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Old August 29th, 2015, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JOJO View Post
The first season in my sugar woods, I had a bulk tank collection point 360' away from the sugar house and 38' lower. I used an old woods road to get to the tank until spring thaw and then got my 4WD tractor buried up to the axle. That summer, I did just what Haynes suggested. Got some asphalt millings and put in a road. I laid down 6' wide geo textile right over the old roadway dirt and then put down about 4-6" of the asphalt millings. Those millings made a great road surface that is rock solid all sugar season. Two years ago, I did add a few buckets to one area that was too thin. But otherwise, after 12 seasons, the road is in perfect shape. That same summer, I also installed an electric line to pump the sap back to the sugar house. 360' of #10 UF wire and 1 1/4' black pipe. Takes about 20 minutes for a 1 HP pump to put 375 gallons of sap in the sugar house tank. The pipe does hold 23 gallons of sap, which I usually take out in 5 gal buckets after pumping.

If I remember correctly, I used about 4 loads of millings to put the road in. I did
have to pay $70.00 for a 12 yard load.
I noticed there is woven, and non woven geo textile, which one did you use?
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Old August 29th, 2015, 01:28 PM
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I used Mirafi 500x woven road fabric. I had small left over roll from work that was 12'6" and just cut into two 6'3" rolls and worked fine. 31 HP tractor is 5' wide. Plenty of bearing for the gravel.
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