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  1. Maccas
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    Hi
    This has probably been asked a thousand times before but which MFT would you recommend?
    I have used both more so Fluke and find them ok but i do like the idea of the 2 lead loop test on the Megger.
    Only really looking for a base model nothing too fancy are there any models through your experiences you would and would not recommend.
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    Ian
     
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    megger for me every time.
     
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  3. Maccas
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    Which model?
     
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    bought my 1553 2nd hand from MDJ 4 years ago. still going strong. don't like the megger leads though.
     
  5. Jay Sparks
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    I also prefer the Megger. I have had a 1552 for about 8 years now and it's so simple to use. Although it doesn't have the phase rotation function like the Fluke.

    I just can't seem to part with it. It's a bit like the wife, I had it for so long, it's become almost like one of the family.

    Jay
     
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  6. Maccas
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    8 years that's good,if you were buying new now what model would you be looking at to buy?
     
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  7. Jay Sparks
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    Probably the same if they still sell em, or I may even push the boat out and go for the younger model 1553. I here it has Bluetooth?
     
  8. Grant webber
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    Never used a fluke to be honest, always used a megger and own a 1731, you wont go wrong with any bit of kit from them.
     
  9. SparkyChick
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    I have a Megger MFT1731 and having had a god with a Fluke, Megger all the way for me. Just so simple to use, no fancy menus to get lost in. I can't say for other models but the 1731 does have phase rotation in it along with earth electrode testing functions.
     
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    My multimeter is megger and my MFT is a 1552. Have always liked the make. I would like the earth leakage clamp meter but I also like being married.
     
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  11. LankyWill
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    Tried fluke and didn't like the MFT silly menu and the fact it doesn't auto test on no trip is retarded. I have a Megger 1720 and it's a nice bit of kit, has phase rotation and line-line testing on 3 phase. Simple to use and very reliable, the are robust aswell. That said my Fluke 28-II multimeter is the dogs.
     
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  12. stummish
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    I use a megger 1720 too. Don't go for the 1730(I think it's this one), the bluetooth is a waste of time, apparently it's unreliable and buggy as hell.

    Great mft, does the whole lot. I can't say much about the flukes, I've used one in the past when I was subbing, but years ago.
     
  13. Ian1981
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    My megger mft 1552 is 10 years old and never lets me down.
    Hate fluke with a passion but that's just what I'm used to I guess
     
  14. PEG
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    I have a collection of units,old and newer,and have found the Megger gear,to be excellent.
    They can all have issues,and the more technology contained,the more opportunities for problems arise...together with an increased speed of becoming obsolete.

    The 1720,later model,is a cracking unit,and i would probably being adding the newer 1721 to my fleet,when next "collecting".

    The primary concern,when picking and keeping such a device,is having both the competence and confidence,to use and understand your results,without worrying about the "how".

    This is why a lot of lads,stick to what seem older units,as they become second-nature to use,and allow full concentration on the story they tell,and not what is telling it.

    Now and again,use of a different device,can show a useful feature,or a handy function,and obviously no one unit,can please everybody,all the time.

    Whenever i encounter one of these interesting features,i always imagine how great it would be,to add it to my favourite machine,but not being able to do so,does not prevent it from still being,my favourite :)
     
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  15. 7029 dave
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    Megger for me, having said that never owned a fluke. Might be just the thing.?
     
  16. 123
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    I've a Fluke 1652C MFT and Megger separates. If I was to get another MFT I'd be going with Megger.

    The Fluke lacks any auto tests (be it continuity or earth loop), and is very sensitive to noise on earth loop.
     
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  17. Maccas
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    Thanks for all your comments,ive decided to go for the Megger 1720.
    Looking to buy secondhand seen a few on ebay with calibration certs.
    Buying new with the VAT takes the price up more than I want to spend.
    Cheers
     
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  18. stummish
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    Good choice @Maccas@Maccas , hope you're happy with it.
     
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  19. Vortigern
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    Of course there is always the Kewtech 65dl. I know, heresy but bang for bucks you get more for your money. The KT63 is good as a basic instrument. I don't know if its true but the kewtech rep told me they designed the innards of megger and fluke. I really am not prepared to pay for a name especially at £400 more just for megger. But secretly I would like to own a fluke or megger but don't tell!
     
  20. Zdb
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    I have a Fluke 1653 and Kewtech KT63. Both of them are great but I kind of do want a Megger just because everyone seems to prefer them so I want to know what the fuss is all about.
     
  21. MARC D SPARK
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    Hi Sparky Chick, i noticed you said you have a Megger 1731. I was just wondering why you did not put the extra £40 roughly and get the Megger 1735? I am just starting up as a Sole Trader and am about to go buy a Megger MFT and was going to get the same as you but noticed the 1735 is only slightly more expensive.
     
  22. SparkyChick
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    I've had mine for over 12 months, and if memory serves the price difference was somewhat more significant when I ordered. Plus, I think I struggled to see what the 1735 had to offer over the 1731... just had a look now and I'm still not sure what advantages the 1735 offers.

    I also set myself a budget and tried to stick to it. As you'll know, setting up on your own is an expensive business :)
     
  23. Grant webber
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    I got the 1731 and i rang megger when i bought it to ask the difference, and the units are exactly the same. The only difference is the 1735 comes with the earth spike kit and a hard case. The 1731 does not have the spike kit and has a soft case, which i personally prefere, the earth spike kit can be purchased seperatly anyway. So not much between them.
     
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  24. SparkyChick
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    There we go, thanks for clarifying. I was a bit cheesed when I didn't get the spike kit as all the images on the site I bought it from showed it included... then I read the small print about the images being for illustrative purposes only.

    Funnily enough I prefer the soft bag as well because I can bang a load of my test gear in there.
     
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    last soft bag i had, i divorced her.
     
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  26. JK-Electrical
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    It's Megger for me. I've been using the MFT 1730 since 2014. Love it!
     
  27. MARC D SPARK
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    I was just wondering why you did not pay the extra £40-£50 for the MFT 1735. Is the MFT1735 not with the extra cost? I also notice that the 1731 and 1735 do not have the R1 AND R2 Value. I am new to this so please mind if these questions seem a little in appropriate.
     
  28. MARC D SPARK
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    Thank you for your quick response.
     
  29. MARC D SPARK
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    I have noticed a company called ISSWWW.CO.UK and they are selling the 1731 and 1735 with accessories. Have you heard of this company before and can it be trusted? Or do you think i should just go direct to Megger? It ask if i want a certificate of calibration. I don't know what this is? Does anybody know?
     
  30. SparkyChick
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    I bought my Megger from them. Just be sure to read the product description.
     
  31. buzzlightyear
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    I have always used meggers had 1502 now 1720 will not change to had any thing else brand wise.
     
  32. Cadgey123
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    Testermans online are pretty competitive-

    I got the new MFT 1711 for around £560 which I thought wasn't too bad. It's not as fancy as @SparkyChick@SparkyChick version.
     
  33. ses
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    Fluke for me all the way just bought the new version which does all main tests in one go now

    It's apples and pears I think

    I trained with fluke so have always used them and I like the yellow boxes
     
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  34. WillWX
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    Hahaha I thought I was the only one who liked the yellow boxes :D
     
  35. davesparks
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    The company I used to work for had a fluke mft, when I went self employed I went for a kewtech kt64, and last year I bought a megger 1730 2nd hand from another forum member.
    When subbing to other companies I've used a 15xx megger and a set of robin separates.

    In my opinion they all do the job perfectly well and im happy using any of them. Personally I would see what deals are available at the wholesalers and pick the best priced unit with the functions I need and the most useful free accessories thrown into the deal. I originally went with the kewtech as it had a load of useful extras bundled with it.
     
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    I'm also a bit of a brand slut when it comes to testers. There are certain models of tester I prefer for certain tests but no particular brand overall.
     
  37. telectrix
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    megger for me every time.bought my 1553 2nd hand from MDJ in 2013. just had it calibrated again for this year, last month. all ranges good.
     
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