I help a commercial guy a little who runs 800+ hives. He uses his factory half ton pickup truck. He is a stationary beekeeper who does honey production. He doesn't have a need for a forklift or flat bed truck.
I think the key here is "Child's play" - or maybe young mans play.... I often watch my son (24) reach over and pick up a double deep and move it to another pallet and have to laugh - all I can say is "In 30 years you will not be doing that".50 tons in a year? Child's play....:lookout:
But Sheri - do you hire help during the honey harvest? Or are you and John out there tossing around those 60 lb supers alone? My impression was that Ron was out there alone... maybe not - at an age not a lot younger than myself (not young guy)Our operation still hand loads the honey. Medium boxes taken off and stacked directly onto drip pallets on the low-decked flat beds. Many of our yards are tucked away and don't really have much room for a loader anyway.
When we had 800 colonies, John did it by himself too, by hand. We do hire help now, no one with our many colonies does it alone. He hasn't pulled honey by himself since we passed about 800 colonies (I was always too wimpy to pull honey). But John still throws those boxes around, not to mention moving brood boxes from one pallet to another occasionally, despite the bad back days. I suggest the two might be related but he's too busy (and stubborn) to listen, as he was 20 years ago, when listening might have done some good.are you and John out there tossing around those 60 lb supers alone?
this was asked by GB in another thread. I was curious about it also so I thought I would post a new thread on it "At what point have you commercial guys made the jump to a diesel flat bed / loader or a boom truck ? Is 2/3 hundred or are more hives needed.? "
I believe "pigheadedness" is a characteristic of all beeks who are making it, I'd go so far as to say that it is also common to nearly all people who survive while "Not Workin for da Man!". My son (the boss beek) shares that characteristic with you.Skilled? Not as much so as alot of other folks I know. Just pig headed, most likely.
Persistence pays if you can stand the in between.