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    Cheap extractors

    I have a horrible time matching schedules for the bee club extractor. Barely made it in from East Texas in order to return it the last time and it sat on my table unused for a week. Has anyone bought a cheap extractor off ebay? I might get 3 gallons of honey a year but crush and strain sets my ladies to redoing comb every year so I would like to be able to extract. . I am looking at Vivo honey extractors on Ebay for around $110 - anyone ever buy one?

    Last edited by Gypsi; Jul 18th 2016 at 11:41 AM. Reason: was going to put tags in, can't.
    No, maybe I should do a few more hive inspections before trying to cram 3 hive visits into one trip.

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    I started out with
    http://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com...ku-pm9304.html
    and found it a little too light and quickly upgraded to
    https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/17/H...teel-Extractor
    bought doing a November sale and never regretted it. It just finished its third year with no problems.

    "...one cannot deal with bees without being careful. If you deal carelessly with bees you will injure them, and will yourself be injured. And so with men." -Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection

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    http://www.maxantindustries.com/extractors.html. I bought a maxant and I can say their quality is top notch plus it's built in the USA. I find it's always better to spend the extra bucks and get something that's going to last forever than a piece of s*** that will give you problems in the long run.

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    FWIW:
    This is the one @ 50% off w/ free shipping:
    https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/17/Honey-Harvesting/Honey-House-Extracting/4777/2-Frame-BEE-EZY-Stainless-Steel-Extractor
    small enough to fit easily through doors and can be lifted to put on a low bench during extracting. Easy clean.
    "...one cannot deal with bees without being careful. If you deal carelessly with bees you will injure them, and will yourself be injured. And so with men." -Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection

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    Have to agree with Paint. Spend the $ and get a Maxant. Can't go wrong. It will last forever and you can sell it later for close to what you paid for it.
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    for the moment I am not spending a nickel, they are maybe 1/4 of the way capped on that honey. I think I have time to research, and that Maxant is the same price as the Dadant (if not going for one of the imported models) just their standard 2 frame like the bee club extractor I've been borrowing. That thing has a lot of mileage on it and is still running. Stole some brood instead of stealing their honey, the bees, all the bees, have suddenly found a flow.

    Maxant better than Dadant?
    No, maybe I should do a few more hive inspections before trying to cram 3 hive visits into one trip.

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    forget the Maxant "will not accept deep frames" That may be a factor on the cheap ones too, but I know the Dadant will.

    No, maybe I should do a few more hive inspections before trying to cram 3 hive visits into one trip.

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