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Good place to rent a vac pump/gauges?

LH123 on Fri April 25, 2008 4:11 PM User is offline

Hate to buy one for a one time use, but places are charging here $150 for A/C service and hold a vac for 10-15 minutes from what they tell me. I tried the big box, napa, advance, zone, no luck. They have equipment rental places but the dont rent that. I don't want the compressor venturi toy either. I found a new electric pump and manifold online for around that about amount(150s), so if I can't rent I guess I will go with that. Any suggestions on a rental place?

vdubspeed on Fri April 25, 2008 5:39 PM User is offlineView users profile

buy one

you say you will only use it one time but I'm sure you will use it again. There's no way you plan to keep the same car forever.

For all the times I took my cars in to get a/c worked I wish I would have done it myself.

buy from ackits.com anyway. You're using their forums and their prices are great. Not to mention they sell quality stuff.

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TRB on Fri April 25, 2008 6:36 PM User is offlineView users profile

Thanks for the props Vdubs!!!

Mastercool 3CFM SS Pump. Great buy for the DIY person in my opinion.

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Chick on Fri April 25, 2008 7:44 PM User is offlineView users profile

If you have the gages etc, and just need a pump, this is how I think about it. Once you have ALL the tools, you will be fixing your friends, family and neighbors cars, the pump and everything else you buy will pay for itself, and you will have the equipment. The pump Tim linked to is a good deal..You can't go wrong fixing AC systems yourself, and we're her to help you..

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LH123 on Fri April 25, 2008 8:06 PM User is offline

If I can't procure a rental, I will consider the ackits pump. Seems the going rate for that service is what the pump cost. Why does the cheaper pump draw less microns though? Its just a few bucks less but seems to have a better spec.

A shop that I consider reputable told me said his equipment does a vac pulldown in 3 minutes. That alone makes me very weary.

Chick on Fri April 25, 2008 8:50 PM User is offlineView users profile

they all pull down fast, but the moisture doesn't instantly boil off, and takes time for it to evaporate and be pulled out..Any pump will pulled down fast, but the longer it runs the lower microns you pull, the more moisture boils off and is pulled from the system..... Hope this helps..

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LH123 on Fri April 25, 2008 9:04 PM User is offline

and from my chemistry classes I would say that its better to do this service after the car has been driven and the underhood temps are up.

Chick on Fri April 25, 2008 9:26 PM User is offlineView users profile

The warmer it is, the better, in the summer there isn't any need to run the car, in cooler weather, it's not a bad idea...

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TRB on Sat April 26, 2008 12:23 AM User is offlineView users profile

Lets' also remember that those listed results are laboratory results. You boil off water at 1000 microns. I'm happy as heck to see 250 microns in the shop!

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NickD on Sat April 26, 2008 8:16 AM User is offline

Renting a Skid Steer from my local rental place for a couple of hundred bucks a day is not too bad of a deal, but be darn if I am going to pay 50 bucks a day to rent a carpet stapler or 80 bucks a day to rent a pressure washer when for a couple of days of rental, can buy a brand new one. Guess I have never seen AC equipment there, but with this smaller stuff, most of it has been around the block a couple of times.

Ha, at those rates, suppose I could rent you my vacuum pump for a day for a hundred bucks if you pay shipping both ways and you are held liable for any damages, that is always a tricky point when you rent something.

As opposed to going to a shop with what they charge around here, and I can tell you the guys around here are not on this board helping other people, too busy screwing them, you can more than pay in incompetent labor what it would cost to buy a very good vacuum pump and a set of gauges with change left over for some of those special purpose tools like a hub puller. You really don't have to buy that starter kit from Tim to come here and get help from experts, but it does help the board. Where can you buy anything from these chain stores that can give help? With the minimum wage workers they have, can't even tell you where the restroom is at. Something to consider.

I purchased all first class equipment over 40 years ago, still using it, ha, one of my uncles started a rental shop in the 60's, died a very rich man.

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