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  1. #1
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    What manifold gauge does everyone prefer

    I like my analogs(Brute 2 yellow jackets) I have never used digitals but don’t trust their accuracy.

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    I use the same as you. For the same reasons.


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    Yup , yellow jackets , and my temp clamp

    When they are not calibrated I can see the needle is off, and I spin on a new gauge , easy peasy

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    You guys probably use Dial thermometers and U tube manometers!
    What scale do you have? Beam type?

    Just kidding, couldnt resist.

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    Scales are for sissies ..... just open the throttle and count .. 1 mississippi 2 mississippi 3 mississippi .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    Scales are for sissies ..... just open the throttle and count .. 1 mississippi 2 mississippi 3 mississippi .....
    yup. bout a pound and d a half!!!

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    Had an older tech tell me 20 Mississippi is about a pound of refrigerant LOL

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    I prefer a dial a charge.

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    Yellow Jacket 49963 Manifold that's my pick.

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    Just an opinion. Any one that works. Believe me I understand. When I first started using lasers for doing pump & fan alignments. I used to go back with my old dial indicator set and straight edge just to make sure it was right. It did not take too many times to show me the laser was just as or better than the dials. (and faster). Calibrating your dial to "zero" does not mean when you see 100 psi it is really at 100 psi. The thing is be consistent and use your knowledge and other tools (temperature, static pressure, air velocity, condensation line, sight glass, amps, superheat, subcooling, etc.) as necessary, to verify the machine you are working on is working correctly

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    Fieldpiece SM360V. Super easy. Does your super heat and sub cool calcs for you. If you want to go wireless you can move up to the 380. All of us in the shop have these. I highly recommend them.

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    I got on the DigiCool wagon back in 2007... and have used them ever since...
    Sitting a-top of a YJ Brute 2 4 valver manifold.

    Sadly though... when R454 and R32 (new juices that will be used with new systems in the future) come out...
    Will have to retire the DC's and get whatever mediocre junk is offered.

    Probably go with the Smans... as they seem to have most of the bugs out of them.
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