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Old 01-27-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
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Buying a DVOM aka DMM

I'm buying a Digital Multimeter fairly soon. I'll be using it for electrical diagnosis at work on BMW's, as I'll be getting more into diag as my apprenticeship moves forward.

I have been eyeing the Fluke 88 Series V Automotive. Most techs recommend Fluke meters, and the 88 seems to be popular. Any other ideas, or if you agree, know a good place to buy one at a good price?
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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I'm buying a Digital Multimeter fairly soon. I'll be using it for electrical diagnosis at work on BMW's, as I'll be getting more into diag as my apprenticeship moves forward.

I have been eyeing the Fluke 88 Series V Automotive. Most techs recommend Fluke meters, and the 88 seems to be popular. Any other ideas, or if you agree, know a good place to buy one at a good price?
The Fluke 88V is an awesome peice of equipment and will do most anything you will ever ask of it. However, I would personally step up to the 88VA because you get additional needed leads, probes, etc in the package. That link also provides where I would recommend getting it from.

That being said, the one downfall of the Fluke is that it does so much it can be confusing for someone just learning to use it and cumbersome in daily use for simple tasks. For general daily use, I find the OTC-3505 to be a superior tool. Simple to use, quick to set-up, auto ranging and will handle 99% of your needs. It doesn't match the Fluke in outright performance or features, but it'll be easier to learn and if you have both in your toolbox, probably more often used. The fact that it's substantially cheaper is just a bonus.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:21 AM   #3
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The Fluke 88V is an awesome peice of equipment and will do most anything you will ever ask of it. However, I would personally step up to the 88VA because you get additional needed leads, probes, etc in the package. That link also provides where I would recommend getting it from.

That being said, the one downfall of the Fluke is that it does so much it can be confusing for someone just learning to use it and cumbersome in daily use for simple tasks. For general daily use, I find the OTC-3505 to be a superior tool. Simple to use, quick to set-up, auto ranging and will handle 99% of your needs. It doesn't match the Fluke in outright performance or features, but it'll be easier to learn and if you have both in your toolbox, probably more often used. The fact that it's substantially cheaper is just a bonus.

Wow, that is the best deal I have seen on the Fluke 88VA yet, unfortunately,

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So you're saying you use both meters, the OTC for simpler tasks, and the Fluke for something more complicated?
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Wow, that is the best deal I have seen on the Fluke 88VA yet, unfortunately,

So you're saying you use both meters, the OTC for simpler tasks, and the Fluke for something more complicated?
1. Alrighty then. How about this?

http://www.ntxtools.com/Merchant/mer...Category_Code=


2. Yep, the OTC is just quicker to use, but there is no doubt (in my mind) the Fluke is a superior tool. Then again I'm from the old school. You'd be surprised what you can test with only a test light and/or a paper clip.* On the other hand, I move from make to make using various test procedures. If you're working strictly on BMWs I think you may find that you do exactly the same thing over and over and will be able to be set up quicker. Remember, you're going to use 10% of the DMMs functions 95% of the time. Familiarity with a piece of equipment does wonders for efficiency.








* No, I'm not being entirely serious.
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1. Alrighty then. How about this?

http://www.ntxtools.com/Merchant/mer...Category_Code=


2. Yep, the OTC is just quicker to use, but there is no doubt (in my mind) the Fluke is a superior tool. Then again I'm from the old school. You'd be surprised what you can test with only a test light and/or a paper clip.* On the other hand, I move from make to make using various test procedures. If you're working strictly on BMWs I think you may find that you do exactly the same thing over and over and will be able to be set up quicker. Remember, you're going to use 10% of the DMMs functions 95% of the time. Familiarity with a piece of equipment does wonders for efficiency.


Do you order tools online very often, or do you go through the dealers, ie the Mac or Snap-on guy?





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Oh ok, thats not too bad, $35 for shipping it would be. One of my coworkers may be able to get me a deal on one, as he knows someone who owns a company that buys large numbers of them, though he doesn't know if he still does. Apart from that, I may just use that site....thanks!

Do you order tools online very often, or do you go through the dealers, ie the Mac or Snap-on guy?
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Oh ok, thats not too bad, $35 for shipping it would be. One of my coworkers may be able to get me a deal on one, as he knows someone who owns a company that buys large numbers of them, though he doesn't know if he still does. Apart from that, I may just use that site....thanks!

Do you order tools online very often, or do you go through the dealers, ie the Mac or Snap-on guy?
Basic hand tools are purchased mostly from the Snappy truck. Specialty items and test equipment is purchased most often online from www.thetoolwarehouse.net and disposable tools used for making custom special use tools are purchased online from http://www.harborfreight.com/ or a local el-cheapo chinese junk store.
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http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....da&dir=catalog

this was the first meter i bought, was the right price and like Hobo Said the guy drives right to the back door, what a great way to sell stuff. but the Fluke was my first choice and always will be.....especially if you accidently drop it out of a helicopter
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http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....da&dir=catalog

this was the first meter i bought, was the right price and like Hobo Said the guy drives right to the back door, what a great way to sell stuff. but the Fluke was my first choice and always will be.....especially if you accidently drop it out of a helicopter

Yes I've heard its very durable
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