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Old 09-26-2021, 09:05 PM   #1
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Ok, what’s going on here? Last year I bought the 600 lb stand and fill from Bucees. Filled it 4 weeks prior to my first hunt and it was empty when I got back to hunt, to make a long story short, I figured out later that it was a timer issue causing it to go off at all random times that weren’t set. Fast forward to 11 weeks ago (July 4th) I put a new timer and battery in it and filled it up set to throw 3 seconds twice a day on medium speed. Get to the lease this weekend and it’s empty again. I figure that should have been way less than a bag per week and should have still had some in it. Did I underestimate? Also could it be coon loss, If so had anyone modified one to make more coon proof? Or are those timers just junk and need to swap out for a The Timer? Corns to dang high to be losing it. Thanks for yalls help!


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Old 09-26-2021, 09:07 PM   #2
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Has you motor/timer housing slid down the rails and dumping way too much corn? Check your gap. So to speak
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:09 PM   #3
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We had “the timer” on a feeder dump all the corn in one spin. A dead battery is a sure sign of that. Spun till it died.

Got a new timer. Good to go.

They had a bad run of “the timer” go out and it caused this.

What brand are you running now ? A ASF one ?

If you watch the test run and it all looks good maybe there is an outside enemy in your life.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:10 PM   #4
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I love the ASF timers they come with. Been running them on my timed protein feeders and my Bucees ASF feeder with no issues. I also run The Timer on other feeders.



Do you have a trail camera on your feeder to check for coons?
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:10 PM   #5
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We had “the timer” on a feeder dump all the corn in one spin. A dead battery is a sure sign of that. Spun till it died.

Got a new timer. Good to go.

They had a bad run of “the timer” go out and it caused this.

What brand are you running now ? A ASF one ?

If you watch the test run and it all looks good maybe there is an outside enemy in your life.

He has the ASF timer.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:10 PM   #6
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Has you motor/timer housing slid down the rails and dumping way too much corn? Check your gap. So to speak
Yes we had this issue come up also. After a spin the box fell down. For the wing nuts now I hand tighten and then take a pair of pliers and give it a extra half turn or so. No more issues.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:11 PM   #7
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I filled mine in the 28th of June. 4 secs 2x per day. I went 3 days ago and it had about a third left.
I've never seen corn thieves be able to reach the spinner. I don't believe that would be possible.
Something doesn't sound right.

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Old 09-26-2021, 09:12 PM   #8
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You probably have already done this but you need to make sure that all timer settings are turned to off except the ones you want set. Pretty sure the Bucees ASF doesnt have rails.. There is no box. Only adjustment is the spinner on the shaft.... but I could be mistaken. I've slept since I last looked at mine

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Old 09-26-2021, 09:14 PM   #9
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I filled mine in the 28th of June. 4 secs 2x per day. I went 3 days ago and it had about a third left.
I've never seen corn thieves be able to reach the spinner. I don't believe that would be possible.
Something doesn't sound right.

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That doesn’t sound to off to me. Almost been spinning three months.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:18 PM   #10
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Has you motor/timer housing slid down the rails and dumping way too much corn? Check your gap. So to speak
The motor is attached to the coon proof plate. It's not mounted on rails. The spinner can be adjusted up or down a bit I think though.

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Old 09-26-2021, 09:19 PM   #11
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That doesn’t sound to off to me. Almost been spinning three months.
It's not off....I'm tickled with that amount!

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Old 09-26-2021, 09:19 PM   #12
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I love the ASF timers they come with. Been running them on my timed protein feeders and my Bucees ASF feeder with no issues. I also run The Timer on other feeders.



Do you have a trail camera on your feeder to check for coons?

I put a camera on it so I will know in 2 weeks about the coon situation but judging by the dirt all over it, it looks like they’ve spent some time on it. I just don’t see how they would be able to reach that spinner


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Old 09-26-2021, 09:26 PM   #13
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We had “the timer” on a feeder dump all the corn in one spin. A dead battery is a sure sign of that. Spun till it died.

Got a new timer. Good to go.

They had a bad run of “the timer” go out and it caused this.

What brand are you running now ? A ASF one ?

If you watch the test run and it all looks good maybe there is an outside enemy in your life.

Yeah it’s the ASF “EZ timer” all looked good with a test throw


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Old 09-26-2021, 09:31 PM   #14
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I filled mine in the 28th of June. 4 secs 2x per day. I went 3 days ago and it had about a third left.
I've never seen corn thieves be able to reach the spinner. I don't believe that would be possible.
Something doesn't sound right.

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I was expecting something in that ballpark


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Old 09-26-2021, 09:31 PM   #15
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The motor is attached to the coon proof plate. It's not mounted on rails. The spinner can be adjusted up or down a bit I think though.

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Ahhhh… I missed the Bucees part
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:45 PM   #16
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I put a camera on it so I will know in 2 weeks about the coon situation but judging by the dirt all over it, it looks like they’ve spent some time on it. I just don’t see how they would be able to reach that spinner


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I did the extend the bottom plate mods on the ASF thread after some folks reported coons able to get to the spinner. Some of those things have long arms if they can get to their shoulder. I don’t know why ASF didn’t extend the bottom plate to the feeder hopper box edge. They screwed the pooch there.



Here’s two of the 4 sides extended. You can see on the left how short the bottom plate stops ..

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Old 09-26-2021, 09:52 PM   #17
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Curious how much is Buccees version of the ASF feeder?
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:54 PM   #18
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Curious how much is Buccees version of the ASF feeder?

Was $399 for a couple of years. I think.
It’s $459-479 now
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:54 PM   #19
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Thanks for the quick response.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:58 PM   #20
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Curious how much is Buccees version of the ASF feeder?

$480 I believe now. They were $400 last year


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Old 09-27-2021, 07:56 AM   #21
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Guess their still using them bad timers.
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Old 09-27-2021, 11:00 AM   #22
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Guess their still using them bad timers.
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Old 09-27-2021, 11:06 AM   #23
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OP, coons will definitely get to the spinner if you do not extend that bottom plate similar to what Smart posted. Collectively, we are probably running 20 or more of these feeders on our place and coon pilferage is the only issue we have had with them... except for one brand new one that had a bad motor... ASF replaced it for free for us...
That ASF timer as far as I am concerned is the best timer on the market for a 12 volt system. I use this one and The Timer on feeders, and they are both bullet proof almost. I like the ASF timer because you can set the motor speed to compensate for a wide or narrow throw. Even have one on a Krivoman directional feeder to control how far out it throws the corn... Flawless.


One caveat... The early versions of these feeders had an issue where the corn would hit the motor wires and damage them after a bit of time... I have one like that. The newer models they have on the market now have a small piece of conduit that protects the wires from the corn. I put a piece of 3/8 rubber fuel line in mine and that fixed my issue on the old one I have.
There's an old thread on here that has various tips and updates that's probably a couple years old that you might search for for additional good information...
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Old 09-27-2021, 12:59 PM   #24
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A couple week's back I did Smart's mod to my Bucee's ASF. Also added crossbars to the legs.

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Old 09-28-2021, 05:34 AM   #25
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Thanks y’all! This is what I was looking for


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Old 09-28-2021, 09:50 AM   #26
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That ASF timer as far as I am concerned is the best timer on the market for a 12 volt system. I use this one and The Timer on feeders, and they are both bullet proof almost. I like the ASF timer because you can set the motor speed to compensate for a wide or narrow throw. .



Long time The Timer user and have become a big fan of the ASF timer as well. I have 3 in play right now with no issues. I actually prefer them on my timed protein feeders because of the ability to set the speed as you mentioned. The Timer breaks my protein up as it slams it against the inside of the walls before it drop into the trays and then the smaller pieces fall through the grates . The ASF low setting is perfect and most stays together and in the trays.
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Old 09-28-2021, 10:13 AM   #27
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Both my buccees feeders have old black ASF timer going on 3yrs no issues so far.
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