Hey guys! So real quick, I’ve been in the game for a little over a year(extracting game, overall game a lot longer). I’ve so far learned how to make distillate from A-Z. I’ve also learned a bit about hydrocarbon extraction, mainly extracting material on a decent 10lb closed loop system. However now the goal is volume.
So like topic says, I’m having a dilemma on this issue.
I’ve read that ethanol is the way to go for high volume extraction. However I hardly know anything about ethanol extraction. What rules to follow and what SOP’s to run etc etc.
So here’s the dilemma: I can save up for a few more weeks to put a down payment on a Cup 15 with the help of my 2 partners(silent partners), and get in line for a 10 week wait time. The upside is it’s obviously automated and Delta Seperatons will train you on sight or on the phone if you get lost along the way.
So here is where the dilemma gets worse(or better), this past week I went into Xractor Depot, this is the brand that makes my current closed loop extractor. I needed parts. I asked the rep “so when you guys getting into the game of ethanol extraction?” The rep tells me they already have them, just manual. Anyways he shows them to me(I will post pics), and tells me that Cup 15 is honestly not worth the money or the 10 week wait. He told me that a manual extractor is the way to go. He explained to me how it works, and it seemed pretty simple.
Anyways, what I need from you guys is an unbiased opinion of which route to go. According to the Xtractor Depot rep, I will be able to do more volume with their setup than cup 15, and the price for manual is significantly cheaper at 23k out the door and no wait time.
Here is what it looks like.
He told me that the big boys, the ones who extract entire farms(thousands of pounds per week) do not get the Cup 15 or Ethos4/6 because those can’t handle their volumes. Here is a pic of a custom piece they did for a client:
The price for this big boy is 70k out the door
Now again, I’m not looking to do diamonds/thca/sauce. Just gold distillate. Can anyone make a case why it’s a bad idea to get a manual extractor vs a cup 15?
The rep made a good sales pitch to me but the question that lingers in my head is, if manual extractors are the way to go because they’re cheaper and can do more volume, why is there a 10 week line of people waiting to get their hands on a Cup 15 or Ethos 4/6?
Also before I get either one, I will pay for a crash course in ethanol extraction just like I did with hydrocarbon and distillate, so I won’t be just shooting in the dark.
Thank you for all your help
EDIT: Forgot to ask main question, is it true that ethanol extracted crude will not be as potent as hydrocarbon? Because our distillate has to test at 85% thc or better