mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Sep 23 13:21:03 CDT 2010
On 9/23/10 1:49 PM, Tony Duell wrote:
>>> I am going to be very wary about buying an old Fluke instrument now.
>>> Since they don't have spares for old models, and since they use a lot o=
>>> custom parts which are not used elserwhere, if there are any problems I
>>> could be in the same situation I am in now.
>> Yeah, I had a bit of a re-think when I saw the service manual for my=20
>> Fluke. One custom ASIC, and a bunch of passives...
> Yes, I looked at the service manual for my 85 to get the part number of
> the display. That one you were supposed to repair to component level, but
> it's one SMD ASIC, a handful of precision resisotrs, etc, the display,
> the range swtich parts, and so on. The only source for most of the parts
> would be Fluke.
> And of course the time you tend to need spares is when the instruemnt is
> getting old. Whcih is when they no longer have them :-(
What's the point? If you like the 85, buy two or three more on eBay
and put them in the closet until you need them. I'm all for repair
repair repair to keep things going, but for very small and relatively
inexpensive (when purchased used) like handheld DMMs, crap, man...just
get another one. Or three or four, if you like them so much that you
want to make sure you'll never be without one.
(there's a Fluke 85 on eBay right now at $85)
Port Charlotte, FL
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