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Old 01-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Recommend me a good multimeter

My old, cheap, Chinese mulitmeter took a dump on me today.
Should I be looking to grab a decent one on eBay or go to Sears and get a new Craftsman?
I was looking get one for auto/motorcycle work and occasional work around the house for less than $100.
Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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The cheap Chinese meters you can get on sale at Harbor Freight for $2 work fine for most people but if you want a meter that is bullet proof and can be used every day for many years there is no substitute for Fluke. Don't go to Sears or you'll get a cheap Chinese meter but pay a lot for it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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Yep. Their $2 meter is hard to beat. It is actually fairly accurate.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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Do all Fluke meters need calibrating eventually or can I expect it to last through all of my infrequent, shade tree exploits?

I saw a few potentials on eBay.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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should never need calibrating. the only issue i have with my fluke is that the super cheapo leads don't fit it. it is indestructible, i treat it with the care of a claw hammer. i drop it regularly, you're always looking for a safe place to put it on a bike, and it always falls. been beating mine up for 10 years. changed the batteries a couple times, and probably 5 sets of leads. i do recommend finding a cheap small analog meter also - it doesn't need to be accurate at all - you just need it to watch the needle move up and down when you are playing with points, searching wire breaks, timing etc, instead of beeps/digital numbers scrolling too fast to read....
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #7
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
Saw a NIB Model 78 up there for $99 "buy it now" - told my wife about it and she voiced displeasure so I may need to come down to $50.
I did some reading on that model and it looks right up my alley.
What's the difference between the 77 and 78?

Also, any thoughts on this one?: http://www.amazon.com/Sinometer-Manu...pr_product_top

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:54 PM   #8
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Saw a NIB Model 78 up there for $99 "buy it now" - told my wife about it and she voiced displeasure so I may need to come down to $50.
Does she wear $50 shoes? Ask her how much she spent on hair and nails in the last month.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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multimeter

my fave is still my 35 year old home-assembled Radio Shack mirrored scale multimeter, so easy to read, lots of scales, big control knob.

For knockabout I have had a few digitals, latest one is a Sperry - they measure ok but an analogue movement is easier to read
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:20 AM   #10
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Does she wear $50 shoes? Ask her how much she spent on hair and nails in the last month.
I cannot complain there - she had to buy shoes for a wedding last month - with the sale and coupon, she paid $9.00 for the pair!
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #11
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I cannot complain there - she had to buy shoes for a wedding last month - with the sale and coupon, she paid $9.00 for the pair!
With you on that. My wife is the same way. Considering she got her wedding dress for $300. Yeah, I did well.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:16 AM   #12
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Saw a NIB Model 78 up there for $99 "buy it now" - told my wife about it and she voiced displeasure so I may need to come down to $50.
I did some reading on that model and it looks right up my alley.
What's the difference between the 77 and 78?

Also, any thoughts on this one?: http://www.amazon.com/Sinometer-Manu...pr_product_top
I don't know the difference between the 77 and 78, but here is my 77. Genuine Fluke leads are more flexible than the less expensive(Chinese) ones. I also use a clip on the end of the probe sometimes and again the fluke ones are better than a set I tried from RadioShack. I hold the manual, clips,leads and a jumper wire in a large Altoids tin so everything stays together and undamaged in my toolbox. I would go with a used Fluke over a new Chinese meter. I justify good tools by there is a job to get done and you need them to work or you end up paying someone else to do it. For less than one hour what a shop would charge to figure out an electrical problem you can get a used Fluke that you will pass onto your kids someday. I have used my fluke on 110v, I would not trust my life with a Chinese meter.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:54 AM   #13
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I don't know the difference between the 77 and 78, but here is my 77. Genuine Fluke leads are more flexible than the less expensive(Chinese) ones. I also use a clip on the end of the probe sometimes and again the fluke ones are better than a set I tried from RadioShack. I hold the manual, clips,leads and a jumper wire in a large Altoids tin so everything stays together and undamaged in my toolbox. I would go with a used Fluke over a new Chinese meter. I justify good tools by there is a job to get done and you need them to work or you end up paying someone else to do it. For less than one hour what a shop would charge to figure out an electrical problem you can get a used Fluke that you will pass onto your kids someday. I have used my fluke on 110v, I would not trust my life with a Chinese meter.
Would $50 for a 77 be decent? I found one a little bit of a drive from me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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Would $50 for a 77 be decent? I found one a little bit of a drive from me.
If you don't buy it, I will! Yes, $50 for a 77 is quite acceptable.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #15
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Since 1996 I have been using a Fluke77 which had already seen 10+ years of use by the local utility company. Check eBay, for a model 77. Nothing fancy, and one just went for $30 with leads included.
I bought a Fluke 77 in 1984. I've used it as a hammer and when I check it against the new high end Flukes my work provides it reads the same. They don't "need" calibration but lots of industries dictate that test equipment get annual calibration.
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