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    Default Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Mann Lake has a new product: Uncapping Punch.

    It looks like a short paint roller with lots of little spikes on it. Has anybody used anything like this?

    I've harvested for only one year so far, and used a pair of non-powered uncapping knives (heated in water). I need something better I've read varying reviews of uncapping planes and electric knives, but haven't seen the roller punch before...

    Thanks!
    wanderyr

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Ha! I searched the forum after I posted. I've gotta learn to do that first! Consensus seems that a hot knife is much better/easier.

    Thanks,
    wanderyr

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Wanderyr, I recall it being discussed a few years ago as the "Hackler" roller or uncapping roller or something like that. A few results come up with that under the search feature. I don't think it caught on very well at the time.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-Needle-Roller

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    Wanderyr, I recall it being discussed a few years ago as the "Hackler" roller or uncapping roller or something like that. A few results come up with that under the search feature. I don't think it caught on very well at the time.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-Needle-Roller
    Thank you

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    I have one I'll sell you for a really good price!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    I have one, but not for uncapping. A type of honey we get here jellifies in the comb and will not extract. So the comb is uncapped with a knife, then rolled up and down a few times with the spiked roller to loosen up the honey so it will extract.

    I did try rolling without uncapping to see if it would work, did work, kinda, but not that well, I'd recommend uncapping with a knife.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Jellified? Do you mean granulates?
    Over here we have some white honey that will granulate if not extracted within a few weeks. Worse yet if wet combs are thrown back on the hive for a repeat harvest.

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Quote Originally Posted by wanderyr View Post
    I've harvested for only one year so far, and used a pair of non-powered uncapping knives (heated in water). I need something better
    Go to Lowes and get a heat gun. Quick and simple, and cleanup's a snap!
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Modem View Post
    Go to Lowes and get a heat gun. Quick and simple, and cleanup's a snap!
    I've heard about this, but it seemed too good to be true What are the cons, if any, of the heat gun approach?

    Thanks,
    wanderyr

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Cons
    - the wax re-solidifies and you spend your time trying to extract capped honey.
    - you melt your new tender comb that is drawn but not filled.
    - not much wax to use (if that interests you)

    I think that I won't be melting any more cappings. But everyone should try it a time or two to make up their own minds about the heat gun.

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    Quote Originally Posted by wanderyr View Post
    I've heard about this, but it seemed too good to be true What are the cons, if any, of the heat gun approach?

    Thanks,
    wanderyr
    Cons: There's no wax left over to use for candles or whatever. But then, there's minimum mess, too.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: Anybody used an "uncapping punch"?

    This is a helpful conversation. Thanks everyone!

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