Simple Harmony Farms uncapper First Test
Like many One man operations, extracting day is quite the ordeal. The weakest link in the operation is definitely uncapping. When I heard about the Simple Harmony Farms uncapper I decided to risk it and jump in. I purchased the uncapper at full retail price and have no connections to the sellers.
This past weekend I had about 60 Frames to extract, and this is my report.
The extractor I use is the Maxant 3500H (9 frame Non powered version)
The SHF uncapper is very solid and simple to use. I used clamps to secure it to my ML uncapping tank rather than screws and it worked out fine.
I decided to go all out and test the worst frames first. The first frames I tested were older frames that were very thin and had hard dark cappings, these would be almost impossible with the hot knife and always take me forever.
I found that I would have to run the frames up and down a few times slightly adjusting the angle each time, but the SHF uncapper actually did better than I thought it would. It did manage to cut about 80/90% of the cappings and a quick once over with the cappings scratcher fixed them right up.
Next I tested some freshly capped but still thinner frames. This was much quicker, I still had to run them up and down once or twice, but the uncapper made short work of them and they were ready to go into the extractor.
Normal frames that are a little fatter are a breeze, once down and up then into to extractor.
I was completely done extracting my first 9 frame load in as much or less time than it would take me just to uncap. The next big plus was that there was almost no mess in the uncapping tank.
Overall I was very pleased with the SHF uncapper and It cut my day in half, but the real un expected bonus was there was significantly less of a mess to clean up.
I did video the uncapping, its just going to take me a while to get it up on youtube.
i hope this helps anyone out there looking for an easier way to uncap.
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