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Old 02-11-2007, 03:53 PM   #1
 
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Default multi meter which manufacturer is the best

i would be very appreciative for some feedback
i am concidering buying a new multimeter could anyone help me,
which is the best and reliable manufacturer ?
i am concidering buying a meter which covers all the tests and results
and which downloads to a PC with windows xp / windows vista now

ie a few years ago i purchased a AVO CM 400 but that only worked on dos operating system ie windows 95/98


no idea at all like me !!!!

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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I use the Ideal 805, which will run in XP.
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i have a fluke 85 and i love it its will cost a pretty penny though. i had a ideal meter but the readings were jumpy
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A Fluke 289 will do all that.
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why do you need a meter to do all that and what would be a typical application ?
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There is no 'best' manufacturer, and there is no 'best' meter. If there were, there would only be one manufacturer making one meter.
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As Sparky said, there is no "one" best. I am not sure if the Fluke 289 will cover all of your applications. A couple of guys here have them, and they would be able to give you a good review of it.

Actually I am very sure 480sparky wrote up a review of his, with pictures. If you search the forums you can find that review.

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to extend on Kens post...
YOU need to use some meters or even just one meter (a lot) so YOU can decide what features (aka quirks) best suit the nature of the work that YOU do or at least what features (aka quirks) YOU don't want to have to live with.

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I like the Fluke 1587 for industrial work. it is simple to use and is a standard DMM and multi voltage megger built into one unit. I also like the Fluke 337 clamp on ammeter. It works fine as a ammeter and voltmeter but the ohmmeter portion leave a bit to be desired.
I was using a 337 to troubleshoot a control circuit and I was trying to check the control transformer primary that was blowing primary control fuses, with the 337 it was checking OPEN (OL) but the fuses would still blow when the disconnect closed. Then I checked it with the 1587 (ohmmeter) and did get a reading of 500+ ohms but that still was not enough to keep the fuses from blowing. These readings were taken across the transformer primary winding the primary to ground checked fine to ground with both meters.Replaced the transformer and no more blown fuses.
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As Sparky said, there is no "one" best. I am not sure if the Fluke 289 will cover all of your applications. A couple of guys here have them, and they would be able to give you a good review of it.

Actually I am very sure 480sparky wrote up a review of his, with pictures. If you search the forums you can find that review.

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All good information for future reference. Just realize guys, the OP made this one and only post in early 2007.
I doubt he'll be back to see this.
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All good information for future reference. Just realize guys, the OP made this one and only post in early 2007.
I doubt he'll be back to see this.
lol, didn't even notice that.

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You guys took too long to reply......
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ahhh....well, looks like he's still in the hall waiting for a call anyway. no problem.
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I am old, I guess, but when asked what multimeter I like, I say that the TRIPLETT meter is good. It has served me well and used to be made in BLUFFTON, OHIO, and I liked that.

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