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    You can find left over models or demos if your...

    You can find left over models or demos if your patient and check a lot of dealers. We bought our Kubota that way it was a whole model year off, but they had used it as a demo and it had less than 10...
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    boil some on a propane burner or stove and see...

    boil some on a propane burner or stove and see how it smells.
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    personally i'd boil when it was fresher, the...

    personally i'd boil when it was fresher, the sweet will come when it's ready. At least boiling it keeps it from degrading or spoiling
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    I'm not sure if my SIL's is gas or diesel, my...

    I'm not sure if my SIL's is gas or diesel, my kubota is diesel
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    My sister-in-law and her husband have one and...

    My sister-in-law and her husband have one and they really like it. It seems to have a little more power than our Kubota
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    I have a Massey Ferguson 1735 (36 hp) 4wd and I...

    I have a Massey Ferguson 1735 (36 hp) 4wd and I never loaded the tires and it does fine. Do you guys think the loaded tires make more ruts? Of course when I compared the specs to the same size John...
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    Sounds to me like it needs rebuilt. main seals...

    Sounds to me like it needs rebuilt. main seals and all.
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    I can't answer that as I started replacing all my...

    I can't answer that as I started replacing all my drops, tees and spiles every year. I only have 150, so not a big expense. Before that I didn't worry about it as it was usually only 2-3 on a...
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    Sap just started to run big yesterday and boom it...

    Sap just started to run big yesterday and boom it got to 61 and and everything slowed drastically. If i don't get some cold my lines will funk up and my trees quit and I'm done. Just what I feared....
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    I had a half pint after doing the propane thing....

    I had a half pint after doing the propane thing. You'll like this set up. I rebuilt my arch and put a Smokey lake Hybrid pan on it a few years back. You'll get 4-6 gph out of that or maybe 7-8 if you...
  11. You want to keep it with some fall, but what...

    You want to keep it with some fall, but what matters is fall differential from top tap to bottom. That will dictate your vacuum. I actually raise mine 8 foot to cross a raod and it still flow up and...
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    I walked my lines this morning because I hadn't...

    I walked my lines this morning because I hadn't even looked at them in a month. Found and fixed 4 minor chews and one bad one out of 150 taps. Sap running but real slow. I need more sap to thaw the...
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    I think you'll be fine. It's going to take a few...

    I think you'll be fine. It's going to take a few days to get going good, but buried in the snow should help.
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    I think it's about to be a wild and crazy week....

    I think it's about to be a wild and crazy week. It may take a couple days, but I sense an absolute sap tsunami coming. It's forecast to be in the 40s and up to 55 wed. with below freezing nights. I...
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    You will crack your cement if you do it too fast....

    You will crack your cement if you do it too fast. I like the premixed refractory mortar, it's smoother and applies more evenly. I had to replace my pipe thimble this year and knocked a few brick...
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    I have probably played around with early tapping...

    I have probably played around with early tapping more than most. All my experience is with 3/16th, so that is all I am addressing.

    Yes you can gain some syrup from it, but be sure your staying on...
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    bigschuss makes a good point. My woods is much...

    bigschuss makes a good point. My woods is much like this. The front is my Maple bush and the back is oak dominate. I cut about 50% of the high grade oak out and it exploded, but I only cut a few...
  18. don't use the fish pond pump they aren't the same...

    don't use the fish pond pump they aren't the same or food safe. Here is what I use. It's rated for RV use for drinking water, according to the supplier. I ask them if it was food safe and that is how...
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    I agree I would never burn a hardwood forest,...

    I agree I would never burn a hardwood forest, especially on a slope. Nothing good about it. Pines are a different story as they acidify the soil and burning helps, but the hardwood forest needs that...
  20. I'll add one more variable. If I have a damaged...

    I'll add one more variable. If I have a damaged tree or one I know is going to be culled within the next few years or will never make a good tree it get's tapped even down to 6". Once I tap these I...
  21. My vote is for the rule 12 volt as well. You can...

    My vote is for the rule 12 volt as well. You can wire a plug on your UTV, tractor or any equipment then have a 110 to 12v transformer in the shack and use it everywhere. I done this 4 years ago and...
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    I set my depth gauge at 2" and stop soon as I hit...

    I set my depth gauge at 2" and stop soon as I hit outer bark, that usually leaves me a white wood tap hole of 1.5 to 1.75"+. I'm almost all sugar maples and 3/16 natural vaccuum
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    I sell firewood too, Dave. I just got back from a...

    I sell firewood too, Dave. I just got back from a delivery, people always want it in the middle of a storm. I have backed way off the firewood though as it was a hassle dealing with people that...
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    Dave, We will almost always second guess...

    Dave,

    We will almost always second guess ourselves and struggle over letting go of things that have structured our lives for so long. If your body and heart are telling you it's time, then cut it...
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    This certainly is an odd year. I wish I'd of put...

    This certainly is an odd year. I wish I'd of put all my taps put earlier. I boiled 16 times between December 16th and January 16th and made almost half my seasons goal. The runs in mid January were...
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