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    Default Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    I'm getting ready to buy a 9-frame extractor from either Rossman or Dadant as I will be able to drive to either store and pick it up. My desire is to buy either the 9-frame Maxant power extractor or the Dadant power 3-6 frame extractor. Does anyone have experience with either/both of these two extractors? From my initial impressions, they both have very reputable names, but the Dadant extractor is about $150 more. If it were you, which one would you buy?
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 9 small cell hives!!

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    I have the maxant hand powered 9 frame and couldn't be happier. It is very well made and of course made here in the USA. The dadant one might be both of those things also, but all I know is how good my maxant is.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    I can only echo my sentiments with Maxant. Their customer service is top notch, too.
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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    My maxant 30 frame will be 40 years old in 2015 and still going strong

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    My Dadant is a mere 20 years old, but it's still going strong, too! Don't know about service, tho, as it's never needed any.



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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Maxant all the way. We are the 3rd largest supplier of Maxant extractors and I will GLADLY! ship one to you for free so there is no need to drive to pick it up! We use what we sell and I love my maxant extractors.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    I purchased the Dadant 20 frame extractor 3 years ago and have been really happy with it.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    I've had the Maxant 3/6/9 frame a few years its a very good machine. Its nice to be able to run 3 deep frames when there is too much honey in the brood area of the hive.
    Also Jake from Maxant is on the forum, & always available for advice or questions.
    Dan

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    The few beekeepers in my area that I've spoken with have Dadant and speak very highly of the product. I'll buy one of their used Dadants sometime soon.
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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Both American made, both great quality.
    BUT...............
    If it were me, I'd go with a Maxant
    www.maxantindustries.com
    American made Honey Processing Equipment "Built to last a lifetime"

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    Not enough experience to have an opinion on the extractors but Maxant ball caps are really nice.
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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Thanks for all the great responses. From the way it sounds either company offers some top notch equipment and I can't go wrong picking either one. However, I'm probably going to go with Maxant because I can extract both deeps and mediums without having to pay extra for Dadant baskets - plus it's cheaper.

    Thanks bk21701 for the free shipping offer, but I'm going to pick up the extractor from Rossman as we'll be on vacation anyway and I can write the mileage off since the business is buying it.
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 9 small cell hives!!

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Quote Originally Posted by bk21701 View Post
    Maxant all the way. We are the 3rd largest supplier of Maxant extractors and I will GLADLY! ship one to you for free so there is no need to drive to pick it up! We use what we sell and I love my maxant extractors.
    On second thought, how can I go wrong with free shipping AND not having to pay sales tax (yet). I just ordered one from you today and am looking forward to extracting my first batch of honey with it!
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 9 small cell hives!!

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Not sure about the dadant bit I do have the maxant 1300 20 frame and I love it

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    Not sure about the dadant bit I do have the maxant 1300 20 frame and I love it
    1400, unless someone made a custom machine for you?
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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    thank you for the correction it is a 1400

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Quote Originally Posted by MAXANT View Post
    Both American made, both great quality.
    BUT...............
    If it were me, I'd go with a Maxant
    I never like when a manufacturer takes shots at their competition...this post is refreshing to see.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Between those two, I'd go Maxant. When you move up to the 20 frame size, Dadant gets the nod. The 20 frame Dadant will hold 32 mediums or 20 deeps. My 20 frame Dadant is probably 20 years old (2nd owner) and still going strong.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Last year I had a small issue with my Maxant 3100. I emailed Maxant on a Saturday afternoon and received a response within an hour that fixed the problem. I haven't tried this with Dadant, but doubt I would have had the same experience that exceeded my expectations with Dadant.

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    Default Re: Maxant or Dadant Extractors

    Quote Originally Posted by sassybeehoney View Post
    I never like when a manufacturer takes shots at their competition...this post is refreshing to see.

    I can speak first hand of a recent conversation I had with Jake at Maxant. When talking about quality extractors and differences he said "Of course I would like for you to buy ours, but if you don't, buy a Dadant" Spoke volumes and I'm loving my new Maxant 1400.

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