Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


Maintaining a beehive requires a substantial amount of physical labor, and with the average age of beekeepers being around 55, this amount of work can become difficult. This project was undertaken to build a device that can assist beekeepers in lifting beehives. Through researching the needs of beekeepers and analyzing existing devices, we developed and tested a simple lifting device that will be easy for average beekeepers to build themselves. The prototype was designed to be cost effective, stable, and have a mechanical advantage of at least 8, such that beekeepers can move up to 200 lbs of supers (hive boxes that hold frames for honey) at a time safely without extraordinary effort.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering