Lock-lock multi-hull beehives

Lock lock multi hull beehives

For roaming, multihull hives must have a reliable and convenient connection of parts of the hives. In the practice of beekeeping, many types of constructions are used for securing the hulls of multi-hull beehives – steel tape, steel rods with screw terminals, and others. All of them are inconvenient to use, cumbersome in storage, do not guarantee high-performance work, they can be disconnected without special keys, which is also a disadvantage in the field. To compensate for these inconveniences, we propose a clamp design that provides a secure fastening, eliminating the possibility of disassembling parts of the hive without a special key.

The proposed construction of the bail was tested and improved for more than twenty years in the conditions of the apiary migration.

The figure shows the general view of the lock-lock of multi-hull beehives (a – side view, b – top view, in – hive fastened with this bolt).

The fastener consists of a steel plate 1, a body bracket 2, a steel axis 3, on which a coil 4 with a tightly wound steel cable 5 4 mm in diameter is fitted on the key. The beginning of the cable 5 is rigidly attached to the steel coil, and its end ends with a loop (the length of the cable is 3.7 m, which is sufficient for fixing the four hulls, bottom and cover of the hive). The right end disk of the coil 6 has teeth along which the latch 7 slides. It locks the coil with the help of a spring 8.

The cable is retracted by means of a coin 10. The cable is wound on the reel with a special key 12, the head 11 of which is put on the square end of the axis 3. The fastener assembly is mounted in the hive cover, fastened to the side wall of the cover with screws 15 with nuts through the steel strip 16. On the opposite wall The cover of the hive is secured with a bolt 14, on which the hinge of the end of the cable is attached when the hive is attached.


fasten the hulls of a multihull hive, unwind the cable 5 to the appropriate length. To do this, pull the latch 7 by the coin 10 so that it exits the coil teeth 6 and pull the cable through the loop 13. Then pull the cable under the bottom of the hive and loop the cable onto the hemispherical head of the bolt 14 that is located on the opposite wall of the hive lid.

Then put the head 11 of the key 12 on the square of the axis 3 of the coil and rotate the key (clockwise) until the cable is fully tensioned. After the lock 7 stops the coil, remove the key 12 from the square of the axis 3. With this fastening of the bodies, the lock 7 can not be pulled without a key. To remove the attachment from the hive, put the key 11 on the square of the axis 3 and press the right hand lever (clockwise) on the lever of the key 12, while pulling the retainer 7 so that it leaves the clutch with the teeth of the end of the coil 6 , then turning the key 12 in the counterclockwise direction, unwind the cable 5 so that it is possible to remove the cable loop from the bolt 14. The work is finished.

Lock-lock multi-hull beehives