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    Default Favorite mainline manifold

    Just checking to see what mainline manifold/saddle fitting you all use and like?

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    I use the DSD star mainline saddle. So easy to install and never had a leak
    Or problem with any of them. This is our 6th year with them and love them.
    I’d say the only other option I’d go with would be the CDL spin seal.
    600 taps on vacuum
    Lapierre mechanical Releaser
    CDL electric releaser
    2.5 x 10 CDL Venturi ( new for the 2024 season )
    Home made modulating auto draw off
    Homemade RO 2 x 4" membranes
    CDL 16 x 16 bottler
    Wesfab 7" filter press
    Delaval 73 vacuum pumps

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    I agree, DSD saddles, however be carefrul not to over tighten them, they can actually cause a restriction in the mainline by creating a waist (a reduced diameter section) but you just want to be careful with torque as you tighten, it's not very difficult, they don't require much torque.
    Dave Klish, I recently ordered a 2x6 wood fired evaporator from A&A Sheet Metal which I will be converting to oil fired
    Now have solar, 2x6 finish pan, 5 bank 7x7 filter press, large water jacketed bottler, and tankless water heater.
    Recently bought another Gingerich RO, this one was a 125, but a second membrane was added thus is a 250, like I had.
    After running a 2x3, a 2x6, 3x8 tapping from 79 taps up to 1320 all woodfired, now I'm going to a 2x6 oil fired and a 200-425 taps.

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    I have the torque setting for my impact that is just enough for the saddles written on my tool box with all my maple tools in it. Usually you can just see the gasket squish out a little and you know it’s sealed. They are great. And the nice thing is that if they break you can save the clamp. They sell the seals separate and the gaskets. So I have numerous bags of all the parts.
    600 taps on vacuum
    Lapierre mechanical Releaser
    CDL electric releaser
    2.5 x 10 CDL Venturi ( new for the 2024 season )
    Home made modulating auto draw off
    Homemade RO 2 x 4" membranes
    CDL 16 x 16 bottler
    Wesfab 7" filter press
    Delaval 73 vacuum pumps

    12 hives of bees

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    Another vote for dsd. Simple easy to use, never had one loosen
    CDL 2x8
    Around 4000 taps
    Polaris ATVs, Ski Doo snowmobiles to get around
    Atlas Copco pumps
    Lapierre two post RO




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    I don't know if I would ever use anything other than the spin seal again. Takes a little more time up front but has the most superior seal and is very durable.

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    Yes, I learned not to over torque the saddles, I just wanted others to be aware that it can be an issue so hopefully others wouldn't over tighten them.
    Dave Klish, I recently ordered a 2x6 wood fired evaporator from A&A Sheet Metal which I will be converting to oil fired
    Now have solar, 2x6 finish pan, 5 bank 7x7 filter press, large water jacketed bottler, and tankless water heater.
    Recently bought another Gingerich RO, this one was a 125, but a second membrane was added thus is a 250, like I had.
    After running a 2x3, a 2x6, 3x8 tapping from 79 taps up to 1320 all woodfired, now I'm going to a 2x6 oil fired and a 200-425 taps.

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    I like the h2o ones they last and work well. I have been using them for about 8 years now.
    Blaisdell's Maple Farm
    started on a 2x2 pan in 2000 and now
    custom built oil fired 4x12 arch by me
    Thor pans Desinged by Thad Blaisdell
    4600 taps on a drop flue 8-4 split

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    I've tried just about all of them including DSD, but I like the H2o the best.

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