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  1. #1
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    Default Chinese Grafting Tool Update

    Hi Guys,

    I've found a great, all plastic Chinese grafting tool at Glorybee:

    http://www.glorybeefoods.com/gbf/Shop_ProductDetail.cfm?PC=3&PSC=283&P=21803&Produc t_Name=tool,%20queen%20grafting&Token=69.145.49.76 :{ts_2009-04-06_16:49:29}-506042


    It appears to be an improvement on my favorite older plastic grafting tool. The action is much lighter and smoother. And the quality control is better. I ordered four of them and none of the tips require modifications to work.

    Better yet! It's on sale for $1.25. Order several as the shipping is about $7.

    Regards
    BWrangler
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    I saw these the other day at Ruhl Bee in Oregon. They felt really nice in the hand.
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    Hi Chef Isaac,

    Yes, that stippling makes quite a difference. And the smaller spring really improves the action.

    I've got a close up picture of one of them at the bottom of:

    http://www.bwrangler.com/qtoo.htm

    Regards
    BWrangler
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    Thanks BW. Shipping was 9.25 to the east coast for 20 of them. I'll give em a whirl.

    If only somebody would make one with a microscope attached for those of us that are blind in one eye and can't see outta the other.
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    What? - are they shipped from China? Shipping is getting ridiculous lately. With the weight of those, in a padded envelope, it should cost all of $3.00...


    MM

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    Go figure huh. Guess if you weigh it all out your loosing the sale price and getting shipping about right.

    So many companies make up their prices in shipping anymore. I shop shipping as much as sell price these days.

    Still not a bad deal I figure after it's all washed out on the tools though.
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    Bizzy: Glasses getting thicker these days?
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    Yeah

    I recently went to have them checked. I didn't wear glasses prior. I didn't realize that my right eye is so fuzzy I can't hardly read anything at any distance. My left is hardly bad at all. All I knew was that I had a hard time with small objects and reading on the computer. Not to mention I can't see 2 day old larva in jelly at all!

    They got me fixed up with new glasses now and after tripping over my own feet and getting used to tunnel vision for a couple of weeks, I'm ready to get to some grafting now!! Maybe I won't be cramming these new tools through the back side of the comb!
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    thanks just orderd 7

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    Default needle with magnifying glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Bizzybee View Post
    Yeah

    I recently went to have them checked. I didn't wear glasses prior. I didn't realize that my right eye is so fuzzy I can't hardly read anything at any distance. My left is hardly bad at all. All I knew was that I had a hard time with small objects and reading on the computer. Not to mention I can't see 2 day old larva in jelly at all!
    I used a normal grafting needle with an attacked magnifying glass. I don't know if it is available in USA too. If not you can get a simple plastic magnifying glass and then modify it to the needle.
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    Don't think I haven't thought about it. It's been very frustrating not being able to see well. Think I'm good to go now?!

    The Chinese tool hasn't been one of my favorites in the past. I prefer the German tool but I'm always willing to try, try, try and try again.

    Always have liked a good challenge!
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    Default Grafting needle with glass

    I used a normal grafting needle with an attacked magnifying glass.

    Walter Kelley Page 30 Cat#296 $20.75
    Dan

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    Now thats news you can use. Thanks Dennis.
    The Chinese tool is the only one I can use with my eyes closed (well almost).

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