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    Default Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    Anyone using Moffett or Princeton forklift for moving colonies.? I was looking to pick one up and us it. Now typically it is used piggyback on a truck. I was looking to trailer it. Wondering if anyone had any ideas about it. Pretty wide and not sure how it would trailer.

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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    wouldn't a trailer defeat the purpose of using one? If your going to trailer it might as well go bobcat or hummerbee. I have seen them run and they dont look like a better choice to me but im probably missing something.
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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    I had thought about the same thing. Piggy backing it on the big trucks and trailering it behind the smaller ones. I was thinking a trailer could be built where you backed it on and the front tires came right up to the fenders on the trailer, since the trailer and machine would be about the same width.
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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    I don't really get why you'd want to trailer it? You then loose the advantage of owning one. The advantage being you don't need to trailer it. Of course you need a tandem axle truck to move it and the bees around. They are slower than a swinger but have the capacity to lift a lot heavier loads. I don't own one but the neighbour has a few of them.

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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    My wife wants one of these: http://www.donkeyforklift.com/beekeeping.html She can drive the big trucks but is a little shakey on backing up the trailers. She does fine with her one ton and swinger but it would be nicer for her to be able to move a whole 10 wheeler load. She wants a mini van first though...sometimes she's kinda hard to please...lol
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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    just my opinion but i think piggy back loaders are a joke for beekeeping applications. not too keen on the idea that one has a heavy loader beating around on the back end of the truck making it ride rough. i watched the youtube video for the donkey lift. looked to me like they had a beautiful loading pad to work on and were still slow at loading the truck. made me tired watching the video.
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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    Quote Originally Posted by dbest View Post
    My wife wants one of these:..... She wants a mini van first though...sometimes she's kinda hard to please...lol
    Not sure of the donkey price. Don't see to many used ones out there.
    Mini van is that practical to haul bee's?
    Hard to please tell me about it.

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    Default Re: Moffett / Princeton forklifts

    Quote Originally Posted by swarm_trapper View Post
    wouldn't a trailer defeat the purpose of using one? If your going to trailer it might as well go bobcat or hummerbee.
    The problem with Hummerbee 34k, 25-30 used if you can find one. Same with Swinger. Bobcat is 15-20 also and very rough on the bee's and the driver.

    Moffet, Princton can be found used sub 10, 5-7. I can piggy them or trailer them. Was thinking of 5th wheeling it.

    My idea is to trailer it until I get big enough to want a DOT number and a larger truck like a home depot truck. I figure I can grow into it and upgrade with a newer version later.

    I would like to make this next step with as small of an investment as possible.

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