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    Default 5 /16th tubing preference

    Anyone leaning a certain direction when purchasing new 5 /16th tubing? which tubing company and type of tubing do you choose? many options nowadays....

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    We've used it all. Semi-rigid has been best for us and we've used CDL, Lapierre and D&G with no clear preference other than price!

    I would recommend you get 10-year and not pay the extra for 15 year. Most producers replace theirs much sooner that 15 years (we replace on a 10 year cycle) so its not worth the premium IMO.
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    I have used lapierre and leader. I definatly prefer the leader. I have had both side by side and over time I got a sag in the lapierre and the leader stayed true

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    I to have tried it all. My latest preference is D&G semi-stiff (its a little stiffer than semi-rigid) for laterals and CDL semi-ridgid for drops. I have noticed my green tubing (multiple mfrs) tends to foul more visibly than blue

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    Default Drop replacement

    only ask this as I am thinking about replacing my drops this year and need to purchase tubing. How often is everyone changing drops?

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    I change mine every 3 years. I also have used most if not all brands. I like the softer one for drops but don't buy it because they are harder to insert the fittings. I've used the hot end system, conventional tubing tools, mostly 2 hand, and the 2 hand LOAC tool. The LOAC by far works best but the softer tubing still goes slower building drops, for that reason alone, I use the stiffer for 5/16, but I still prefer the soft one with 3/16 for laterals, but all of my drops are using 5/16. My last batch of tubing was several coils of D&G, semi stiff, it worked well. Faster to make 500 drops with that than most others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils11217 View Post
    only ask this as I am thinking about replacing my drops this year and need to purchase tubing. How often is everyone changing drops?
    Get the pre-cut drops! They are so much easier to work with. I use Lapierre 36" drops they are right around .30 each with out fittings. Depending on fittings you can get them with fittings for about .80-1.00 each. I get mine without fittings because I like one side plugged Ts. But its pre-cuts from here on out for me.
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    Like everyone else I've used them all too. I like the CDL vision the best. It's easy to see through which making leak checking much easier. It's a little on the soft side so you have to be careful when you install the fittings but it seals well and stays on the fittings.
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    My girlfriend cuts all my drops to size for me. She is a keeper!
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    2017- 100 buckets, 50 taps on 3/4 mainline and 3/16th tubing + shurflo vacuum.
    2018- 1000 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, 60 buckets - made 378 gallons of syrup.
    2019- ~1600 taps on 3/16 + vacuum, NO buckets.

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    One warning with the soft stuff is the squirrels love it. The softer is easier for you and the squirrels!

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