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hvaclover 11-11-2008 01:23 PM

How many electricians....
 
....
have
heard of the
Agilent
DMM?



http://wireless.agilent.com/flash/hh34try/index.html

Silk 11-11-2008 02:31 PM

Why do you want to know?

hvaclover 11-11-2008 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Silk (Post 183365)
Why do you want to know?



there has been a huge swing away from Fluke in my trade (HVAC) because of quality issues. And Agilent has be come one of the most common alternatives.

Just wondering if the same has happened in the Electrical trade. My friend, a sparky who wires my work, bought a meter from Agilent and he practically waters at the mouth when he uses it. Nice meter too.

Matsukaze 11-11-2008 03:25 PM

I've heard of it but haven't seen one yet. I do have an older HP bench-style meter (HP spun off their test equipment division as Agilent) but I don't really use it for anything. HP/Agilent has an excellent reputation for lab-type test equipment but they're newcomers to the handheld DMM market.

hvaclover 11-11-2008 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matsukaze (Post 183405)
I've heard of it but haven't seen one yet. I do have an older HP bench-style meter (HP spun off their test equipment division as Agilent) but I don't really use it for anything. HP/Agilent has an excellent reputation for lab-type test equipment but they're newcomers to the handheld DMM market.

The U1242A has gained a respectable following among HVAC guys.

For $200 you get a lot more meter than the Fluke 116 offered and a better warranty to boot. What really make it attractive to HVAC guy is the dual temp probes which is great for a/c work cause we need to take the temp of the liquid line and the suction line to determine system conditions.

Most HVAC meters only take one temp reading at a time. The U1242A reads them simultaneously and saves a bunch of time.

i was just inquiring about Agilent here to see if the electrical trade was hving the same issues with Fluke as my trade does.

J. V. 11-12-2008 11:12 AM

IMO Fluke is the mainstay in industrial settings. For troubleshooting. Simpson in electronics. If there is a better product out there, I am not aware of it. I have never had the first issue with fluke meters. I don't measure temperature very much either. You guys are using multimeters most of the time. New construction electricians rarely use a meter at all.


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