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#38577 - 05/26/04 08:55 AM What testers do you use?
Dave55 Offline

Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I just received a magazine from Fluke and was wondering what kind of testers you use. I'll be honest here and say I'm a little cheap. I went to my truck and I have a GB digital multi-meter, a GB circuit tracker, and a GB pen type non-contact voltage probe. I probably got them all at the local hardware store. I've never bought or used a megger. Aside from the expense, I think I'd be afraid to lay a Fluke down on the jobsite.

What do you use?


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#38578 - 05/26/04 09:49 AM Re: What testers do you use?
NJwirenut Offline

Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
Big Fluke fan here.

I keep a model 87 DMM in the truck, along with an 80i-400 clamp-on AC current probe. For more sophisticated testing, I drag out a 123 ScopeMeter. And a Fluke non-contact voltage detector lives right in my toolbelt.

Other gear includes a Supco megger, Harris toner/tracer set, and a homebrew telephone "buttset" (El Cheapo corded phone w/zip cord and red/green alligator clips attached).

My electronics testbench has a Fluke 8060A DMM, along with a Tektronix scope, a couple HP signal generators, and a handful of Heathkits (remember those?).

[This message has been edited by NJwirenut (edited 05-26-2004).]

#38579 - 05/26/04 11:05 AM Re: What testers do you use?
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
In order from the most used to the least:

Greenlee BEHA Unitest

Etcon polarity / GFI test

Ideal Pathfinder for USOC, CATx & coax (with toner)

Generic VOM ~$12, less if I find one

Non-contact volt sniffer

Amprobe clampon

Generic buttset

Ideal ABS (Almost a Buttset)

Amprobe open finder
Al Hildenbrand

#38580 - 05/26/04 12:27 PM Re: What testers do you use?
Mean Gene Offline

Registered: 10/20/03
Posts: 137
Loc: Ohio, USA
I too am a big Fluke fan (investor). I have the Model 87V and the i1010 AC/DC Current Clamp.

For those who fool with network wiring on a regular basis they make a wonderful series of handheld network testers. I bought the MicroScanner Pro and wonder how I ever did without it.

[This message has been edited by Mean Gene (edited 05-26-2004).]

#38581 - 05/26/04 02:37 PM Re: What testers do you use?
Ever Ready Offline

Registered: 03/27/04
Posts: 40
Loc: Scotland
I use a combination of Fluke,Robin,Megger,Martiundale and Metrohm test equipment

#38582 - 05/26/04 06:07 PM Re: What testers do you use?
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
My meters.


#38583 - 05/26/04 06:23 PM Re: What testers do you use?
twh Offline

Registered: 03/11/04
Posts: 895
Loc: Regina, Sask.
1 - cheap clamp meter for most use.

1 - Fluke 87 III with clamp for more accurate readings,

1 - cheap digital megger, because I don't want to be responsible for changing a 100 HP motor unless I'm really sure.

assorted - unreliable volt ticks.

1 - apprentice to check wires after the volt tick

#38584 - 05/26/04 07:52 PM Re: What testers do you use?
CRM Offline

Registered: 02/29/04
Posts: 73
Loc: Alberta Canada
An amprobe ac/dc clamp on multi meter is the best value for the money, I've been using them for ten years with no problems.

#38585 - 05/26/04 07:56 PM Re: What testers do you use?
John Steinke Offline

Registered: 04/03/01
Posts: 509
Loc: Reno,Nv., USA
First of all, this is NOT an ad, and I'm not getting paid in any way...
Secondly, I own an (according to Fluke) an exceptionally accurate Fluke.
That said, I reccomend someone else.

FIeldpiece. They make meters for Ideal. The model that they market to the HVAC market is a 'stick' that easily fits in a pocket. Slip-on heads allow assorted additional uses, such as an amp-clamp, true-rms, temp, etc. Heads can be bought as you need them. Leads have interchangeable tips- need an alligator clip, change the tip. Check out their website.

Available at HVAC suppliers.

#38586 - 05/26/04 08:49 PM Re: What testers do you use?
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... I've Amprobe AC/DC3000,an Etcon solenoid Voltage/Continuity Tester,an Ideal "pen-type" inductive tester,a Fluke "pen-type"inductive tester,a Fluke TS1000,ammeter/digital voltmeter,ohm-meter,2 Ideal circuit breaker identifiers,an old analog Heathkit VOM,...and my trusty thumb and fore-finger..
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

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