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    When we were pumping from 55 gallon tanks in different locations in the woods (up to 200 feet) and now when we are pumping short distances in the sugar house and to pump water from an ATV tank to clean the collection tanks in the woods we have had great luck with an electric Wayne pump. We use a small generator in the woods and the outlets in the shack. I believe our oldest is probably 20 years old and we have 3 total around to use. We only use them for water, sap, and to empty the evaporator during clean out. No trash pumping.

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    We used a generator and a wayne pump for years to collect, a little on the slow side but it gets the job done. I moved up to a red lion 1.5" from tractor supply before finally biting the honda bullet. Currently have a wx-10 and wx-15 in service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil-t View Post
    I was considering getting one of those pumps but after reading the reviews it states that you have to prime it very time with vegetable oil. Do you do that? Or have to do that each time?? Thank you.

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    Only if the pump was emptied out, completely. Then just fill the intake hose with sap. Once the season started, I had no issues with prime.

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    If you want a cheap way to move sap in the field here's your cheapest route. 11 bucks but it might take you 10 min. No priming just drop in and flip it on. Got it rigged up to work off the cigarette lighter outlet.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06W5...8UXD6Z8G&psc=1

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    Found this one on eBay for a pretty decent price with good reviews. I looked at reviews for the same product across eBay and on the web. This was the best price I found at the time.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F232486807819
    Last edited by Mark B; 01-27-2018 at 08:01 AM.
    2017- Started small-made 7 gallons. Long days & few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer.

    2018- Bought a 2x4 and built a small scale RO. 21 gallons.

    2019- moved up to 100 gph procon for my home built RO. Built a steamhood. About 220 taps and 21 gallons again.

    2020- 140 procon on the R0. Added a new mainline at my in laws. 330 taps for 24 gallons, sold excess sap.

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    Mark, will you let us know how this one works with sap?
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    This may be too much of a pump for your app but I just picked one of these up over the weekend to replace a small 2 cycle pump and I have to say that this little guy is awesome.
    It is about 2x the weight of my old 2 cycle pump but man will that thing transfer sap. After the 1st time starting it up it has taken just 1 pull of the cord to fire it up and it is way quieter than a cycle pump.

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    Yes I will. I am planning to plug it into my vehicles 12 volt if I can get close enough to my holding tanks. Otherwise I may have to go with plan B.
    2017- Started small-made 7 gallons. Long days & few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer.

    2018- Bought a 2x4 and built a small scale RO. 21 gallons.

    2019- moved up to 100 gph procon for my home built RO. Built a steamhood. About 220 taps and 21 gallons again.

    2020- 140 procon on the R0. Added a new mainline at my in laws. 330 taps for 24 gallons, sold excess sap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis H. View Post
    This may be too much of a pump for your app but I just picked one of these up over the weekend to replace a small 2 cycle pump and I have to say that this little guy is awesome.
    It is about 2x the weight of my old 2 cycle pump but man will that thing transfer sap. After the 1st time starting it up it has taken just 1 pull of the cord to fire it up and it is way quieter than a cycle pump.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/lawn-g...gpm-63404.html
    Yeah those honda powered units are pretty good. We've had one for years at the fire department. Of course it is sized and set up for our connections and purposes, but it doesn't quit.
    2017- Started small-made 7 gallons. Long days & few nights on a 1x2 and turkey fryer.

    2018- Bought a 2x4 and built a small scale RO. 21 gallons.

    2019- moved up to 100 gph procon for my home built RO. Built a steamhood. About 220 taps and 21 gallons again.

    2020- 140 procon on the R0. Added a new mainline at my in laws. 330 taps for 24 gallons, sold excess sap.

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