Fowler and SPI X-test Indicator
It has been a few years since Fowler and SPI decided to have the Chinese make a rip-off look-alike of the popular and best selling Interapid test indicator which is made in Switzerland. They are selling at about half the price and, at least on the catalog pages, look so much like the real thing that many a purchaser is fooled.
The manufacturer of Interapid is Tesa in Switzerland and they understandably went into panic mode when this Chinese version appeared in American catalogs. They lowered the prices drastically which means you can now own the real indicator at a substantial savings.
Compare the photo. It shows details of the Swiss made Interapid model 312B-1 (in back) and Chinese made Xtest (in front).
The Chinese indicator has now appeared with many different brand names on the dial and I'm sure we could have them made with the Long Island Indicator logo as well. The Chinese contact us regularly with such offers.
You may have perfectly good reasons to want to get the cheap version because, after all, your budget may dictate it. In these times, it's better to be cautious. And, if the Xtest ever crashes or stops repeating, you can simply toss it away with those unfinished containers of Chinese food.
The extended range Fowler X-test indicator comes in a box with the following:
Replacement Xtest contact points are not available from us.
For details on the real McCoy (Swiss made Interapid), please take a look at page 23 which also gives you more indicator options, specifications, accuracy, etc.
A note about Xtest repairs: Spare parts are not available and the low selling price makes these uneconomical.
A final note: opinions on this model vary greatly and you would do well to take these into consideration before making a purchase.