F A Q
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are there multiple units?
Due to preferences that exist by you and other beekeepers it is important not to make one product fit everyone. Today there are two types of bee frames sold, wood and plastic. Some beekeepers use wood only frames others plastic only and there are many with both wood and plastic even in the same box or super.
Whereas most frame grips are made to accommodate wood frames only, the new MULE-GRIP covers all types of wood and plastic bee frames sold today. Multiple units exist to meet customer expectations and supply superior performance.
If I only have wood frames can I still purchase the wood and plastic version?
Yes, the performance of the wood and plastic model is the same as the wood only model. Either model is sold at the same price.
Does the MULE-GRIP™ require any special care or maintenance?
As with all tools it is best to keep them clean for optimum performance. Propolis can gather on any frame grip which should be removed, or movement will be restricted. This can be done with hot water, or alcohol. No special scrubbing or cleaning is necessary.
What are some key reasons why this Frame Grip/Extractor is better than its competitors?
This product is very user friendly, taking minimal effort to grasp and fully hold the bee frame tightly. It is accomplished through a double mechanical advantage design unique in the industry. Once closed the special shaped scissor ends holds the frame in position on multiple sides. For a complete list of the product features refer to our brochure.
What is the purpose of the Frame Positioning/Indicator Guide?
It is important to return the bee frame in the same position as it was removed. This will prevent/reduce damage to the comb and even smashing or crushing bees. When removing a frame from the hive it is best to have the guides facing in a manner you can easily detect. This will allow you to return the bee frame without damage. Over time you will become reliant on these Positioning/Indicator guides and help working your hives easier.
If I only would use the Locking Feature occasionally which model should I purchase?
It is understood that the locking feature is not going to be used all the time. However, situations will exist that you hand a frame to another person or need to set it aside while you work on other things. This lock will stay on the frame until you turn the knob and release it. See the features list on this lock.
Finally, for the minimal cost variance from the standard unit to purchase the locking unit it is worth the price.
Any special training/instructions required for using the MULE-GRIP™?
There is no special training necessary. After using the MULE-GRIP™for just a brief time the skill, speed and ease will continue to improve beyond what you thought possible. Suggest you refer to the short instruction guide to get the best use of this excellent product.
Why is the product called a MULE-GRIP™?
Douglas Victory the company co-owner, has a longtime companion mule called Shadow. As such a mule is inherent with strength, stamina, patient, very tough, intelligent, reliable and sure-footed. Little Mule Bee Supply, LLC relates to these traits as a company and for the new products which we will develop for years to come.