Redline Detection recently unveiled their new mineral oil-powered smoke machine that eliminates the need for annual fluid changes. Redline states that this allows the Total-Tech? to operate at less than 1 cent per test in performing both EVAP and general leak detection services.
According to Redline, their Total-Tech also offers:
To see how it would hold up under the rigors of shop use, we gave the Total-Tech to each of our Innovation Award Panelists. Here's what these ASE-certified Master Techs thought of the new unit.
Basically, the panelists all agreed on the following:
"This will be a real time-saver for us," cited Rick LaChance, owner of North Eugene Automotive in Eugene, OR. "We ran a test looking for oil leaks, and found one in the crankshaft instead of the camshaft, which is where these types of leaks are usually found. We didn't have to tear anything down or risk removing a good part to fix the vehicle," he stated.
Some voiced initial concerns when it came to the air pressure at which the tool operates, as well as the tool's sensitivity in conducting EVAP tests. Joe Marconi, owner of Osceola Garage in Baldwin Place, NY, however, offered these comments. "Some additional benefits of this Redline machine include the fact that it does not require nitrogen when performing EVAP testing. It also comes with a flow meter and is the only smoke machine, to my knowledge, that comes with a gauge to monitor pressure within the system, which is vital when testing EVAP systems. This pressure gauge ensures accurate readings and makes testing valid. If you're looking for an EVAP smoke tool, I highly recommend this one."
Redline officials also offered the following. "The Smoke-Pro is regulated at a fixed pressure of 12"-14" of water. This is just under 1/2 PSI, the approved pressure for all EVAP systems. Opening the Flow Control Valve does not increases output pressure, this is simply the back pressure in the supply line, and it is always below the maximum output pressure."
For more information on Redline's Smoke Pro Total-Tech EVAP Smoke Machine: click ?e-inquiry? at www.pten.com.
The company is also looking to align themselves with mobile tool dealers in bringing their products to market.