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    Default Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Why are Mann Lake eight frame boxes so wide?

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    I measured another beekeeper's 8 frame boxes (depth) and they varied between 13 5/8" to 13 7/8".

    I would think follower boards would be pretty standard since inner dimensions should be 'hopefully' still be standard if you had to make shorter followers from taller followers.
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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Just make one. Or go to your local cabinet shop and them to cut you one.

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Darn, make one from coroplast ......those "political" signs you see everywhere.........cheap. Just cut it to fit tight and stick it in.....

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    If you go the plastic carboard way I would fill all of the holes with some caulk. Other wise you will have a SHB haven.
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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Quote Originally Posted by My-smokepole View Post
    I would fill all of the holes with some caulk. Other wise you will have a SHB haven.
    David
    If you don't have caulk handy, toothpaste works just fine!

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    I make a lot of my own equipment. These are for Newbees for whom I have already helped with much more than my normal lack of generosity. I don't want to spend another half a day during this busy season helping them. And if I charge them what my laborers would cost me to make them, they will feel ripped off.

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    An old frame with a piece of coreplast stapled to it makes a great follower board.

    Apparently all 8 frame boxes have almost enough space for 9 frames - I know mine do. When I work with 10 frame equipment my response is "Why do they make these so freakin' tight?"

    The extra space in the 8 frame boxes is a feature, not a flaw. It is a lot easier to get the first frame out. The end honey frames do get built out a little fat, and once in a great while they build some burr comb on the inside of the box.

    I have one 10 frame setup and I'm only putting 9 frames in it, because I like the extra space.
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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    An old frame with a piece of coreplast stapled to it makes a great follower board.

    Apparently all 8 frame boxes have almost enough space for 9 frames - I know mine do. When I work with 10 frame equipment my response is "Why do they make these so freakin' tight?"

    The extra space in the 8 frame boxes is a feature, not a flaw. It is a lot easier to get the first frame out. The end honey frames do get built out a little fat, and once in a great while they build some burr comb on the inside of the box.

    I have one 10 frame setup and I'm only putting 9 frames in it, because I like the extra space.
    5Y-25H-T-Z6b-0 winter losses in '14

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post

    Why are Mann Lake eight frame boxes so wide?
    They use thicker boards than everyone else, and it makes it a pain in the butt to use with what everyone else deems standard sized equipment. A good way to get ticked off in a hurry is to put a Dadant telescoping cover on a Mann Lake box. I'll be getting rid of the half dozen or so Mann Lake boxes that I have as soon as I can.

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    Default Re: Do any suppliers sell follower boards for 6 5/8" boxes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledge View Post
    I'll be getting rid of the half dozen or so Mann Lake boxes that I have as soon as I can.
    If they're painted & you'll pay the freight, I'll take em!

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