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    SMAN or Testo?

    I'm wondering who makes the best setup, I was looking at SMAN 3. I'm not into cooling as much because I'm far north so I'm not looking for the best of the best. Thanks for any replies.

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    Not that much price diff between the SMAN 3 and the Testo 557.

    I would go the extra mile and get the 557 cause its a great deal more accurate.

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    You ever get that AK-900, clover?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    I'm wondering who makes the best setup, I was looking at SMAN 3. I'm not into cooling as much because I'm far north so I'm not looking for the best of the best. Thanks for any replies.
    If you could get the best of the best for the same (or lower) price as the SMAN3, would you?

    http://shop.rdholder.com/Digi-Cool-A...Cool-AK900.htm

    You can get 5% off with hvactalk coupon code.
    Last edited by Chuck; 08-17-2012 at 10:00 PM.

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    Thanks for the link it didn't come I'n a clickable form so I will look it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Thanks for the link it didn't come I'n a clickable form so I will look it up.
    I fixed it. Try it again.

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    They look nice why are they so cheap?

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    I used an sman3 a few weeks ago when working with my friend. It wasnt bad but i really wasnt familiar with it because im so used to my ak900. The hook was annoying and the site glass on the manifold wasnt really friendly to my eyes but other than that i cant give it a bad rating . . . Unless we're talking appearance lol because besides its colors its ugly.

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    Thats good, the kind of info I like. I'm just suprised at the price. Do they come with clamp on thermometers, looks like sman3 does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Thats good, the kind of info I like. I'm just suprised at the price. Do they come with clamp on thermometers, looks like sman3 does.
    Just like a micron gauges the mfgs. feel the need to include these things even if they arn't very good..
    I dislike the SMAN clamps and have seen videos showing the similar reasons to not believe in their accuracy in the field. The best way to mount a sensor is to strap it to the line and insulate. Most clamps do a poor job in the field IMO.
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsiceman View Post
    Just like a micron gauges the mfgs. feel the need to include these things even if they arn't very good..
    I dislike the SMAN clamps and have seen videos showing the similar reasons to not believe in their accuracy in the field. The best way to mount a sensor is to strap it to the line and insulate. Most clamps do a poor job in the field IMO.
    Do any of the gauges make a strap on style sensor. I think I like the digi cools, I dont need anything super expensive and if those are supposed to be the best then that's great. Just about the time out ac season gets going its already over. On the other hand because I don't do alot of ac I would like something to make it easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    Do any of the gauges make a strap on style sensor. I think I like the digi cools, I dont need anything super expensive and if those are supposed to be the best then that's great. Just about the time out ac season gets going its already over. On the other hand because I don't do alot of ac I would like something to make it easier.
    DC sensors are strap on.

    "The best" is such a subjective thing. I like my digi-cools as do many others that have them, but there are a lot of people that like their Testos and SMANs, too.

    It comes down to personal preference. The problem is, you need to use them to gain a preference and not many guys are willing to loan their digitals out...



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    What it comes down to is best bang for your buck, but I would rather have a set with a few bells and whistles that work good then a set with everything that work ok. I'm sure whoever owns SMAN or Testo will say theres are the best, mostly because they like you said have never used any other. I have been hearing lots of good about digi cools so maybe I will look into them. I am sure they are all good though.

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    I have 2 sets of DC gauges in the truck.

    my 1200 is about 3 years old and has had no problems with the unit itself. I have broken a couple of sensor wires, but have since learned how to care better for them and that doesn't happen anymore.

    The 900 is about 2 years old (one of the beta models) and I beat the crap out of it. Still, no issues to speak of.



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    Thanks jp, I do need something tuff, I do lots of work in the country and in crappy areas, I am glad I started this thread because I was leaning toward SMAN and I bet they are great but with all the good said about digi cool I feel more comfortable with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    You ever get that AK-900, clover?
    After my interaction with Mr. Lockart...it ain't gonna happen.

    I'm good with with my 557 and my SMAN 3. Got a lot of use this summer but i trust them both.

    Now I am getting the wireless bug..so that means the Testo 570 and the Sman 4.

    I don't know why , but even though i don't use the micron gauge on either manifold, I just like using them.


    This heating season I am going for a combustion analyzer. Just don't know I f I am going Bacharach or Testo.

    Bacarach was the Gold-standard when I was in school in the '70s but I love Testo stuff too. Jim at TTT sells both. I'll probably consult with him or his staff and make up my mind.

    I just want to be the best I can be in the working years I have left and that means more education and capital investment in new instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvaclover View Post
    After my interaction with Mr. Lockart...it ain't gonna happen.

    I'm good with with my 557 and my SMAN 3. Got a lot of use this summer but i trust them both.

    Now I am getting the wireless bug..so that means the Testo 570 and the Sman 4.

    I don't know why , but even though i don't use the micron gauge on either manifold, I just like using them.


    This heating season I am going for a combustion analyzer. Just don't know I f I am going Bacharach or Testo.

    Bacarach was the Gold-standard when I was in school in the '70s but I love Testo stuff too. Jim at TTT sells both. I'll probably consult with him or his staff and make up my mind.

    I just want to be the best I can be in the working years I have left and that means more education and capital investment in new instruments.
    Sorry. I was under the impression that you had ordered one a while back.



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    I have a UEI combustion analyzer, sure beats the bacharach kit as far as time and ease. We still use the draft gauge from the old kit though. I haven't used it much but or pm tech has and seems to like it, I don't know how they compare to anything else though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Sorry. I was under the impression that you had ordered one a while back.
    He said he did....

    Quote Originally Posted by hvaclover View Post
    Clover ordered AK 900s.

    First thing I'm gonna do is drown them and see how they work after.

    I'm serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcrj View Post
    He said he did....
    Yes i was going to order them and at the time I posted that I I had mind up me my to commit to an order. But i never got to it. After an exchange with Doug I changed my mind.

    Even though the AK 900 has a great rep among it's users...it's just not something I prefer to have.

    Sorry for the misinformation on my already having them.

    I'm harpy with my Testos and SMAN 3.

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