FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What livestock can this be used for?

A. Our feeders can be used for cows, calves, bulls, sheep and as an automatic goat feeder.

Q. Where do I find operating instructions for my feeder?

A. Click on the following links to download and view the operation instructions for the feeder and timer.

Operating your Solar Feeder

The-Timer Operators Manual

Q. My feeder isn't spinning. What should I do?

A. First check to make sure the timer is operating and replace the AA batteries inside the timer if needed.

If the timer is operating properly check the 12 volt battery to make sure it has a sufficient charge (max lifespan is 2-3 seasons).

If the 12 volt battery has sufficient charge open the feeder door and check the spinner plate gap to make sure it’s not choked with feed.

Lastly check for lose or broken wiring between the battery and the spinner motor.

Q. How many head will the SF2500 feed?

A. 

Linear feet of bunk space 32′
Capacity (up to):
   Cattle – creep (12″) 32
   Cattle – calves (12-18″) 20-30
   Cattle – finishing (22″) 20
   Cattle – cows (24″) 16
   Goats/sheep (9″-16″) 24-42

Q. What if it’s not sunny for a few days?

A. The Solar Feeder will run for at least three weeks with no sunlight.

Q. What if I use different types of feed at different times of the year?

A. The Solar Feeder has an adjustable spinner plate to accommodate small grains or large pellets/cubes up to 3 1/2″ in length. Just loosen the 3/16″ Allen screw and adjust the spinner plate so that the gap is a little wider than the feed you are going to use. Hand tighten and you are all set.

Q. How do you keep feed from falling out during transit?

A. The unit has a feed shut off gate that you close by pushing in on the indicated handle when transporting or periods when not feeding.

Q. What is the Solar Feeder made of?

A. We use Heavy Duty 14 gauge powder coated steel for the outer walls and top and 14 gauge stainless steel for the hopper (upper trough) and lower troughs.

Q. Does the Solar Feeder work with all feeds?

A. Solar Feeders have been tested on everything from DDGS to ground corn to pellets & cubes. Most pellets and easy flowing feeds work with no special assistance and the standard vibrating motor ensures smooth flow even with sticky or high moisture feeds.

Q. How can I prevent theft of my feeder?

A. Each feeder comes with a removable anti-theft trailer tongue. Removing the tongue also protects your animals from injury and provides better trough accessibility. A storage box for the tongue can be found under the troughs and is accessible from both sides of the feeder.

Q. Can this be used as an automatic goat feeder?

A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic goat feeder.

Q. Can this be used as an automatic cow feeder?

A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic cow feeder.

Q. Can this be used as an automatic sheep feeder?

A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic sheep feeder.

Questions?

If you have a question not answered, here please click on the link below for a more complete product sheet or contact us.
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