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    Question Mastercool Digital Manifold/Analyzer

    Who has tried the new Mastercool HVAC Digital manifold?

    What are your feelings about it after using it for X time?

    Is it worth the money?

    Will it last if you don't abuse it?
    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexw View Post
    Who has tried the new Mastercool HVAC Digital manifold?

    What are your feelings about it after using it for X time?

    Is it worth the money?

    Will it last if you don't abuse it?
    Before spending on that, go with one of the proven. http://www.yellowjacket.com/HVACRPro...l=5&c=33&p=310 JMHO
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    The company that makes the digital yellowjacket puts the same gauge out for about 100.00 less than yellowjacket. I'll do some research and find out who makes the gauges for yellowjacket. I saw it a while back, but can't remember.

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    [QUOTE=Redsheanazar;1844483]The company that makes the digital yellowjacket puts the same gauge out for about 100.00 less than yellowjacket. I'll do some research and find out who makes the gauges for yellowjacket. I saw it a while back, but can't remember. That would be Doug Lockhardt a member here. http://www.digi-cool.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsheanazar View Post
    The company that makes the digital yellowjacket puts the same gauge out for about 100.00 less than yellowjacket. I'll do some research and find out who makes the gauges for yellowjacket. I saw it a while back, but can't remember.

    T
    Digi-Cool. And they are coming out with a lesser expensive model.
    Of what I have seen, I would stay away from Master Cool. Money better spent is for DG, YJ or Testo. IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsheanazar View Post
    The company that makes the digital yellowjacket puts the same gauge out for about 100.00 less than yellowjacket. I'll do some research and find out who makes the gauges for yellowjacket. I saw it a while back, but can't remember.

    T
    that co. would be digi cool, and they are making lsser (cheaper) gauges and better (more expensive) gauges than the YJ's. the YJ set is kinda middle of the road, and i have a set and love them. i am pretty sure that i wouldn't buy anything lesser than the YJ set that i currently have and just beware of the first generation testo's. they have had some trouble with the gauges sealing internally. but all that is gone with the second generation testo's
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachtech View Post
    that co. would be digi cool, and they are making lsser (cheaper) gauges and better (more expensive) gauges than the YJ's. the YJ set is kinda middle of the road, and i have a set and love them. i am pretty sure that i wouldn't buy anything lesser than the YJ set that i currently have and just beware of the first generation testo's. they have had some trouble with the gauges sealing internally. but all that is gone with the second generation testo's
    Unfortunately your characterization of the less expensive Digi-Cools, which incidentally will be the DRSA 1600 as being "cheaper" is inaccurate. The only exclusions that will differentiate the 1600 from the 1200 are the elimination of the selectable 1 to 5 second/Hold option and the high and low pressure reading retention capabilities. Two features that alot of tech's and probably in particular entry level tech's would not utilize anyway. Aside from that the powerhead was left unrevised, it's pure Digi-Cool.

    The recall of the second generation 523-v.2 was to address potential refrigerant loss at the hose ports, I am not personally aware of any of the version 2.00 523's [first attached image] that were actually found to be leaking. The second generation 523 v.2.01[second attached image] added a protective skirt around the hose ports and is very easy to differentiate from version 2.00. A later revision to the second generation 523 in the form of a firmware flash, to address update rates resulted in the designation of a version 2.02 - if you're interested the result of that free flash upgrade can be seen in this clip: http://digitalzeus.wordpress.com/200...rmware-update/
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    Quote Originally Posted by servicef1rst View Post
    Unfortunately your characterization of the less expensive Digi-Cools, which incidentally will be the DRSA 1600 as being "cheaper" is inaccurate. The only exclusions that will differentiate the 1600 from the 1200 are the elimination of the selectable 1 to 5 second/Hold option and the high and low pressure reading retention capabilities. Two features that alot of tech's and probably in particular entry level tech's would not utilize anyway. Aside from that the powerhead was left unrevised, it's pure Digi-Cool.

    The recall of the second generation 523-v.2 was to address potential refrigerant loss at the hose ports, I am not personally aware of any of the version 2.00 523's [first attached image] that were actually found to be leaking. The second generation 523 v.2.01[second attached image] added a protective skirt around the hose ports and is very easy to differentiate from version 2.00. A later revision to the second generation 523 in the form of a firmware flash, to address update rates resulted in the designation of a version 2.02 - if you're interested the result of that free flash upgrade can be seen in this clip: http://digitalzeus.wordpress.com/200...rmware-update/

    100% agree!
    After usuing Digital gauges there is no going back. If a tech is going to stay in this field, I would save your money for a "good" set. It is money well spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by servicef1rst View Post
    Unfortunately your characterization of the less expensive Digi-Cools, which incidentally will be the DRSA 1600 as being "cheaper" is inaccurate. The only exclusions that will differentiate the 1600 from the 1200 are the elimination of the selectable 1 to 5 second/Hold option and the high and low pressure reading retention capabilities. Two features that alot of tech's and probably in particular entry level tech's would not utilize anyway. Aside from that the powerhead was left unrevised, it's pure Digi-Cool.

    The recall of the second generation 523-v.2 was to address potential refrigerant loss at the hose ports, I am not personally aware of any of the version 2.00 523's [first attached image] that were actually found to be leaking. The second generation 523 v.2.01[second attached image] added a protective skirt around the hose ports and is very easy to differentiate from version 2.00. A later revision to the second generation 523 in the form of a firmware flash, to address update rates resulted in the designation of a version 2.02 - if you're interested the result of that free flash upgrade can be seen in this clip: http://digitalzeus.wordpress.com/200...rmware-update/
    i don't mean to say the lesserexpensive ones are inaccurate at all!! i have the YJ set myself and they are awesome!!! i am looking into getting a second set for back-up use
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    Mastercool DIgital gauges

    JUNK, JUNK, and TOTAL JUNK!!!!!!!!!!! Have a set of these. Was starting some units at an apartment complex came a little shower rain and messed them up it would read 1700 psi on low side and 2700 on high side with nothing hooked up. sent them back to Mastercool took 2 months to return. 1 month later have them hooked up to a r410 heatpump and highside reading goes to zero. recalibrate them and still zero. Highside sensor no longer works. Why would anyone make a test tool that you use outside 99.9% of the time that is NOT water resistant. I can understand not being able to put them underwater but a shower rain? Absolutely stupid!!!!!! Have Had a set of YellowJacket Gauges hanging in the van for the last year and a half. TOtally dependable!!!!! I will never buy MasterCool again. Yellow jacket is moisture resistant and shock resistant. Threw the Mastercools in the floorboard and have been kicking them every time I get near them. Do not buy these as factory repair is very slow and will lie to you bout when they will ship back. Digicool has one awesome tech help line, every time I have emailed Digicool I have gotten a return phonecall within the hour and once on the weekend.

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    I been using the Mastercool 99772 for about 6 months and love them. I have had no problems with them. I do mostly restaurant work no HVAC but plenty of WIB and reach in boxes. As far as being waterproof I have gotten rained on and had no problems. They didn't get soaked but got wet. Love the vacuum sensor and the thermocouple makes taking SH and SC readings about as easy as it gets. Based on my experience I would recommend.To each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexw View Post
    Who has tried the new Mastercool HVAC Digital manifold?

    What are your feelings about it after using it for X time?

    Is it worth the money?

    Will it last if you don't abuse it?
    I've never seen a Master Cool anything that was "worth the money"..........................jmho

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    I have several mastercool tools and will have to agree that lately products do lack in quality and customer service has become nonexistent.personally have a set of analog gauges that leak on a regular basis if I don't keep the orings lubed.

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