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  1. #41
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Yeah I do because irregular frames dont occasionally catch but you won't see an improvement with the comb tearing problem with the slotted blades it may even be worse. The new soft comb just does that a lot, perhaps a slower speed would help perhaps not, let us know if you try it.
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  2. #42
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    What machine can be run by 1 person.
    Last edited by EastSideBuzz; 10-22-2012 at 01:37 AM.

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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Cowen has a 28 framer and it can be run with one person,
    and if you have help, two people would make the work go twice as fast
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Quote Originally Posted by kilocharlie View Post

    bhfury - Yes, SHB's, western hive beetles, some slightly larger brownish ones with tiny heads and small antennae, and some beautiful green beetles with polka dots. The hive beetles and Western hive beetles are the main problems.
    Western hive beetle? Is that a new pest? Is anyone checking hives coming out of California so those beetles don't get spread across the Nation, like CA does w/ truck loads of bees coming in for almond pollination?
    Mark Berninghausen
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    Cowen has a 28 framer and it can be run with one person,
    and if you have help, two people would make the work go twice as fast
    I cant count on my kids when I need them so want to have the option to run slower by myself.

  6. #46
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Bee Apiary View Post
    hi there,


    Sold my old extractor last fall. Run 600 colonies and plan on staying around this number. Looking to buy. Can any commercial tell me the best extractor to get for my money? Also how well it works for them.
    Waited to the last second; so hope its not too hard to get my hands on something.

    Thanks,
    I have a 72 frame Walter T Kelley with variable speed motor and reverse, has worked great, had it special made. Looking to go down to a 33 frame. I will need to work up a price but if you're interested let me know.

  7. #47
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    A cowen 60 will run with one person decently... You can't run it at it's full capacity of course but the up side is that the frames get added spin time. A used 60 Isn't too much more than a new 28 and I don't think you can get the 28 in air drive, the downside being the 60 with a deboxer is almost 22 feet long so you'd need considerably more space. Think I'm looking at about a 15-20 minute run time when I have to run mine alone

    Just my 2 cents

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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Two fourty framers are more efficient a use of time, unless you have help and then two larger extractors would be better. Fill one while the other is running. But you all already knew that.
    Mark Berninghausen
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  9. #49
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    I have the 28 cowen and run it by myself and keep up to it. Or rather it keeps up to me. When I am on my own the frames run longer. But with a helper, between 6-12 minutes depending on how dry the honey is.
    I bought the wax spinners and now wish I had the $ to go with the spin float. Spinning the cappings is what slows us up a bit when the cappings auger gets full.

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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Does that machine have a wax spinner on the machine?
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    No, the spinners are the maxant junior spinners that are included with the set up. The cappings auger, augers the wax and honey from the uncapper into it and spin the wax dry.

  12. #52
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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    60 frame Cowen is the way to go, easy loading and unloading!!

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    Default Re: 600 hive operation extractor options

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyshack View Post
    I have the 28 cowen and run it by myself and keep up to it. Or rather it keeps up to me. When I am on my own the frames run longer. But with a helper, between 6-12 minutes depending on how dry the honey is.
    I bought the wax spinners and now wish I had the $ to go with the spin float. Spinning the cappings is what slows us up a bit when the cappings auger gets full.
    How much does a spin float cost compared to a capping spinner? Does the spin float lift the dry wax out of the machine as it operates vs the spinner that needs to be lifted out?

    Thanks

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