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  1. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Have you looked at the used market?

    The h-10 is the best detector that you can buy. PERIOD! Bar none!

    So, I guess the better thing to ask is, do you want to find the leaks? Do you want to be the guy who finds the leaks that nobody else can find?

    Or do you want to be just another joker who walks past the tough leaks because his equipment isn't up to snuff?


    The choice is yours.
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    "There is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."

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  2. #28
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    H10 all the way. Bought a d tek last year and its let me down to many times so I'm back to the tried and true.

  3. #29
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    H10 always! Dtek has been under the seat for 5 years. Does anyone have opinion on battery powered H10? Supply house did not have opinion; they just sell them.

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by rglasgow View Post
    H10 always! Dtek has been under the seat for 5 years. Does anyone have opinion on battery powered H10? Supply house did not have opinion; they just sell them.
    Mine is a beaten and battle-scarred veteran and it still finds leaks as well as the day it was new.

  5. #31
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    Damn, you guys cost me money. Digicools, a couple of Vetos, numerous other tools, and now I just ordered an H-10PM. By the way, I found it at autobarn.com for $377.95 shipped!

  6. #32
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    I got mine at the local supply house for under $300 - taxes included.

  7. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by alreegator View Post
    I got mine at the local supply house for under $300 - taxes included.
    Is that for the PM model?

  8. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by alreegator View Post
    I got mine at the local supply house for under $300 - taxes included.
    That,s a damn good price,,,you use a gun to persuade the counter guy?

  9. #35
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    H10 is and has always been the best leak detector that I have found. In 35 yrs of service and training new techs, every few yrs I get talked into trying a battery leak detector the last one being the fieldpiece srl2. But have not found any that consistently compare to the H10. I make a living with my tools so I believe in buying the best and most durable tools. As far as not being able to return the leak detector that you bought I dont understand why the place that you bought it wouldnt help you out with a trade up or something. I try to build a relationship with the manager of my suppliers and they know if something doesnt work for me Im returning it. If a company doesnt stand behind their products 100% than its not worth buying!!!!

  10. #36
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    In 30 yrs of being a service tech I have left the H10 and have been spanked into submission several times (by young whooper-snapper tech's) and then tried the next new gun on the block! I just purchased a new H10PM again for the third time now after flunking with 3 other types. A Bacharach informer II did a superb job with a fitting leak, the borrowed H10PM did blow it out of the water on a R410A Formicary or Champagne leak of the tubing itself so I gave in and went and bought a new H10PM. I have proven to myself even in a saturated room of Freon that the H10PM "will" find the leak period!

  11. #37
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    I've had a Bacharach Informant II for a few months now, have used it several times (for refrigerant only, no experience with the natural gas setting). So far I've got nothing but good things to say about it. The thing is great, and MADE IN THE U.S.A which is a rarity for tools of this sort nowadays. I've used an H-10 at the schoolhouse, and it works great as well. I'm a believer in quality tools all the way, but "best" is a tricky term to use as a blanket. It really all depends on personal experience and preference, as long as you buy of a reputable quality anyway.

  12. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by jw-lu597 View Post
    I've had a Bacharach Informant II for a few months... and MADE IN THE U.S.A which is a rarity for tools of this sort nowadays.
    Bacharach lies about the "made in the USA" thing, I've taken apart many of their alleged American made tools and found nothing but foreign components inside them, its a matter of time before another company file a complain with the government about, similar to what happened with Leatherman tools, is illegal to write "made in USA" on a big pile of Chinese crap.

  13. #39
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    I have no doubt that the components inside are foreign. Just about any electronic component has been made overseas for years now. Probably can't source a lot of these semiconductors in the states even if you tried. I'm sure they're assembled here, though. Hopefully it at least puts someone here to work for the day rather than outsourcing the whole process.

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