Re: Who has tried the SidelinerUncapper ??
How many colonies are you running? How much honey are you extracting? I have a friend who runs around 1,000 cols and does all of his uncapping w/ a steam heated hot knife and hive tools.
His main uncapping station, between the extractors, is where they steam knife is. On the outside of each extractor he has a barrel station where a worker uncaps frames into a barrel w/ the hooked end of the hive tool. W/ two people running the honeyhouse, it seems to work well.
How uniform is you equipment? Maybe a small Cowen system would work well for you. I find chain uncappers noisey and hard on the ears. And, unless your frames are in real good condition I have found the Maxant one armed bandit will tear frames and combs apart. And if you have any deep frames to uncap, they won't work well in the Maxant.
Just a few of my thoughts.
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet