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Author Topic: Finally tried my low-budget extractor  (Read 1058 times)
House Bee
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« on: August 14, 2012, 03:32:14 PM »

First let me explain.  I am a semi-retired printed circuit board / electromechaincal designer with two hives in my backyard, a Lang and a KTBH.  Beekeeping is stricktly a hobby.  I enjoy tinkering and making sawdust in my garage and I do not sell my honey nor give much away.  I first learned about bees from my 6th grade teacher and neighbor, Mr. Englehart.

My first harvest (last July) was crush and strain, then I got to thinking about a low-budget extractor.  One thing in my favor is that I have suppliers nearby so I didn't get beat-up on shipping (shaft, bearings, plastics).  I don't think my concept would hold up under heavy commercial use, but that's not an issue for me, and I am already contemplating improvements.  It will only spin four medium or shallow frames radially, and four deeps tangentially due to limitations on the drum diameter.

So I pulled four frames from my Lang and and spun almost a gallon of honey out of them, and yes, I used a variable torque AC drill (the cordless was just for the video).  I am really amazed how well the bees cleaned-up everything after I put the pieces out on the patio.

Happy to answer questions, PM me if you like, spare me the flames.

Having  fun!
Joe D
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 07:38:52 PM »

Looks like it should work fine, Sun Dog. 

Galactic Bee
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2012, 07:51:41 PM »

As long as it spins round and round, that's all that matters.   Looks good. 
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 10:18:56 PM »

Looks good Sundog.  Now how about laying out a motor controller for us on a PCB  Smiley
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