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  1. #1
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    good tools to buy newb here

    I'm starting with my first refrigeration place next week installing split A/C systems in trailers and they said that i need gauges,cutters and a torch kit normally what kind of each is perfect for this type of job.im kinda on a limited budget so something to get me started would be good.

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    Turbo-Torch kit with small and med size tip, B-Tank..........approx $300.00

    Yellow Jacket series 41 with 60" low loss hoses................approx $100.00

    Left, Right, Str8 snips, seamers, hammer, folding bar, ect...approx $200.00

    Hand tools, pipe wrenches, tool bag, multi-meter..............approx $300.00

    That will get you started.........buy good stuff like Ridgid, Fluke, Malco, Klein and Channel Lock...........or buy cheap stuff and replace it every 4 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustawrench1 View Post
    Turbo-Torch kit with small and med size tip, B-Tank..........approx $300.00

    Yellow Jacket series 41 with 60" low loss hoses................approx $100.00

    Left, Right, Str8 snips, seamers, hammer, folding bar, ect...approx $200.00

    Hand tools, pipe wrenches, tool bag, multi-meter..............approx $300.00

    That will get you started.........buy good stuff like Ridgid, Fluke, Malco, Klein and Channel Lock...........or buy cheap stuff and replace it every 4 months.

    i partially agree;

    dont bother with a turbo torch get used to an oxy accetylene rig $350

    get a set of standard gauges with hoses $40.00

    klein strippers, channel locks, 6 n 1 screwdriver, tubing cutters (3 sizes)

    and that other stuff that bustwrench said



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    Guages - Ritchie Yellow Jacket ( w - low loss fitting's)
    Cutter - Ritchie Yellow Jacket Mini Tubing Cutter
    Torch - Turbo Torch Air/Acet - MC or B depending on which size tank's your employer has.

    If your employer uses Stay Bright Silver solder instead of 15% silver you can get by with a Mapp Gas Turbo Torch for a lot less money. One of my old instructor's that is also a HVAC contractor uses nothing else on install's.

    Avoid the el cheapo guages unless all you're after are the hoses! IMO BTDT & the Uni's are in the cabinet collecting dust.

    Employer should supply Nitro guage and tank. Good Luck!

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    ridgid klein channellock crescent crafman malco. all great hand tools
    I would recomend fluke and amprobe for a meter but If money is an issue I also comend greenlee they have good product at a good price.

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    If you are really tight on money you could get by with a Fieldpiece multi meter and replace it later on with a Fluke. My Fieldpiece is used as a backup meter (along with my Craftsman).

    IMO oxy/acetylene is better for brazing lines.

    Like bustawrench1 said go with the good stuff, or replace the cheaper ones often.
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    Tools that I recommend

    1-6" adjustable
    1 8 " adjustable
    1 12' adjustable
    1 6" square shank straight blade screwdriver
    1 10" square shank screwdriver
    1 # 1 phillips screwdriver
    1 #2 phillips screwdriver
    1 #2 phillips screwdiver 12" long
    1 1/4" stubby nut driver
    1 5/16" stubby nut driver

    1 set of nut drivers complete (not the ones in the roll up with the handle)
    1 straight, 1 left hand, 1 right hand snip
    1 set of Yellow Jacket, Robinair, or J/B gauges with low loss fittings

    Rigid tubing cutter and mini cutter (keep away from Imperial they're not what they used to be
    oxy set up with small tanks
    FLARE NUT WRENCHES
    a good multi-meter and clamp-on
    and don't forget a good thermometer


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    Icehouses list is good.

    since you are first starting in the field I personally wouldn't buy all the expensive stuff. I'm not saying go cheap but don't kill yourself and be strapped for cash buying all namebrand, made in usa tools.

    When i started in the field I bought husky and kobalt hand tools cause that's all i could afford at that point. As time goings on I do replace with better name brand, made in the usa tools (ie, rigid, craftsman, klein, Channellock).

    I think you would rather had a Huskey tools (which i've had some of mine for 3 years and still works prefectly fine) then telling your boss you don't have some tools right now b/c you can't afford top notch tools.

    Just a suggestion, do with it what you like
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    I would use the bathtub but she locks the door all the time. Only allowed in during shower time. Maybe that's why I keep her around???
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    Quote Originally Posted by brocco82 View Post
    I would use the bathtub but she locks the door all the time. Only allowed in during shower time. Maybe that's why I keep her around???
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    What company makes you provide a torchkit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg2666 View Post
    What company makes you provide a torchkit?
    When I first started service the owner explained that if he bought the tools and equipment, "You guys would just throw it in the truck but if you bought them you would place them and know where everything is".
    He financed you tho.
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