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18 minutes ago, Gino de Graaf said:

I can just imagine that.... Two stuck trucks!  From experience, do not get stuck. These trucks and a bit of load are heavy and difficult to extract in a bad situation. 

ah yes, sorry, was just my poor attempt at some humour.. 

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Don't get stuck, easier said than done! Sometimes you got to get the job done and if the odds are 99% in your favour you take a risk and it works out, but do it often enough and there's that time it does not work out. 

 

With a 2WD like that in the North, me, during risk times of the year I'd have a very grunty winch properly attached, and carry a spade, plus some pulleys, shackles and strops. 

 

That's cos there's nothing quite messes up your day, and your mind, like getting stuck miles from anywhere, with no phone reception, with a load of bees or honey on, in a 2WD that just doesn't give you any options. Don't ask me how I know that. ?

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You might be looking for a cradle to lift those pallets Maru .....   I have a spare aluminium  one if needed.

When we first stated with cranes an 'old' beekeeper told me to make one out of mild steel.

So we did.

I curse and swear every time I use it. It weighs half a tonne and is hell bent on killing me.

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6 minutes ago, Alastair said:

LOL Jamo, didn't know it can do that!

There's almost no limit to what you can do, or at least try to do with a crane. May not always work out well.

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22 hours ago, jamesc said:

You might be looking for a cradle to lift those pallets Maru .....   I have a spare aluminium  one if needed.

When we first stated with cranes an 'old' beekeeper told me to make one out of mild steel.

So we did.

I curse and swear every time I use it. It weighs half a tonne and is hell bent on killing me.

I ended up buying a steel cradle with the truck and it is heavy az, any pics of your aluminium one?

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23 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

I ended up buying a steel cradle with the truck and it is heavy az, any pics of your aluminium one?

Here ya go. The driving bar that carrys the remote.. needs welding back on.... little bit of twist in the forks....

I was surprised at how light it was when I hefted it onto the truck deck...

mustav been all the porridge sweetened with Honey Dew for breakie.

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My new bee truck, first try out today and it went well, can't carry many boxes but it's cool to drive and I get a few looks from the fairer sex, but I'm told they are looking at the car, not me. 

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It's a long time since of shifted any hives using a cradle but I have done many thousands and one thing I found very useful was to get some bobbles of weld along the top surface of both forks. It didn't happen very often but every now and again a hive would slip forward slightly off the forks which would create a wobble effect leading to more slippage and the whole pallet on the ground. I  was with my father once when he was showing a kiwifruit grower how the new hoist system worked and next thing the whole pallet was upside down on its lid. Never had any trouble with single hives. I have used both forklifts and hoists and they both have advantages but  for safety I would go with the forklift every time. We used to have easy loaders and I have had some very near misses when things broke and the pallet of hives came crashing down.

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On 3/12/2015 at 4:58 PM, Alastair said:

I was in discussions with another beekeeper today whose business has outgrown his existing trucks and he's looking at something bigger.

 

There was quite a bit to talk about with how best to set up the deck, factoring in possible use of a trailer, and what to do about a lifting ramp or hyab or whatever.

 

The best plan for any beekeeper is see what others are doing which will give good ideas so I'm starting this thread. Hoping people can post a pic or two, along with any useful info how you set it up etc. There's been a few good trucks shown in the past but not necessarily searchable so please feel free to post them again here.

 

Just to get the ball rolling here's mine it's about right for my small bee breeding operation. 4WD is pretty much essential where I am and it's a good rugged little ute

 

But I know there's some much better really good trucks out their so please show! :)

 

O.M.G. Just noticed. 5 yrs ago you posted this!

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