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Old October 4th, 2014, 09:51 AM
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So I am interested to see if anybody else has this problem. We have one of our cookers set up on the farm where I live. However we don't have any woods on this farm so we must travel from farm to farm where we have permisson to tap. To far away to run down the roads with the four wheeler so we must trailer it. Collect and transport it back to the farm. Now all I have is a 4x4 four wheeler with a trailer cart. I am thinking about laying a 55 gallon drum sideways for a collection tank in the cart. Cart has been modified and stronger axle with big lawn mower tires added also. And truck with a 220 gallon truck tank. also have acess to 6x12 trailer. What would you guys do to make collecting faster and easier in this scenrio. By the way we run bucket no tubing and no power of any kind except for maybe batteries. We would be collection hopefully in the neighborhood of 200 to 250 taps.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 05:19 PM
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So u use the ATF to do the collecting and then transfer into the truck tank via a battery powered pump? I have seen many use a generator on the back of the truck to pump from collecting tank into the truck tank then unload at the sugar house the same way
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Collecting and transporting are two different problems. I would go with the pallet tank on the 6X12 and that gives you room for you to dump sap from the buckets into the tank. NOW you can mount a cut off barrel on the trailer with a 12Volt sump pump or bilge pump in it to pump the sap into the trailer tank and that way as you go down the trail all your help has to do is dump into the barrel and up it goes. Make sure the sump pump fills to the top of the trailer tank so it cant siphon back out the barrel. Check vales are a wonderful thing. Get a good battery and have a wire from the truck to keep it fresh. Get a sump pump with the float so you don't have to keep switching it on and off. Less people riding the trailer and more in the woods.
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here's what a fellow member Jim Sudz has done. maybe this could be a help.

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Old October 4th, 2014, 11:24 PM
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Moser that is the same exact tank that I have a 220 gallon truck tank. I like the transfer pump that would be really handy. however for my sitution I wouldn't be able to keep the pump mounted on the tank with the hose or would I. I guess I would have to think on it more.

Chuck I also have to trailer the atv and cart with me from farm to farm otherwise I would definantly go the cage tank route. I am thinking that I am just going to have to have the tank on the truck and then go pick up the sap in the atv with a tank mounted on my cart. The lawn cart has been modified so that it has larger lawn mower tires for better floatation. And yes I do realize that collection and transportation is different but in this case I need to find the quickest and easist to get all this done.

So far some good ideas I just wish there was a fast way to load and unload the atv without having to use 4 ratchet straps all the time and still have it secured to the trailer.
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Big Sugar house has a 3x8 pan with dividers and auf.
Two Yamaha Grizzly atv's.
All taps on drop tubes into buckets.
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Smoky Lake Crescendo Auto Draw.
Brother-in-law for a partner in crime.
Wife and 4 kids.
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