A Brief Glance at the HVAC Tool Market
From recovery machines to hand tools and everything in between
Using the proper tool to complete a job is important — like wearing the appropriate attire to a formal dinner. It is possible to show up in jeans and a t-shirt to the black tie affair, but it isn’t professional and it definitely sends the wrong message. Technicians can use a tool improperly to accomplish a task, but it isn’t professional either, and it can send a message of incompetence to the customer. To help contractors and technicians with their choice of daily tools, here is a sampling of some different products on the market and their features.
NRDD - Brushless DC Recovery Unit
The NRDD recovery unit features a brushless DC motor that helps make it lightweight and improve efficiency. Recovering all commonly used refrigerants, including R-22, R-134a, and R-410a, the unit features a large backlit display. It has a twin cylinder design with a 2-row oversized condenser, oil free compressor, and self-purging functionality. Part of the Master Series, the unit weighs 25 pounds and operates on 115V. It features one key operation and has an automatic safety shut-off that engages at 558 psi/38.5 bar.
The 2½” – 4” IPS XL Ring Kit for M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ Long Throw Press Tool
This kit allows contractors to make connections on 2½- to 4-inch schedule 40 black iron pipe and stainless steel without a welding torch. Requiring no hot work permits or fire watch personnel, the product creates flameless press connections. For use with the M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ Long Throw Press Tool (2773-20L), the addition of these jaws allows mechanical contractors to make controlled, flameless connections on 2½- to 4-inch Schedule 10 to Schedule 40 black iron pipe with the very same tool they use for pressing copper, PEX, and stainless steel. The fittings available in the industry are approved for use in hydronic heating, compressed air, fire protection, cooling water applications, and more.
Wireless Vacuum Gauge
The hilmor Wireless Vacuum Gauge is a recent addition to the company’s full lineup of tools that help HVACR technicians get their work done. The product is able to read an exact micron count up to 760,000 from 33 wireless feet away. This allows the technician to be in a different area of the home and still get a reading. The gauge’s sensor does not require recalibration, removing accuracy concerns. The sensor is also replaceable and can be ordered as a separate SKU. Other product features include an easy-to-read screen, durable construction, and long battery life.
Spark-proof Dual Voltage Platinum Vacuum Pump
The DV-200N-250SP is for use on A1, A2L, A2, and A3 refrigeration systems and is part of the PLATINUM® pump series. The spark-proof, dual voltage design prevents sparking and/or ignition when flammable refrigerant gases are present and includes a 115/230V voltage selector switch and removable, interchangeable power cord for flexibility. It is available in 7 cfm with a 15-micron vacuum rating, and features a two-stage direct drive with ½ hp capacitor start and thermal overload protection. The all-metal construction with finned aluminum heavy-duty housing, brass fittings, stainless steel valving, and splashguard ensure long-term durability. It includes a gas ballast and blank-off isolation valve, as well as an internal check valve to prevent oil backflow during power failure. JB vacuum pumps are 100 percent field repairable and include a two-year over-the-counter warranty.
Fluke™ 1000 V Insulated Hand Tools
The Fluke™ 1000 V Insulated Hand Tools are designed to keep workers safe in hazardous areas and are rugged enough to use in the toughest environments without breaking. Multi-layer insulation combined with ergonomic design make the tools comfortable to use all day without strain or fatigue. Manufactured using state-of-the-art German steel to Fluke’s exacting standards for quality, ruggedness, and reliability, the 11 new tools include all the basics technicians need to do their jobs safely and efficiently, including an assortment of pliers/cutters and screwdrivers. These tools are available individually, in multi-tool kits, and in bundles. All insulated test tools are backed by a lifetime warranty.
420® Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers
The CHANNELLOCK® 420® Straight Jaw Tongue and Groove Pliers are built to last with a patented PermaLock® fastener that eliminates nut and bolt failure. The tool has a patented reinforcing edge to minimize stress breakage, and 90-degree laser-hardened teeth for grip and longevity. Each pair includes the CHANNELLOCK BLUE® comfort grips and a 1.5-inch jaw capacity. Made in the USA, the tool is specially coated for rust prevention. The 9.5-inch tongue and groove pliers have right-angle teeth grip that provides grip in all directions for maximum bite and minimum wear. A patented undercut tongue and groove design ensures no-slip jaw action.
Bacharach Combustion app
The Bacharach Combustion app is designed for use with the company’s hand-held combustion and emissions analyzer portfolio, it replaces ReportApp and PCA 400 app, and is available for Apple and Android devices. For the InTech® and Insight® Plus combustion analyzers, the app features a QR code scanner that obtains combustion data from a QR code that appears on the analyzer display screen. Once scanned with a mobile device, the data is available for reporting and sharing. For the PCA 400, the app features Bluetooth connectivity that allows the user to view and save combustion data in real-time from their device, as well as remotely control the analyzer sample pump.
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