Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance of the Mule-grip™

Your Mule-grip™ will require very little maintenance. It was designed using all stainless-steel materials with a UV rated 6-Flute cellulose acetate resin Hand Grip and Locking Knob of phenolic plastic. It is built to last in all types of weather conditions.

Over time, because of how the Frame Grip is used in normal operations propolis may adhere to the grip. This propolis will not harm the unit but causes it to become sticky.

We do suggest just like any bee tool a simple cleaning occasionally.

  • Most people will simply wipe unit with a clean cloth every few weeks. This will also prevent the propolis from getting too hard.
  • Others may wash by placing under warm water.
  • Still others may use alcohol which is something that if done special caution is recommended to prevent contamination to your hives. We strongly recommend washing afterwards with warm water.
  • No scrubbing should be necessary nor use of a wire brush

We do not recommend putting the Frame Grip in your dishwasher. It will not hurt the Frame Grip but the detergents being used may have adverse effects to your hive or bees.

  • If rust deposits appear it is most likely from using Well water which contains high iron. This will not cause the unit to rust but should be wiped off gently to prevent contamination to your hives.
  • Do not use the Mule-grip™ for purposes not intended such as prying frames apart or scraping propolis as this could cause scissors to become deformed not close properly or prevent the frame grip from holdng frames as designed and void warranty.
    • If for some reason scissor tips become bent, simply use pliers, or better, with a vice, very carefully align the scissor tip. The scissor must remain straight and square to operate.
      • Do not squeeze the ends together or spread them apart or the scissor function will not work and prevent the scissors from holding frames securely.
        • These scissor tips were uniquely designed to hold the bee foundation and any changes will make your Mule-grip™ inoperable.

    Any maintenance beyond the scope of basic cleaning and minor adjustment as stated above will void your warranty. This product is to extract bee frames, wood and plastic under normal beekeeping purposes and nothing more.

    If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us at info@littlemulebeee.com or Doug at 918-231-6006.

    We appreciate your business.