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Old April 6th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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For all that used one of Ray's RO's this season, please report your results. Including model, number of taps, evaporator, concentrate %, and any other issues. I will be either ordering the 250 or 375 model from Ray very shortly. I plan to have 600-750 on 21" of vac next season (and 1000 after that), boiling on a 2.5x10. I was planning on ordering the 250 but wondering if I should step up to the 375. I know the 375 is expandable to a 500 and the 250 is not expandable to a 375. I would love to get a 600 Lapierre or something like that but just cant swing the $ for one.Thanks

I ended up ordering the electric 375 unit.

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I have finished my second season with one of Ray's unit. I have an electric 375 and next year we are putting on the 4th membrane to make it a 500. We are constistanly getting 4pts on the 1st pass and 2 on the second. I like 1000gal units as our raw sap comes into a 1000 gal tank 1st pass to a 500 gal tank and the 2nd pass to a 300 gal tank. We did get behind at times this year and had to play leap fog wih the RO to keep up with the evaporator. This year at start up the low pressure switch had gotten sticky but after playing with it it work just fine. A couple of pain in the butts with the unit is no heater in the wash tank, I still would like to put in a 220v element in the tank, the hose from the concentrate port needs a 3 way valve so that it has a perment connection to the wash tank and storage tank by moving a valve. I would also like to put in a port to pull sample of concentrate with out going to the tank. They are noisie but are very simple to operate. stats 1750 taps 70% reds, concentrated to 8% 90%of the time, Boiling on a 30x10 50/50 pan split. My bottle neck is now the filtering. We are making 5-6 gals of syrup/hr with many 20 min. draws. For the money a very wise investment for me. Hope this helps
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Would this bucket heater from TSC work in the wash tank?
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...-heater-1000-w
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Firetech My unit has the port on the concentrate flow meter on the front. Next year I will add a port for the exiting Permeate so I can check and make sure I'm not passing sugar.
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Just where in Ohio is Ray located anyway?
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That's the unit I'm using now. It takes 2 hours to get the wash water running at 120 dg I'm thinking 3000 watt water heater element
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I am looking at buying his hobby ro (75 gph) this yr and if anyone has used it this spring, post some comments on how it preformed, as well as how much one pass will change 2% sap to what.

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Firetech Im wondering about the wisdom of heating the water. My CDL washes as the water heats up on its own and the wash cycle can take up to 4 hrs. The unit shuts down when the temp reaches a pre determined temp. Don't you want to start out slow and cold and work up to the higher temp so the cleaning acids can do there thing.
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