Yeah personally I only use pipes when there is no better option, and then only in small areas (within the same chunk). If I need to cross a chunk border I try my hardest to make sure I use a tube.
I generally like using thermal expansion machines (powered furnaces and pulverizers), as those eject items automatically, which make them work well together with RP2 without having to use gates, redstone or engines. IC2 machines you almost always have to empty using an engine, gates and pipes.
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