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    What brand (back in the day) made a good dozer that is cheap now? I am looking for no bigger than 35 hp. What is best JD Oliver IH
    I want it so I can make maple syrup while it is wet instead of getting the John Deere 40 stuck!
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    I have no idea which is best. It also depends on what you want to do with it. I have a small JD MC, 1952 vintage. It's a 2 lunger "Johnny popper" and I'm amazed what I can do with it. It's also light enough so that I can paddle along on top of the snow when it gets deep. It's also small enough so I can get in around trees or other things without doing damage.
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    Ok I want to be able to take it through the woods to gather maple sap. We are currently using a john deere 40u but the ruts keep getting deeper and want somthing with tracks. A mc is the perfect size. How fast does the mc go approx.?
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    It's pretty slow. Well I should clarify. It will do 5mph or so in 4th gear, but you better hang on. There's not much for a suspension. If it's smooth, like with snow on the ground it isn't bad.

    EDIT: I have a video somewhere of my daughter and daughter in-law pushing rocks out with it, but I can't seem to find it. I'll keep looking.
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    Ok that is what I thought I am probably going to be traveling close to a quarter to half a mile to the woods. So maybe a sore seat when i get there
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    It's more like riding a bucking bronco if it's rough. We used to use it for firewood and as long as there was snow cover, you could run in high gear all day. It was a little sketchy coming down a hill with a couple of trees pushing it, especially if it got a little sideways. And it was slower than the 784 we use now, but it ran great and has unbelievable torque/luggung power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E.J.H View Post
    Ok I want to be able to take it through the woods to gather maple sap. We are currently using a john deere 40u but the ruts keep getting deeper and want somthing with tracks. A mc is the perfect size. How fast does the mc go approx.?
    Wouldn't plastic tubing be cheaper and more reliable? It's not like gravity fails that often!

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    we could do that but I have heard that squirrels like chewing plastic lines. If we went tubing we would have to get a pump and vaccum releaser which is quite pricey. The metal spiles and plastic buckets are not that expensive. BTW. do you know of any one that has a 2x6 wood fired evaporator? If so send me a pm.
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    Between where I live (the mountains) and civilization there is a large swath of agricultural land. A mixture of large conventional dairy farms and the Amish. Everyone who has a sugar bush uses tubing and SS collection tanks. I have no idea how they work. It's just that the tubing maze is a thing of wonder; the tanks are always located near a road and the farmers are out collecting every evening; and the Amish seem to find work in the mid-late winter maintaining the tubing systems.

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    Yes I think it is handy! But we are only doing 250 taps at the most.. and not sure how much too invest.
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