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    Default cdl signature spouts

    Who uses them? Pros and Cons... worried about the 45 degree angle and tubing tool.

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    We started to use them last season. Love them. Don't need tubing tool to install them. They are seasonal, so we will use a different color every season. We used Leader for many years. We had an issue 2 years ago with the heads freezing and cracking. So decided to try the CDL signature spouts.
    Steve

    2017
    2x8 Mason drop tube evaporator
    420 Taps
    3 surflo pumps on 5/16
    79 gallons of syrup made
    2016
    New kitchen addition to sap house
    400 taps
    52 gallons syrup made

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    i don't mind them, but i don't like them as much as the leader spouts. the area you hammer to pound them in is real small, and the y shape is a PITA with most tubing tools. but, they do work well!
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    So you can just push tubing onto it with out tool?

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    I know you're talking about regular tubing installations, but I used them last year for drop lines into buckets. Just put them on by hand, and they stayed on. Couldn't pull most of them apart at the end of season clean up. Wouldn't want to do a thousand of them by hand though...lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KReinisch View Post
    So you can just push tubing onto it with out tool?
    Yes. There's a small single barb on them. They push on and don't fall off.
    Steve

    2017
    2x8 Mason drop tube evaporator
    420 Taps
    3 surflo pumps on 5/16
    79 gallons of syrup made
    2016
    New kitchen addition to sap house
    400 taps
    52 gallons syrup made

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    As I look for ordering taps for next year what's everyone's opinion of the signature spouts? We have used CDL's maxflow spouts with good luck but the signature are cheaper. Does the 45 degree really enhance sap flow?
    Leader 2x6 Raised flue with preheater and hood. Patriot pans
    Leader Clear 5 bank filter press
    Memprotec 350H RO
    450ish taps

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    I like that they are clear and may try a few, but I have always used the 90 degree spile and will probably continue to do so for the most part.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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    I used about 2400 of them this year for the first time and like them for the most part. They are thin walled and if they don't line up perfectly with the orientation of the hole, they will dent or deform when you tap them in. If you plan on putting them on without a tool, you should have maxflow drops, you won't push them on all the way with semi-rigid tubing. At least not when it's 10 degrees out.

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    How were they when you removed them?
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

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