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Old 12-17-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Big Bertha #5 - Timed Release Protein Feeder

Love my culvert pipe feeder in Dryden, but itís been so popular with the deer, they are draining 1,100 pounds of protein in 12-20 days. Doing me no good so after reading just about EVERY post about the Hammer Feeding System, I figured this was what I needed to make. Found an old 1 ton protein feeder that Iím refurbishing and going to turn it into my new Big Bertha Feeder. Should get me close to keeping protein available for my dominant bucks for 70 days between feeder fills.

It began this morning when I picked her up. Here she is in her former glory. She was built about 12 years ago.


Here she is on the trailer headed home with me.






First things first..... cut all the junk off and get the feed hole cut larger so I can draw inside and she if she is worth saving.





A couple cancer spots where some feed sat, but nothing a few patches canít heal. All in all, she will work just fine.



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Old 12-17-2018, 05:14 PM   #2
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Ran cross braces to help alleviate pressure from the legs and weight off of the tank wall itself.



Also framed out the new feed opening with angle.



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Old 12-17-2018, 05:16 PM   #3
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Enjoyed the first day working on her. Wonít be able to get back to her for a week or two, but plan to put her on skids and have everything welded solid as well as drop the overall height as much as possible.

So far so good.




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Old 12-17-2018, 05:30 PM   #4
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Gonna be Sweet!!

last pic makes me think of some good ol shine!!
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:25 PM   #5
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It looks like your cross braces are meeting dead center in the hopper. If so I highly recommend changing that. I have had to rod out my Hammer feeder several times from the top whenever a chunk of feed gets hung up, it happens so plan for it. I use a piece of 1/2" conduit and it works great, but you need a direct shot. The only thing I would change about the Hammer is a 4" actuator that opens the slide gate 100% instead of the 2" that saves battery power. With clean feed the 2" is just fine.

Also, I have three 4" feed tubes on the bottom of my feeder (similar to the old style of All Seasons but three not four) and these hold about 20 pounds per fill. I have the Hammer open twice per day for five minutes each time which feeds 40-50 pounds of feed each day depending on how much gets eaten in those five minute periods. Not sure what kind of tubes you are going to build to get your hopper to last 70 days but something to consider.

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Old 12-19-2018, 08:28 PM   #6
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It looks like your cross braces are meeting dead center in the hopper. If so I highly recommend changing that. I have had to rod out my Hammer feeder several times from the top whenever a chunk of feed gets hung up, it happens so plan for it. I use a piece of 1/2" conduit and it works great, but you need a direct shot. The only thing I would change about the Hammer is a 4" actuator that opens the slide gate 100% instead of the 2" that saves battery power. With clean feed the 2" is just fine.

Also, I have three 4" feed tubes on the bottom of my feeder (similar to the old style of All Seasons but three not four) and these hold about 20 pounds per fill. I have the Hammer open twice per day for five minutes each time which feeds 40-50 pounds of feed each day depending on how much gets eaten in those five minute periods. Not sure what kind of tubes you are going to build to get your hopper to last 70 days but something to consider.

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The cross braces are necessary where they are for strength and integrity of the tank. The bottom of the funnel will be replaced with a steeper angle funnel because the previous owner said it holds about 200 pounds of feed without draining. The new opening will be a 4Ē square tubing. We only feed quality feed and in dry west Texas we have not had a clog in 3 years of feeding.

As far as the feed dump, I am designing a feed end that will feed 28 pounds per day to make my 70 day goal.


I appreciate your input. Thank you.


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Old 12-20-2018, 01:17 PM   #7
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Iím at work, but Gus is on his first day of Christmas break, so heís not wasting any time with Bertha....






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Old 12-21-2018, 07:30 PM   #8
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Gus spent a few hours inside the tank
today with a sanding disc. Slow but steady progress.




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Old 12-25-2018, 05:51 PM   #9
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Just ordered my HAMMER unit and solar panel.... It's about to get real!
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:48 PM   #10
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Picked up the steel today for the funnel addition. Hopefully will be able to spend some time working on her tomorrow.




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Old 12-27-2018, 09:08 AM   #11
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:06 AM   #12
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:28 AM   #13
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Awesome Cody! I'm glad you were able to snag that.
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:43 AM   #14
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:03 AM   #15
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:37 AM   #16
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:17 PM   #17
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:44 PM   #18
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Old 12-27-2018, 04:35 PM   #19
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Old 12-27-2018, 05:14 PM   #20
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Looking good! That should hold your deer for a while
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Old 12-27-2018, 07:35 PM   #21
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Was a good day in the shop with my son. The hopper project took a lot longer than expected, but thatís always the case. Got the inside drenched in Ospho and a protective coat of rattle can primer on the outside for now. Might be another week until we can work on her again, but progress is steady.

Loved being able to do it all with my boy by my side helping.


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Old 12-28-2018, 10:40 AM   #22
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Looking good! That should hold your deer for a while
Man I sure hope so!
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:42 AM   #23
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Looks great! I need one now.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:22 AM   #24
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Great project. Coming along nicely.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:23 AM   #25
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Coated the inside with Ospho.
Interior and base coat paint is ready and waiting for a warmer drier day. Will give the Ospho and primer some time to get good and dry.




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Old 12-29-2018, 11:32 AM   #26
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I like it.

I have the hammer on a little 600 pound academy feeder and love it. For me it's about not feeding the coons but i can see where the deer would live under a feeder in west Texas.

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Old 12-29-2018, 11:35 AM   #27
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I like it.

I have the hammer on a little 600 pound academy feeder and love it. For me it's about not feeding the coons but i can see where the deer would live under a feeder in west Texas.

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The CoonHoods salves my coon problem last year, but I literally had deer sleeping under the feeder and deer in the feed pen constantly for 16-17 hours a day. That excess, especially constant doe consumption, wasnít doing me any good for antlers. Hopefully the Hammer will fix that.


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Old 12-29-2018, 11:59 AM   #28
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Was searching for some heavier pipe or angle iron for the skids. Went to the local junk collector man and found 20í of this heavy wall galvanized pipe.... $10 total! DEAL!




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Old 12-29-2018, 04:00 PM   #29
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Solar panel will be here Wednesday.




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Old 12-30-2018, 01:19 PM   #30
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All the steel I need to finish for $20 total. Gotta love a good deal.




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Old 12-31-2018, 10:18 AM   #31
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:03 PM   #32
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Got the inside Ospho lightly sanded and then a thick coat of paint applied. Iím always told I overkill with paint, but I believe a good coat of paint will double the life if not more of anything thatís out in the elements.






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Old 01-01-2019, 12:22 PM   #33
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She is alive!



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Old 01-01-2019, 02:40 PM   #34
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Progress...




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Old 01-01-2019, 02:55 PM   #35
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Man this is a cool build, looking good!! Are you going to build a 4-way head sort of like the ASF head you can buy with the hammer? I’ll be curious to see what route you go. I’m trying to find some time to get out in the shop and start building some stuff soon myself.
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Cool build
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:03 PM   #37
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Man this is a cool build, looking good!! Are you going to build a 4-way head sort of like the ASF head you can buy with the hammer? Iíll be curious to see what route you go. Iím trying to find some time to get out in the shop and start building some stuff soon myself.


I havenít decided yet. I wasnít sure of the overall height so itís now coming alive in my
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Job well done
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:59 PM   #39
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Default Big Bertha #5 - Timed Release Protein Feeder

Just found what Iím going to build my feed head out of. Not sure if I will do a 2 opening unit where it just has access from both ends, or a 3 where I open both ends and a hole in the middle as well. Thoughts???








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I could go sideways with openings on the ends:


Sideways with 3 openings:


Or cut it in half longways and cap end and use it like that:



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Old 01-03-2019, 12:57 PM   #41
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It just got real...








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Old 01-04-2019, 11:15 AM   #42
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Bad A** Build!
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:49 PM   #45
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Awesome! Like that feed head
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:08 PM   #46
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:37 PM   #49
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Looking sharp!! Let us know how much feed drops in the head when you test!
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