Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: my new gadget

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    new york, ny
    Posts
    72

    Default my new gadget

    scale.jpg

    i bought a little scale with which i can weigh the back of the hive. it helps with my obsession of wanting to inspect them every single day. i double the reading on the scale for an estimated hive weight. it's not very accurate, and this particular model is plastic crap, but it gives me a relative number where i can tell if they are gaining or losing weight over time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    richland center, wisconsin USA
    Posts
    311

    Cool Re: my new gadget

    hmm pretty good scientific eyeball guessing...
    "Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Belpre,Ohio, USA
    Posts
    1,359

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Where did you buy this new gadget, I have considered purchasing something like this for a while.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Cookeville, TN, USA
    Posts
    4,149

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Way more accurate than picking it up and guessing. If you inspect a couple of hives and see what the number is for one that is well stocked then that should be a pretty good yardstick.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Midland, MI
    Posts
    595

    Default Re: my new gadget

    i have a similar device. i got it off ebay. look for either a luggage scale, or a big game scale. you should be able to find either with an acceptable weight range. i think i paid something like $12 for mine.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    new york, ny
    Posts
    72

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Quote Originally Posted by WWW View Post
    Where did you buy ...
    amazon. search for luggage scale. $10.
    i had a similar non-digital fishing scale as a kid. with a built-in tape measure.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    KC, MO, USA
    Posts
    1,238

    Default Re: my new gadget

    That would really help for winter prep, and checking during winter.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Morris Plains, NJ USA
    Posts
    255

    Default Re: my new gadget

    I just got the same scale off of Ebay last week. Mine will be used to measure super frame weight so that I won't need to pull the frames out completely. I'm not looking for super accuracy, just relative measurements like the original poster.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Belpre,Ohio, USA
    Posts
    1,359

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Thanks guys, I think I will need to have one of these.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Quincy, Mass USA
    Posts
    233

    Default Re: my new gadget

    I'm going to do this set up as well.... I like the simplicity..... Very nice idea and much appreciate you sharing it with us....;- )

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Battle Ground, WA
    Posts
    100

    Default Re: my new gadget

    I've been using this Taylor, got it at wilco but any farm store will have it. Pretty heavy duty, under $15. It is very nice to know if they are going forward or backwards without having to suit up and dig in to the hive.

    image.jpg

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Belews Creek, NC, USA
    Posts
    338

    Default Re: my new gadget

    I've been using my scale now for a couple of years. Although it is not perfectly accurate, I get a good idea of what's going on inside the hive. I actually measure both sides as they are rarely the same and add them together. I even plot them on an Excel graph to get a better understanding of the trend. As far as your scale goes, its basically the same, but you will need some kind of lever during the flow as my hives went over 200 lbs.
    photo.jpg

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Carver, MN
    Posts
    24

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Quote Originally Posted by Belewsboy View Post
    I've been using my scale now for a couple of years. Although it is not perfectly accurate, I get a good idea of what's going on inside the hive. I actually measure both sides as they are rarely the same and add them together. I even plot them on an Excel graph to get a better understanding of the trend. As far as your scale goes, its basically the same, but you will need some kind of lever during the flow as my hives went over 200 lbs.
    photo.jpg
    Do you adjust for the amount of hardware on the hive? i.e. when you add a super do you discount the new readings by the size of the empty super? I'd love to see a graph from your excel document

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Manassas, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    1,106

    Default Re: my new gadget

    Honestly, I don't trust cheap spring scales. They can be WAAAY off and very non-linear.

    But I must admit, it gives better results that the electronic hive scale project I've never finished!

    Drat, now I guess I have to get back on it.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Belews Creek, NC, USA
    Posts
    338

    Default Re: my new gadget

    I don't treat this as a science project. I don't need an ultra-precise scale or calibration procedures. I want something that will give me an idea if their weight is gaining or losing. I want something that is very portable and reasonably accurate. I want to be able to check a lot of hives in a short amount of time. I use it in the fall as I open feed. It points to the hives that are not taking the syrup, so I'll put a top feeder on. I have a target weight I use to get them thru the winter. I can tell in the winter if their stores are getting dangerously lite and I can take action to help them out. I also like to watch the explosive Flow. In this part on NC, the Flow lasts about a month and thats about all we get for the year. Everything after the flow belongs to the girls. As you can see on the graph the girls bring it in fast and furious. Then it just stops. The graph's last entry was June 6 and I have since extracted. They are consuming now and the weights are slowly going down I'm sure. I will start weighing again this weekend.
    As to your question about discounting for adding or removing supers...no I don't. I have dedicated pages in Excel which is my log...a separate page for each hive or Nuc. I note the date I add or remove boxes, so it will relate to the graph. I tried discounting but it became too much trouble.
    I encourage everyone to weigh their hives. Its fun, interesting, informative and when your fellow berks find out you're weighing, they'll be calling you to get an idea of how their hives are doing.
    6-6-14.jpg

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