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Re: [Shop-talk] multimeter recommendations

To: Pat Horne <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] multimeter recommendations
From: Jack Brooks <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2020 03:19:42 +0000
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Thread-topic: [Shop-talk] multimeter recommendations
Agreed 100%.  I do like being able to leave an HF meters with each of my 
projects, vehicles and toolboxes, but sometimes a "real" meter is needed, 
especially one with an Amp-Clamp.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Horne <> 
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 8:11 PM
To: Jack Brooks <>
Cc: Shop Talk <>; Tom Coradeschi <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] multimeter recommendations

I agree that the low end meters can be as accurate as more expensive units 
especially where high accuracy is not needed. 

The leads on most low end meters are my main complaint but there are some 
meters that use standard plugs so the leads can be upgraded easily. 

It all comes down to what you want & what you are willing to Spend. There is no 
wrong answer. 

Yesterday I was in a resale shop & they had a Simpson 260 that appeared to be 
in very good condition for $160. In years past I would have grabbed it in a 
heartbeat but now I am retired & only have need for a meter every month or so, 
I passed on it. 


Pat Horne 
We support Habitat for Humanity

On Aug 21, 2020, at 9:01 PM, Jack Brooks <> wrote:

I may get blasted for this, but I use a Harbor Freight cheapo meter for 99% 
of the automotive, home and shop stuff that I do.  I checked against my Fluke 
(before it died) and they were essentially identical.  

The build quality is definitely different.  The case and especially the leads 
are quite poor in the HF multimeter, but it does perform accurately and they 
are definitely priced as disposable units.  


-----Original Message-----
From: Shop-talk <> On Behalf Of Tom Coradeschi
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 4:24 PM
To: Shop Talk <>
Subject: [Shop-talk] multimeter recommendations

Good evening, all. So, my trusty craftsman multimeter has decided to give up 
the ghost and Iâ??m seeking insights on what I might replace it with.

Looked at the Fluke website, and reminded myself why I bought the craftsman in 
the first place. Not saying the Fluke stuff isnâ??t rock solid, but value for 
the dollar spent when youâ??re a casual user really isnâ??t there. Applications 
are home and automotive in nature.

Basic functionality:
AC/DC voltage, resistance/continuity are must haves thermocouple inputs are a 
highly rated nice to have Autoranging is also a must have

What are folks out there using that you would recommend?


Tom Coradeschi

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