The X80 controller can replace the timer on almost any existing feeder.
We started from scratch have all the parts for our wireless feeder installation. Our X80 controller arrived in March and we set it up in June. Here is a list of what we to complete the feeder. The controller ended up being less than half the cost. Sources of equipment are given as examples only, BEC Dealer LLC does not endorse any particular hardware supplier.
The feeder is built around a 55-gallon (gal) steel drum.
- Box-type 12/6V DC motor/spinner without the timer. ~$65. Connects to the X80 controller. Call them to purchase without timer.
- Barrel hanger. ~60. Attaches to 55 gal open-head drum allowing easy access to top and has a pulley.
- Barrel funnel. ~$25. Funnels feed at bottom of barrel onto spinner. Not required but recommended to prevent build-up of spoiled feed around bottom edges of barrel.
- Used 55-gal open-head steel drum. ~$10. Obtained from local apple product processor, used for grape concentrate. Also check with local soft drink manufacturers or milk processors.
- SLA battery. ~$29. Powers motor/spinner.
We see two options for mounting the feeder: stands and hanging. Probably the first consideration should be whether bear will be present. If so, stands are basically out and the minimum height off the ground for the bottom of the feeder should be about 10 feet (ft). As you can see, we have big black bear around so our only option is hanging. We have decided to try to string a wire rope between two large trees about 25 feet high and lift the feeder with a winch at the bottom of one of the trees, tight-rope style. A full 55-gal drum of feed can weigh 800 pounds (lb), so hefty hardware is needed. We initially plan to load no more than 100 lb of feed in the feeder.
- 200 ft of wire rope (1,750 lb). ~$125. The trees are about 100 ft apart.
- Hand winch with auto-brake. (1,500 lb). ~$150.
- Pulley block (2,000 lb). ~$30. Mounted above hand winch.
BEC Dealer LLC and the QDMA supports supplemental feeding of white-tailed deer in situations where it is legal, no known disease concerns exist, and when done to achieve biologically sound management recommendations made in consultation with a qualified wildlife professional.