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I decided today that I need someway of feeding that is easier that luging buckets around. Is any of you using one of these or one similar- http://www.tractorsupply.com/spot-sprayer-15-gal--2138134
I was looking at one similar to this except it is 2.1 gpm.

Also, what can i put in syrup to make it not ferment as quickly?

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The unit you refer to is for pressure and will not work well with thick or cold syrup. If you are going to spend $100 it may end up being a waste and just as well spend the extra for this centrifugal unit used by many:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/agricu...-pacer-reg-self-priming-transfer-pump-2135958

A gravity fuel tank hose with nozzle works well like:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/vehicl...ories/3-4-manual-unleaded-fuel-nozzle-3958171

This one:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/vehicl...dling/gas-cans/15-gallon-fuel-station-3950115

is interesting on a small scale. Some use air pressure in the tank to make the syrup flow. Do not know if this would work with this unit or not but an interesting thought when I saw it.

Seems I have heard of something for the fermentation problem but do not recall what is was. May need to mix and use right away. If fermenting in feeders try less at a time until they are accustomed to it. After 1 or 2 feedings they will line up on the feeder like livestock at the feed bunk.
 

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FYI:
You might want to look at a presure demand pump like the ones that are used in RV's.
I had one many years ago and it worlked fine
I wired it into my PU trucks electrical system.
It pumps when you open the valve and then shuts down.
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I currently use a similar model. I use the high flow model with demand pressure. it was originally part of a boom sprayer system. I have used it over a year now for syrup, and have no problem. The only thing Ihad to do was remove the spray tip from the wand.

I took it a step further and adapter the clips on the pump to a plug tha fits my trailer plug, when Im ready to use it, I plug it in and fill away.
 

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I took it a step further and adapter the clips on the pump to a plug tha fits my trailer plug, when Im ready to use it, I plug it in and fill away.
Could you explain how to do this? I am very interested. Is there any reason why I couldnt hook it up to my lawn mower battery and just pull the sprayer behind my mower on a cart?

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I forgot to add that I am only feeding 5-10 gallons of feed a week right now, so I do not need anything special.

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Does anyone else have any ideas? I was planing to get something later today. I just do not want to waist my money on something that will not work.

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I was out feeding yesterday. It was 90 outside. The humidity was horrible and I was soaked in sweat after 20 minutes out there. This is what prompted me to make this decision. $60 means a lot less to me than cooking out there and carrying buckets around. That bucket was too full too. Translation- 60 pounds. I could hardly get that bucket up to the hive top feeder because it is a 4 deep hive.

The Wheaties are on the grocery list:lpf:


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I was going to open feed, but in the past it as insighted robbing and the big hives and the feral hives get it all, and the little hives get hardly any.

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Set the bucket some distance from the hives. I haven't had any robbing and I haven't had a problem with fighting over the SW.
 
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