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Old 08-24-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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New Fieldpiece refrigerant scale, with remote. How cool is that? Plus a new set of Yellow Jacket Titan 2 valve refrigerant gauges just because they were shiny. 22, 404, 410-A.
On the ride home.


Oh, the excitement.








Granted I'm weary of the fact that Fieldpiece is made in Taiwan (designed in the USA which is a plus) and my two new Fieldpiece thermometers, only a few months old, have both let me down, my SC77 digital meter I can not complain about whatsoever so it was either Fieldpiece or some no name never heard of Wavetech something or another digital scale. I got an excellent deal on this at Goodman, a near $100 less than the next supply house, so I jumped on it. It states on the box, "Built Tank Tough" and I have to agree, it is solid.

BT, thanks for kicking my rear in the right direction. I haven't even used it and I already feel better about my ability just owning it.

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Spent a few bones myself today. Got a leaker that's not showing up with soap,dye or electronic leak detector so picked up an ultrasonic. Joe blow has no idea how much stinkin' money we spend on tools.

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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Spent a few bones myself today. Got a leaker that's not showing up with soap,dye or electronic leak detector so picked up an ultrasonic. Joe blow has no idea how much stinkin' money we spend on tools.

No kidding, it is not cheap.

I have an older TFI leak detector which only detects 22 so the new Yellow Jacket which detects cfc's and hcfc's is next on the list. I think it's $350. Then a new recovery machine, $750.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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I want say again that I feel really, really good about purchasing a scale.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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It's the same with auto techs. Had yet another customer today who swore to me that he KNEW that dealerships and other shops provide all the tools we use. Sigh. I guess I've wasted better than $35k in the last 12 years. The shop does provide specialty tools (jigs for auto trans clutch setup, for stretching diff cases, etc). But I provide everything from a scan tool to my laptop to everything else. And at an $84/hr shop rate, he figures I make at least $42 of that. Only in my dreams...
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You have to provide your own scan tool? That's a little over the top. I know matco's determinator was around $4k when it came out. A couple of months ago I sold my snap-on scanner with all the cartridges for $300, and it was 10 years old.
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Marty, then they complain about hvac techs charging them too much, and always think they could find someone cheaper, which never happens.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:46 AM   #8
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Awesome fieldpiece! Is that a wireless remote? The scale I have has a wired remote so I still gotta kneel down but hey, at least the scale works
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I borrowed a refrig scale last time I adjusted my system. What a difference from my regular digital bathroom scale that reads in 1/2 pound increments and has to be reset before each reading. Quite a workout to lift the jug and reset the scale over and over and then have to interpolate the readings. And this new one has a remote readout? Wow, pretty cool, but you guys are getting soft!
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:43 PM   #10
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I bought a service mini van today, for just in case.
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Awesome fieldpiece! Is that a wireless remote? The scale I have has a wired remote so I still gotta kneel down but hey, at least the scale works
Yes. There is a remote handle with a strong magnetic head under flip lid. I think it reads
10 meters away.
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I do mostly larger unit 20+ tons..
I use a fish scale most of the time...
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:11 PM   #14
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And I sold those gauges to my boss this morning. I want 4 valve.
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