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  1. #1
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    Default The awesome Beevac

    So here are a few pics of the bee vac that does not kill bees.

    I have let two other people use this and they will concurr that the loss of dead bees from vacuuming them up is practically zero.

    I have vacuumed up two queens, unknowingly, and neither were hurt or killed.

    I have had up to 6 lbs of bees in one tube at once.

    Slam me if you want I don't care.

    a pic of the inner tube


    a pic of the outer tube


    a pic of the bottom of the inner tube (it's upside down now) and how you get the bees out.


    a pic of it all together, hose is not connected or in the pic but goes in the top hole.



    both tubes full of bees approx 6 lbs in each container
    When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it.

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    Now that is outside the BOX.

    Thanks for posting
    Curtis

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    I see you have 2 of them there, you could maybe send the spare to me? I'd put it to good use! Thanks for the post, very nice beevacs!

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    I like that model Blammer, How do you hook up the hose ? Need a few more pics with the hose set up.

    Nice job !!!!

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    great job!

    thanks for the pics!!! -Danno

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    I want to know what kind of a blower(vac) that is.
    Curtis

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    Quote Originally Posted by blammer View Post
    Slam me if you want I don't care.
    It would be silly to slam success.

    Me, I am not particularly familiar with concrete tubes and such, I can see in the photos that the inner tube is 8 inch, how big is the outer tube? And what kind of vacuum is that.

    Pretty neat!

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

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    It looks like it would work well in open areas. I wonder about on ladders, in small attics, or low crawl spaces.

    How do you control the vacuum, or is it constant? How long and how big is the pickup hose?

    Do you add the bees to the installed brood at the removal site, or when you get home? How do you control the temp. of the bees and the brood, if you combine them at home? When do you go back to retrieve the hive, if you combine them on site?

    Will the tubes stay together after a few good washes to get the vacuumed honey and debris off them?

    No, I'm not slamming. I am thinking of trying one for the more open spaces, especially where the colony is large enough to stock 2 or more hives, and double especially, "is that correct grammar?" when there are numerous queen cells present.

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    If Iddee is thinking about it, then it must be a good idea. I don't think his design could be beat, time will tell. Different tools for different jobs, and I love tools.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    I love mine, but it is expensive and a lot of work to make them. I just did a cut out that took all 3 boxes I have. His looks like it may be cheaper and easier to make the "refills" when there are 3 or 4 boxes of bees.They would likely be transportable for many miles in an air conditioned vehicle, but I'm afraid they may overheat in the back of a pickup. That and the other questions I asked would need to be answered in one way or the other before I could pass judgment one way or the other.


    PS. I will not be retiring mine any time soon. Tom Sawyer made it originally, and who could argue with a man carrying that name?

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    Hey if it sucks 'em up and minumizes or all but eliminates killing the bees, then I don't care what it looks like! I'll like it!

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    Here are some more pics (per request) of the inner tube of the beevac.

    This is a pic of the inner tube upsidedown.



    here is a pic from the bottom of the inner tube looking up towards the top where the hose connects.


    the top of the tube close up, shows the coupling joints I used the top and the suction control.



    Here are just pics of the joints I used .

    When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iddee View Post
    It looks like it would work well in open areas. I wonder about on ladders, in small attics, or low crawl spaces.
    If you're on a ladder a small stand next to you or someone holding it up works.
    Small crawl spaces? I use a longer tube.

    Quote Originally Posted by iddee View Post
    Do you add the bees to the installed brood at the removal site, or when you get home? How do you control the temp. of the bees and the brood, if you combine them at home? When do you go back to retrieve the hive, if you combine them on site?
    I cut out the brood, and put in frames and put in hive. At the job site I will dump all the bees into the new "home" with the brood and cutout comb. I usually leave the new hive at the job site for 2 days to give the bees a chance to find the new home. I also put out some honey that was cut out infront of the hive or inside the hive. This gives em someting to do and gets them to go to the right place to store the honey. When all of the old hive is out and the place is scraped down and painted they will smell the new place and go there. On the second night I'll sneak in, strap together the hive and close off the entrance and move it. Just like you would move a hive for pollination.

    I don't controll the temp of the bees they do that themselves.

    Quote Originally Posted by iddee View Post
    Will the tubes stay together after a few good washes to get the vacuumed honey and debris off them?
    don't need to wash the tubes as the bees will clean it if left out. Give it a good brushing down with a dry brush and it's ready to go.
    When your ship comes in, make sure you are willing to unload it.

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    I just bought a bee vac from kellys..Used it this past saturday and not one dead bee. But, I definitely understand why people make their own.
    This one cost over 230$ (with freight..without freight, $198.00) and I bet it can be made for less than 50$ if you dont count labor!
    Regardless of whats ethical or not, I now have a model to copy from, even if the only difference to avoid copyright infringement is to put in all the screws in the main hinge instead of using only half of them, and to use a smooth hose instead of a crinkly one.
    Well, there ya go...

    your friend,
    john

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    I have a length of that white smooth tubing, but it's heavy and not very flexible. Actually I never used it after the first time, it was such a hassle getting it to point where I needed it.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Smile Re: The awesome Beevac

    Hi all, this is my first time here and also a newbee at this honeybee hobby. First, I would like to give blammer the credit for the idea of using concrete tubes. Not knowing any sizes, went to Lowe's picked up the tubes and went to work. The following is the link with picture of what I came up with
    http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/a...g/DSCN3299.jpg
    If anyone is interested in details and more pictures let me know will be glad to share.

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