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Old 03-13-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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Several months back A friend and I decided we wanted a larger capacity drum than a standard #55 gallon, and still be easy enough to transport and set up by ourselves in the field. This is what we came up with. This drum will hold #650lbs of feed (13 sacks) and I have a larger, and smaller size available as well. The ladder can be removed when not filling. Needless to say we were happy with the results and his entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and now weíre interested in what others think? What would one expect to pay for this? We are not selling these, and may never, but depending on the feedback here and elsewhere may help us decide where it goes from here.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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I think they look good and like how much they hold!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:12 PM   #3
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I like them.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:13 PM   #4
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I know that container and style of feeder has been on TBH for awhile.....moreso back in the 200Xs. Casey used to own one and maybe still does. I seem to remember him posting a picture of it recently. I remember seeing them in the Big *** Feeder Club, TBH used to have.

Anyway...seems to be a nice feeder. The plastic aspect would concern me with our squirrels and coons....but ifr they can beat that they should be long lasting.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:18 PM   #5
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Looks real good
Plastic tends to crack and warp with long exposures to the elements. Might add thin plate to bottom for motor attachment ( just for durability ) but I'd imagine a lot of folks would pay significant money for them
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:20 PM   #6
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I like them.
Can’t tell what the lid is like, but if the ladder is removeable I like it
Simple pvc keeps squirrels and coons away then.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:24 PM   #7
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I know that container and style of feeder has been on TBH for awhile.....moreso back in the 200Xs. Casey used to own one and maybe still does. I seem to remember him posting a picture of it recently. I remember seeing them in the Big *** Feeder Club, TBH used to have.

Anyway...seems to be a nice feeder. The plastic aspect would concern me with our squirrels and coons....but ifr they can beat that they should be long lasting.
I hadnít seen another made with these. And the squirrels were my concern too, until he showed me a crude version using the same type drum for 10 years in East Texas without damage. Possible, yes...but the plastic is heavy duty...designed to secure a leaking 55gallon drum securely for disposal.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:32 PM   #8
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Very creative, but would not be a feeder I would buy. I’m not a fan of the lid and don’t like climbing ladders to fill feeders anymore. You still have way more talent than me at building feeders though.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:42 PM   #9
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Here you go Elkaholic. Yours rack is definitely more detail and user friendly.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ig+feeder+club



Even the Big Feeder Club used one in its logo.

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:50 PM   #10
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If i ever used plastic this would def be an option I’d look into
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:57 PM   #11
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Iím not a fan of ladders. For me, it doesnít get much easier than a 600 lb All Seasons stand and fill. I can move one and fill it by myself...and not have to carry a dozen corn sacks up a ladder.
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Plastic gets chewed as pointed out. Also I'm just no longer a fan of a feeder I have to climb a ladder to fill. Too dangerous and unnecessary with the quality stand and fills available.
The majority of those you slide out of the truck bed, drag into place and fill n go.

I'm sure that they will work. The three legs plus ladder will help it be solid.

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:05 PM   #13
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Here you go Elkaholic. Yours rack is definitely more detail and user friendly.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ig+feeder+club



Even the Big Feeder Club used one in its logo.

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News to me, what exactly is the Big Feeder Club? Though I wish I were the only person smart enough to use overpacks as feeder drums, I may be the first to have access to the factory and a fab shop.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:22 PM   #14
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News to me, what exactly is the Big Feeder Club? Though I wish I were the only person smart enough to use overpacks as feeder drums, I may be the first to have access to the factory and a fab shop.
It was just a TBH group of folks that had big feeders. Nothing really organized. If you got a big feeder folks said "welcome to the big feeder club". It went by the wayside like most unique things on TBH when they run their course. .

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:32 PM   #15
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It was just a TBH group of folks that had big feeders. Nothing really organized. If you got a big feeder folks said "welcome to the big feeder club". It went by the wayside like most unique things on TBH when they run their course. .
Ah...thanks for clarifying. Iíve seen some good ones come and go, but missed that one. This may be a chance for everyone to join. Also, we built a stand and fill model, I donít have a pic on my phone, will post later.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:01 PM   #16
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Ah...thanks for clarifying. Iíve seen some good ones come and go, but missed that one. This may be a chance for everyone to join. Also, we built a stand and fill model, I donít have a pic on my phone, will post later.
I bet your stand & fill would get more attention. Post a pic!!!
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:04 AM   #17
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Shorten the legs to make a stand and fill and would be much better off. Reduces cost of the ladder portion and is more user friendly...
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:25 AM   #18
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I built a feeder from an overpac.drum several years ago. In 2 years.rats at a hole in the edge. And for some reason that I dont know of, the corn mildewed bad.

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:31 AM   #19
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Great idea..Shorten the legs, hole in the bottom of legs to anchor down instead of using tposts, good reliable strong motor and a cage.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:09 AM   #20
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The plastic makes me weary as the weather and animals can be tough on a feeder. Also aoudad and elk would have a field day with a feeder they could push over. Looks nice just wouldn’t work for me personally.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #21
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Thanks for the feedback so far guys.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:35 AM   #22
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Plastic can be a problem had a Coon nest in one on top of corn..Squir in one...But overall I still got some that survived for years...So I never gave up on them ..locate so squir can't get to (jump)and Climb proof legs for (squir,coon/rat) I like the Design of whole Feeder and container is set in making it not so top heavy...thx
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:38 AM   #23
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I made a unit from an heavy duty plastic oversized crash cushion container used on roadways. It held 800 #, although I never topped it off. My biggest issue was mildew. With larger amounts of corn, it would also be prone to weevils. I decided to discard the larger unit and go back to a metal 55. It is not that often or much of a chore to fill feeders and make certain I have fresh corn. We have also had squirrels destroy the standard plastic feeders, they are relentless!
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:08 AM   #24
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Squirrels in E. Texas would have a hole chewed into the lid within a matter of weeks, if not days. If you had a large metal slip-over lid, it would be much better for E. Texas. Plus, if you would make a small porch to stand on when filling, it would be much more user friendly.

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Old 03-14-2018, 09:17 AM   #25
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I know that container and style of feeder has been on TBH for awhile.....moreso back in the 200Xs. Casey used to own one and maybe still does. I seem to remember him posting a picture of it recently. I remember seeing them in the Big *** Feeder Club, TBH used to have.

Anyway...seems to be a nice feeder. The plastic aspect would concern me with our squirrels and coons....but ifr they can beat that they should be long lasting.
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Here you go Elkaholic. Yours rack is definitely more detail and user friendly.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ig+feeder+club



Even the Big Feeder Club used one in its logo.

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I was searching for some pics. Thanks for posting up, Jason.

I want to say I built mine in about 2002. It sat in the sun in La Salle County for 9 years. It was moved to Coryell County where there is no limit to the number squirrels and coons that could destroy it. It has no holes, no issues, is still good and tight and working like a champ. Maybe I've been lucky, or the design is right that the critters just can't access, but it's been a great feeder for over 15 years.

With that said I'm all about the stand and fills these days. I bet you could easily use these for that if you did it right.
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:34 AM   #26
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Squirrels in E. Texas would have a hole chewed into the lid within a matter of weeks, if not days. If you had a large metal slip-over lid, it would be much better for E. Texas. Plus, if you would make a small porch to stand on when filling, it would be much more user friendly.

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I hear the squirrel argument loud and clear, and all I can say is they havenít yet, and some have been in the field (east tx) for years. I did talk to one guy who said he had one they had started working on after a few years and he used JB Weld to fill it in, and got several more years out of it. We may have a solution here as well. As a hunter, I know how frustrating it can be when equipment fails, and we may be looking for a unicorn...where cost meets manageable weight, meets increased capacity, meets sufficient durability. All of the feedback is welcome. Thanks guys!
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:55 PM   #27
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I was searching for some pics. Thanks for posting up, Jason.

I want to say I built mine in about 2002. It sat in the sun in La Salle County for 9 years. It was moved to Coryell County where there is no limit to the number squirrels and coons that could destroy it. It has no holes, no issues, is still good and tight and working like a champ. Maybe I've been lucky, or the design is right that the critters just can't access, but it's been a great feeder for over 15 years.

With that said I'm all about the stand and fills these days. I bet you could easily use these for that if you did it right.
The barrels arenít your average 55gallon plastic drum. Theyíre designed to handle spilled pollutants on ships and barges. Theyíre exposed to the elements for years at a time before used.
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