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  1. #1
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    The best tools in HVAC/R trade,please figure out.

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    Lightbulb Depends on which type of tool you're looking for:



    DMMs, hands down, Fluke.

    Thermometers, Fluke, Cooper, and Weiss 3 way tie.

    Airflow, hands down, Alnor and Dwyer tie.

    Leak detectors, Yokogawa/Bacharach.

    Combustion analyzers, Bacharach.

    Hand tools are a thread of their own.

    Gauges, Vacuum pumps, MOST of the specialty hand tools, Yellow Jacket.

    Recovery machines are recovery machines, as long as they're oilless, still in production and can handle 410a.

    Cutting, Flaring and Swaging, Imperial Eastman and Ridgid tie.

    Threading tools, pipe wrenches, Ridgid.

    JB anything is junk.
    UEI anything is trash.
    TIF anything is flotsam.
    Fieldpiece makes toys. We have a fight in another thread about that right now.

    What am I missing?

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    My opinion/experience on one of my favorite subjects:

    Pliers:
    Klien- tried and true choose carefully because they will be around for a while.
    Baco- A Snap-on subsidiary they are great tools comparable or superior to Klien (I know some of you think it’s blasphemy).
    Knipex- their diagonal cutters are amazing. The channel lock type pliers are an improvement over the original.
    Grip-on has a good vice grip style plier you can clamp to a table and use as a mini vice

    Ratchets:
    Snap-on- the best available and they price them accordingly. You and bet your life on them.
    ProTo (Stanley and Husky) my next choice Husky would be my recommendation for value priced tools when you are first starting out (Home Depot).

    Screw/nut drivers:
    Snap-on- screwdrivers are pretty good they fit the hand nicely
    Klien- makes some great cushioned screwdriver/nut drivers these are a very good bet.
    Rigid- makes decent screwdrivers as well.

    Wrenches:
    Snap-on- Simply the best combination wrenches ever no one even comes close. Their box end offsets are great. The ratcheting boxed end wrenches (dog bones) are worth every penny there is no comparison!
    ProTo- pretty good
    S&K- My second choice after snap-on
    Husky- The polished husky wrenches are a close imitation to snap-on a very sound choice for a beginner.

    Hammers:
    Eastwing- The snap-on of hammers
    Malco-sound hammers and duct tools

    Drills:
    Cordless:
    DeWalt- widely available and rugged higher end of the price range.
    Milwaukee-very rugged replacement parts easily obtainable
    Bosh- pricy but performs well
    Rigid- soon to be a competitor with the big boys I would not feel unarmed with one
    Makita- a little less robust than the others but it makes up for it in longevity.
    Ryobi- great for a beginner very economical and the quality is pretty decent

    Corded:
    Milwaukee- The only corded drill for many I agree. Tough as a tank.
    The others mentioned above same thing here!

    Blades:
    Lennox- tried and true

    Meters:
    Fluke- the best all I’ve used

    Gages:
    Hard to say you will end up with more than one pair if you work on bigger equipment. I was told buy a pair that you won’t cry over when they fall off the roof. You can repair them most wholesalers have parts.
    Refco- makes some robust gages catering to the refrigeration side of the house and they have a vacuum pump that looks like a tank. Their refrigeration tools are nice.

    Tubing/piping
    Rigid- the best tubing cutters reamers all piping tools don’t care for their flare set it does not swage.
    Refco- Flare kit flares and swages


    NOTE:

    I was told along time ago a power tool quality is related to the length of its cord. I find this to be true in almost every case (longer = better).

    When you select a cordless drill consider an impact driver. They out perform a regular drill when shooting screws and eliminate wrist whipping

    Good drill bits (Lawson products) are expensive so get a Drill Dr. or buy cheap ones with disposable intentions.

    Hope that’s enough to chew on.
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    “Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own." Scott Adams

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
    Albert Einstein

  4. #4
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    Thanks a lot!
    So what is your favorite tools in the trade?Please!

  5. #5
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    I can't imagine going through life without a Leatherman on my belt.

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    Agree with benncool on the Leatherman but Cond. dave whats that with JB vacume pumps being junk . I have used them for years , even have my first one and its over 25 years old and the only thing I have replaced on it is the oil level window being the seal started to leak. I like JB being I think they may be a little lighter and smaller in size. I hant really looked at the Yellow jacket ones tho.

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    Originally posted by dec
    Agree with benncool on the Leatherman but Cond. dave whats that with JB vacume pumps being junk . I have used them for years , even have my first one and its over 25 years old and the only thing I have replaced on it is the oil level window being the seal started to leak. I like JB being I think they may be a little lighter and smaller in size. I hant really looked at the Yellow jacket ones tho.
    Burned up two of them on one large pull. Neither one was neglected, both had fresh oil. One was 3 years old, the other 10.

    Nothing JB makes is worth a plug nickel, with the exception of their control pump, which only works when mounted to a three foot long slab of 2 x 10.

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