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I have had some for quite a few years. You can sometimes get them off TM or Carbatec in Auckland may have them. They sell Triton equipment. Try this [URL="http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/tools/other/auction-965877461.htm"]Triton DCA300 Dust Collection Bucket 23Ltr[/URL]

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Hi [USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER], I may be doing a cut out very soon which I intend to use a bee vac. I'm tossing up whether or not to make a bucket version or modify a hive (like the one you made). Have you ever had a hive/swarm that was too big for the bucket? The modified hive looks like it might be a less stressful option for the bees and perhaps more space for them but more cumbersome for the BK. Any advice much appreciated.

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My original one which was a modified 3/4 box leaked too muck vacuum. My 20lt bucket has the close enough to the same capacity and is easier to use and handle. I would not go back to the original although I still have it. It would need to be a massive swarm not to fit into my 20 lt bucket.

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Thanks [USER=72]@Trevor Gillbanks[/USER]. Air leaking was one of my other worries. I have all the bits together to make a bucket style one so will go that way. I have no idea how big the colony is only that there is a lot if activity outside, I'm sure 20l would be enough but will have some extra gear on hand just in case.

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