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  1. #1
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    Default 8 Frame Spacer tool

    I am looking for a 8 Frame spacer tool. Anyone ever see one or know were I can get one.
    And don't tell me to use my fingers.

    Brooklyn

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    Brooklyn; since cave man days this has been a do-it-yourself item. Buy a 9 frame spacer, make a mark on the next to last prong so that the end exactly matches the other factory end. Grab a hacksaw and go to work! Or, mark it out, take it to a welding shop and ask them to cut it on their bandsaw. While you're at it, make two. The 1st law of beekeeping states that "you will eventually, usually soon, misplace your hive tool, your frame spacer, or both at the same time."

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    To space 8 frames in a 10 frame box?

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    We manufacture and sell them.
    http://www.maxantindustries.com/tools.html
    www.maxantindustries.com
    American made Honey Processing Equipment "Built to last a lifetime"

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    Quote Originally Posted by dcross View Post
    To space 8 frames in a 10 frame box?
    No. To space 8 frames in an 8 frame box!

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    So, you want a 7 frame spacer tool for an 8 frame box, correct?

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    No. I have 8 frame medium boxes. The box is large and you can almost fit 8 and 3/4 frames in it.

    So I was woundering if someone mad a 8 frame spacer for a 8 frame box.

    So I have the proper bee space.

    Brooklyn

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    If you have Hoffman frames, they are self-spacing. You can either crowd them together from each side using your hive tool and have a little extra space on the outsides, as many do, or just push the outer ones in a bit so there are no big gaps in the middle, and you're done.

    Contrary to what many beginners think, the spacing is not especially critical as long as there is no big gap in the middle. Commercial beekeepers run a variety of spacings and as far as I could ever tell, there is little, if any effect on the bees.

    If you do crowd the frames, that reduces the gumming up of the end bars and makes the most compact brood chamber. If you don't, though, it does not really matter. Many do not.

    The bees will likely fatten the outside frames a bit if the middle ones are crowded together and you don't super on time, but otherwise that outer space stays open and is useful so that you have room to work. Then you can slide the frames over to the side and lift middle frames without "rolling" a queen.

    If you have straight end bar frames, though, you will need either the nail-in spacers or a hand spacer unless you are willing to hand-space them. Frankly, that is not a huge hassle and quite a few beekeepers do just that.

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    here's a simple and cost effective method:
    Place the 9 frames in the 10 frame super and rock it back and forth a few times, super the hive, and walk away.
    You can do the same with your hive body.
    Ernie
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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    Place the 9 frames in the 10 frame super and rock it back and forth a few times, super the hive, and walk away.
    True, but that only works with Hoffman end bars. It won't work for Manley or straight end bars.

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    8 frames in an 8 frame box, push the frames together in the middle. The bees will make the correct bee space when they draw the wax.

    Mine are 10 in a 10 frame box. I find the 2 outside frames get drawn out wider than the others. So I can't use one of those frames in the middle.
    Dan

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    Default Re: 8 Frame Spacer tool

    Mann Lake. page 48 9 frame spacing tool--19.95
    Ernie
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