Being that you are new here, and in the trade, do you know HOW to find out if the system needs a charge? hint- generally SH & SC.
First, your post is much broader than this thread, you should start another of your own.
Second, (to be addressed in your own thread), you should address your need for tools according to what work you need to do and who else you work with and what tools they have. This will change over time, but it can ease your burden somewhat. Hand tools are your first priority. Your boss should be able to give you some kind of assistance in getting geared up. I have over $10,000 in tools, but I could squeak by on maybe 2-3k, but even that is hard for a new guy to buy at once. FYI, the fieldpiece SLR2 looks fairly decent for the price. Should last a while too. don't toss your money on a crappy leak detector, you will be pissed, and waste your time too. The ultrasonics being discussed here are not a first line of leak detection, IMO. Good electronic followed by a bubble leak indicator is the general consensus.
Yes, I am aware of how to charge. I realize I look like a complete noob on the forum, but I went to a very good trade school and have charged many systems before. But my new employer requires we buy our own tools. I have the basics, just trying to buoild up my inventory. Thanks for the help. Ill start my own thread if needed
I recently bought a Bacharach Informant 2. You should check it out! I am very happy with it. It found a 410a leak that I had been looking for that 2 other techs from different companies had searched for before me. As far as Field Piece goes... It got its name because the Piece of Sh*t falls apart inf the field! Don't buy them... You'll regret it very soon!
I have a d-tek compass and love it .In fact I got anothher to have for back up .
I have found leaks with it that could not be found with the Yellow Jacket,or Tif or Fieldpiece. I think I paid about $250 for the compass.