But as a newbie last year, I found frame handling on my teacher's short lugged commercials nerve racking. Was glad when I started to handle my own bees on my Nationals. Since gaining some confidence, in another year or two I might switch to commercial BB and still use my national supers. Will see.
If the short lugs are that much better, I am wondering why Nationals have not been offered, modified for short lug frames. Is it just plain conservatism on the part of beekeepers, or simply just your preference, or is the difference is so marginal?
It would only need a couple strips of wood fitting, to change over? So is there anyone out there that has made that change?
I have never even thought about it; I inherited a of couple short lug frames when I started and they may be still around somewhere, but I have never considered altering my boxes.
If I had a £5 note for every Nat I have hacksawed to Smith I could near retire.
If you have never tried a short lug, and yes initially it feels odd, but it soon feel much better.
Lets be honest here, if short lug was so bad then why does it thrive in so many other countries other than this tradition bound isle? If our system is so great and good why has it not conquered abroad? Might it be because it is...............
I have used short lug....and i don't like them,lots of people, like many different things,from many different parts of the world.....perhaps it should just be called genetic diversity....instead of everyone being an exact clone of each other.
I started out with long lugs but going the MD route = short lugs .To start it was a bit of a pain but i soon got used to them .Are they easier umm i don't know but it's my first yr so i will have a better idea next season