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#1 mountaingoatgruff

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:29 PM

I started with a $2.99 HF special, arguably no better than a test light.

Upgraded to a ~$50 HD pos Klein Tools brand - backlight went out first, after a couple months use half of the segments on the lcd went out so you can't read the numbers and last week it stopped working for a couple days then came back. I've tried changing the batteries over and over and the thing is only a few years old.

Are there any solid reliable units below the three figure range?

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:35 PM

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B003LCITWA

I paid $45+tax at HD for this one. What a waste.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

I have had a DMM from Sears for 10+ years, it won't break so I have an excuse to buy a Fluke meter... I think I paid ~$50.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:50 PM

I have a tiny Radio Shack that I've been using for a while. It seems OK so far but is nothing fancy.

subscribing for good suggestions as I may buy something to upgrade my own, and as fo a gift for soon-to-be son-in-law.

OH - I just remembered, I found something the other day I meant to photo and post. An old multimeter/tune-up meter I BUILT from a Graymark kit in highschool in about 1972!

OK, found a tiny pic on-line of what I think is the same unit;

https://encrypted-tb...w2Gd5R72cONHJ6A

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:02 AM

I will second the Craftsman Multimeters. I have had this one for 10+ years, and it still appears to be available and it looks identical to mine.

http://www.sears.com.../p-03482139000P

Not fancy but it hasnt broken yet.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:21 PM

You sure can't beat the price on the Craftsman - I think my Fluke was about 10 times that:eek:

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:07 PM

Yeah, but your Fluke will probably never die.
Id love to have a nice Fluke meter with all the gadgets and gizmos, but my Craftsman $30 DMM works just fine for me. Has selectable and auto ranging, duty cycle/frequency test, diode test, and has a spot for a temperature probe, and of course all the usual stuff.
I guess I've had it about two years now, no complaints. I had a smaller pocket multimeter with the leads that fold up into the case and that worked great for about 5 years until the wire to one of the leads frayed inside the insulation. I could fix it if I could find a new lead for it.

http://www.sears.com...sku=03482139000

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

I have one of those pocket meters, I've had it since about 2001 and it still works... Probably because I don't use it very much. When I was in Canada I got the canadian tire brand multimeter, it's not great but hasn't had any problems since 2004. Only had to change the battery once.

But then I also have a fluke 87V meter. And it's so awesome I never use anything else anymore...

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Actually the radioshack ones are not that bad. When I worked for a defense contractor they were always certified accurate for Military (in house defnse contractor) work.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

we have an old NRI branded DMM that is from the early 90s - as in National Radio Institute - the correspondence school that is no longer - the thing wont die!

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no other names on this thing anywhere (even under the battery cover), have no idea who produced these. But the darn thing always works.

we also have an analog meter with Ohm capability, but I never did figure out how to read that thing - always reach for this one when I need a meter.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:53 AM

^ Nice! That thing will probably last forever.

I need to find another good analogue one. I have a super expensive fluke, but there's some things you can't beat an old analogue for.

Things like testing a VSS or testing to see if a TPS is functioning right. Same thing with radios.
With the analogue meters you can very easily check a rheostat/pot. Such as volume controls or TPS. As you go from closed to open the needle will sweep from one side to the other nice and smooth. If it jumps around in the middle, you need to replace it.
But it's hard to do that with a DMM. You can't really see it jump as easily.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

^ Nice! That thing will probably last forever.

I need to find another good analogue one. I have a super expensive fluke, but there's some things you can't beat an old analogue for.

Things like testing a VSS or testing to see if a TPS is functioning right. Same thing with radios.
With the analogue meters you can very easily check a rheostat/pot. Such as volume controls or TPS. As you go from closed to open the needle will sweep from one side to the other nice and smooth. If it jumps around in the middle, you need to replace it.
But it's hard to do that with a DMM. You can't really see it jump as easily.



we even keep a few Tripletts around here at work, but I haven't seen anyone use one in 10 years. i guess it's just hard to let them go!

maybe chek ebay.

edit - yep, there's some on ebay!

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:03 PM

I bought the $25 one at Schmucks. I have had it for about 3 years, and I have yet to have a problem with it. I use it ALL THE TIME. For the money, I am very happy with it.

Next one I buy will be a fluke. I use it way too much to not want a NICE one...

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:15 PM

we even keep a few Tripletts around here at work, but I haven't seen anyone use one in 10 years. i guess it's just hard to let them go!

maybe chek ebay.

edit - yep, there's some on ebay!

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