BROWER Top Hatch Incubator CRITIQUE - Bad News!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tackyrama, May 7, 2009.

  1. tackyrama

    tackyrama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    We purchased a Brower top hatch incubator last summer new for about $130.00. Stay away from these folks. We have had nothing but trouble! We have used it exactly three (3) times and now the motor has burned out.

    I am a former tool maker and I know something about how equipment is supposed to work. This incubator is very temperamental and will work only if adjusted precisley and is prone to break and/or go out of adjustment. They are supposed to work by blowing the air up through a center tower where it is heated by a 60 watt bulb. The air is then circulated back down around the outside of the tower. The bed is rotated by the same tiny motor with plastic gears. This system works OK only if everything is adjusted and working properly.

    There are two major problems are the motor and the circulation system:

    First - as the air is circulated back down the small space (about 1/4 inch) around the outside of the tower it tends to become fouled with lint, litter and/or chick down. Circulation is gradually cut off and quickly throws the temperature out of adjustment.

    Second - The space around the outside of the tower allows litter (bits of egg shell etc.) to fall down into the motor/gear box area. What happens is the gears become jambed with bits of shell and the motor burns out. To have any chance or working properly this incubator has to be completely dissasembled and thoroughly cleaned after every hatch. OK, evey bator needs to be cleaned but in addition to sanitary concerns this model needs extraordinary cleaning and care.

    I has taken me three very unsatisfactory hatches and many hours of tinkering with this piece of overpriced junk to draw the above conclusions. I have completely dissasembled the bator at least 8 times, cleaning and examining it closely every time. I am not one to give up on anything very easily but I am done with this piece of junk!
    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  2. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    This is very interesting. Thank you so much for passing this on.

    I was really thinking about getting one, now I am glad I didn't.
  3. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    Yes, thank you for sharing. I also seriously considered one of these, but my Octagon Eco arrives tomorrow. [​IMG]
  4. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Well, I bought a 1588 Hovabator from Home and Barn Basics. They give a small deduction if you are a member of the BYC forum.

    That was a week ago. I got a response the next day which said that I would get an email when they shipped it.

    I have yet to get this email.

    I have emailed THEM twice, and tried to call. There is no answer to the phone, not even a message. It just rings and rings.

    I am getting somewhat upset.

    I have some nice eggs coming. I guess I can put them in the LG, which I am doing pretty well with, but I thought it would be here.

    I am disappointed.

    My hope is that they did send it and did not send me an email and it was an oversight.

    They haven't gone out of business or something, have they? [​IMG]

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