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I'm coming towards the end of my level 3 training and in the market for my first MFT.. There's a ton of different brands and each brand has various products so it's all a bit confusing. Can anybody recommend a good "first" tester?

Also is it worth buying second hand? Since money is a bit tight I'm considering buying a previously owned tester.
Any advice on what to look out for when buying second hand would be greatly appreciated too.

Thanks guys.
 
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If buying 2nd hand a calibration cert would be a must for me.

Also would look for RCD Autotest, ability to test type A and S RCD's. 2 lead loop test. Phase rotation if you need it.
 

Stu91

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buy a megger 1553 2nd hand, calibrated for under £200.
Thanks for your advice telectrix.
I've also been looking at a second hand Fluke 1652, is there any notable difference between the two? All I can see is that the Megger has Bluetooth which the Fluke doesn't.
 

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If buying 2nd hand a calibration cert would be a must for me.

Also would look for RCD Autotest, ability to test type A and S RCD's. 2 lead loop test. Phase rotation if you need it.
Seconded. Type A RCDs will now become more commonplace and some older testers do not have that test function.
 

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Thanks for your advice telectrix.
I've also been looking at a second hand Fluke 1652, is there any notable difference between the two? All I can see is that the Megger has Bluetooth which the Fluke doesn't.
Make sure you get a fluke 1652C or 1653B

The standard 1652 doesn't do the full range of tests
 
I bought Megger 1741. It needs to be calibrated and reliable. Good for the start of a career. it will be needed to test all circuits. it is expensive to start the career
 
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Been using a Megger 1735 and because I use my left thumb to press the test button, I often find I’m pressing the jog button instead.
Much prefer my Metrel Mi3215BT.

I also like the Metrel, because it can test B type RCDs as well as A and AC types.
 

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Been using a Megger 1735 and because I use my left thumb to press the test button, I often find I’m pressing the jog button instead.
Much prefer my Metrel Mi3215BT.

I also like the Metrel, because it can test B type RCDs as well as A and AC types.
Fluke have the test button on the actual leads

It's very handy.
 
Don't let price be a deciding factor for your mft. Start with one that can do all the tests or you'll end up having to buy two mfts instead of one.
 
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Fluke have the test button on the actual leads

It's very handy.
I understand, both Megger and Metrel do a probe which incorporates a test button.
Unfortunately neither my Metrel or the Megger I’m using at work have that type of probe.
 
I understand, both Megger and Metrel do a probe which incorporates a test button.
Unfortunately neither my Metrel or the Megger I’m using at work have that type of probe.
...My Fluke has "a remote -test-" lead .. but you miss out on the User is Live ... polarity test warning !
That only surrounds the -test- button on the actual "mft"
 

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I like Metrel and now have their new all singing and dancing 3152 XC, however it is really far too complicated but does everything has memory etc etc.
My first tester was a Metrel Easiplus and it was a really good first tester. If you can stretch to a new tester buy one as you then know where it has been and it has been looked after.
 
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If you are employed then the company you work for should be providing it.
 
Some may laugh but for your first tester I recommend the Di-Log 9083P. £350 on ebay and it can perform a lot, if not all, of the functions of the higher end testers which are about twice the price.
 

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Not necessarily.

Most tradesmen provide their own tools. The old proviso is if you quit in the morning, the tools come with you.
When I was employed I only provided my hand tools. power tools, testers etc were all provided by the company.
But it was an old fashioned company and the only cordless tools commonly used were drills with nicad batteries.
All other power tools had to be plugged in! And with the exception of the sds they usually had to be signed out from the stores when needed and returned at the end of the job.
 
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I would recommend Metrel as a first tester.
I’ve owned 2 now and have been quite happy with both.

As an employee, I would expect the company to provide the test equipment.
As a subby, it can be a case of either me or the company.
 

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I’ve a spare Megger 1730 you can have for £400, posted. If you want it calibrated i’ll get it done for an extra £65. Soft carry case and set of leads. Would have to check on the hard case to see if I still have it. Was my spare unit until I bought another new tester the other week
 

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I’ve a spare Megger 1730 you can have for £400, posted. If you want it calibrated i’ll get it done for an extra £65. Soft carry case and set of leads. Would have to check on the hard case to see if I still have it. Was my spare unit until I bought another new tester the other week
can it make the tea?
 

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That’s an apprentice job tel, and my present ones a good brew maker so I ain’t giving him up yet
 

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Up here if you drink water without whisky in it you’d better be able to run fast from a hiding :)
 

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I have owned 2 MFT's a megger 1731 and a metrel 3100. The megger is fantastic, and I would not be without it. However, I would suggest the metrel 3100 as a first buy. It is simple to use (user friendly) and not too expensive compared to other MFT's.

As for second hand, that's a risk but it could pay off. I personally think buying second hand is ok (for an MFT) but only if you have a chance to test the product first.
 

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I'm looking into MFTs as we'll be using them in college, looking at the various Megger 17xx series, the 1731 look to be the best fit for domestic usage and testing, it's got phase rotation iirc which would help with 3 phase etc, once I get my level 3 I'm going to edge to that - Thoughts?
 

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