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    Default Wire Twisters

    Looking to get wire tie twister for installing mainline. Thinking I would like one for a power drill. Anyone have any experience with those and do they work OK?

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    never used one on a drill but my step dad made one, just used a hook from the hardware store, looks too easy to over tighten or break the ties to me. I've had better success with the "manual" twist tie, last year i splurged and bought an "automatic" tie twister, I like it the best by far. Just bend on the tie, one pull up and done.
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    I really like the CDL auto twister we have that darkmachine is probably referring to. I'm sure they all make one. I would think with a drill you would spend more time trying to go slow as to not break the ties than its worth. Plus the weight.......I'd try the auto twister first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkmachine View Post
    last year i splurged and bought an "automatic" tie twister, I like it the best by far. Just bend on the tie, one pull up and done.
    They are the best I've used and I'll bet as fast as any device. I'd avoid carrying around a cordless drill in the bush.
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    Iíve done thousands with auto twister and they do work well. Just Looking for something better as my old joints and muscles just arenít what they used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldick View Post
    Iíve done thousands with auto twister and they do work well. Just Looking for something better as my old joints and muscles just arenít what they used to be.
    My joints and muscles beg me not to carry my cordless drill around the woods.
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.
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    if you are looking for ease and speed look at the Maxx twin tie gun. I'm sure a lot of people don't like the price but it is like and RO once you get there you will not come back.

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    i built one, justbought a $5 manual twister from lowes and cut the end off. mounted it in a drill, it works ok but you have to have it set just right so you dont snap the tie. after a while i found that its decent for lower mainlines but as soon as you have something above your shoulders its a pain and its not nearly as fast as you would think since it takes more coordination to hook ties. probably better off with the "automatic " ones, they seem to tie really nice as well.
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    I wondered weather one of those MAXX guns would work on mainline. I've seen them used for concrete work and they work great for that. As far as the price they are in the same group of items as a spin-seal machine, great if you have loads of mainline to hang, but for a small job the cost isn't worth it. That being said if you are dealing with any kind of age or health limitation, and a tool like that keeps you out making syrup it's probably worth it You could always rent it out when you weren't using it, lol.
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    I have 3 of the dewalt 8 volt screw drivers model #DCF682N1 that I use for installing wire ties. I made my own bits out of long 1/4 hex drive phillips bits with the stepped down shank. One of the best investments I have made for installing mainline. There is a learning curve with them but they work great.
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