Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Dadant

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Jesup, Ga
    Posts
    4

    Thumbs down Dadant

    What happened with Dadant in Fl? They are horrible to deal with. Employees are unprofessional and confused. I may get my order or I may not! and if I do it may or may not be correct! DISSATISFIED!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Jefferson co alabama,usa
    Posts
    9

    Default Re: Dadant

    Jerry retired and his son is now manager. I was in the store in Nov and left feeling like the staff gave me the cold shoulder. When jerry was manager I always felt very welcome.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Lady Lake, Florida
    Posts
    12

    Default Re: Dadant

    Sad but true.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Brasher Falls, NY, USA
    Posts
    26,777

    Default Re: Dadant

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGuy54 View Post
    What happened with Dadant in Fl? They are horrible to deal with. Employees are unprofessional and confused. I may get my order or I may not! and if I do it may or may not be correct! DISSATISFIED!
    Have you sent word to the Main Office? Somebody further up the line aught to know.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Pickens, SC, USA
    Posts
    233

    Default Re: Dadant

    I have had similar feelings... just order from the Kentucky branch.
    Charlotte Anderson - SC Master Beekeeper
    "Obviously, my bees have not read the same beekeeping books as me !"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,433

    Default Re: Dadant

    i went to frankfort today for the first time for a spring supply run, i usually go to walter t kelleys, but dadants prices were a little cheaper, maybe 5-10% Well that was a huge mistake, they were out of several items in my order. the plastic foundation is too small for the grooved frames. and the frames are terrible, the joints are very sloppy and loose. kelley frames are much better.

    Im going to kelleys for now on, learned my lesson. the ladies there are so nice and they always make it right.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Bloomfield,KY
    Posts
    278

    Default Re: Dadant

    Burns375, I have used both Kelley's and Dadant. I found that I can't put Kelley foundation into Dadant frames and vice versa. I have ran into sloppy, loose joints with both but not often. If you let Clay at Dadants know he will try to work with you to fix the problem and will appreciate the feedback. I like both companies but honestly I go to Kelley's more for the simple fact that they are a local manufacturer and distributor based in KY, where Dadants is based in IL and warehouses equipment in KY for distribution. Many times I go to one or the other according to convenience to my location.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
    Posts
    5,915

    Default Re: Dadant

    This is not Fl in particular, but a weird thing with the Dadant web site. Some months ago last year I checked it out cos I bought some cell protectors from the site. While there I saw featured on the front page, some veil/jacket combos that looked nice to me I thought wow I'll get a couple of those, but each one had a little note temporarily out of stock. So been checking the site periodically to see when they are available again, thinking temporary means days, or a few weeks at best. No. Many months later they are still being featured on the front page and still say temporarily out of stock. I can understand supply problems or whatever and stuff being out of stock but actually featuring something on the front page, for many months, that is out of stock, seems a little weird.

    This snip, from the centre of their front page.


    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,433

    Default Re: Dadant

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpbees View Post
    If you let Clay at Dadants know he will try to work with you to fix the problem and will appreciate the feedback. I like both companies but honestly I go to Kelley's more for the simple fact that they are a local manufacturer and distributor based in KY, where Dadants is based in IL and warehouses equipment in KY for distribution. Many times I go to one or the other according to convenience to my location.
    Hey Sharpbees are you Larry Marks? Did you recieve my check via mail, I may buy one more...see you at the KBA meeting Feb 7th......

    Most likely I'll just return them and purchase frames+foundation from Kelleys. I've bought atleast 400 kelley frames and have been very impressed. The only problem on a few is the side-rail splits on occasion, once glued its no problem. Kelley actually replaced those for me free of charge. The fit is much better with kelley and they are lighter wood, the dadant frames are atleast 2x heavier. Maybe I just got a bad batch. The nail in the coffin is the plasticell bought at dadants won't fit into there own frames, the foundation is too short for the deep grooves. Kelleys exclusively from now on, kentucky pride!

    ps checked out the hives today...they were flying strong! Spring is almost here!!

    Plasticell is an Injected molded plastic raised cell sheet. Coated with 100% USA beeswax in Hamilton, IL to help the bees start drawing the cells. The best plastic foundation available. Tested and proven as the ultimate in plastic foundation. Precise deep cell walls. Uniform exact cells. Fits 9 1/8 inch frames Foundation size is 8 3/8 inches x 16 3/4 inches. Used with wedge top bar or grooved top bar frames. Product may be white or yellow color.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Bloomfield,KY
    Posts
    278

    Default Re: Dadant

    Burns375 No, Larry lives about a mile from me. He's the person that got me interested in bees when I did the addition on his house several years ago. I guess like me you found cheaper isn't always the cheapest route. Most of my equipment is from Kelley's, I'll probably phase out the Dadant woodenware due to compatibility. I will however use their containers due to price.
    Last edited by Sharpbees; 02-01-2014 at 06:53 PM.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Prestonsburg, Ky,USA
    Posts
    77

    Default Re: Dadant

    I have purchased a lot of plasticell off Clay at Dadant and just recently over 100 sheets with frames, got em all together just fine.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Shickshinny, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    829

    Default Re: Dadant

    I also had a bad experience at a dadant store , very unprofessional , I don't look forward to going there at all but I go right past there store so it saves on shipping . I felt like I should let the main office know and I never heard back from them on it , I'm not sure if they really care .Mann Lake is coming to PA very soon now so I'll check them out but I'm a little concerned about compatibility .
    Second Year 4 Hives T USDA Zone 5b

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Nashville, TN, USA
    Posts
    32

    Default Re: Dadant

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGuy54 View Post
    I may get my order or I may not! and if I do it may or may not be correct!
    You should have told them you may or may not decide to pay, and if you do it may or may not be in the correct amount!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
    Posts
    5,915

    Default Re: Dadant

    Can tell one good story about them, and honesty. When I bought those cell protectors the freight, worked out by some automatic web tool, was insane. Many multiples of the price of the actual product I bought. Decided to pay it though as they are not readily available here and I had few options.

    The money was deducted from my credit card. But when I got a new statement, it showed a credit maybe a week or so after the purchase. Dadant after posting, had found the freight was less than I had been charged & had refunded me the difference.

    They did not have to and I was not expecting it, their honesty was impressive, also suspect the majority of e-sites in such a situation would just have kept the money.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,433

    Default Re: Dadant

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    I have purchased a lot of plasticell off Clay at Dadant and just recently over 100 sheets with frames, got em all together just fine.
    I looked at a few more frames and the foundation stays in. The overlap is only about 1/16" so theres no much room for tolerance stack-up error before the foundation falls out. Ill need to make sure I hammer the top and bottom bar in tightly. For an extra $6 per 100 frames i'de rather go for Kelleys.

    Do you use the wedge style, without the top groove the plasticell probably fits much better as designed.

    One pro is the plasticell coating has a slightly thicker coating of wax than permadent. Although its missing the triangulated bottom.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Gainesboro, Tennessee, USA.
    Posts
    398

    Default Re: Dadant

    Dad ant has always been slow for me. However Kelley always deliver faster than I thought possible and the quality and people are great. Why would I buy from anyone else?

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,433

    Default Re: Dadant

    I got intouch with clay this morning. Apparently a portion of deep size plasticell was cut an 1/8 to 3/16 too short. They are shipping a box of bottom bars with shallow grooves to fix the situation. They also are shipping an out of stock item free of charge, they made it right! Much pleased, but probably going with kelleys next time.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    NAVAJO, ARIZONA USA
    Posts
    174

    Default Re: Dadant

    I thought I would add my dadant experience here. I ordered some terramycin last week and it is just shipping out today. How in today's world can it take a full week just to pull a box of the shelf and put a shipping label on it. I normally order from mann lake and will have to go back to them.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    lee county, fl, usa
    Posts
    833

    Default Re: Dadant

    I was at the Fl Dadant store yesterday because we were going through N Fl and I wanted a case of honey containers and a few other things. The young fellow who filled my order was fine-- my only complaint is that they were out of stock on 2 items I wanted.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads