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« on: October 23, 2012, 05:16:47 PM »

Hi fellow Beeks!

What do you do in regards to moving and transporting heavy bee hives?

I have a ute with tray that will take 15 hives but I'm struggling getting the heavy ones up and on the tray!

A search reveals this type contraption

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LHhpWHRvKsI

Are they available in Australia? Or what do you use to move/lift/transport heavy hives?

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2012, 08:39:22 PM »

http://www.gcabs.net.au/buzz/
This was advertised in my local bee club.

Go to the September Issue, on the last page.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2012, 06:05:26 AM »

have a look on ebay at http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/Vehicle-Parts-Accessories-/131090/i.html?_trkparms=65%253A10%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&rt=nc&_nkw=ute+crane&_sticky=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=7&_sc=1 which u bolt down to a spot on ute
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2012, 06:18:32 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 05:04:50 AM »

Anyone else found something that works well?
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 01:41:42 PM »

I have a nice trailer with a crane attached for this very thing.  
It's in another thread with pics.

Link to that thread is below.

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,34940.0/all.html

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 05:06:08 PM »

Got a lifter!
Works well getting heavy hives on and off the ute.

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 09:29:29 PM »

Very nice trolley Squidink!  Did you buy it as is or did you have to make some mods yourself? Where does one get one like that?
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 10:46:07 PM »

After plenty of research I put it from:

http://www.kinggroup.com.au/lifters.htm

It's a porta lifter, works really well just rather expensive!

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 09:10:22 AM »

Hello Ben,

That looks ideal for weaklings like me.  It would mean no alteration to the hives, or permanent hoist on the ute or anything, and especially good for when my offsider is crook.  And you don't have to get the ute right to the site, you can wheel hives in. How does it work?  What's the cost?

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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2013, 03:53:46 PM »

It works quite well, the lifting mechanism is geared so it simply wind up or down and it locks it in when the crank handle is not moved. It's rated too 100 kilos but it will do up to 150 comfortably. Due to the centre of gravity the trolley with hive can be lifted and moved onto the ute tray. It lifts up to 1000mm. My ute tray is 900mm off the ground.

The only problem is the price! This is one of the cheaper heavy duty units around and it was $1190 including gst.

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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2013, 12:15:22 AM »

Hello Ben,

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.

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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2013, 03:49:39 AM »

No problemo Lone give me a day and a bit and I will nock up the specs under this thread.

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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2013, 05:29:49 AM »

Thanks Ben!
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2013, 07:24:07 AM »

Swienty sells this one

APILIFT® + DRIVE gewinnt LUI (The video's owner prevents external embedding)

Looks like they have two models, one with a lift and one with lift and motorized wheels

http://www.lpsbiodling.se/sv/artiklar/redskap/apilift-professional-apl02m.html

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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2013, 09:38:28 AM »


"http://www.lpsbiodling.se/sv/artiklar/redskap/apilift-professional-apl02m.html"


28260.63 Swedish Krona equals

4521.16 Canadian Dollar!

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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2013, 03:54:25 PM »

If you polish i well your wife might let you keep it in the living room  grin

The one without a motor to drive the wheels might bee a cheaper alternative  I dunno

mvh edward  tongue

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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2013, 03:58:15 PM »

or I could put it in the dining room with the harley Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2013, 04:06:29 PM »

As I am still buying equipment and expanding I don't have the money to buy a motorized lifter, I am going to take an old lifter and buy a puncture free wheel and get a friend to weld it together so it like this one http://www.lpsbiodling.se/sv/artiklar/redskap/kupkarra-rod.html  I think one wheel will be easier in uneven terrain.

I am trying to minimize the lifting I do and will bee using a bee blower and a lift that I will use to transport the supers from the hive to a trailer, off the trailer into the extraction house.

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« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2013, 06:10:13 PM »

Just out of curiosity; why do you have a need to move entire hives?

If I am setting up a new yard it gets all new splits so the hives are all light when placed. The last time I moved a full five was because I sold some.
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