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Shaun

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  1. Yes I hear you, I spent time and money trying to get the components for a hydraulic disk setup that used 5 stud landcruiser and meet the legal requirements for 3.5T Short of a total custom build... Hence the electric
  2. The first slab is now a work bench in my shed (trimmed a bit of rot one end so now 4.5m x 650mm 65mm thick) Second slab went to the land owner. Third is a bit thinner at 38mm and got cut up for a garden bed and hive frame side bars. The rest is still on the log (another 10 or so slabs) waiting for the paddock to dry sufficiently so I can drive into and out of the gully where the log is.
  3. A bit more progress on that Mac log.
  4. 4 wheel electric drum, controller in the cab for adjustment and override. I often run down big hills with a bit of trailer only brakes activated from the cab controller. I spent a lot of time (Like a year) and money trying to put together a hydraulic disk system (5 stud Landcruiser) when a good friend of mine said "just build it" and get the benefit of the trailer and stop trying to design a perfect solution.
  5. If you actually knew a teacher in person you wouldn't say the above. The fact that every few years the govt has to provide incentives to recruit enough teachers is fact in its self that sane people choose other easier jobs.
  6. How big is your budget? What are your sites like for access? A medium trailer is fine on the highway if the tow vehicle is set up correctly. Off road.... a helicopter.
  7. Bees on the Beehive, If my memory serves me correctly this has been done before, maybe about 7 or 8 years ago. Andrew from the Cuba street honey shop (Closed), don't know where he is nowadays.
  8. Thank you. The crane fitted my budget at the time and the trailer fits around the orchards that I do, though I do have to be careful as I have had to winch the trailer sideways to get around a dead man on a tight corner. The trailer and ute decks are both single sheets of "Truck deck ply" no joins for catching the hive feet when I slide them around. Sliding the hives is easy enough when they are light (no honey) but really gives me a work out when they have a box of honey or the trailer is on a slope the wrong way. Before I built this trailer I had the experience of using both a smaller and larger trailer that were not really suitable, that plus a good friend with pollination experience advised a mid sized. . .
  9. I've been using an 050 to lift twin pallets with just a 2.4m reach for several years. I am hoping to upgrade to increase the reach. I stopped using pallet forks in favor of strops as the forks are often a nusiance to get in and out.
  10. I must be doing okay. I have 2 x double garage sized sheds 2 x insulated shipping containers some under house storage and one room in the house as an office/honey store. Mind you Maria has a dedicated room/office of her own.
  11. My timber stack is no wheres as impressive. And thanks for the tip re fillets at the end. My first slabbing mill I was using my 65cc (Jonsered) firewood saw and a 750mm bar with skip tooth chain. I very slowly cut about 50m of 350-450mm wide slabs with that combo till the end bracket on the mill came loose and broke. I learn't a lot with that setup. Next was a secondhand an ex 83cc (again Jonsered) forestry saw running either a 800mm or a 1050mm bar. The 800mm bar cuts cuts slabs up to about 550mm wide reasonably well and slowly cuts slabs up to 750mm wide with the big bar. I have this season just splashed out on a new 3120 and a mill setup with a 1500mm bar to be able to mill the tree above.
  12. My personal history of of getting a reliable supply of clean Macrocarpa for hive wear has taken more than a decade. Along that journey has also been the machines, but I'll start with the Macrocarpa side of the story. Deciding to use Mac was easy enough. What grows in NZ, is harvested legally and is moderately durable? (A hundred plus years ago I probably would have used Kauri) Macrocarpa is sometimes described as poor mans Kauri. A number of established Beekeepers mentioned that they had some Mac boxes in their operation that were years old and they lasted well. I made inquiries and found a couple of small manufacturers that made Macrocarpa boxes and bought some 3/4 sized and custom ordered some jumbo boxes. However I was not happy with the quality of the supplied box kit wear, mainly to do with the machining accuracy. Being a fitter I was frustrated to be paying a premium price for "slap happy" workmanship. So I went around the small local saw millers that did Macrocarpa. I quickly found that quality clean timber was always "out of stock" and that the metric cutting size of 300 x 25 was too small to give a dry clean finish of 295mm for a Jumbo box. (Gluing a 5mm thick strip to the bottom of a box is frustrating). Eventually a friend put me on to an old guy who chainsaw milled and for a number of years I got timber from him. The timber wasn't cheep but it was the correct size and nice and clean quality. I'll mention now that small tight knots in a box are not a problem but for frames the grain has to be clean and reasonably straight. The old guy has now "retired" and as I've been cutting fire wood like for ever I decided to have a go myself... A friend of a friend had a couple of Macrocarpa trees that need removing from a property in town as they were getting too big, they had been topped a number of years previously so weren't overly tall. I bought a cheep slabbing attachment for my larger firewood chainsaw from trademe and droped the trees and slabbed the trunks. The sense of satisfaction of having rescued a tree from firewood and making some boards for bee boxes was a buzz and I was hooked. (I can tell you now that a good firewood chainsaw is way too small to to make a good slabbing saw but that is a story for another time)
  13. About 15 years ago when I really started getting interested in Beekeeping I experimented with Jumbo brood boxes instead of the single or double FD or double 3/4 that are the standard for most NZ beeks. I bought 10 kit boxes and 100 kit frames (pine from NZ Beeswax) and foundation and within a season had decided to phase out the FD from my operation. About the same time I became very disappointed with the short life of Pine boxes, in particular the brood boxes which stay on the hive through the winter. I built/bought a paraffin wax dipper and dipped the boxes (I quickly hated wax dipping boxes). So began my journey into Macrocarpa. Being a fitter I mostly had engineering equipment. I had inherited a sawbench from my father and I bought a second hand Tanner thicknesser and Buzzer. To be continued...
  14. Today's effort. 5.5m long 1.1m at the butt end and enough timber for a years worth of bee hive making. Yes Macrocapa splits. I pre-drill before screwing or nailing, Boxes and frames. (I'll add some photos of frames later) I can assure you that making Macrocarpa hive wear is not cheaper than buying kitset pine. While the timber is basically free (Honey to the land owner) The machinery I have bought over the last 15 years would have bought 3 or 4 times over the boxes and frames I have made to date.
  15. Thanks, in that case I won't bother. (it would have been another thing to remember to take and clean up when it spills.)
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