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Old 09-30-2017, 11:50 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for a new toner & probe, and I'm looking for opinions on what are good ones to get. There is a multitude of different models out there and I just can't make heads or tails of what one has that another doesn't. I don't do a lot of voice/data type of work, but I would like to buy something that is versatile, well made, and fairly affordable. What does everyone use? Have you bought one you would never buy again? Help me out!

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Old 10-01-2017, 12:26 AM   #2
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I have a Fluke Pro3000 that I like and use alot.
Not very expensive, I think I paid like $80 for it.
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Don't over think it.

Buy a basic model and save the $$$$.

These ALL work best around cold circuits.

I've paid up for the hum-suppressing (60Hz) Greenlee toner & probe. It's a bust, IMO.

It's not that suppressive.
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I second the fluke .
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I've owned a few different models and all work the same but the Fluke Pro 3000 has a unique feature: when you short the leads the tone pattern changes. It has 5 different tone patterns. Why is this good? When you think you've found the traced wire you need to confirm this by shorting the wires together or grounding them. You can get false readings sometimes . So you short the wires and you hear the tone pattern change .

purchased mine used on Ebay. Also have Harris model. cheap model might not have 120vac protection. My co-worker discovered this protection is useless with 277 vac
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I think the Fluke 3000 is about as good as you're going to get under $100, I like that one better than the Greenlee / Progressive. I have used a bunch of them over the years.

Not too long ago I sprung for the Triplett 3388, which can be used on live wires and runs almost double the 3000, about $140. I had to do some tracing in an office that's a converted house and it was worth it to do it during regular office hours without turning off any breakers.

The instructions have a procedure to use it as a breaker finder but IME it sucks as a breaker finder

It comes in a kit with long leads, short leads, receptacle blade tips, etc. You can adjust both the tone power level and the probe sensitivity. It also has a light on the probe that's useful, helps pinpoint the location.
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I think the Fluke 3000 is about as good as you're going to get under $100, I like that one better than the Greenlee / Progressive. I have used a bunch of them over the years.

Not too long ago I sprung for the Triplett 3388, which can be used on live wires and runs almost double the 3000, about $140. I had to do some tracing in an office that's a converted house and it was worth it to do it during regular office hours without turning off any breakers.

The instructions have a procedure to use it as a breaker finder but IME it sucks as a breaker finder

It comes in a kit with long leads, short leads, receptacle blade tips, etc. You can adjust both the tone power level and the probe sensitivity. It also has a light on the probe that's useful, helps pinpoint the location.
So would you say you like the Triplett better than the Fluke? I don't want to spend a fortune, but $140 is hardly a fortune. If it's worth it I would spend more for more versatility.

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So would you say you like the Triplett better than the Fluke? I don't want to spend a fortune, but $140 is hardly a fortune. If it's worth it I would spend more for more versatility.

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If I didn't already have a line voltage tracer, I'd consider the Triplett because of this function
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So would you say you like the Triplett better than the Fluke? I don't want to spend a fortune, but $140 is hardly a fortune. If it's worth it I would spend more for more versatility.
I will hedge a little because I haven't used it that much on live circuits, but being able to easily plug it into a receptacle and see what other receptacles are on the same circuit is handy. I wouldn't trust it to be dead reliable / accurate, but but still helpful.
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Good info in here

http://www.electriciantalk.com/f2/wire-toner-226370/
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provantage.com has the fluke Pro3000 for $36. I can't imagine that would be a bad purchase.
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provantage.com has the fluke Pro3000 for $36. I can't imagine that would be a bad purchase.
Looks like that's just the tone generator (despite what the picture shows). The toner & probe kit is 70.11, which is about the same as other online retailers. I think I'm going to try and find a Canadian source to save on shipping and duty.

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Thanks for the input everyone. I ended up getting the Fluke Pro 3000 at my local SH. It was $135 Canadian, which is more than it would have been online, but I needed it right away. Haven't really had a chance to use it yet, but it seems solid, moreso than the Ideal I used to have.

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