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which combustion analyzer to buy

md Member Posts: 24
happy healthy new year to everyone,,, my boss is on my case for some time now to buy for the shop an electronic analyzer,, all we use is the old wet type tester,,, we mainly do residential oil,, some gas,, some light commerical,,, lately we have put in several triangle tube mod con and we need a good tester, cost not an issue,, wants something easy to use and reliable,, our supply house wants him to get a uei. i heard alot about new type sensor that last longer, but always hear testo and bacarach are good,,, any suggestions,,,must have a printer also,, thank you

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  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,736
    Whatever you get buy two. When your main tool stops working you need to send it in for service

    Don’t go more that 2 years without service. Once a year if you’re wanting to be bulletproof

    I had Bacharach in the early days, even calibrated them myself. Now we have Testo, I’ve heard mixed messages on the UEI
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,827

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  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
    I'm very happy with my Bacharach.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • DZoro
    DZoro Member Posts: 1,048
    I have 2 Testo brand and yes I would buy again had one for approx. 10 years and the other about 4 years.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
    I like my Bacharach Insight Plus. First had a Testo, then the UEI C155 for 5 years (free annual calibration) then the Bacharach for about 3 years now.

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  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,605
    I picked up a Testo 320 a few months ago. It is much more robust that the EUI I previously owned. The sensors are user replaceable so there should be no down time when it is time to replace.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,448
    Had a Wholer... not bad. It ended up needing a total rework so I opted for the Testo. Nice display.
  • newagedawn
    newagedawn Member Posts: 586
    i like bacharach, calibrations can be done every two yrs yourself, if you buy the components and run their re calibration built right into the combustion tester , i think that is a nice feature,being most of us know how long it takes when you send it somewhere
    "The bitter taste of a poor install lasts far longer than the JOY of the lowest price"
  • HVACguyinME
    HVACguyinME Member Posts: 25
    I bought a Fieldpiece SOX3, super reliable and extremely cheap. However, it does not do CO.
  • Dave0176
    Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,177
    Testo 320 here. Love it!
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  • boilerman12
    boilerman12 Member Posts: 3
    We have used Enerac 500 for years ,the only one that will give you a free loner for life.all made in the USA and you can call the owner Bill and ask him anything about how to test . the printer comes with it built in .My sensors last at least one year longer than my other ones i will not say there names to be nice .
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
    Tests 320.
    Steve Minnich
  • Fredm
    Fredm Member Posts: 4
    When I drove the customer service bus in Langley, BC we started out with an ECOM unit which had to go to Atlanta Georgia for service.
    We migrated to a Kane May Quintox as the service center for Kane is Richmond, BC and Portland, OR. The interface for this analyzer is a hand held unit with all controls and commands made right in your hand, not at the "suitcase".
    My own analyzer is a Kane KM900 which has the same interface unit as the Quintox. It needs and gets an annual service at UEI in Richmond, BC.
    I prefer the strong vacuum pumps and rugged hand piece in the Kane units and the super customer service of the crew in Richmond.
    The new equivalent would be the Kane 900 Plus, but mine still gives Yeoman's service after ten years so why change?
    Cheers, Fred.
  • Lance
    Lance Member Posts: 273
    I recommend the E instrument BTU 1500. We work for manufactures that require printouts from lab calibrated instruments. We also like the idea that we can swap out sensors in the field instead of sending the tool back to the lab. We do send ours back for calibration but only when the calibration date range expires. I also like their 7899 gas sniffer. Works on methane and many refrigerants. We keep buying this over the others because we find them to be the best bang for the buck.
    You will still need a smoke paper tester. Soot messes up all electronic instrument sensors and should not be present when testing combustion. They now have blue tooth capability. With this you may save a buck if you do not need a printer.
    find here: http://www.e-inst.com/combustion-gas-analyzers/
    Hope this helps someone.
    Lance no more fyrite for me.
  • pitman44
    pitman44 Member Posts: 18
    We've have a Testo I'd be happy to sell you. Went back to Bacharach, but we do use Testo's electronic smoke tester. The Bacharach we're currently using is the Fyrite Insight Plus LL. You can get on their sensor program to get the calibrated sensors. The LL stands for Long Life. Sensors go 2 years.
  • delta T
    delta T Member Posts: 884
    I would not go with Uei, its what I have currently, and I am not happy with it. I borrowed a friends Testo the other day as my Uei is not zeroing again even though it was calibrated three months ago. Unit is 5 years old. I loved the Testo, great display, easy to use, I think I'm sold.
  • OldSchoolHVAC
    OldSchoolHVAC Member Posts: 13
    As a wholesaler, I have sold UEI, Fieldpiece, Testo and Bacharach. I would highly recommend the Bacharach Fyrite Intech analyzer. You can get this with or without the reporting package (printer). It is a great analyzer for residential and light commercial use. Filed replaceable sensors are a life saver as well.
    If you are servicing larger commercial equipment, the PCA analyzers work well.
    Glad to see so many people testing and not guessing.
  • Boiler1947
    Boiler1947 Member Posts: 2
    For everyday use I loved my Enerac 2000. Aluminum suitcase with builtin printer and computer interface connection. Used it for over 30 years. Went to a Bacharach Insite since I only use it a few times a year now.
  • Jackmartin
    Jackmartin Member Posts: 196
    Testo 320 I have a number of Testo products I purchased from ITM and I am very happy with all of them . I have to get s new manometer and I am buying a Testo 820 All the best Jack
  • bruce_21
    bruce_21 Member Posts: 241
    How do you know if your analyzer needs to go back to the factory? Are there "wear parts" inside that degrade by active use or by just sitting in the box? I have a TPI that hasn't seen too much action but is 4-5 years old