Pro Tech Pro-48; Is this a good purchase

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by baddarryl, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. baddarryl

    baddarryl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    So I am just learning about the electrical side of things (diagnosing) and was wondering if this would be a good purchase for me? Or any other suggestions you might have. I do mostly installations, but am getting the occasional repair. I want to be more prepared and I think this could help me reduce diagnostic time. Thank you.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't ask me about locators, :dizzy:
  3. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    A good multi-meter would tell you more if you learn how to use it.
  4. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,929

    ML, we all have our bad days - you just had more of them all at once than normal people do.

    Baddarryl, listen to bic, he KNOWS. My 2nd purchase would be a tone generator/tracer and an inductive amplifier probe.

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    I just bought one with the toner. Needed it more so for the toner. I can use a voltmeter (multi meter). I will give feedback in time.
  6. baddarryl

    baddarryl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    So I am thinking all these functions they claim is more and easier to get with a Multi (abeit I am the novice level of using one). I like the idea of being able to find solenoids and some of the other things they claim. Here is their list for convenience:

    "Activates and Holds Solenoids Open.-Generates and Traces 1Khz Tracing Tone.-Checks Clock 24v Power Output.-Tests for Open or Shorted Wiring.-Uses 2 9v Batteries (not included).The Pro48 Tech Tool Sprinkler Solenoid and Clock Checker is a new low cost test set for irrigation contractors and maintenance personnel. The Pro48 performs a series of simple procedures to test, verify, and identify solenoid, wire, and clock problems. Sprinkler solenoids can be checked using either activation or chatter modes. Lost or buried solenoids are quickly found as well by listening for the chatter. Wiring can be verified and tagged with the built in tone generator function. Clocks also are tested for proper 24v transmission with a simple LED power check. Made from a grommited, thick walled plastic case, the highly visible yellow Pro48 Tech Tool Sprinkler Solenoid Activator is designed for rugged use in the field. Item: Pro-48 Actuator"
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,929

    All that sounds great, kind of an all-in-one gadget. Chattering is great if the solenoid still works, you have really good hearing, and the valve isn't covered with a foot of mulch, dirt or sod.

    Still recommend you get a multimeter to go along with it.
  8. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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  9. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    The chatter box and valve activator features are nice to have. The toner is also pretty useful. I have the Greenlee version of this but, I also have a multimeter and a 521. This is a good tool but it won't replace the other 2.

    Don't expect the chatterbox reature to sound like a Weathermatic clock chatter does though. It's really only useful for picking out a single valve in a manifold, not finding a lost valve in the lawn.
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    I beg to differ. I've found lost valves under a foot of Algerian ivy using the PEI Chatterbox.

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