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Old April 22nd, 2019, 06:17 AM
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Default Quick update & question

Hey all... I was three weeks into having my best season ever when life got in the way. After taking at least a dozen falls due to ice over the course of the winter I thought I had made it relatively unscathed but nope. While transferring sap one Saturday I did not see the ice under a large puddle and down I went yet again only this time winning myself a compound ankle fracture requiring surgery to repair. A plate and a bunch of screws were added to my ankle to put it all back together again. Being a maple producer I did request stainless steel hardware but got titanium instead. I tried. Finally get the half cast and surgical staples removed next week. Will be in a ski boot looking thing for two more months before finally get back into normal footwear and starting physio. I was really enjoying my first year on tubing where it only took me 20 minutes to collect and transfer sap instead of the 2 1/2 hours it used to take on buckets. I have a few guys from work coming out this weekend to give me a hand packing everything up which leads me to my question.

I purchased a LOAC Tools spile remover from CDL but pretty sure most dealers carry the same thing. On the back edge there is a small notch machined in at an angle rather than straight through. What is this notch for? My best guess is it's in case a spile breaks but there is still a bit of plastic sticking out of the tree. I have attached a couple of photos to help explain.
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Old April 22nd, 2019, 08:21 PM
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Usually the end one will work best, sometimes the back hook does better. Just use the end, if that won't grab the tap, use the back hook.
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Old April 23rd, 2019, 10:50 AM
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Just spoke with a local dealer that tells me it is designed for 1/4" taps which are apparently common in Quebec. Seems plausible but I am not certain. Still fishing on this one.
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