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  1. #1
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    Unhappy SMAN 3 ... Deaded at Age 3 weeks!

    Sad night for me last night.

    On a late night service call with my SMAN 3 connected to the condenser getting SC and SH when I had to run to the truck. As I'm walking back from the truck, the H/O calls me and I head inside to see what the concern was. Well, after I calm the guy and his wife down and tell them to sit back and let me work a little, I head back outside and discover that it has started to rain. I run to the rear of the house to protect my gauges and when I get to them I notice that they're reading over 400 psig ON BOTH lines!

    Disconnect them and put them in the truck. Later as I'm packing up to leave, I turn them on to see if everything is okay and discover that they're reading pressure without being attached to a line! They even read pressure without the hoses attached!!! Attempted to calibrate them and now the high side just reads OL while the low side is still fluctuating.

    I just hope that my local supply house allows me to return them and get the Testos.

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    So what do YOU think killed em? The rain? That guys unit? Why was the couple so upset?
    I shouldn't have read your post Im sorry.The suspence is killing.


    Why you going Testo now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1CDNTECH View Post
    So what do YOU think killed em? The rain? That guys unit? Why was the couple so upset?
    I shouldn't have read your post Im sorry.The suspence is killing.


    Why you going Testo now?
    It had to be the rain IMO.

    Going to Testo now because, working in S. FL, there's no way I can avoid my tools getting wet at some point. A couple of techs that I work with have Testos and I know for a fact that they've been caught in a downpour and there were no ill effects to their gauges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWamNXAxIA

    Let's see Testo and Fieldpiece top that.
    That was Awesome. No one uses Digital Gauges where I live and I mean No one.They all say " Your ganna bang them up and thier gonna be out of calabration and useless" I wanna get a set of digi-cool and prove them wrong. I called the 1800-# didn't get no one ( maybe time diffrence) cause I wanted to hear kinda from the from the horses mouth myself. They are Canadian Made EH They can't be that bad of a gauge.

    To the Poster I would have you looked into Digi-cool? I have done alot of reading and haven't found anyone bashing Digi-cool. The pin conector


    Sweet jesus just seen that rain was what got ya. I am glad to hear this when I was a Rookie digital gauge looker I saw the Sman3 as an awesome option cause of the micron gauge .I was almost sucked in. I did some research and am at digi-cool now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWamNXAxIA

    Let's see Testo and Fieldpiece top that.
    Good stuff!

    Too bad the don't make them anymore.

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    all the talk about Sman3 dying then getting fixed is spooking me.
    sure mfg does a good job of fixing em.. but what about after warranty is gone?

    found out the hard way about my Tif digital gauges not that reliable.
    you can tell from the dust they don't get used much.
    sticking to my fluid filled gauges for a bit longer...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alreegator View Post
    Good stuff!

    Too bad the don't make them anymore.
    You have incorrect information.

    They discontinued the 1250.

    They still make the 1600, 1200 and AK-900.

    ALL are just as tough as the one shown in that video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cy View Post
    all the talk about Sman3 dying then getting fixed is spooking me.
    sure mfg does a good job of fixing em.. but what about after warranty is gone?

    found out the hard way about my Tif digital gauges not that reliable.
    you can tell from the dust they don't get used much.
    sticking to my fluid filled gauges for a bit longer...

    I thought it was a great thing when I read all of the good reviews on here. But, 3 weeks - C'mon Man! I don't think that I even want them fixed, I just need to move on.

    UPDATE: The damned things won't even turn on now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    You have incorrect information.

    They discontinued the 1250.

    They still make the 1600, 1200 and AK-900.

    ALL are just as tough as the one shown in that video.
    Thanks.

    I'll have to look into getting a set to replace the SMAN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alreegator View Post
    Thanks.

    I'll have to look into getting a set to replace the SMAN!
    You won't have to worry about a little rain, or a torrential downpour, with Digi-Cool.

    As for your soggy Sman, take the batteries out and give them some time to dry.
    You can also try sealing them up in a large zip lock bag with some rice for a couple of days.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWamNXAxIA

    Let's see Testo and Fieldpiece top that.

    Testo hosed theirs down didnt hold it under water but do you hammer nails with a level,its a precision testing device.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du8P-...yer_detailpage

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    I'm done with the sman first set dumped after one month. They did a warranty with it now my second set has to go back after four months. Low side and high side won't read same pressure so it can't be calibrated. They are going to warranty it but order a set of digit cools. With all the reviews I have read and people that have personal experiences that people I know have that's the route I'm going.

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