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    Default Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    How are you doing this? I am running 75 hives that are kept at three permanent yards and next year I have the opertunity to pollinate blueberries but need to think of some ways now.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Get a friend and a hive carrier.

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Rent a truck with a lift gate.

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I use a utility trailer with a drop down gate and a dolly. Works ok if you are moving less that 20 hives.

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    Default Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I use a ramp and a dolly. Wouldn't mind having a lift gate.

    Edit: I forgot I have a line on some slide on forks that will fit on the bucket of my front end loader which will make loading the trailer much easier.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Get a friend and a hive carrier.
    A friend and some hive staples.

    When I was young like you I used to move a whole truck load at a time solo. Sixty hives, twelve per row. Each row was 6 dbls w/ 6 more on top of them. Necessity is the Muther of invention. Ya do what ya gotta do when it comes time to do it.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    When I was young like you……...

    Ha! We used to move 600 by hand.

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Ha! We used to move 600 by hand.
    Yeah, I know. I moved 200 by hand. I was just describing what I did one truck at a time.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    The best thing I have come up with is two hive pallets. A Dolly modified to carry them, and a 20' trailer with a drop ramp. We just moved 20 hives....it took about 10 minutes to roll 20 hives on the pallets into the trailer. I would get the pallet straps sold by mannlake or manufacture something like them to hold the hives on the pallets. When moving we only have 1 deep and 1 medium on each hive.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    On a video on here, I think it was "my grandfather's bees" something like that. But it was a four wheel trailer holding what looked like 24 hives. I plan to build one this summer. It looked like one of the old Red Caboose used on the rail roads. Mine will too and be covered with red steel siding. When it is done I will post pictures.

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by lupester View Post
    The best thing I have come up with is two hive pallets. A Dolly modified to carry them, and a 20' trailer with a drop ramp. We just moved 20 hives....it took about 10 minutes to roll 20 hives on the pallets into the trailer. I would get the pallet straps sold by mannlake or manufacture something like them to hold the hives on the pallets. When moving we only have 1 deep and 1 medium on each hive.
    Do you have any pictures? Especially of the dolly.

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I have a 16' flat deck trailer with ramps, and i use a hive truck to move one at a time. I have each on a bottom board and can put them on 4 ways once on the trailer. I can move 40 double deeps at a time in a single layer, or 80 singles in 2 layers. I use the hive truck sold by mann lake, with a few modifacations.

    singles are just loaded by hand, no hive truck needed. 2 people could move the doubles, but the hive truck saves the back.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Thank you, I would like to see the pic of the dolly

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    photo 1.JPGphoto 2.JPGphoto 3.JPGphoto 4.JPGphoto 5.jpg

    This is the best we have been able to come up with yet. Just a Harbor Freight extra wide dolly modified by my welder.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Thank you for taking the time to take the pictures.
    Question.. I see there is square tubing welded in the frame. What is that for?

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    That looks like a great idea. Is the only purpose of the welding to add strength?

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    we have not used staples in 20 yrs. unless your putting them on a lawn wheels do not work well. too rough ruts etc. we used plastic straps with a buckle and rachet tool to tighten. uline company. by the time ya screw around finding an easy way ya could be done with a helper. load at night before dark and unload at dawn. we used to work nights but really hate crawing bees at nite. things go way better when ya can see what your doing. good luck

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to take the pictures.
    Question.. I see there is square tubing welded in the frame. What is that for?
    The square tube helps to stabilize the pallet when tipping it back.
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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Have you moved the 2 way pallet with two deeps on each side? Do you think it would work with a hand truck?

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    Default Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    Quote Originally Posted by lupester View Post
    The square tube helps to stabilize the pallet when tipping it back.
    Lupester, your only modification was cutting the center pipe and adding the square stock?

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