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I know a couple of you wanted to see pics of the Robo style bee vac that I built so here it is. This is a five frame vac (I also built a , the outside dimensions are the same size as your boxes, whether they are 5, 8 or 10 frame gear.

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Top of the vac with the sliding door pulled half way out.

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Top of the vac with sliding door removed.

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Bottom side of the top, notice the weather stripping to get a good seal.

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The left hand hole has a gate that can be opened and closed as needed to regulate the vacuum pressure (shown closed).
The right hand hole is where the hose from the shop vac would be plugged in.

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Gate opened for the least amount of vacuum, if even less is needed then you can slide the door open a little.
When you add different attachments to the end of the hose to suck up the bees the vac pressure can increase greatly.

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Bottom of the bee vac, notice the bottom board at an angle.

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Side view showing the weather stripping, hole is for a hose to suck up the bees.

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Bottom of the vac.

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Next comes a box, in this case it is a deep, a medium or shallow would work just as well. Note the frames of foundation in the box. (This is a 5 frame vac and a 10 frame deep just for looks folks, did not have any 5 frame gear handy for the pic)

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Set up and needing a ratchet strap (I know, in this pic the gate hole is not drilled out).

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With the sliding door removed and ready for transport to your yard, with the screened top they will have plenty of ventilation, no chance for them to over heat.
 

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G3farms said:
I know a couple of you wanted to see pics of the Robo style bee vac that I built so here it is.
That's just the size & weight my ole back can pack around !!

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I've seen that same bee vac in action(got the stings to prove it :lol: ),it's as slick as it gets and a snap to use.What I really liked the most about it was after you're done vacuuming up bees,you can use the ratchet strap for a carrying handle.Thanks for posting it G3,it's on my list to build one.
 

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Looks like you did a nice job.

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G3:
Do you have any measurements, and photos of this in action?
I just came home from a call where the homeowner has a feral swarm building exposed comb in the underside of an (open) soffitt, 3 stories up. They had just taken up residence there about a week and a half ago, and are probably 1/2 the size of a basketball. I talked him into covering it-with an entrance hole-and letting them overwinter on their own. Since it is so late in the year, and the colony is so small, I didn't want to try to relocate them. If they survive on their own, I can come get them in the spring, and will need my own copy of your 5 frame vac. I may even try to talk the home owner into letting me set up the hive on his property. My first out-lying bee yard!!!
Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
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Thanks Idee.
I had already checked that one out. I am mainly interested in the 5 frame vac that G3 built, and was wondering about the depth of the top and bottom. I can figure out the length and width. Both pieces appear to be about 4 inches deep, assuming he's using a 2-1/2 inch hose to suck the bees up. This will be one of my winter projects.
 

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Yes can get you some measures, use it today to get a small hive out of between the floors of a two story house.

The bottom is 4" deep, the top is 2 1/2" deep and the sliding lid is 3/8" plywood.

The hose is 2 1/2" which comes with a shop vac or can be bought separately at home depot (even though they are a little thinner and can kink), the hole is 1 1/4" and drilled with a hole saw ( a hint for a clean hole: drill half way through or until the pilot bit comes through the other side, flip it over and finish drilling from the back side).

I used aluminum window screen wire for the top also.
 

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Thanks G3.
Idee, I like yours too, but I plan to build one to fit a 5 frame nuc. That's why I'm so interested in G3s. Now that I got the measurements-that's my next project in the woodshop.
Have a great day.
 
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