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Best multimeter

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by greenmonster304, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,422

    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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  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,728

    Fluke, with the availability of non-auto ranging with a clamp would be my choice.
  3. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,860

    I have Flukes and a Greenlee. I usually grab the Greenlee.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,439

    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.
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,728

    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.
  6. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    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!
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,439

    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
  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    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.
  9. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,447

    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 :)
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,728

    And, you are who? :dizzy: :clapping::waving:

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