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  1. #1
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    Does anyone have the plans for the skids used in polination ? As I understand it they are set up with bottom boards attached to the skid ?
    As a secondary question does anyone use kenya type TBH`s for small scale pollination?
    Thanks Rick
    Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones

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    RAlex:

    My skids are set up such that the skid is the bottom board. They are 33 inches wide ( 2 hives side by side) and 48 inches long. I have a 2 inch landing board in front of each hive. That leaves 4 inches between the front and back hives.You have to decide if you want the hives touching in the middle or not, so you can get the kind of clip you want. Clips secure the hives on the pallet. You also need to put a trim around the pallet and in the middle of the pallet. This should be 3/4 inch high and creates the entrance.

    Jean-Marc

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    Same as jean-marc except my 2 x 4's are 47 inches long.
    Gregg Stewart

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    Thank You ...Jean-Marc and Gregg Stewart !...Rick
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    Do they sell pallets made for beekeepers? I don't really need a pallet with a screen bottom board, since I already have them on all my hives, but would like to have smaller, correct-sized pallets to tranport.

    Right now I've just got used pallets that are mostly around 4' x 5'. Would it be a problem shipping 4' x 5' pallets on a carrier?... couldn't I just put the 4 foot ends so that I get 8 feet across?

    (I'm planning on shipping about 100 hives out to almonds this fall. I'll have to find someone to team up with, or my broker will.)

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    > Do they sell pallets made for beekeepers?

    There was a plastics company out of Miami, FL
    that showed a 100% plastic pallet for hives
    at the ABF meeting in Savannah, GA (2001? 2002?
    my, how time flies...)

    Anyway, they got beat up pretty bad, because
    everyone who dropped by their booth said things
    like "that would be great, except it isn't made
    right", and showed them where they needed to
    change their (very expensive!) mold in some
    way or other. I'm no big expert on pallets,
    but Bob Harrison was there, and he certainly
    knows pallets... Bob - what happened to them?

    Bottom line, most operations build them in-house,
    and every third guy claims that his pallets are
    "standard", when the actual details are anything
    but standardized.

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    Mann Lake is offering finnished industry standard pallets. 33" x 48" is the industry standard for four way pallets. Built like jean-marc says.
    However none of us in the U.S.I know of use 3/4 entrance.
    3/4 entrance makes a nice mouse entrance.

    48 X 49 1/2 (If I remember correctly) is the standard for six way pallets. Six ways are loaded different on the semi. openings face the opposite way of four ways. Horace Bell and Joe Tweedy used six ways and said the rest of us were doing it wrong! Could be they were right . Said we have to get off to smoke our pallets or use a helper. They can smoke their pallets from the seat of a bobcat. Said four ways do not get correct ventilation on a semi. Beekeepers are always quick to give other beekeepers advice or point out what they are doing wrong!
    Plastics were to pricey and slide around on trucks. We tried two plastic pallets for awhile.
    Bob Harrison

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