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Old 11-26-2010, 02:36 AM   #1
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Fluke is starting to become the meter ...


.....that a a loud and large group of hvac users love to hate.

Guys if this belongs in tools forum then please move. But I wanted to get the electrical trades opinion on this.

Fluke was never a dedicated HVAC meter producer until just a few short years ago when Fieldpiece appeared on the scene.

When Fluke started making dedicated HVAC meters and testers they got a got part of the market to themselves. They were pricey but good.
To put things in perspective I only bought TIF and UEI . I had the first digital ammeter by TIF that measured temp volts an resistance.
When I decided I would cave into peer pressure and bought a Fluke 116. I could not find the made in USA imprint. So I took it back when I found MADE IN CHINA printed on the carton.

Now I am told by my hvac colleagues that even the high end stuff, that had up until at least six months had been made here, are baring the Fluke web address where you would expect to find the point of mfgr.

Flukes are going over seas with everything to get better labor rates but we still paying state side prices.

I have been hearing some stories about product quality falling badly.

I use an Ideal 361 beater and a more expensive Ideal for critical reading.

Both are TRMS and CAT III to 600V for both and CAT IV to 1000v for the more expensive Ideal.

Why pay Flukes high price when Ideal, Extech and other established mfgrs are safety rated and durable NY Fluke?



Are you guys having this same change in attitude in your trade concerning Fluke as my trade is?

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I am not. Just because Fluke is building some of their meters overseas does not mean quality has suffered. Most equipment such as electronics all are made overseas. Last I checked, meters were electronic measuring products.
Correct me, but what is an HVAC meter vs a electricians meter? Mine does everything except measure temperature. And I can get a probe for temp measurements that plugs right in. A fluke multimeter can be used for most anything if you have the right attachments. I use an attached clamp for current and always keep a another clamp for high DC currents above 1000 amps. I prefer AVO for meggers, over Fluke for example.

I believe this issue you speak of is just personal preference. Some guys like Fords and some guys like Chevy's.

This is a DIY site. Why post this here. 90% of all the members do not even own a meter.

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Old 11-26-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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I am not. Just because Fluke is building some of their meters overseas does not mean quality has suffered. Most equipment such as electronics all are made overseas. Last I checked, meters were electronic measuring products.
Correct me, but what is an HVAC meter vs a electricians meter? Mine does everything except measure temperature. And I can get a probe for temp measurements that plugs right in. A fluke multimeter can be used for most anything if you have the right attachments. I use an attached clamp for current and always keep a another clamp for high DC currents above 1000 amps. I prefer AVO for meggers, over Fluke for example.

I believe this issue you speak of is just personal preference. Some guys like Fords and some guys like Chevy's.

This is a DIY site. Why post this here. 90% of all the members do not even own a meter.
Why post it here? Because even though this a DIY site there are Pro electricians just like I am a Pro HVACer in the hvac forum here and I answer DIY questions.

There is dedicated HVAC meters ,,,specially the 116 and a clamp meter too.

The functions on these meters are geared to hvac and would not be of use to an electrician or an electronics guy due to the application and degree of accuracy.
I use a Wiggy for air conditioning work but I would not use it to trouble shoot a furnace because I would need other meter function a Wiggy does not have. See what I mean about dedicated HVAC app meters?
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