I have a shop vac, and my desire is to make an easily constructed bee-vac out of itI search-engined bee-vacs, only to find that they are like cars, with either fairly easy or disgustingly intricate. What I'd like to see is THE easiest to make. They are a great tool for the beekeeper, and I have have one of my very own.
The saying..."You get what you pay for"... comes to mind. The easiest is to use the shop vac as it comes and just dump the dead bees in your compost pile.
If you want to keep them alive, it comes a little harder.
If you want them alive AND healthy, it comes even harder.
Here's photos of mine if you want to keep the bees alive, healthy, and easiest to manipulate once vacuumed.
Maybe I should have pefaced my opening with the fact that ,of course, I want them alive and healthy. Otherwise, I'd have a bunch of crappie bait.I guess that stressing "cheap 'would have been best left out.
Your setup looks great--standard sized boxes? Is there anything inside the vac that could bump or bruise the bees?Is there a thread you can post o your good-lookin' machine?...Oh----will yours run off a ccar battery?
I like it.
Do you put frames in the bottom box, when using it?
The bees don't go into the vac. They are screened off in the super. The super is a standard size box. It will run off a 1200 watt inverter from a car battery. No thread made, but I can explain anything you can't see in the photos.
looks good, what is that yellow box on the plug?
It's a router control, used to control the speed, "the power", of the vacuum.
That is pretty fine, iddee. I am compressed~or impressed~repressed , dunno which...LOL
Yup, that's a dandy. I tip my hat to your creativity.
Not my invention, Willi, a friend named Tom Sawyer. No kin to Huck Finn.
He made it and I added a few things like the sliding bottom.