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I wish I had taken my camera. Word of mouth sent me to the son of an old beekeeper (now deceased). The son is 70ish.
There were 2 machines there for cutting out top bars. The 3rd machine about 6' long was for side bars. It had 6 220 electric motors on it driving the various functions. You load about 10 - 20 cut to dimension wood stock in a feeder and it spits them the other end, continuous. They all need major reconditioning, sandblasting, painting, bearings I'm sure. He said I could have them for scrap metal value. If I only had a place to put them. All stored inside.
Then he pointed towards another shed and told me there were about 7000 unassembled frames in there.
As it was I came away with 36 supers with frames for $5 a box. All cypress, all unused. I couldn't fit any more in the bed of my truck this trip.
I really think those old machines are neat and need somebody to talk me out of them, and not monetarily.
 

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My 76 yr young beekeeping friend and I are going to get them next week. He is planning on restoring them.
I have to tell you about him. He knows how to make money with bees in central Fl. He has ran up to 400 hives. He has a restored antique knife blade uncapper that works great. He bicycles about 100 miles a week. Is being treated for prostrate cancer. Problem with him is he won't tell me what I should do, only tells me when I've done wrong, and quick too. He had me fill a small pollination contract for him this weekend cause his bobcat went down. I didn't want to, but he had give his word so I did it for him.
Oh yeah Tec, I paid $50 for all.
 

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oh yer' really stickin' the knife in hard ain't ya' rast???

ps... your 76 year old buddy (I do miss them kind which I knew in some number when I roamed Florida years ago) thinks you are smart enough to figure out what to do. he also likely figures you are head strong (not a bad trait to my way of thinking) enough you may not notice what you are doing improperly.
 

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Wow what a neat find!! If you get them restored, let me know, I'll buy some frames from ya!
 

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No, I didn't get them them, my buddies wife wouldn't let him. I don't have time or space. Iddee came down and looked at them and didn't think they were worth fixing up.
 

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Aw man... where are they located and how much money did the guy want for them? also how big were they? I might be interrested. They sound really neat.
 
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