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  1. #1
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    Default Uncapping Needle Roller

    Anyone ever used one of these and if so how well did it work? thanks

    http://www.kelleybees.com/CMS/CMSPag...2-a75c52da6fdf

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    Looks pretty much like the Hackler Honey Punch, see http://www.plastools.com/honey_punch.htm

    I have the above, and its great (and necessary) for permacomb, but for regular frames I prefer an uncapping knife. Certainly not a must have tool.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    30 Bucks??? For a paint roller with prongs? You could make one for about 5 bucks!

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    Buy a good hot knife & call it good.
    They have worked for ??? 50 years??? give or take.
    Much better deal in the long run!!!

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    I'm still a cold, serated knife person, (the knife, not me personally or professionally) but new "toys" intrigue me. Being the first to own one is also invigorating. But I think I'll let this one go.

    One of my buddies loves the day the new catalogs come in the mail. He says, "I never look to see what I need, I buy what I don't have."

    He'll be buying one. I'll let you know how it works for him.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Snodgrass View Post
    30 Bucks??? For a paint roller with prongs? You could make one for about 5 bucks!
    Don't you just love the inventiveness of a beekeeper!

    Here's some other options:

    http://www.lowes.com/SearchCatalogDi...=carpet+roller

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    As someone else mentioned, this looks a lot like a Hackler Honey Punch. I bought a 4" Hackler as an experiment this year and after using it on 2 or 3 supers decided my electric knife works a lot better. Since it punches holes and doesn't expose the cells entirely, I found that I had to spin my extractor longer to get all the honey. I also had a lot of small pieces of wax plugging up my strainers.

    I like the combination of an electric knife and a cappings scratcher for anything the knife misses. Instead of scratching the surface, I slide the prongs of the scratcher just beneath the cappings and just lift them off. Works great.

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    What these rollers are really good for is if you are feeding back a super of honey and they aren't taking it. Use the roller to puncture a frame or two at a time and they will take it right down. However I won't pay that much for one until I have a lot more to do than I have in the past. I use one of the dog hair rakes with prongs, and just rock it across the capped honey. I already had it and my dog is deceased.
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    I have a Hackler and the Kelley looks like it will work better. The teeth are longer and spaced a little wider. I'm going to buy one and try it. The Hackler tends to clog up and the teeth don;'t penetrate the cells deep enough, especially in valleys in the comb, which is where I use it most. I use a cold knife for the regular raised cappings.
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    Default Re: Uncapping Needle Roller

    I had one in my hand last week at H.A.S. at the Kelley booth and was talking with a group of beeks about it. Since it only punches holes instead of uncapping, several beeks told me that you have to ramp up the spin rate which leads to more blown out frames. I ended up buying a new cold uncapping knife to replace the bread knife I'd been using.

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