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  1. #1
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    Default Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    Its been really dry in California so I decided tonight I'm going to bed in a little while and have myself a dream about an El Nino coming in a few months. Rain, rain and more rain. Big honey flows and all the lovely associated El Nino things like getting trucks stuck in the mud.

    If we really get one I was wondering about putting forks on the Buggy shown in the ad below and using it in the almonds for pollination Take a peak at the link and tell me how mean you think this thing would look going into an Almond orchard with forks on the front while crawling through 6 inches of water. Even Harry would be proud of my ride!!!!



    http://anchorage.craigslist.org/rvs/4128958390.html

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    You might be better of with a tracked bobcat, but not as impressive looking.
    Last edited by Barry; 10-24-2013 at 07:18 AM.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    http://www.swampbuggiesfl.com

    One of these would work better more room for gear.
    Last edited by Barry; 10-24-2013 at 07:18 AM.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    You'd have to find some snow, it would be a blast

  5. #5
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    Lakeland, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    Friend of mine has a deuce and a half army truck that he uses for a bee truck. Airlocker in the the front axle and two rear axles. Never been stuck lol

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    My daughter just moved up to Anchorage. I emailed her the link!

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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    The last couple of years have not been so bad, but I remember a number of years when I wondered if I was EVER going to be able to pull bees out of almonds due to rain and mud.
    Our problem is that we pollinate peaches. Peaches in our area need bees about the same time bees are released from almonds.
    A few years back, the peach growers were screaming for bees but it was so muddy, wet and raining in California that they just had to wait.
    So just like Honey-For-All, I wondered if it would pencil out for someone to build a floatation forklift that lives in California and offer to boat the hives out to the loading area.
    They would not load. They would just float over the mud and stage the bees for loading.
    In the really bad years they could work all night and get paid by the hive.
    I'm sure you have seen various spray rigs with the massive balloon floatation tires?
    There is no amount of mud or water that they cannot traverse easily.

    Anyway, just dreaming!
    It would be fun to fabricate the machine.
    But I don't live on CA I live in God's country!
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

  8. #8
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    NE Calif.
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    Default Re: Going to dream of rain tonight? Will this help?

    Careful what you wish for you might get it....

    There was one year there was so much rain in mid Feb we had to put wide tires on a little Dodge ram pickup and hand load all the hives into the orchards around Chico.The guy next to us was using a track bobcat to get his palletized hives in.That worked pretty slick.

    But when the levees broke thousands of hives went down the river. What a mess.One guy was out in the flood trying to get his hives to high ground. He was up on top of his forks barely above the rapidly rising water when some farm hands rescued him in a row boat.

    Was a great honey year later on.

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