May 30th 2012, 02:58 AM
Being a new beek I have no clue which is best as well as which uncapping knife is best.
I don't think I need an electric extractor but I do want a good one and my plans are to add 2 hives next year for a total of 3 and unless I plan to really start selling Honey after next year I'm gonna just stay at 3 hives.
Money isn't really a factor I just want good stuff I won't have to replace when I jump to 3 hives next year
May 30th 2012, 07:05 AM
There are many good ones out there, but I would say Maxant is probably the best. ""American made"", and about 3 generations of machinery making in that family.
Good people, too.
May 30th 2012, 07:10 AM
I'd start off with looking for something used (but this can be hard to find now with so many people discovering bees).
I would try and stick with stainless steel (durability and holds its value extremely well)
While you say now you only want 3 hives ( ) most of us know how that turns out!
Hand crank is OK for a small number of hives, but if there is any chance you may expand in the future, why not get one that can be upgraded to power at a later date?
So, that said, my pick would be:
The 3100 hand crank.
Of course, dollar figure has not been discussed and this could play a huge part in any decision.
I have both, Maxant and Dadant, both good machines and locally made.
May 30th 2012, 07:32 AM
9 Frames?! Cool! Why didn't they just make it 10 to match the Super frame number?
That price is fine with me as I was expecting at least $300 maybe more.
I don't think I'll goto more than 3 Hives cause it would interfere with my Food Plot for deer hunting...
But...you never know I live in Farm County and I could expand off my Property...
May 30th 2012, 07:36 AM
$850 for adding the power option later... save $105 to get it now...Hmmm...
Is power really needed?
May 30th 2012, 07:39 AM
And that's what's gonna happen
Originally Posted by DonMcJr
I have always preferred to read authors who tell how they do things, rather then those who tell how things should be done... Jay Smith
May 30th 2012, 07:44 AM
Power will be useful when you get to approx. 10 hives.
May 30th 2012, 07:59 AM
Ok I don't think I'll get 10 Hives... But between selling the Maple Syrup I make and the Honey...you never know...decisions...decisions!
May 30th 2012, 08:52 AM
I would suggest the hand crank for now with the option to go live in the future. I have the 9 frame from Brushy Mountain and plan on replacing the hand crank with motor next year. I bolt it to a wooden pallet to keep it from dancing around while crankin'.
Farm, food plots, expanded property lines = more than 3 hives!!!
May 30th 2012, 12:13 PM
All the keeps I've talk to who started out with a hand crank regretted it and eventually went to power.
May 30th 2012, 12:32 PM
"Is power really needed?"
after i looked at your video set up......very funny
electrical power is a good thing! get the power, you won't regret it. i use an uncapping plane vs an uncapping knife.
May 30th 2012, 01:11 PM
LOL ok I guess I'll be lazy and get the power one...
Originally Posted by riverbee
May 30th 2012, 01:21 PM
I got the 3100 hand-cranked extractor with the power upgrade. I'll try the crank, but probably put the motor on. I got both because I want to be able to spin the frames no matter what the circumstances. The sad part was they said they were out of caps, and I'd have to call them back in a month, when they got some more in.
May 30th 2012, 06:08 PM
I started with 2 nucs last year and was hoping to someday have 3 or 4 hives. Fast forward to 9 hives and counting......
We used it once so far and man was it worth it.
We got the non-electric uncapping knife from Brushy Mtn and that thing is amazing. No heat or cord to plug in and it cuts like butter.
A bucket with a honey gate and strainer and a tub or tote to uncap into is a plus.
Cleanup was a breeze with hot water
May 30th 2012, 09:35 PM
"LOL ok I guess I'll be lazy and get the power one..."
LOL back! and ......
eddy, good advice and great post!