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Old 08-11-2003, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default Is this a good tire pressure gauge?

http://www.griotsgarage.com/search.j...x=0&search.y=0

It's a german tire pressure gauge for $70.00. I"m not sure if it's worth it or not? Are those pen type cheapo gauges just as good?

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Old 08-11-2003, 11:17 AM   #2
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Yes, pen ones suck. Get cheap and read this:

"Consumer Reports" magazine recently rated 8 tire gauges according to accuracy, ease of use, readability and ruggedness. As TRIB has stated before, gauges loose their accuracy if frequently dropped. Of these gauges the AccuGauge H100X and Monkey Grip M8854 were knocked out of calibration by an average of more than 5psi when dropped from a height of 3 feet onto a hard floor, (ruggedness test) and rated as Fair. The Pressure Inc. DT-105's digital "went blank for about 5 minutes and then returned to normal." It was rated as Very Good.

BRAND & MODEL PRICE OVERALL SCORE
1. Accutire MS-4000 $30.00 Excellent
2. Accutire MS-4020B $15.00 Excellent
3. Monkey Grip M8867 $10.00 Excellent
4. NAPA 90-389 $ 8.50 Excellent
5. Monkey Grip M8862 $ 3.00 Very Good
6. Pressure Inc. DT-105 $11.00 Very Good
7. AccuGauge H100X $19.00 Fair
8. Monkey Grip M8854 $ 9.00 Fair
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:24 AM   #3
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Wow! Thanks for the great reply. So based on that review the one from Griot's garage is overpriced?
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:10 PM   #4
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Wow! Thanks for the great reply. So based on that review the one from Griot's garage is overpriced?
Uh, "overpriced" is a matter of opinion. Understand that part of what you buy with a gauge like that is the joy of pulling it out, so to speak. If that's what gets you going, rock on.

I personally use a bicycle tire pressure gauge, that cost $10. It's brass with a brass chuck, has a reset button, and is a superlative little device, made with reassuring sturdiness.

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Old 08-15-2003, 05:56 PM   #5
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thanks for this!
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Old 08-16-2003, 01:52 AM   #6
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I think it might be time for me to look at a new tire pressure gauge. I just rotated my tires and the outsides of both front tires have more wear than the outsides of the backs. I was running 35/32 so if mine is off 5 psi that would make things pretty bad for the tires.
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Old 08-16-2003, 11:26 AM   #7
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4. NAPA 90-389 $ 8.50 Excellent

Yeah that's the stuff...
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Old 08-16-2003, 06:52 PM   #8
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You'll also be suprized to find out that the "VICTOR" gauge line-up is essentially same as "Monkey Grip" but 40% less expensive. I was in a store recently that actually displayed both brands side by side, most obvious were the ones with "finger grips", one was $8 and the other $17, I asked the clerk what the difference was and he said there was none they are both made in the same factory in China... go figure.
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Old 08-18-2003, 01:30 PM   #9
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I'm surprised that an $8.50 pressure gauge got such a high rating. Does anyone else use this pressure gauge?
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Old 09-06-2003, 11:13 PM   #10
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Uh, "overpriced" is a matter of opinion. Understand that part of what you buy with a gauge like that is the joy of pulling it out, so to speak. If that's what gets you going, rock on.

Yes! The real truth about tools, right here on Nasioc!

I myself really enjoy good tools... they're a pleasure to use. Much more to it than whether the thing is gonna last forever, or what brand it is, or any of that other jive. If it's well designed, well executed, and has some inginuity to it, I'm happy to make room for it in my toolbox. It' a very spiritual thing ... man's application of ingenuity to achieve his ends, etc....

OK so I might go off the deep end on tools from time to time, but this thread reminded me that I really need a decent pressure gauge, and based on Unabomber's excellent post, I shopped around and decided on a couple of these from amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...#more-pictures

One for my glovebox and one for the wife's

When they finally arrive I'll post my impressions.

Great thread!

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Old 09-07-2003, 08:43 PM   #11
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The $10-20 digital ones are cheap, reliable, and work well. Nice thing is that most (all?) can be quickly recalibrated just by blowing some air in them.
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Old 09-08-2003, 09:00 AM   #12
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I have a digital Victor I paid $10 for. Probably isn't the best but its close enough for me. One thing though, I leave it in the glove compartment and one hot day I left the car sitting all day and the ink in the gauge puked all inside the glass. Didn't make a mess, but it ruined the gauge. It had a warranty so I got it replaced for free.

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Old 09-09-2003, 10:38 PM   #13
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I used to keep one of those cheap pen-gauges in my glove compartment. Pretty cheap build, but indestructible.

Would it be safe to keep a digital gauge in the glove compartment? I'm scared to keep it in the glove compartment at the risk of something happening or my battery melting on me. I have an accutire gauge. It gets pretty darn hot in there when my scooby sits in the southern california sun.
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Old 09-10-2003, 05:29 PM   #14
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Dont use pen types
Dont use digital

Most of the low priced needle gauge are very accurate and will last along time even if you repeatedly drop them.

The gauge listed in the first posting is very overpriced. Why do they even mention that its german made, trying to justify such an insane price?
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Old 09-12-2003, 01:00 PM   #15
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Quote:
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I personally use a bicycle tire pressure gauge, that cost $10.
I use a "Joe Blow" bike pump with a needle type guage on it to measure and properly inflate at the same time. It's always seemed to give a very consistent reading, unlike the cheap pen type guages.

Does anyone know if bike guages are inaccurate? I have wondered.
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Old 09-13-2003, 01:58 PM   #16
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Well, so when I got home last night my accutire gauge frm amazon was sitting by the front door (a link to the item is provided a few posts up).

So... I let the tires cool off overnight and used it this mornig. Very nice. You just connect it to the valve and the backlight automatically comes on and it gives you the reading, which persists for something like 10 seconds.

I like the looks of it, althought the feel is not what I expected (it is lighter than what I was expecting). I suppose lighter is better generally speaking. When it comes to tools and gauges I guess I might have preferred something that has more of a solid feel to it, but I'll get over that.

It comes in a good looking case which actually looks like some of the better eyeglass cases I've seen, so it'll store nicely in the glovebox. It's the case shown in the picture in the link above. I couldn't really gauge the quality of the case from the picture, but the actual case is very nice.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend it as long as you don't mind the relative lightness of it, and as long as you're not opposed in principle to a digital gauge.

The gauge lists for about $30 but amazon has it for $20. I got a couple of them which took the total order >$25 so the shipping was free.


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