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    #16
    Dunno about the modern day flukes, I have a Fluke 189 and a Robin 4012 automotive meter bought new years ago and never had a problem with them, And a few other meters i picked up over the years, The Extech meters are supposed to be very good but like most manufactures you can get low end and top of the range meters, Depends on your budget and what features you want in a meter.

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      #17
      Originally posted by tipc View Post
      Do modern day Flukes live up to their legacy? I can't see buying one now that they're no longer products of democratic society.
      What do you mean by that?
      What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
      Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
      Boxed apps and games for the above systems
      Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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        #18
        Originally posted by tipc View Post
        Do modern day Flukes live up to their legacy? I can't see buying one now that they're no longer products of democratic society.
        "A wholly owned subsidiary of Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV), Fluke is a multi-national corporation headquartered in Everett, Washington, USA. Manufacturing centers are located in the USA, the UK, Asia and The Netherlands."
        Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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          #19
          Did Danaher spin off Fluke already? Just seems like yesterday when they bought it. Or did someone buy Danaher?

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            #20
            Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
            Did Danaher spin off Fluke already? Just seems like yesterday when they bought it. Or did someone buy Danaher?

            Looks like they did . . .

            Beckman Coulter


            Cytiva

            Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

            Leica Microsystems

            Molecular Devices

            Pall

            Phenomenex


            SCIEX

            Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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              #21
              I was under the impression they were wholly manufactured in China. They were also in the news recently, that is in the last 2-3 years as I recall.

              My problem is paying a premium for something that's made in China. And I'll bet for the most part that is where they're made.

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                #22
                Yeah, found the article from 2016. Gobble 'em up and spit 'em out, I guess.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by tipc View Post
                  I was under the impression they were wholly manufactured in China. They were also in the news recently, that is in the last 2-3 years as I recall.

                  My problem is paying a premium for something that's made in China. And I'll bet for the most part that is where they're made.
                  Buy a Fluke for < $100 and it will last a lifetime. You may want to check out Ebay for a used one.
                  Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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                    #24
                    I got a Fluke 77 for my 17th birthday. I used it yesterday, and I'm currently 50.

                    I have replaced the leads multiple times over the years, and cleaned the contacts a handful of times, but it's still matching the new fluke I use at work for measurements.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
                      I still have my 90's vintage Fluke 29 series (purchased new). Changed the batteries a few times and I think I had to clean the contacts for the LCD once. Also had to get new probes.
                      29 series two? It was my first meter as well, mine also still works perfectly.

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                        #26
                        I just checked out my DVM collection and discovered what I thought was a H/P was in fact a Fluke model 8060A. The H/P was evidently scooped up by my son. Anyway, this 8060A is the one that can do frequency and dB. I've had this meter since the early 90's and never had a problem with it. If one Googles for the 8060A you may find a used one for around $79 or so.

                        8060.JPG
                        Surely not everyone was Kung-fu fighting

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Agent Orange View Post
                          Buy a Fluke for < $100 and it will last a lifetime. You may want to check out Ebay for a used one.
                          Yes. I swear by my 87 that I got used on ebay many years ago

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Agent Orange View Post
                            I just checked out my DVM collection and discovered what I thought was a H/P was in fact a Fluke model 8060A. The H/P was evidently scooped up by my son. Anyway, this 8060A is the one that can do frequency and dB. I've hand this meter since the early 90's and never had a problem with it. If one Googles for the 8060A you may find a used one for around $79 or so.

                            [ATTACH=CONFIG]66802[/ATTACH]
                            that's the old push button variety. I bought one in the early 90s and fell in love (not sure if I had ever used that type prior, even as a tech). Loved it, swore I'd never frig it up. Unti I did. I went looking for it in the garage recently, I hate to think I threw it out. It was some lesser known brand, had a spot on the lcd (which came and went), and I only paid 15$ for it.

                            I'm probably better with the dial up variety. I'm such a moron sometimes. Maybe all the time. You'd think as the older type makes you think, you really shouldn't make a mistake. There will come a day nevertheless.

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