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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Arcade ny

    Default Mainline wire quality

    Iíve been using tractor supply 12.5 high tensile wire from the beginning. Iím wonder if the wire from the maple dealers are any better or a good go to that everyone likes? The problems Iíve been having is the crimp sleeve have been sliding and wire has sometimes randomly snapped. The coating on my wire has flaked off also. I have tried different crimp tools and have checked and adjusted them to the spec. Any help would be greatly appreciate. Thanks mike.
    2011 55gallon drum evaporator 25 buckets;2012 shanty, and 2 1/2x8 evaporator, 200 buckets;2013 400 buckets; 2014 752 buckets 250gph RO, filter press;2015 1000 taps on line ; 2016 sold equipment, sold sap; 2017 sold sap; 2018 logged woods, added another sugar bush, 250 taps on high vac, 2x6 leader with max flu, new MES dolly 300, made 138 gal syrup; 2019 new CDL 600 expandable, new Wes filter press , bigger generator, 500 taps made 110 gal syrup; 2020 800 taps new vacuum pump.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2010
    upstate N.Y.


    You may want to try a few Gripples instead of the crimp sleeve. They are a little pricey but also reusable and I have never had one fail. I have used tractors supply wire without issue. They make a gripple tension tool too. I have it but you really do not need it if you don't mind a few extra side ties. The tool comes in handy on 500 foot or longer wire runs to get it a little tighter before side ties are used but I still side tie.
    2.5X10 HE
    600 RO

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Lawrence County Ohio


    I'm using tractor supply wire too, for maple and cattle & sheep! Here's the knot I started using after the crimp sleeves failed miserably on both fence and mainline. Gripples work GREAT, my best friend manages grazing alotments for the Monongahela National forest, and that's what they have been using for years- however, I found this video, and have yet to have a figure 8 fail. My mainlines, and I even have some pump lines suspended, they are stretched TIGHT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9FOEvooxqY
    2012 15 jugs
    2017 125 3/16 -18"x 6' drop flue, home made arch
    2018 240 3/16 12 bags -Deer Run 125 RO
    2019 450 3/16 -converted RO to electric, added a membrane
    2020 600 3/16 -Maple Pro 2x6 Raised Flue, added AOF/AUF


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