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  1. Thread: RB25 Kit

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    I have two RB15’s. One has been used for 2 seasons, one for 3. I have run thousands of gallons through them and they are pretty bulletproof. I only do one pass most times, removes half the water. ...
  2. Thread: Shuffle controls.

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    Make sure your turn-on temperature is set right. ...

    Make sure your turn-on temperature is set right. I have seen blown fuses if pump is still frozen when it tries to turns on. Or melted wires if there isn't a fuse. I set my controllers to turn on...
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    Agree on the old vs. new chargers. I bought a...

    Agree on the old vs. new chargers. I bought a new 15A charger this year for the deep cycle batteries since my old one died. Worked OK but whenever the transfer pump kicked on, charger would fault...
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    Check out my website (below) for diaphragm pump...

    Check out my website (below) for diaphragm pump controller systems. The systems can be set up to run on battery or AC power. No heater is required. I used two systems last year, one mounted in a...
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    I have had good luck with 3/16" tubing and rarely...

    I have had good luck with 3/16" tubing and rarely have clogging issues. I use 5/16" drops with the adaptor tees from CDL. For your first year, since you have some slope I would suggest going with...
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    I ran a homemade barrel stove on my half pint for...

    I ran a homemade barrel stove on my half pint for 19 seasons. It was used a few seasons before I started with it so probably had 20-25 seasons on it. It was not terribly well built but was bricked...
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    I have set up a bunch of these Shurflo pumps, and...

    I have set up a bunch of these Shurflo pumps, and the 3gpm 4008's always draw between 1.0 - 1.5 amps when used to draw vacuum on a typical sap line. My controllers measure pump current draw to...
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    My controllers have an automated sap bypass valve...

    My controllers have an automated sap bypass valve which purges sap from pump when it turns off. The systems were put out in February and stay outside, unheated, even at single digit temperatures. ...
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    I use all 3/16" lines running into a star fitting.

    I use all 3/16" lines running into a star fitting.
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    I have two Shurflo setups, both using my Mountain...

    I have two Shurflo setups, both using my Mountain Maple controller systems.

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    Shurflo 4008 pump
    122 taps, 2/3 red maples 1/3 sugar maples,
    No recirculation
    25" consistent vacuum when...
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    The solar controllers are pretty simple to wire,...

    The solar controllers are pretty simple to wire, there are usually 3 pairs of terminals. 2-wires to solar panel, 2-wires to battery, 2 wires to load. Relay contacts are connected in series with...
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    I have 70% red maples and it is still filtering...

    I have 70% red maples and it is still filtering OK. I use cone filters. I draw syrup from evaporator into a pail through a cone prefilter, which collects a lot of niter. Then later it gets...
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    Bosworth pumps that are set up for maple sap...

    Bosworth pumps that are set up for maple sap applications all have umbrella valves as standard, I believe because they are more efficient at producing vacuum. Interesting that you are actually...
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    Could be leaking at a saddle or mainline fitting...

    Could be leaking at a saddle or mainline fitting maybe. One way to isolate the leaks is to insert ball valves in the mainline to isolate sections so you can narrow down where the leak is coming...
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    Glad you figured that out Sean! I think we were...

    Glad you figured that out Sean! I think we were discussing this a little while back, right? The diaphragm pumps don't work well with any kind of sag or flat spots in the lines due to air pockets...
  16. Thread: Remote monitoring

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    I have tested The RVS and S4 controllers with...

    I have tested The RVS and S4 controllers with T-Mobile and AT&T. Have a Canadian customer using a variation of Telus, and Rogers is also supported. So if US Cellular is compatible with any of...
  17. Thread: Remote monitoring

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    My new Remote Vacuum Sense (RVS) unit is another...

    My new Remote Vacuum Sense (RVS) unit is another way of remote monitoring. You read vacuum using text messages.

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    I have a Shurflo 4008 pump with four 3/16 lines...

    I have a Shurflo 4008 pump with four 3/16 lines feeding it, about 120 taps, no recirculation, and it pulls 25" of vacuum all day long. Two lines have no slope and lengths range from 150' to about...
  19. Thread: Moving to MA

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    Welcome to the Commonwealth! Here's a handy site...

    Welcome to the Commonwealth! Here's a handy site for finding out who the property owner is, for any parcel of land in MA. Just get permission from the landowner. Public land or conservation land...
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    You won't be able to effectively pull sap on flat...

    You won't be able to effectively pull sap on flat 5/16 tubing runs, but you can pull sap on flat 3/16 runs. There is more friction loss on the 3/16 tubing so neither solution is ideal, but I think...
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    I saw a similar condition a few days ago on my...

    I saw a similar condition a few days ago on my setup with 102 taps. Vacuum would rise and fall, 12" to 22" back and forth over several minutes, sap flowing backwards when vacuum dropped. This...
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    I had a very similar situation yesterday. 100...

    I had a very similar situation yesterday. 100 taps on 3/16, 5gpm pump. No recirculation line. The vacuum would sit around 12", flow would start to come in, up to 22", sap coming in good. Then...
  23. Thread: Surflow distance

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    It will pull it if you are using 3/16 tubing. ...

    It will pull it if you are using 3/16 tubing. You get some frictional losses with longer lines so if you can shorten them that would be best. I have a couple runs that are 500' which I cannot...
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    I will start tapping here in central MA on...

    I will start tapping here in central MA on Saturday also.

    Dave
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    Be careful if using stainless fittings on the...

    Be careful if using stainless fittings on the Shurflo pumps, the pump threads are easy to strip, especially if using a metal fitting. If the Shurflo fittings don't work out, a PVC fitting will work,...
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