Browning Cut Stock
Browning Cut Stock
In the last 20 years i have purchased 1000's of boxes from Mann Lake, Dadant, Browning cut stock, and Shastina. Not worth my time to make that many on my own.
If I had to rate them all I think everyone should do so in a few categories. Here are some I find at the top of my list.
1. Wood quality
2. Quality of the cuts
3. Availability to customize the box.
4. Customers service.
I have had great service with all of these companies.
Since we put cleats on with the hand holds lined up with the cut outs I currently go with Shastina. ( they put them where I want them)
The best wood I have ever received was from Browning cut stock. Four pieces with knots in a 3000 box order. If I had my way I'd have Browning supply wood to Shastina. Haven't gone so far as to try to make this happen yet.
FYI: I think the wood and new cuts on the ML frames are superb if you are looking to put some frames in those new boxes.
Hope this helps...
Good stuff. I bought all of my supers from him. Will likely get my next batch of deeps from him, too. Highly recommend. Good prices and excellent quality.
I love the smell of nectar in the morning.
If I had a choice between superb paint and glue in the joints the answer would be a no Brainer. Glue on joints that are well cut, snug when assembled and stapled correctly is a waste of time. I have never had a super I assembled come apart from any type of "wiggle" dance in 30 years unless it received "forkliftitis." 25 or 30 year life paint solves a lot of box issues. Well placed glue on a frame joint is another story. I'm all for that hands down.
Stapled boxes and wax dipped last forever. No glue no paint no nothing. Painting is just for looks because wax dipped get dark after some time.
Tightbond is for frames and rabbet joints.
Shastina all the way. I can place an order, stop in a week or so later and they set them on my truck. Pretty hard to beat.
If I lived in Vancouver, i'd get them form Beeline in up in Rochester, esp if I were buying a lot of them.
Plus, it gives you an excuse to stop at Stuffy's in Longview for one of their monster cinnamon rolls.
Bees forever plastics. Deep boxes that you don't have to assemble or paint or maintain. Don't listen to people who tell you that bees don't like plastic boxes,it is not true. They cost $17.00 for a deep and they don't wear out, break down, no assebbly and no painting. In some areas of the country where snow is a issue they don't have the same r factor as wood. We still freeze here in nor cal but no snow. I am in Michigan visiting and had to help a guy (doctor) that has 2 wood hives and those suckers were stuck together so bad I pissed off the bees enough for even me to get stung trying to pry those boxes apart. He had been in them 3 days before and i could not shove a hive tool between the boxes for anything. He went into the hospital after getting stung in the nose and neck and now has to take shots and can't work bees again. He was fully suited. I actually had to put on a veil they were so bad. You can look at bees forever plastics on weebley.com
Dadant, Shastina, MannLake , Browning. Not necessarily in that order. Have gotten some good, some not so good from all.
Will Shastina arrange for shipping, and is shipping expensive to Southern California.
Call them. They are easy to talk to.
Shastina has so far been the best quality and price over everyone else. I like the top frame rest joint that they use. Last order I had maybe 3-4 sides that were warped out of 800 boxes.
I bought a pallet of deeps last week from shastina. I had two broken ends and a few knots I thought should have went into the seconds pile but even loosing a box it,s pretty hard to beat there price and service.
I just received another order of medium supers from Shastina yesterday. Very pleased with the quality and great customer service.
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