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I'm getting older, and starting to think more and more about keeping my back from getting damaged. Normally two of us will lift a colony onto a trailer, but what's out there that would let a man work solo, without breaking the bank?
 

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If you used staples on your bottom boards, to keep them on, this should work?
 

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Harbor freight hand truck,a couple of binder straps and 2 good planks.
Find a local welder to extend the "nose" to about 13 in to balance the hive.
Tire size will be determined by your terrain and you may need a "dually" for side slopes.
 

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I'm looking for something that will lift them to a truck bed. I do have an old trailer with a boom but it needs some TLC.

I saw this one, but I don't have any experience with it.

 

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I purchased a hive lifter from Hives Lifter | Bee Breeding Centre and think it is very valuable. I use the lifter to move the hives from a bench to a trailer. Once the hive is on the trailer, I have to man-handle it to put it into position. It is almost identical to what SpadeApiaries posted.
 

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I have a trailer with a fold down ramp. With that and a good hand truck I can easily load hives by myself.
I have what used to be called a Kelley Nose Truck. Below is a link to the same or similar product on the Mann Lake Site.
I just discovered there is no Kelley website anymore...it transfers automatically to Mann Lake.

Kelley used to make a version with dual wheels on each side for added stability on uneven ground. Mann Lake apparently
has discontinued that one.

 
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