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The Association has a large radial extractor, a smaller radial extractor and a Pratley tray available for members to hire. The small extractor takes nine honey super frames; the large extractor takes 12 frames – honey super and brood frames.

Hire Fees

The hire charge is £10 for an extractor and £5.00 for the Pratley Tray for a period of THREE days, which includes the day collected and the day returned. If required for longer than the standard three days, each additional day MUST be arranged at the time of booking and will attract a £5.00 fee per day. Payment is in advance or upon collection.

There is a £10 deposit per item that will be returned if the items come back clean and undamaged. The hirer is responsible for the repair or replacement if the equipment is returned in a damaged condition due to incorrect use.

Large Radial Extractor

Smaller Radial Extractor

Pratley Tray

The Association reserves the right to refuse a subsequent hiring if the equipment is returned damaged due to misuse or in need of cleaning.

Please read our Cleaning & Use pdf before hiring and using the equipment.

If the equipment is kept for longer than the original booking period AND is not available for the next hirer at the agreed time, then an additional £5.00 fee will be charged for each additional day and the ability to hire the equipment again may be withheld.

If one or more members want to use the large radial extractor in the Association’s Portakabin extractor room please contact us. The deposit for use of the room and the extractor is £50, returnable only if the room and extractor have been left in a clean condition.

Arranging Hire

Please contact us to check availability and to book the equipment. We will need a CONTACT PHONE NUMBER to negotiate collection.

We hope you understand that the Association’s Apiary has priority use of the large extractor. This means that IF you have booked the large extractor and the association subsequently needs the extractor for the same time as your booking, we will have to rearrange your booking dates to fit around the Association’s needs.


The small extractor: once your booking has been confirmed collection date, time and location will be confirmed.

The large extractor will normally be collected (by prior arrangement only) from the Association Apiary on an inspection day, see the events calendar for the inspection dates. You may need a large hatchback or estate car to transport the large extractor. Before booking, check it will fit in your vehicle. The dimensions of the large extractor are as follows:

  • Extractor Drum: Height including motor (ie length if lying on its side in your vehicle): 86 cm Diameter 63cm
  • Stand: Height – 36cm; Width – 68cm; Length – 47cm

Association Microscope

There is also a microscope available to hire, free of charge, to members. Please contact us to check availability and to book its use, giving a contact phone number.