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Old 10-02-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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One of the journeymen i was working with yesterday recommended that I invest in a cheap circuit tracer. Any suggestions? Klein has one out that the local supply house can get for about $40...anybody tried it?
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:18 AM   #2
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That Klein one sucks. Get the ideal from lowes, it is cheaper and works much better.
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That Klein one sucks. Get the ideal from lowes, it is cheaper and works much better.
I agree. The ideal one is def better. The klein one isn't so bad though. You can pick it up at the depot too if you feel you have to go klein.
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Cool...thanks guys. I'm not partial to any brand yet just that Klein seems to be the highly recommended
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My opinion is 180 degrees away from what has been offered, but I was having a ton of trouble with my Ideal one, so I bought the Klein one and found it to be way better. So there you go.
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My opinion is 180 degrees away from what has been offered, but I was having a ton of trouble with my Ideal one, so I bought the Klein one and found it to be way better. So there you go.


The 61-532 Peter?


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I got the cheap $29 one from HD years ago. It is red. It works in a residential setting just fine, as a breaker finder. In a commercial environment, it will work, but much more care should be used.
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I have that one with no complaints.
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I have that one with no complaints.


I have no complaints with it either Jeff. I had no faith in them whatsoever until a member on Holt's site said "just give it a try". For $40, I said frig it, I took his word.

It hasn't let me down yet. If you're patient with it, it works just fine

Well worth $40.
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Yeah.
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It gave you a hard time Peter? Did you slow scan with it? It hasn't let me down yet. I find if I take my time with it, it suits me fine. Yours was junk I take it?
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I have the same Ideal one. It never gave me a problem. If you want some options, Extech makes one where the sender is a gfci tester and you can change the receiver sensitivity. It will run you 70-80 bucks and it takes some getting used to.
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I have the same Ideal one. It never gave me a problem. If you want some options, Extech makes one where the sender is a gfci tester and you can change the receiver sensitivity. It will run you 70-80 bucks and it takes some getting used to.

The Ideal -534 has a GFCI tester built in, but I/we have other ways of checking that. I thought they were all junk 10 years ago. Again, this guy said give it a try, and son of a gun, it does the trick. I was surprised.
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The Ideal -534 has a GFCI tester built in, but I/we have other ways of checking that. I thought they were all junk 10 years ago. Again, this guy said give it a try, and son of a gun, it does the trick. I was surprised.
Looks like i'm getting a new circuit tracer then.
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2 months later and I finally pulled the trigger. I went with the Klein about a month ago after getting some more opinions and i have no complaints. I have used it on residential and light commercial applications and haven't gone wrong yet.
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That Klein one sucks. Get the ideal from lowes, it is cheaper and works much better.
I totally agree, mine is about to get retired.
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The best circuit tracer that I've ever used has to be greenlee. Just take it slow and it never fails.
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The best circuit tracer that I've ever used has to be greenlee. Just take it slow and it never fails.
i love that tracer i just wish there was a way to disable the receivers auto shut off
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The best circuit tracer that I've ever used has to be greenlee. Just take it slow and it never fails.
The greenlee might be more money than he's willing to spend on a Circuit Tracer.
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Yea its pretty expensive but our company baught a few for our service department and I hope I never have to use any other kind. Worth the money if you can afford to spend it. And yea the auto shut off does get annoying.
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