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  1. keniff
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    keniff Electrician's Arms

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    Hi guys I'm looking at getting a new tester, I have just sold my megger mft 1553 and was looking at the megger 1720 or a fluke 1653b what do you all have? I only fancy the fluke as a bit of a change as I have heard rumours the new megger is a bit buggy?
     
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    should have stuck with the 1553..best mft ever
     
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  3. PEG
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    Hi dude,a lot of the preferences you are going to be guided towards,will be based on lads personal experiences,of the top contenders. The marques that we trained with,or felt confident with,and will probably have a good injection of diametrically opposing opinions...

    And to that end,i will throw in my two penneth...

    I am just as confident using a pre-war AVO,as a new 1720...but i have spent a LOT of time playing about,and getting to know all of my test equipment,some of which is old and specialised.

    Fluke,Metrel,Megger and most of the other big names,make decent enough gear,not,in my opinion,to last as of old,but the technology required today,does not lend itself to brass and granite.

    I have a fair bit of Megger kit,and have been impressed with both function and company service. I have used most of the other brands,and still do,but made an effort to learn every function on the 1720,and find it very logical,and easy to understand. That does not mean everyone would feel the same,just my view.

    All i would say,is whatever you do choose...KNOW it backwards,forwards and inside-out...watch "Full Metal Jacket"...remember..."This is my meter...there are many like it...but this one is mine..."

    There is nothing that dents my faith more,than lads who have an MFT,and you ask if they have tried X,Y or Z...and they say "I never knew it could do that!" :rockon2: Happy hunting
     
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  4. Test-Meter
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    Hi keniff, take a look at our MFT comparison chart. This has been updated to remove discontinued models and now includes new models like the Martindale ET4000 and ET4500.

    PM me or call us if you'd like any further information.

    View attachment MFT Comparison.pdf
     
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  5. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    i really like the megger but i like the button on the fluke more (on test leads)

    the megger has a lot more features and better specs.

    ill try to find it but there was a comparison table somewhere.


    ive got a german 1654b and its handy that you can check the battery voltage from the tester but without comparing features i don't know what to recommend to you.

    what kind of work do you do?
     
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  6. keniff
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    keniff Electrician's Arms

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    Yeah I am swinging towards the merger again but it seem to be a lot more money, I mainly use it for domestic installs, so auto rcd test and 2 wire lo zs testing is the functions I like to have most, I'm going to see if I can borrow the wholesalers megger for the week see how I get on with it
     
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  7. shanky887614
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    shanky887614 Electrician's Arms

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    have you thought about the martindale mft? it seems to have quite good specs but i dont know anyone that has tried it
     
  8. keniff
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    keniff Electrician's Arms

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    Same as I haven't ever seen anyone with one either, looks a good on the spec for price but looks a bit cheap and nasty! :)
     
  9. Joel.m
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    Joel.m New EF Member

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    I have a 1730, sold my 1553...still go for a fair chunk! Loved the 1553 and the 1730 is brilliant too. But as always, it's down to personal choice. The chart posted on this thread makes things a lot easier, makes me wish I had joined this forum sooner, that's not to say I'm not happy with my 1730!
     
  10. Sarmajor
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    Get the Megger MFT 1725 unless you need the Bluetooth and extra earth electrode testing features of the 1735.

    I used the 1725 in my last job and loved the fact that most tests used two leads only and you could auto start the earth loop tests.
    The 15ma continuity test made testing / fault finding in circuits with RCD's much easier.

    My new employer has provided a multi tester that is a complete pain in arse to use.
    No strap to hang it up. No two lead tests for EFLI. No easily available voltage reading screen.
    Push button menu.
    Lots of functions that require an extra module or accessory to use.
    Real weird arse phase rotation testing methodology. 1 phase at a time references to neutral and earth.
    And most all of the tests require the operator to set the thing up and then press the button to start the test. I HATE it.
     
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    Auto start tests can be a nice feature although the MFT1725 is not available in the UK.

    Op- if you heed the advice above, please refer to the MFT1720.
     
  12. keniff
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    keniff Electrician's Arms

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    Thanks for all the replies! I went with the merger 1720 in the end i didn't need most of the extra features on the 1730 and the rechargeable aspect would be a pain for me as I can just pop new batteries in when needed, also got a free megger voltage indicator all for £649 love the tester so far!
     
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    Hi, Has anyone got a Martindale ET4000 & if so is it any good? Looks like it only does 3 wire loop tests but has some good features.
     
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