A. Our feeders can be used for cows, calves, bulls, sheep and as an automatic goat feeder.
A. First check to make sure the timer is operating and replace the AA batteries inside the timer if needed. There is also a fuse in the AA battery compartment so make sure it’s not blown.
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). Even if the battery level indicator on the timer face is indicating that it’s fully charged it still may not have enough power to turn the spinner when engaged. Over 90% of “motor/spinner not working” problems are the result of a bad 12 volt battery.
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.
A. Yes there is a 1 year limited warranty.
LIMITED WARRANTY. Solar Feeders warrants that our feeders will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year. In the event applicable law imposes any implied warranties, the implied warranty period is limited to ninety (90) days from the date of receipt. Some jurisdictions do not allow such limitations on duration of an implied warranty, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
Spinner & Spinner motor, Vibrator, Timer, and Solar Panel, are all covered for replacement. Paint is covered for defects, but should be expected to flake and peal where animals and feed move. Batteries should be replaced every 3-4 years and are not covered under this warranty.
|Linear feet of trough space||32′|
|Capacity (up to):|
|Cattle – creep (12″)||32|
|Cattle – calves (12-18″)||20-30|
|Cattle – finishing (22″)||20|
|Cattle – cows (24″)||16|
|Linear feet of trough space||24′|
|Capacity (up to):|
|Cattle – creep (12″)||24|
|Cattle – calves (12-18″)||16-24|
|Cattle – finishing (22″)||15|
|Cattle – cows (24″)||12-15|
A. Solar Feeders have more trough space when compared to other feeders in the same size and price range. This reduces your cost per head by up to 20% when compared to other brands on the market.
A. The Solar Feeder will run for at least three weeks with no sunlight.
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.
A. The average is between 9-12 lbs per second but we recommend that you perform a manual test for best accuracy. To increase the flow rate move the spinner plate down to create a wider gap or move it up to decrease the flow rate.
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.
A. We use Heavy Duty 14 gauge powder coated steel for the outer walls and top and 14 gauge stainless steel for the feed hopper, upper & lower troughs.
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.
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.
A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic goat feeder and can handle up to 42 goats.
A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic cow feeder and can handle up to 20 cows.
A. Yes, Solar Feeders can be used as an automatic sheep feeder and can handle up to 42 sheep.