I finally bit the bullet and bought a vac. I bought the least expensive (maybe the cheapest???
) one I found. It was the "Owen's Bee Vac".
It came last night. It is the only one I have ever seen in person, so I have nothing to compare it to. Not unimpressed, but a little heavier than I expected.
The tube that the bees flow through to enter the cage is nearly in the middle (top to bottom). This seems like it would keep you from being able to have more than a pound or two of bees in it. It seems like it should enter closer to the top of the cage. I will find out, I guess. I have two and possibly a third removal to use it on in the next week or so.
No matter what, it is much more manageable than my crudely
modified huge shop vac.