lol @ maxant. We have a brushy extractor that I bought from a fella who had paid for two houses slinging honey out of it. You can't argue that Brushy makes 'crap.' I think Maxant makes great stuff, I'm just too poor to buy nice new stuff from them! lol
For a little more you can move up to the 9-frame radial, which I own and can attest to it being a nice extractor. The compact takes only 4 mediums or shallows at a time! Don't know how many hives you run, but a 4-frame extractor will give you a workout. My advice: save up and buy the 9-frame.
Decide how you're gonna grow, and go from there. Budget everythign out with a good plan to have it pay for itself. You can find 4 frame extractors floating around for 100 bucks easy. Yea we run a 9. Manual forever, finally added a variable switch and a washer motor heh. Take that big business! Funny part? Motorizing it cost me a single jar of honey for my fabricator friend to get the shafts right. Now if I can only find a "cheap" solution to brass gear pumps...
On the note of 100 dollar extractor, shipping not included, I know where I could get you one. Not sure of the make, but the last one I got was maxant I think. PM me if you want one...
you should have at least a 9 frame radial (with a motor), in my opinion.
thought the brushy version is made in italy (by Lega), the motor is made in the US (by these folks: http://baldor.com/)
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