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Very helpful with heavy hives that have to be carried a ways especially if stairs are involved. Like MP said, once you get to the truck sometimes it is easier to remove it and load without.
 

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We used a trailer towed behind a pickup for moving bees. We simply put down the rear tailgate on the trailer, and walked up it with the hives for loading. Works great.
 

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Any problem with moving tall hives?
If you have them stapled together you just go up one or two supers, some do get a little tipsy but still better than doing it by hand, to put them on the truck we stack one or two deeps below the tailgate, put them on the deeps then pick up by hand. One person I help has bad shoulders(can't lift them very high) this method works well.
 

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Any problem with moving tall hives?
Yes - being young and strong enough to lift them.
I do remember almost tipping some that should have been grabbed higher and having some slide out of the holder. They really grab well on hives with handle cleats. On those we turn the holder upside down. Upright it grabs into the hand holds better.
 

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we use one very similar to that in the photo. It's great, particularily for moving a hive in an area where there is no possibility of getting a vehicle. At our house before we moved, ground was to steep, but with two of us, using that gadget, easily carry a double deep up the hill to the vehicle.

We've never tried to move a hive with more than two deeps. When we intended to do that, we always pulled the supers first, them moved the resulting double deep with that carrying gadget.
 

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Upright it grabs into the hand holds better.
Very good point there. If you are lifting, say, two deep and three shallows, make sure the bottom deep has good, deep, hand holds, and , make sure the lift is in the hand holds.

If I have to move a multiple box hive, especially if moving some distance, I don't like to disassemble the hive, and in this case, this carrier works well.

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Mr.Beeman

To use this carrier, do you slide it down from the top?

The hive carrier that I have, has a cleat that goes into the hive handle to keep it from slipping, and for positive grip. Do you plan to add it.
If not, wouldn't it slip if either man gave slack while holding the hive.

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Yes it slides down from the top. The way it is designed, it "pinches" the hive with the cross bars. The heavier the hive the stronger the pinch.
IF the hive slipped out it was because the other helper did it on purpose. In which case they would be sent packing. lol
 

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>The hive carrier that I have, has a cleat that goes into the hive handle to keep it from slipping, and for positive grip

I agree, you are missing an essential part if you have hand holds only. Yours will work on a hive with cleat handles, but will slip on a hive with cut out handholds only. The commercial ones have a swollen area covered with a black stiff hose to fit into the hand holds.
 
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