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    Default Lapierre mechanical sap releasers

    Well I think it is finally time to upgrade my sap releaser, came home yesterday to find the moisture trap full and the releaser rod guide pushed down through the top of the cannister lid. Got it fixed and running again but I think its just getting old and time for a new one. I am thinking of a Lapierre style releaser possibly a horizonal, or one of the new 8" double verticals. What has everyone else had good luck using when running high vac. I see the double vertical is available in continuous vac. Is this worth the extra money? Thanks
    Jeff

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    If you have access to power I would go electric. I got one from leader for this year and absolutely love it. Not much that can go wrong with them, less moving parts. I had a lapierre double vertical before and always had problems.

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    I have had good luck with my Lapierre single vertical. Has to be level. Keep parts lubed.
    William
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiam View Post
    I have had good luck with my Lapierre single vertical. Has to be level. Keep parts lubed.
    Same here, athough I have mine slightly pitched forward to drain when no vacuum is on.
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    I have the single horizontal continuous and like it a lot use to have double mechanical.
    Jared

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    Replaced my Bernard verticle single with a Lapierre horizontal releaser and my troubles were over. The Bernard single was a pain to keep functioning properly and the horizontal is trouble free.
    Russ

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    This year we changed one of ours releasers to an MES horizontal with deep well pump inside and I am very happy. No moving parts.. Our other Lapierre double vertical works good but you have to pay attention and lube moving parts regularly.

    Craig

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    Unfortunatley an electric releaser is out of the question for the time being. I like the idea of a double continuous because if one side fails the other side will keep operating. That said, the horizontal releasers seem to be pretty reliable and with a larger cannister freezing doesnt seem like it is bad as with a vertical releaser
    Jeff

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    Torr Vac TV40D High Vac with Lapierre Horizontal releaser
    Leader 2x6 Patriot raised flue
    Leader 2x4 Steamaway
    Wildfire arch
    MES Dolly 300 3 post RO
    DG 7" 5 bank filter press
    and still lookin to get bigger

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    I have a Lapierre single verticle releaser, a Lapierre double verticle, and a Lapierre double 8"continuous releaser. All work flawlessly. I have had the same issue as you with the float rod guide coming loose. 2 part epoxy a few years ago took care of that! I do really like my continuous releaser though, and would buy another in a heartbeat.
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    My single vertical that has worked well for probably 10 years is doing something different this year. Before I have run low 20's for vacuum. This year I have a different pump and getting over 27". After a dump it takes close to half a minute for upper chamber to open and violent bubbles come back up through. Is this normal for higher vacuum?
    William
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    CDL 600 expandable

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