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Old 12-04-2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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Where to get good compression tester?

Anyway know what store to get a good qaulity compression tester from in the toronto/burlington/brampton/Mississauga/oakville/hamilton are?
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:48 PM   #2
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crappy tire, partsource
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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i remember the one i got at crappy 2 years back (same one they sell now i think for 29.99) failed after a couple cylinders and a review on their site claims same thing happened to him. What brand does partsource sell? Isnt it the same?

What brand does napa sell?
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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snap on:
http://buy1.snapon.com/products/diag...al/zMt308l.pdf
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:47 AM   #5
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i have two crappy tires ones that have lasted me yrs and seem to check out fine.
*have two cause i bought another when i couldnt find the first one*
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:07 AM   #6
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I bought one at CT over 10 yrs ago... still works fine!
It is very difficult to get precise readings, with even the best quality gauge.

Some things that you may want in the tool, are:
-Nice flexible hose. If it is too stiff, it makes it difficult to start the threads.
-A good assortment of plug adapters., for obvious reasons.
-A good quick-connect between the hose and the gauge.
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:09 PM   #7
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Good quality = snap-on
Cheap - Princess auto
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:02 PM   #8
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I don't think 200 usd is reasonable I'd rather just get Mac tools or Matco for half the price but I'm rather looking for a store locally I can get a good tester
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:45 PM   #9
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How is $200 too much for a quality tool that will last a lifetime? Why do so many people drive BMWs that are so cheap? It's pretty sad when you have to cut corners in so many other areas in life to drive a nice car. Bring it to a shop and have them do it and pay the bill.
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #10
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try carquest - they sell good quality tools made for them by the same companies that make them for snap on, mac etc
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:39 PM   #11
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i bought a snap on one and thats the way to go if you want a quality tool. cost me 180. crappy tire one is crap
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:57 PM   #12
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How is $200 too much for a quality tool that will last a lifetime? Why do so many people drive BMWs that are so cheap? It's pretty sad when you have to cut corners in so many other areas in life to drive a nice car. Bring it to a shop and have them do it and pay the bill.
I said its unreasonable in comparison to mac tools/matco since all three make quality tools. Furthermore my gf is thinking of getting me one for christmas and i want to make it easy on her so she can just walk into a retail location and pick one up rather then having a truck/online sale.

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Old 12-06-2010, 12:15 AM   #13
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How is $200 too much for a quality tool that will last a lifetime? Why do so many people drive BMWs that are so cheap? It's pretty sad when you have to cut corners in so many other areas in life to drive a nice car. Bring it to a shop and have them do it and pay the bill.
Thats a pretty ignorant statement...
There is a BIG difference between being cheap and being stupid enough to throw your money away.
For a professional mechanic, 200$ may be a reasonable price, if the tool is used regularly. For someone is gonna pull it out every couple years, a princess auto version is fine.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:38 AM   #14
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Thanks simplycars i looks like car quest sells mityvac who make quality testers (even a digital version)
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:56 AM   #15
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How is $200 too much for a quality tool that will last a lifetime? Why do so many people drive BMWs that are so cheap? It's pretty sad when you have to cut corners in so many other areas in life to drive a nice car. Bring it to a shop and have them do it and pay the bill.
For something you will use once or twice that is FAR too much money. If you're a professional and work as a mechanic that is a different story and even then it's not always true that it's better to buy over-priced tools from the truck so stop being so smug.

OP, goto princess auto buy their compression tester for $20 and be happy. If it ever breaks just bring it back and get a new one. Everything @ Princess has a lifetime warranty ("No sale final until you're happy")
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