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    Multimeter

    I'm having trouble deciding what is a good multimeter to purchase. Well it seems Fluke is a great brand, I cannot justify spending $100+ at the moment, but nor do I want junk. While I am new to multimeters (clearly) I will learn my way to a better understanding and therefore want one I can grow into.

    While my budget isn't huge, I'm not into wasting money on bad tools so does anyone have any suggestions of models/brands? It would be used for home/farm and Jeep.

    Thanks.

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    I would buy a very inexpensive meter until you determine if you really need a top quality one. Really any meter will do the job. The inexpensive one can go with you on 4x4 trips and the good one can stay safe at home in the toolbox.

    I have an inexpensive Harbor Freight Cen-Tech 90899 digital and Textronix TekDMM155 with rubber amour.

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    I like the Greenlee DM-20. My favorite multimeter I've ever owned haha. Its Cheap ($20), well built, and has continuity testing too (beep and everything) which has turned out to be my most used function actally.

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    Ive always been a big fluke fan. My fluke 87 has been great but, I keep a cheap harbor freight meter in my jeep box. If its gonna be abused get a cheap one with a rubber case cover to protect it.

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    I have a fluke but if I was to do it over I would probably get a cheap craftsman. Closer to christmas Sears should have them at a pretty good discount.

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    I don't have a brand or model to plug, but I recommend an analog meter rather than a digital one. When trying to track down an intermittent open or short you can hook up the meter, then start wiggling things until you see the the needle on an analog meter jump.

    I haven't owned very many meters, but the one digital one I had did not react fast enough for this type of troubleshooting. If the break or short was brief, the display on the digital meter wouldn't change.


 

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