Has anyone tried these http://beekeeping.honeypaw.fi/Slit-uncapping.php ?? Are they available in the US? Do they work well on capped honey in old brood comb? Another link with photos. http://taru.ee/pood/honey-paw-viilkoorija
Fascinating. I want one.
I like the look but I can't determin if they are even for sale yet. They don't seem to post a price any where.
If you find out, Please let us know in another post or a followup.
It said 220 Euro. That is about 300 US dollars.
I got one. It was a little complicated to get the funds wired to their bank but it arrived a week after I paid for it. It works great. After uncapping 9 supers there is less than 1 shot glass of wax that is removed from the comb. It takes the bees about 1-2 days to rebuild the cells completely.
What powers it?
It uses steam from a steam generator. I purchased a small one used for bending wood. Here is what I purchased:
Has anyone else tried this uncapper? If so, what's your opinion?
I'm planning to order one when they send me the invoice. Will provide feedback after trying it.
I was pleased with the uncapper.
We extracted 4 deeps this weekend. All the wax that ran through the extractor resulted in about 1 cup of wax that was caught by the wire strainers.
The new combs uncapped quickly. We had some older combs that had brood in them in the past that took longer to melt through.
I think it was a little slower than using a hot knife, but there was no need to get a capping scratcher to hit the low spots. There was no waiting for the capping honey to drain out of the cappings (since there were none). The uncapper itself did not get sticky. I think we could speed up and maybe not have the slits as deep next time.
I could uncap 10 frames in the time it took to spin 10 frames, so things rolled along.
You do need to work through a hose management matter. You have a steam hose and a water vapor hose to work with. It took just a few minutes to engineer something in the basement to keep the hoses high so that your hand was not on the steam hose and you were not dragging the hoses across the frames as you uncapped.
All in all, I was pleased with the first time of using the uncapper.
It cost 170.73 Euros plus 35 Euros for shipping to Alabama from Finland. So, 205.73 Euros total (about $280)
(I got it from this website http://beekeeping.honeypaw.fi/Slit-uncapping.php by contacting the email address at the bottom email@example.com. They e-mailed an invoice with their bank wire instructions.)
It was a minor ordeal at the bank to wire the funds from a non-business account. It took a week from the time they shipped it until it arrived.
When spinning the honey out does it take the same amount of time compared to uncapping with an uncapping knife. Can you show a close up of an uncapped frame before and after extracted?
They really need an American dealer.
I'm confused. Do these comes with a steam source or does one need to purchase on in addition to the uncapper?
Propolis in Canada now sells it, with the steam generator.
catalog is a PDF on the right side of the page. At $550CA, steep. Greg Lowe paid about $280 shipped from Finland. In fairness, it does include the steam generator though.