Measuring non-wood things in the shop.

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Review by oldnovice posted 08-02-2016 04:19 AM 1814 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many times in the shop you need to measure things that are not wood but is useful for your other tools. The Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is a reasonably priced meter that measures both AC and DC current up to 400 Amps. I used it to measure some DC currents in the 80 Amp range and none of the typical DVM, or the three I have, or the old RCA analog meter have a range above 10 Amps.

Other features of this Craftsman Digital Clamp-On Ammeter is auto-ranging AC/DC voltages temperature both F and C ranges along with other measurements not typically found in this price range of less than $65.

In the box, well in this case blister pack, is a carrying case, a set of leads with protectors on both ends, and a thermocouple.

Just addition, I checked lower cost versions at Harbor Freight and while they looked similar and had many of the same features, none of them could measure DC amps and that is what I needed.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 05:04 AM

I’ve got something similar and have found it to be very useful.

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 02:35 PM

I don’t measure amperage too often, although it might be useful at times just to see how powerful those tool motors really are. I have a couple of DVM’s in Anchorage, but doing less electronics than I used to, they don’t see as much use.

Down here in La Conner, Washington, Hans. Upon wishing to check out a battery yesterday, I realized I didn’t have a DVM here. Next trip I will bring one from Anchorage….....

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 03:15 PM

Sounds like a decent price for the equipment and capabilities of it.
Thank you for the review.

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 03:44 PM

As my range of interests broadens I have also been looking at non-woodworking tools, but tools is tools so they all count :-)

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