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Posted December 16, 2012 - 08:13 PM

Ever since I got into the DC electric tractors I have been wanting a meter to read DC amps... but I never bought one because they are always a couple hundred bucks. Yesterday a friend acquired a clamp on type electrical meter and came to me to look up what it is worth because he was going to sell it. After looking it up I found out it was capable of reading DC amps, so I bought it from him for $50. Only bad part is one mode doesn't work, and it is the DC amps up to 1000 Amps. However, the up to 400 Amps setting of the DC amps seems to be working just fine, and I should not be exceeding that on any of my projects. It would be nice if it worked though. Going to call tech support tomorrow and see what they say though. It is an Ideal model 61-774 meter for those interested.

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 08:38 PM

Just goggled it and looks like as nice tool to add to your collection :thumbs:
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 08:59 PM

Good stuff Casey, I'd like to have a meter like that for myself someday.

0 to 400amps DC is more than enough for electric tractors, ET2 never seen it draw more than 150amps.
The GE tractors I don't think they would draw more than 200 max, that's with full draw on the drive motor and biggest attachment at the same time.

E20's the have most powerful drive motor fused at 105amps.
Tiller and large snow blower share basically the same motor also fused at 105amps.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 09:21 PM

That sounds "ideal" for what you need Casey. Grats :thumbs:
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 11:22 PM

That sounds "ideal" for what you need Casey. Grats :thumbs:

Aww, that was pretty bad, but necessary nonetheless.

Always handy to have a DC ammeter. I hope to have an electric tractor one day to justify mine , but I think my electric assist bikes do well enough for now.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 11:53 PM

Can you find the schematic? It may have an internal fuse for that setting.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 12:02 AM

Can you find the schematic? It may have an internal fuse for that setting.

Not sure what it's issue is. I was just going to call tech support tomorrow and see what they think the issue is. Never know what will happen if you just ask.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 04:19 AM

very nice, nuthing like savin $150 bucks to use on somethin else......
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Posted December 17, 2012 - 11:50 AM

That is a good tool to have in your tool box and working with electric tractors I would think it would be a must. Glad you got a good deal on it.
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