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Old March 12th, 2012, 12:38 AM
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My generic snap on (Bluepoint) finally died today. It was completely, my fault; I never took the batteries out of it and it made a mess under the cover. Now very much wiser, I am looking for a new one. I find it to be one of the most underestimated tools in the toolbox, esp with the electrical systems in this truck.

Anyone got a good one that isnt a small fortune?
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Old March 12th, 2012, 01:08 AM
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Fluke. Last one you'll ever buy.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 05:57 AM
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Fluke. I've had mine 12 years and it even still is on the original battery.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 08:34 AM
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x3 the fluke 179 is great..ive got 2
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Old March 12th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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x4 on the fluke. I killed a few cheap ones in a variety of ways, like dropping them or them getting wet in the truck, or getting we using them in a torrential rainstorm, etc. It sucks when you *really* need it to work and it doesn't. I've have the fluke for a few years now and love it.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Thank you guys; seeing Fluke's range from low 100's to 500's. I take it for our application we dont need the super duper model? Leaning towards the 117 for $140 on Amazon.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Thank you guys; seeing Fluke's range from low 100's to 500's. I take it for our application we dont need the super duper model? Leaning towards the 117 for $140 on Amazon.
I've been shopping for one too...let us know which you end up with.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 01:09 PM
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Mine is a 115 and I am happy with it.
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I paid $50 for the DMM I bought as an EE in undergrad and still have it.

It's made by some no-name manufacturer and still lives after 14 years of use and abuse. I like it because it has a really big display.

I also have an $18 DMM I bought somewhere...maybe Walmart or Harbor Freight and it still lives after 3 years. I like that one better because it has a backlight and uses AAA's instead of 9V batteries.

In my opinon, paying a lot of money for a multitester, especially for use on a Defender is a little unnecessary. All you really need is a continuity tester, resistance, and DC voltage. Even the cheapest testers nowadays will measure AC voltage which is handy around the house.

Unless you have a need for a specific feature, I personally would buy a cheap unit. When one starts getting into handheld digital oscopes and such, brand matters.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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I went ahead and got the Fluke 117. I agree that its a huge price tag, but I hate buying things twice when a few bucks more would have done the trick the first time.
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I found mine at a pawn shop for $40 about 6 years ago.
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I found mine at a pawn shop for $40 about 6 years ago.
For stuff like that, pawn shops are the way to go!
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Fluke. I've had mine 12 years and it even still is on the original battery.
Had mine for about 10 and come to think of it I don't think I've ever put a new battery in it either. Mine's a 70 Series.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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If you want to go real cheap (free) and get one as a spare, here's a coupon for a free one at Harbor Freight... I got a few of them already...
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Anyone using the Fluke 88 V - it looks like it's intended primarily for auto applications and on eBay just about the same price as the Fluke 179

http://www.fluke.com/Fluke/usen/Digi....htm?PID=56148

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http://www.fluke.com/Fluke/usen/Digi....htm?PID=56027
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Fluke! I forget if mine is a Bluepoint or a Matco but it's a Fluke Rebranded. Ebay can be a good place to pick one up too. I can't recall if I picked mine up on Ebay or from the Traveling Tool Gypsy (AKA Matco Guy).

FWIW, I picked up one of those CenTech ones as a spare cheap one to carry around...complete junk, don't wast the money. Within the first couple of times I used it it developed an intermittent bad connection to the test lead...hardly acceptable given its intended use.
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