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  1. #1
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    Default Need hive tool input plz.

    I'm looking to purchase a few hive tools and would appreciate any input.
    I would like to purchase ones that are made in the USA, but are open to any replies.

    What is your favorite "go to" hive tool and why?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I use 2 hive tools.

    HD-584 I use this one for scraping wax and propolis from the frame rest on boxes and buildup on the edges of the frame side bars.
    HD-620 I use for hive inspections. The hooked end comes in handy for breaking loose and lifting stubborn frames.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...es/page56.html
    To everything there is a season....

  3. #3
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    Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I use Mann Lake's standard 9.5" blue hive tools (HD-588 in their catalogue). Simple, well balanced and probably impossible to break on a beehive. $4.50 each for 12 or more.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I appreciate the replies so far.... anyone else want to chime in?

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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I have to agree with Mike Gillmore's suggestions. I also carry a good solid knife in my 'bee bucket', it comes in handy!
    to bee or not to bee ~ that is the question

  6. #6
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    Park City Ky
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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    Mr Beeman...Get one that has a germination rate of at least 80%. I plant about a half dozen each year. Seemes mine never come up.

    A bright color is nice when you lay it down around the hive and start looking for it. Look them over, some are so thin that they will bend, some are so thick they are hard to get between the boxes.

    If you have a bee friend, try his/hers, before you buy. Get the one that you like. Hive tools are something that needs to suit you, and the way you use it.

    cchoganjr

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    HD-620 here, one style does it all.

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    Default Re: Need hive tool input plz.

    I all is repaint them yellow
    David

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