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The mechanism failed after 2 years

This is my second one of these. I have had it about 2 years. The first one fell apart in my ex's hands when he was trying to put it back together after a clean- the metal was all rusty and just broke.
We found that pigeons could still flap on one metal perch and get their beaks into the adjacent feeding hole - completely defeating the feeder. We solved this by putting reinforced tape behind each alternate feeding hole, and removed the 3 related perches at the same time, leaving only 3 feeding holes and 3 related perches screwed in to the max. Still one pigeon we called "Einstein" would just fly up, land one claw on one perch so that the feeder would wobble enough before the tray lifted up and that was enough to spill out some seeds.
My ex bought me this one and, after 2 years the mechanism appears to have failed completely - there appears to be no resistance no matter what setting I put the weight mechanism on, when I press down - or even if a blue tit sits on the perch, the tray shoots up spraying seed everywhere. This could be from Einstein's continued attempts but now, in a matter of days, half the contents of the feeder is on the ground and not a pigeon in sight meaning that the seed is coming out without any significant weight on the perches. I have given up on these now. I am very very disappointed to have spent more than £100 on these feeders. God knows how to send it back to Canada for a replacement, the 10 year guarantee is worthless. I am fed up with these now.

RSPB response: Thank you for your review, we are very sorry that this product has not lived up to expectations. They are built to last hence the 10 year guarantee and therefore yours should not have broke in that time. Please do contact our customer service department who will be able to help you, you do not need to send it back to Canada. We're not sure what we can advise regarding Einstein he sounds like a very determined and clever pigeon. By edgecity, on 23 Oct 2016
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great product would recommend

is a bit tricky to clean I agree but otherwise it is a great product and very popular with birds and does seem to keep the larger birds out. wide variety of birds feed from it in and in very cold weather they will empty it within a week but easy to fill. Once you get used to taking it apart for cleaning it's fine. Is expensive but I've had it a few years now and still works well. By tomuw, on 13 Jan 2016
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Fiddly to Clean and assemble, but effective

I found this feeder to be effective at keeping squirrels out. Be sure to keep the assembly instructions because you will (most likely) need them each time you take it apart and re-assemble it. It is a bit fiddly to clean, but doesn't need cleaning as often as the smaller other designs. I could never get the perch ring to stay in place, so didn't persist in using it.

Eventually, one of the inner parts broke that is meant to hold the perches in place and from then on I couldn't get them to stay in place. The jackdaws who managed to eat from this one dislodged the perches repeatedly. By Elizabeth, on 24 Nov 2015
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Squirrel Buster Plus feeder

SKU# R0846

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Outwit the squirrels! An adjustable weight-activated mechanism inside this ingenious high-quality feeder instantly closes the feeding ports when 'someone' too heavy arrives. It's brilliantly made, flexible (the trigger weight can be set to favour smaller birds if you wish) and easy to dismantle and clean.

Can be used without the green perch ring, if undesirable species use it to their advantage. A ventilation system keeps food fresh and six ports feed several birds at once.

To ensure the weight mechanism of this feeder can work as designed, please make sure it is positioned at least 2 metres away from any potential jumping-off point, such as a tree trunk, fence, post or wall, and out of squirrels' reach across from any adjacent feeder.

Advice
Keeping your bird feeders clean will help keep your birds healthy, happy and coming back for more.
Learn more at www.rspb.org.uk/advice or call our Wildlife Enquiries team on 01767 693690 Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm.
Specifications
Height 50 cm
Capacity 1.5-1.9 kg (depending on seed type)
Lifetime manufacturer's warranty
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