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Old 01-21-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Ranco, Love, or Johnson

So I'm getting ready to build my keezer and I wanted everyones opinion:

Love, Ranco or Johnson for the temp controller

My lhbs has the Johnson in stock for about $60...I like the idea of that one because its available and inexpensive. I'm inept in general but can find my way around a plug so thats why I like the idea of not having to wire things.

Anybody with some input.

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Old 01-21-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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I personally like the Love just because it's comparably priced and has the nice digital readout.

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Or if you're cheap (read broke) like me, you can get This one

If that ebay link is to an old auction, just search for T675A 1565.

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I have three of the analog type Johnson controllers and one Johnson A419 digital design. The digital model is the hot setup, but it's also considerably more expensive. The analogs controllers work just fine and I've had one of them for going on eight years. These are all plug and play controllers with no additional wiring required.

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The main difference between the analog and digital models(other than price) is the temp differential. 4* for the analog and 2* for the digital.
Disclaimer- some manufactures may have changed specs since my research was done.

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Or if you're cheap (read broke) like me, you can get This one

If that ebay link is to an old auction, just search for T675A 1565.
How do these work? Do you have to wire in a plug? Have you used yours yet?
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If you know little to nothing about electrical issues, get the Johnson analog or digital. Both are available pre-wired, and the difference in them is the temp swing (meaning how far the temp moves from your preset before turning on the compressor).

If you feel comfortable with wiring get the love controller. It's actually quite easy to do with instructions from this forum. You will also need a box to mount it in or need to provide a recess in your keezer to mount it.

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How do these work? Do you have to wire in a plug? Have you used yours yet?
I haven't gotten it yet, but I assume I will have to just wire it in line using the existing plug. I will update when I get it.
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I love my Love controller...

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Here is a decent source for temp controllers.
The Ranco ETC Store - Ranco ETC Commercial Temperature Controls

I have a two stage ranco and it works great. I'm sure they all work fine though. I like the looks of the Love controllers when they are mounted nicely.

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