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Digital Multimeter Mastech, verses Fluke, Unfortunately I damaged my good old Fluke 87-3 when I measured a 3 phase motor supply while still in ohms mode, one of those o-**** moments when you hear the meter freak out and know without even looking at it. Still works but brain damaged and I don't trust it anymore. Anyway looking at various meters on the market and came across this mastech meter on ebay item 200461965472, I know its not a Fluke, but I like the features it boasts and of course the lower cost than Fluke, has anyone used this brand? Any good? One thing I like is speed are these fast or is there a delay like most meters other than Fluke. I would like to hear from someone who has actually used one of these or makes. Also looking into PC based meter/O-Scope/Function generator where the PC or laptop is the display/control with a interface box with in/outs. Has anyone had experience with these and can recommend makes, models.

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I have had experience with both systems you are inquiring about. personally, I think you should get a Fluke, NOTHING even comes close, as I am sure you are aware, any extra cost is soon made up for by features and reliability. I haven't had very good results using Virtual Instruments, they are OK, but.. very cumbersome, in use etc, you just cannot beat a "scope. Now I really recommend the Fluke Scope meter, they are just awesome, in every way.. I have had VERY good results and a cheap repair, when I sent a damaged meter back to Fluke, they reconditioned it and calibrated etc, and the cost was as i remember very reasonable, for what was done, so perhaps you would like to entertain that thought. You can always ask for a "Quote" before allowing repair to proceed, that way you have little to loose. There are many meters and instruments out there, and as you know, a man is only as accurate as his equipment, and I always recommend Fluke, as they are simply the best. Possibly a bit Pricey, they are always worth it. So go with your first instincts, which were indeed right on the money, Fluke all the way. As I said have a look at the Fluke Scope meter, and possibly treat yourself to a wonderful piece of equipment you'll fast wonder how you ever did without it before.

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I have not used the mastech meters, but I do know that all Fluke meters are tested to withstand 1000 volts on ohms scales without damage. I own an 87 and have accidently tried to test voltage on the ohms scale with no detrimental effects. Do not scrap the Fluke, no one makes a meter that is as good as or better than Fluke.

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I am certain I answered this i the free section when I said you should avoid bargains in certain areas ... heart surgery, fire extinguishers, life boats and volt/ohm multi-meters just to name a few. Stick with the Fluke, a known good product.

I also suggested you check inside to see if the fuse did its job and maybe, that is all that is wrong with your fluke.

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    I see you marked me 2 thumbs ... still I'm sticking by my guns ... why purchase a second rate unknown meter when you are accustomed to traveling first class ... Stretch, get yourself a new Fluke ... or maybe yours is repairable.



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