We've been searching for a sturdy, well-made brand of extraction equipment for a while, to replace the often flimsy Chinese-made units. When we saw Thorne in the UK was stocking these Polish-made Konigin units we just had to have them, because Thorne are a respected company with more than 100 years' in the industry; they even make their own extractors! So to stock a competitor's product, it must be good!
The way tangential honey extractors work is the frames sit with the flat part of the frame facing out, supported by a mesh screen. While you do need to rotate the frames to do both sides, we've found this sort of extractor is great at extracting some of the very thick honey we get from our hives, whereas a radial extractor would just destroy the frames due to the force placed on the wax.
We used a 4-frame manual tangential extractor to harvest 100 of our hives when we first started, which is a testament to what a quality extractor can do.
These units feature a bottom-mounted motor and semi-automatic controller to make them easy to use, and to keep clean and food safe. Bottom-mount motors and semi-automatic controllers are normally only found on larger commercial units. The honey gates are mounted at the actual bottom of the drum making emptying easy.
With legs running the full length of the drum these are very stable and easy to use.
|Bee frame type||Langstroth|
|Honey extractor drum diameter||Ø 500 mm|
|Honey extractor height||100 - 110 cm|
|Height of the honey extractor drum||650 mm|
|Materials used||Acid-resistant stainless steel with the symbol 0H18N9 / 1.4301|
|Honey extractor stand||Stainless steel, height 90 cm. Stable and easy to disassemble.|
|Hinges for honey extractor||Stainless steel|
|Honey extractor drum||0.8mm thick, acid-proof stainless steel|
|Honey extractor basket||Made of stainless, acid-resistant bars with a diameter of 2 mm, and the clearance between the wires on the basket structure is only 10 mm.|
|The bottom of the honey extractor||1mm thick, contoured cone-shaped bottom|
|Honey extractor lid||4mm thick, transparent polycarbonate|
|Honey extractor engine and drive||Electric motor, bottom drive with belt drive|
|Power||230V, Safety switch|
|Engine revolutions per minute||2 780|
|Honey extractor basket rotations per minute||Max. 400|
|Honey extractor valve||Stainless steel, flap mounted under the bottom of the honey extractor at a height of 28 cm from the ground. It is possible to order a higher stand of the honey extractor, the valve is up to 38 cm above the ground.|
|Honey extractor control||Two automatic modes + one semi-automatic manual mode|
|Shipment||Pallet or personal collection.|