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tuttnauer 2540M Manually Operated autoclave reviewed

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    Tuttnauer (manual “M” models)

    The only manual model on our list, the Tuttnauer “M” series is a proven workhorse with a long history and widespread adaptation across multiple industries. With several sizes and feature sets to choose from, you don’t have to sacrifice anything to get the right model for your office. 1730 ValueKlave, 2340M, 2540M, 2540MK, 3870M Pros:

    Affordability – Tuttnauer’s manual autoclaves lack advanced features, which keeps costs down and makes them the most affordable choice offered by any of the major autoclave brands.

    Longevity – With no electronics and a sparse, simple mechanical design, a manual Tuttnauer can have an extraordinary lifespan. Because the design has remained virtually unchanged over the years, repair parts are inexpensive and easy to find, even for older Tuttnauers. Tuttnauer Autoclaves have been in the States since roughly early 1987.

    Cost to own/repair – The only consumable part on a Tuttnauer is the door gasket, which is the least expensive door gasket of any major autoclave brand. This autoclaves simple mechanical design means breakdowns are infrequent and affordable to repair.

    Availability of service – Tuttnauers are very popular – and so easy to fix – that you can find a service provider almost anywhere. Your current supply company almost certainly offers Tuttnauer repair service, even if they are not an authorized dealer, as aftermarket options are readily available for all internal parts.

    Custom cycles – Time and temperature settings are set manually by the Tuttnauer user. This gives the user complete control to sterilize a variety of materials that may have specific autoclaving temperature requirements. Cons:

    No sterilization monitoring – manual Tuttnauers do not monitor sterilization conditions, as automatic autoclaves do. That means that if a sterilization cycle fails, there is no warning or indication of an error. Your staff will need to be trained on how to spot a failed cycle, and using a sterilization monitor with every cycle is strongly recommended. there is an indicating arrow on the pressure/temp guage but the user needs to reset after each cycle.

    No automation – The user will need to remain in proximity to the autoclave as it nears the end of the cycle. The user will need to be listening for the “ding” and then vent the chamber promptly. If the chamber is not vented in time, you’ll need to run the cycle an additional 10 minutes to repressurize before venting. (you need at least 10- 15psi in the chamber to vent properly)

    No presets – There are no preset cycles on a manual Tuttnauer. The user will need to be trained to set the correct time and temperature for the instruments being sterilized. Additional sizes/options

    • 1730M 7 inch chamber
    • 2340M 9 inch chamber
    • 2540M 10 inch chamber
    • 3870M 15 inch chamber
    • All models are available in an “MK” option, which offers a faster cycle time but requires 230V (3870 units are all 230V)
    • Fully automatic Tuttnauers are also available .