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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"We use Boutelje equipment throughout our honey extraction factory. The machines are of the highest quality, very robust, and the after sales service and support that the team provide, are second to none. Peter Boutelje's understanding of honey processing systems is invaluable."
Aaron Grubb - Mana Kai Honey