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Make your own test leads #5384181 03/23/20 11:10 PM
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Been slow at the shop.....It's that way at most auto repair garages around here, But I try to make the most of it by cleaning up, maintaining equipment, & fixing/buying/making tools.

I've needed new leads for my Multimeters/Scope/PowerProbe for awhile now.....About destroyed every Alligator Clip adapter I own. Prefer Fluke 4mm Banana test leads but they're pretty high $.
Been getting by with some cheap PVC/Vinyl jacketed leads.....I HATE them with a passion. They get hard & retain the coiled shape they're stored in, On top of them always being too short for the task smirk2

Did a Google search & wasn't impressed with the selection, But did run across this Youtube video & bought the same stuff he used. Spent around $50 after applying my Amazon store card rewards.....Around $70 full price.
Stackable Bananas
Alligators
90 Degree Bananas
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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384191 03/23/20 11:23 PM
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I recommend using the "Good Stuff" for solder, 60tin/40lead rosin core! Wear gloves & don't chew on it LOL

Love the Silicone Jacketed wire & Stackable Bananas! Made 2 sets of Multimeter Leads with 90° ends & 2 leads with Stackables on both ends as Jumpers/Extensions. Came out to 6' per lead. Gonna order more wire to make some more!!!

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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384192 03/23/20 11:23 PM
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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384220 03/24/20 12:25 AM
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Good looking leads! You did a very nice job of fabricating them. Now I guess I should make a couple of sets for use in electronic repairs and for auto repairs!


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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384232 03/24/20 01:28 AM
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I would opt for a respected name like Pomona, Fluke, Probemaster, etc

https://smile.amazon.com/Probe-Master-Softie-Standard-Banana/dp/B0000WUK3K/ref=sr_1_4

The Pomona "grabber" types are essential with today"s electronics. Much better than alligators in tight quarters.

I recently replaced a Honda blend door actuator. The mini grabber were the only thing that would work to test that.

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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384240 03/24/20 02:26 AM
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I like Fluke leads a lot, But in my business....They get damaged eventually. I have T-pins & Needle/pin probes with 4mm banana jacks for tight backprobing.

The big alligators are handy on battery posts & larger bolts for a ground source. I dislike those screw-on mini alligators & prefer the Thexton 490's.....Even solder some wire to them if needed.
Good idea.....I'll solder a length of the silicone jacketed lead to one of the Thexton 490's & put a banana jack on the other end. I'll update after buying some more wire!

We all do things differently, I deal with direct current.......What's the worst that could happen? Grabber type/pierce probes are obviously not essential as I don't use or need them


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Don’t worry about chewing the solder, but don’t breath the fumes while soldering. That’s where the lead issue comes into play. Fumes extraction or airflow is important with that much lead.


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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384387 03/24/20 09:14 AM
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Nice job on the cables. Are those long ratcheting box wrenches Mountain RM6?


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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: clinebarger] #5384457 03/24/20 10:21 AM
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Great looking stuff. Back when I was doing shipping+ receiving for a small phone /data outfit. Patch cables with all sorts of specs were hand made and big buxl. I doubt if any of the stuff is US made these days. grin2

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Re: Make your own test leads [Re: Trav] #5384978 03/24/20 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Trav
Nice job on the cables. Are those long ratcheting box wrenches Mountain RM6?


There the Platinum/ATD branded ones......Same as the Mountain RM6. The 19mm came apart first time I used it because the circlip wasn't seated during assembly. I fixed that & they have been great since. Soak the heads in some ATF & torque on them a few times to free up the back-drag.


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Thanks, I need a set of those badly. I did get the 3/8 drive etorx flex sockets from Snap on you mentioned, they make life easier and what I like most is they don't get sloppy.


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