Buying a Fluke

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I purchased a somewhat expensive meter, of a brand I will not name, just a little over a year ago. It proceeded to begin going out of range within a few months and at this point has gone so far off it is completely worthless. I've decided it is time to take the plunge and go for a Fluke. The problem is Fluke meters could only cost more if they were plated in platinum and inlaid with diamonds.

So, I'm doing what many have recommended and buying from an auction site. The only factor in that that concerns me is the "lifetime" limited warranty. I'm only looking at things new, in box, that have not been registered, but even then I'm wondering if I will not be able to register for the warranty because say I don't have an original receipt or something like that. Does anybody know weather or not one can purchase a Fluke, new in box, over auction and receive the lifetime warranty?

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You should have returned the faulty unit when it started giving problems.

You need to check the terms of the Fluke warranty. It might say that you have to buy the unit from an authorised distributor.

Leon

Leon Heller G1HSM

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Kagetsuki wrote:
Does anybody know weather or not one can purchase a Fluke, new in box, over auction and receive the lifetime warranty?

I've registered many Fluke meters over the Fluke web-site. It's pretty simple, actually.

All Fluke requires is entering the model number, serial number and the date that you bought it.

To be sure, you could always send the warranty card that comes with your new meter.

I've been using Fluke meters since the mid-1970s and, over the years, have purchased more Fluke meters then I can even remember. I've never had any reason to use the warranty. The chances are greatly in your favor that you won't need to use the Fluke warranty either.

And my reason for purchasing so many Fluke meters over the years??? As new features become available, I want them. So, I purchase the Fluke meter with the "NewFangled " features and sell off the older meters - for cheap.

Sorry!!! I don't have any older Fluke Meters that I want to sell right now.

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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Kagetsuki wrote:
Does anybody know weather or not one can purchase a Fluke, new in box, over auction and receive the lifetime warranty?
Fluke's policy varies from country to country. Not least because of local regulations. You would have to ask your local Fluke subsidiary if they honor lifetime warranties for products bought from eBay.

Typical is that you have to buy from an authorized reseller and that you have to be the original buyer. But that might be different in your country.

Really, ask Fluke. They have no reason not to answer you. And in the extreme unlikely event they don't answer, you'll have some first idea how they might handle warranty service.

Stealing Proteus doesn't make you an engineer.

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leon_heller wrote:
You should have returned the faulty unit when it started giving problems.

You need to check the terms of the Fluke warranty. It might say that you have to buy the unit from an authorised distributor.

Leon

The meter that went off was not a Fluke, it was a Mastech. I purchased in America and attempted to get support for it in Japan, which meant contacting the asian support center which basically told me to go f* myself because I'm not in a country with their shade of yellow. Fluke however: http://www.fluke.com/jp/Default.... . 日米!

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microcarl wrote:
Kagetsuki wrote:
Does anybody know weather or not one can purchase a Fluke, new in box, over auction and receive the lifetime warranty?

I've registered many Fluke meters over the Fluke web-site. It's pretty simple, actually.

All Fluke requires is entering the model number, serial number and the date that you bought it.

To be sure, you could always send the warranty card that comes with your new meter.

I've been using Fluke meters since the mid-1970s and, over the years, have purchased more Fluke meters then I can even remember. I've never had any reason to use the warranty. The chances are greatly in your favor that you won't need to use the Fluke warranty either.

And my reason for purchasing so many Fluke meters over the years??? As new features become available, I want them. So, I purchase the Fluke meter with the "NewFangled " features and sell off the older meters - for cheap.

You could not have answered my question better. You, microcarl, are most definitely radical to the max.

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Sorry!!! I don't have any older Fluke Meters that I want to sell right now.

PM me next time you do! I'll bet every meter you use stays tuned because you sweat technological precision. Maybe I could trade you some exclusive Japanese parts and gadgets if you'd like.

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ArnoldB wrote:
Kagetsuki wrote:
Does anybody know weather or not one can purchase a Fluke, new in box, over auction and receive the lifetime warranty?
Fluke's policy varies from country to country. Not least because of local regulations. You would have to ask your local Fluke subsidiary if they honor lifetime warranties for products bought from eBay.

Typical is that you have to buy from an authorized reseller and that you have to be the original buyer. But that might be different in your country.

Really, ask Fluke. They have no reason not to answer you. And in the extreme unlikely event they don't answer, you'll have some first idea how they might handle warranty service.

You've got some very good points, and I'll take your advice and call them right away. It's not like I'm intending to do anything illegal, or to fool Fluke, so there should be no harm in being direct. Thanks.

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Kagetsuki wrote:
You, microcarl, are most definitely radical to the max.

You must be mistaken! :lol:

I'm not a radical, I'm a Geek !

The difference between a Nerd and a Geek being, while the Nerd only thinks about doing something, the Geek gets it done.

But my friends call me Microcarl, Technoid Extraordinaire ...

Oops! I don't have any friends, other then some of you here on the AVRFreaks.net forum. I've got to get a life!!!

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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microcarl wrote:
Kagetsuki wrote:
You, microcarl, are most definitely radical to the max.

You must be mistaken! :lol:

I'm not a radical, I'm a Geek !

The difference between a Nerd and a Geek being, while the Nerd only thinks about doing something, the Geek gets it done.

But my friends call me Microcarl, Technoid Extraordinaire ...

Oops! I don't have any friends, other then some of you here on the AVRFreaks.net forum. I've got to get a life!!!

The forum administrator should give you a "Technoid Extraordinaire" custom title under your name. Everyone in favor, say aye!

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Kagetsuki wrote:
The meter ... was a Mastech.
It didn't happen to be an MS8050 or M9803? These two bench top meters recently crossed my way. I was not extremely impressed.
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Fluke however:
Did you happen to know that Fluke is owned by Danaher Corporation? Never heard of Danaher Corporation? Well, they own something like 80+ companies. Among them another on one of the EE's favorite company: Tektronix. Someone at Danaher must have a taste for quality.

Stealing Proteus doesn't make you an engineer.

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ArnoldB wrote:
Kagetsuki wrote:
The meter ... was a Mastech.
It didn't happen to be an MS8050 or M9803? These two bench top meters recently crossed my way. I was not extremely impressed.

It was a handheld meter, but it was not cheap. The fact that right from the start it seemed to performed worse than the ~Y2000 (about $20US) Japanese meter I have been punishing for years, despite the fact that it claimed a higher resolution, faster response, and had an extra digit. In the beginning there were definitely a few times when it gave me very nice readings, but even after a few months it started giving me somewhat off readings on the ohmmeter. I used transistor and diode tests rarely, but after a point the meter just refused to give any readings on that setting. At the moment the ohmmeter will never give a constant number, constantly fluctuating even on a simple single resistor hooked up with gator clips placed totally immobile on the table. I cleaned the leads, changed the batteries, even changed the fuse out of desperation. Even if this was a rare defective unit, the straight up terrible response I got from the company when I called up for service was just totally unacceptable.

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Fluke however:
Did you happen to know that Fluke is owned by Danaher Corporation? Never heard of Danaher Corporation? Well, they own something like 80+ companies. Among them another on one of the EE's favorite company: Tektronix. Someone at Danaher must have a taste for quality.

I did not know that! The second I read Tektronix in your post the oscilloscope we had when I was working in a repair shop (computers, copiers, faxes, etc.) when I was 13 popped into my head. I never really learned how to use it properly at that point, but I remember the device vividly. Even now I'm not so handy with an oscilloscope, but in the near future I'll be needing one, and now I know exactly what brand to buy.

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In a post opposite to Carl's, but equally supportive of Fluke... I bought a 77 in the late seventies, and have never been tempted to change it. It's still working very nicely, thank you, though it has not been calibrated for years.

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Kagetsuki,

I've never used Fluke's handheld meters before but i have had a second hand Fluke 8840A for a few years now.

They can be purchased for reasonable prices on e-bay every few weeks.

If you buy one make sure it has the "09" option for RMS AC measurments.

Also they are "closed case calibrated" so many companies can keep it within spec for you.

Darren

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Thanks everyone for all the information. I'm now the owner of an 87V, which I have just registered online. Already I'm quite impressed with it. Fluke really is the way to go.

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Kagetsuki wrote:
Thanks everyone for all the information. I'm now the owner of an 87V, which I have just registered online. Already I'm quite impressed with it. Fluke really is the way to go.

Congratulations!

You can expect many, many years of great service from that Fluke meter.

Enjoy...

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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for approx how much did you manage to get your hands on one if I may ask?

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bloody-orc wrote:
for approx how much did you manage to get your hands on one if I may ask?

Just a tad more than $200, new in box (who buys a fluke and then doesn't use it?). Another one that was marked new but was not in box had a case and a fancy set of probes and went for under $200 (I expected it to go a lot higher and just didn't bother with it). Ah well, either way $200 for an 87V is awesome, and the registration with Fluke went fine, so I'm quite happy with my decision.

EDIT NOTE: Prices in USD.

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Kagetsuki wrote:
bloody-orc wrote:
for approx how much did you manage to get your hands on one if I may ask?

Just a tad more than $200, new in box (who buys a fluke and then doesn't use it?). Another one that was marked new but was not in box had a case and a fancy set of probes and went for under $200 (I expected it to go a lot higher and just didn't bother with it). Ah well, either way $200 for an 87V is awesome, and the registration with Fluke went fine, so I'm quite happy with my decision.

EDIT NOTE: Prices in USD.

I used a Fluke 87 for several years. I think at that time, they were more then $300.00US. Then I upgraded to a Fluke 787, costing more then $550.00.

My son got the Fluke 87 out of the deal - free.

I use a Fluke 189 on the Bench at home at a cost of about $400.00. The Fluke 787 rarely comes out of the case, now that I'm not out on the industrial manufacturing floor anymore..

If I could ever scrape up the $1,400.00, or so, for a good Fluke bench style meter, I'd probably sell the 87 or 189 - one or the other, or maybe even both.

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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I got a Fluke 189 on eBay a while back, locally new they were around $550au, and I think I picked mine up (second hand) for under $200au.

Only problem was when I got it, it was not yellow, but brown, and smelled like cigarette smoke very badly. A few hours works with lots of alcohol cleaner (isopropl I think) and it was like brand new, and didn't have a smell.
The brown film was disgusting, you could wipe a thick layer of if off and get a putrid goo on the cloth.
I would hate to see what the guys lungs were like who owned it before me, then again, maybe thats why it was for sale...

The 189 has done me very well up until now, but I am starting to think I want, no, need one with datalogging/usb. Maybe one day.