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Old 10-15-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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I'm thinking about building a winch up feeder. But I'm not sure if a boat winch will raise 300lbs of corn effectively. I know a lot of folks use them, but I'm just looking for input and maybe some ideas!

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Old 10-15-2019, 10:10 AM   #2
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:20 AM   #3
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We pick up 500 pounds plus the barrel weight with no issues. We are gravitating toward stand and fills though.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:22 AM   #4
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Make sure you get the right kind of boat winch. You want one with a brake.

I'll never own another winch up feeder. I've had a couple close calls with them. Stand and fills are so much easier and safer.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:24 AM   #5
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Make sure you get the right kind of boat winch. You want one with a brake.

I'll never own another winch up feeder. I've had a couple close calls with them. Stand and fills are so much easier and safer.
I guess I should have clarified. I have cows on the property. They done fool with the corn now, but my feeder is 7.5 ft tall to the timer. So I worry they would destroy a stand a fill.

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Old 10-15-2019, 10:32 AM   #6
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I've built lots of them and yes a boat winch works just fine, with either a brake or not. I prefer one without the break but that's just me.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:52 AM   #7
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I use the one you can get from Harbor Freight. They cost about $23 & are 1200lb. cap. Put a double pulley system on it and it will be much easier to crank up.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:06 AM   #8
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I hang my feeders stationary with a chain. However plenty of the guys use the pulley / cable/ winch method. Simple boat trailer will lift a 55 gallon drum full of corn easily.

Guys I know have hooked up their screw guns to the winch to raise and lower them. No hand cranking !

New guy on the lease just bought 4 small 12 volt winches from Harbor Freight. A regular hand crank winch is like $25. For $55 on sale, he bought 4 twelve volt ATV smallish winches.

He attached his pulleys and cables. Using jumper cables he jumps the winch to work up and down. Heís been taking a 12 volt battery with him on his Atv to do the deal. Iím sure you could use the Atv battery but it might hurt things ? His system, has got me thinking !

I have two feeders because of their locales in wet flooded areas cause them to clog on account of water vapour lifting up into the funnel turning back to wetness and spoiling the corn.

I have to disconnect these stationary feeders and itís an ordeal. With a winch, itís now a cinch !!


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Old 10-15-2019, 11:07 AM   #9
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I'm thinking about building a winch up feeder. But I'm not sure if a boat winch will raise 300lbs of corn effectively. I know a lot of folks use them, but I'm just looking for input and maybe some ideas!

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I'm in the process of doing the same thing. Yes it will with ease.

I wish we were closer, it would be fun to get together and build a few.

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Old 10-15-2019, 11:09 AM   #10
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For sure get one with a brake, and you can double-pulley the cable to make it easier to raise, though it will take twice as many turns.

Also, if you don't have a winch w/brake and it slips out of your hand, don't try to grab it to stop the fall

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Old 10-15-2019, 11:23 AM   #11
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Another vote for stand and fill. But if you must, make sure you get the winch with the brake and longer handle, and preferably double pulley. Over-do your cable size and connections, and dont ever stand under it or try to stop it if it falls.

We have a whole lease full of winch-ups and I hate them. Been slowly replacing with stand and fills as needed.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:28 AM   #12
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I use the one you can get from Harbor Freight. They cost about $23 & are 1200lb. cap. Put a double pulley system on it and it will be much easier to crank up.
I had one built recently and it has the HF winch. Good winch and cable.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #13
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Speaking of....
What size and gauge pipe or square tubing is best to use to not make it super heavy and still strong enough. I also need a size that will fit into the next size up for the cap on top for the legs to slip into and be held in place. Also the cable needs a wheel to slide/roll on, correct?

Any pics / diagrams / advice would be appreciate it.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:10 PM   #14
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Make sure you get the right kind of boat winch. You want one with a brake.

I'll never own another winch up feeder. I've had a couple close calls with them. Stand and fills are so much easier and safer.

This^^^
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:30 PM   #15
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Put a pen around your tripod feeder. We had a couple of cows learn how to shoulder the legs and turn the feeder over. One cow sees another do it and the others do it too. Make sure the lid of your feeder is attached good. They will gorge themselves. The one on that particular lease died. At the time cows cost $600. Don’t ask me how I know.
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:54 PM   #16
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Speaking of....
What size and gauge pipe or square tubing is best to use to not make it super heavy and still strong enough. I also need a size that will fit into the next size up for the cap on top for the legs to slip into and be held in place. Also the cable needs a wheel to slide/roll on, correct?

Any pics / diagrams / advice would be appreciate it.
1.5" schedule 40 pipe legs and 2" schedule 40 tops welded to 3/8 plate. Pipe comes in 21' length and what I do is buy two and cut 7' off each one and weld them together for 14' tripod. The tops are cut on a 33 degree angle with the winch either u-bolted to pipe or weld a bracket to one leg and bolt it. I just sold my last two and used them for 15-20 years with no pen and cows on the place, never had one knocked down by a cow or pig but did once by a horse.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:26 PM   #17
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For sure get one with a brake, and you can double-pulley the cable to make it easier to raise, though it will take twice as many turns.

Also, if you don't have a winch w/brake and it slips out of your hand, don't try to grab it to stop the fall

Both of my feeders are now double pulley crank up type. My new one is hellfor stout, with schedule 40 2-piece legs. Got the bale and tripod top from Boss Buck. I second the Harbor Freight winch. Been using theirs for years on feeders and cleaning racks.

A while back I was cranking the feeder down and it was super easy, so I tried letting go of the hand crank. It wound down slow and easy. Before I added the second pulley, Iíd have never tried that.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:12 PM   #18
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I've built over a couple hunerd of them.......stand and fill is all I use now!
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:19 PM   #19
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Stand and fill is the way to go. If cattle are an issue build a circle feed pen.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:52 PM   #20
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It will do it. But if you’re building, build stand and fills. We’re transitioning all of ours from winch ups to stand and fills.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:01 AM   #21
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I guess I should have clarified. I have cows on the property. They done fool with the corn now, but my feeder is 7.5 ft tall to the timer. So I worry they would destroy a stand a fill.

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One of our guys has stand and fills, the cows rub on them to shake corn out. But the larger problem is the pigs digging ctsters under them to get to the corn that falls straight down, then they shake them until empty. Nevermind that if adeer is standing in front of one, you canít shoot it for fear of shooting s hole in the feeder.


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Old 10-16-2019, 07:34 AM   #22
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if adeer is standing in front of one, you canít shoot it for fear of shooting s hole in the feeder.
this and the concern that a shot could be blocked by the deer being on the other side of the stand and fill. if and when i transition to a stand and fill it will have to have a directional thrower
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:36 AM   #23
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I've built over a couple hunerd of them.......stand and fill is all I use now!
Any leftover tripods for sale?
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:44 AM   #24
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I have one stand and fill and 6 winch ups. I have never had a problem with cattle at the stand and fill. I don’t hunt over the stand and fill, but I can understand the issue with blocked shots. I have only had one problem with a winch up in over thirty years of using them and that was my fault for not replacing the cable sooner.
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:07 AM   #25
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Built my own and used this winch from harbor freight. Been using it 5 years now and never had any issues. I removed the handle, put doubled nuts on the shaft and use my cordless drill to raise and lower it.


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Old 10-16-2019, 11:20 AM   #26
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River frontage and stand and fills dont mix well. I went to all winch ups on the river. If outside the river flood areas then YES... Stand and Fill all the way. I am working on a prototype stand and fill that will float up with 600lbs of corn.
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:24 AM   #27
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Post up some of your Tripods, we need ideas for our build
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:35 AM   #28
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Built my own and used this winch from harbor freight. Been using it 5 years now and never had any issues. I removed the handle, put doubled nuts on the shaft and use my cordless drill to raise and lower it.


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I used that one the same way but the nuts stripped the threads. I just tighten the chuck on the shaft now.
Fixing to pull it down and sell it. We've gone to all stand and fills.

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Old 10-16-2019, 11:45 AM   #29
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I have Fulton 1500 lb brake winches on two feeders that I've had since 2003. Sixteen years out in the weather and I've yet to have to replace one. I do not affix the handles with the nut. I just slide them on when I need to crank my feeder up or down. The rest of the time, I just drop the shaft of the handle down into the space behind the winch drum and it just hangs there until someone lifts it out to use it. By not having the handle attached, there's no way for the feeder to lower accidentally.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:13 PM   #30
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The only way I would ever use a winch up feeder again is if I was not putting a pig proof fence around it, otherwise stand and fill for me. Actually I would just use 7-8 foot legs and fill with a ladder. Winch up feeders are just like mechanical broad heads, too many moving parts, lol.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:14 PM   #31
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Only pics I have, these are about 20 years old, sold them last week.
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I guess I should have clarified. I have cows on the property. They done fool with the corn now, but my feeder is 7.5 ft tall to the timer. So I worry they would destroy a stand a fill.

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I have 3 Lamco Low and Throw feeders. They are stand and fill. The cows can't hurt them. I will never have another winch up feeder after finding these.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:22 PM   #33
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If the livestock is eating your corn or using your feeder to scratch themselves. You probably need a feeder pin. There are several threads here for feeder pins.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:30 PM   #34
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Never again for winch up. I used them for years until I went to stand and fill. You can buy anchors at Academy and anchor the Stand and Fill if you want. We have cows and no pens and no problems with hogs or cows.
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:58 PM   #35
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Only pics I have, these are about 20 years old, sold them last week.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:49 PM   #36
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Never again for winch up. I used them for years until I went to stand and fill. You can buy anchors at Academy and anchor the Stand and Fill if you want. We have cows and no pens and no problems with hogs or cows.
^^^^^^Same here.
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Any leftover tripods for sale?
No! Retired...
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