I bought this one late last summer:- https://www.beebreedingcentre.com/product-page/heavy-lifterWhy am I not able to find hive lift manufacturers like Kaptarlift in the United States?
The primary reason is the cost of importation which drives the cost of the Kaptarlift far to high to be economically competitively priced. I purchased one and currently in the process of trying to import another which has quickly turned into a real pain in the neck dealing with customs clearance and cost of shipping from Hungary. I will come back to this thread and follow up with whether I have been successful or not and the costs as well as customs headaches involved.Why am I not able to find hive lift manufacturers like Kaptarlift in the United States?
I also purchased one of these units and am very satisfied with how it works. I had some initial problems with the battery not holding a charge but it was replaced by the battery distributor. I use cleats on my boxes and this unit accommodates both handholds and cleats. It will save my back when I move hives in the winter and spring and when I bring supers inside for extraction. It cost about $1300 USD and took about 6 weeks for it to be delivered.I bought this one late last summer:- https://www.beebreedingcentre.com/product-page/heavy-lifter
It wasn't here in time for setting escapes, but we had it when it was time to start loading hives for the trip home from out in the fireweed yards. My wife took a quick video on my first try at loading a hive onto the truck with it, so I wasn't really 'in the groove' on how to use it yet. By the time we were finished loading, I was quite comfortable with it and it sure took the back work out of loading hives. I'm planning on using it next season when it's time to set escapes, use the lifter to pick up heavy boxes, set in the escape then set the boxes back down.
I heard that hive boxes sometimes slip in that lift. The Canadian one has arms that fit in the handholds so there is no danger of slippage.
Maybe it happens with lifters from Europe. This lift builds to prevent any slips. On this video, it lifts the hive box and a man on top of it: https://www.facebook.com/BeeHiveLifters/videos/202774510340361/I heard that hive boxes sometimes slip in that lift. The Canadian one has arms that fit in the handholds so there is no danger of slippage.