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  1. #1
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    Question Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    Hi All,
    Posting this here because of all of your years of wisdom and I know you will have some excellent advice!

    I am seriously thinking about going to all Pierco black plastic frames in my honey supers and staying with my wood frames with black Pierco foundation in the brood boxes.
    Curious to hear some feedback/experiences from others on how Pierco Frames work with uncappers of various makes.
    I currently am using a Maxant chain uncapper but eventually want to upgrade to a larger uncapper like a Cowen or something similiar and am wondering how plastic frames feed thru these uncappers?
    Thanks!
    Mtn. Bee
    Hugus Creek Honey Farm: St. Maries, ID / Lewiston, ID
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    I dont have any Pierco frames but I do have about 500 honey super cell plastic (not the full drawn brood but the drone cell super frames) that I run through my cook and beals decapper

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    Pierce frames go through a Cowen ok but nothing works as well as wood.
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    Pierco works better than anything. There's no end bars to knock off or top bars to pull off. They can survive bear attacks and tumbles down the road. Plus they cost almost half as much as wood frames with foundation, and a cowan is not an upgrade, they just cost more.
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    Just goes to show, lots of different opinions! I hate plastic frames (I have a few thousand) the flimsey, the warp, the uncapper is not fond of them, and they have a gazzilion places for beetles to hide.... Stick with wood and plastic fondation

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    I HATE plastic frames!!! They bend, They stick way more to the lid and the adjoining supers and they hurt your hands to hold if they're heavy. I have worked them in the past but will NEVER again. I love wood!!!
    -Rob Bliss
    Bliss Honey and bee supplies

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbest View Post
    Plus they cost almost half as much as wood frames with foundation, and a cowan is not an upgrade, they just cost more.
    Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel about cowans. LMAO! That is great.

    I know those Piercos are much more deafening going thru my old Gunness chain uncapper. I haven't had any other real complaints about the plastic frames except for 1 thing. When they are not drawn out sometimes they wedge themselves in a box sort of oddly and you have to spend more time prying them back apart before supering. I have yet to see a wood frame do the same.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Pierco Frames and Uncapper?

    I love pierco frames. Opening a box of pierco frames and dropping them into a honey super takes all of 20 seconds.

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