I have used the Cabela's 240 lb. ladder type stand for two years now. Bought a second one this year. Make sure you get the varmit cage to keep the critters off of the distribution port. I usually start using it about 3-4 weeks prior to bow season. I set it to run in am and pm for 10 seconds. (easy to set) When the motor goes on to throw out the corn it hits the the bars of the varmit cage and makes a noise though. I use a rechargable 6 volt and it lasts a couple months without recharging. It took about 2 1/2 hours to assemble...the second unit was much easier since I had the first one to look at. To move it ( I bring it into the barn after deer season is over) I found that if you replace the few nuts and bolts that you need to remove to more easily transport it with stainless steel it makes the job much easyer. Also put wolmonized 2 X 4's on the feet to keep it from sinking in the dirt. Good luck.
The only thing that I would add is that it seems that after the deer feel the pressure of hunting, most of the activity at the feeder is at night, but it tends to keep deer in the area. Also, every body loves corn, so expect to spend a good deal of $ on keeping it full. Feeders can be useful, but they are not the miracle that some TV shows depict. At least not on my farm.
Last edited by Ohio farms
on Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.