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Bees In Miami
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« on: January 17, 2013, 09:52:23 PM »

I tried to search with no success....Does anybody have any experience with the King electric extractor?  I've read a bunch of threads on manual vs electric, etc, and in no way am I ready to pull the plug for a Maxant.   I've read the manuals are a workout (Huh), which I really don't want.  I also don't want to throw good money after bad if this spinner isn't decent. I also am not far enough into this to go broke paying for the best.  Any feedback is appreciated!!!  Thanks!    

http://www.kinghoney.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=H-4000E

Edited to add....Or any other affordable motorized extractors you are using out there that you absolutely love/hate?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 08:44:43 PM »

I have a dadant little wonder.  It's a manual.  It isn't bad as far as work.  If your extracting only 4 frames at a time electric might be overkill.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 11:32:13 PM »

My first question to you is what are your plans for the future? Do you plan on having more than one hive? Keep in mind, bees are addictive. If you think you will grow your hive numbers, I would seriously consider a 10 frame spinner or larger. My first year I had 2 hives and pulled 20 frames off the hives and paid $20 to have them extracted in a small non radial electric extractor. I decided right there that I wanted an electric radial extractor. I have a 18 frame Man lake radial extractor and it does a nice job. It is all stainless steel. Easy to clean. Right now I have 13 hives and I'm glad I did not buy a 4 frame extractor.  See if you can borrow an extractor. Our club rents 2-4 frame manual extractors for $10 a day. If you are in a club, ask if they will do it. This will give you a chance to try it out before buying it. We bought them  last year and they have paid for themselves.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 12:32:22 PM »

dont forget it says your frames have to be flipped, at least think radial.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013, 02:17:16 PM »

Beg, borrow, or rent an extractor till you save up for a electric radial. Best piece of equipment I have bought for my beekeeping endeavor so far.
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013, 02:30:40 PM »

Thanks everyone for the feedback.  I am working on borrowing a fairly local beekeepers honey room for extracting for now.  I am sure there will be a fee, but it will get me by for a few months anyways.  This venture has been all outlay thus far, so I want to start getting a bit of money coming back in.  I am up to 6 hives thus far, and our busy season hasn't hit yet.  I easily foresee at minimum doubling my hives this season, if not more, so waiting and saving up a bit does make sense.  Thanks again! 
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2013, 07:04:06 PM »

If you go natural cell the idea of a radial extractor isn't good.
If you use plastic or wired foundation then I agree with bud ,
The radial would be the way to go.
Something to consider. 
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most often i find my greatest source of stress to be OPS  ( other peoples stupidity )

It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open ones mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.
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