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Maple Syrup Time

Postby PrepHer » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:53 pm

I got a few maples tapped today, until my drill's battery went dead. I can't wait!
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby thecrownsown » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:45 pm

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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby Denob » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:04 pm

Is it that time already?
Meh...maybe I'll get out the snowshoes and tap a few tomorrow.
I have a hand drill so no battery worries. ;)
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby cernunnos5 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:18 am

Ive managed to boil down a whopping measuring cups worth so far. LOL. Its more SHTF training than anything. Tactical Tree Tapping.

Um....I use an antique hand powered brace drill. No batteries required... Stealthy, for when the blue berets come for your drill bits :roll:

On the other hand, I have to drive all the way into town to have my chainsaw fixed tomorrow. That's cramping my work week. Everything I needed to do was with a chainsaw. A chainsaw is a bit expensive for the two is one rule. I use a stihl. Does anyone have advice for a reliable, CHEAP backup chainsaw.
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby Denob » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:21 pm

I also use a Stihl...but I have an old Homelite as a backup.
Bought it for $50 at a flea market.
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby thecrownsown » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:10 pm

I'm a Husqvarna owner...but if your looking for a cheap backup and are near a Princess Auto, they carry a line of budget price products called PowerFist. They have everything from chainsaws, MIG and TIG welders, wood spliters, etc. I wouldnt trust them to run 8 hours a day, 5 days a week like you would from a premium name...but for the price point and for odd things around the home for a days work here and there not a bad investment.
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Postby peppercorn » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:17 pm

Gave up on gas chainsaws a long time ago, use electric, always starts, quiet, enough torque, light, and cheap. Remington brand from home despot. 16 inch I think. I think they have a newer line now but roughly the same model. I run it off a inverter when I drive down cut lines, or it will also run fine off that little generator I recommend I buy when they are on sale for 99.00 dollars (I keep a spare) though with our dollar so low I don't know what they could be found for sale at. They look cheap and plastic, and are, but the motors go and go.
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby Denob » Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:32 pm

I felt so cheated this morning...the sap I collected was a waste of time compared to yesterday.
I guess that's what happens when the temperature stays above freezing at night.
We have the same forecast for tonight, so I think I'll skip a day for collecting.
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby farmgal » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:07 pm

going down in temps for you now! I am taking advantage of the warmish weather today.. lots of rain yesterday, still got time for a run yet.
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Re: Maple Syrup Time

Postby Denob » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:19 pm

Yup, hopefully we'll see some good running in the next few days.
I just came in from digging out and burning the ice out of the outdoor fireplace to get ready for the boil.
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