Re: uncapping for 100 hives
The chain upcapper I saw in action was very functional. The gentleman had a very nice setup (direct mounted over a cappings spinner), and ran it that way for years.
If I were to ever get back up to around 100 hives, mine would probably go into the loop. As soon as the basket got an initial layer of cappings, the spinner would start removing many of the fine wax particles which you were concerned about. ( I see that hand uncapping into the spinner).
'Just didn't want my comments to be misconstrued as negative. I've almost always enjoyed hand upcapping. My chain uncapper came as part of a package deal, and I just never got large enough to want or need to use it. It would be one more piece of equipment to maintain, clean and sterilize each year. I should probably just sell mine, as I have no plans to ever get that big again.
After 40 years of beekeeping, I've come to realize that the bees can fix most of my mistakes.