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    Buying a Test Kit

    I am looking to purchase a pool test kit and would like some feedback if possible. Are digital testers worth the extra money? They do take some the guesswork out of the equation as my wife and i usually have differing opinions on where the test strip falls on the color scale. But i saw where the Taylor complete kit also says it take guesswork out by titration.

    Also, is a salt meter needed to keep an eye on salt levels?

    We have been chlorine tablet users but are switching to salt this year.

    Thanks
    25,000 gal. I/G Vinyl Liner Pool; Pentair IC40 SWCG; 3/4 hp Hayward Pump with 244t Hayward Sand Filter

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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    A drop-based test kit is the way to go for most folks on here. The Taylor K-2006, which I have, is a great kit. The TF-100 is a better value. The only reason that I don't have the TF-100 is because I had the Taylor K-2006 originally.

    Some electronic testers are known to be reliable but only as long as they are properly calibrated. I have used strips to test for borates. Some use strips to measure salt.

    See the following link for some comparisons between the major test kits...

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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    Me & alot of others here love our The TF-100.
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    I second that
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    I have the TF-100 test kit and it is great. Great service and fast shipping.
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    Also, the support for the TF100 on this board is superb. Duraleigh sells these and is a regular on these forums (fora?). He is quick with a reply, very knowledgeable, and very helpful.
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    TF-100 all the way.. Been using it for a few years and just bought the new 2010 version.
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    I just did a search for the Tf-100 and everything that returned was Taylor k-####. Is there another number for this or has it been replaced by a newer model?

    Thanks
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    Re: Buying a Test Kit

    Not sure what happened to your search, but TF100 or TF-100 all bring back TF100 hits for me.
    Try re-typing your search.

    Are you looking for the website? If yes, link in my sig.
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