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I'm doing my first year of sugaring, and plan to buy a tractor for hauling the sap back to the shack. (don't feel much like doing tubing to start out, and besides my trees are all spread out)

So how big a tractor do I need? What if I'm hauling 200G of sap at one time, for instance? Will a midget tractor (22 hp or so) do the job, or do i need the bigger one - like 45 hp or so? I understand the tractor needs to weigh more than the sap, handle hills, and a few thigns like that.

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I do have other uses for the tractor, or I'd maybe get an ATV or something.
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Are you talking about pulling a trailer with a tank on it or trying to put a tank on the loader?
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If you want to haul 200 gallons at a time I think you will be underpowered with a small tractor. That will weigh over 1600 pounds. How deep will the snow by this year or next year or??? As the season warms you have mud and deep ruts. Pulling that kind of load takes power and traction. I use 75 horse power tractors with pretty good tires and 4x4 and it sometimes gets interesting. We have also used our ATV with a 35 gallon tank on the back rake. Hauled 25 great got right up to every tree, if we filled the tank we lost steering and probably had to much weight on the back. We also towed a mini trailer behind the ATV with a 65 gallon tank on it. That worked the best, but the tank got muddy and you lost maneuverability.

Back to your original question. With a 25 hp you could probably haul about 100 gallons on a small trailer. And I would look for low pressure flotation tires for the trailer.

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Thanks so much. That gives me a start. Including what to do if I can only afford the small tractor.
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Are you talking about pulling a trailer with a tank on it or trying to put a tank on the loader?

Pull a trailer.
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I just bought a 825i JD gator. I'm able to put two 55 gal barrels in the bed and still be under the weight capacity with them full. Does 44 mph and is four wheel drive. We are pretty flat but still have the mud. We've gotten into a Lil mud but haven't put it to a true test in my opinion. If things ever thaw out I guarantee it'll get tested.lol most properties that I collect from are within a mile. Hopefully this takes my truck out of the equation.
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What are road conditions like where you gather? Driving down the blacktop? Gravel Road? Axle deep mud?
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What are road conditions like where you gather? Driving down the blacktop? Gravel Road? Axle deep mud?
Gravel driveway, some on field - solid, but who knows at that time. Not axle deep. Slight hills. I do not plan to go deep into the woods or hills, but will go off the gravel.
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One of the smaller 4 wheel drive tractors will be fine unless you get bogged down in the mud.
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I have a Kubota L3400 and bought it new in 2005. This will be my 10th season with it. I have to haul all my sap and I have a 65 gallon leg tank in the front bucket and it actually holds 70 gallon. I have a 125 gallon leg tank on a carry all on the rear and it holds 140 Gallon. All my sap is well off road in 3 different locations and it is fairly rough in some areas. Tractor is 35 hp and this is plenty of sap for it. It won't lift rear tank full of sap so I fill it completely lifted with tractor running so it doesn't strain hydraulics.
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