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May 16, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


HVAC Tool Reviews

If you work in HVAC, you know the value of tools like a pair of Milwaukee straight cutting aviation snips or a Klein infrared thermometer. Our HVAC tool reviews cover all the products in air mechanical that make that job possible. New technologies are bringing more cordless and multi-function tools to Pros. That cuts down on weight by making tools smaller and also eliminating multiple tools when just one will do. Smart tools are also coming into play as they allow for the capture and retrieval of data for inspections and bids. HVAC Tool Reviews for Air Mechanical Pros From color coded aviation snips to thermal imaging products, HVAC technicians use tools on every job that have to perform. If a tool promises one thing and doesn’t deliver—it’s out the door. That goes for a new multi-function hand tool or a test & measurement device that promises to be “smarter” than the average thermometer. Professional tools have got to work, and our evaluations ensure that they do.

General Tools RLD400 Digital Refrigerant Leak Detector Preview

TheGeneral Tools RLD400 Digital Refrigerant Leak Detector is made in America and seems like a great fit for those wanting to inspect and maintain mobile and stationary air conditioners, refrigerators, chillers and heat pumps. It meets SAE J2791 and J2913 standards and European standard EN14624. The RLD400 pinpoints refrigerant leaks and can prevent compressor, evaporator […]

Fluke VT02 Visual Infrared IR Thermometer Preview

The Fluke VT02 Visual Infrared IR Thermometer has sophisticated on-screen markers which pinpoint hot (red box) and cold (blue box) spots on the screen. A temperature reading is also provided at the center point. Images are saved to a microSD card so you can use them later for documentation or tracking results of an inspection. Images […]

Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter Preview

Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter Preview

The new Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter can simultaneously measure two temperature points. It has a high contrast white on black display that can be read across the room and simple controls that are easy to use. In fact, the entire user interface is very simple. The tool performs Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, simultaneous T1 and T2 measurements, and even difference measurements. It can store minimum and maximum temperature readings and has a strong removable magnetic base for hanging it directly, or via suspension, off duct work, panels and other metallic surfaces.

Fluke Intros 62 MAX and 62 MAX + Infrared Thermometers

Fluke 62 MAX Infrared Thermometers

There’s not a ton of info on these yet, but Fluke is releasing two new infrared thermometers, the new Fluke 62 MAX and 62 MAX + (PLUS) models. Both new IR thermometers are designed to improve upon the already-decent Fluke 62. The new models are small and compact and Fluke thinks they will provide everything you’d […]

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Review

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Review

Getting a quick and accurate bead on the temperature differential around an AC duct or a door can be a lifesaver for air mechanical technicians and energy efficiency specialists. While there are a lot of tools on the market that can help you do this, it’s nice to be able to reach for a familiar name – particularly when your shop is already equipped with compatible batteries and chargers. Recently Porter-Cable launched the PCC581B Infrared Thermometer, which comes as a bare tool, making it a great choice if you’re already vested in their 18V cordless platform. And if you’re not, Porter Cable also offers a 9V-powered version, the PCC582B. Both of these infrared thermometers incorporate a tri-color beam that indicates temperature changes visually along with the digital readout. When you pull the trigger, the thermometer takes a reference temperature reading while it projects a circular green beam onto the surface at which it is aimed. The projected beam colors change when a difference in temperature is detected as you scan it across an area. A blue beam identifies a cooler spot, and a red beam indicates a hotter area.

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Preview

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Preview

Porter-Cable launched a couple of brand new Infrared Thermometers, the 18V-powered PCC581B and the 9V-powered PCC582B. These infrared thermometers are very different from the ones we’ve seen in the past, incorporating a three-color indicator beam that indicates changes in temperature visually. When you pull the trigger, the thermometer takes a reference temperature reading while it paints a green circle beam onto the surface at which it is aimed. The colors change when a difference in temperature is detected as it is scans across an area. A blue beam identifies a cool spot, and a red beam shows a hot spot.

Milwaukee Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting Hand Tools Preview

Milwaukee Hand Tools – Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting

When we attended the Milwaukee New Tools Event this year, Tim Albrecht showed us some of the new hand tools that fall into three basic categories: Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting. At the time, the info was under NDA, but now that has been lifted and we an bring you all of the first impressions and info we learned first-hand about the new tools. First up was a focus on build quality. First off, the new hand tools are all drop forged, machined for maximum precision, and treated to resist rust. In fact, using chrome plating instead of nickel, Milwaukee demonstrated the advanced corrosion resistance of their new tools by leaving two new aviation snips left in salt water overnight and then in the sun. Milwaukee’s tool showed considerable resistance to rust while the other brand had a ton of rust around the hinge points and across the blade.

Kett KD-200 Double-cut Shears Preview

Kett KD-200 Double-cut Shears Preview

Kett Tool, producer of electric and pneumatic portable power saws, shears and nibblers, introduces the KD-200 double-cut shears. The KD-200 cut C.R. mild steel up to 18 gauge in straight or contour lines at over 300 inches per minute and stainless steel up to 20 gauge at over 180 inches per minute. The “double-cut” designation […]

Ryobi Tek4 RP4030 Professional Infrared Thermometer Review

Ryobi RP4030 Infrared Thermometer Review

The Tek4 4V Professional Infrared Thermometer delivers a constant readout of temperatures ranging from below 0 to over twice the boiling point of water. We found that this tool is most accurate when you are less than 2 meter from your target, but the tool can also measure from quite a distance away. The key to using it correctly is to understand that it has a 10:1 spot-to-distance ratio, so the closer you are, the smaller your measurement sample and the less it will be affected by the surrounding air temperature. This is an incredibly handy tool, especially for air mechanical inspectors and installers.