How to Choose the Right Deck Configuration for Your Feeder | Telsmith

How to Choose the Right Deck Configuration for Your Feeder

Feeder Deck Configurations

Telsmith feeders are built heavy duty and designed to absorb the impact from trucks dumping large stone incorporate deep side plates and massive wide flange beam cross supports. Standard duty offers lower profiles and is commonly used in portable applications with loader or excavator feed.

Solid pan, straight deck and step deck configurations offer additional versatility in feeder design to consistently deliver outstanding performance.

Below we outlined each type of deck configuration to help you figure out which fits your application.


Solid pan configurations provide a rugged pan to withstand the impact of heavy loads and provide consistent feed control. A common application for the solid pan configuration is at a high-production sand and gravel operation where the haul trucks dump into a hopper and the feeder discharges onto a scalping screen.


Straight-deck configurations incorporate one set of grizzly bars at the discharge end of the feeder, allowing smaller material to be “screened out” of the feed material. This arrangement is common on standard duty models in portable plant applications, feeding the oversized material directly into a crusher. Grizzly sections are typically 4’ to 6’ long.


Step-deck grizzly feeders incorporate two or more sections of grizzly bars, increasing the screening area and allowing material to tumble between decks, significantly improving efficiency. Due to the additional height requirement of the step, this arrangement is most common in severe duty models.

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