You can price each piece against Ebay stuff. Auber is easy to program, has good instructions and reasonable components. If you try to find and buy wires of appropriate size and temperature rating, then spade connectors and then labor and tools you can exceed the price. If you solder and have connectors, shrink tubing and wires laying around you can beat the price. You only need the PID, hopefully, and likely. I think I gave you the list of components including the box, early on, and you can add up what you get in the kit. I suggest a friend with electronic knowledge and a Digital multimeter before spending money on the PID, but your decision. If you buy it can you install it? Can you fix the wire?....
just a numbers game, very few people buy them, and not many machines come with PID anyway. Kinda like how car parts/mods/tuner shops are more costly for lower production vehicles, vs similar parts and tuning for a Stang etc.
So I don't have soldering tools, but I do have a fair with pretty extensive electronic/mechanical knowledge. He just bought and rebuilt a 1980's pinball machine, I'm pretty sure that qualifies him!
That being said, I'm pretty sure I could properly install it myself. Now that I've been talking about it for a few days, I'm feeling less overwhelmed. I mean there aren't really that many components. I've built computers before, although this is clearly different. My biggest concern isn't getting everything connected properly, but programming the PID. Seems like there might be a light of technical notations that are wayyyy over my head.
Let's assume the only piece I need IS the 1512 PID. Let's say I buy it and connect it correctly (which I'm confident I can do). My worry is that I'm going to have to do some sort set-up/programming of the PID that I'm afraid I won't understand and mess up. Next thing I know I'm using a PID that I think is set up correctly, and it's giving me bad information and all I can pour are sink shots!
PID is easy to set up and direction are clear that come with the PID. I am sure that many here can give you Silvia parameters, mainly (SV) set temperature and the P, I, and D settings. The kit is more user friendly in that most of it is preset and then you can modify. Here is the Auber equivalent manual, almost identical. You need to understand how to scroll through the parameters.
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your help, especially D4F who clearly took time out of about two of his days to help me with this. More to come as I am going to order the PID today. I promise I will exhaust all of my knowledge and effort before I come to you all for help! ;)
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