The Evil Gadgeteer within me could not resist when it saw the ad for this Sears Craftsman Digital Tire Gauge in the Craftsman Club tool catalog.
What was the hook?
The ad copy beckoned me with the tempting “Program the target tire pressure of your vehicle” clearly printed on the package.
Now let’s pause for a sec and think about what this means, because it is an important factor in the evaluation of this product.
My interpretation of “Program the target tire pressure…”, is that I can program, or set, a target tire pressure and then the gauge will bleed off extra pressure and bring me to the programmed pressure.
When I got to the store and read the package, front and back, it said the same thing. So I bought it.
When I got home, I opened the instructions, and read the two parts, A and B.
Part A is entitled “Pressure measurement without preset target” and Part B is “Target Setting”.
Great, I thought — this will be cool. I’ll pump up the tires, set the gauge and it will automagically bleed off the excess air right down to the “programmed” setting.
An outline of an automobile is displayed (too bad it can’t be programmed to show a motorcycle instead) and pressures for the front tire and rear tire are “programmed” into the gauge with up/down buttons.
As I said, this feature simply stores the entered values to act as a reminder of the recommended air pressure.