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    Hilmor Digital 4-Port Manifold V.S. Fieldpiece SMAN4

    I have been using the Fieldpiece SMAN3 for almost 3 years now. I decided to see what the Hilmor craze is all about. I paid $460 for a set with Temp clamps but no hoses. Add a set of YJ hoses... $570. I am so far happy with the ruggedness of the Hilmor set. In my opinion, the SMAN4 has a few key features (aside from the wireless capabilities) that set it apart from the Hilmor set...

    SMAN4 has high/low alarms for pulling vacuums. This will allow multi-tasking and accuracy of the vacuum while unattended.
    SMAN4 has ability to calculate target superheat.
    SMAN4 micron gauge reads "stbl" when delta P is less than 10 microns/min.

    Hilmor shows saturation temp, line temp, and superheat/subcool simultaneously
    Hilmor temp clamps are better quality
    Hilmor feels more rugged, knobs are bigger, unit housing is more durable.

    * Dont be fooled* : The so called "analogue" gauges are ELECTRICAL not MECHANICAL. This means that the digital pressure sensor reads the pressure as an input and then a servo motor turns the dial on the "analogue" gauge face. Hilmor's "twice the confidence" slogan and "digital and analogue guys can agree..." is less than accurate. If the electrical pressure sensor fails then the "analogue" gauge fails. It does not feel like real mechanical gauge. The digital/analogue gauge has a degree of "flutter"!

    Hope this is helpful to any prospective digital gauge guys.

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    Hilmor Digital 4-Port Manifold V.S. Fieldpiece SMAN4

    Hilmor's customer service is terrible. For that reason alone, I won't buy or review any Hilmor products.


    FP has excellent customer service. Russell and the rest of the Fieldpiece guys do a superb job. The SMAN4's are a great tool with a lot of potential with the wireless features.

    And how did you get the Hilmor gauges? Ship date on Fierychill.com isn't till the 10th.

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    Would like to know more about the temp clamps. Does better quality mean they read better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Would like to know more about the temp clamps. Does better quality mean they read better?
    The price has been reduced on Firey chill to 495 but no clamps.

    39 extra for them.

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    The profile of the clamps is much slender than FP clamps. The plastic seems more dense. The placement of the spring on the clamp puts pressure on reinforced areas. The K-type thermal couple wire is more insulated. The spade connectors on the plug seem to be better quality.

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    I did not buy the Hilmor set online, our supply houses here in Florida roll out products quick because its getting hot quick!

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    Thanks, Is that price for one or two clamps?
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    What craze? Lol

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    2 clamps

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Thanks, Is that price for one or two clamps?
    two, so they said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Thanks, Is that price for one or two clamps?
    two, so they said.

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    Thanks for the review

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vortechs View Post
    2 clamps
    Thats not even close to the one that is of less quality.........? Hummmmn Would like to see a set if they ever get them in. Sounds interesting.
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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