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Old 02-20-2021, 03:54 PM   #1
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Been wanting to do this for awhile and finally got started on it after the season ended. About 170 gallons. 48 long 30 deep and 28 tall. I cut two pieces 78x28 on the plasma table and had a buddy brake them for the sides. The bottom I cut with the plasma and pre cut the holes for the feed tubes and etched the location for the legs. Tubes are 4x4 14ga cut so that the bottom tube is angled about 10deg down. Sides and bottom are 11ga. I cut an 11ga lid but I think Im gonna make a new one out of 16ga to make it a little lighter. This thing is gonna be heavy! Hope to finish it up in the next couple days and get it out next weekend.









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Old 02-20-2021, 06:45 PM   #2
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Looks good Kept pics coming
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:57 PM   #3
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Gonna weld some support on the legs still. And some sort of skids. Need to grab more material for one more feed tube. Will do that at work Monday. Then its just a lid and latches and a broke piece inside to funnel the feed and a coat of paint.

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Old 02-21-2021, 06:38 AM   #4
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Nicely done.

Been looking at doing something similar, but the $ for that much flat has slowed the project down. Almost considering buying one instead

Good job!
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:39 PM   #5
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Nicely done.

Been looking at doing something similar, but the $ for that much flat has slowed the project down. Almost considering buying one instead

Good job!

Yup. Its getting wild. I had the material before the recent price increase and work for a fab shop (not as a welder! ) so got it for cost.
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Old 02-24-2021, 09:41 PM   #6
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Got it finished up minus the pieces of flat bar inside the feed tubes to hold the feed from falling out. Gonna throw those on tomorrow. Got a couple coats on paint on and a few more tomorrow night before taking it out to the lease Friday as long as the weather holds up.




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Old 02-24-2021, 09:42 PM   #7
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:01 AM   #8
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Feeder looks really good!!!! Very nice design.

From having built one myself, I ended up adding a little "lip" at the bottom of the tube to stop the feed from just sliding out and also a hood extending out to protect a little from rain. Let me see if I can find any pics of how I finished my tubes.
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:08 AM   #9
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This was my first welding project so please forgive the quality of the welds but it shows what I am talking about. I tweaked the angle of the joint on the 2nd protein feeder we built and the tubes came out better. Didnt have to expand the tubes. Did the 22.5 degrees just like you.

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Old 02-25-2021, 10:27 AM   #10
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I know it's late to comment on it, but you might want to think about either drilling small 1/8" holes on that flat bottom or find some perforated metal for the bottom 1/4 of the end of the head and cut and weld them on now. It makes a big difference in dust and if moisture were to get in there.
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Old 02-25-2021, 08:23 PM   #11
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Yeah I welded on the little parts at the bottom of the feed tubes this evening.

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Old 02-25-2021, 08:25 PM   #12
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I know it's late to comment on it, but you might want to think about either drilling small 1/8" holes on that flat bottom or find some perforated metal for the bottom 1/4 of the end of the head and cut and weld them on now. It makes a big difference in dust and if moisture were to get in there.

Im not sure I understand what youre talking about. You mean the bottom of the feed tubes or the bottom of the hopper? I can easily add something before I head out tomorrow. Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2021, 08:14 AM   #13
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Hopefully my pic is right side up! Anyway, this is what hes referring to bout the drain holes. That is the small bottom lip in the front, and drain holes are in bottom of chute/tube, near the front lip. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Yeah I welded on the little parts at the bottom of the feed tubes this evening.



Very nice!!!!
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Old 02-26-2021, 10:29 AM   #15
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great looking build!

Are you trying to corner the market on tan Rtic coolers?
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Old 02-26-2021, 11:23 AM   #16
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Good deal. I will drill the holes in before we put it out. Thanks!!
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Old 02-26-2021, 11:24 AM   #17
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great looking build!

Are you trying to corner the market on tan Rtic coolers?

Haha they get used about once a year when we go up to Colorado. Found some deals I couldnt pass up!
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:49 PM   #18
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Got it out out this past weekend. No cows in the pasture now so were gonna get a pen put up before turkey season. Filled it with 1/2 corn 1/2 protein to start. Only about a 1/4 full to make sure everything works.





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Old 03-03-2021, 07:31 AM   #19
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Looking good brother! Prob be eating ya out of house and home in no time! Meant to ask, what did your feed tube height (from the ground) end up being? After lots of back n forth, research, and head scratching, I put mine at 36”, and seems to be working well. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:55 AM   #20
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Man what a great job!!!!
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:30 AM   #21
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Looking good brother! Prob be eating ya out of house and home in no time! Meant to ask, what did your feed tube height (from the ground) end up being? After lots of back n forth, research, and head scratching, I put mine at 36, and seems to be working well. Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty

I planned for 36 but forgot to account for the skids so they ended up 38.
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Looks awesome out in the field. Great job
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:04 PM   #23
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Awesome work. I have several different protein feeders and the last one I did was 40 inches to the feed port and they all eat out of it just fine. Now we just need pictures of deer eating out of it. Great job.
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Old 03-08-2021, 10:41 PM   #24
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Nicely done!


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Nice work, good looking feeder.
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