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Author Topic: Tools for the cutout.  (Read 32415 times)
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« Reply #60 on: May 23, 2011, 11:33:39 PM »

Mike, included in the box are a few different type heads that will get you by on your first few jobs.

http://www.harborfreight.com/multifunction-power-tool-67256.html

The second head from the left is the one I prefer to use and they just started selling that same head in black by itself for $7.99. I would skip on the $10.00 kit and just buy the heads you want.


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« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2011, 09:20:50 AM »

Thanks! I just got a flyer for the tool on sale for $29.99 -- with their discount coupon for 20% off on one item, the extra head is paid for.
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« Reply #62 on: May 24, 2011, 11:19:01 AM »

Hey. I think they also throw in a free scissors with the deal at least they did here, don't forget to ask!  grin


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« Reply #63 on: May 24, 2011, 10:39:50 PM »

No scissors but they were giving away 25' tape measures.  (Hey, you never have enuf of them.)  Wink  First time in years that I popped $10 for 2-year replacement coverage.  Figured plaster dust from cutouts in the brushes might justify it.

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« Reply #64 on: June 30, 2011, 10:14:39 AM »

I got the scissors. Thanks for the headsup  cool
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« Reply #65 on: June 30, 2011, 12:27:28 PM »

The new style multi-tool at HF only $19.99!!!!

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« Reply #66 on: July 05, 2011, 10:38:50 AM »

One thing I didn't see in any of the lists is a "cutting board" to have a place to do comb cutting and frame tie-ins.  We can always use a piece of corrugated sign board but I saw a really nice poly cutting board, with a handle, at Gander Mountain (in the fishing department) last week for only $14.
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« Reply #67 on: July 30, 2011, 11:08:05 PM »

I just finished 3 cut-outs at the area Department of Transportation, in their mixing shed. This is what I used:
1. Scaffolding to reach 15'.
2. Flatbed trailer to haul scaffolding, vacuum, and deep super for  brood.
2. Pick-up to pull trailer and haul everything else.
3. Bee Vacuum from Bushkillfarms. Didn't have time to build one.
4. Skilsaw, drywall saw (really great) bread knife, cat's claw and hammer (for wire cables) extension cords, queen catcher, small strap to tie vacuum hose to trusses. (kept weight off me) rubber bands for frames, paper towels, playtex gloves, hive tool.
5. Ladder to reach scaffolding.
6 Several clean buckets; 1 with water, and 2 totes for brood.
7. Sprayer with vanilla water or peppermint oil and water. (I don't use smoke for a cut-out)
8. Small pieces of wood to keep the brood comb separate in the tote.
9. SBB for brood super, and screened top. (heat index was 100+)
10. Sweatband and clean rags. (self-explanatory)
11. Ratchet straps for the brood super and vacuum.

After I removed the brood comb and honey, I used the flatbed as my table to put the comb in the frames. I started out using a Sawsall, but went back to the Skilsaw.
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« Reply #68 on: September 19, 2011, 11:02:17 AM »

Hi All,

Because the original was posted so long ago. I cannot modify it anymore. So what I have done is made it into a google doc. So it can be updated as needed.

So notes on the changes.

When I first made the list I was not doing cut outs professionally. I am doing them professionally now. The original list is still a very good list but some of the changes in the new list reflect the changes that have happened to me over the years.

There are comments in the google doc. You can read the comments by moving your mouse over the little orange triangle in the upper right corner. Comments include my usual snarky nature.

I did not put scaffolding or extension ladders on it as they are usually rented by me. Since I do not have enough call for them to buy them for the permanent tool collection.

When I made the list years ago the housing bubble had not burst. Now it has and a generator is probably a good idea even if it is just a small one.

You can view the tools for cut outs list here.

http://tinyurl.com/cutouttools

If you go to print the list. It is downloaded as a PDF and you print the pdf. The comments come on pages 2 and 3 so you really only need to print the first page.

Sincerely,
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« Reply #69 on: January 11, 2012, 09:59:40 PM »

How many cut outs do you get calls for a year?
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« Reply #70 on: January 11, 2012, 10:28:08 PM »

How many cut outs do you get calls for a year?

A lot. I have 3 people who work for me on doing cut outs.

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« Reply #71 on: January 12, 2012, 05:48:22 PM »

Wow. Guess in a sub-tropic climate bees thrive better than other places. Are there a lot of africanized hives there?
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« Reply #72 on: January 12, 2012, 05:55:03 PM »

Wow. Guess in a sub-tropic climate bees thrive better than other places. Are there a lot of africanized hives there?

I hope so they are the only ones that survive.

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« Reply #73 on: January 18, 2012, 11:44:52 AM »

does anyone keep a clipboard with billing invoices on their tool list?
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« Reply #74 on: January 19, 2012, 09:01:55 PM »

does anyone keep a clipboard with billing invoices on their tool list?

I have keep a clipboard with the tool list.
Invoices in the field are a slightly different issue.
1) Invoices are not a tool per se.
2) Not everyone charges for cut outs or can charge.
3) With my company invoices are dealt with in the office mainly. Sometimes if the customer asks I will or an employee will bring a copy of the invoice with them if the customer is going to pay then and there. However i personally prefer to have the employees worry about doing the cut out and not have to worry about the money.

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« Reply #75 on: March 10, 2012, 08:52:12 PM »

Greetings Y'all
I built a bee vac from plans on another site and the thing works well until it starts to fill up with bees, then they clog up the hardware cloth so air cannot get through to the vacuum and it quits working.  It is basically a box within a box with a shop vacuum head attached at the back end.
Has anyone ever made or used a cyclone type separator for collecting bees?   i would love some plans or directions.
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« Reply #76 on: March 11, 2012, 01:11:41 PM »

Two items I keep in the truck are a package of Benadyl  tablets and a small can of spray WD 40. 
I take a Benadyl tablet before I start a cut out and the WD 40 helps cut the reaction if I get stung.
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« Reply #77 on: June 27, 2012, 11:11:04 PM »

Of course there is JP. Prince Albert can with nail holes.
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« Reply #78 on: June 29, 2012, 03:48:04 PM »

Greetings Y'all
I built a bee vac from plans on another site and the thing works well until it starts to fill up with bees, then they clog up the hardware cloth so air cannot get through to the vacuum and it quits working.  It is basically a box within a box with a shop vacuum head attached at the back end.
Has anyone ever made or used a cyclone type separator for collecting bees?   i would love some plans or directions.
Regards
Joe

Why not build a second (or third too) box and swap 'em out when they get full? Another option would be to build a "bushkill bee vac". I built one based on that and it has worked like a charm. A quick search on the google machine should get you the plans for one.
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« Reply #79 on: July 17, 2012, 01:38:58 AM »

...then they clog up the hardware cloth so air cannot get through to the vacuum and it quits working. 
Hi Joe,
Question about the screen clogging up.  Are these healthy bees clogging it up, or bees that are sticky or otherwise impaired?
Thanks,
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