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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 3:56 pm 
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Ok, after a few experiments, this is the Feedmaster 30 Mk5!! And it can be yours for the sum of approximately $30 and half an hours work!
I built this because I was sick of filling up my old 12kg feeder all the time and having feed wasted, not being happy with anything I saw on the market (especially price! :P) I decided to make something out of stuff I mostly had laying around.

Items Required:
    $10 black bin from Bunnings
    $7 plastic chair (If you don't have one of these spare in your backyard, you're unaustralian!)
    $5 plug and waste
    $4 length of 50mm pipe
    $2 50mm pipe jointer to 50mm thread
    $2 2 x plant saucer, bowl, whatever (I used what I had laying around)

Tools Needed (Assuming you have or can beg, borrow, steal.)
    Hole Saw's - 1 1/2", 3" I think, you'll know when you're putting it together
    Drill
    Saw
    Sandpaper

Then put it together something like this:
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The The Feedmaster 30 Mk5 in use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zklHe3jw6YE

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 5:10 pm 
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Fantastic - love the video too. How is the pipe fixed inside the bin - is it just because of the wider diameter at the top? And how is the bottom "feeding station" attached - glue?

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That is fantastic! Well done on your invention. I have added a link to your post in the Feeding Index so others can find it easily!

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 6:35 pm 
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andyt wrote:
... How is the pipe fixed inside the bin - is it just because of the wider diameter at the top?


Oops - just looked a bit more closely at the photos and list of items and realised what the "plug and waste" was for :oops:

Still keen to know how the base is held together, and whether you can take it apart for cleaning.

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That's a great idea. It would also be good to put a sloping funnel shape piece of metal in the bottom of the bin like they do in honey drums. That way the pellets would all slide downwards.

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 7:30 pm 
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andyt wrote:
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... How is the pipe fixed inside the bin - is it just because of the wider diameter at the top?


Oops - just looked a bit more closely at the photos and list of items and realised what the "plug and waste" was for :oops:

Still keen to know how the base is held together, and whether you can take it apart for cleaning.


Yeah :) Plug and waste in the bottom, then the feeder screws to that.

The feeder is two very closely sized saucers, the big one (with all the holes in it) slips over the little one, it's not actually joined, you can just slide it up to clean stuff out.

The smaller one is connected to the pipe with a couple of angle brackets and rivets, I just cut a 3/4" gal saddle (for attaching rural poly to whatever) in half, banged the curved bit straight on the anvil and drilled an extra hole.

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That's a great idea. It would also be good to put a sloping funnel shape piece of metal in the bottom of the bin like they do in honey drums. That way the pellets would all slide downwards.


KISS ;) I did consider this, but 30kg of food fits perfectly in the feeder. I empty a whole bag of feed and away you go. There's only a minimal amount of food that gets caught in the corners and I didn't think it justified any modification. I don't really let it get that low anyway as I check the level when I'm up giving my flock their daily hugs :D The main aim with most things I design is to make it simple, economical and easy to replicate :)

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You have obviously put a lot of thought into this (mk1-4? :lol: ) and seem to have everything covered. I like that is can take a whole bag of feed.

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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 9:57 pm 
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NellyG wrote:
(mk1-4? :lol: )


Yeah... um... we don't talk about them, the original one had a dog bowl on the ground covered with 50mm welded mesh. It was working fine until I came home and a greedy roster had his head caught it in... So we've been through quite a lot since then...

The MK 4 just had the floating bottom bowl without the cover... this lead to about half a bag of feed being spread all over the floor as the bloody roo's kept digging the food out to get to the sunflower seeds!!

The MK 5 seems to be doing everything I want, so cracking a bottle of wine tonight (any excuse will do!).

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The Feedmaster 30 Mk5, sounds like something Tim "The Toolman" Taylor would make. :D

Great work it looks very good.

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It sounds really handy to be able to get the whole bag in.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 8:15 pm 
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Absolute brilliance, now wheres the turbo charger fit in to give it some Tim the tool man GRUNT?
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Love the feeder :) And as for you, well you big meany!! That clip of your dog trying to get the bait out of the trap :) After all that effort and you wanted to take it off him :( Love the ducks too by the way :)

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Duck Diva_73 wrote:
Love the feeder :) And as for you, well you big meany!! That clip of your dog trying to get the bait out of the trap :) After all that effort and you wanted to take it off him :( Love the ducks too by the way :)


He's a little bugger! Too smart for his own bloody good. He used to break into the old chicken coop through the laying boxes and eat all the chicken pellets, then get out without a trace... took us ages to find out where all the food was going!

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Sounds like my dog, he's a fool for chook food! :lol: Follows me around when I feed them so he can eat the spillage. What a great idea, clever you! :D


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Duck Diva_73 wrote:
Love the feeder :) And as for you, well you big meany!! That clip of your dog trying to get the bait out of the trap :) After all that effort and you wanted to take it off him :( Love the ducks too by the way :)


He's a little bugger! Too smart for his own bloody good. He used to break into the old chicken coop through the laying boxes and eat all the chicken pellets, then get out without a trace... took us ages to find out where all the food was going!


lol kenour Hes like our dog a garbage guts by the sounds. Rayza was the second runt of the littler of 11 and had to fight for every drop of booby. It doesnt matter how much we feed him hes still hanging around looking starved or sneaking in and pinching food off the kitchen bench :) (and he doesnt have worms) lol :biggrin:

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