I'm curious as to what experiences others have had with the blue silicone inflations (ULTRAmilk#1286). Started using them about 2 weeks ago and it really seems like there has been a marked reduction in how long it takes for the cows to be fully milked out.
Are those the ones for the 06 shells? If so, I love them! They last a really long time, there's no variation in performance over their lifetime (rubber starts out stiff and gets softer and softer), and they don't get little micro fissures. They seem to fit a very wide range of teat sizes.
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I really like them, too. I want to set up a goat claw with them, for milking 2 quarters when calf sharing. Rachel
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Post by Meadow Creek Mama on Feb 8, 2019 18:59:20 GMT -5
Where did you get yours? My usual online places to check don't have the blue ones.
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Post by Holly in WA on Feb 10, 2019 15:46:10 GMT -5
I've been using clear ones for 15 years. With my first set I had some tears on the inflations when they would bend down against the pointed edge of the SS claw tube where they connect. When I told the folks at Parts Dept they advised me to cover the end of the inflation tube with a short piece of vinyl hose about 2". This keeps the bottom of the inflation stiff enough to prevent it from bending over and being damaged by the sharp edge of the SS tube it connects to. They told me the point on the SS tube is put there to make the inflations bend over so they will drop down and seal off suction on the removed inflation. I use inflation plugs instead to shut off suction and keep the claw clean. Since adding the short hose sheaths I have had zero tears. I replace inflations only occasionally if they get scratched, pitted or stained from cleaning.
As to the clear shells I invested once in the acrylic ones and am still using them. Being able to see the milk in the inflations allows me to remove each one as it finishes which prevents over milking the lighter or faster milking quarters. You can also see right away if a teat end is bent over preventing the quarter from emptying properly. That can happen no matter how carefully the cups are applied.
I had been milking goats with clear silicone before I started milking cows. When I got a machine for the cows I wasn't happy with the black rubber because it was harder to use than the clear ones on the goat claws. The clear silicone cow inflations fixed that and they work for me.
Not that I'm currently milking anything, but I used both the rubber and the silicone and I liked the silicone MUCH better.
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