If we were manufacturers of tools our stuff would be perfect. The reality is that they do the best that they can for a " target " price range. I wish that they would offer " alternate price ranges " within a product line and there would be no issue with me unless the best failed.
We all want the same thing I'm sure.
Doug Lockhart, Digi-cool, IS one of us.
He's been in the field as long as I've been ALIVE, guys.
Watched all the videos, and I won't argue the toughness of the digi-cools.BUT I watched the Fieldpiece torture videos as well, and those seem tough too!
I'm not hatin any brands, just looking for what will suit my needs best.
Having owned both Testo and Digicool, I would buy another DC no question. I have no experience with SMAN, but 2 coworkers got them, so I will find out.
The bar graph display on the Digi cool is invaluable once you get used to it. I wouldn't be without it anymore. No other digital gauge has it.
The only failure on my DC was the temp clamp wires, fixed it myself for $20. I believe Lover has had several failures already with Fieldpiece and Testo and had to ship them off and be without them, not a great record IMO.
If you are going to buy more than one unit you will always have a spare when the other one is in for warranty repair, so get any brand you want. However, if you only have the money for one set, get a DigiCool so you don't have to be without a digital set.
I just bought the sman3 yesterday. Swore for years I would never buy digis, but now I love them. As for evacs I use the yellow jacket titans with heavy duty hoses and 3/8 to the pump. With a cps 8 cfm pump I can hit my 500 microns in no time.