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    Thanks Dr Tim
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    I'd second BAP's thoughts...... When we do use it, it works great -- very fast with a decent vacuum pump (we use a small, cheap Harbor Freight pump for it). Results are similar to a filter press.
    Dr. Tim, If I'm looking for crystal-clear "polished" syrup, can this possibly compete with a 5 bank 7½" press?
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnallin View Post
    Dr. Tim, If I'm looking for crystal-clear "polished" syrup, can this possibly compete with a 5 bank 7½" press?
    Both will produce excellent results if done correctly, and poor results if not. Both have a learning curve to them. For batches > 5 gal at a time, a press is probably better/faster. For smaller batches, a vacuum filter might be a bit simpler to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTimPerkins View Post
    Both will produce excellent results if done correctly, and poor results if not. Both have a learning curve to them. For batches > 5 gal at a time, a press is probably better/faster. For smaller batches, a vacuum filter might be a bit simpler to deal with.
    I think not running syrup through a pump (brass or pneumatic) could be a plus. One less thing to keep clean and one less thing to affect flavor?
    John Allin

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnallin View Post
    I think not running syrup through a pump (brass or pneumatic) could be a plus. One less thing to keep clean and one less thing to affect flavor?
    on the flip side you already own it and it would be VERY hard to trade for something different. I mean your pride and all. :laughing very hard:
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    Quote Originally Posted by fred View Post
    on the flip side you already own it and it would be VERY hard to trade for something different. I mean your pride and all. :laughing very hard:
    Ah come on Fred, there you go again stirring up the pot.

    I bought it from Richard's Maple. Jenny always said you really liked the Leader Clear Press ...Now you won't take it on trade?

    I'm keeping it anyway - because vacuum filters suck.

    You're just jealous and your mom wears army boots. the Canadian.

    For those who are wondering..this is an inside joke...it's all in good fun.
    John Allin

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    CDL AirTech Pump Hi Vacuum 2019
    06' Gator HPX to collect wood & sap
    14' Ski-Doo Tundra for winter work in the woods
    Great Family 3 grown kids+spouses and 7 grand kids who like the woods
    7th Gen Canadian - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World...

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