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Mitchell Owner/Technician Oregon Posted   Latest  

Looking to invest in a Pico scope mainly for automotive waveforms, best bang for the buck?

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Douglas Mobile Technician
Texas
Douglas
 

Talk with AES Wave.

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Cameron Technician
Ontario
Cameron
 

+1 for AES wave. I have the 4424 master set along with the WPS500 master set. With those 2 tools you're a long way ahead of many shops. I built 2 pulse sensors. As an example put a pulse sensor into the coolant neck, the WPS 500 into a spark plug hole use an ignition coil trigger on the 3rd channel to sync your waveform and you can diagnose a bad head gasket (among many other items) in 3 minutes…

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Jordan Technician
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I would recommend AutoNerdz hands down. Best support and training for Picoscope! Autonerdz PicoScope Equipment, Training and Support |

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Matthew Owner/Technician
Oregon
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I've had great luck and support with AES wave, but Autonerdz is definitely another option. I'm not sure how it is now, but if previously if you bought from them you got access to all of their very cool information and waveforms, otherwise it was fairly expensive to access. AES Wave has sold me a bunch of different equipment over the years and has been super helpful on all my needs and…

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Jürgen Owner
Mexico
Jürgen
 

Buying a kit from them you'll have access to “all that cool stuff” as a pico group member. They also are planning a different, subscription based access option to useful training and information,…. This option is in the make, apparently.

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Jürgen Owner
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Jürgen
 

The actual prize won't differ a lot between sellers. What more importantly will differ is the support. My experience with Autonerdz is an excellent one and I recommend you to talk to them before you make your decision. autonerdz​.​com

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Malcolm Owner/Technician
Texas
Malcolm
 

That depends on how far down the rabbit hole you want to go. Minimum the advanced kit will get you the money worth from diags. Add a transducer and you'll stop touching fuel, compression, and peak down gauges for a while. If you're an in-depth hybrid/ev guy. (EV mainly for dealer techs for now) the the hybrid kit is nice for those rare tough to distinguish faults. But there's so much you can do…

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Rex Technical Support Specialist
Ohio
Rex
   

My 2 cents is go PICO. I went with a 4425A from AES. In hindsight Autonerdz MIGHT have been better but I really cannot complain. AES was very helpful and patient and still are. I tried to do this cheaply with a Hantek. The program is cranky, support doesn't exist. IF you already know a LOT about scopes, have a deep electronics background and like to futz around loading and tweaking programs go…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
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Hi Mitchell, Go with the PICO 4425A and a couple of quality pressure transducers and you will not regret it. Pico 4-Channel 4425A STANDARD Diagnostic Kit (PQ178) (aeswave​.​com)

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Mitchell Owner/Technician
Oregon
Mitchell
 

Get Pico pressure transducers or other good quality? Pico transducer kits start at 1200. Not trying to be cheap but are there others that are good quality for less?

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hello Mitchell, The calibration of the transducers can make a night and day difference when it comes to using them for scope diagnostic work. AES wave has some of the best on the market. I resorted to only buying 2 of theirs for most of my uses. I have also tried homemade transducer assemblies from various sources and was disappointed in the glitches and questionable readings.

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Mitchell Owner/Technician
Oregon
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Thank you to all that have replied, sounds like the Pico is the way to go! This is an awesome forum with lots of helpful folks, am very grateful to have found this group! Thanks again!!

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