im not sure what the best one is but no pollen traps are not the same as propolis traps. pollen traps catch pollen and propolis traps is what they fill with the sticky glue like stuff they use to seal the hive up with. theres a market for both pollen and propolis.`
I haven't tried the Sundance II yet, but I'm very pleased with the Sundance I. You can put it on and leave it on. Bees still get plenty of pollen for brood - but don't get pollen bound which can be a problem here. Pollen is extremely clean which saves a lot of time picking out the crud -- especially if you plan to sell the pollen. You can empty the drawers from the back of the hive with no smoke or gear. It's certainly not the cheapest, but I believe it is the best.
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We use the Sundance ones on pallets and they work really well. You can move the drawer to either side which is a big plus, big drawers hold lots and the pollen is clean. The main thing you have to watch with using on pallets is you have to have it on the two hives facing the same direction and better on all four on the pallet. The bees, being the smart critters they are will go to the hive next to them and are welcomed with open arms by that hive if they are laden with pollen leaving the hive with the pollen trap with a much reduced population if you don't watch it. Best way to use them is to have them on all four hives and they bring in lots of pollen with no changing of populations in the hives.
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