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  1. #41
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    At the moment it would have to be my 18v Milwaukee drill with brush attachment to remove carbon buildup in fryer burner tubes. Although my Olight S1r flashlight is probably a close second.


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    8 in 1 by klien ... hilmor offers a half decent one too.

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    My pen was my favorite tool.
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    Compact Bender Kit w/ Reverse Bending Attachment for 1/4" to 7/8" by Hilmor. This isn't a tool I use everyday but it sure is handy for line sets in a tight spot.

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    we are our most important tool. using touch, smell and sight, also listening to the customer will have the system fixed faster then any tool you own.

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    My favorite tool or tools for the job is the appion shrader core remover and the 1/2 vacuum rated hose. Ill hook up a the core remover tools to both the high and low side of the system. And a 1/2 hose to each side, hook my micron guage up to the low side of my core remover tool and on systems 5 tons or lower Im pulling down to below 500 microns in 3 minutes or less, every time! Now Ill always purge with nitrogen to get any excess moister out and put it back on vaccumm, but still in my opinion the BEST way to pull a vaccumm, and the only way I ever will. Even bought a 5/16 appion for mini splits! Removing the shrader and using vaccumm rated hoses and shrader core removers is the reason I like Appion so much. Because yellow jacket and all the other brands arent vaccumm rated

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    My favorite tool is my phone and the internet, but that is nothing special today.

    My favorite real HVAC tool is my AK900 digital gauge set, now in season five, if my count is correct.
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    my meter. my meter. and my meter. I have a few of them and i love them all, fluke 902fc and a temp clamp and my fluke 1587 megger... without proper test equipment you can misdiagnose so whatever it is might as well quality so you dont end up buying it again later when it screws you.

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    I can't be sure if anyone has posted this, but readily available mobile internet. Having the ability to pull up schematics on site, having the ability to communicate with tech support on a complex call instantly, having the ability to check and verify so many things that we couldn't do just 15 years ago without major time invested in a problematic call. Even being able to run calls paperless. To me, that is huge.
    Edit* Yep, someone posted it a few up.
    I stand by it though.

    Oh, and a wireless display fluke. Check startup amps on a Wye Delta with the panel closed. That's pretty cool, too.
    Last edited by I.C.E.; 06-26-2018 at 11:33 PM. Reason: I didn't completely read all the other posts

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    Torch. Good Crisp Light with no Shadows. Nothing worse than squinting at Shadows.


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    Then a close second would be my Leak Detector ,, love spending intimate time with it.


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    My lower rearview mirror, has saved me endless grief.


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    This could helpful for every technicians for the best performance, but one more thing that i can not live without after i first discovered it is a good headlight, its so nice to have both hands free and bright light on your task...





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    Like that tag line haha

    Got to be yellow jacket 860manifold...


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    Sman460 with temperature clamps to show subcooling and superheat.

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    My Hilmor 2 in 1 6" 5/16" and 1/4" nut driver.
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    I'd go with a couple of others, pen, log sheet, and brain. Pen and log sheet because my brain has limited multitask capabilities. Every thing on the sheet has cause and effect, so I go thru the process of chicken and egg. You may often find multiple problems that otherwise are overlooked. Rare on trouble chiller jobs to only find one issue.

    Old favs, Fluke 52 & H10. I still have my hard case of 12" mercury test thermometers, Fluke thermocouple meters are sooooo much better.

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    Square contactless credit card reader...

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    This is a real basic tool.....no batteries needed.

    Not necessarily the favorite tool but appreciated each time I use it.

    It is a wand coil washer, 30" long aluminum tube with ball valve hose connection on one end and the 3/4" tube is tapered on the other end with a series of small holes. Great for cleaning tall coils or long reach horizontal ones. You get a perpendicular shot of water thru the fins without standing on your head or climbing inside a cabinet.

    Nothing glamorous about it, but if cleaning coils long enough your back and knees are happier. Don't get soaked either.
    About $40 at a supply house. Have not seen any others anywhere.

    The 6 in one is always with me. Craftsmen brand has one with good rubber handle......I brought about 6 as that name is fading fast.

    I see you were in school about 5 years ago. So now you may have washed several coils. That is what my young grand kid helpers had to do. So you might understand something simple to make that job easier.

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    Cant go wrong with anything Klein or Veto. Knipex and Wera are also very high quality. As far as power tools go Ive always been a Makita fan but the m12 is slowly winning me over with the 12v inspection camera so I might switch exclusively to the m12 line work and the 18v makita stuff is going in the garage.

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    I use klein,fielpice

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