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Old 04-30-2018, 08:10 PM
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jbrewer I agree with what you said. I use a fluke 87 and an old school Simpson 260 for my job. Both meters have their place as well as pros and cons.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:25 PM
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What a bunch of tightwads!
Keep buying that Chinese crap, pretty soon that’s all there will be.
So, you tightwads never go out to eat with the family?
For the price of a night out, you wouldn’t spend that on a quality tool?
Really?
Yep, to some folks who are lookin' to stretch an extra dollar,
a night out with the family is way more important than a quality tool.
Well said!
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:26 PM
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I'm a Fluke man. I have a 87 and a 289 but the 87 is hard to beat. Fluke now has a lifetime warranty on their meters if it is still being made. It has to be the same model. I had an old 87 the quit on me but it was the first gen and no longer made so it went in the trash.

I guess if your not measuring anything over 30 volts an el cheapo will do but being we measure mostly from 0-480 AC & 0-800DC at work, I wouldn't trust my life on anything but Fluke.
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I'm a Fluke man. I have a 87 and a 289 but the 87 is hard to beat. Fluke now has a lifetime warranty on their meters if it is still being made. It has to be the same model. I had an old 87 the quit on me but it was the first gen and no longer made so it went in the trash.
That lifetime warranty makes no sense. They could change models every 6 months and you're SOL.
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I'm a Fluke man. I have a 87 and a 289 but the 87 is hard to beat. Fluke now has a lifetime warranty on their meters if it is still being made. It has to be the same model. I had an old 87 the quit on me but it was the first gen and no longer made so it went in the trash.

That lifetime warranty makes no sense. They could change models every 6 months and you're SOL.
BS...you don't know Fluke. What other meter company does that? The 87 that they wouldn't repair was 15+ years old.

If you need a meter to work on Cubs and light duty stuff then a cheap meter will probably work fine. Pretty much all that we measure are DC volts & ohms when troubleshooting our little tractors.
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It's a good point to remember. I'd never measure much above what you'd find in a tractor with a HF cheapie. They're poorly made and they're not certified by anyone for measuring lethal voltages.

I too routinely measure 400+ v and occasionally 1500-2500 VDC (using a fluke plug in HV probe). Believe me there's a HUGE difference in real quality when you're dealing with lethal voltage.

I've got some HF jobs, but when the batteries run down, I toss 'em. Usually the batteries run down because I forgot to turn them OFF , and since there is no (at least at the time, possibly still so) auto-power down, it'll sit there dumb and happy until it drains the battery.

I just hate em because the leads are always too short and they're too light to stay put.

Like any other tool, there's generally a difference between well made stuff and bottom scrapers. There's a lot to be said for buy once cry once.

A simpson 260 is a great meter, and analog meters are really handy.
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Love my field piece... 375.00 meter

But who doesn't love a good piece??
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Going to swing by Acme Tool today while in Cedar Rapids and see what they have available.
After all, if their stuff is good enough for Wylie Coyote.....
And,
My Jet band saw has done a great job for me the last 6 years....
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Jet makes great tools
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No dice at Acme.
They're more into contractor tools it seems
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