Old bench multimeters

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by jeroen79, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. jeroen79

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    I have been looking at older (80's) bench multimeters (for example fluke 8600a, keithley 179) and see that they go for low prices (<€100) on ebay.

    But I was wondering about their value.

    How do these old bench multimeters compare to modern handheld ones?
    The number of digits and measurement range are similar.
    Is there some other way where these old units are better?

    Modern bench multimeters are better and more expensive as handheld ones.
    Assuming that this was the case in the 80's, have modern handheld multimeters caught up?

    And how well have they withstood the tooth of time?
    Are they still as accurate as they were 30 years ago?

    So the final question is:
    Is it worth buying these old multimeters?
  2. Dr.killjoy

    Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2013
    I guessing by the question then you are new to electronics or hiding in the closet some where...
  3. bountyhunter

    Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    New meters give you more for your money. Like comparing 80's TVs to modern ones....