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No more wasting time looking for your smoker, hive tool, frame perch, frame grip or bee brush, it stays in your toolbox. The interior of the box is very versatile; you can sit on it, put a swarm in it, and carry frames or medications in it, and on, and on. Thanks Lowell Merrill. (Tools not included)
do you think a side hinge top might make it a bit easyier to use.
Heavy but versitile
I use this tool box every time Im working bees. It holds lots of stuff and is very well thought out. Theres places for smokers, frame racks, etc. and its ventilated, too.
The one drawback is that its kind of heavy. But its heavy duty so that you can even sit on it.
Very handy to keep tools in one spot, wish it was 3/4 inch deeper for those frames I find with a queen cell on the bottom. They get smashed every time.Also would move the lid latch a little so the smoker does not get in the way of opening the box.The i bolts on top are very thin and got pulled out. I would through bolt them.
- Bob R, VA
Cant imagine NOT having one now!
Im a guy, a dude, an unorganized slob! - and I loose so many things, that I end up buying them again and again. This tool box is a GREAT idea and saver for me. I know where the box is, and now I know where my tools are! No doubles needed here. If the slot is empty - I dont put it back in storage until the tool is back in place! GENIUS! - not to mention well made!
- Prentice Lennon, CA
i just used this box to catch a swarm of bees today
i thought this thing was a swarm box. took an arial lift 30 feet up to get a swarm. straps are handy to get bees in box. . finally figured out there was no way for the bees to get in or out. does have a vent hole, so stragglers joined up to the outside hole. im going to drill a hole and put a trap door on this thing, and then the bees should be able to go in and out just like a nuc box. easy to move the captured swarm to a hive box with this.
- PAUL ONEILL, OH
WOW a cool new tool box!
Nice idea! I look forward to seeing how it works out in the field and how well it wears...
Love this tool box!
Keeps everything together, makes it easy to go to different bee yards with all my gear. Doubles as a nuc if you need to split or transport frames of bees unexpectedly - great option to have when you need it.
I just recieved my Merrill Box and I already love it.No more plastic containers to tote around. I am in Eastern NC Bethel.
Help for the organizationally-challenged beekeeper
The Merrill tool box makes going to the bee yard a simple 3 step process for me. I used to have to search for at least one item every time I worked the bees. It might be the hive tool, bee brush, frame holder, frame puller, or something else. It seemed like it was always a 15-20 minute process to get inside the electric fence. Now I just light the smoker [which hangs on the tool box], put on my bee suit, pick up the tool box and I am good to go. Highly recommended.