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eskimo39

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Hi guys, I am currently on my 2330 course and am currently applying for work as an electricians mate or labourer. I felt it would be a bigger advantage to own all my own tools so I have bought all the main items inc drills, vde sets, saws etc. However I am now looking at a multimeter to use in both domestic and commercial work and am stuck between 2 different models. Does anyone here have any experience with either and also do you know which would be more pratical? The 2 models are:

  • Fluke 117
  • Fluke T5-1000
Both seem to be around the same price with the 117 only £20 more. I have emailed Fluke for some advice but am yet to get a reply.

Thanks in advance
 
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montybaber

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I use both the t5-1000 and the fluke 73 I could'nt be without either but it depends what you want, I use mine for faultfinding on machinery etc so I would have thought for installation/domestic industrial installs etc the t5-1000 would be perfect for you.

Personally I dont really see much need for you to get a DMM and a good voltage continuity tester is what you should be looking for, the ammeter on the t5-1000 is handy but how much will you use it? if I were you (and you could afford it) apparently there is a special offer from Fluke to get a free voltage/continuity tester with the 1650 series multifunction tester see here

17th Edition Special Offer Pack from Fluke by Fluke (UK) Ltd

I have seen the 1651 for £380 delivered with calib cert so if you can take advantage of the above deal then it may be worth considering
 
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wayne

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eskimo
rarely get my avo out on commercial work just use voltage and continuity tester .
what type of work you looking at???
 
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DanBrown

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You'll be fine with the T5 tester!, does what you need. You might want to consider the fluke 1587 multimeter as it also has the advantage of a insulation tester!.
Hope this helps
 
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WarrenG

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I too use the Fluke T5 for basics - Voltage, Continuity, Ampage etc.

I use a Megger 1552 for cert testing and even though I have a multimeter can't remember the last time I got it out?

I also have an old Steinel which I used to use, but now use the T5.

The Fluke T5 is a great bit of kit.
 
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Bane

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Hi guys, I am currently on my 2330 course and am currently applying for work as an electricians mate or labourer.
Hi Eskimo,

Do you have any prior electrical/onsite experience?
 
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eskimo39

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Many thanks for all the responses. I have no experience yet in using a tester as I am currently only in my first year. The kind of work I am passionate about and want to get into once I complete my course is domestic and commercial installation.

I have decided to purchase a T5 which I have found online for £80 to use for basic readings.

However, you have now got me looking at the Fluke 1651.... am I running before I can walk?? I have never used one but am going to be shown how to use one over the next few weeks of my course. I also may have the chance to work for a local electrician a couple of days a week rewiring houses so it could be very useful.

Sorry to be so vague but I really want to give myself the best chance of finding work and have been given a bit of cash by my parents and am thinking of investing it in a good Multimeter to last the time.

Thanks again
 
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mdshunk

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The T5 is my day-to-day workhorse. It's pretty indestructible and inexpensive. That's what you need in an every-day meter. Save your fancy, expensive testers for specialized use, and keep them safely tucked away on the truck or at the shop until needed.
 
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