I would take 10I have the opportunity to purchase a quantity of 6mm clear polycarbonate - it's quite a lot I would have to buy - it's a remnant from a building project and it's a bit scuffed and scratched but perfectly serviceable as crown boards. I can cut to 460 x 460 for national hives and could go up to 500 x 500 for polyhives.
It's going to work out at about £6 each for unframed pieces if you wanted to make up your own frames or I could add a 6mm single frame and do those for about £10/£10.50. You could have either a central feeder hole or just plain, no extra cost.
Plus, of course, whatever the courier cost is depending on quantity and destination. Sorry, it would have to be shipping to UK only.
These prices are less than half the price of any available from the 'normal' suppliers and at 6mm thick twice the thickness of most others available. It's going to be a once only deal, not likely to be repeated.
The benefits of clear crown boards have been well documented on here many times and more and more beekeepers are now using them but the cost of polycarbonate make them quite expensive normally - indeed, with the rising cost of plywood this offer is going to be cheaper than solid ones !
Before I commit to this I'd like to gauge what interest there is from forum members. If you are interested just add a reply to the thread with how may you think you might like (no commitment at this stage) and if there are enough to warrant buying the lot I'll progress it.
I've been a bit busy and after a fall last week not as active as I might have been. I need to do some work to make some up and see what they come out at. The good news is that what I thought were 4mm are actually 5mm and having looked through the various sheets this morning the vast majority are not as badly scratched and scuffed as I feared when they arrived. I also need to find out how many of the 6mm new pieces there are available... it's probably going to be next week before I manage to get some idea of what I have available and what I can get my hands on of the new stuff. Bear with me ... Philip
Yes ... it did, I was lucky nothing broke but its been a very uncomfortable week where movement of any kind has hurt and even sitting and sleeping has been difficult - I did something stupid and I can't really complain as I should have known better. I hit the paving like a sack of potatoes unable to break my fall at all and I knew immediately I was going to suffer ....Ouch, I bet that hurt.
Take care of yourself, your health is preciousYes ... it did, I was lucky nothing broke but its been a very uncomfortable week where movement of any kind has hurt and even sitting and sleeping has been difficult - I did something stupid and I can't really complain as I should have known better. I hit the paving like a sack of potatoes unable to break my fall at all and I knew immediately I was going to suffer ....
I've got everything on a spreadsheet ... when I get started I'll be in touch with everyone to confirm sizes and quantities and yes, there's going to some offcuts if anyone needs bits ...Please add me to your list:
3 x Poly Nuc Size, 1 hole in centre if possible.
4 x Poly National Size, but need to be slightly smaller than 460 x 460, I can give you actual measurements if you still have supplies by the time you get to my order, would need one hole.
6 x National, with rim and one hole.
Finally if you have any off cuts big enough to cover two feed holes in crown boards I would happily pay suitable amount for 5-10 of those. Hope that makes sense! If you need help making a list of who wants what I’m happy to help out.
Thank you for your offer, and all the work you’re going to be doing!
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