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Recovery Machines

Discussion in 'Tools and Test Equip' started by Bustawrench, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    My g5 is getting pretty worn out after ten years of abuse. Im thinking of replacing it.

    Is there anything better out there or should i just get another g5?

    I was looking at the infinicon, they claim its better than the appion for 410a use. I wonder if there's any truth to that?
     
  2. 4x4Freak

    4x4Freak New Member

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    I have the older version of the Inficon. It's about 8 years old and the only issue it's had was leaking seals on the valve manifold. The recovery speed isn't too bad, but not as fast as the G5. It's probably actually faster than the G5 on 410 because it doesn't build tank pressure as fast.

    I don't have any experience with the new model, but it looks like a decent machine on paper anyway. It is 6 lbs heavier than the G5 and less compact. It is rated for pumping 410 at 104 deg where the G5 is not. The other ratings are about the same except for straight liquid, which is a lot less than the G5.

    The G5 is more appealing to me just because of it's size and weight. I don't have a lot of free space in my truck, so any little bit makes a difference. It also pulls 410 at high temps just fine as long as I keep the tank cool. If you don't cool the tank it will take a lot longer with any refrigerant. I also use a tee on the machine with two hoses to the tank, which helps with flow and pressure at the machine. But I wouldn't have an issue trying the Inficon based on past experience.
     
  3. Catpower

    Catpower The Crowd Pleaser

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    Here's the best recovery machine

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  4. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    And that's exactly what I used, prior to June 1992.
     
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  5. Texas-Tech

    Texas-Tech Official Geezer*

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    I'd stick with a G5
     
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  6. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    My only complaint with the g5 is how fast it heats the tanks up on 410a. The newer inficon has a micro channel coil that supposedly does a better job on a hot roof. But, maybe it's just marketing BS.

    I'd be willing to trade size and weight for a little less dicking around with the tanks, etc.
     
  7. Texas-Tech

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    I use a coiled up 3/8 tube in a bucket if water to subcool it first
     
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  8. Texas-Tech

    Texas-Tech Official Geezer*

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    You just need access to water to c/o what's in the bucket when it heats up
     
  9. Bustawrench

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    I used to do that until the safety nazi at DuPont busted me for it. Not UL Listed or some such bull shit.

    Went out and got me one of those UL listed CPS deals. It works ok, until you're on a square mile of roof with no hose bib and no ice. Lol.
     
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  10. Texas-Tech

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    That is a problem for sure, stores I used to service had 2 bibs on every roof. Not so much now
     
  11. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    That's what I miss about working at McDonald's. Every restaurant had a hose bib on the roof and had power outlets all over as well.

    Very rare to find hose bibs on roofs anywhere else and power outlets are also hard to come by.
     
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  12. Texas-Tech

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    I don't understand how the peeps expect one to maintain their equip without access to water
     
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  13. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    I had a water cooled condenser from an old unit that I could hook my recovery machine to. It even had the water regulating valve hooked on to conserve water, lol
     
  14. knave

    knave Undeterred

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    We have a big ice machine in our shop with free ice. Ice can work good if you can get it.
     
  15. HMD

    HMD does it matter?

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    i dont understand how the peeps expect one to maintain their equip by putting on the phuckin roof
     
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  16. knave

    knave Undeterred

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    You have to deal with much 410?
    At my new job we don't see it much.
     
  17. Chuck

    Chuck SSP

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    Rooftops all come with 410 but doubt it's used in refer
     
  18. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    They neither know nor care.
     
  19. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    Koolaire ice machines are the only /r use I can think of
     
  20. mike1020

    mike1020 entitled millennial

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    What he said