For those Flow hivers that find the occasional need of an extractor, but would rather put the $200 or more towards another flow hive, here is my very successful DIY extractor. It cost me $30 for the stainless garbage can, and $5 for the threaded rod, everything else was already lying around my workshop.
Rather than legs, I made it so it snaps directly on top of my 5 gallon honey bucket with strainer in place.
It does take a minute to install, and rotate the frames; not as convenient as a wire basket spinner, maybe a V2 improvement for next year.
To spin it, I throw a socket into my cordless drill, and a double nut on top of the threaded rod; effortless spinning.
With the bearings top and bottom, and a hand on the top lid I find much less vibration that the hand crank model I was borrowing.
Another advantage to this design, is the ability to lift out the entire setup and scrape every last drop of honey out. The hand crank model didn’t have an easily removable basket making it extremely difficult to clean out the last film of honey on the walls.
Be careful with the cordless drills; on high speed setting mine can blow out plastic foundation, but the low speed seems perfect.