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  1. Twobins
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    Twobins New EF Member

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    Hi all

    I recently finished my domestic installers course and on that used Meggers and Flukes. I'm semi retired and will not be doing much work - maybe some testing and the odd installation. I'll be replacing the consumer unit in my own place shortly. The instructor said the Seaward 1557 might suit me although I haven't had the chance to use one. I don't want to hire a unit as I like to have my own gear and can sell it when I no longer need it.

    So for any of you who know, is the Seaward worth going for or should a look for a second hand Megger, Fluke or Kewtech? If the second hand route, any particular models that would be worth going for?

    TIA
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    i'd go for a 2nd hand megger 1552/3. bombproof and easy to use.
     
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  3. Vortigern
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    Vortigern Electrician's Arms

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    My mate uses the seaward and like any other tester its fine. Although we do a lot of testing and it overheats when doing say 30 tests in a row. so you have to wait for it to cool But for a few hundred, its fine. The KT63 I like its got a megnetic back so you can put it on metal CU and see whats going on. Personally I dont like the leads on meggers. Of course its like apple computers and PCs, I think there may be some snobbery with meggers and flukes but then I have used both very little. I think Fluke has a good carry case.
     
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    sparkdog sparkdog Electrician's Arms

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    I expect it all works fine and has the advantage of being new. Had a seaward PAT tester for years without any problems.
     
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  5. Twobins
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    Twobins New EF Member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I can get a one year old Megger MFT1720 with wander lead for £300 - its calibrated until next month. Does this sound like a good deal and is anyone familiar with this model. I used Flukes and the 15 series Megger on my course so am unfamiliar with the 1720.
     
  6. Stufin135
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    Stufin135 EF Member

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    £300 for an MFT1720 is a good deal providing it all works and comes with the leads (these usually sell new for around £800). Only being calibrated till next month rings alarm bells to me though, they might be getting shot of it as they know it won't pass and will have to spend a lot getting the repairs made.

    The 1720 is a popular unit and has only recently been replaced by the 1721.

    There is nothing wrong with the Seaward 1557, but it is built to price (£299). This is one we have been recommended to sell more towards apprentices as it has the main functions but is missing features experienced electricians look for in flukes and meggers.

    I only sell this stuff so that's all the input I can provide.
     
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  7. Specialist
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    Not used the 1557, but if it's anything like their PAT tester then you won't go far wrong.
     
  8. Twobins
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    Twobins New EF Member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. Got a year old 1720 for £260, so I'm very happy.
     
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