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  1. #1
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    Default My new hive mover. pic

    Here is a picture of my new hive mover. Still have to paint it and get some new tires but, it basically finished. This one should be easier to maneuver and a little more stable than my old one.
    http://s203.beta.photobucket.com/use...G0200.jpg.html

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Wow! A ZTR (zero turn radius) style hive mover. Congratulations!

    I can hardly wait for the Ace comments ...
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    I believe that would give a commercial mover serious competition .
    I especially like the tilt.
    Good Luck, Mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Well I had to come in the back door to see them but it looks good. Let us know how much counter weight you need to be stable. I suspect nothing. Rader, how much you think those wide flange pieces weigh on the other model.
    John, looks like you got a nice little micro farm going there.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Well it is finally finished! I added a few more pics.

    We had to redo the front wheels to help redistribute some of the weight. Not because it was tipsy but, to help it get more traction. It had too much weight on the front tires and it wanted to spin too much. We moved the front tires forward and filled the back tires with water and it works like a charm now.

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    By moving the wheels forward like you did (I scrolled through the pictures) wouldn't you have a problem accessing a single pallet if there's a row of them on the ground close together?

    I would suspect the easiest thing to do would be not to place them so close together. Just a thought though.

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Yes, I finished moving my bees back home last nite and I did have to space the pallets a little further apart than I use to. But, it moves so much better this way. Before with a heavy load the front tires would dig into the ground too much and the back tires would just spin. Now it moves around without any problems. So far I have moved around a little over 300lbs with no troubles.

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    I think you picked the best solution for solving your problem.
    If you look at some fork trucks they have their drive wheels in the front and their steering wheel in the back but as you learned from the other project you need a lot of ballast over the steering wheels to lift the load and move around.
    it might of taken a lot more work to have the zero turn drive from the front and have the operator stand in the back over the caster wheels plus you are back to adding ballast.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    That looks pretty epic, nice job

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    sweet, good job!
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Well we have redesigned my little forklift again. Hopefully this will be the last time.
    http://s203.photobucket.com/user/rgr...tml?sort=3&o=1

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    I like it
    I wish you where just a bit closer
    I would really like to see it up close

    I see the weight on the rear which I'm sure is for balance
    Have you tested max weight
    Nice design good luck with it
    Hope it is the final design

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    looks as good as the smile on the kids face.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Now thats inventive. leave teh mower on and you can be like a Dr. Sues book, picking things up to mow under them...!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    Just beautiful!

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    that is sweet...greg

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    Default Re: My new hive mover. pic

    I like the idea ! me being a small engine mechanic , i will have to keep my eyes open for a used Ztr , sometimes contractors upgrade and sell them cheap.
    The only thing i would worry about is the transmissions , they aren't designed for that much weight , but i guess time will tell. I would love to see a video if you have one : )

    Great Job !!

    Ben L
    Ben Little <The Little Bee Farm> https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBeeFarm
    Nova Scotia Canada

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