Of all the gauges we tested, this one was the most reliable for providing a readout across a range of wheels and damaged tyre valves. It’s easy to see why when you look at the attachment that fits onto the valve: it’s the type found in workshops and at service stations, so it’s built to withstand abuse. And it’s a double attachment, so it should cater for the most awkward angles. This is reflected in the price – the manufacturing cost of the aforementioned attachment is probably more than the selling price of many of the other gauges! What you pay in price, you get back in quality. This gauge feels sturdy and all of the hose components can be replaced. Just like the other gauges with hose attachments, the readout resets to zero once the end of the hose has been released from the tyre valve. But unlike the similar gauges from Sealey and Laser, PCL’S has no bleed valve.
It’s a no-nonsense gauge, but it does have a backlight, and is the only one on test powered by two AAA batteries, accessed via a back panel and a single crosshead screw.