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#4448696 - 07/03/17 07:44 PM A/C pressure guage
topsy Offline

Registered: 04/28/13
Posts: 19
Loc: Georgia !
Looking at buying a gauge set. I see guages starting at $25, which obviously is the lowest quality. Are there any gauges available for under $100 that would be of a much better quality?


#4448709 - 07/03/17 07:50 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
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#4448710 - 07/03/17 07:50 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
redbone3 Offline

Registered: 06/09/12
Posts: 657
Loc: Reno, NV
All of the gauges on these are grade B (+/-3% of full scale on the first and last 25% of the range and +/- 2% of full scale in the center 50% of range). Look for the quality and length of the hoses and hardware to make your decision.
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#4448725 - 07/03/17 08:01 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20457
Loc: Upstate NY
Keep in mind that a set of gauges will not make you an auto A/C expert. There are a lot of other tools needed to work on an auto A/C. If there is a leak the source needs to be identified and corrected which can mean a $200 leak detector or yellow glasses and a UV light.

To work on the system you need to evacuate the system, saving and filtering the R134a for reuse.

To verify you need to pull a vacuum for 30 min and have it hold the vacuum.

And to fill the system it's filled by weight.
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#4448740 - 07/03/17 08:13 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
topsy Offline

Registered: 04/28/13
Posts: 19
Loc: Georgia !
Thanks for the replies, if anyone has any other brand recommendations let me know.

#4448767 - 07/03/17 08:38 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
clinebarger Offline

Registered: 12/19/13
Posts: 1912
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Robin-Air used to be the gold standard for automotive a/c equipment, I'm still using a 35+ year old R-12 RobinAir gauge set that I made conversion hoses for (R-12 on the manifold side & 134a on the other using some nice aluminum Snap-On brand disconnects. The great thing is I can still use my R-12/R-22 hoses on the same manifold.

I have a 25 & 30 year old RobinAir Vacuum Pumps that will not die.

I'm sure they have been bought out by some foreign interest by now?
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#4448770 - 07/03/17 08:38 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
Nick1994 Offline

Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10111
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
The Harbor Freight ones are good. A buddy of mine is a mechanic and uses them.
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#4448777 - 07/03/17 08:45 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: Donald]
9050lx Offline

Registered: 11/07/08
Posts: 115
Loc: FL
My brother in law praises the harbor freight el-cheapo dual stage vacuum pumps for price and longetivity, using them in some kind of parts press operations.I have no experience with them but he likes them.

#4448811 - 07/03/17 09:07 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
E150GT Offline

Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1102
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Ive seen some yellow jacket branded ones that seem ok. Ive used a set of my friends before.
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#4448821 - 07/03/17 09:13 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
chrly919 Offline

Registered: 01/11/13
Posts: 71
Loc: Tennessee
I've used my HF gauges for about 10 years. No complaints for my shade tree projects.
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#4448822 - 07/03/17 09:13 PM Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy]
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Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8662
Loc: North Carolina
Mine are robin-air, i use them on my r-22 home unit as well.

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