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    Anyone ever use one for uncapping (a hobbyist level)? You know, like a spatula with a blade 1/8" below the plane of the spatula. A friend locally mentioned that he uses one for 4 hive's worth of uncapping; sounds inexpensive and perhaps easy. Thoughts?
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    My wire-based cheese slicer would need more
    tension to cut through cappings - its a little
    loose. But I don't see why any sharp object
    with a handle could not be used to uncap.

    I messed around with a 400 milliwatt laser
    and some servomotors last summer trying to
    make a "laser uncapper". It worked ok,
    vaporized the cappings and did not heat up
    the honey in the cells much at all, but
    I can't see making it into a product, as
    a laser that could be moved fast enough to
    be as fast as a chain uncapper would have
    to be powerful - several watts! This would
    be both expensive and a dangerous tool.

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    Oh but the g33k points youwould score with a full size laser uncapper....

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    Oh yeah, like I need any more.

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    Jim, why don't you work on a laser-zapper for SHB and Varroa destructor. You could use a spectrographic scanner to identify the little pests and computer-controlled micro-steppers to aim the laser. Probably wouldn't cost more than $4-5000 per hive.....
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    > Jim, why don't you work on a laser-zapper for SHB
    > and Varroa destructor...

    My good friend Zach beat everyone else to it
    already, with plain old electricity.
    Looky here:
    http://www.cyberbee.net/huangpub/2001ABJ.pdf

    ...and yeah, Zach racked up a lot more "geek points"
    than dollars with his little invention.

    ...I TOLD him to call it "Crispy Critters"
    if he wanted it to sell
    http://theimaginaryworld.com/tic378.jpg
    but would he listen? Nooooo.

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    Cheese slicer--Never thought of that, I found one of those in the kitchen drawer and it is even stainless--will try it next time we uncap some comb.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    I would not bother. I'd rather sell a cheese slicer and use my hot knife to slice cheese.

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    Just make sure the cheese slicer is stainless.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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