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New diver buying 1st reg, Deep 6 or Hog?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Mike Beck, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. NothingClever

    NothingClever ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I’d recommend Deep 6 but know that I’m biased. I spent a week with LandonL (co-owner with cerich) and found he has great values. Integrity, commitment and transparency are at the top of the list. I’m confident if I had a problem on the other side of the planet, he’d do some heavy lifting to get me back underwater. I think something worth noting, too, is that he didn’t disparage other manufacturers which I found to be refreshing. In fact, he recognized and appreciated innovations from other manufacturers.

    This is an aside but related, IMO. I like his instructional approach; he focuses on high standards without being a wiener about it. Lastly, he never used the course to try to sell me anything. He’s pretty low key. That spoke volumes to me.
     
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  2. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    HOG: Manual requires class. Parts Kits openly available (DRIS, NESS, and Piranha at least.)
    D6: Manual is online with liability waiver. I didn't realize that they wouldn't sell the kits without the class any more - seems strange since they (at least used-to) include a service kit with the purchase.
     
  3. Mike Beck

    Mike Beck Angel Fish

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    Thanks everyone. I decided to go with a Hog D3 setup. I think $350 for the 1st, 2nd and octo was well worth it!
     
  4. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

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    As far as the on-line for HOG, I don't see that happening. TDI Standards are what determine that and one of the rationales is that it's pretty hard for the instructor to supervise a rebuild over the computer. I can't physically verify you have things tight enough on those items without a torque spec. Or be able to look inside your reg to see the orifice if there's a suspected issue.
    Then there's the practical aspect of having to sit in front of the computer for the 10 hours over two days that my class takes. I ain't doing it! Just thinking about it makes me want to double the price for on-line over in person!
    What if the internet goes out? Camera freezes? etc. Not worth the aggravation for me.
     
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  5. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    i agree with jim on the online aspect ..........i will never do it .
     
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  6. Jimchris

    Jimchris Angel Fish

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    As an LDS technician, choose a brand that your LDS can readily service.
     
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  7. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    or learn to do it yourself , THE RIGHT WAY
     
  8. txgoose

    txgoose ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Now that royally sucks. <various expletives escaped> I feel like I need to go back and edit all of my posts commenting on the fact that they believe their customers have intelligence. <more expletives escaping>
     
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  9. NothingClever

    NothingClever ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Works if you only dive local, mate. For travelers to crummy locations, service your own is the only way to go.
     
  10. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Interesting how both entities with "turn the world on its end" plans have gone back to the old ways of mainstream thinking...
     
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