I bought this model to go along with other feeders I bought about 5 years ago, because we get a new cat and they don't like sharing. Although it is marked (and discounted) as "blemished" I couldn't see why. It looks great, and works great! My cats haven't ever been able to game these machines, and I never have to worry about reliability. It's super sturdy and easy to set up, and my cats dont bother me all day long for extras because I'm not the food source anymore! If you are on the fence at all, go for it! It's the best product I have ever bought in my life, no exaggeration.
Made in USA for 23+ years! Many modes of operation, indoor or outdoor applications and ease of maintenance and repairs.
If you don't mind a blemish here and there like a scratch/nick that you may not even notice, this is a great buy. This brand new Super Feeder carries the same 1-year warranty, excluding of course the blemishes, as any other Super Feeder. This basic package comes with a power adapter (type may vary) with 6' cord and jack plug, metal black powder-coat mounting bracket and strap, other hardware, two 2-cup capacity clear extensions, which give the feeder a total capacity of 1 quart and 3/4 cup. INCREASE ITS CAPACITY NOW OR LATER WITH THE 1.5 GALLON HOPPER AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. All you will need to operate it is any plug-in lamp/appliance timer (analog or digital), home automation system, etc...You MUST mount it to a 2x4 stud, 4x4, hang it, or make your own wood mount/platform (NOT for free-standing). This feeder will feed from a few food bits to a cup or more many times per day. The frequency of daily feeding cycles is totally dependent on the amount of "on-off" cycles your remote timer has. If installed outdoors, it should be properly protected against wild animals and its power supply should be enclosed out of the weather. The quantity is adjustable at the feeder. It's brand-new, but remember that although plastic on feeder and/or accessories may have some imperfections, proper operation is not affected and covered under warranty. Feeder may consist of early or late model housing and chute cover depending on what is in stock at time of order. Voltage required: Power supply 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz- Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. USA style plugs only-not battery operated.
ABOVE: VERY SIMPLE CUSTOM MOUNTING EXAMPLE TO SUIT APPLICATION
MORE EXAMPLES FROM CUSTOMERS: http://www.super-feed.com/small.html
Note: Small 1/4" round (spherical) kibbles like offered by Science Diet or other brands are recommended for very best performance. Please be aware that the feeder does not “count’ kibbles, but tests have shown that an overall accuracy of +/- .1 to .2 ounce from one portion to another is possible with recommended kibbles. Most other kibbles will work well up to 5/8" diameter, but with so many shapes/sizes of kibbles on the market, it is impossible to predict exact results as far as exact accuracy is concerned. Although performance is guaranteed with recommended food as described, please be advised that due to variance of kibble sizes and shapes, 100% portion accuracy simply cannot be guaranteed for all feed cycles. That would apply to any feeder feeding oddly shaped kibbles.
NOTE: USING A NAME BRAND LIKE "SCIENCE DIET" IS ONLY A BRAND EXAMPLE AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU ARE USING "RECOMMENDED" KIBBLE TYPE AS LISTED ABOVE IF YOU MUST HAVE THE BEST PORTION ACCURACY.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS WITH 220-240V: Please click on "Q&A/Shipping" above and http://www.super-feed.com/international_order_policy.htm
The feeder, as is, must be appropriately protected from wild animals if installed outdoors! Examples can be found at super-feed.com by clicking on http://www.super-feed.com/small.html.
How to use the feeder with a regular external timer: Basically any plug-in timer like a lamp timer can be used. Just follow directions included in feeder's manual.
How to use feeder with a home automation system: You can plug the supplied power adapter into a 100-240V module controlled by your system. You then turn the module on for a couple of minutes with your system, which in turn triggers and powers the feeder. The feeder runs only for time in seconds you adjusted the feeder to give you the portion you want and then stops. When you turn the power off for a couple of minutes, the feeder resets itself and is once again ready to be triggered at the next programmed time. If your system has 12 to 24 volts output ac or dc, you can do away with the feeder's own power adapter and hook directly to the feeder. You could also control the feeder's run time entirely with your external system by setting the feeder's feed time controller to its maximum setting of 70 seconds. NOTE: We recommend our Wi-Fi socket listed on this store as ACWIFI Socket for iPhone control (see details). Systems below have also been known to work fine. Iris brand "smart outlet" in-wall has been reported to work with smart phone. Z-Wave Smart Outlet the "Quirkey+GE Outlink Smart Outlet systems will work. Some systems by Leviton may not work properly due to the fact that their systems such as Z-Wave module, Z-Wave receptacle and dimming modules may not completely turn off and thus not work with the Super Feeder.
Examples of home automation systems used with this feeder:
Remote-Controllable Dual Outlet: http://www.smarthome.com/insteon-2663-222-on-off-outlet-white.html/
For years I had been manually dispensing food to my cats everyday until (after a whiile) it got to be a big repetitive chore. I went through the normal stages, buying a very cheap feeder but that only solved part of the problem. I was still faced with filling up that feeder on a daily basis (figuring the exact amount each time) and sometimes more than once a day if I was going to be gone for any length of time from home. Finally, in the Winter of 2013 I bought my first Super-Feeder CSF-3 (off of the Amazon site). It was priced within range for this type high quality of type of feeder and included most of the available options (including the chute, stand, and timer). After receiving it I followed SF's advice and decided to watch their video first. That made assembly a breeze (I could freeze it at crucial points, review what I might have missed, and set up the included timer more easily instead of trying to read paper instructions). After assembly, that feeder has been working non-stop for just about 2 and a half years. I no longer have to carry feeders from the pet's eating area to the kitchen, figure the servings, then take them back every single day. Now, I may load the feeder once a week using just the standard 2-section food hopper (there is a gallon option option so if you need it, they have it !) As I said, my first feeder included all options, so was priced higher because of that ; then I thought (hmmm, it'd be nice if both pets had these automated feeders). That would free up so much time for me every day. So, I began the search, checked directly of SF's website, and found that they sold the same CSF-3 without the options, and that purchase would save me over $75. I just had to be willing to make my own stand (a couple of 2x4s did the trick in no time flat) and I purchased a good timer (just 10 more bucks) from the local big box store. After assembly I had a worked unit (which they labeled as 'blemished' but this item has no flaws at all that I can see). So, definitely, if you're on a budget, go for the no-frills CSF-3 ( but if you want the timer, the stand, the detachable and whatever other extras come with the full package, then try that). Excellent customer service, high quality workmanship, and the pets actually do get attached to the Super Feeder after a few days 8-)
I was a little skeptical at first because of the price. My wife and travel a lot so we needed something to feed our outdoor cat when we were away. I purchased the Cat feeder in December 2011. I built a wooden enclosure and has been outdoors from day one. I live in Southern Michigan so it sees temperatures from -10F to 100F. It is still working excellent to this day. I highly recommend this feeder to anyone that is looking for a high quality feeder that will last. If you use these feeders outdoors you will have to adjust the volume adjustment screw differently in summer and winter to get the same amount of food per activation. I think the plastic inside is softer with warm temperatures so it allows more food to flow out when it is warmer outside.
This feeder was purchased to give our original feeder a rest. We are campers and knowing the guys are being fed takes the stress away.
I tried different models of food dispensers and they don'T last or don't work as advertised.... till now! Superfeeder is very good. I installed my 2 machines (have 2 cats and they don't share!) in minutes. Works great as advertised. Very compact units and seem very robust and durable. Only downside is the adjustments. The time knob would be nice if it had a more precise mesure than turning half turn each time! Also a graduated width adjustment for the pellets. Since I have 2 machines would have been easier to configure the same! I recommend this product to every pet ownwers. PS: Very good customer service and email response time.
My wife and I breed show rabbits. They are kept on a pretty strict feeding schedule so that they are in top shape. We attach these units over the J feeders on each cage. We have digital timers for each rabbit so we can take care of their individual needs. Even though rabbits generally spook pretty easy, mine came to the feeders after the auto feeder stopped and ate normally. We plan to use these units for nights when we are out past the regular feeding time or for weekend trips. Will be buying a nanny cam so I can see the feeders working. Definitely recommend them, they worked like a charm.
A great product. Cat proof. you have full control of how often and how much food is dispensed, unlike other feeders. worth the price.