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    Testo 550 Reliability?

    To all the Testo Gurus out there.

    How are they holding up under fire.

    I was inquiring about a set at a national vendor counter yesterday and was a little supprised at the response from the counter rats.

    I was told that they only had one guy to buy those and he has had to replace them several times in six months. It doesn't sound like they want to sell them. They had just as bad of a view on the Yellow Jackets.

    Sounds like they are either tired of hearing the "*****ing" or they are just afraid to sell them.

    Your feedback is appreciated.
    Yes, I've seen that before and it doesn't mean I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith73 View Post
    They had just as bad of a view on the Yellow Jackets.
    Our Johnstone had some stocked from most of the manufactures but one (Digi-Cool)
    They haven't gotten any 550's for the shelf this year not even an empty spot where they have been sold out from.
    They had a set of the new Yellow Jackets and the sales guy said they were selling a ton which was BS since that same Y/J box sat on the shelf for months.
    They did have a few of the solar gauges and believe this is why they aren't stocking any more "Digital"

    There are NO Digital choices at my Johnstone

    I wish Johnstone carried Digi-Cool
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    I asked my JS and they said that since the manifold associated with it, Stalker, was a product from another distributor they did not stock it.

    they have Testo on display and some on hand and not sure of others as I rarely get within 15 miles of the store due to the area I serve.

    I think that like many places, on hand inventory has dropped significantly on high dollar items.

    they are willing to order anything they can
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacnw View Post
    I asked my JS and they said that since the manifold associated with it, Stalker, was a product from another distributor they did not stock it.
    And what about the Titan ... which they have on the shelf

    They could sell a Digi-Cool with any manifold they carry and it would work

    Could be that they aren't going to stock anything these days like you said
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    They mentioned cutting inventory to save money and I told them that's a good way to cut sales.
    "Can't sell it if you don't have it"
    Yes, I've seen that before and it doesn't mean I like it.

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    The 550 is a rock solid instrument.
    JLB,

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    Question Testo great instrument, at least for two months

    Hi, have to chime in. I have read about the problems with the testo 550. Now I have experienced the problem. Here is the glitch:

    The unit is susceptible to static discharge damage. Basically the leads will short something out in the electronics so that it will not show temperatures.

    Mine lasted 2 months. The manufacturer is not reengineering the unit, as I have read about this in the past. As of late July 2010, I bought mine.

    Everything about the unit looks solid. It just has some defects that make it not work too good unless you wrap it in electonic protective wrap and ground it to the unit you are working on. That's what buying a tool is all about, right? (making things easier??)

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    I've had mine for about 6 months and never had a problem at all. A coworker bought his a month ago and encountered his first problem. While running the vac pump the display went to 0 on both sides. Couldn't get it to read anything again so he sent them back to testo because they wanted to see the problem. Promised he'd get them back in a few days.

    I think like anything else that's a new model, first time out in the field, they will have issues. I like the format, the back light and the functionality of the unit. JMHO
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    Thanks Jim, I was hoping to hear more positive input from the other guys in the field before I plunk down the cash.

    As with most purchases, I do my homework before buying. This would be my first "RSA" and I do like what I see.
    Yes, I've seen that before and it doesn't mean I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith73 View Post
    Thanks Jim, I was hoping to hear more positive input from the other guys in the field before I plunk down the cash.

    As with most purchases, I do my homework before buying. This would be my first "RSA" and I do like what I see.
    Not sure if you saw them but
    I was waiting for a little better deal on a refurbished 550 at truetechtools before I pick one up. Might knock you off the fence though if you haven't seen them there yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaseAir View Post
    unless you wrap it in electonic protective wrap
    WTH is that?
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    I've had my 550's about a month with no issues.
    They did come with a ground wire you are supposed to clip to the manifold and then to a ground source on the piece of equipment.

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    Yes, I noticed those. It looks like a good deal. I'm still wavering between the Digicools and Testo. The 550 is obviously cheaper but the 1250 will work on my 4 valve. The Testo 4 valve are way out of my budget. then again I don't know if I will completely eliminate the need for a standard 2 valve.
    Yes, I've seen that before and it doesn't mean I like it.

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