Sap Gathering Sled
February 12, 2013, 9:40 pm
Filed under: February 2013
Simple, functional  ... perfect for me

Simple, functional … perfect for me

February 12, 2013

This sled and tank is what my horses pull when we gather the maple sap. The tank has a strainer where you dump the sap. It also has baffels that keep the liquid from splashing out too bad. The sled is a simple, well made four foot by eight foot wooden affair with a tongue.

The sled pulls easy even on ground without snow. The tanks holds about 200 gallons. It is just the right height to dump into .. especially for middle aged fat guys 😮

The pipe in the back lowers down for empting into the unloading pipe. The unloading gives the horses a rest, even though it empties pretty fast. The sled is durable and holds up well for the rigors of sap gathering. It slides over rough spots, mud and tree roots alike.

We do have a tank that is on wheels, but I don’t like to use it. It is high to dump into for starters, but the tires make ruts much faster than the sled ever does. Besides, I like using the horses in the woods. Their impact is less and better for the woodlot.

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