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Old 09-05-2011, 07:32 PM
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Best multimeter

Well my side door on my utility body popped open around a corner and my meter fell out in the street and cracked open so I need a new one. What is everyone using? The one that broke wasnt anything special but I want to replace with a good one.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:47 PM
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Fluke, with the availability of non-auto ranging with a clamp would be my choice.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:38 PM
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I have Flukes and a Greenlee. I usually grab the Greenlee.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:43 PM
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breakage might point to getting multiples of cheaper multimeters - I stuck a $2.99 Harbor Freight cheapie into the case I keep wire nuts and stuff in, and it's been okay so far, but for my not much trusting the 200 ohm range (naturally, a Triplett 630 is ready to take over, but not needed this season)

More realistically, I've used a Beckman multimeter and found it very reliable.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:48 PM
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Jim taught Russ and Russ taught me to use the 521 from the clock (well grounded) and a non-ranging multi at the valves to find faults.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:45 PM
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Klein makes a good multimeter. It also makes sense to have a "Station Master".

I'm not sure I would use one from Harbor Freight. All their stuff is made in China and so by default CRAP!

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:43 PM
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Of course it's crap, and I expected it to last eleven minutes or so, but it lives yet. Kind of how some of those Home Cheapo controllers insult our sensibilities by not exploding the moment they're connected to 24 VAC
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:54 PM
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You mean like Klein? Its done well enough for me, reliable and with the rubber case hasn't busted the # of times I've dropped it, they make a durable clamp on meter as well. I have several Harbor Freight multimeter's they gave me for free when they ran out of their free flashlights, still in the package. I'm going to give them away as Christmas presents.

everybody should have a Station Master too, specially if the bulk of their sites don't have remotes.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:32 PM
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of all of the multimeters that i have, the most used are my greenlee D20 and my armada pro-30.

under $30 for the greenlee and $20 for the pro-30.

both are manual, i use a separate clampmeter when measuring amperage so that i don't have to keep changing leads. the three are usually used as one for resistance, one for voltage and one for amperage. kind of a set and forget type of thing
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of all of the multimeters that i have, the most used are my greenlee D20 and my armada pro-30.

under $30 for the greenlee and $20 for the pro-30.

both are manual, i use a separate clampmeter when measuring amperage so that i don't have to keep changing leads. the three are usually used as one for resistance, one for voltage and one for amperage. kind of a set and forget type of thing
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