Nothing like wood frames plastic inserts. Wood still lasts longer then plastic and feels better. Don't think the bee's care.When you say commercial . . .
Most really big commercial outfits do not use or buy frames anymore if it is wood. They get the 1 piece 100% plastic frames. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go on labor and weight for shipping. Though it take up lot of space until they are in use out in your apiary.
Your dead on ESB. Assemble them yourselves and they are good to go for a full score or 2. The "pre assembled " ones are still garbage if you hope to "work bees like a man" and still manage to get more than 6 months out of them. Until someone comes up with a glue job that actually puts enough glue in the proper locations the old "by hand and eye" method suits me quite well.Nothing like wood frames plastic inserts. Wood still lasts longer then plastic and feels better.
Now looking back at the poster he has 2 posts and he is asking this type of question specifically to commercial guys. I am not sure if it is a shill or someone really looking for an answer. He lives in MO but references making equipment in Idaho. Maybe I am wrong and if so sorry. There are lots of threads on the search about this type of stuff.i was wondering if anyone knows where to buy the cheapest frames, hives
The cheapest for me is..... at purchase time some of the more expensive wooden ware, but over time they get cheaper every year there still in use.the cheapest frames, hives