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    Default Does anyone own a 9" CDL Vacuum Filter?

    If so, what vacuum are you using on it? And how much syrup can you get through before having to change the filters? I've heard they are out of stock right now, is that because of high demand?

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    Do you want one for this season? You could build one on your own pretty easily. Youtube diy maple syrup vacuum filter. We made ours pretty quickly, all for under $100, not including. Shop vac that we already had.
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    I have a 12” and I can get 4 gallons through easily without replacing the prefilter, however, it seems later on in the season it seems to take longer to suck through
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    just a shop vac will do it. normal year 6 to 10 gallons through. this year i would guess 2 to 4. everything is clogging up more than usual. i though you were selling yours?

    yes very high demand. i sold a ton this year. cant beat it for the money. no press comes close to these on price
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdircksen View Post
    If so, what vacuum are you using on it? And how much syrup can you get through before having to change the filters? I've heard they are out of stock right now, is that because of high demand?
    I used to own one and loved it and never had issues. I used it mainly as a finishing filter, and bottler. I always do cone filter coming off the evaporator though since it's so simple to do and gets all the real sludgy niter out so easily. So when I use the vacuum filter after finishing, it almost pours right through the filters without turning on the shop vac! I used the smallest shop vac there is.

    one more trick I found helpful is using a few pre-filters stuffed in the top and one under the lock ring. that way you dont have to dismantle to remove a pre-filter.
    Last edited by canaanmaple; 03-14-2021 at 07:38 AM.

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    We have a 9" one of these. This is the first year we have had it. We use it as a finisher/bottler. We pour through a paper cone filter off the evaporator which catches a lot of the junk before it even goes indoors. It beats the heck out of waiting for the syrup to dribble through on gravity alone. We have found that after two gallons the prefilter is pretty clogged and throughput goes way down. I like the tip about stuffing a prefilter inside the top canister, not under the lock ring. I'm going to try that.

    I put it on a 2.5 gal, 1.75hp Craftsman. The smallest shopvac at the hardware store, $30 bucks. In a long filter session the hot air tends to start to collapse the hose. But overall it works like a champ and I don't think you can beat it for the price. The finished product is very clear.

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