Boutelje semi automatic honey looseners are widely used for loosening manuka/heather/jellybush honey.
They are also used to do the work of an uncapping machine. When used as an uncapping machine there will only be a fraction of the wax to process.
The beekeeper places a frame into the loosener - which triggers a photo eye to start the loosening cycle.
Thousands of spring-loaded plastic needles plunge into the comb, and in combination with an indexing action it loosens all the cells.
After loosening, the comb it is automatically lifted and removed by hand.
A unique feature of this machine is the stripper plate, (developed by Boutelje Products in 2004) which cleans the honey and wax off the needles every time the needles retract. This makes it possible to loosen fresh wax combs which would otherwise break up in the process.
To maximise the loosening we have used a `double bump needle` - it has two bumps at the end of each needle.
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"When it came time to set-up our own extraction room, we utilized Boutelje equipment. Peter was able to give us good advice on a cost effective solution to support our current volume, as well as plan for future expansion. We went from first equipment delivery to signed off RMP in 20 days, quick turnaround on support requests during our early days was crucial to our success. "
Mike Everly - Forest and Bees Native Honey