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  1. #1
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    Default Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Hello All,

    Just checking in to see if anyone can give advice on providers and/or suppliers for 10 frame unassembled commercial grade hive bodies....for sale. In need of approximately 250.
    Of course, looking for a fantastic deal.

    Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks - Jenn

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Mann Lake.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    I sent you some contact info from someone I bought from last summer.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    For 250 check with Westernbee.com and ask Vicki for a quote on a surface freight delivery. Unless you have a business address, it is quite a bit cheaper to pick them up at the local terminal. Often there is literally a $50 ot more charge for the use of their liftgate during delivery and a charge for the actual residential delivery. If you pick it up at the terminal, it often cheap shipping. The shipping advice works from whatever pallet size shipping you need from suppliers. Budget grade boxes from Western are plenty good enough unless you view your boxes as furniture.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Both Kelley and Dadant carry unassembled budget grade boxes by the pallet
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    I use Mann-Lake but haven't bought a large number.
    Where are you in Florida?
    Please let me know where you find the best deal.
    I'm good for this year ( broke) but would consider spliting a pallet with someone next year.
    Next time I order Pierco I'm going with a pallet to save on shipping.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    We had a professional beekeeper at our bee school this week, and they use Shastina. They purchase 1/2 semi load at a time. He says their quality is better than Mann Lakes Select Grade Hives. I have been very happy with my Mann Lake boxes, so the Shastina's must really be nice.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    The dadant budget were made my Westernbee and the Kelleys may have been. WB makes a lot of woodware for suppliers and is owned by Dadant.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    I would second the vote on Western Bee. I buy their budget grade 500 at a time. Good price and reasonable shipping. Give Vicky a call.

    Johnny

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by LeonardS View Post
    We had a professional beekeeper at our bee school this week, and they use Shastina. They purchase 1/2 semi load at a time. He says their quality is better than Mann Lakes Select Grade Hives. I have been very happy with my Mann Lake boxes, so the Shastina's must really be nice.
    Hey--Shastina's quality is very nice! They also custom cut: we needed boxes with no end hand-hold since we run a divider down the middle of the inside of the box dividing it into two small hives. Cutting the dado for the divider with an end hand-hold causes a gap. Mann-Lake was not able to provide custom boxes. Also, the general quality of the Shastina boxes and their precision in cutting the joints is impressive. They're still figuring out how to get their shipping down, and when they do, watch out Mann-Lake!

    Adam Finkelstein
    www.vpqueenbees.com

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    hivebodies.com

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverBack View Post
    hivebodies.com
    YUP.. looks likw hivwbodies.com tAKES THE WIN. EVERYONE SHOULD GO LOOK AT THEIR BOXES AND SITE.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    YUP.. looks likw hivwbodies.com tAKES THE WIN. EVERYONE SHOULD GO LOOK AT THEIR BOXES AND SITE.
    you must not have looked at Shastina they advertise on bee source just above the for sale

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/foru...p?310-Shastina

    there last post says something about free shipping

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Might consider a trip up to see Fred Rossman... great hives. decent price

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer Jim View Post
    you must not have looked at Shastina they advertise on bee source just above the for sale

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/foru...p?310-Shastina

    there last post says something about free shipping

    did u check out hivebodies.com yet ?

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    How do they compare on quality and shipping cost?

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer Jim View Post
    you must not have looked at Shastina they advertise on bee source just above the for sale

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/foru...p?310-Shastina

    there last post says something about free shipping
    Did you read the thread?



    They haven't gotten the shipping completely down yet.
    The boxes I got were very nice and exactly how I needed them.

    Adam Finkelstein
    www.vpqueenbees.com

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Let's keep in touch. I'm outside of Orlando.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Thank you for all the replies and I appreciate your advice. When I make direct contact with these suppliers and the costs associated with shipping....I'll let you know what the best offer is to include quality.

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    Default Re: Suggestions..... unassembled hive bodies for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    did u check out hivebodies.com yet ?


    Yes .... and I like to support co. that advertise on this site. I have bought at least 5 pallets of there boxes in the last 2 years maybe more, to my door less than $8.50 a box,and cut to my spects.

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