Hey all, thanks so much on the replies and advice on my extractor decision.
I am hearing loud and clear consensus on going with the motorized version or at least being able to upgrade to motorized quickly. I hadn't realized this was as big a priority, so I like the confirmation that motorized is important.
And I figured more frames is better, so 9 is better than 6. I misspoke about the Maxant above, so thanks to Ed (Intheswamp) for reminding me it is a 6 frame. So now I am thinking 9 frame motorized is the right choice, however the 18 frame SAF is only $120 more...decisions, decisions... I think I need to reconsider...
One thought though. I do not have a dedicated honey harvest room. For those of you using 9 frame or larger, is your set up dedicated? Or are you storing your extractor and getting it out when time to harvest? From that standpoint the 6 frame Maxant may be more maneuverable and easier to store.
Thanks Mulesii on the H.T. Krantz info. They were not on my radar, and with their low prices and free shipping on the Maxant I will keep them in mind if I go that route.
Thanks again for the info..