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06-28-2008, 10:31 PM
anyone use any of these leak detectors:
1) bacharach tru point
2)the new fieldpiece infra-red
3)testo leak detector
opinions and/or experience using one of these detectors. sick of the d-tek!!!!
06-28-2008, 10:37 PM
have used an inficon unit with good results, but can't compare to the other models you listed. make sure unit is maintained and try not to leave in truck through temperature swing weather.
06-29-2008, 04:19 AM
ive had very good luck with a style that unfortunatly keeps getting bought by different manufactures, due to its high mfg cost. last time i replaced mine it was being produced by mars before that it was johnson controls. now i belive its made by bacarach. the model # will have 10 in it the j.c. # was rldh10 and the mars # is close to that. and get the one that has to be plugged in, it will last longer and you wont have to take it out of your van every time it gets real hot or cold to save the battery lifespan.
06-29-2008, 06:43 AM
I have a Bacharach Informant 2 that works well, but I think that infra red is the way to go. The ongoing cost of ownership should be a lot less because of the life span of the sensors.
06-29-2008, 08:00 AM
my cordedless sensor lasted 4 ys without need to be replaced, it still works fine theres some ways you can extend the life of the sensors usually located in the manual. mines very relieable and have had great luck with both of them. i prefer the the corded version because my batteries would tend to die during a long day of leak checks which end up with me pluging it in anyways. now i just carry a cheater cord and use that for units without outlets near by. which is also great for vaccum pumps and recovery machines.
06-29-2008, 11:33 AM
yeah, the h-10's are good detectors, but cost alot + high repair cost. very interested in the fieldpiece but would like to hear experience of use before i make a purchase. really leaning toward battery operated detector.
06-29-2008, 11:58 AM
i used one similar to the field piece the wand type. works fine not as sensitive as the h-10 but it still does the job. the only complaint id have is mobility in tight areas since the wand is flexible but somewhat ridgid. the h-10 does cost more but think of it as an investment. if your co. has any incentive program it will pay its self off and then some . especilally if another service co. hasnt been able to find a leak and you can. then you have a customer for life.
if you get one thats cordless and try to make sure its rechargeable batteries can be interchanged with regular alkilne batteries. so when the rechargables die on the, only time the customer is over your shoulder you can grab a spare set from its case. instead of running back to your van grabbing your extension cord setting it up with the cust. staring at his watch while hes paying you by the 1/4 hr.
lifes too short to drink cheap liquor or use cheap tools.
06-29-2008, 08:39 PM
pleeeasse -- I think those 3 suck.
I heard a complaint that the YJ accuprobe is too sensitive -- that's bs.
It has a built in indicator to measure sensitivity from 1 to 9.
I work in refrigeration and commericial AC -- the YJ accuprobe is the class of industry.
06-30-2008, 12:16 AM
I got to test the fieldpiece IR detector. It was a good sniffer but no better, no worse than any good quality electronic. It has a big price tag that is not justified, imho.
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