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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilg0re View Post
    Not rough at all. Don't know if it's just my bad luck or what. I have veto bag and I put meter in back of bag in pocket. Leads go in zipper on same side. Only other thing I keep in there is a level and plastic box for wirenuts, cores, fuses ect... All my hand tools go on other side. As for my sman I kept in the cover it came with and hung them in my truck. They are by my brake and refer rack so there isn't a chance for anything to catch on hoses. Seen others snap like mine did. Only answer I could find was from purging hoses it made plastic weak. If it rain I have pop up so they didn't get wet.
    ? ... I'm not exactly the nicest to mine. Maybe I'm lucky if everyone is saying boo.

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  2. #15
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    FLUKE.
    The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.

  3. #16
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    I've used FP clamp meters for years...never had a problem. Didn't care much for the sman (although the new one has been redesigned). I still have every FP meter I bought over the years, with the exception of one I lost.

  4. #17
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    I have zero experience with the SMAN’s but both of my FP clamp meters have been exceptional. I’m very hard on all of my tools and they have stood the test of time.

    I went through 2 Fluke 116’s in 2 years and after that I made the switch to FP. Couldn’t be happier. I still have my Fluke 322 in the truck as a back up but it’s too basic for what I need. That’s the good thing about my FP, it has a dual display and does everything I need a meter to do, all in one package. No need to carry multiple meters.

  5. #18
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    I've had 2 FP meters not read voltage over 8-10 years of using them.

    really I'm glad it happened, as it has forced me to never trust any meter. Now I frequently check my meter on a known voltage before using it in motor starters and speed drives.

    I think the argument over meters for use under 600 volts, is the same as the Ford vs. Chevy argument. they're all pretty much the same quality, the only thing that makes one better than the other is personal preference.

  6. #19
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    87V with clamp accessory.
    Nice not having to buy a new meter every couple of years. Quick readings. Don't need to sit there on a capacitor while the meter is thinking about it or remove a bleed resistor. 400 hours on the battery is crazy. Most other meters drain 4x faster.

  7. #20
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    If I were in your shoes - based on these two statements:

    1. "I do mainly change outs unless service gets busy then I help out. Meter only gets pulled out to check for power then gets put away rest of day."

    2. Two FP meters took a crap on me in less than 2 years.

    I would go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a small multimeter with an amp clamp. Not a Fluke - maybe something like a Southwire. For a few bucks more I might get one that will also accept a thermocouple temperature probe. Maybe $75. Since it sounds like you are somewhat rough on tools - maybe buy two so you always have a spare.

    I'm not making a joke - having only a single meter on the truck Will cripple you one day when it fails.

    I have an Armload of Fluke meters and accessories. If I have to Make An Appearance on a larger commercial or industrial job - I trot them out like trained show dogs. But for day in / day out work as you describe - they provide you nothing but excessive cost. Bragging Rights come out of your performance - not from the cost or 'quality' of your tools.

    In my shoulder-it-every-day tool pouch I have a FP SC-76. I own three of them. (I have work tools in NJ, in Florida, and in my NJ house) And I've had the FP-76's For Years. btw: if they ever fail FP will refurbish them (or often just send you a new one) for something like $50.

    But even they are pretty much over-kill for what you do.

    I just looked behind me and there is a Fluke 23 and a Fluke 73 sitting on a book shelf. I haven't so much as touched them since before I can remember. <g>

    Buy the Southwire (or the like) meters AND also buy a foam padded hard case to hold both of them, plus two more (because you can never have too much room in a tool box <g>) and then Always store them in the padded case when they are in the truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilg0re View Post
    After 2 meters and smans took crap on me in less than 2 years I'm done with FP. When I call I get told to go to website and submit claim. Anyways I know nothing about meters and plan to switch to Fluke. Did a search but people were saying the 902 isn't all in 1 meter. I wanted that but if I have to get 2 meters 116/323 is same price as 902.

    I do mainly change outs unless service gets busy then I help out. Meter only gets pulled out to check for power then gets put away rest of day. If you were in my shoes what would you get? If there is something else that would be better please let me know.
    PHM
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  8. #21
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    Luck is created - not inherited. <g>


    Quote Originally Posted by Kilg0re View Post
    Not rough at all. Don't know if it's just my bad luck or what. I have veto bag and I put meter in back of bag in pocket. Leads go in zipper on same side. Only other thing I keep in there is a level and plastic box for wirenuts, cores, fuses ect... All my hand tools go on other side. As for my sman I kept in the cover it came with and hung them in my truck. They are by my brake and refer rack so there isn't a chance for anything to catch on hoses. Seen others snap like mine did. Only answer I could find was from purging hoses it made plastic weak. If it rain I have pop up so they didn't get wet.
    PHM
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    The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

  9. #22
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    The harder I work the luckier I get!

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    Any have hands on experience with the T-6-600 flukes? Looks cool at the counter, wondering about usefulness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilg0re View Post
    After 2 meters and smans took crap on me in less than 2 years I'm done with FP. When I call I get told to go to website and submit claim. Anyways I know nothing about meters and plan to switch to Fluke. Did a search but people were saying the 902 isn't all in 1 meter. I wanted that but if I have to get 2 meters 116/323 is same price as 902.

    I do mainly change outs unless service gets busy then I help out. Meter only gets pulled out to check for power then gets put away rest of day. If you were in my shoes what would you get? If there is something else that would be better please let me know.
    Check out the UEI DL389. All in one.



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  12. #25
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    My truck looks like a Fieldpiece catalog , so far everything has held up
    Salad Isn't food, It's what food eats.

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    I used Fluke for more than 2 decades. Still have 6 or 7 of them in the hoard.

    902 is a good all around meter for general service, but they only last a couple of years if you use them a lot. I am admittedly hard on meters and tools in general so your mileage may vary.

    Three years ago I switched to FP. Liked it so much I bought a backup a year later.

    To answer your question: For mainly install and the occasional service call, I'd get the 902.
    It Is What It Is

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