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.
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).]
Re: What testers do you use?#38579 05/26/0401:05 PM05/26/0401:05 PM
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.
Re: What testers do you use?#38586 05/26/0410:49 PM05/26/0410:49 PM