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Old 28th September 2021, 03:01 AM   #11
NareshBrd is offline NareshBrd  India
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Yes, but on a used unit you have no idea about its use and abuse history.
And old unit parts are at times difficult to get.
Better to buy a known newer unit, with LED if available.
Or a graphic one, with capacitance as well.
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Old 3rd October 2021, 02:32 AM   #12
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I am using a few HP3478A and a Fluke 37, just keep on ticking ...
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:08 AM   #13
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What are the advantages of a bench top multimeter?
I have 2 Fluke 8050a's, one 8060a, one 8506a one 8922a for example. They all meet spec even though they are all from the previous millennia. For a bench meter age is not necessarily bad, since it will be more stable over time. Eventuually they do break down but not quickly.

For scopes there are several very cost effective new options. Bench meters less so for new.
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:17 AM   #14
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I have 2 Fluke 8050a's, one 8060a, one 8506a one 8922a for example. They all meet spec even though they are all from the previous millennia. For a bench meter age is not necessarily bad, since it will be more stable over time. Eventuually they do break down but not quickly.

For scopes there are several very cost effective new options. Bench meters less so for new.
I'm going to assume you know what you're talking about since you have a bunch of nice things

For someone who doesn't really know what he needs yet, but likes toys and knows he will benefit from having more and better tools in the coming days/weeks/months, is there anything you would suggest I seek out or avoid?
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:24 AM   #15
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IF you are doing full time work, go for the best you can afford.
For DIY work, mid to lower end is fine.
Depends on your budget and experience level.
And of course, how much space you have to keep all these.
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:29 AM   #16
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IF you are doing full time work, go for the best you can afford.
For DIY work, mid to lower end is fine.
Depends on your budget and experience level.
And of course, how much space you have to keep all these.
DIY, experience level low but rising fast, budget is cheap but stretchable as needed Plenty of space.

What sorts of things do I get in a "high-end" device vs a "mid to lower end" device? Precision? Features? I'm specifically trying to figure out if there is some feature that would be really useful if only I spent another $100.
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:30 AM   #17
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What are the advantages of a bench top multimeter?
Fluke 8010A, 8050A, and Keithley 2002 bench top DMM. The 2002 is the newest, by far the most expensive (it was new when I got it) and the most accurate.

I have a mix of new and vintage test equipment, these bench meters have outlasted at least 3 modern handhelds.

Look for obvious signs of abuse, bring a few accurate resistors and a fresh dry cell that you have measured with another meter if you want to check things. Me I just think "me want, me buy" and that strategy has worked well for 4 decades or so. I am a bit careful, on eBay I buy from brokers I have dealt with before. (Just bought an HP6612B programmable supply for example) At hamfests I buy from guys who are obvious EE at local concerns and can give me a bit of history as well as an assessment of the item I am interested in. The informative, friendly, helpful guys get my money.

Most of my test equipment is 15 - 25 year old vintage HP/Agilent/Tek/Amber - it all works well.

I like HP and Keithley gear of a certain vintage, but could as easily buy newer or new within financial reason.
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What are the advantages of a bench top multimeter?
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DIY, experience level low but rising fast, budget is cheap but stretchable as needed Plenty of space.

What sorts of things do I get in a "high-end" device vs a "mid to lower end" device? Precision? Features? I'm specifically trying to figure out if there is some feature that would be really useful if only I spent another $100.
Precision, resolution, ruggedness. (More accident proof)
Better true RMS conversion, maybe bandwidth to and beyond 20kHz
Worthwhile to have 4 wire resistance measurement if you use low value resistors, something with very good protection circuitry.
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Old 4th October 2021, 02:55 AM   #19
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Thank you for the information and assistance. It is very much appreciated! There is a Fluke 8040A that I'm looking at for ~$180 that seems tempting. Other things probably have higher priority... But! You have encouraged me.
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What are the advantages of a bench top multimeter?
Shop around though, that's probably too much money.
The 8010 was $50 20 yrs ago, the 8050 needed a repair and was about $30 5 years ago.
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