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    Good idea ecolbeck! I did the same on my cooler.
    In da bush, I don't have to turn it on and off while it's running. Plus I only run 75 gallons or less through it. It's set up at my shop, so I'm there the whole time while it's running. It's the getting going, transfering sap, and shutting down cycles where the switch would come in handy.

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    Did you just start it up to start the season, or is there a flush you have to do? I just went through the manual and I donít see anything. I cleaned mine at the end of last season, but Iím not sure about what to do to start this year.

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    Here are the instructions for flushing an "improperly" maintained RO Bucket.
    Since you stored yours properly, I would think you can't go wrong following these. Maybe even eliminating some of the steps.

    https://www.therobucket.com/wp-conte...-RO-Bucket.pdf

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    What brix do you get with ro bucket?

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    I believe that you can expect to get up to 8% with two passes through the membranes.
    60ish taps on buckets
    D&G Sportsman 18x63
    Turbo RB15 RO Bucket
    Stihl 044 and 026

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord View Post
    One thing I'd like to have is a switch to turn it on and off.
    I plugged mine into a power strip, then just turn the strip on and off.

    This is my second year with my RO10 kit. It significantly reduced the amount of wood and time needed!! I ran clean (store bought spring) water through it at the beginning of the season, did a chemical wash at the end of the season (I know, the word "chemical" sounds harsh) but followed the instructions, and rinsed very well after every use, and it was fine. Carl has the proper "RO soap" to use, with good instructions, so you don't have to worry about what the pH is and how to adjust it. And you can use the RO-ed permeate water as rinse water at the end of the day, or drinking water! I fill up all my drinking water bottles!
    2017 - 20ish taps on buckets, boiling outside in two baking pans
    2018 - 70+ taps, 14-buckets, 50+ on tubing, homemade arch from oil tank in my barn, 17 gal syrup
    2019 - same set up, 20 gal syrup
    2020 - less taps, short season, but RO kit was fantastic! 6 gal syrup and a maple cat!
    2021 - planning on expanding to 50 taps on buckets and 40 taps on tubing - goal = 10 gal of syrup

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    Another good idea! Thanks treehugger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCHTO View Post
    How does the electric wheelbarrow work in the snow. I collect into 5 gal jugs on a sled. Works fine until now when the snow turns to slush. Just thinking cuz it would definitely anger my sweetie.
    Works pretty well in the snow, I purchased some aggressive tires and chains if needed. Very light snowpack in southern Maine this season so not much of an issue. I have a 35 gallon tank on it so if snow is deep I can only fill 75% to avoid the full 300# payload.

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    For everyone that has the RO Bucket, are you still pleased with your purchase? Those that have had it more than 1 season, is it still performing well? Does anyone have the the RO25?
    Sugaring for 45+ years
    New Sugarhouse 14'x32'
    New to Me Algier 2'x8' wood fired evaporator
    225 Sugar Maples Currently,(105 on 3/16" and 110 on Shurflo 4008 vacuum, 10 gravity), (16,000 before being disabled)
    1947 Farmall H and Wagon with gathering tank
    2012 Kubota with forks to move wood around

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    I have had the RB15 for 4 years now and it has performed flawlessly on the original membranes. I tune it to keep up with my evaporator so I am not pushing it hard. If you are using a 2x8 (as your signature states), I would guess that RO Buckets would only be useful for crunching sap ahead of time.
    60ish taps on buckets
    D&G Sportsman 18x63
    Turbo RB15 RO Bucket
    Stihl 044 and 026

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