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I have been making 14 inch wide 8-frame hives after a 13 3/4 inch turned out to be a tight fit with no wiggle room, but am finding that the 14 inch is way too big for frames that I have bought from Walter T. Kelley, but just right for frames that I bought from Dadant. So I just thought I'd post this to let you all know that there are big differences between frame width between suppliers. It's very possible that I may have gotten economy frames from Walter T. Kelley though, I don't recall paying attention to anything other than depth and number ordered, so maybe the difference in frame width is due to a difference between commercial grade and economy grade frames, but I'm not certain. The frames from Dadant are certainly more robust though.
 

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it is not uncommon to find that the endbars vary amongst the various manufactures which is where I assume you are seeing this difference???

I think perhaps what you are seeing is the cumulative effect of slight variations in the milling process.
 

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That might be it... but it sure adds up. Across just 8 frames it makes a 1/4 inch difference. That's enough to make the difference in violating bee space.

I decided to go ahead and go back to the 13 and 3/4 inch boxes and go with the W. T. Kelley frames because I just like them, plus every little bit of space adds up, and that extra 1/4 inch could add up to a big difference when multiplied by a semi-truck load. Plus 13 and 3/4 is the standard 8 frame width, so it'll be a little easier to buy stuff that fits later on.
 
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