Let's talk multi meter testers .

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  1. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I loaned mine out to somebody last year to do work on a lawnmower . Well , I no longer have one . So what's a good cheap tester ? What are you guys using .

    I got so many gasoline yard tools I got to have one .
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Have several of the shirt pocket sized VOMs, and one of these-
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    Voltage, resistance, AC amperage. Also have a spark tester for spark plugs. Has neon lamp that flashes when plug fires. Good for troubleshooting small engines.
     
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  3. manta

    manta Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Use one of these in work, all you will need.
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  4. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    Cheap multi meters aren't good and good multi meters aren't cheap.

    Having said that, Greenlee and Amprobe are good enough.
     
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  5. austin92

    austin92 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had the same 20$ craftsman meter for over 10 years now and have no complaints but I would still like to get a Fluke at some point
     
  6. microadventure

    microadventure Well-Known Member

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    I have a Fluke in every room, and in every vehicle. is there another brand?
     
  7. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok , why Fluke ? Why is it so desirable ? And how much in price ? I take care of everything I can so my tools are very important to me . I get a feeling of pride doing constructive things , my (toxic male thing) ....:)
     
  8. Rifling82

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  9. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok , why Fluke ? Why is it so desirable ? And how much in price ? I take care of everything I can so my tools are very important to me . I get a feeling of pride doing constructive things , my (toxic male thing) ....:)
    WHY.....? o_O I basically fix all my two stroke and four stroke yard equipment , coils , circuits and such so I don't need a mega tester .
     
  10. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Heck I don’t know, that’s all I’ve ever used at work, they’re good.... I’ve got a Blue Point at home.
    I think you can get a Fluke off Amazon for $120 but I’ve seen professionals use Milwaukee, Klein etc
     
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  11. microadventure

    microadventure Well-Known Member

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    if you compare a Fluke to a precision voltage source - laboratory test equipment, calibration traceable to NIST standards - the reading is identical. same thing with resistor substitution boxes.

    if you are trained to a high standard, and accustomed to high standard equipment, you just will not accept less. it's a Snap On versus Chicago Pneumatics situation.
     
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  12. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am a jerk of all trades , master of NONE........SO I'm thinking more in the line of $50-ish give or take .....?
     
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  13. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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  14. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Klein is a good brand, plus that comes with the static tester which are really handy
     
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  15. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have used Dynatel, JDSU, and Fluke meters. You learn to like what you’re used to.
     
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  16. Pasquanel

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    Dango check Amazon I think you'll find what you want. ;)
     
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  17. Mister Dave

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    Fluke user here. Can't speak to other brands as I've only used Fluke professionally. Mine's about 30 years old and still going.
     
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  18. donthav1

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    I've got 2 craftsman ones that i bought 15 years ago, a basic one at home, one with the ampere loop at work. Neither one cost me more than $20 & are good enough for most anything you'll ever need.

    Hell i've got an analog one i built from a kit in college that cost me less than $10 20 years ago & it still works just fine.

    If you're just checking continuity or voltage, the harbor freight ones should do you just fine.
     
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  19. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I bought a Craftsman around 15 years ago. It worked great until the readout screen started getting what looks like micro cracks in it. The screen got worse over time, and I couldn't read it at all three years ago.

    A bought a generic Chinese multimeter low mein at harbor freight, and it hasn't let me down. After reading all the responses here about flukes, I want to take it to work and compare it's accuracy to the the flukes that all the electricians use.
     
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  20. Mister Dave

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    Speaking of Klein, their tools are the best, especially screwdrivers. I might consider a multimeter from them, if that's what was available at the time.

    Home Depot sells Klein.
     
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