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Old 05-06-2018, 08:46 AM
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The quality of a tool, does not a mechanic make.
While high quality tools are nice bragging rights for a hobbist,
a test light made from a bulb socket and two wires will get to the root of most problems.
An inexpensive meter will do the rest.

Now if a fellow is working on electronic equipment, checking critical resistance that requires more precision, then a better meter is beneficial.
And If a fellow has those skills, he already has one he likes, and knows how to use it to the fullest.
I'm betting if you are asking what is a good meter, a china-fright free meter
will serve all your needs.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:05 PM
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I heard there are Meterman meters were made by Fluke. They seem to be a cheaper alternative but I don't know much about them and if they are quality and performance worthy of the Flukes. Something to look into.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:16 AM
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The quality of a tool, does not a mechanic make.
While high quality tools are nice bragging rights for a hobbist,
a test light made from a bulb socket and two wires will get to the root of most problems.
An inexpensive meter will do the rest.

Now if a fellow is working on electronic equipment, checking critical resistance that requires more precision, then a better meter is beneficial.
And If a fellow has those skills, he already has one he likes, and knows how to use it to the fullest.
I'm betting if you are asking what is a good meter, a china-fright free meter
will serve all your needs.
Please,
no offence to anyone.


I don't disagree George, when you're talking about tractor work. About the only time a light is not super useful is when you're measuring voltages or voltage drops. For a "binary" type of measurement ("am I getting voltage or am I not") you're right. If you want to measure generator output , then knowing whether it's 12V or 13.2 V is pretty useful. A China Freight meter will do for that as you say.

My view is one who uses these things daily for other chores, so my viewpoint is skewed. I'd still get a mid price meter (meaning 30-50$) so that the thing doesn't die in the heat of battle because I briefly measured voltage on the resistance scale. Nothing cranks me off like having to stop what I'm doing and head to a store to get something in the middle of a repair. A mid price meter is a good value as it's also likely to actually WORK a year from now, has leads longer than 12" and will shut itself off to preserve the batteries when not in use too.

To be sure a $300 fluke is not needed for Cub repair. Sure is nice though :-)

Didn't mean to imply I'm a good mechanic because of a nice DMM , but I would argue that if you plan to use tools regularly and for a lifetime you'll likely not regret you bought good ones.

Your points are well taken!
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You need a pocket size Dmm, nothing fancy and the smaller the better! I have a old Beckman DM78 I carry with me all the time and it's perfect for mechanical/electric troubleshooting http://kuzyatech.com/vintage-twins-b...and-hioki-3217

I have a Fluke 107 I use for the same propose but it's bigger so I don't carry that one with me. You can take a look at the small Fluke 101,
it's not better then any $50 Chinese Dmm but I bet he may last you a lifetime and it's yellow like our Cub!

Look like I'm wrong....The 101 is the best $50 Dmm out there apparently....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBkjr3b5hQo
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I did learn this today, from an ad from an e-bay seller....


Please note:

Since 2016, fluke 107 Change to Chinese trademark "福禄克" (Fluke spoke Chinese is 福禄克)

So China Fluke manufacturers don't provide printed English user manual.

Please find the English user manual in Fluke website.
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Mine is a Fluke import from the UK with the Fluke logo and I have a English/Chinese manual, you still can download them for any 10X series from China, India, Vietnam... fluke site here one example: http://www.fluke.com/Fluke/vnen/Supp...roductId=77007

For a reason out of my knowledge I can't post pictures here anymore so I can't show you "the proof is in the pudding". Anyways....The import Fluke 101 is the best you can get for around $50 and warranty is a joke at this bracket price for all Dmm.

PS: My collection of Dmm goes from a high precision lab Hewlett Packard to a old Healthkit I build wen I was 16 years old, Thrust me and all the "old fart" here wen we say you don't need a fancy toy for your task.
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Look like I'm wrong....The 101 is the best $50 Dmm out there apparently....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBkjr3b5hQo
Thanks for the video, Gilles! I'm surprised I haven't run into this guy yet. He has some good videos.
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....For a reason out of my knowledge I can't post pictures here anymore.....
Did you get a new 'phone? you might have to resize your pictures before you can upload them.
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Thanks for the video, Gilles! I'm surprised I haven't run into this guy yet. He has some good videos.
NP Travis!
Lot of strange stuff on YT! Sometime you get lucky and found a real gem.

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Did you get a new 'phone? you might have to resize your pictures before you can upload them.
I'm using my computer not my phone and all the advance option are there but nothing happen if I "Clic" on it...go figure
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I have a fluke 73 I have owned for more years than i can remember"25 years I think" I have an Extech with a nice infrared thermometer that comes in handy, and I have a Autotech that has some built in features for checking injector pulse and other auto related things. However, for DC and just about everything non AC related I always go to my power probe.. Your multi meter cant put out any power but the Power probe accurately measures and provides power, and ground when needed.. Very very cool tool I think the basic one starts at about 50$
https://www.powerprobe.com/
I am almost certain these are USA made.

The one I use now is the power probe 4 and they cost about $259 for the master kit.
https://www.nationaltoolwarehouse.co...IaAmS0EALw_wcB


Here are some of the features.

• The PPKIT04 combines the power of the Power Probe IV with the ECT3000 to quickly troubleshoot and diagnose circuit conditions.
• Save time by not tearing up wire harnesses, panels, carpets, and more to locate open or shorted circuits with the ECT3000
• Diagnose Fuel Injectors, sensor signals, computer outputs, resistance readings and power up components with the Power Probe4
• Features:
• DC Voltmeter
• AC Voltmeter
• Ohm Meter
• Fuel Injector Tester
• Computer Driver Tester
• Open Circuit Detector
• Short Circuit Detector
• Directional Short Circuit Indicator
• Distance from Source wire indicator
• Ergonomic housing
• Parts: Power Probe IV, ECT3000, PPLS01
Weight: 1.870 lbs.
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