B, Thanks...Haven't done any test runs on live bees. However, I did a retrieval the other day with a member of our local bee club and used his bee vac, so I think I got a pretty good idea of where the suction level has to be set...still itching for a good opportunity to find out.
hjon71, I'll be sure and get some video of it in action, if and when I get a chance to put it to use...Can't imagine bucket separation being an issue, once you stop the vacuum, the vacuum bucket allows air in, no chance of it forming a suction.
Bud, I hear you. :)
Just a tool I wanted to have as an option in my tool chest. I'm wanting a swarm so bad, I just didn't want to come across a situation suited for a vacuum and be caught without. You know, some things don't lend themselves well to shaking....eves of houses, large vehicles, etc. In cases such as those, I just don't think I'm quite ready to do the JP and Scott style move of scooping hand full's of bees. :-D