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Old 10-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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I just saved a bunch replacing the faulty capacitor and condenser fan motor on my home air conditioner myself. So I want to spend some of that on a new meter that would have come in handy on that repair. I would appreciate recommendations for a general purpose meter that includes capacitance and inductive voltage. I'd like to spend less than $150. Thanks, Frank

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Flanso,
For the cost of a new capacitor (~$30), you could buy 5 meters. An inexpensive analog VOM is all that is needed IMO for a homeowner.
You shouldn't need to do this kind of repair every year; maybe every 5 or more years.

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sears ....harbor frieght... grainger nothing ove $50 $75max for your purposes get a yellow wiggy also for raw votage testing and ohm ring outs...HD LOWES HF check it out http://www.harborfreight.com/ac-dc-d...ter-37772.html
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Fieldpiece sc77
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an industry standard with HVAC guys in NYC takes a beating drops rain being stepped on.gives raw voltage 115V,220V,480V with continuity indication to ring stuff out bulbs,switches,motors.hang it on a hook in that shop and nobody touches it except the king.... http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg...N=0&sst=subset
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I use fieldpiece. The 56,76 and 77 are all good meters that will last a home owner a lifetime and they're reasonably priced.
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know what is wierd after 20yrs of using old reliable meter it dies and you wish you have bought 2 of them
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know what is wierd after 20yrs of using old reliable meter it dies and you wish you have bought 2 of them
I heard that
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For the money, a real nice meter is the Pheonix Gold meter by UEI. It will do everything, including ac/dc volts, capacitance, and has an amp clamp. Its usually about $70 -$90 online. You can get the upgraded model and take temperatures for a little more.
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I use fieldpiece. The 56,76 and 77 are all good meters that will last a home owner a lifetime and they're reasonably priced.
Buying fieldpiece meters around here should come with complimentary vasoline....
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Fieldpiece sc77

you got that right although it's around $180. the sc76 (no backlight but all other features as sc77) is about $20 less.

Op, you can get the mini workhorse, Fieldpiece sc 46 or 48 ( they have a few models in this particular meter) that does just about everything the sc77 does but it's palm size and thus under $100. I'm certain you'll go hunting for things to use it on once you have it, probably change careers just to be able to use it on a daily basis.

The sc77


and the mini version. It even has a dual display, reads amps and voltage at the same time.



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