Anyone use this type of hive lifter? I just built one very similar with a few modifications.
I've used a pair of ice tongs before, but not the store bought kind of lifter.
Works perfect if you have 2 people. Had one for about 25 years.
haven't tried one but looks handy if you have two people
The replies are appreciated. Time will tell I guess.
I will have help for sure lifting hives. I am hiring for next season and am setting interviews next week.
For moving bees around the yard, a lifter is great. For lifting them up onto the truck, it's probably easier to lift them by hand. Both ways take two people.
I have one that I used a couple times. I'll never buy another one because it's over kill. Just my two cents.
Very helpful with heavy hives that have to be carried a ways especially if stairs are involved. Like MP said, once you get to the truck sometimes it is easier to remove it and load without.
We used a trailer towed behind a pickup for moving bees. We simply put down the rear tailgate on the trailer, and walked up it with the hives for loading. Works great.
Any problem with moving tall hives?
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I do remember almost tipping some that should have been grabbed higher and having some slide out of the holder. They really grab well on hives with handle cleats. On those we turn the holder upside down. Upright it grabs into the hand holds better.
we use one very similar to that in the photo. It's great, particularily for moving a hive in an area where there is no possibility of getting a vehicle. At our house before we moved, ground was to steep, but with two of us, using that gadget, easily carry a double deep up the hill to the vehicle.
We've never tried to move a hive with more than two deeps. When we intended to do that, we always pulled the supers first, them moved the resulting double deep with that carrying gadget.
If I have to move a multiple box hive, especially if moving some distance, I don't like to disassemble the hive, and in this case, this carrier works well.
A simple ratchet strap around the entire hive will ensure it all stays where it's supposed to during the move. Is spring here yet?
To use this carrier, do you slide it down from the top?
The hive carrier that I have, has a cleat that goes into the hive handle to keep it from slipping, and for positive grip. Do you plan to add it.
If not, wouldn't it slip if either man gave slack while holding the hive.
Yes it slides down from the top. The way it is designed, it "pinches" the hive with the cross bars. The heavier the hive the stronger the pinch.
IF the hive slipped out it was because the other helper did it on purpose. In which case they would be sent packing. lol
I understand that. If it slipped out I would expect some angry bees.
I take it that drone is not from a small cell.
Looks good. Good job.
>The hive carrier that I have, has a cleat that goes into the hive handle to keep it from slipping, and for positive grip
I agree, you are missing an essential part if you have hand holds only. Yours will work on a hive with cleat handles, but will slip on a hive with cut out handholds only. The commercial ones have a swollen area covered with a black stiff hose to fit into the hand holds.