Agricultural Hall carries a variety of essential beekeeping tools and supplies, selected for their quality, durability, price, and whether it was made locally and/or sustainably. If there is an item you would like to see on the (partial) list below, please let me know and I will search high and low to find it for you -- for less.
As usual, there is much more at the store than what meets the eye here (for example, we now carry three different styles of smokers, six different hive tools, and three types of hives -- Langstroth (8 & 10-frame), Warre, and top bar).
For hive woodenware, click here.
VEILS: Of the dozens of styles available, we have about six, but the two best, most practical models include:
Alexander veil: A great all-around veil that does not require a hat (some suggest using with a baseball cap). Compact to carry around or use in a pinch when visitors arrive.
Jacket & veil combo: It's so nice to zip up this comfortable jacket, load it's pockets with your tools, and get right to work. This is not an extravagance; it's the best, and for a great price, too! Three sizes available.
GLOVES: Take your pick. They're all comfortable, secure and affordable, and sizes range from small child to large adult:
Canvas: I've had mine for 25 years -- 'nuf said.
Leather: At this price, why not; comfort is important. Child sizes available -- call for pricing.
Agricultural Hall has the best selection of hive tools in New England. Here are just two of the six varieties (and growing) we carry:
Maxant hive tool: These make hive work incredably easy. And they're made here in Massachusetts! You'll never need another tool.
Standard 10" hive tool: Basically, an old-fashioned pry-bar, but they're effective for hive work, and they're very affordable.
Nine-frame spacer: Evenly space 9 frames in a 10-frame hive, giving you and your girls more room to work. Yes, there's one fewer frame, but bees make a deeper comb which contains more honey and is easier to uncap. From Maxant
Mouse guard: I lost a hive to mice once, and the massacre wasn't pretty. Spend a little and save a lot. Use from mid-fall to early spring. Easy on/off. Also from our friends at Maxant. 10-frame size only.
Another less expensive variation is also available, and it fits 8-frame hives.
Frame grip: Like large plyers, use these grips to remove and hold frames with confidence.
Mason bee homes & supplies: Of any animal, mason bees are the greatest pollinators. They are solitary and, as such, lay their eggs in small deep holes. Simple homemade or purchased hives hung in your garden or yard will attract mason bees year after year. See more about mason bees here.
Beekeeping posters: From Maxant, these posters are both beautiful and educational.
Glass honey jars with lids, including the classic Queenline jars. Five designs, assorted lids and corks, and many sizes to choose from. Labels not included. See a full pricelist here.
HONEY EXTRACTOR: And now we've come to the 'heavy equipment.' Our Maxant/ Massachusetts-made hand-crank 3/6/9-frame extractors are the best in the world! Your great, great grandchildren will be using your extractor 150 years from now. Agricultural Hall has an extractor for rent, and we will sell you a new extractor for the best price possible.
Our ELECTRIC UNCAPPER is also available for rent. Work faster and cleaner.
Rent extractor at $20 per day. All necessary tools included.
Call for purchase price.