Yes, it soon became obvious that without a gear reduction, spinning by hand required more stamina than I had (envision two 90 degree elbows back to back, one turned down the other up) for a handle.
So I resorted to a variable speed electric drill with a 1 1/2" coupling fitted over the chuck. Took less than 5 minutes to spin out the frames, then another minute at a higher speed to spin the remainder out.
I like tinkering around so I really enjoyed building it. It is just to hold me over till I get up to enough hives to decide if I really like beekeeping enough to merit a honey house and real extraction equipment.
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Equipment commonly known as 'fabricated food equipment': kitchen, bakery, pantry and cafeteria units, and other food handling and processing equipment including tables and components, counters, shelves, sinks, hoods, etc.
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Strong, snap-on lids are available for secure, stable stacking.
Reinforced rims add strength and durability.
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California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) approved when used as container/lid combo.
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Dimensions : 22" Dia. x 27 1/4" H.
Capacity : 32 U.S. Gallons
After purchase, the can was scrubbed with soap and hot water, then rinsed, then cleaned with a bleach and water solution, then rinsed again and then re-washed with soap and hot water and re-rinsed. (the lid also). the PVC pipe components were given the same treatment and soaked in a bleach water solution to clean the inside of the pipes.
The plywood, after being cut was sanded then assembled. After assembly it was saturated with Pharmaceutical grade mineral oil. and then wiped down to remove any excess. The outlet hole was left open to allow the honey to drain from the can without ever submerging the end of the shaft, there was virtually no contact of honey to the shaft(pvc).
Thanks for the compliments everyone. As I said, i can't say anything about durability yet. It holds either mediums or shallows. I run all medium equipment, so it fits my stuff. The frames I extracted were all newly drawn comb this year. Wired vertically on wedge top bar frames with no horizontal wiring done. I have not damaged any frames as yet. I determined rotational speed by the unbalance consequence. Meaning I only spun as fast as feasible while holdoing the can in place.
As some wanted instructions I will e-mail them to anyone who wants them (the files are to large to attache at Beesource. They consist of a drawing(32 kb pdf) and a text file (8kb). (just e-mail or pm me)
Just be warned, this is a hobby rig and you could end up with just a garbage can full of wrecked frames and honey.
If you want a real extractor, I don;t think there is any better made than a Maxant. They definitely make world class honey handling equipment.
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