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Old 08-19-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Anchoring deer feeder legs?

I'm a newb when it comes to setting up a feeder, going to set one up tomorrow, how exactly should I anchor my legs, just buy the feet from Academy for 13 bucks and some rebar and stick it in the ground, or can I use t-posts? What has worked well for everyone in the past?
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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However you do it, make sure that they don't pose a fall and impale hazard.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:26 PM   #3
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I've used T-Posts cut in 1/2 and/or rebar with some good wire wrapping them to the legs. Make sure that the bottom of your feeder legs have a piece of metal (maybe 1' square) or concrete blocks to sit on, otherwise they'll sink into the ground.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:28 PM   #4
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T posts work great driven at the same angle as the feeder legs, so you can't fall on them.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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We use the tpost. We drive them in at the same angle to match the legs and then fasten them to the legs. It will keep the cows from tearing them up and knocking them down but it will not stop a thief from stealing your feeder.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:37 PM   #6
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rebar, about 18" long driven down at the same angle as the legs
(with about 6 to 8" left out of the ground), Holes drilled through the legs (about 4" from the bottom of the legs) , wire the legs to the rebar well. has worked for me very well.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:40 PM   #7
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T-post driven at the same angle of the legs with two u-bolts on each leg, will not have any feeder problems if done this way.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:51 PM   #8
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good post as i am going to be setting up my feeder soon.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:51 PM   #9
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3' tposts driven in at an angle and tied to the legs with wire. I use crank up feeders so no fall hazard.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:05 PM   #10
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we cut a 6' tpost in thirds and drive in at the base of the legs. Then we'll tie it in with bailing wire. Keep you from running into them and lessens the chance of getting skewered if you fall off a ladder.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:16 PM   #11
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I use rebar drivin in at the same angle as the legs, but I use much longer rebar than most. If the ground is soft there could be as much as two or three feet driven into the ground with a couple feet of rebar above ground.

Each leg is then secured to the rebar with 3 heater hose clamps per leg evenly spaced. Take a cordless drill or screwgun with appropriate socket and it is fast. The feeder can later be easily removed with the screw gun for maintenance or if taking down after season.

The clamps will hold it tight and not allow the legs to slip up and down the rebar. A hog can dig a deep hole under a feeder leg or legs and and the feeder will just stay suspended and the leg can not fall deeper into the ground, nor can the feeder fall over or be pushed over.

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Old 08-19-2010, 11:17 PM   #12
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:22 PM   #13
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Thanks all...I appreciate it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:43 AM   #14
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TPosts work great...
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:55 AM   #15
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Better use T posts for sure. If you have a big hog population, they can even knock feeders down secured by T posts.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:44 AM   #16
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T-posts
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:46 AM   #17
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Great ideas, I haven't been orienting my rebar or t-posts with the leg, but it makes great sense, I'll change mine the next time I'm at the lease.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:48 AM   #18
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I use T posts and hose clamps, but I drive my posts in the opposite direction of my legs, BUT I use a winch up feeder, so there is no climbing around my feeder so no danger of falling on the T post.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:15 AM   #19
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t post, and bailing wire work great. even rebar..
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:29 AM   #20
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Are those one piece legs you bought or those 3pc legs that will get torn up. I know a guy that did the 3 pc ones and told him cows or hogs would tear up, he still put up and a week later the feeder was in pieces everywhere.

I use just a 1" pipe about 30" long and then ubolt them together, but wire should work.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #21
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I just use #4 rebar (1/2") instead of t-posts because it is cheaper. Does just as good.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:42 PM   #22
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Tpost and duk tape works great
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:11 PM   #23
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t posts!
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:20 PM   #24
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Yeah, unfortunatly, i found this out the hard way with the first feeder i put up, I didn't anchor it at all, needless to say, by the next morning it was ruined by the cows, next feeder i bought i used rebar and about 15' of wire on each leg, only thing that can take that down is our tractor. Either way, whether it's rebar, or T-Posts, they both work fine, so just figure out which one's cheaper.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:32 PM   #25
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Notice in Smarts pics, that there isn't a lot of room where the posts cross for a hog to get his nose in. If there is a big hole for them, they will work it, and get in and flip your feeder over
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:39 PM   #26
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We have a tall feeders with cattle, hogs and a lot of high winds so we have our feeders braced with T-post on each leg at an angle then wired to the feeder legs. The pic is not very good but it shows what I am talking about. We leave our post log because it makes it easier to install and remove, we are located in some very shallow soil areas, which make it very hard to drive short anchors.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:42 PM   #27
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I have used rebar and every stand or feeder I used it on pulled the rebar out no matter what angle or how deep I installed the rebar, just not enough grab in the ground for me.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:55 PM   #28
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We welded a nut on some pieces of pipe and the cut the end of the pipe at a 45 so that it would drive easier in to the ground. We use some heavy duty tie wraps through the nut on the stake and around the feeder leg.Name:  feeder.JPG
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