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  1. #1
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    Default Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Looking at Mann Lake and Kelley Bee for a hot knife with adjustable temperature control but their descriptions aren't too stellar. The only name brand I can find is Pierce at Kelley Bee with little other information. The Mann Lake one looks a little nicer in the photo but aside from that they appear about the same. Any recommendations on these or a different knife from another site?


    P.S. (Not looking for a plane or to use a cold knife, just a recommendation on which hot knife.)

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    I wasnt going to reply since you are not interested in a plane, but here is some info that might help you from a discussion on same topic [/URL]http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?308163-Uncapping-knife-suggestions I have used an electric uncapping plane for 10 years, and for a hobbyist it will last a long time,parts are also available. I really like the speed of it and their is a 220V model now available.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Graham
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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    I think I searched and read through that thread but hadn't noticed the reference to Speed King before thanks for re-posting it.

    I'm running only foundationless (9 frames in 10 frame box for supers) and I've been looking more at knives than planes as I wasn't sure the plane would handle really fat comb that I seem to get. All the videos I've seen of planes being used show comb that is nearly flush with the frames. How much can depth be adjusted on a plane?

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    i dont adjust it, like using a razor, start at top and take a very thin layer off, easy to manipulate to get thin or thicker just by how you tilt plane

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Pierce Speed King is most likely the best, we are running 3 of them. Very good regulation, extremely endurable. Only negative is that you have to edge it pretty frequently (more frequently with brood/dark combs than foundationless honey-only-combs)

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambassador View Post
    Looking at Mann Lake and Kelley Bee for a hot knife with adjustable temperature control but their descriptions aren't too stellar. The only name brand I can find is Pierce at Kelley Bee with little other information. The Mann Lake one looks a little nicer in the photo but aside from that they appear about the same. Any recommendations on these or a different knife from another site?


    P.S. (Not looking for a plane or to use a cold knife, just a recommendation on which hot knife.)

    Thanks!
    I have a friend with an electric knife. I can uncap just as fast with my unplugged model and I don't worry about burning cappings or constantly having to dodge the cord. I use 2 knives and when 1 starts loading up I put it in a bucket of hot water and grab the one that is already there. Keep a towel handy to wipe the wet knife, so you don't get water in the honey.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Speed King is what I used. Once I got into higher numbers my right hand numbed up from all the squeezing. I've still got my 2 that I've not used in 2-3 years but they are good quality.
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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Ambassador... I believe you will be happy with either the Pierce, (which I used for years) or the Kelly (which I currently use).

    I like the adjustable thermostat that the Kelly knife has. If you need to stop uncapping for a few minutes, (for whatever reason), just dial back the thermostat to # 1 or #2. The knife will stay warm, but not overheat if not in use. Only takes a couple of seconds to turn the dial back.

    Both Pierce and Kelly are quality hot knives.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Recommendation for electric uncapping knife?

    Maxant uncapping plane is the way to go. http://www.maxantindustries.com/uncapping.html

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