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Steel Deer Feeder care and Maintenence

Steel Deer Feeder Maintenance and Care

We believe that the products we build at Steel Outdoors should last you a lifetime. Strong all welded and all steel deer feeders should last a lifetime right? But like all things a little TLC helps in the process. Here are a few small tips to insure your feeders do exactly what they were intended to do, maximize your ability in being a good steward of your property and investment.

Simple Household items for feeder care:


Spin Cast / Automatic Feeders

All of our spin cast feeders are practically maintenance free. But there are a few small details that can make a difference.

At least once a year either bring in your feeders are carry a can of Hunter Green Rust-Oleum http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=95 or  Krylon Hunter Green http://www.krylon.com/products/colormaster-enamel-paint/ and a small wire brush and look for any rust on or around the welded seams, feeder legs and especially the hood hinges. Lightly sand or wire brush any of the rust or chipped paint down to the bare metal. Wipe the area with a clean dry cloth and apply several small coats of paint to this area. Let dry a few minutes between coats and apply 3-4 coats evenly.


Always face your Solar Panel towards the Southern sky. 

This will allow maximum sunlight to penetrate the panel giving you long battery life, even in the darkest areas. As for maintaining your charging system and panel all that is truly needed is to keep the solar panel clean. We recommend each time you fill your feeder are just drive by the site, stop by and simply wipe the face of the panel with a soft cloth and mild cleaning solution like 409 or Windex.

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You will be amazed at how spring pollen, dust and mother nature can deflect the suns UV rays from penetrating the panel for optimum charging. “It’s that simple”.


On occasion, especially if you are using corn based products that have a high dust and debris content. It's not a bad idea (depending on the amount you’re feeding) to remove the spinner and box assembly from the feeder at the 4 stainless steel attaching bolts and with a soft paint or tooth brush clean the spinner shaft and spinner. Corn does create a large amount of dust and keeping the spinner plate and shaft clean periodically takes only minutes but the rewards for the small effort are endless.

     

 

 

 Gravity Feeders care and Maintenance:

 

. At least once a year either bring in your feeders are carry a can of Hunter Green Rust-Oleum http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=95 or Krylon Hunter Green http://www.krylon.com/products/colormaster-enamel-paint/ and a small wire brush and look for any rust on or around the feeder welded seams, legs and especially the hood hinges. Lightly sand or wire brush any of the rust or chipped paint down to the bare metal. Wipe the area with a clean dry cloth and apply several small coats of paint to this area. Let dry a few minutes between coats and apply 3-4 coats evenly.

    


    

 

Each time you visit a site are return to fill your feeder check along the lip of the feeder spout for any feed that may have solidified due to moisture. There are 2 ways moisture can get to this area, deer saliva and humidity. When deer eat they tend to be a little messy, (yep they can be pigs). But by simply using a small flat-head screwdriver are even your fingers you can wipe away any collected feed at the lip opening of the feeder. And also the small drain holes at the bottom of the spout as well.

    

14-Jun-2013