Which pipettes do you recommend?

Nick Theodorakis theodorn at gusun.georgetown.edu
Thu Feb 18 14:04:03 EST 1999


In article <mheiges-ya02408000R1702992016260001 at news.uga.edu>,
  mheiges at cellmate.cb.uga.edu wrote:
> In article <36C01B69.4860DBC3 at charite.de>, Anke Wichert
> <anke.wichert at charite.de> wrote:
>
> >
> > Dear Netters,
> >
> > Our lab is going to buy a score of new pipettes (0.5 to 1000 ul). Till
> > now, we have been using Eppendorf pipettes, so our new ones have to fit
> > the Eppendorf tips. Of course, we would prefer a less expensive model
> > than our old ones. So I would like to ask for your experiences with
> > Eppendorf or other pipettes in the mentioned range.
> >
> > Any help and/or comments would be highly appreciated.
>
> Never used Eppendorfs but Gilson's Pipetman have held up well in our lab.
>
> We've had terrible experiences with the Oxford Benchmates, which we bought
> because they were cheap. What a mistake that was! They need frequent
> calibration (at least monthly) and replacement parts (which are relatively
> expensive) and they literally fall apart as the cheap plastics crack and
> warp. In contrast, our Pipetman usually go at least a year or two between
> service.
>
> Pipettes are precision instruments and critical to your lab. I don't think
> this is the place to try to stretch your budget.
>

I've also used only the Gilson Pipetmen. It is easy to make minor repairs on
them, such as repacing the seals, o-rings, or even the barrels, and the
replacement parts are cheap enough that I buy them in advance so that I have
then on hand if I do need to fix them.

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| Nick Theodorakis                              |
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