4ways are great if you have equipment to move them. most hobbyists use the single bottom boards on some sort of 'stand' and try to face them with entrance to the south. a compromise is a two way pallet. much cheaper, quite stable, can be a two man lift if singles, both entrances can face south.Having researched the obvious benefits of four-hive pallets, I'm wondering why so many comparatively expensive and labor intensive hive stands are so commonly used. Are there trade-offs I'm not thinking about with putting your hives down on the ground?
This is where I am too. Also, I don't have the equipment to move a pallet, so I would not get the total benefit. I really am going to have to find a more comfortable way to tend to my hives. Even keeping them at 16" off the ground, my back feels like it is about to snap after a day of inspections. The lifting doesn't bother me. The prolonged bending is what kills me.Geezer back. I want my hives up a little bit higher. But not too high because then I have to lift supers high. 16" high is just about right for me. Still, lifting is not as bad as standing stooped over.
You still need a bottom board unless you just have a solid bottom to the bottom box.... which is still a bottom board I think whether on a pallet or stand. You don't have a bottom box with a completely open bottom do you?the hivestand itself is not expensive, four separate bottom boards are.
Roland -- I think all of us only wish we had your "problems." 5 Deep stacks is something you will never see in my yards. Though I can still dream about it.Hey Palmer, let's see you take a full deep off when it is on top of 4 other deeps. Some times it is a compromise between too low and too high,