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Old 02-10-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Homemade 700# Protein Gravity Feeder

Wanted to share pics of my new Gravity Protein Feeders. Built 2 of these for $130. Purchased 2 Galvanized lids, 2 Galvanized Funnels, 4 - 55 Gallon Barrels and a 5# box of welding rods. I had all of the pipe that was used.

These were designed to be broken down for easy transport.

Here are all of the parts on the ground.



This is all of the parts assembled and Painted.








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Old 02-10-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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those are really nice thanks
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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Should work.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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Those are some great looking feeders.
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:24 AM   #5
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First off it looks awesome, the only thing I can see that may wear you out is lifting 50# sacks of protein up about 6 feet even when you are on the platform. May want to extend that platform up another couple feet to make filling it easier.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:38 AM   #6
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Interested in selling one of those feeders?
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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Stins - I agree... We were just talking about that last night. I am taller so it doesnt bother me but my friend is shorter. I was thinking of a bolt on option.

TXdeerhunter - Might be interested if I was not taking them to the lease this weekend. Just for grins what would you offer for one? I could always make more. : )
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:30 PM   #8
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tubes look a little low. Do you remember how far off the ground they are? The legs might also stink a little being that heavy so they might get even lower. Are you going to put a small piece across the bottom of the feeding tube to keep the feed from pouring out or does the feed stay right at the edge of the tube on its own?
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:37 PM   #9
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The tube on this one is a bit lower (33") than I wanted but I might have the wrong down tube in this one. I was shooting for 37 inches from the ground. The groung where the feeder is now is very soft. I have a couple pieces of plate that I will use as a footer to keep them from sinking.

Its hard to see in the pic but there is a small plate over the opening to stop the feed from falling out.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:43 PM   #10
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EMAIL me with a price and we can see if that would work out or not. I can tell you about the pricing on some of the ones that we have looked at so far.

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:39 PM   #11
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can you e-mail me the pics, I can't see them on here due to a firewall. Thanks

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Old 02-28-2008, 09:18 PM   #12
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Just out of curiosity...how did you attach the barrels? Did you weld them or what? I am looking to build me some this weekend kinda like your idea.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:13 AM   #13
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Just curious....but do you guys weld the barrels together or band them to make them join?
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #14
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The barrels are just banded together. WE filled the band full of silicone and strapped it on. Then ran a bead of silicone on the inside seam.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:14 AM   #15
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Ok....another dumb question. I am guessing you used a standard barrel band correct? Any problems with winds breaking them apart once together? I was considering welding them but if the band holds weel enough I would just do that.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:58 PM   #16
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sweet. nice job
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:17 PM   #17
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I would weld the barrels together....also raise the tube to 43" above ground level. Looks nice, be extra careful filling it....two 55 gal drums together is tall...
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:52 AM   #18
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The band I have on my setup is almost as strong as a weld. The guys attempting to put the barrels on the stand the first go round dropped it hard enough I had to re-round the opening. The band held up nicely. Its a very tight fit and it is not coming apart.

Granted it is a extra heavy band with a 1/2 bolt and nuts used for tightening. The band in the pic was too loose so I replaced it before putting it out.

My spout is sitting at 39" from the ground. I read alot of opinions and it ranged from 37" to 45"

I have a 1300 sqft hog panel pen around it so that should keep out the unwanted animals.

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What was the estimated material cost?
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:46 AM   #20
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I built 2 of them for $75 each. This includes: 1 Galvanized Lid and Cone, 2 Barrels, and 2.5# of 3/32 6011 welding rods.

I have a supply of drill pipe and assorted iron so I do not have a price on that.

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I like your design, after being in the field for a couple of years, anything you would do different or redesign?
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