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    Default Calling all Leader Clear Press Owners

    Thought I’d start a thread and get some input from other Leader Clear Filter Press owners.
    Would hate to see it discontinued by H20…as it’s an awesome innovation…pun intended. 🤭
    With the ability to see how it’s filling up, for me, it’s the best press out there… anyone else have any input?
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 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 Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

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    It works great! Love being able to see into the plates as they fill up. I can also explain to visitors how the press works visually.
    CDL 2.5*8 Venturi with all the bells
    Leader Clear 5 bank filter press
    Memprotec 350H RO
    600ish taps and looking for more.

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    overall, a pretty good press.
    the 15 plate version has as much or more capacity than a full bank 10" press, i can get 4 barrels out of a set of papers if the syrup is clean. pretty much impossible to blow papers unless you're doing something really wrong. running an early version of them now, and the end plates we have are new, had to send the old ones back to leader to get reworked as they had bent and were leaking pretty bad. excellent if you do a lot of tours. i wouldn't hesitate to run 2 of these 15 plate ones before switching to a 15" press if you were growing a lot.
    added bonus: you can see almost instantly if you didn't use enough DE, and i can determine if i get more than one boil out of a set of papers just by looking at it.
    5000 taps on vacuum, just trying to get a little better every year.

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    I really like the press. It’s nice to monitor the syrup filling up initially and the DE build up. Very easy to clean up as well.
    12X16 Sugarhouse and 16x24 attached woodshed
    1000 taps
    120 3/16 tubing
    And still some buckets
    Becker U5.70 Rotary vane
    Leader 2X8 Reverse oil fired, Revolution Pans & Steam a way
    Lapierre Turbo 2000 600 GPH RO
    Leader Clear frame filter press
    John Deere Gator 6X4
    Indy 500 and a very large sled.
    Kubota M8200

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    Quote Originally Posted by collinsmapleman2012 View Post
    overall, a pretty good press.
    the 15 plate version has as much or more capacity than a full bank 10" press, i can get 4 barrels out of a set of papers if the syrup is clean. pretty much impossible to blow papers unless you're doing something really wrong. running an early version of them now, and the end plates we have are new, had to send the old ones back to leader to get reworked as they had bent and were leaking pretty bad. excellent if you do a lot of tours. i wouldn't hesitate to run 2 of these 15 plate ones before switching to a 15" press if you were growing a lot.
    added bonus: you can see almost instantly if you didn't use enough DE, and i can determine if i get more than one boil out of a set of papers just by looking at it.
    With out a doubt...being able to see what's going on inside is a huge benefit and the screen style "waffle plate" is also genius.
    John Allin

    14x18 Hemlock Timber Frame Sugar House 2009
    Leader 2x6 w/Patriot Raised Flue Pan 2009
    Leader Steam Hood 2014 - Clear Filter Press 2015
    Leader Revolution Pan and SS Pre-Heater 2016
    CDL Hobby RO & Air Tech L25 Hi Vac Pump 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 Born in Canada - Raised in Chardon Ohio - Maple Capital of the World..<grin>.

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