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  1. #1
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    Default Best quality wood Frame

    Hello,

    I am planning on ordering around 100 wood frames and so I wanted some opinions from people who have used several suppliers for comparison purposes as to who makes the best all around frame.

    I have already searched the archives but since it has been a while since many of these posts I thought it would be good to revisit.

    I am looking for a grooved top grooved bottom frame.

    I have used Brushy MT and Dadant, out of the two of them I think dadant is better as the top bar is slightly thicker so that the plastic foundation does not wiggle around or pop out.

    MANN Lake--have they improved since a few years back? I like the free shipping but there were alot of negative posts about the quality. What kind of wood do they use--I hear it is not pine?

    Betterbee--this one I am interested in alot as now that betterbee is under new ownership the buying experience should be good. I like the fact that the side bars actually have a little "tooth"for the bottom bar groove--I thought walter kelly was the only ones who did this still ( I would by from Walter kelly as their frames appear the best, but I live too far away)

    Thanks alot!
    Last edited by xcugat; 12-02-2012 at 07:25 PM.
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    I prefer Mann Lk frames. They seem to be much better quality than most others I've tried.
    Their customer service also can't be beat.
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    I bought 100 back last spring from Mannlake and they were very good quality I just bought 100 more last week with the 10% coupon
    and as always most orders over 100$ are free shipping ............ I will be ordering 100 more next month, customer service is very good also.

    DC

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Humble Abodes, Windsor, Maine

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    I think I would mostly shop price with a supplier you know and trust. We buy lots of commercial grade Dadant frames each year and don't expect more than 1 in a thousand to be unusable. We have also bought from Mann Lake, good frames as well but I slightly prefer the cut and style of the Dadant frame.
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
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    I like Humble Abodes..........

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Try www.poorvalleybeefarm.com small operation but good price and good quality.

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    The best frames are the one's I make, but lo, I'm not selling them. Sorry.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Anybody know the wood used in Mann Lake's frames?
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by xcugat View Post
    Anybody know the wood used in Mann Lake's frames?
    Those that I just received seem to be pine.

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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Humble Abodes, Windsor, Maine
    Ditto!
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    Mann Lake completely reworked their frames and they are excellent now.
    Mike Forbes
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    Default Re: Best quality wood Frame

    I've got a couple thousand Mann Lake frames and have yet to get a bad frame.

    I bought 60 Kelly foundationless to check them out and broke several on assembly.

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