In February 2007 we introduced the latest edition to our line of handheld laser particle counters, the Kanomax 3887. One thing that should catch your attention is the $1,875 price tag – never before has there been a mutli-channel particle counter with internal memory at such a low price! I spent a few weeks using this instrument and here’s what I found:
Big Time Value – The Kanomax 3887 gives you three channels (0.3, 0.5, and 5 microns) of particle, internal memory and comes complete with software, data cable, purge filter, sample tubing and an isokinetic sampling probe. The Kanomax 3887 runs on 4 AA batteries, the kit also includes 4 rechargeable batteries as well as a battery charger. I was impressed with the complete kit that came with the unit. As far as value, this is the best value package I have ever seen.
Excellent Accuracy – I tested the Kanomax 3887 in several settings. I compared the readings with those from my Limited Edition Lighthouse 3016 Black Series ($4,375) and my Met One GT-321 with the readings from the Kanomax 3887. I’ve seen some of the other low cost particle counters and they usually have resolutions problems when you get down to 0.3 microns, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Kanomax 3887 displaying accurate readings. Usually, low cost units are only good for use by home inspectors or air cleaner/ vacuum cleaner salesmen. I would not hesitate to use the Kanomax 3887 in a cleanroom environment.
Seamless Data Transfers – The Kanomax 3887 stores 1000 data records, downloading the data was fast and easy using the included software and data cable. I was able to store the data into a text file which opened perfectly in excel. Overall, this was a simple task and unlike some of the other software packages that is often included with low price particle counters, this preserved table data and gave me what I needed.
I do prefer the LMS Express that I use with my Lighthouse 3016, but for less than half the price, this is a huge added value to an already great bargain. In the first few months offering this product to my customers, I’ve had some great feedback and some high profile customers, including; American Semiconductor, S.E. Missouri State University, Delphi Automotive, American Home Inspections and dozens of others.
All in all, the Kanomax 3887 handheld particle counter is a great value that offers solid performance and I’m proud to offer it to my customers that are looking for a low cost alternative to the full featured Lighthouse particle counters.