Lyson 4 frame extractor.
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    Thumbs Up Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    Had been looking for an extractor for several months and after looking at many types, sizes, companies, and reading discussions on the beesourse forum I choose a Lyson extractor. The model I choose was LEX2019N, a manual four frame extractor from Better Bee. Better Bee and another company both offered the same model for a cost of $279.00 which included the legs and a 2 year warranty. Better Bee’s shipping cost was $20.00 less and the service was great.

    I ordered the machine at 2PM and before 5PM FedEx had picked it up and I received it 3 day later. The only assembly required is screwing one bolt through the handle to the crank and three bolts and nuts to attach the legs to the extractor. Took less than 20 minutes after removing it from the box to having it ready to operate. Used it this week and on the second day (first time we were a bit slower) removed the supers just after 9AM, extracted 16 frames, replaced the supers on the hive, and cleaned our equipment and were done with that hive by 11AM!

    Very please with how easy it is to use, very simple, and quick. This was my first time dealing with Better Bee and very impressed with their customer service. I had one question and emailed them about 8PM and received a reply by 9AM the next morning.

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    i know this is an old post but i am thinking about purchasing a lyson lex2019n but wanted to know how it has held up i watched a video on the extractor and it was said that when you extract mediums it extracts semi radially have you used it with mediums and do you have to flip frames

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    Quote Originally Posted by tlkellar View Post
    i know this is an old post but i am thinking about purchasing a lyson lex2019n but wanted to know how it has held up i watched a video on the extractor and it was said that when you extract mediums it extracts semi radially have you used it with mediums and do you have to flip frames
    Good evening.
    Have not seen the video and have never heard the term "semi-radially". I used the Lex2019N for two years and when I had 6 hives. After increasing to ten hive I upgraded to a larger extractor. The 2019N was well made, easy to use, and fit my needs when I had fewer hives. Sold it for almost as much as I paid for it. BUT it is a Tangential extractor, only. You must turn over all the frames no matter what size. Of course takes longer but if you only have a few hives (say 4 or 5) or if you have plently of time you should be very happy with the Lyson product. For the cost and ease of use it is a fine extractor.

    The fellow who bought it from me has 3 hives and extracted all his honey with it last season and was also very pleased with it.

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    thanks for the reply i really want a radial but for a good one but it gets pricey what brand did you go with for the larger one ? does it save alot of time ?

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    Last year I bought a Maxant 3100 9 frame, which does both radial and tangential. I found that with hand cranking, the tangential slots worked better. I think spinning radially puts less force on the comb (good), but requires a higher speed and for longer (bad if you are spinning by hand). I plan on purchasing a motor for mine this year.

    Jim at Vino Farm has a good review here.
    https://youtu.be/oTe4rfEmzmQ
    Last edited by JWPalmer; 03-03-2019 at 08:35 PM.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    I bought one of the lower cost vivo electric 8 frame extractors. Last year was the first time using it and I was very pleased with the speed and ease of operation. Will try to find my review posted on the forum and past here.

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    Default Re: Lyson 4 frame extractor.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/VIVO-New-...004E/155944869


    I ordered the Vivo extractor on Tuesday, May 30th via the Wal-Mart website, did that so I could add on their extended warranty, and received the extractor Friday, June 2nd. So customer service regarding shipping was outstanding. The extractor was double boxed, heavily packed and was in perfect condition – but that is how a new product should arrive so no extra points there. All accessories; legs, lids, instruction, screws, nuts and bolts were included, packaged and ready to use.

    Completed installation of legs and cover was made in about 30 minutes and the only tools needed were a Phillips screwdriver and a 5/8” wrench. Plugged the extractor in and it worked as it should, the motor is quite, smooth, and ran well at all speeds. Cleaned the machine and had 4 frames ready to try in the extractor which spun flawless. The barrel or drum is heavy, smooth, and should last for years.

    The one Con I found was trying to attach the honey gate. I have small arms and was able to reach wayyyyyyy down with the “nut” while my Dad screwed in the gate. Not sure someone could hold the nut in place and reach down to screw in the gate at the same time. Also if your arms were very large you would have to remove the frame, motor, and cage in order to attach the honey gate to the drum. Other Pros and upgrades with the extractor are that the legs are longer and have been beefed-up and will allow a five gallon bucket to be placed under the honey gate. Also there have now been braces added to the inside of the drum so that the frames will not fall or slide once placed in the cage.

    Since posting this I used the extractor last year to extract the honey from our 10 hives. Doing 8 frames at a time and just turn it on. By the time I uncap another 8 frames it is ready to reload and spin again. Very pleased with it. Sure it is not one of the "best" extractors but fits my needs.

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