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    Default Mounting an Extractor

    When we extracted, we learned that balancing the frames inside the extractor makes the process smoother. We learned that by not having it balanced and watching the extractor trying to jump around. Luckily, we only did that at low speeds, so that we could slow it down.

    One thing I noticed is that the tops of the sides of plastic frames is just a tad wider than wooden frames. This requires wiggling, pushing, and muttering under my breath to get them in the bottom frame holders. I have ordered a few medium wooden frames to see if they fit any better. I may end up grinding/sanding the sides of the plastic frames a little to make them fit better in the extractor.

    Anyways, I had an old pallet laying around in the yard and we mounted the extractor to that to give it a more stable base (plus now I could move it on a forklift if I had one!). We put 2X4s underneath the top pallet wood to strengthen the setup. Here's what it looks like:







    This shows the 2x4 underneath for strengthening and support:









    Room for a bucket on the pallet under the outlet valve:

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    The plastic frames go in easier if you give the top, & bottom guides a little bend with a crescent wrench or pipe nipple. It doesn't take much.
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    The plastic frames go in easier if you give the top, & bottom guides a little bend with a crescent wrench or pipe nipple. It doesn't take much.
    Thanks! I'll try to remember that.
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    Nice inexpensive fix to the wobble problem. I'm surprised Ollie Frank hasn't thought of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Nice inexpensive fix to the wobble problem.
    I've taught my extractor how to "Rumba!"

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    So I still haven't purchased my new 20 frame extractor yet, but the thought of taking a crescent wrench or tool to bend the frame guides so my plastic frames will fit into the slot is not the most exciting thought i've had this week. You guys are serious? I use PF100 and 120's and a lot of Mann Lake wood frames.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Nice inexpensive fix to the wobble problem. I'm surprised Ollie Frank hasn't thought of that.
    I already way back in 1979 graduated to a 20 frame extractor and capping spinner bolted down to a sloped concrete floor with floor drain in a dedicated honey extracting room. Wives #2, 4 and 6 would not have permitted extracting in the garage or kitchen. Wives #1, 3, and 5 left me because I spent more time keeping bees and in my dedicated extracting room than with them. The garage is now reserved and spotless for the parking of wife #7's Mercedes convertible coup and her Hummer HT3 bee truck.

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    Riskybizz,

    I don't know what Dan is talking about. My Mann Lake plastic PF's fit in fine with my Maxant 3100p without bending anything. The 20 frame I don't know about. Ask Jake with Maxant, he's on this forum all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    I already way back in 1979 graduated to a 20 frame extractor and capping spinner bolted down to a sloped concrete floor with floor drain in a dedicated honey extracting room. Wives #2, 4 and 6 would not have permitted extracting in the garage or kitchen. Wives #1, 3, and 5 left me because I spent more time keeping bees and in my dedicated extracting room than with them. The garage is now reserved and spotless for the parking of wife #7's Mercedes convertible coup and her Hummer HT3 bee truck.
    I like your current wife, she must have allot of patience. I want to introduce my son to your daughter. Maybe I'll get use of that 20 Frame extractor out of the relationship. Don't go cheap on the wedding.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Anyone have a pic of their mounted Maxant 20 frame extractor? If so, please post.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Has anyone mounted casters to the Maxant 20 framer (that I just got (yeah!!)) directly? If so, what's your experience during extraction?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    I think it will run all over you're house if you mount it on castors. We store ours on a moving dolly, but its mounted to 1 1/8" plywood with a non skid rubber bottom glued to it.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    I think it will run all over you're house if you mount it on castors.
    Extractors mounted on castors do not go anywhere, unless your floor is very badly out of level. It will make a very small (1/2") circle. Kinda like it is doing the hula.

    I wouldn't have mine any other way.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Larry, I mounted mine on casters a on a triangele base and it stays put, I can take a pic on my cell phone but don't know to post it. Jr.
    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Has anyone mounted casters to the Maxant 20 framer (that I just got (yeah!!)) directly? If so, what's your experience during extraction?

    Thanks!
    Larry

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Really this is a surprise, I might try it with my new machine.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    I built a triangle base with casters on the bottom and it stays put even with a fair amount of imbalance to the machine. As mentioned, it does a little wiggle but stays in one spot.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    RE...........got a pic?

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    I have to jump on this thread so I can follow it I have the Maxant 20 frame extractor and I used it once and it was nuts I had such a tuff time of it I had never extracted in my life and never seen one in real life I extracted 15 frames took 5 hours got alittle over 100 pounds of honey and I learned to tango I was pretty stressed out by the time I was done.
    I have to build a frame for the beast by the time the flow is over .{just starting here}
    What I extracted was from dead outs from this past winter. So hope to find a way to tame this Hoping to have over fifty frame to extract this year all deeps we'll see.
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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenseye View Post
    I built a triangle base with casters on the bottom and it stays put even with a fair amount of imbalance to the machine. As mentioned, it does a little wiggle but stays in one spot.
    Why not attach the casters directly to the legs.....it's a triangle. Will that work?

    Larry

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    Default Re: Mounting an Extractor

    Will it run "all over" even with casters that lock?

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