View Full Version : Chain Flail -vs.- rotary knife
09-04-2003, 09:43 PM
Anyone have experience with the two popular types of mechanical uncappers? What are the pro's and con's of these two types of uncappers? What do you like/dislike? Rather than rotary knife, I think I mean vibrating knife(Bogenshute).
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The Honey House
09-06-2003, 12:24 PM
I have the Maxant chain uncapper and I am satisfied. I had an adjustment problem which required a modification to the pillow blocks
but other than that it ok. It's fast an a bit expensive but well worth the time and aggravation of hand uncapping (IMHO)
The cappings tank that goes with the unit is way under sized.
09-08-2003, 05:00 AM
HH, were you able to make the adjustment yourself? Is it something the average semi-mechanically oriented beekeeper could do?
The Honey House
09-08-2003, 07:42 AM
You're going to need the help of a machinist if you want it made of stainless steel.
You could try making it out of something else (maybe a hard nylon) with some wood working tools. (router, drill, saw)
I had a piece of some black very hard nylon
once that I think would have work.
PS:The links on the PDF file are broken.
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09-08-2003, 12:11 PM
The one I just got from Maxant has some adjustment.I fiddled with it to try to get a compromise for thick and thin combs but still had to use the scratcher quite a bit.
I did have to make another set of end bar guides for my wide end bar frames.Dont know if Maxant ever got caught up but it took 4 months for them to deliver me one.
09-09-2003, 07:40 PM