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  1. #1
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    Default handheld "bee-vac" modification- info?

    Some time ago I was searching the forum and saw mention of modifications you could make to a $30 handheld Black and Decker type vacuum (a/c not battery) that had been given in one of the beekeeping journals.

    I do sometimes let a few bees loose from my observation hive, and while it isn't a huge pain to gather them up- sometimes it takes a little bit : )

    Does someone have the reference for that, or some info on how to make this mod?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: handheld "bee-vac" modification- info?

    I have not found a magazine reference, but some time ago I found this poster from the U of Minnesota that details making a "sampling chamber" to put on a hand vacuum that would work perfectly to gather bees off of windows. Not that that would *ever* happen as one properly manipulates an observation hive...

    Site:
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybe...s/freebees.htm

    Under Posters, it is the "Bee Sampling Vacuum Attachment "

    http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybe...bee_vacuum.pdf

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    Default Re: handheld "bee-vac" modification- info?

    if you can't find what you are looking for here is randy olivers version called
    suck-a-bee

    http://www.scientificbeekeeping.com/...ask=view&id=62
    mike syracuse ny
    I went to bed mean, and woke up meaner. Marshal Dillon

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    Default Re: handheld "bee-vac" modification- info?

    Thanks! That looks like a great mod also.

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    Default Re: handheld "bee-vac" modification- info?

    Check out the No nosema found Thread. There's a link to such a device that Randy Oliver built.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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