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Old 08-29-2013, 10:39 PM   #15
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I've really got to start reading , instruction manuals, I've got one of those.
That's just not a manly thing to do, just sayin.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:48 PM   #16
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John Fluke if I need absolute accuracy but I have the freebie HF meters in every vehicle also-maybe two of them in every vehicle. Those meters are perfect for checking voltage and resistance and if they get lost, I know where to get more....
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:28 AM   #17
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I have 3 Flukes and 1 Beckman so whichever one I grab first. Kinda prefer the Flukes. Amprobe clamp on amp meter.

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Fluke all the way on digital volt meters. Sorry to say I fried my 77 about 10 years ago and started to use a 75 at work. Now I use a 87 (nice) but that is overkill for home. I use the 75 at home now. It does have a 10amp inline dc current check but be careful using it (just ask my old 77). An add on clamp current probe can be used for ac/dc with the flukes. For simple AC current checks nothing beats the simplicity of the analog Ampprobe!
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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...mostly I use one of the free ones periodically offered at Harbor Freight...
Same here. When it or the battery dies, I chuck it and get another.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:29 PM   #19
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OK, I have to ask about the freebie HF multimeters you guys are talking about. I don't have a HF store nearby. What's the deal?
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:32 PM   #20
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I keep a clamp on amp meter, a digital VOM and an analog VOM. Somethings just need an analog meter.

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OK, I have to ask about the freebie HF multimeters you guys are talking about. I don't have a HF store nearby. What's the deal?
Every week our Sunday paper has their ad. It always has a 20% off coupon for any one item and something free with any purchase. It seem to rotate, one week a 9 LED flashlight,next a set of screwdrivers, next a Multimeter.

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #22
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Every week our Sunday paper has their ad. It always has a 20% off coupon for any one item and something free with any purchase. It seem to rotate, one week a 9 LED flashlight,next a set of screwdrivers, next a Multimeter.

7 Function Multimeter
Thanks!

And what is this 'Sunday Paper' of which you speak? Is it one of those folding paper websites from way back in the 20th century that never changes and you can't click anything on?

Just kidding, really I haven't gotten a paper for years. I guess that's why I have missed out on the HF freebies.
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X2 Ramblin - and then there is the disposable Chinese product line HF carries. HF - providing the non discriminating DIYer with the bic lighter of tools since.... 20% off junk with a free piece of junk is still junk. YMMV and only MHO. No offense to anyone - unless of corse you are HF.
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I have a couple of good ones, including a clamp on ammeter, but mostly I use one of the free ones periodically offered at Harbor Freight.
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However, none that I have will measure more than 10-15 amps.
Why would the OP want a meter that can measure 50a?
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X2 for Fluke - if they don't make it probably doesn't exist. My Model 77 from 80's is still go to for me - and their IR Gum and... They have a higher price but they last and last.

Fluke store link - Fluke meters - MyFlukeStore.com

Check em out - buy something inexpensive like this Fluke Attachment 45013
And you'll get a great multi page brochure with tons of their products with descriptions.
WOW!
Buy a $30 Fluke 1LAC-A-II low voltage detector and get a FREE multi page brochure with tons of their expensive products.

Or simply go the the Fluke website: Fluke Multimeters, Fluke Digital Multimeters - My Fluke Store

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Harbor Freight red cheap and does the job.
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Mel - < $25 with free shipping on Amazon. I don't like HF - you do. I like Fluke. Like I mentioned before - my Fluke 77 has been with me since the 80's and operates like new. I don't care how people spend their money - just sharing how I spend mine, and my experience with HF. If you're happy with HF, more power to ya. Isn't the "free market" great? as for the WOW - yea I know - that Fluke is close to 30 years old - let me know in 30 years how HF worked out for ya. Just sayin.
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Mel - < $25 with free shipping on Amazon. I don't like HF - you do. I like Fluke. Like I mentioned before - my Fluke 77 has been with me since the 80's and operates like new. I don't care how people spend their money - just sharing how I spend mine, and my experience with HF. If you're happy with HF, more power to ya. Isn't the "free market" great? as for the WOW - yea I know - that Fluke is close to 30 years old - let me know in 30 years how HF worked out for ya. Just sayin.
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