Product Features Squirrel Buster Plus Squirrel Buster Classic Squirrel Buster Mini
Squirrel-Proofing Method  Weight Adjustable Perch Spring Closes Shroud Over Seed Ports  Wire Grid Closes Down Over Seed Ports  Wire Mesh Closes Down Over Seed Ports
Construction Material  Powder-Coated Aluminum & UV-Stabilized Polycarbonate Seed Tube Powder-Coated Aluminum, UV-Stabilized Polycarbonate Seed Tube, Stainless Steel  Powder-Coated Aluminum & UV-Stabilized Polycarbonate Seed Tube
Seed Capacity  4.5 lbs  2.2 lbs  0.75 lbs
Ports & Perches  6 Seed Ports, Adjustable Perches & Optional Cardinal Ring  4 Seed Ports with Removable Perches to Convert to Clinging Feeder Only  4 Seed Ports with Larger U-Shaped Non-Removable Perches
Dimensions and Mounting 22"x6.5" with 6" Hanger 20"x4" with 11.5" Hanger 11.5"x3.9" with 11" Hanger
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Pros and Cons of Each Model

checkHolds the most seed - 4.5 lbs

checkMost feeding stations 6 vs 4 on other models

checkEasily dismantled for cleaning & dishwasher safe

 checkAdjustable Length Posi-Grip Perches to attract small and/or medium-sized birds.

 checkTrigger weight can be adjusted for squirrels and pest birds

checkChew Proof

checkSeed Tube Ventilation System

crossMost expensive Brome model

checkRemovable Perches

checkWire Grid Allows For Extra Surface for Birds to Cling To While Feeding

checkChew Proof

checkSeed Tube Ventilation System

crossShroud Trigger Weight Not Adjustable

crossNo Cardinal Ring

crossCan be easily dismantled for cleaning, but not dishwasher safe

crossHold less than half the seed of Buster Plus: 2.2 lbs seed vs 4.5 lbs

checkLeast Expensive Model

checkWire Mesh Allows For Extra Surface for Birds to Cling To While Feeding

checkCompact Size

checkChew Proof

checkSeed Tube Ventilation System

crossShroud Trigger Weight Not Adjustable

crossNo Cardinal Ring

crossCan be easily dismantled for cleaning, but not dishwasher safe

crossHolds least amount of seed: 0.75 lbs

Price & Suggestions

Avg Retail Price: $89
Most users with big squirrel problems love this feeder & think the price is worth it. This feeder is best for those who have a lot of bird activity (large seed capacity means less refilling) and want to be able to adjust the trigger weight and/or perch size for small and medium sized birds.

Avg Retail Price: $49
This is a good compromise if you don't want to spend more and don't have issues with "pest birds" like starlings, blackbirds, etc. & don't need an adjustable trigger weight or the Posi-Grip Perches.

Avg Retail Price: $25
If you don't have a lot of birds, or don't mind refilling, this one is a great economical choice & will keep the squirrels out. The biggest con from most users is that it doesn't hold enough seed at only 3/4 lb.

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Product Features Heritage Farms
Absolute II
Homestead
Super Stop-A-Squirrel
Droll
Yankee Flipper
Squirrel-Proofing Method  Weight Adjustable Perch Spring Closes Access to Seed by Trap Door Stainless steel spring adjusts to deprive squirrels of feed and also restrict large birds by closing the feeding ports.  Squirrel-triggered motor spins the feeder to quickly remove squirrels
Construction Material  Powder-Coated Galvanized Steel Powder-Coated Galvanized Steel  UV-Stabilized Polycarbonate Feed Tube, Heavy Metal Cap & Base
Seed Capacity  12 lbs  11 lbs 5 lbs
Seed Container Hopper Feeder with Bird Seed Access & Perch on 2 Sides  1-Sided Hopper-Style Feeder  4 Seed Ports
Dimensions and Mounting 13.5"x16"x11.2" with 11" steel bracket hanger or pole mounted with adapter 10" x 12.5" x 11" with Heavy-Duty Steel Hanger 8.5" x 8.5" x 28.5" with Heavy-Duty Stainless-Steel Wire Hanger
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Haven't Yet Found A Good Video of the Homestead Feeder. Battery-Operated, Twirls the Squirrel Off the Feeder
Pros and Cons of Each Model

checkLarge Capacity - 12 lbs.

checkRust-resistant galvanized steel construction

checkSeed Saver Baffle Eliminates Wasted Seed

checkPole Mounting and Hanging Hardware are included

check The pole includes a 12" ground socket to allow for seasonal removal of the feeder and pole or for removal during routine maintenance such as mowing.

check V-shaped bottom for even feed flow and multiple drain holes to maintain dryness.

checkWon Bird Watcher's Digest top award for being squirrel proof!

crossIf you pole-mount this feeder, you likely will need to attach a squirrel baffle as well (see explanation in tips below)

checkLarge Capacity - 11 lbs

checkRust-resistant galvanized steel construction

checkVersatile Use - Can be mounted to a post or tree or hung.

checkSide/storm panels shields from wind, rain, snow.

check Remove-A-Bin design for easy filling, less spill and easy cleaning

cross No pole included

crossLike the Absolute II, if you do pole-mount this feeder, you likely will need to attach a squirrel baffle

checkHold less than hopper feeders, but more than most tube feeders at  5 lbs

checkMicroban antimicrobial technology to help prevent mold, mildew and bacteria build-up

checkComes with rechargeable battery and battery charger

crossOne of the most expensive squirrel proof bird feeders at $110

crossSpinning motion will sometimes cause seed to spill out

crossOnly 4 Seed Ports

crossRequires battery and depends on mechanical motor to operate.

Price & Suggestions

Avg Retail Price: $59
Good choice for those who have a lot of bird activity (holds 12 lbs of seed) and who also want adjustable weight settings to attract and deter different sized birds.

Avg Retail Price: $40
If I had to choose between this one and the mid-priced Brome Classic, I think I would go with the Homestead. It holds more seed and has the adjustable spring to restrict large birds if needed.

Avg Retail Price: $110
Most who get a Flipper love it. I read a review from a birdwatcher who has used this feeder for 10 years & it still does the job. Personally, I don't want to have to bother with batteries, but that's just me. If you have an exceptionally bad squirrel problem at your feeders, you may want to give the Flipper a try.
 

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