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- Squirrel's weight on feeder activates motor which gently twirls the squirrel off
- Can be used with all hanging feeders up to 10 pounds
- Does not harm birds or squirrels
- Made from durable, weather resistant PVC
- Operates on three standard "D" sized batteries
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SEBQTAS1|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
Twirl-a-Squirrel Electronic bird feeder squirrel baffle. Amazingly effective and fun to watch. The squirrel's weight on the feeder activates a motor which gently twirls the squirrel off. Can be used with all hanging feeders up to 10 pounds. Use feeders you already own. Does not harm birds or squirrels. Made from durable, weather resistant PVC. Easy to use and no assembly is required. No need to purchase "special batteries," Twirl-a-Squirrel operates on three standard "D" sized batteries (not included). Smart technology prevents motor fatigue.
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I spoke with the company today and the company no longer makes this product and they have NONE in stock to replace and are NOT doing refunds!!!!
I have to say that I have only had my twirler for two days, but the results are a clear victory for the birds. When I first set up the twirler the squirrels seemed confident in their ability to overcome it. I watched one squirrel for about ten minutes trying to figure out how to get past the little dome. He knew from his first encounter that a direct grab just got him tossed to the ground. After his attempts to get past the dome failed he contented himself with eating the seed that was on the ground from the previous days invasion. The squirrels seem to have given up and gone back to eating the hickory nuts on a nearby tree. They have lost interest in the bird feeder. I guess that it just isn't worth the effort anymore.
I felt that I should pass along an observation. It is important that the feeder hangs balanced evenly on the hook. When I first set mine up, it was slightly off balance and the slightest breeze would start the twirler cycle. I corrected the balance and the problem is resolved.
I was reluctant to buy such a pricey deterrent for the squirrels. I was concerned that it would be cheaply made and a waste of money. The unit is of reasonably solid construction and does it's intended job very well.
But I've now bought a second one and hung a peanut feeder on it. The peanut feeder is a mesh, so lots of wire to hang onto, and we have a juvenile squirrel who is managing (about one in 4 times?) to hang on even through a full spinning cycle - although then it starts up again after a few seconds. That said I'm not unhappy with it - the little furry robber is now only getting away with a small number of peanuts, whereas before he used to to empty the entire feeder in less than a day.
For the one on the Seed Feeder the batteries lasted 2 years, but the one on the Peanut Feeder they ran out in 3 weeks due to the device being triggered repeatedly.
So it's good, but the most dedicated squirrels might manage to defeat it sometimes.
Now for the new unit. I went to order a replacement and I was a little concerned about the number of user comments about the unit not being reliable. There seemed to be a high number of users claiming short battery life, and also comments that the unit just starts spinning for no reason. Well I put batteries in the new unit on Thursday. I took it outside and hung it up and added the bird feeder. I powered on the unit and it calibrated, spun up and then quit. I applied downward pressure to test it, and it spun up and appeared to work fine. Today (Saturday day 3 of ownership) my wife and I were working in the back yard and sure enough, in the course of an hour I saw it spin up at least 10 times. There was nothing on the feeder (not even birds). I tried to re-calibrate the unit, but again watched it spin for no reason.
So - as much as I loved this unit and had a great experience with the first one I purchased years ago, there has obviously been a change in the quality of the units being sold now. I am returning the unit for a refund and will look for a similar product from another company.
I would say with a moderate amount of squirrel activity you can expect to replace the batteries every six months. I look for the deals on D batteries that come in a 12-pack and replace them all at once. I wouldn't say one brand battery is better than the next. And I try to recycle the dead ones.
After three years, the green plastic is a little faded, the feeder hook and battery screws are a little rusty, and the chrome ring to hang it is worn a bit, The only maintenance I have done is because I noticed that they were operating a little slow and noisier than usual.
***NOTE*** This is not manufacturer endorsed BUT will extend the life of and restore the operation of your twirl-a-squirrels:
I disassembled the entire unit and greased the plastic reduction gears and oiled the metal sleeve the hook goes through - and after greasing they operate like new again. I used lithium grease on the plastic gears and a drop of motor oil on the metal sleeve.
I would say for a mostly plastic product with a tiny DC motor and plastic reduction gears, the engineering is great!
I would recommend you use nothing but average size tube style feeders with the twirl-a-squirrels, as anything odd shaped or too heavy won't twirl very fast and the squirrel will just hang on for the ride.
As another reviewer mentioned, high winds can trigger the units. So, I just go and turn them off if there are high winds. This will save your batteries. Also, snow on your feeders will trigger them if there is enough.
I am trying to design a way to hard-wire them with 4.5v DC so I don't have to replace batteries.