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    I just bought a 2 handed 3/16" tubing tool from...

    I just bought a 2 handed 3/16" tubing tool from Maple Tech for $175. The one with the cutter is a little more but I don't like that cutter style so got one without it and will use the clippers. We...
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    Loacs are nice and like everything, best one is...

    Loacs are nice and like everything, best one is the most expensive one. Cdl makes a lightweight one now too I think. None of them are cheap though.
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    For a cheap setup, a shurflo pump or guzzler...

    For a cheap setup, a shurflo pump or guzzler setup would work OK. 170-200 taps is pushing it for a shurflo so go with a guzzler if you can afford it. The S3 controller is a great addition. We are...
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    We are going to put 1 small line along a rock...

    We are going to put 1 small line along a rock wall on 3/16" tubing, about 30 taps with 5/16" drops. Not quite 30' of drop but close so we'll get some vacuum. This line runs unbelievably well and...
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    I have to call Miguel this week and see what he...

    I have to call Miguel this week and see what he has. They weren't open this weekend.
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    WTB: Amber Rich

    Looking for some Amber Rich bulk syrup either in small barrels or 5 gallon pails. Located in western Maine, will travel reasonable distance. Need 10-20 gallons. Send me a private message on here.
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    Fall is in the air

    Wake up fellow Mainers! Sure felt like a nice fall morning at my house today. Thought about working on sap lines but then realized leaves are still on the trees so went to my real job :lol: It...
  8. You should notice a big difference by reducing...

    You should notice a big difference by reducing your taps per lateral. I would use 8 as a max. and shoot for 5. I'd go with a 1" main, a lot more surface area and not much more cost vs. 3/4"
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    We sold some extra dark to a brewer that I'm...

    We sold some extra dark to a brewer that I'm friends with. It was just for one batch so only 5 gallons. We sold it for $40/gallon or $200. Would maybe drop it a little if it was a large volume but...
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    That's what I found on the tank I looked at last...

    That's what I found on the tank I looked at last weekend, needed a compressor. Wasn't such a good deal after all.
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    Ya, that's the kind of deal I would be looking...

    Ya, that's the kind of deal I would be looking for. That same tank you have, I'm seeing for closer to $3000 from online dealers. Still worth it in the long run but more than I'd like to pay.
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    Great info, thanks for sharing. Might go look at...

    Great info, thanks for sharing. Might go look at one tomorrow. Guy called it a double lined tank. I assume that means insulated or jacketed as other terms used? Seems to be worth quite a bit...
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    Yes, I like the idea of the convenience. It will...

    Yes, I like the idea of the convenience. It will be especially handy once we get an RO and have concentrate we can store if we want. We spend thousands on evaporators, filter presses and RO's so a...
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    Thanks for the info. Not in a rush for it, just...

    Thanks for the info. Not in a rush for it, just one of those things I'm trying to keep an eye out for when a good deal is found.
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    Refrigerated bulk tanks- value

    Anyone have any idea on what a working used refrigerated stainless steel bulk tank with an agitator would go for in the 500-1000 gallon range? I'm seeing anywhere from $2-$6/gallon with online ads. ...
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    I've always tapped at a slight angle because...

    I've always tapped at a slight angle because that's how I was taught. Seems it may not be needed. Milwaukee drills and a new tapping bit every year are 2 things I swear by. Had zero tap leaks last...
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    We use the acid from the maple dealer. Our pans...

    We use the acid from the maple dealer. Our pans were sitting empty and dirty until 2 weeks ago. Filled them up with acid/water. Turned the oil burner on and waited for a boil to start. Shut it...
  18. Wow- those are good prices from A&A

    Wow- those are good prices from A&A
  19. I don't think you'll find anyone that will make...

    I don't think you'll find anyone that will make them half price. Stainless is expensive but I will agree that $1300 sounds high for what you want. You should be able to find someone near you that...
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    100% agree. Just the time you spend messing...

    100% agree. Just the time you spend messing around with a used tee makes it worth the $0.20 aside from the potential lost sap yield if you scar the tee. Once you have your woods on a rotation...
  21. Poll: Link to UVM's video about tapping below the...

    Link to UVM's video about tapping below the lateral:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-EEYgL7Lt0

    It works good, even for us just running Shurflo pumps.
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    2 years so far and no issues. We soak it in acid...

    2 years so far and no issues. We soak it in acid a few times per season and gently run some steel wool up and down the bottom half of the probe. Any caked on syrup comes right off and it looks like...
  23. I agree, keep the 2x6 and see how it goes for a...

    I agree, keep the 2x6 and see how it goes for a year or two. If it works out, spend some money on new pans.
  24. Fred knows a lot more about ro’s than I do but...

    Fred knows a lot more about ro’s than I do but for your size you’re looking at the same thing I am. After researching, not all hobby or small ro’s are created equal. Lapierre makes small 125 and...
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    I would definitely let gravity help you and let...

    I would definitely let gravity help you and let the niter settle to the bottom. Dump it all back into a pot and waste a little bit of syrup once the thicker niter starts coming out of the jar. I...
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