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Old 11-09-2006, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question German-made tire gauge

Hello friends,

I have an old Drager tire gauge that I am pretty sure came with a Porsche I had in the 1970s (it was included as part of the tool kit). The needle seems to be sticking - no surprise as it is about 30 years old!

I have searched Google quite a bit, and cannot find Drager, or any other german-made gauges. I have also searched on eBay with no results. There had been a used one for sale, but that bid was history.

Does anyone have any ideas? As far as I know, the MB collections catalog does not list one, and everything with a Mercedes logo I have ever purchased from there, or from a dealer, was made in China. I think that these items are high quailty goods, probably because of the MB quality standards - BUT, I would still just love to buy a new Drager, or another high-quality german tire pressue gauge.

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Old 11-09-2006, 11:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They aren’t German made (U.S.), but Getagauge dot com has these for $20. Push button bleeder to lower pressure and the needle stays at the max pressure until released.

If you’re using your own compressor, you may want to consider the one on the right. These are bourdon tube gauges, which can be disassembled and cleaned. If your drager can be disassembled, it may have just picked up some dirt.
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Thanks Kent,

That was quick delivery! I just called them and they stock a MotoMeter german gauge that looks very nice. They are $61.00, but I ordered one without hesitation.

http://www.iveka.de is the german website, but you can translate it to english, if necessary.

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Thanks too Marcus,

I thought you might see this and reply, since we have chatted about the "old" Porsche days.

I made a mistake in my thread-starter earlier. In a 2002 issue of PCA Los Angeles, the writer said the Dragers came with some of the 356 tool kits, not the 911s that I think we both owned. Dad must therefore have bought them somewhere, and THAT was probably in the '70s.

He gave me one (lost somewhere) and the one I have was his. It doesn't look like I can disassemble it, but good news! When the needle was sticking the other day, it had been in the trunk and must have just been cold. I tried it today, and it still works perfectly.

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FWIW methinks it was Draeger.
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FWIW methinks it was Draeger.
If you are correct, it was Dräger. the "ae" is what we do in english to simulate the "umlauted ä" in german.
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Hi,
We only carry Accu-gage brand gauges and do not have any German made gauges.

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At 02:00 PM 11/5/2006, you wrote:

Hello GetAGuage,

I have an older Drager tire gauge that still works well, as far as I know.

Are these still being manufactured? If so, I’d love to order one from you (or a comparable german-made gauge).

Thanks for the feedback,

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I have several tire gauges and on the same tire they will give me several different readings.
Those cheaper gauges can be off by as much as 30%.
Lately I made my own tire gauge using commercial pressure gauge with 5" dia scale. That one match the readings from my digital gauge, so I believe it is pretty accurate.
Try to calibrate any new gauge before using it. They suppose to be re-calibrated every few months as well.
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There are standards for tire pressure gauges. ANSI grade B gauges are known as 3-2-3 gauges. That's because they have an accuracy of plus or minus 2% over the middle half of the scale and plus or minus 3% over the first and last quarters of the scale. In the real world, the accuracy rating is plus or minus 2% from 25% to 75% of the scale and plus or minus 3% below 25% and above 75%. This is why I ALWAYS want a tire gauge with a range that’s twice as high as my intended usage. On a 100 PSI gauge, I'm in the sweet spot from 25 PSI through 75 PSI.

The gauges I pointed to at the Get a Gauge website are made by G. H. Meiser under the brand name "AccuGage". AccuGage dial tire gauges are ANSI Commercial Grade B gauges. G. H. Meiser advertises that their dial pressure gauges are within 1.5% at 50 PSI. I don’t know what the ratings are for the AccuGauge digital tire pressure gauges, but the dial gauges are very close to right.
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