Honey Bee Hive Frame Puller for Plastic or Wood Frame Tool REVIEW
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Honey Bee Hive Frame Puller for Plastic or Wood Frame Tool REVIEW

October 18, 2019

okay so with the polar vortex closing in
around us here and we’re in the single digits all the Bees are buttoned up and
what do I like to do this time of year I like to review products and this week I
came across this frame gripper called the mule grip and it’s really
interesting because if you notice it has these levers down at the bottom that
compound your grip strength and has this locking slide there are several versions
of this available this is the largest one and the one with this locking slide
so that once you clamp it onto a frame you can lock it and leave it there so
and it’s also a nice big handle there this is something that you can wash down
it is all stainless steel non-magnetic so I’m thinking 300 series stainless
here the grip handles are exactly five inches long they’re nicely ribbed you can
hang on to them even if your hands get sticky they’re with honey and whatever
and look at how this compounds your grip for those who have problems gripping
especially as they get into retirement they’re older and maybe they’ve got
smarts right it’s in their hands this is going to be the frame grip that works
the best and it has a little notch there for the
plastic frames and it’s a deep set for the wood frames and I’m going to go over
some frame designs and styles later on in this video here it is in a locked
position and just takes a load off your hands look at that loosen it up there’s
a spring that pulls it back open and you’re back in the open position so you
can grab more frames I like this thing a lot now I’m going to show you how it
works we’ll go over some dimensions of course first is six inches tall as I’ve
already said the handle is exactly five inches long now we have different frame
styles here all the way to the left it’s a black acorn frame and it has honeycomb
on it the second frame is that large oversized
Flow frame that this clamp will not work on so you’re just going to go back to
your hive tool there wooden frame foundationless white plastic acorn frame
black plastic and then the green which is the drone frame we’ll go over that too
now these are frames that I carry around with me because I teach about bees and I
give presentations to preschoolers and bee groups and things like that so this
stuff has been in the comb for a long time what we’re
looking at here all the way to the left capped honey
then we’ve got some granulated honey and open cells and we’ve also got that amber
colored stuff which is of course pollen stored and you can see the granules here
again this thing has been through lots of freezing and thawing spells and it’s
been chewed away here by a mouse to top it all off and lots of open cells but
anyway I like the black frames because I can do photography if it’s a brood section
I’ll be able to see the eggs better you will too so it’s just a matter of color
and I like acorn over Pierco now because it doesn’t flex or twist or bow and it
comes heavy waxed now this of course flow frame frame this is not what this videos
about but I thought since it’s here I’d just show you a size comparison with the
other frames flow frames are thicker than any other bee frames on the end
they have that clear plastic they have those large cells that are designed to
open and close to drain the honey but this frame gripper is not going to work
on this you’re back to your hive tool and I just wanted to show you what the
comparison was now this is a wooden frame
this is foundationless there’s no wires going through it or anything else what I
do is I just run a strip of wax along the top bar and then let the bees draw
it out themselves so I’ll put an empty frame in between two full frames and
that way the bees will draw it out easier we’re looking at the unfinished
bottom edge there and then you can see on the sides here where they connect it
with wax right to that wooden frame and that stabilizes it as they go down
ultimately if I hadn’t pulled this one out
they would have just finished it off and it would have connected all the way
around with some breathing and passage holes through it top right here nice and
sealed concave that is capped honey you can also again see remnants of pollen
and you can also see how dark it is that they have used this for brood and it’s
worker brood you don’t see any the large cells that are associated with drones on
this so that’s a wooden frame and this gripper also works on that which I’ll
show in a minute now we’re back to the Acorn
heavy waxed frames which my bees really draw out fast and it’s just
white no difference between that and the black one other than the color
itself some people just like the look of white frame and their hive they work and
they’re great and I love the Acorn company because they offered three
levels of waxing on the frames and more wax it’s on it the quicker the bees use
it so again that would be for food or brood now we have the green frame this
is also by acorn it’s also heavy waxed why would we have a brood frame by
itself its distinctive it’s green the cells are
large and this is just for growing drones drone cells are larger than
regular brood and it’ll be green so it’ll stand out you know which ones they
are some people use this to pull out the drones once they’re capped and they’re
using that as a method of control for varroa destructor because once the varroa are
in the cells developing pupae then that they stay in there and that’s the time
to get rid of them i uncap them and i pull them out to look
for varroa themselves now we’re back to a black acorn frame nothing but honey on
this and most of its capped again a mouse chewed the bottom there and this is a
close-up look of how it’s sealed up and you can even see little beads of honey
on the surface there again these frames have been sitting around like this for
years now and I just use them as teaching tools but I thought it would be
a great time to introduce them while I’m testing out this frame puller you can
see a little narrow opening there that’s for the plastic so all you do is line it
up get that top back bar and one thing I like about this look how the tips cut
into the wax if you’ve ever been pulling honey frames before sometimes you use
your hive tool of course get in there and when you cut into it with your hive
tool your grip your fingers in there inevitably the honey is going to drip out
and leak all over the way this is it’s minimally interrupting the wax caps
there and this is a honey frame so if you’re pulling that stuff I like this as
a method now the other thing is there’s lots of frame pullers out there but this
one actually compounds your grip strength so I like it for that and I
like it for the fact that it’s not leaking honey everywhere when it grips
the frame and it’s designed specifically for the thickness of these plastic backs
of these plastic frames and of course there’s again a locking nut there
righty-tighty lefty-loosey twist it to the right to
Snug it and hold its position twist it to the left to release it and open it
again so you can do a lot of movement here and once it’s closed you can leave
it on the frame and hang it somewhere while you’re doing your inspections or
you can of course release it use it on several other frames but this tool is
very versatile they come in several different designs I
personally like this one the most because it has the groove for plastic it
also has the deep shoulders there for the wooden frames so if you’re
organizing a hive pulling bees whatever you’re doing look how this thing fits
right between the frames this is super handy so I like it now let’s go ahead
I’m gonna show you now here’s the wooden frame and that wooden
back now look at this because this compound grip strength instead of
running it all the way down to the edge to interrupt the comb I can just grip
right into the wood this thing holds tight and see how the little ends there
have stuck on and then I can tighten it up with that and it’s not gonna fall so
I don’t have to go down on a wood frame and interrupt the capped wax on
honeycomb of course you can and I think that’s the design of it I’m pretty sure
the manufacturer didn’t want me to cut it into the frame like that but you have
that option go all the way down grip it at full height or just dig into it there
and you get the wood now here’s the other thing I’m a photographer so
sometimes I pull a frame and I want to get pictures of stuff I can flip this
thing over and use the handle as an exhibition stand so I can actually as a
teaching tool sit that on a table and then everybody gets to look at it and
you can get your hands off it and it’ll hold up and hopefully it’s not windy it
would certainly blow over but you can prop up a frame like this and photograph
or video bees hatching out anything you need to do macro close-ups of the eggs
from the Queen and everything now look even with all the frames pushed together
the jaws of this gripper actually go right down in between you’re still gonna
have to use your hive tool to pry these up on the end so what you
normally do but this thing gets in there nice I have to say if I’m giving it a
start rating out of 4 stars it’s 4 out of 4 or 5
out of five whatever the maximum rating is this is a big down in the video
description for where to get one thanks for watching

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  1. Frederick, on the plastic frames, you used the gripper in the actual comb. Would it fit in the frame's channel across the top? Excellent video. I will have to get one of these when I get my bees. Thank you very much!

  2. I was on Amazon looking at this tool and I was wondering if you did a review on it. You posted this video as I was reaching for my phone. AMAZING.

  3. They are available at Little Mule Bee Supply for less money. They have one for plastic frames only for 22.95 and the wood/plastic one for 26.95.

  4. Thank you SO much for this video! I have Fibromyalgia and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, both of which cause grip issues for me. I truly appreciate any review of products which can help physically challenged bee keepers. You are my favorite you tuber, and have given me the confidence I need to start out in beekeeping this spring!

  5. Product available at https://littlemulebee.com/ All Stainless-Steel – Great Quality (Locking-Arm $26.50) (Non-Locking $22.75)

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