Assembly Instructions Metal Feeder
Packed inside the feeder is a plastic bag containing two short bolts, four fender washers, two ¼” nuts, lfour ¼” lock nuts and one spring. Two 4” diameter counterweights, and one treadle assembly is packed at the top of the package. The wire links that connect the door to the treadle are taped to the sides of the feeder. Your feeder was assembled and tested, then disassembled and packed for shipping.
Set the feeder in the upright position. Put one of the large fender washers on a bolt then reach inside the swinging door into the feed tray and insert the bolt through the side of the feeder, add one large fender washer and one ¼” nut on the outside. Do the same for the other side then tighten the nuts firmly using a wrench or crescent wrench.
Place the counterweight bolt in the end hole of the treadle arms using one of the lock nuts. Just snug it up to prevent breaking the concrete counterweights. The small metal pin sticking out of the counterweight should be on top of the treadle arm to keep the counterweight from swinging down. Place the treadle arm assembly over the bolts protruding out from the sides of the feeder and add one lock nut on each side. Tighten the lock nuts down lightly then back them off 1/8th turn so that the treadle will move freely. You will have to bend the treadle arms to line everything up and tweak it so nothing rubs.
Insert the wire links with small bent end into the hole in the end of the door axle crank blocks and stick the large L bend end through the treadle arms. Bend both ends of the wire links down and underneath to keep link from popping off then clip off the excess wire on the bottom end. Not too tight that it binds and prevents the door from opening. If the swinging door doesn’t open up all the way back take a pair of pliers and put a kink in the wire link till the swinging door opens all the way back. All you are doing is shortening the wire link by putting a kink in it.
If the counter weights bolts rub on the side of the feeder, bend the treadle arm out slightly till it clears. Hook the short end of the spring over the wire link and using pliers pull it up and hook it in one of the holes at the top of the feeder. Be careful working with the spring, watch your eyes!
If you have small dogs you probably bought the wrong feeder which we warned you about.
The feeder could possibly be tweaked for smaller dogs. The feeder should be fastened to a wall or post for stability. There is an 1 ½” thick recycled wood spacer included, set the feeder in place and mark where the wood spacer should go, screw the spacer to the wall, put the feeder back in place, and run a couple of screws through the side of the feeder into the wood spacer.
The feeder can be fastened to a plywood base if it needs to be freestanding. Fasten the wooden block to the plywood base, then put a couple of screws through the side of the feeder. Usually the lid must be pushed to one side to get it to close completely.
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