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Hi,
Iam considering buying either the Dadant ranger or Maxant 3100H hand operated extractors. I like everything about the Maxant over the Dadant except for the top mounted cranking mechanism. It seems to me that it would be more difficult and fatiguing to crank than the side crank models.

I was wondering if any one who may own one of these styles of extractors could let me know how easy or difficult they are to crank for extended periods.

Has anyone tried both styles? If so could you please tell me how they compare.

Thanks, Michael
 

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I would think any hand extractor would be too fatiguing. That's why I starter off with a motorized 12 framer and haven't looked back. I don't know what type of plans you have to expand (or how many hive you have at the moment?) but my 12 framer has not only paid for it's self but every peace of equipment in my honey house.

I see what your saying about the Maxant though. Have you compared the gear ratio to the Dadant and the ability to later motorize?
 

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Thanks for the reply.

We only have 2 hives right now with plans to expand to 6 next year. The reason for a hand crank is twofold. We want to harvest varietal honey in smaller batches and we would also like to be able to go off grid or have the ability to extract in the event of a power outage. I don't have a problem with buying a larger motorized extractor in the furture if need be.

I have compared the two extractors and it's a couple hundered dollars cheaper to upgrade to a motorized version with a Maxant.
 

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Michael,

I think you know that the horizontal rotation is not natural. It may provide some great exercise, but I have never seen a gym machine like that. If that motion was natural, normal, or therapeutic, I think we would see a gym machine that would duplicate the motion.

If it's not good exercise, could it be bad...
 

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That why 9 times out of 10 I would recommend a Dadant over a Maxant extractor. It's not that Maxant doesn't build a great machine they just lack some of the finer points that would make them more user friendly.

Now if you could convince Jake to build a hand / motor powered 10 frame parallel-radial.:thumbsup:
 

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The gear ratio is 4:1 on our 3100
We used to offer a side crank many years ago, both in the 3/6/9 frame and the 10/20 framer.
To us, belt drive is the way to go vs. teeth.
 

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Thanks,

I understand the gear ratio and the belt vs teeth options fully but my question is whether or not anyone out there has actually tried either the maxant 3100h, the dadant ranger, or both and what their experience is with them.

As I stated earlier I agree that the Maxant, in my opinion, is overall a better quality of machine but the top crank seems like it may be more difficult to operate for extended periods.

What I'm really asking is if there is someone out there who has experienced actually using either or both of these machines to extract frames of honey. If so would you be willing to share your opinon based on your personal experience? I feel this type of input is what I need before I can make an informed decision.

I appreciate everyones input so far.

Thanks,

Michael
 

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Just curious,

How long does it typically take to extract the honey from a frame when hand cranking?

I know it depends on the setup (how many frames, gear ratio etc. of extractor).

But can you give some idea of the time involved.

Maybe - the last time you extracted, how many frames, in what type of extractor, took how long?

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My first extractor was a two-frame top crank model. Had 2 and grew to 16 hives. After two years extracting 16 hives, thought I had died and gone to heaven when I bought Kelley's 2-frame reversible, motorized, extractor.

From what I recall about the top crank is the horizontal circular motion of the hand. Why don't you go thru the motions, use your strong hand/arm, and crank for about 5 minutes, as if you'd top crank, and then as if you'd side crank? Put a small weight in your hand as you do so. That ought to give you an idea of which crank you'd enjoy cranking! :D Hope this helps,
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Hi, I too had the the same question. I only have 2 hives, but I can see having a dozen or more.

I'm only 40, and I can already tell that I think I'd get tired of cranking....

I'm going with a powered unit, but I too want a hand crank just in case I have no power.

Seems to me the Maxant is a better unit, heavier gauge SS, and you don't have to buy extra cages to do deeps.

The only thing I don't like is they call it a 9 frame when it appear to me it only does 6 med? Does it do 6 med and 3 deep in a single batch? I don't see me ever doing that, so its only a 6 frame extractor to me.

I can get a true 9 frame italian extractor, about same price.

I'd go power, and see if maybe they will throw in a hand crank?

That would get me to buy...I'm still shopping a bit now.

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Hi MP,

As far as I can tell the maxant does 6 medium or shallow frames radially or 3 deep/med/or shallow frames tangentially but not all at the same time. Maxant checks these postings regularly so I'm sure they will correct me if I'm wrong.

I've been waiting for someone who has either of these machines in the hand crank version to respond but no luck so far! We'll see what happens.

Let me know if you find anything out about them throwing in a hand crank. That would be interesting indeed.

Thanks for responding,
Michael
 

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Nasal,

Does the 3100 do 6 med/sm radial OR 3 deeps (one or the other not both) or can you stick 6 radials and 3 deep tangentials in the same batch?

The site says this:

"Extracts 6 medium/shallows radially and 3 deeps/medium-shallows tangentially"

If in can't do 9 frames at one time, why is it called a 9 frame extractor? For same price I can get the italian one that truely does 9 frames in a single batch.

Thanks,

MP
 

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Nasal,

Does the 3100 do 6 med/sm radial OR 3 deeps (one or the other not both) or can you stick 6 radials and 3 deep tangentials in the same batch?

6 radially and 3 tangenially in the same batch for a total of 9 frames per load. I picked the Maxant over the Dadant due to the bottom bearing on the Dadant being plastic (Maxant is a steel ball) and I'm not a fan of the plastic gears on the Dadant units.

Omer

The site says this:

"Extracts 6 medium/shallows radially and 3 deeps/medium-shallows tangentially"

If in can't do 9 frames at one time, why is it called a 9 frame extractor? For same price I can get the italian one that truely does 9 frames in a single batch.

Thanks,

MP
 
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