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A/C pressure guage #4448696
07/03/17 06:44 PM
07/03/17 06:44 PM
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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?

Thanks

Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448709
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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448710
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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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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448725
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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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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448740
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Thanks for the replies, if anyone has any other brand recommendations let me know.

Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448767
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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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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448770
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The Harbor Freight ones are good. A buddy of mine is a mechanic and uses them.


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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: Donald] #4448777
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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.

Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448811
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Ive seen some yellow jacket branded ones that seem ok. Ive used a set of my friends before.


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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448821
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I've used my HF gauges for about 10 years. No complaints for my shade tree projects.


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Re: A/C pressure guage [Re: topsy] #4448822
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out there
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Mine are robin-air, i use them on my r-22 home unit as well.



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