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Old 11-18-2011, 05:05 PM   #11
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Hannah has a good name and the prices are similar enough to make price a non factor.

Still, that Milwaukee is a nice unit, and I like the remote head. But a replacement is $50, so it's almost the same as buying a whole new unit...

But the Milwaukee has a greater accuracy; .02 vs .05.

I like Kai's preference for manually calibrating. I've heard stories from people online about their testers refusing to calibrate. The manual mode prevents this.

I think the Milwaukee edges the Hannah for me.

Just remember to buy buffer and cleaning solution when you buy it too.


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Just went trought this same decision, and due to a lot of bad reliability reviews on the milwaukee i purchased the hanna. Check amazon for some reviews. Im sure they are both good meters, but the hanna seems to get better reliability reviews.


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Old 11-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #13
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I nearly bought my hanna from Eseason gear, but I checked out their policies and read some shady reviews. A bit worrisome for me. From eSeasonGear FreeShipping! :

-You may return the item back in brand new condition, unopened, untested, and in the original box for a refund (or an exchange for the same item) within THREE (3) days after the delivery date (please check out the none-returnable items listed below). Please include all original packaging material, free bonus, and a copy of the packing slip. The buyer is responsible for the return shipping fee.
-CHARGEBACKS: We will report all CHARGEBACKS to www.badcustomer.com & Chargeback Protection :: Free Protection Against Chargeback to prevent charge-back abuse! Your order emails will be sent to your bank and that may affect your CC rating. If you filed charge back and kept the item, your personal information may be posted on the Bad Buyer List and you could be put on the First Page of Google.

-A 25% Restocking Fee will be charged for new items returned. We check each new item returned carefully before we put it back in stock.

Between those and no phone number on their website I ended up ordering from another retailer. YMMV.
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Whatever flips your pancakes.
I think potential buyers should know this before ordering. Everything will likely go fine. But IF you have a problem, you have 3 days to return with a 25% chargeback. No policy on defective items that I could find. No number to call and ask them. And if you end up needing to charge back they will blackball you and list your name on the web. Not the most customer oriented policies IMHO.

Add to this that the meters are available for similar pricing elsewhere, and I see no compelling reason to order from them.
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Cool... I didnt deal with them.. My probe went bad after a slight drop.. Out of warranty.. Called Hanna they shipped me a brand new one free.

Buy from who ever....
That is some above and beyond customer service!
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Is there a consensus on which one is better?

I'm leaning towards Hannah, simply because their customer service seems awesome.
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I've had the Hanna Checker pH meters for years and they are fine. I just upgraded to the Milwaukee MW-101 this year and like it even better. It has everything a brewer needs, redimentary temperature correction and high pH resolution. The MW-102 is a step up, but its features don't add anything to the brewer's input. The MW-100 has too little pH resolution and that makes it marginal for brewing usage.

I picked up a MW-101 for under $80 shipped.
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I ordered one hanna and it was defective out of the box (from b3). It leaked.

The replacement from amazon works perfectly, and actually came with much more than the B3 package (storage case, solutions, etc).

Martin, does the mw-101 need to have the temperature manually adjusted with every sample (and thus needing an accurate thermometer for the measurements)? Im still confused about ATC.
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Depends on how many Shekels Bob wants to spend. Check Grainger. If you decide on a tester. Find one that does TDS and can be used with a water test kit. Just in case you'd like to check the water for iron, sulfer etc.. I think Hanna has a complete water test kit with meter for about three C notes.
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I don't need TDS and all that. But I suspect strongly that he bought me a Milwaukee 56 meter, based on something he said.


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