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    Confused The Tru Blu Starter Evacuation Kit Test and review after a month.

    Upgrading my evacuation rig has been on my to-do list for a while considering i've been using a yellow jacket titan 4 port manifold. I wanted to buy a kit but I didn't want fork over $400-$800 just for some hoses and fittings without trying them out first. That is why I went with Tru Blu starter kit.

    My initial impression was pretty good. The hose and core removal tool appeared to be of very high quality. The hose wasn't as stiff as I expected. Its actually quite flexible. I felt like it should include some caps and plugs for everything. Not so sure on how long the carrying case will last. I will for sure be switching to a pelican case.

    After using it several times i did notice a big reduction in time to pull down below 500 micron. It did take a little longer set up but it was mainly from being my first time setting it up. But overall it worked great. But i still wanted to do a direct comparison between this new set up, my old set up, and almost everyone else I knew did it

    First I checked my Vacuum pump. and I checked it in between each test and each time it pulled below 20 micron in about 40sec.

    https://imgur.com/a/H95xhad

    For my first test I had it set up like a 3 port manifold. The way I've seen 95% of people do it. 1/4" hose going from the pump to the manifold then two 1/4" hoses going to a 50lb recovery tank. Then run it for 15min

    https://imgur.com/a/E57NNUX

    1010 micron But i also wanted to see how big of a difference there is in having two hoses going to the tank compared to just one. so i valved off the low side on my manifold and tried it again

    https://imgur.com/a/WFncoiU

    1060 micron Surprisingly there wasnt much of a difference. if any.

    https://imgur.com/a/EQkSmRv

    The next set up is how I used to do it using the 3/8" hose from the pump to the manifold and two 1/4" hoses to the tank.

    https://imgur.com/a/QsDFQxg

    514 micron using a little bigger hose made a pretty big difference here but still not to 500 micron in 15 min

    https://imgur.com/a/f0WbNP7

    next I not only connected the 3/8" hose to the pump i also connected the 1/4" as well. To see if the extra hose would make a difference.

    https://imgur.com/a/IxDPma9

    540 micron To my surprise it didnt benefit at all.

    https://imgur.com/a/IFQclai

    So now just a simple one 1/4" hose set up.

    https://imgur.com/a/CIk6LqF

    795 micron Still about the same as the rest of the set ups. nothing to good.

    https://imgur.com/a/oNexGLX

    now for the Tru Blu hose.

    https://imgur.com/a/H7e0a0V

    Just 7 mins. and 10 secs. it hit 500 micron and after the full 15 mins it got down to an impressive 170 micron.

    As a wrap up this kit is a lot faster and better than pulling through a gauge set. What im now curious of now is advanced or professional kit worth the extra money over the starter kit?? It might be hard to beat this kit for $130 when all you need is a good case for it.

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    Great job, thanks for sharing!
    Have you remove the core from 1/4 hose before doing the simple one 1/4" hose set up test?

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    Try moving the hose to the suction side of the tank if you want to see even better results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Try moving the hose to the suction side of the tank if you want to see even better results.
    The suction side is fast for evacuation of refrigerant? I've always used the liquid port. I'll try this on my next recovery. Just purchased a G-Twin so its twice as quick. I use the Sman 460 manifold gauge.

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    Faster evacuation and recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narkom View Post
    Great job, thanks for sharing!
    Have you remove the core from 1/4 hose before doing the simple one 1/4" hose set up test?
    Doing it on the tank i was simulating that the cores were taking out since it doesn't have cores and i left the core depressors on the hoses because I never did take them out and i never saw anyone else whom i worked with take them out neither. For the single 1/4" hose set up it didnt have core depressors to begin with and i wanted it to be a direct comparison to the single tru blu hose.And i wanted the test to be realistic as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman59 View Post
    The suction side is fast for evacuation of refrigerant? I've always used the liquid port. I'll try this on my next recovery. Just purchased a G-Twin so its twice as quick. I use the Sman 460 manifold gauge.

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    Yes that is true because the liquid port has a 1/4" tube going all the way down to the bottom of the tank. that tube acts as a restriction.

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