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Offline Acebird

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Re: Flow Hive: Original vs. (Chinese) copycat
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2019, 06:06:40 pm »
Yes.  Especially when they know they cannot access it through winter.  You also mentioned you have empty frames below the cover for them to put the honey.
You have a raised lip on your feeder hole so you have to shim to that height to prevent the frames from hitting it.
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Re: Flow Hive: Original vs. (Chinese) copycat
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2019, 02:50:06 pm »
If the copycat flow frames are reasonably workable,
                         - has anyone had them for several years?  Does the plastic begin to degrade/crumble, or, not cells line up after the lever moves back the cells?
                          - what brand was purchased? There are many sold through amazon and ebay, but the real manufacturer is unclear.
                         

Offline Skeggley

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Re: Flow Hive: Original vs. (Chinese) copycat
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2019, 08:09:52 pm »
Ok, so they may work the same but....
Firstly, Fake Flow frames are an infringement on copyright. Typically Chinese and if it was a patented American invention you?d be up in arms...
Secondly if you think the cheap fakes have been made with expensive food safe plastics you?re kidding yourselves.
Yeah originals are expensive but then again so are extractors.

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Re: Flow Hive: Original vs. (Chinese) copycat
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2019, 08:30:17 pm »
If the copycat flow frames are reasonably workable,
                         - has anyone had them for several years?  Does the plastic begin to degrade/crumble, or, not cells line up after the lever moves back the cells?
                          - what brand was purchased? There are many sold through amazon and ebay, but the real manufacturer is unclear.

How much re-grind was used? A slight yellow tint when new indicates excessive recycled material being used and / or oil contamination. Neither of which helps longevity of polycarbonate.

Might even be more than one manufacturer with widely varying quality levels. Plus molds wear out, even expensive high quality molds. Cheep molds wear much faster. First few thousand parts made might be very good then gradually turn to crap if they keep running it without proper maintenance.

Very interesting thread! Like many here I do not need a Flow Hive. Merely want one :shocked: Hard to justify a $400 toy when a $100 version is available.