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    Default Fool Proof Bee vac

    I have done a lot of research on bee vacs. I see people sucking bees into buckets, cardboard cylinders, and even old coolers. One thing seems for sure they do suck up bees but the job of re-installing them is still ahead. After playing with a few different ideas it came to me. This bee vac is not real complex and as a beekeeper I had most of the supplies. And the best part is once your done removing them with the vac all you need is a bottom board, inner cover, and lid to set them up in there new home.

    Check out vac here: http://youtu.be/81LdRJDgjZ0

    See the vac in use here:http://youtu.be/DwP6fZ59ABI

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Looks similar to the RoboVac.

    Ted

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Do you have a problem with the bees being killed from being blown onto the top of the frames?

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    It's just a Robo Vac with the bee intake on top instead of the bottom. I would think you'd bee slamming bees on the top bars of the frames.
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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Looks interesting; might work.

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Taking into account that most vacs are used for cutouts, all you need is a space to house the bees temporarily (like a 3# package of bees). The frames can be used for attaching the comb during the actual cutout and the bees re itroduced when you get the hive set up.
    My vac is completely opposite air flow wise. Intake through the bottom and vac hose through the top.
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    This one is for small (nuc) cutouts or swarms. Frames are removed before cutout. I have a full sized (standard lang) version for bigger cutouts.
    I did add (not pictured) a screened divider board just below the top section of the vac. Additional sections of hive bodies can be added to accomodate the size of cutout. All I have to do is remove the screened top, flip upside down over the set up hive and pull the screen board out an inch or so. The next day remove the vac box and install the hive top.
    Similar to the RoboVac, but without the noisy motor on top of the bees. My vac has a twenty foot hose and sits as far away from me and the bees as possible. Quiet this way and I'm sure the bees appreciate it.
    Last edited by Mr.Beeman; 12-23-2012 at 06:06 AM.

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    Thumbs Up Another Bee vac

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Looks interesting; might work.
    It will work for sure. Sometimes it is the little tweaks that make all the difference. It looks like a Robo Vac, but if you study it there are major differences. I'm sure he will tweak it after a few times out in the field. Creekroad, do you plan a screen for the top of the hive body to safely transport the bees on a hot day?
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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    With the damper to control the suction we have no more than a cup full of dead bees. If you watched the vac in use video at the end of the clip you'll see the vac being opened and the bees are fine.

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    I'm not putting down your design for the sake of putting it down but it is basically the same design of the Robo vac. But, with your version the vacuum hoses are hooked up backwards (which doesn't work as well for at least a couple of reasons). I would definitely let the bee-end of the vac be at the bottom and the vacuum motor end be at the top as in the Robo version.

    One reason you did not have many dead bees is because you ran the swarm out of the cavity with the Honey Robber and then shook the swarm into the trap rather than vacuuming them...very understandable as to why the low mortality rate. I'm afraid you would have never gotten those bees out of the cavity with a vacuum, but the honey robber worked out well...this time.

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    I understand why you think I did not catch them all with the vac based on the video. But actually your wrong. We used a separate box to catch them after they clustered on the tree limb. When you watched the video of the vac being used did you notice at the end we had 2 deeps full of bees? That's because we shook the clustered bees into a second box not the vac. The vac doesn't get opened until we got them home. What you see in the vac at the end is what we sucked up.

    Jason

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    > we have no more than a cup full of dead bees

    That is a lot for the small amount you vacuumed. As others have said, if you put the suction on the top and your intake hose on the bottom onto a sloped ramp, you will kill almost non even on a large job. Look at the design of the Bushkill/Robo Vac. Yours slams the bees onto the frames.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z2x412XoA8

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    Default Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Everyone is worried that the bees are being slammed into the frames. Well, this is not the case. We have the suction turned down and when your picking up clumps of bee all at once it seems they do not move real fast through the hose. Now keep in mind our intake hose is only 1 1/2"diameter. So once this clump reaches the box they more less pour out. We have removed the frame under the intake hole before too. So this gives them room also.

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