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Vise Grip Tool?


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Old 07-08-2019, 09:59:25 PM
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What is / was the purpose of this modified or mfg'd Vise Grip?
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To pierce a refrigerant line for evacuation of refrigerant. Fast and easy to install but since it leaves a hole when removed it is normally used on a system of component that is not going to be reused. Normal application is by someone who is removing refrigerant from multiple units for junk or metal salvage. With six tools like this and three pumping systems I have recovered refrigerant from over 100 systems in less than seven hours.

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Tool is used to evacuate refrigerant charge from a refrigeration unit. Normally used on a system or component that is not going to be reused. Normally used by someone that is preparing a number of units for recycling and needs to recover the refrigerant before the units are recycled. I have recovered the refrigerant from over 100 units (refrigerators and air conditioners) in less than seven hours during six of these and three pumping setups. They are fast and easy to install and remove and this counts since I was paid by the piece.
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