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Fluke 117 Electrician's Multimeter $149 - Fry's PromoCode Deals

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Fry's Fluke 117 - $149 after PromoCode [frys.com]
I've been scouring around for a good multimeter and Fry's has the Fluke 117.

The lowest Amazon.com had it available for was $135.00 on Feb 11, 2014 ($177.49 today on AMZN).

Checkout test (where I live):
Subtotal: $149.00
Sales Tax: $13.41
Order Total: $162.41

For those wondering about the differences between this and the other Flukes try:
http://www.tequipment.net/fluke/f...15-vs-114/
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I'm an electrician. I have this meter at work. It is a great meter.
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I'm trying to buy this multi meter but I think I'm late to the party. Anyway, what is the promo code?
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seems kind of pricey. I understand that Fluke great quality, but what features are you getting over a $40 Harbor Freight multi meter
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Quote from buybuydandavis View Post :
seems kind of pricey. I understand that Fluke great quality, but what features are you getting over a $40 Harbor Freight multi meter
It is true RMS and CAT III safety rated, also it is professional quality, durability, and provides more exact measurement, and many great features over just a basic meter.
If it was $135 on Amazon I'd buy one.
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Quote from buybuydandavis View Post :
seems kind of pricey. I understand that Fluke great quality, but what features are you getting over a $40 Harbor Freight multi meter


Infidel!

You dare compare a fluke with a HF multimeter????
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Quote from buybuydandavis View Post :
seems kind of pricey. I understand that Fluke great quality, but what features are you getting over a $40 Harbor Freight multi meter
The closest DMM to $40 I could find at Harbor Freight is this $25 one. http://www.harborfreight.com/ac-d...37772.html

You gain a lot over that DMM. Build quality, as you noted, will be much, much better. The big switch will be much better to use. The probes will be of higher quality. This matters a lot. You gain autoranging. Once you have an autoranging DMM, you won't want to go back. You gain safety. The Fluke has proper, quality fuses. I opened other HF DMMs (although not that specific HF DMM model) and their fuses are horrible. You also gain reliability. Flukes last. HF DMMs do not.

Having said all that, I wouldn't jump at the Fluke 117 at that price without checking craigslist. You can often find used Fluke 87Vs on craigslist for about the price of this 177 new. The 87 is made in the USA and will last a lifetime.
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Fluke makes very high quality meters but I have to say it's hard to want the 117 over the Brymen made Greenlee DM-510A. The 510 has basically all the same features plus a few more. The 117 lacks Fluke's really useful touch hold feature*. The Greenlee is built just as well and costs a bit less. If you don't need TRMS or temp then the Greenlee DM-200A is even better. Once you start talking about higher end meters it's hard not to love a Fluke 87V... unless you have to pay for it.

If saving money is the issue this Uni-T 139C isn't as nice and the safety circuits aren't likely as robust but it's not bad for $40...
https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-U...MXGG65WA1P
I mention it only because it came up when I searched Amazon for the Greenlee meters.

*Fluke's Touch-Hold feature is really handy. The hold feature on most meters is simply a screen freeze. You press the hold button and what ever is on the screen at that moment is frozen. Well that's great if you happen to have a spare hand to press hold. Touch hold is far better. You look at what you are doing with the probes. When the reading is stable the meter beeps and automatically freezes the screen. Now you can take your probes away from what ever you are checking at look at the meter.
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Quote from ZeeDuck View Post :
Fluke makes very high quality meters but I have to say it's hard to want the 117 over the Brymen made Greenlee DM-510A. The 510 has basically all the same features plus a few more. The 117 lacks Fluke's really useful touch hold feature*. The Greenlee is built just as well and costs a bit less. If you don't need TRMS or temp then the Greenlee DM-200A is even better. Once you start talking about higher end meters it's hard not to love a Fluke 87V... unless you have to pay for it.

If saving money is the issue this Uni-T 139C isn't as nice and the safety circuits aren't likely as robust but it's not bad for $40...
https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-U...MXGG65WA1P [amazon.com]
I mention it only because it came up when I searched Amazon for the Greenlee meters.

*Fluke's Touch-Hold feature is really handy. The hold feature on most meters is simply a screen freeze. You press the hold button and what ever is on the screen at that moment is frozen. Well that's great if you happen to have a spare hand to press hold. Touch hold is far better. You look at what you are doing with the probes. When the reading is stable the meter beeps and automatically freezes the screen. Now you can take your probes away from what ever you are checking at look at the meter.
Don't forget that Fluke 11x series are made in China by Uni-T (like most of the CDM model Flukes). Also, Fluke recently cut the warranty on the 11x line from 10yrs to 3yrs.
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