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    Digital Manifold Gauges - Fieldpiece SMAN or Testo 5 Series

    I need one of these digital gauges so I can get better at my job.

    Initially I was looking at the Fieldpiece, but now I'm leaning toward the Testo because it's smaller and comes with a hard case.

    What's your guys take on them? Or any other brand?

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    Digi Cool 1250. These are the best IMO. Very accurate and can take a beating. You also use your own manifold, which I also prefer. Oh, and great support.

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    DIGICOOL 1250

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    If you pull a vacuum through your gauges, forget the sman's or the testo 550

    I am waiting on the AK900's!!!!!!

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    http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=906562

    This is why I created this thread...
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

    "Thats what we do Troy. Incredible, Invisible, Imbelivable things. We are an Unseen, Unknown, Unvincible fraternity of craftsman.."

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    My DC 1250 temp probes have been acting up so I'm back to the testo 550 until I get them fixed.

    I really miss the bar graph more than I thought I would. It is very helpful.

    One thing I hate about DC is they don't read out the actual temps the clamps are seeing. Why couldn't they have programmed the display differently?

    Except for the bar graph the testo 550 display is worlds ahead of the DC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoang View Post
    I need one of these digital gauges so I can get better at my job.

    Initially I was looking at the Fieldpiece, but now I'm leaning toward the Testo because it's smaller and comes with a hard case.

    What's your guys take on them? Or any other brand?
    My -- I love the Testo line of test equipment and i am really happy with their products! If you are going to be working on alot of refrigeration and your in and out of freezers get the DIGI cools. If not then testo or Sman will do the trick. What ever of the three you choose you will be fine. JB and Yellow Jacket are over priced for their features.
    If your not getting the results you desire then change. People change from either desperation or inspiration.

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    I've owned the testo, digocool 1600, and the sman3. The testo broke way too much. I can'tbelieve anyone has had a good experience with that piece of junk. The digicool seemed nice but the lead broke and it only read one line at a time.

    The sman3 is by far the best. Watching subcool and superheat with precision is a wonderful thing.

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    Well, which one is easier to use? Has better features? More reliable? I kind of like the Testo because it looks smaller, fitting the hand better and it has a nice hard case. The Fieldpiece looks big. I don't want to be carrying something too big and bulky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoang View Post
    Well, which one is easier to use? Has better features? More reliable? I kind of like the Testo because it looks smaller, fitting the hand better and it has a nice hard case. The Fieldpiece looks big. I don't want to be carrying something too big and bulky.
    The fieldpiece has two temp probes which is important to me. I put them on once and don't have to switch back and forth. I use it for residential use so it is nice that 410a and r22 are 1 click away. The testo hook is cheap, the leads are like toothfloss, the screen cannot take a drop of water (voids the warranty), static discharge destroys the temp sensors according to the manufacturer. Look at the sman3 video...the thong is tough. The leads may eventually break but I will take them back if so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcrj View Post
    My DC 1250 temp probes have been acting up so I'm back to the testo 550 until I get them fixed.

    I really miss the bar graph more than I thought I would. It is very helpful.

    One thing I hate about DC is they don't read out the actual temps the clamps are seeing. Why couldn't they have programmed the display differently?

    Except for the bar graph the testo 550 display is worlds ahead of the DC.
    The bar graph is an awesome feature. Shows you things you would miss otherwise.

    The AK-900 shows ALL information on the same screen. SH/SC, line temps, pressures and sat temps, delta T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    The bar graph is an awesome feature. Shows you things you would miss otherwise.

    The AK-900 shows ALL information on the same screen. SH/SC, line temps, pressures and sat temps, delta T.
    That's a step in the right direction. I should have just stuck with the 550 until the AK came out and not spent my money on the 1250.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcrj View Post
    That's a step in the right direction. I should have just stuck with the 550 until the AK came out and not spent my money on the 1250.
    Guarantee you could sell that 1250 and get enough back to buy an AK and a nice dinner.

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