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    Default Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Well I finally saw Ulee's Gold last night for the first time and the one thing that perked my interest was the boom lift Ulee used to move his bees. It looks like he was moving his hives with an boom outfitted with an electric winch of some sort similar to this:

    http://www.beekeepingforums.com/thre...Gold-Bee-Truck
    or this:
    http://www.china-bees.cn/mfjj/_notes/HL02.jpg

    It was placed on the back of a flatbed truck. I like the fact that Ulee could operate the lifting mechanism from the bottom of the boom lift by the hive. I think you commercial guys may be able to help me with this. I'm looking to mount something similar to the front of a bumper pull trailer. Is there a company that offers an attachable boom lift that can be welded or bracketed to a trailer? Or I am going to have to have it custom machined? I am not big enough (only have 50-60 hives) to warrant going with 4 way pallets.

    I have typically ran stationary yards solely for honey production but as the local watermelon farmers expand they have been offering $60 contracts.. very hard to pass up since I'm most likely pollinating some local farmers anyway .
    50 hives along the Chattahoochee River.

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Ez-loader makes exactly what your looking for but it is big $$$$.
    Luke

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Some photos of a custom-made version in this thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...r-is-completed!

    and a smaller version here:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...flat-bed-truck
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Depends on how you justify these machines. Hard to pencil but if the machine is custom to the jobs on the apiary then it becomes indispensable

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I think the old boom truck shown above had a loader that was offered years ago by walter Kelley co. there are probably a few left around.

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Radar already posted the link to my trailer boom!! LOL
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    MacShack, I ran about 800 hives with a boom for many years, it's a great way to go. One thing to remember is the best placed booms are mounted behind the truck cab, mounted on a trailer is ok but, you will get a lot of sway when picking up hives.
    Booms are a great low cost way to go, I have a friend that runs 4500 hives with booms, by far the best beekeeper that I know. This guy dwarfs any other keeper that I know.

    Keith
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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Here's another one that seems feasible:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Truck-Bed-Ac...w/MT70238.html

    This would be perfect for getting in the small watermelon fields. Down here in Alabama farmers often use small plots which make getting into this fields with large trailers/equipment a burden. I've seen many people get stuck after a good rain. I may go with this one since I have a large 6.5ft bed.
    50 hives along the Chattahoochee River.

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I can promise you, DmacShack, that is going to be a hellish nightmare and a LONG LONG night just to move a few hives with that contraption.
    You will be way farther ahead to just take a buddy along and quickly hand load.
    We have an EzyLoader which is fast and easy, but with that said, If I were hauling just several hives and had someone with me it would be WAY faster to just throw them on the ground by hand.
    But the idea of trying to control the swing of the hive while cranking on a jack handle, one sloooooooooow hive at a time.......
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I'm running about the same number of hives and I use a trailer with a fold down ramp and a Kelley dual-wheel nose truck. I screen the entrances, throw a ratchet strap around each hive and wheel them on the trailer with no lifting. Works great for a fairly small number of hives...a boom would only slow me down.

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    My first boom I quickly put together to lift hives was a hitch mounted one, have fun with that, although it worked, it didn't level out and when I went to swing it into the bed of the truck it took everything I had to hold it back from slamming into the bed rails!!

    SWM, a boom is actually very fast!! I don't strap my hives or screen the entrances, I just stick the forks into the two hive pallet, press the button to lift the hive just enough to clear the bed of the trailer, swing it out and lower it where I want to place it and repeat the process. Once the pallet hits the ground that is it, no straps to undo, screens to remove and such. And because the process is smooth, no irritated bees pouring out of the entrance. The only thing faster is motorized!!!!

    Now im not big enough to tow a trailer with a skid steer or what ever, so a boom is the next best thing for me. Heck, I don't even own a flatbed truck..............yet!!!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I am interested in the EZ loader. How close do you have to be to pick them up? I read 14 feet but I was wondering if they have an extension?

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    16' reach
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    I have one mounted on a 12 ft. flatbed 1 ton Chevy. it uses a winch motor to drive a gear box with a winch with push buttons on the cradle forks for up and down. It was built at the local blacksmith/welding shop 40+ years ago. If you need pics PM me. Dan
    Dan

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    what is the price of one of these?

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    2013-05-31 05.56.13.jpg I have a home made loader and winch system moved 60 hives by myself in one evening. makes life so much easier
    34 hives, 5 years

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    pretty slick Marios!
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    has a 15 foot reach and the elbow alows you to place them any where on the truck (i put it on a half ton makes it easier to get around)2013-05-31 05.55.12.jpg
    34 hives, 5 years

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Nice pics Marios, simple & works.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    An earlier thread of Marios' loader that has an additional photo:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...83958-bee-lift
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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