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Old 11-30-07, 07:57 PM
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Infrared Thermometer (laser heat reading gun)

http://www.omega.com/ppt/pptsc.asp?r...450&Nav=temj08

Hey guys I'm looking for one of these above. Can someone recommend a brand or model thats known to be accurate / reliable?

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Old 11-30-07, 09:46 PM
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you might want to be more specific about what you want to use it for,
for tires infareds are not that useful as a probe is better, for hoses and stuff it might be fine......
brakes......maybe yes maybe no, reflective surfaces dont read as acurate as flat coatings......in my trade i need to put black tape on things (copper/alum) to be sure of a quality reading
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Originally Posted by ccanepa50 View Post
you might want to be more specific about what you want to use it for,
for tires infareds are not that useful as a probe is better, for hoses and stuff it might be fine......
brakes......maybe yes maybe no, reflective surfaces dont read as acurate as flat coatings......in my trade i need to put black tape on things (copper/alum) to be sure of a quality reading
So why would it be less useful for a tire? It's a non reflective surface with a wide area. Seems like temperature readings would be more consistent.
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Old 12-01-07, 04:54 PM
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The tire cools from the outside as you enter the pits, a probe style pyrometer will give you a more accurate temperature because it's the temp of the carcass, not the surface which has cooled somewhat.
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thanks Black91n/a, that says it all
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I wouldnt worry about the temps on a car to the point of needing a laser, unless your planning on doing professional levels of racing. The only time in my life I ever needed one was when the F15E carbon fiber brakes had an issue of exploding under short landing conditions. We would check the temp from a safe distance before approaching the plane.

Save your money and get something you will use.
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I'll be doing 22 track days next season or more depending on time/work, I need to read tire, brakes and and a few pipes. I'll be doing winter testing soon so I want to know when the tires are at proper temp. I record everything, temp reading would be great to monitor.

Does anyone have actual models that I can research?
My budget is $200

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http://www.longacreracing.com/catalo...d=1314&catid=7

2 in 1, both laser for the stuff you don't want to poke, and probe for the tires.
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Originally Posted by Black91n/a View Post
http://www.longacreracing.com/catalo...d=1314&catid=7

2 in 1, both laser for the stuff you don't want to poke, and probe for the tires.
This is PERFECT! Thank you!
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Do you actually stab the pyrometer into the tire? How do you read the temp of the tire that's not the surface of it?
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Yes, you stick the probe into the tire face, there's a little pin type thing that penetrates the surface a little bit. It can also be used on hard things like brakes.
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we needed one this weekend, as the water temp probe got changed out in hour number 2, so we ended up using a heat gun to figure out what the water temp was at.

handy tool...
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Old 12-03-07, 08:02 PM
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i use to sell one you could use on egt's to. it read to like 1600 degrees. ill research and try and post tomorrow
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