Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    62

    Default Ranger radial guts in a new little wonder body?

    I'm curious to know if one could take the nine frame radial conversion for a Ranger and put it into the tank for a Little Wonder. Dadant can't seem to return my calls.

    Thanks.
    Lawrence Underwood / Mobile, Alabama http://mollysueshoney.blogspot.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
    Posts
    2,368

    Default

    That's exactly what I did. I believe that's what the conversion is made for. Mine was complicated by the fact that I had an ancient Little Wonder(Woodman, I think) and the tank is a different height. One phone call to Dadant and they put me directly through to their metal shop and they had me measure a few things and they cut it down and sent it out, no additional charge. But that was a little later in the season, and honeybees weren't getting as much press as they have been lately...

    And technically, it's made for six shallows or mediums but you CAN put nine in. I couldn't get it up to speed by hand with nine

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    62

    Default

    Thanks. Jerry called today. It will work just fine.
    Lawrence Underwood / Mobile, Alabama http://mollysueshoney.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    North Alabama, SW Kentucky
    Posts
    1,914

    Default

    They do have a conversion kit. I was told that there are a number of parts that have to be "switched out". I don't know why since they are the same size tank... Seems to me like the basket should be the only thing to be switched out.
    WayaCoyote

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Hillsboro, Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    1,672

    Default

    You have more info or a link on the Ranger? Have a 'Lil Wonder, and want to convert it to a radial.

    MM

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
    Posts
    2,368

    Default

    I can't seem to find anything on the website except whole extractors. I talked to their booth guy at HAS '07, and they didn't know anything about it either, it was a fellow customer who overheard my question that told me what I needed.

    All I got was a reel and a bearing(same as the old bearing, just new). Call the Hamilton IL number. If they tell you it won't fit, ask to be put through to the metal shop.

    Whether you have a coned or flat bottom to the tank is the main thing.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Bartonville, TX USA
    Posts
    456

    Default 9 frames in a ranger?

    How do you fit 9 frames in? i get the 6 just not where you are putting in the extra 3
    "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
    Posts
    2,368

    Default

    You put the two in each section, where they're supposed to go, then one more between each pair. With a motor, I'm sure it would work just fine. Richard Taylor recommended it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
    Posts
    2,368

    Default

    Anybody try it?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
    Posts
    3,647

    Default Pictures of conversion??

    Does anyone have pictures of their Little Wonder conversion?
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    College Station, Texas
    Posts
    6,973

    Default

    I have a converted little wonder... the 'baskets' was locally produced. it is set up for 10 'illinois' depth frames or smaller.

    it works quite nicely with a motor (very old variable speed drill) and speed controller (variable voltage device).

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Kiel WI, USA
    Posts
    2,368

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    Does anyone have pictures of their Little Wonder conversion?

    Is there a specific part you'd like to see?

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads