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« on: May 28, 2010, 10:34:31 AM »

thinking that a vac would have made these last two swarms much easier if i could have sucked some of those bees out of the cracks i couldn't reach.  guess it's time to suck it up and build one.
what abut a power source?  anything that i can hook to the truck battery or something?  i have a smaller generator, but seems like a PIA to haul that around.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2010, 10:41:26 AM »

thinking that a vac would have made these last two swarms much easier if i could have sucked some of those bees out of the cracks i couldn't reach.  guess it's time to suck it up and build one.
what abut a power source?  anything that i can hook to the truck battery or something?  i have a smaller generator, but seems like a PIA to haul that around.

I'm always bringing 2 very long power-cords which works for many/most scenarios. I usually ask about power, etc. We're thinking through getting a converter for the truck to hook up to?
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2010, 11:00:21 AM »

i would have needed about 20 acres of power cord for these last two.  also don't think the battery would have enough power??  i always have a battery around that i can use, but the more i think about it.......
the generator is not undo-able.  it's a small Honda and i take it camping sometimes. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010, 11:01:32 AM »

i would have needed about 20 acres of power cord for these last two.  also don't think the battery would have enough power??  i always have a battery around that i can use, but the more i think about it.......
the generator is not undo-able.  it's a small Honda and i take it camping sometimes. 

Generator would be good. Just set it right next to the swarm and crank it up.....  evil
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2010, 12:34:43 PM »

I have a small power convertor that hooks to the battery of my truck, just in case. I haven't had a need to use it yet. I think it was from Tractor Supply. It just clips on like jumper cables and has an outlet on the side to plug in what you want to use.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2010, 01:16:25 PM »

I carry a little 800w generator for a lot of removals. It's light enough to carry with one hand and has enough power to run a sawzall or circular saw as well.

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 01:18:29 PM »

Thx for info, Scott and Joe!
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2010, 02:43:32 PM »

It will take a 1200 watt or greater converter to run a 2 1/2 HP shop vac. My 1100 watt will run it once it winds up, but doesn't have enough power to get it going. I have to turn it on and off several times until it gets the rpm up, then it runs fine.
My 1800 watt generator does a good job.
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2010, 03:21:13 PM »

I have a small power convertor that hooks to the battery of my truck, just in case. I haven't had a need to use it yet. I think it was from Tractor Supply. It just clips on like jumper cables and has an outlet on the side to plug in what you want to use.

I picked up a 1200W inverter at Sam's for something like $30, plugs right into the lighter outlet. - running the car while in use wouldnt be a bad idea, but you don't need a billion miles of cord. over 100' of 12 gauge would be a bad idea, and using 10 gauge to go farther wouldn't be cost effective - at all

To find the watt requirement for your vac, look on the nameplate, where it says amps, multiply that by 120 (volts), add 20% to be safe and that's answer in watts + 20% and  the size inverter you should get. not too pricey and not too much cord to drag out.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2010, 03:59:01 PM »

I have a 18 volt rigid brand vac from Home Depot.   I get about 20 min or so run time on each battery.   I keep 4 batteries on charge for that vac just in case.  No cords.
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2010, 04:03:50 PM »

The Walter T Kelley vac which I have runs off of a 750 watt inverter they recommend using. I have a 750 watt inverter I hook to the battery.


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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2010, 09:43:33 PM »

I use a small generator that I leave on the back of the truck during the heavy part of swarm season. I let it run in the truck and use an extension cord if needed. My friend uses an inverter. If you don't leave the truck running, you risk the chance of killing your battery. It happened to us ONCE.

I just bought a small generator (800 / 900 watts) from Harbor Freight for $79.00. I am not sure if it will power my 1.5 HP bee vac. I have not had the time to try it.

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