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Sman 300 or SmarTech

Discussion in 'Tools and Test Equip' started by Raymond Moreno Jr, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Raymond Moreno Jr

    Raymond Moreno Jr New Member

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    Sman 300-series, or SmarTech?

    Pros and cons?

    Go.
     
  2. flange

    flange Act like you care and do SOMETHING!!

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    since I don't even know what either is, I assume digital something. you don't need either. learn how the old fashioned way before buying gadgets
     
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  3. chucko615

    chucko615 Banned camp counselor

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    What is SmarTech?
     
  4. chucko615

    chucko615 Banned camp counselor

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    Never mind, I found them.
     
  5. R2D2-TX

    R2D2-TX New Member

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    Fieldpiece has outstanding customer service
     
  6. Fred Meebley

    Fred Meebley New Member

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    Testo 550
     
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  7. knave

    knave Undeterred

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    DIGICOOL
     
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  8. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    I like the Testo. Been beating the crap out of an entry level set for a year now with no problems.

    But, I agree with Flange. Get a couple sets of Series 41's rock it old school for a while.
     
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  9. Zman

    Zman Hanging by a Thread

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    "Too much, Too soon", the $aying Goes!
     
  10. Raymond Moreno Jr

    Raymond Moreno Jr New Member

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    I'm actually picking-up a Yellow Jacket analog set.

    Debating on which to get - the YJ Titan or the YJ Brute 2.

    I decided on the 4 valve. (I do residential installs).

    My hero at the job has a Smartech. He says he likes it. But I have also heard good (and bad) stuff about the Field Piece Sman 300-series. Specifically how the temperature clamps are inaccurate.

    I was just curious to hear what y'all had to say

    Testo, huh?
     
  11. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    Given the choices:

    Get the Titan.

    The Brute is an absolute piece of crap. I've owned the Brute I and the Brute II and they both ended up flung into dumpsters in a blind rage. You think I would've learned on the first one, but nooooooo.
     
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  12. jamesyarbrough

    jamesyarbrough Amateur Gynecologist

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    Don't waste money of a 4 port gauge. Spend that extra money on a decent vacuum set up.


    Look, just forget everything you habe heard or read.
    Get a $100 set of plain jane yellow jackets, testo 550, and a good vacuum set up with appion core tools and bluvac micron gauge.

    Couple that with some decent hand tools, duct tools, cordless tool set, sling psycrometer and a good meter and you have everything you need for resi


    The boss should supply torches and pumps
     
  13. Fred Meebley

    Fred Meebley New Member

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    What he said
     
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  14. Texas-Tech

    Texas-Tech Official Geezer*

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    x3
     
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  15. Bustawrench

    Bustawrench Knucklehead

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    This ^^^.
     
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  16. kangaroogod

    kangaroogod New Member

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    Fieldpiece joblink probes. I know, I know, everyone is getting in the game but when measurequick gets in bed with them they will be the way to go imo

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
     
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  17. MOFO the psychic gorilla

    MOFO the psychic gorilla sitting on two achers

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    Kinda sick of all the Bluetooth probes with no display.
    They should really have a display. The way blue tooth is two way I don't see why the probes couldn't still be stupid and run the app in the background from your pocket or tool bag and beam back whatever you want the tool display to read.
     
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  18. Raymond Moreno Jr

    Raymond Moreno Jr New Member

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    Thanks for all the info, folks.

    I carefully read through every post.

    In the end, I found that our company distributor allowed the technicians to use the company name to purchase tools at the company business price.

    Couldn't pass-up that deal.

    And since I am predominantly a residential installer, there is really no need to troubleshoot equipment. (It is all installed new).

    In the end (hold on to your britches), I went with the Sman-460.

    Too good a deal to pass up.

    Pretty happy with it at the moment.

    I've done a bunch of installs with it, and nary a problem.

    Once again, I super appreciate all the help, advice, and direction. Getting into your minds as to the "why's" are invaluable to me.
     
  19. knave

    knave Undeterred

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    New equipment does need troubleshooting sometimes.
     
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  20. Mike1965

    Mike1965 New Member

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    I have retired my Sman 2, Sman 3 and my Sman360. Sick and tired of sending in for repairs every year. Micron gauge fails. High side valve seal fails and the hooks catch on everything. My 360 hung on a scuttle hole while I was climbing down. Snatched a chunk of plastic out with the hook. I am tired of sending in for repairs once a year. Just got them back from repair 3 months ago. Warranty has run out.