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Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« on: November 22, 2010, 03:41:03 am »
Here is an initial review of my brother's meter:



I have been informed the TX3 is the same as a Fluke 185.

Mark Z.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2010, 04:08:21 pm by mzacharias »
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 05:35:33 pm »
Most excellent review! 

Your brother wasn't kidding about how this DMMs fair in field work, they are great accuracy meters but it could have lost to Fluke in the ruggedness arena:




Here is an initial review of my brother's meter:



I have been informed the TX3 is the same as a Fluke 185.

Mark Z.
Best Wishes,

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 10:19:37 am »
Test it against the GSM interference  ;)
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2010, 02:10:02 am »
The battery compartment design seems like one of the safest I've seen - all manufacturers tell you to remove the leads before changing the batteries, but this one forces you to do so. Thumbs up!
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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010, 03:21:13 am »

I have been informed the TX3 is the same as a Fluke 185.

Mark Z.

Sounds plausible. Tektronix and Fluke, both are owned by Danaher.

Chris

 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 09:04:00 am »

I have been informed the TX3 is the same as a Fluke 185.

Mark Z.

Sounds plausible. Tektronix and Fluke, both are owned by Danaher.

Chris



As I understand it, Tek sold the design to Fluke. (and possibly their North American multimeter manufacturing facility?) Tektronix no longer had US made meters, and the TX3 was rebranded as a Fluke...six of the one, half a dozen of the other , I suppose. But yeah, I'd forgot about Danaher, they did own Fluke by that time.

Mark Z.
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010, 06:13:47 pm »
...and it seems like the TX1 model is the same except for the temp. function and some minor accuracy difference in Voltages measurement.

I was considering buying a Fluke 77 IV or a 177, but the Tektronix seems better! (well, except for ruggedness)
What do you think?
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2010, 06:32:00 pm »
I really enjoyed your review, Mark.
I have watched a few of your other videos too, great work. Will watch more when I get time.
Please accept my condolences for your brother and use his meter with pride!

The TX1 and TX3 became the Fluke 183 and 185 respectively.
Excellent meters, very large display. We used to have some of the TX1s where I used to work; my only real complaint is having to push a button to toggle between AC and DC. I do prefer Fluke's method of using the rotary switch for this purpose.

In answer to BillGeo, the 77IV and 177 are good meters, certainly more general-purpose than the TX1/3.
I really don't see the point in the 77IV's existence; one may as well just buy a 177.
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2010, 07:23:07 pm »
In answer to BillGeo, the 77IV and 177 are good meters, certainly more general-purpose than the TX1/3.
I really don't see the point in the 77IV's existence; one may as well just buy a 177.


Thank you for your answer Ernie.

That's exactly what I thought.

Now, that just leaves me to decide between a used Tek TX1 (if I can find one) (or a Fluke 177 for that matter) and a new Amprobe (Meterman) 37XR-A

Oh, decisions decisions!!! ???
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2010, 10:13:56 pm »
Most excellent review! 

Your brother wasn't kidding about how this DMMs fair in field work, they are great accuracy meters but it could have lost to Fluke in the ruggedness arena:




Here is an initial review of my brother's meter:



I have been informed the TX3 is the same as a Fluke 185.

Mark Z.

And yours for only $150
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 03:02:11 am »
Your brother wasn't kidding about how this DMMs fair in field work, they are great accuracy meters but it could have lost to Fluke in the ruggedness arena:
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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2010, 12:33:02 pm »
Just one question, Did your brother know you were taking his meter apart? :o  ;D
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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2010, 03:56:22 pm »
Hey,

I just found and bought the TX1 on E-Bay...

Got it for 130$ plus shipping.



Yes, it doesn't come with the original leads or the blue rubber holster.
But I'll be keeping it on the bench most of the time.
And I'm planing on buying a Fluke 177 (or the Amprobe 37XR-A if budget is tight) for outdoors work.\

SO? Do you think its a good deal?
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2010, 09:33:16 pm »
Just one question, Did your brother know you were taking his meter apart? :o  ;D

Depends on whether you believe in a hereafter, I suppose, as he left me that and a couple other pieces when he died. But yes, he knew I was doing multimeter reviews, he just had other things on his mind what with the liver cancer and all...

But stand by; I have some new information on the TX3 and it also relates to the Gossen Metrahit Xtra!
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2010, 10:26:29 pm »
Hey,

I just found and bought the TX1 on E-Bay...

Got it for 130$ plus shipping.

Yes, it doesn't come with the original leads or the blue rubber holster.
But I'll be keeping it on the bench most of the time.
And I'm planing on buying a Fluke 177 (or the Amprobe 37XR-A if budget is tight) for outdoors work.\

SO? Do you think its a good deal?

Seen a TX3 go for $66.00 US the other day, but that's life on eBay. I'm quite sure you'll be happy with the TX1.
 

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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2010, 10:35:05 pm »


Seen a TX3 go for $66.00 US the other day, but that's life on eBay.

Yea, you can say that again Zacharia!

Anyway, waiting on your update on the TX3 and the Gossen
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Re: Tektronix TX3 Multimeter Review
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2011, 09:50:29 pm »
Okie Dokie - here's the updated info on the TX3. Looks to me like the Gossen probably does it much the same way with MOS swtching of the current shunts.

The cool part, I think, is that you can monitor current continuously from the microamp range up through the 10 amp range without switching jacks.

 


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