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Quality can tap?

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:49 pm
by PromiseRing
Hey everyone. I've been doing some AC work in the past and have yet to be satisfied with any can taps I've used.

Before the self sealing cans came, I have a tap that simply punctured the top of the can. It worked okay.

Then the self sealing cans came, and the blue adapters came out. Those suck, I could never get them to work well.

So I bought 2 new can taps from oriellys / advance auto, both of which are supposed to be used with the self sealing cans.

The problem: they simply do not allow refrigerant to flow easily. After installing them onto the cans, there's an *extremely* small window in which refrigerant can flow through. (For example, I'm turning in the dial and I hear the pressure leave the can into the gauges, but even 1/16 of a turn past that, all flow stops).

Needless to say, this is a major delay in the amount of time it takes to charge systems.

I am looking for a tap that will allow FULL flow like it's supposed to. Is my only option a side tap? Are there quality taps that screw on? Thanks in advance.

Re: Quality can tap?

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:14 pm
by bohica2xo
Side can taps ROCK. My only choice for stuff in cans.

https://www.ackits.com/side-mount-can-tap-for-r-134-a-cans-17241?search=side%20can%20tap

Reliable, easy to use. Works on all of the standard size cans. Ever drop a nearly full can of brake cleaner, and snap off the valve stem? Yep, works for that too.

Re: Quality can tap?

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:41 pm
by PromiseRing
bohica2xo wrote:Side can taps ROCK. My only choice for stuff in cans.

https://www.ackits.com/side-mount-can-tap-for-r-134-a-cans-17241?search=side%20can%20tap

Reliable, easy to use. Works on all of the standard size cans. Ever drop a nearly full can of brake cleaner, and snap off the valve stem? Yep, works for that too.

Awesome, thank you!

Re: Quality can tap?

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:36 pm
by Tim
The item listed is no longer available.

Same thing fr5om different vendor. Little better quality.

https://www.ackits.com/side-mount-can-tap-for-r-134-a-cans-17241?search=MT1036

Re: Quality can tap?

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:35 am
by bohica2xo
Thanks Tim, I will update my bookmarks.

That IS a better unit. Both fittings and the adapters stay with the unit - Nice!

Re: Quality can tap?

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:50 am
by Tim
bohica2xo wrote:Thanks Tim, I will update my bookmarks.

That IS a better unit. Both fittings and the adapters stay with the unit - Nice!


You know the game. Vendors always swapping brands and increasing prices. Everyone has a knock-off to offer which is good sometimes. For tools and such. Still try and stay with Mastercool or Santech.

Just a notice. The developmental site for parts is up and running. Should be some fair prices on compressors and such.

http://www.ackits.net