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Re: [Shop-talk] Need a new multimeter

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Need a new multimeter
From: Brian Kemp <>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:41:57 -0700
Cc: shop-talk@Autox.Team.Net
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The cheap digital one on sale with the coupon for a few bucks at Harbor 
Freight is fine for most basic home tasks.  As a plus, it is so 
inexpensive, you don't worry when you bump it and it falls down through 
the engine compartment onto the driveway.  I don't know how accurate it 
actually is, but for measuring continuity, I don't really care if it .1 
ohms or .3 ohms.  I would consider their meter to be in line with 
anything you pick up at another store in the $10 price range.

If money isn't a concern, I've liked any Fluke meter I've ever used, but 
you do pay for them.

You also have to decide on analog or digital.  Sometimes it is nice to 
watch the needle stay at a constant point and not drift.  Also if 
chasing an intermittent connection, that pointer may respond faster and 
more obvious than a digital meter.  I have both, but seldom use the 
analog, mainly because the probes suck.

I guess that brings out a final factor.  Check the probes.  They should 
be comfortable to hold and the cables should be very flexible.  I have a 
Craftsman meter that I bought back in the late 80's that has insulated 
clips that screw on to the probes for a good solid connection.  Having 
the clip on leads is nice and I'd pay extra for that.


On 10/30/2012 6:39 PM, Scott wrote:
> I suspect my multimeter isn't 100%. The continuity test won't always 
> alarm when I touch the probes, the needle doesn't sweep very well, 
> etc. ,etc. I just put new batteries in it, so I'm thinking it might be 
> the meter itself.
> So who likes their meter and what kind do you have? I'd like to be 
> using this thing tomorrow, so ideally I can get a decent one from 
> Radio Shack, Ace, etc., but if I really want a whatever I can only get 
> online, I can wait a few days for it to be overnighted. I don't make a 
> living with the thing, but I'd like to enjoy using it, as opposed to 
> the one I have now which came from Home Depot (or Lowe's) and I always 
> questioned.
> What does the hive mind say?
> Thanks.
> Scott
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