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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Leeds County,Ontario,Canada

    Default Time to pull the buckets?!!!

    My wife and I got our buses today for the upcoming school year. She had told me before about an individual producer who still had his buckets on the trees end of June when we quit driving. Went out with her on a trial run this afternoon,she pointed out the bush,sure enough,buckets still on the trees!!!!! These are ( or were) the good aluminum spun buckets,probably ruined by now,as well as the damage to the trees.
    7th generation maple producer in sugarhouse built in 1892
    2x World Champion Maple Syrup Producer
    1250 taps on cv adapters
    Leader Vortex 3x14 with Max Flue and Revolution Syrup Pan,Enhanced Steam Away

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Oneida NY


    Certainly have not helped the trees, but I doubt it has hurt the tree very much if at all. The taps have likely healed enough to prevent easy entry into the hole. The buckets at best will have some corrosion, might be worse.
    It is possible the owner got sick or worse, or that they don't know any better.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, down to about 700 in '16, up to 1000 for 2019?
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    added a gooseneck equipment trailer and F350 to tow it to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    website: www.cnymaple.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    South Colton, NY


    I was in a woods once where the trees had been cut about an inch above the spout about ten years earlier. Buckets all frozen and busted and strewn all over the woods. Inexplicable but true.
    3,100 taps
    60 cfm flood
    5 by 14 oil


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