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Old 19th April 2013, 02:11 AM   #1
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I have been looking for a good Fluke multimeter for a while now, I can get a "mint" 87 for $100 or a brand new 87 III for $190. Should I get one of this "old" meters? I know they can hold their calibration for a long time but are these old meters worthy?. I heard that these old 87's use trimmers for calibrations and they tent to fluctuate with bumps and movements( I do not know if this is true)The other choice is to get a brand new fluke 177 or a 179. I do not really need to check temperatures so I guess the 179 will not be on the list, beside the 177 and 179 are the same but the temperature checking in the 179. So my question here is should I go for one of those 87 or 87 III...or should I just forget about the 87 and get the 177 or 179?. I need to have a good multimeter for my electronic hobby and troubleshooting TV,stereos etc.

PS: I wish I can get the 87 V, but Right now I can not spent that much money.
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Old 19th April 2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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As long as the meter hasn't been abused, I don't see any reason not to buy a used meter. The Fluke 87 is an awesome meter.

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Old 19th April 2013, 02:40 AM   #3
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Thanks, I know the Fluke 87 series are excellent meters...But the problem here is the 87 is like around 18 years old. then the newer is the 87 III the the latest model is the 87 V. The 87/87 III have the problem with the pink "Zebra" contact,in ebay people sell the new "GREY" one that is a better contact and does not have the same problem with heat as the old pink one. I guess I have to think this a little more....
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Old 20th April 2013, 12:54 AM   #4
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ok, Now it is between a Fluke 87 III or Fluke 177 for $200 both in new condition.
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Old 20th April 2013, 01:20 AM   #5
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It doesn't seem to be as common a meter as the 87, but my 111 has served me well. No temp or backlight, but I don't need them.

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It doesn't seem to be as common a meter as the 87, but my 111 has served me well.
Fluke 177 is the same as the Fluke 179 except the 177 does not check temperature.
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Old 20th April 2013, 01:47 AM   #7
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I was recently in the market for a used fluke and I landed up with an 8060a, which is admittedly an older model. But it's also significant less $ than your looking at.
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It doesn't seem to be as common a meter as the 87, but my 111 has served me well.
Fluke 177 is the same as the Fluke 179 except the 177 does not check temperature.
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Old 26th April 2013, 10:46 PM   #9
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OK, hunting is over!!!! I just bought a lightly used in mint condition fluke 87 series V , still has the plastic cover on the screen, The price paid was $160 shipped ... I think is a great multimeter for that price right? I will post pictures as soon as I get it.
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Old 29th April 2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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Thumbs up it is here!

it is here and it is a beauty!!! ...For $160 USD I can not be happier. The original owner did not use it more than a few times.
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