 12 volt motor because not only do they spin so hard and fast but that every GM dealership has them in stock in case one blows out.


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Old 09-10-2018, 06:31 PM   #9
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Maybe a Yeti Roadie?
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:49 PM   #10
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I use a 8x8x6Ē NEMA3R electrical box

I change out the screw at the bottom, and run a 10/24 through from the inside, and use a wingnut to hold the cover.

Add some thin gasket material to keep bugs out.



I also use a 5w solar panel, so I can run the lights on the feeder when I want.



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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 PM   #11
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You can get the All seasons style boxes from Ultramatic for $29. That’s what I use and they work great.
http://www.ultramaticfeeders.com/ind...alvanized-cb1g
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Thatís a very nice looking feeder!

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I use a 8x8x6Ē NEMA3R electrical box

I change out the screw at the bottom, and run a 10/24 through from the inside, and use a wingnut to hold the cover.

Add some thin gasket material to keep bugs out.



I also use a 5w solar panel, so I can run the lights on the feeder when I want.



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Old 09-10-2018, 07:37 PM   #13
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You can get the All seasons style boxes from Ultramatic for $29. Thatís what I use and they work great.
http://www.ultramaticfeeders.com/ind...alvanized-cb1g
This is exactly what Iíve been looking for. However, the more I look into it, unless I can find cheaper sources for parts, Iím not seeing much value in building vs buying a complete setup from all seasons or Elusive or Ultramatic.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:46 PM   #14
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Thatís what I discovered as well.

I might save a few bucks, but the labor is more than offset by the cost.

Quality parts (reliable) cost money. Cheap parts will net cheap results. Considering what you spend on your lease, is it really worth saving $30-40 if your feeder doesnít throw on opening morning?

Ultramatic has great service. I also like the folks at West Texas Feeder. Look at the complete units: timer, motor, plate and solar panel. It sounds like a chunk of change, but once you add up the parts, plus the convenience of just being able to bolt it up and go, itís totally worth it.

I still have a couple of timers, boxes and motors from the last batch of feeders I built, but once I use them up, I wonít be building any lower units from that point on.



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Old 09-11-2018, 01:02 PM   #15
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Anybody build their own corn throwers from scratch?

Iíd like to build a few more and am brainstorming what to use for the housing. Iíve used ammo cans before but their have their drawbacks. Any ideas?
When younger I used to make the entire feeder from scratch using a 55gal barrel. The lid, legs/hanger, funnel, electronic timer, spinner plate were made by me. I did buy the battery and motor.

These days I'll just get one of those all seasons or foreverlast complete units to use for a feeder.
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I use a 8x8x6Ē NEMA3R electrical box

I change out the screw at the bottom, and run a 10/24 through from the inside, and use a wingnut to hold the cover.

Add some thin gasket material to keep bugs out.



I also use a 5w solar panel, so I can run the lights on the feeder when I want.



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You finish your feeder off and make em look purdy. Nice paint job !


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Old 09-14-2018, 03:52 PM   #17
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I've made two this year mainly because I had 90% of the parts needed. If you don't have a good barrel, check with a local water well driller for a failed pressure tank. these are usually 60gal-80gal and they'll usually give them to you for free. Plus one end is convex and it negates the need for an internal funnel. I made a small one (200#er) for a camp feeder before I got a larger (400#er) tank. I made the last one several years ago and it holds 650# corn. Sorry for the sideways pics.
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