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  1. #1
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    Default Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    Have any of you tried this Mann Lake 2 Frame plastic extractor? It is on sale through the end of the day for $169.95 or with a capping scratcher and filter for $179.95. I only have two hives, so I thought this might make sense vs. a $700-$800 one. HH130 and HH132.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...productInfo/3/

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    The following is my personal opinion, so don't be offended.

    No extractor makes sense with two hives unless it's a free one. I've gotten two free ones in the past, ask around, you never know.

    Furthermore, no tangential extractor makes any sense at all.

    The best option at your level is crush and strain, cut comb, or some variation. Other than that, borrowing is a good plan if you know someone.

    On the other hand, if you have money to burn, enjoy yourself. Just remember, your extractor will sit idle for 363 or more days per year.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    I don't have money to burn, but if I am going to have more hives next year, I will need one at some point. My first choice is the Maxant 3100p and that is way more extractor than I need right now......but it is nice!!

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    Another question is how big do you want to get. After playing around with four frame tangential extractors I was given for a few years, I decided I was going radial or nothing at all. I also wanted to have 20 or more hives, so I decided to go big with a hand crank ML 9/18. Now that I have 20 hives, I'm planning on upgrading with the motorized option.

    How many hives do you ultimately want?
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    I want to keep them all in the same location so I would guess 15-20 will be my max.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    In that case I would recommend saving up for a radial.

    Growing pains, a good problem to have.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    I also wanted to have 20 or more hives, so I decided to go big with a hand crank ML 9/18
    I too have this extractor. Best money I have spent so far. Do not regret buying it at all and not sorry that I did not buy one of the more expensive extractors. It does what it was designed to do and does it well.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    The following is my personal opinion, so don't be offended....

    Furthermore, no tangential extractor makes any sense at all.
    Having extracted using a 4 frame tangential for the first 15 years of my beekeeping hobby, I would have to disagree with this statement. They work just fine. Yes you need to flip the frames over, but that takes about a minute. I needed that minute between cranking, so it was always nice. I have a larger radial now, but don't pass up a cheap or free tangential if you just have a few hives.

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    Default Re: Mann Lake Extractor Opinions

    For me, it wasn't the time involved, it was state of the comb afterwards. I don't keep brood and supers separate and when they fixed the comb, it ended up being a lot of drone which is fine for supers, less so for brood. Anyway, it wasn't the outcome I was looking for.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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