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HBB

02:19AM | 10/31/02
Member Since: 08/19/02
29 lifetime posts
I'd like the opinions of you experienced and/or professional electricians on what you consider the best clamp meter and why.

Also, if you've had any experience with it what do you think of the Fluke 334 and the Fluke testers in general?

Thanks.

Brian Wood

02:18AM | 11/02/02
You can't go wrong with Fluke. I consider it to be the best test equipment on the market, priod.

I own a 12 yr old Fluke 87 true RMS DMM, a Fluke 43B power quality meter ($2,400) and a "FieldPiece" true RMS combination clamp-on ammeter, and DMM.

I also have an older analog "Amprobe" which I use for certain current testing where I want to watch specific small fluctuations that digital meters don't always register.

Fluke wins hands down.

* The Fieldpiece company was started by an ex Fluke engineer/executive, so it's good stuff, and has a huge array of optional sensors that you can buy to go with it.

That's my 2 cents worth.

I'll betcha Harold and Joe Tedesco use Fluke.

Brian (Tankless) Wood in chilly Swampland.
www.fluke.com

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited November 03, 2002).]

Tom O

02:36AM | 11/02/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
I also use a Fluke 87 with a true RMS clamp on. You just can't get an accurate reading with a standard clamp on in any location that is top heavy in electronics or rectifiers, drives, etc. I still have an old Amprobe that I use for residential & quickie measurements.

Tom

HBB

02:07PM | 11/02/02
Member Since: 08/19/02
29 lifetime posts
Thanks, guys, for your input.

I bought a Fluke 334 from an outfit in Arizona for about $20 less than MSRP.

I'm real happy with it -- very sturdy and plenty adequate for all my electrical piddlings.

Joe Tedesco

02:24PM | 11/02/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts
www.joetedesco.com

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited April 09, 2003).]

joefixit

05:05PM | 11/02/02
Member Since: 09/23/02
9 lifetime posts
Brian, I see you're a tankless man. I have been involved on the installation end for a couple years now and love em. I want to put a gas one in my house when my old State gives out. I would like to find out about becoming a sales/installation rep in my area.
Brian in Arizona


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