I've been seriously thinking of buying that lifter, maybe around mid year. Could I manage it by myself? No chance of toppling if you stand in front of it to slide the hive on?
Anyway, I have the dubious issue that the fellows want to make me one instead. But I'd need clear photos or plans for them to follow. If it's not too much trouble, could you possibly take a few photos of the mechanism and tray and maybe a few measurements?
A couple of them won't go near the bees, but I was at work the last few days and they can't sit still, they had to construct another hive stand and a few entrance closers. A project like that will at least keep them off the street for a couple of days.
Ok a few measurements!
over all height 1350mm
over all width 570mm
platform, size 400mm x 635mm
Can lift from ground level to a smidge over 1000mm
Its a geared silent strap which simply cranking the handle one way the platform goes up and vice versa.
Let me know if i can help with any other measurements Lone.
Bluegrass, I need to move the hives as i am a one man show, its for moving to various orchards or where the eucalyptus may be flowering.
I am located close to the city of melbourne and I can't have any hives on my normal suburban block of land. (young children)