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Old 05-22-2022, 07:25 AM   #1
ken800
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Default Feeder timer or motor?

I have a Judge feeder that is about 6 or 7 years old and recently it has started to "stick" when it is supposed to run. I can go out and press the test button and it does nothing. If I use a stick to manually rotate the feeder plate then run the test again, the spinner plate will throw corn. Once that happens, it seems to spin at the regular speed and throw corn about the same as in the past. The battery shows a full charge but, interestingly, reports 6V even though the battery is 12v as is the motor. It has been this way a very long time. It is a "foreverlast" timer that replaced my second failed "the timer".

Before I shovel out corn and dig in there, what's the most likely culprit in your opinion?
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Old 05-22-2022, 08:18 AM   #2
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Corn husk or string from corn sack might be up in the funnel that u can’t see. When u move the plate around with a stick it might b moving that husk or string around just enough that it unplugs it temporarily. That’s been my experience a couple of times. If that ain’t it, my second guess is that your motor is going out.
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Old 05-22-2022, 08:22 AM   #3
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First try it with a good 12v battery then a little oil on your motor shaft.
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Old 05-22-2022, 10:49 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I’ll have to dig out corn first…
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Old 05-22-2022, 10:57 AM   #5
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Check any wiring you can too. I had a new feeder that would spin perfect ,then not spin. i would mess with it & it would work for a bit again.Talked to the manufacturer & he said I will send you a new motor. When I got ready to take it apart I found a spot that the wiring was uninsulated. It would hit the metal side when the feeder would spin next time & then when I messed with it would spin. After a few spins it would vibrate enough to make contact again. I put in new motor & no more issues for 7 years now.
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Old 05-22-2022, 10:58 AM   #6
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If I was going to empty a Judge feeder again I would take the bottom plate off park a wheel barrow under it or other large wheeled container and then remove the spinner plate.
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Old 05-22-2022, 11:10 AM   #7
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Put a volt meter on the motot circuit and try it and see if its getting current at startup on test. And true 12 volt and a little squirt of oil is too easy.

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Old 05-22-2022, 12:03 PM   #8
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90% time it’s the battery, volt meter on battery is where I would start
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