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RE: Fluke Automotive meters

To: Mark Miller <>,
Subject: RE: Fluke Automotive meters
From: (John T. Blair)
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 20:22:18 -0500
At 03:05 PM 1/21/97 -0800, Mark Miller wrote:
> The fluke 88 has a couple of ranges that don't show up on a standard
> DMM. There is an inductive pickup that you pop over a sparkplug to 
> read RPM, a duty cycle reading for points dwell, fuel injector on 
> cycle timing, etc., and min/max measurement storage (give a range 
> of rpm during a test for instance).

> None of this is really difficult to do with a normal meter, but if 
> that is the way they are teaching the course. . .


   I wasn't familuar with the 88.  The bells and whistles sound great.
However, I have several dwell/tach meters.  The can be had for under $50.
Then throw less than $100 for a general purpose DMM and maybe another
$50 for an analogue meter and you can still pocket over $200.

  That's like the timing light my mech. friend has.  There are buttons
on the handle to let you advance and retard the spark.  But I can look
at the 2 pointers with my timing light for a lot less money.  In fact,
I could probably afford to get a new pair of glasses so I could see the
timing marks for the difference in my DC powered, inductive coupled,
timing light.


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