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    Default Happy with test of home made extractor.

    When I first showed pictures of this extractor almost a year ago forum members expressed a concern for the motor in the bottom getting covered with honey. To guard against that I put a plastic baggie over the motor before installing the PVC spindle. At first the bag was too long and wrapped around the stationary shaft supporting the motor and that is what you see at the end of the video. The motor slowed down to a stall. Because of the motor design this doesn’t hurt it for short periods. On the next set of frames I cut the baggie shorter and never had this problem again.

    I only made enough metal brackets for two frames to be spun before I made this trial run. I will now make more brackets so I can load in 4 frames at a time.

    Future improvements:

    I will make an elevated base so I can get a pan underneath the barrel for drawing out the honey. I might weight the base because when the extractor is empty it shakes around for the first few frames. Once the weight of the honey gets to the bottom it is much less.

    Right now the motor cord is hard wired. I will put a connector in the line so the motor can be taken out and separated from the switch control. This will make it easier to get the last little bit honey out of the barrel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozw11zJ88Yw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wArqLtXjak
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Ace,

    Not bad. Is there anyway you can mount the motor on top? I know you took steps to keep the honey out of it but it seems to me that placing plastic on top would suffocate the motor causing it to overheat. Just a thought.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Is there a way? Yes. Would I ever do it? NO. Here is why:

    1 Any attempt to mount the motor on top will result in frictional losses that will slow the spinning down.
    2 Mounting the motor on top will make the extractor top heavy and limit access to loading and unloading of the frames. The motor in the bottom actually results in system stability. The motor is mounted on a wooden x brace that is NOT fastened to the plastic barrel. The x brace is tapered on the ends so it wedges into the sides of the barrel's taper near the bottom. It takes less than 30 seconds to remove the motor and x brace for cleaning the barrel. I know the location of the motor is contrary to what people perceive is the right location but I can assure you it isn't.
    3 You would think that the plastic bag would suffocate the motor but it doesn't. The motor is very low horse power, that means it radiates very little heat. Secondly, four or even two frames spinning in a barrel is in itself a huge fan circulating much more cooling air than the dimples on the fan motor itself. The motor never got warm at all, I checked. And finally, now that I know that the system works to satisfaction I will go ahead and make a spinner disc that mounts to the motor which will prevent any possibility of a drip of honey getting on the motor itself. I already pulled a couple stainless pot covers, and a pizza tray out of the dumpster as possible candidates for the disc.

    This is part of the process of taking something that is prototype and making it production ready.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Well checked you video Ace, must say with the motor in the bottom in a plasic bag floating in honey I've never seen anything quite like it!

    But hey, at least you did it! More than many would do.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    With only 12 frames of honey extracted the level of honey was a long way from the motor. I think I would have to gut both hives of every drop of honey to even come close to the motor. That is not my intent though. On my next extraction I will be letting the honey out as fast as I extract that way the time it takes to filter will be used up during the extraction cycle. I made some stainless funnel screens from some fine mesh I had squirreled away in the basement. It is possible I could fill the jars from the extractor without having to do all the transferring.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Pretty clever. You better clamp that sucker down before you get hurt. It looks like you already messed up your index finger in one of those videos.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Next time I extract I will show you a video of it hands off. It won't go anywhere, I promise. The oscillations you see are no different than what you would see if you could lift the cover off your cloths washer during the spin cycle. If you put a dab of chewing gum on a spinning top (essentially making it out of balance) if will make the same oscillations. There are two ways to handle a spinning mass that is unbalanced. You can either fight it and force it to revolve around a point that it doesn't want to or let it do its thing. One results in tremendous resistive forces and one results in zero resistive force.

    LOL, I will tell you what happen with my finger and you can believe it or not. The day before we extracted we processed tomatoes. My wife dries the skins in the oven to be ground up for adding flavor to foods or making paste. I was trying to wipe the dried skins off the cookie sheet and slit my finger like it was cut with a razor. So I can tell you first hand (no pun intended) dried tomatoes skins are razor sharp.

    You are welcomed to come use or see my extractor first hand if nothing more than to satisfy your curiosity. I should mention that it will not fit deep sized frames.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    I'm not arguing w/ you, it just looked to me like you had to hold it down or it would wander all over the room and probably fall over. The extractors I work w/ are all bolted down to the floor and well balanced.

    Just suggesting.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    I'm not arguing w/ you, it just looked to me like you had to hold it down or it would wander all over the room and probably fall over. The extractors I work w/ are all bolted down to the floor and well balanced.

    Just suggesting.


    This what looks like to me Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Just my $0.02

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Look at a washing machine or come look and see it in operation.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    I really don't know what that has to do w/ anything suggested here. Washing machines don't need to be held down manually like what is seen in your videos.

    Besides, it looks like you have made something which works for you just fine. I have no need to see it for myself. I was merely making a suggestion. Take it or leave it. Ni difference to me. Let's leave it at that.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    The extractors I work w/ are all bolted down to the floor and well balanced.
    The extractors you work with are forcing the revolving of the frames around a fixed axis. The machine might be balanced empty but the minute you put a frame in it the balance is gone. No two frames are the same.

    My extractor does not revolve around a fixed axis and neither does a clothes washer. Neither will need to be bolted down.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    When you learn how to load an extractor they dont walk around
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    My extractor does not revolve around a fixed axis and neither does a clothes washer. Neither will need to be bolted down.
    Huh? Well, okay.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    My extractor does not revolve around a fixed axis and neither does a clothes washer. Neither will need to be bolted down.
    Acebird you look like a nice guy with your dog and all, but from many of your posts, the videos I wish you would post are when experience and reality give you a quick kick in the behind. Tell us after 100 loads in your extractor that it does not need tying down. Also video the honey filtering as fast as you extract after the tenth load.
    Throw a wetsuit and three beach towels in the washer and tell me it never needs bolting down. Mine sat still for years but with that load walked across the garage yanking out its power cord, supply lines and drain as it waltzed to the other side.

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    When you learn how to load an extractor they dont walk around
    But are all of your laborers as fast a learner as you?
    "Six frames in a row of solid granulated honey are different than liquid honey?"

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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Better extracting thru better supervision? What are they doing putting granulated frames of honey in your extractor for anyway?
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Throw a wetsuit and three beach towels in the washer and tell me it never needs bolting down. Mine sat still for years but with that load walked across the garage yanking out its power cord, supply lines and drain as it waltzed to the other side.
    All right, you win. There is a common sense factor. I don't know anybody that has bolted their automatic washer down. Most people that try things like rugs stand by the washer during the spin cycle so they can shut it off because they know the imbalance will be to great. I just assumed that most beekeepers would exercise the same caution. Maybe not.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    A well built, well balanced machine, bolted down to the floor doesn't need manually held down, especially when all slots have frames of honey in them. Had you built an extractor w/ 8 or 16 frames it would be easier to balance, I believe.
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    Default Re: Happy with test of home made extractor.

    Yes, the more frames you have in the extractor the less effect one different frame will make on the whole spinning mass. The assumption you and others are making is that I was holding the extractor down. I wasn't and you couldn't hold four frames spinning at 300-400 RPM down by hand. All I was doing is insuring that the top x brace did not pop out of the barrel. That would result in a crash. And before you go blowing things out of proportions a crash is not that dramatic. I did have a crash on the second run with two frames. The top metal clip was made differently using a loose piece of metal to latch it on the spindle. That came off and the one frame got thrown and jammed by the other frame. The motor stalled instantly and no damage was done to either frame. Had it been a typical gear driven (belt driven) extractor it would have busted the frames for sure. I made changes to the top metal bracket so it cannot let go and it also makes it faster to load the extractor spindle.

    I can understand the negativity at first when the extractor was unproven. That is normal and I am used to it. Usually after I have proven a concept the negativity goes away and it hasn’t.

    I guess it has already been said, “it works for me”. I accomplished what I wanted to do and it will benefit myself and all the local beeks that what to use it who are tired of turning a crank. That is good enough for me.
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