Top Mall-Fi poster. The T in META42. Formerly with Tangentsoft Parts Store
Sep 27, 2001
which one of these is the better deal?
Get the 77. It's easily more than twice as good a meter as the 70, even if the 70 is from a newer series. (The full model number will be something like "Fluke 77 Series II" -- there are three series in the Fluke 70 line, each with better features than the previous.)
You might consider getting the meter calibrated, since you don't know where it's been. For a handheld meter, calibration typically runs about $50. It's well worth it for the peace of mind, in my opinion. A new Fluke 77 is about $210.
could someone name some good brands to look out for?
For handheld meters, Fluke is the best, but B+K Precision and Beckman are also good. If there are any benchtop meters there, HP is on par with Fluke.
Adequate brands are Wavetek and Meterman. These aren't as good as the above brands, but Fluke will factory-service them, so that's worth something.
I wouldn't buy any meter that you can't get repaired and calibrated. Since calibration isn't cheap, you can count on meters costing less than about $100 new to not be calibratable.
You waited a whole 6 hours before demanding attention?