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    This winter we will carry around 300 hives into winter. Half are on 4 way pallets. Next year I may want to move the palleted bees to soybeans for the summer. I have a tractor and frontend loader but it is bulky and not manuverable in tight locations. Used hummerbee or Swinger are rare in Southeast. That leaves me with Bobcat type loaders. I have heard the older models are better. What models would y'all recommend. Adding a mast down the road is an option.

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    743

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    New Holland makes a nice skid steer tractor. I run an older LX465.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    New Holland makes a nice skid steer tractor. I run an older LX465.
    These are perfect and can be bought at a good price...if you can find one.
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    Stick with the tractor.
    Fabricate yourself a good 3-point rear forks.
    You can go places and do things that nothing else will.
    Bobcats are great for scraping out the loafing shed I must admit.
    But before you lay down a lot of cash I would look at all of the options.
    Besides, your tractor is payed for; right?
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Just put an older mast on my 99' 751 Bobcat. Mast is 1000 times better. Pick up totes of syrup easily. After using the arms for two years, the difference is amazing

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    Yeah the ole 743 is a good one. Johnny, I would say pretty much any machine in that 15 to 1700 lb. lift rating range that you can get a good buy on will do just fine even without a "crazy wheel and skid steers are so versatile. I really like the New Hollands. I would just stay away from anything too heavy (2000 lb. + range) as they are a lot of unecessary weight to have to pull around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcharlie View Post
    Look close at the Moffit type loaders.. I like mine a lot. used units around 5k.
    I use a Donkey Beekeeper truck-mounted loader and it works great. Lifts a full tote of syrup (3k lbs) and no trailer to pull. It's a single purpose machine, so no attachments. That's a trade off to consider. In my case, not having to drag a trailer through FL sand makes it an easy win. It's probably a bit faster to load a semi a with a Hummerbee or Swinger if you run several thousand. For me, slow and steady wins the race.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes the tractor is paid for but The lowboy I haul it with is the trailer I was planning to move the bees on so it would require another big trailer. A Hummerbee or Swinger could be pulled behind pickup with small trailer.

    I have considered a Moffett. The poultry companies around here use them a lot and also the lumber yards. I wonder if the make a small version.

    Johnny
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