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Testing meter

Postby Masmith » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:57 am

Neither of my Cubs are charging the battery. They are both original 6V battery ignition models. I plan on following the flow chart in an attempt to find the issue instead of being a parts changer. Electric issues are my weak spot and I don't own a testing meter yet. Any advise on a good, simple, and reliable tester? I will only be using this for the Cub tractors.
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Re: Testing meter

Postby Eugene » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:32 am

You need an analog multimeter, needle display, for working on tractors with a generator. Your local hardware store should have one in the $20- range.

Harbor Freight has a good digital multimeter, $6.00 or so, sometimes free. Digital meters do not work well when working on tractors with an operating generator. Pick up a couple of these meters. You will find a lot of uses for this meter.

You do not need an expensive multimeter. The less expensive ones are suitable for our purposes. They do get dropped/damaged/broken when working on machinery.
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Re: Testing meter

Postby Masmith » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:07 am

Thank you
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Re: Testing meter

Postby inairam » Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:40 am

I like these metersto get started http://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-Batter ... B01IQS32D4
this tests the battery and charge system. You can fine this for about $25.

There is a nice post on the voltage drop test on a 6 volt system. I have found this post very useful.
http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=38133

and this recent post viewtopic.php?f=1&t=108135
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Re: Testing meter

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:59 am

Radio Shack used to have the perfect analog (with the needle) multimeter. They were about $15, and small...about 3x5"...and were rugged little things! The only thing that usually killed them was leaving the batteries in until they corroded it to death! I still have 3 of them in various locations. I have seen similar ones in hardware stores, but they sure are a lot more expensive... :?

Be warned: there is a $4+ one at, I think, Northern Tool, and probably at Harbor Freight as well. May have been in those "Bargain Bins". It is VERY cheesy, and I never use it. This is one case where you don't even get your $4 worth!
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Re: Testing meter

Postby Mht » Thu Jul 16, 2020 3:41 pm

I have a battery load tester I got from harbor freight for about 20 bucks. It has an analog volt meter on it and also load tests battery’s. I like that it has jumper cable size clamps that are easily connected to the battery unlike probes that most volt ohm meters have. Digital meters are great for checking continuity and measuring ohms but as others have said don’t work well with generators and it’s hard to find an analog meter any more

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Re: Testing meter

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:08 am

Search "analog multimeter" on Ebay, almost an endless selection. I saw a "Speerry" brand for about $30, should be a pretty good one. I use a "Speery" digital meter and it has been a good one. I'd shy away from the real cheap ones.

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Re: Testing meter

Postby Denny Clayton » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:20 am

I bought a nice little analog multimeter at Menards a couple of years ago. About $10. They show Speery meters both analog and digital online.
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Re: Testing meter

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:56 am

This one is identical to one I have been using for about 40 years. I've dropped it a couple times but it still works fine. I think it cost about $35 back then.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Micron ... 3411601154


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