JACO Elite Tire Pressure Gauge 60 PSI Review

JACO Elite Tire Pressure Gauge 60 PSI Review

A solidly built handheld analog gauge from JACO, this performance tested unit is sure to solve all your tire pressure checking needs! Premium heavy duty components and a robust design, this tire gauge has a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee.

Keep this ANSI certified accurate, professional grade tire gauge stored in your vehicle for quick and precise pressure readings.  This is the JACO Elite Tire Pressure Gauge 0-60 PSI, part JSP-003 from JACO Superior Products.

Features

  • Calibrated and certified accurate to ANSI standards.
  • Accurate within +/- 2-3%.
  • Built with premium metal components.
  • Shock absorbing protective guard surrounding gauge.
  • Large 2″ glow in the dark dial and scale.
  • Air pressure reset / pressure release button.
  • 360º swivel chuck.
  • FREE 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee from JACO.

Pros

The JACO Elite tire pressure gauge feels solid in the hand and is shielded by a rugged gear-style protective cover. This shock absorbing guard ensures extra protection from accidental drops and everyday storage and handling. Plus, the long lasting metal construction makes this gauge heavy duty and durable.

Very simple to operate, this gauge features a single button on the neck which acts as both the air pressure release as well as the pressure reset.  If the chuck is engaged with the valve stem, simply press the button to release air from the tire if over inflated to set the pressure exactly as desired. Once removing the chuck from the valve stem, the measured reading will be indicated, or “locked,” on the dial face until pushing the pressure reset button.

Featuring a 2″ dial face, the single increment scale is easy to read in light or dark conditions. There will be no issues seeing this gauge in dimly lit conditions because the scale and indicator arrow glow-in-the-dark. (See the image at the bottom of this post.) What’s more, the gauge is accurate to within +/- 2-3%, so there will always be a precise pressure reading without relying on batteries.

Cons

About 2% of the Amazon reviews indicate an issue with the button found on the neck of this gauge. This dual purpose button is the pressure reset / pressure release valve and leaks air according to a handful of people who left a comment. On a related note, other disappointed purchasers found the accuracy of this gauge to be questionable. Since the pressure release valve leaked, the pressure hold function did not work as expected after disengaging the gauge from the valve stem. Consequently, reviewers commented that the gauge would leak down at least 1-2 pounds after removing the gauge from the stem.

Many of the other negative comments are regarding the accuracy of the gauge. However, this is not because of a leaking pressure release valve as in the cases above. When checked against separate gauges, the accuracy of the JACO Elite was found to be lower anywhere from 2 to 6 PSI. What should be considered, however, is that the ANSI standard certifying this gauge allows for 2-3% variance. Unfortunately, the commenters didn’t specify what pressure they were trying to meet. If it were a car tire for instance, then even 2 PSI less is well over the 2-3% allowable variance assuming a 36-38 recommended tire PSI.

Some commenters also found the angled tip of the chuck to be difficult and awkward to maneuver when trying to fit the chuck onto the valve stem. As a result, air seemed to leak when trying to get the fit right and also created a difficult angle when trying to view the measurement. Associated to the angled chuck head, another comment was that the swivel action of the chuck was somewhat hard to rotate.

Verdict

The accuracy questions are valid, as listed above under the “cons” section. However, these negative comments represent a very small fraction of the total reviews. The great majority of people who left comments found this tire gauge to be everything they expected. Given the amount of positive reviews, this JACO Elite gauge remains recommendable in my opinion. Plus, there is a lifetime satisfaction guarantee from JACO and, by all accounts, the JACO customer service is generally very good.

The JACO Elite Tire Pressure Gauge 0-60 PSI is a top rated tire pressure gauge. See Tire Gadgets list of all top rated tire pressure gauges here.

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