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  1. #1
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    Testo Experience

    Have thrown more junk away in the past month than I'd like to admit (older FieldPiece SMAN (out of warranty) with bad seals that would not hold, TIF 9450D Micro Gauge that was "glitchy", etc)..........looking for recommendations on a new 4 port manifold with (preferably) integrated vacuum..........Testo caught my eye because testo-direct is offering a 5-yr warranty (with registration)...........anyone care to comment on this setup:

    Testo 0563 0002 Refrig Smart and Wireless Probe Kit +
    Testo 115i Pipe Clamp +
    Testo 557 Refrig Digital Manifold Plus Vacuum Gauge

  2. #2
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    I have the older testo 557 manifold. It works awesome. I do not use the micron gauge though. I bought the new 557 with Bluetooth and honestly it was garbage. Had it 3 months. Spent more time in the mail and being fixed then in my hands. Leaking sight glass, valves, and never read the low side correct. Sent it back and refunded. Bought a digi cool ak900. I believe it mounts right up to a YJ Titan manifold. If someone wants to chime in to verify. Better clamps than testo system too. But I am looking into the smart connect system from testo for pm work. Hope this helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman0880 View Post
    I have the older testo 557 manifold. It works awesome. I do not use the micron gauge though. I bought the new 557 with Bluetooth and honestly it was garbage. Had it 3 months. Spent more time in the mail and being fixed then in my hands. Leaking sight glass, valves, and never read the low side correct. Sent it back and refunded. Bought a digi cool ak900. I believe it mounts right up to a YJ Titan manifold. If someone wants to chime in to verify. Better clamps than testo system too. But I am looking into the smart connect system from testo for pm work. Hope this helps.


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    +1 ak900 is great, and it is a direct fit to the yellow jacket titan 4-valve manifold

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    Thank you gents -- DigiCool looks pretty solid

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    Not to hijack this thread but I have a question. What's the difference between the YJ brutes and the YJ Titans?


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    I had the brute and had nothing but issues with it. Think I just got a bad set. Every fitting in it leaked, was pulling a vacuum and wouldn't go below 1700 microns turns out it was the manifold, brought it back and went back with series 41. I think it's a good manifold but I didn't have good luck with it.

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    As to the 557, I've used three over the last couple years, no problems whatsoever, even the micron gauges were right on with a BluVac. The only reason I stopped using them is I got a good deal on a YJ P51-870 and am liking it a whole lot, as it does more things well.

    As to the manifold, the P51-870 has a Titan manifold and i'm really liking it too. Great valve, easy to use and throttles well. I don't normally use a manifold for vacuum, but did use this one a time or two and it will pull right down with no leaks. So far so good! Time will tell.

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