Re: 500 hive operation Honey extraction line
We used a Cowen cappings spinner in our large commercial operation for about 25 years. The original machine for 24 years and the "new and improved" version for one season before replacing it with a C&B system. We simply outgrew its capacity. The Cowen should be more than ample for a 500 hive operation as we were routinely running 2 drums an hour through them but they do take some tinkering. We had much better luck with the older machine after devising our own system of manually directing the cappings (and not letting them get too thick) into first the back, then the center, then all the way to the front. The hopper above the auger allowed you to store excess cappings as needed. By the time the front was full you can clean out the back third and redirect the flow accordingly. The key factors are always the warmth, moisture and clarity of the cappings going in. Some "tinkering" for sure but the secret is not to get greedy and try to put too much in it at a time, keep the cappings thin and they will dry quickly.
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