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  1. #1
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    mechanic's stethoscope?

    If you haven't already guessed, I'm a gadget guy.

    Always looking for the next gadget or doodad to make my life easier and to help me to make a better, faster and more accurate diagnosis.


    With that in mind, does anyone use one of these?

    Harbor Freight has both a standard one and an electronic version.


    Any input?

    Or are they just a waste?

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    I never thought I would see a post about tools and harbor freight from you. It does come in handy listening for bearing noise and such. And no I didn't buy it at harbor freight ;-)

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    go for the plain one, it's cool to listen to refrigerant passing thru a pipe
    It`s better to be silent and thought the fool; than speak and remove all doubt.

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    Used them in the Service, but not since. And I got out in '95.
    The views and opinions posted here are my own. They do not reflect the corporate policies of my employer and will most likely get me fired at some point.

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    I use the mechanical cheap one for TXV distributor flow and or after many yrs experience one can hone in on whether its full flow, sludge, or ice as it operates etc.

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    I bought the $40 electronic stethoscope and returned it, it wasn't any better than the $4 standard, the good thing about HFT if you dont like it they take it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tassajara View Post
    I never thought I would see a post about tools and harbor freight from you. It does come in handy listening for bearing noise and such. And no I didn't buy it at harbor freight ;-)
    Harbor Freight give me a chance to check out a new widget without breaking the bank.

    Once that one fails, if I've used it enough, then I will replace it with a quality tool.

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    I was just busting balls.

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    I have one that I use to check if my helper has a heartbeat.
    If you really know how it works, you have an execellent chance of fixin' er up!

    Tomorrow is promised to no one...

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    The noise it makes before it explodes just sends me running for the cutout.
    Never argue with a crazy man.

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    one of my dr. clients donated a couple to me that he had laying around
    the office.

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    I have a standard one. I use it a lot more now that I am old and don't hear as well as I used to. Amazing what you can troubleshoot this way, with a little practice.
    Challenge yourself, take the CM test --- Certificate Member since 2004 ---Join RSES ---the HVAC/R training authority ---www.rses.org

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    I always stuck the long screwdriver to my ear. It works for me..
    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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