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    Quote Originally Posted by bmbmkr View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D36RV13...roduct_details What are your alls thoughts on this one?
    I'm with you guys on "you get what you pay for" I talked to a guy the day before I posted who has been using this pump for three years. He uses it 3 days a week, year round, he makes about 15 different kinds of syrup, maple, hickory, and all kinds of fruit syrup. He had one malfunction, the "solenoid" he said, got sticky, he bought another one and swapped out the "solenoid" and has been using it everyday since, he sent me a video of it in use at 180F. I HATE chinesium, been trying very hard not to use chinese plumbing in my RO upgrades the last few years, but dang, SL wants $800 for theirs.
    2012 15 jugs
    2017 125 3/16 - 18" x 72" drop flue
    2018 240 3/16 - Deer Run 125
    2019 450 3/16 - Converted RO to electric, PC 330 pump & added a membrane
    2020 600 3/16 - Maple Pro 2x6 Raised Flue, added AOF/AUF
    2021 570 3/16 - Built SS steam hood, Smoky Lake SS filter press
    2022 800 3/16 - Upgraded RO to 4 4x40, PC 660
    2023 800 3/16 - Re-upgrading RO, building preheater

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmbmkr View Post
    ... he bought another one and swapped out the "solenoid" and has been using it everyday since,
    Curious...if he bought another pump why he would bother to switch out the parts and not just use the new one...sounds fishy
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnallin View Post
    Curious...if he bought another pump why he would bother to switch out the parts and not just use the new one...sounds fishy
    He said it was easier to pull 4 cap screws and slide out the solenoid- I'm guessing that's part of the check valve. Easier than undoin all the pipe fittings I guess. I know hat SL has the 3 way valve set up on their press for the option of transfer pumping. From looking at the photos on their website, there's about a dozen threaded fittings. My experience with SS plumbing on the RO upgrades & modifications SUCKS lol. For that price though, you could afford to have 3 or 4 as spares. But again, I don't trust chinesium either. I'm still researching. SL wants $1170 for their pump now, there's some out there for around $5-600. I may just have to keep on with the hand pump for another year. Then again, everything is goin to cost even more next year if inflation keeps goin at the rate it is.
    2012 15 jugs
    2017 125 3/16 - 18" x 72" drop flue
    2018 240 3/16 - Deer Run 125
    2019 450 3/16 - Converted RO to electric, PC 330 pump & added a membrane
    2020 600 3/16 - Maple Pro 2x6 Raised Flue, added AOF/AUF
    2021 570 3/16 - Built SS steam hood, Smoky Lake SS filter press
    2022 800 3/16 - Upgraded RO to 4 4x40, PC 660
    2023 800 3/16 - Re-upgrading RO, building preheater

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