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    Now after lots of reading and thinking I'm leaning towards the Mason 2x4 xl. It seems to be the best for my interest of 30-50 taps initially and maybe moving up in the future... I like the price, the pre warmer on the arch, the ability to switch draw off after a few boils, the float available for the pre warmer. I like it all.

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    You won't go wrong getting a Mason 2x4XL. Great rig from every report I've seen.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    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
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Good choice on the Mason. I don't think you will regret it. I've been looking really hard at one.
    2016 - helped at afriend with a small operation, 300+ taps. = hooked
    2017 - 20 taps @ home, 1 gal @ home on propane, then hauled to friends operation
    Bought a whole shack locally, with a Leader 1/2 Pint, moved it home
    2018 - 50 taps, 9 on 3/16 gravity and 41 pails -14 gallons of good sweet stuff
    2019 - 27 taps, 17 on 3/16 gravity and 10 on pails - 12-3/4 gallons of good sweet stuff (most fun I've had with this hobby)

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    Just finished my first season with a new Mason 2x4 XL; and was extremely pleased. Handled 80 taps no problem, yielding 24 gals. syrup. And Bill Mason is a great guy to deal with. When I went to pick up the rig at his shop, I casually mentioned that I was boiling on uneven ground. Before you could blink, the rig was upside down and Bill was welding on 3/4" leveling nuts ....all at no additional charge. Pleasure to do business with people like Bill; in this world filled with crappy customer service.
    A+ on the 2x4 XL; highly recommend.
    2017 - 3 taps hanging buckets. Turkey fryer evap.
    2017-2018 Caught a bad case of the maple bug. Built a 55 gal. barrel evap. and homemade RO
    2018 - 32 taps on 5 gal. buckets.
    2019 - New Mason 2x4 XL. 80 taps - 50 on 5 gal. buckets, 30 on 3/16 tubing

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    So I finally found what I was looking for down the road 2 miles. It was never used and came with most everything I needed. I was going to get a Mason, and now I have a new never used old one!?.evap.jpg

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