Re: Sideline uncapper.
I had the great fortune to borrow a Sideliner Uncapper from a friend to uncap my frames this year. I'd actually visited the Brushy Mtn location in PA earlier in the day and bought a new 18 frame radial extractor with the new German Motor.
First the uncapper. I have to say that it's a good PROTOTYPE unit but nothing I'd pay $1,300 for. I ran almost 9 frame supers almost exclusively this year so the comb was drawn out well beyond the face of the frame. When I ran the frames through I found that it works best if you run them through very fast. I'd have thought that it'd be the opposite but faster worked better. The rollers did a better job sometimes rather than others. Most of the time I was left to scratch the frames to uncap them fully. Almost every time when the frames popped out on the other side, they were dinged severely by the rails that are intended to support them.
When I watched the Brushy video I was expecting to have myself on one side of the machine loading frames and my wife on the other taking them out. That's what you see in the video on the website. That is nothing close to what I experienced. Honestly, after too many frames getting badly dinged, I switched to scratching all of them open with my capping scratcher. It too opened all of the cells, removing less wax than a hot knife would.
The Extractor. Previously I had used a 9 frame radial extractor with a crank handle. I did it that way for a couple of years (getting a severe case of extractor-elbow each time) until we went in on a Baldor motor with a friend. The Baldor motor worked beautifully but this year we decided to upgrade to a larger extractor. I opted for the 18 frame radial with the German motor. This motor is reversible which allows you to extract both sides of the frame evenly without removing them from the extractor. The thing I noticed most was the noise made by the motor. It makes a very LOUD grinding noise when you start it up. We had no problems whatsoever with the motor and I don't care if it's noisy as long as it works. I was happy with the extractor. It worked the way it should, seems to be well made. When I unpacked the box though, it did not contain the baskets mentioned to spin your cappings. I'll have to call Brushy to ask about that.
If you're not confused you just don't know what's going on.