Fluke 289 True-RMS Data Logging Multimeter. Sawmill log clamp

Fluke 289 True-RMS Data Logging Multimeter

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Fluke 289 True-RMS Logging Multimeter helps you find little problems before they become big ones

The Fluke 289 is the next generation high performance industrial logging multimeter. This Fluke Connect-compatible DMM is designed to solve complex problems in electronics, plant automation, power distribution, and electro-mechanical equipment. Let the 289 be your watchdog for systems or processes while you are off doing other jobs. It provides the ability to log data and graphically review up 10,000 recorded events and logged readings with on-board TrendCapture. Zoom on trend provides a 14x zoom to view and analyze data—without needing a PC.

Because the 289 is Fluke Connect-compatible you can set it up with the ir3000 FC wireless connector (sold separately) to communicate with your iOS and Android Smart devices through the Fluke Connect mobile app and monitor readings from a remote location. Or you can share readings with your team in an instant anytime, from anywhere with ShareLive video call. It can help you solve problems faster and minimize downtime.

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What’s in the box:

  • 289 True-RMS Industrial Logging Multimeter
  • (1 pair) TL71 Test Leads
  • AC175 Alligator Clips
  • 6 AA batteries (installed)
  • Quick reference guide

Specifications: Fluke 289 True-RMS Data Logging Multimeter

General Specifications
DC volts Range / resolution 50.000 mV, 500.00 mV, 5.0000 V, 50.000 V, 500.00 V, 1000.0 V
Basic accuracy 0.025%
AC volts Range / resolution 50.000 mV, 500.00 mV, 5.0000 V, 50.000 V, 500.00 V, 1000.0 V
Basic accuracy 0.4% (True-RMS)
DC current Range / resolution 500.00 μA, 5000.0 μA, 50.000 mA, 400.00 mA, 5.0000 A, 10.000 A
Basic accuracy 0.05%
AC current Range / resolution 500.00 μA, 5000.0 μA, 50.000 mA, 400.00 mA, 5.0000 A, 10.000 A
Basic accuracy 0.6% (True-RMS)
Temperature (excluding probe) Range / resolution -200.0°C to 1350.0°C (-328.0°F to 2462.0°F)
Basic accuracy 1.0%
Resistance Range / resolution 50.000 Ω, 500.00 Ω, 5.0000 kΩ, 50.000 kΩ, 500.00 kΩ, 5.0000 MΩ, 50.00 MΩ, 500.0 MΩ
Basic accuracy 0.05%
Capacitance Range / resolution 1.000 nF,10.00 nF 100.0 nF, 1.000 μF, 10.00 μF, 100.0 μF, 1000 μF, 10.00 mF, 100 mF
Basic accuracy 1.0%
Frequency Range / resolution 99.999 Hz, 999.99 Hz, 9.9999 kHz, 99.999 kHz, 999.99 kHz
Basic accuracy 0.005%
Connectivity Optional infrared connector via Fluke ir3000 FC
Maximum voltage between any terminal and earth ground 1000 V
Battery type 6 AA alkaline batteries, IECLR6
Battery life 100 hours minimum, 200 hours in logging mode
Temperature Operating -20°C to 55°C
Storage -40°C to 60°C
Relative humidity 0 to 90% (0 to 37°C), 0 to 65% (37°C to 45°C), 0 to 45% (45°C to 55°C)
Electromagnetic compatibility EMC EN61326–1
Vibration Random vibration per MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2
Shock 1 meter drop per IEC/EN 61010–1 3rd Edition
Size (H x W x L) 22.2 x 10.2 x 6 cm (8.75 x 4.03 x 2.38 in)
Weight 870.9 g (28 oz)
Multiple on screen displays Yes
True-RMS AC bandwidth 100 kHz
dBV/dBm Yes
DC mV resolution 1 μV
Megohm range Up to 500 MΩ
Conductance 50.00 nS
Continuity beeper Yes
Battery/fuse access Yes/Yes
Elapse time clock Yes
Time of day clock Yes
Min-max-avg Yes
Duty cycle Yes
Pulse width Yes
Isolated optical interface Yes
Auto/touch hold Yes
Reading memory Yes
Log to PC Yes
Interval/event logging Yes
Logging memory Up to 15,000 readings
Wireless connectivity (optional) Yes

Models: Fluke 289 True-RMS Data Logging Multimeter

Requires Fluke ir3000 FC Infrared Connector for Fluke Connect communication

Fluke 289 True-RMS Data Logging Multimeter, with a traceable certificate of calibration with data from Fluke

  • 289 True-RMS Industrial Logging Multimeter
  • TL71 Test Leads
  • AC175 Alligator Clips
  • Batteries – 6 AA Installed
  • A traceable certificate of calibration with data from Fluke

Fluke 289 logging Meter.

Requires Fluke ir3000 FC Infrared Connector for Fluke Connect communication

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Rated 3 out of 5 by Ben72 from Accurate but heavy and battery terminals weak Pros:. Accurate. Used as calibrated reference in our lab Cons. Relatively heavy. Best for table use, uncomfortable for field use. Conventional batteries (not rechargeable). Need to separately purchase cable and software to export data. Battery terminal tabs snapped off

Rated 5 out of 5 by macxcrm114 from A meter with most everything in one unit. I am really happy with this meter. I needed a meter with a very fast response time to test if PLC circuits were actually dropping to zero during transitions. I need the LoZ function to make sure the voltage is real. I regularly use the large display to show max/min/average in real time, or voltage and frequency, all at the same time. I can’t stress enough how nice it is to have a meter with more than one display line. I often use the AC DC simultaneous display, which is very helpful for probing circuits when the voltage type is unknown or changing. I can trust the accuracy and safety. The Lo-ohms feature is a bonus to get very accurate and relative readings. For so many features it’s very easy to use and navigate; the menu system is intuitive and the whole meter is well thought out. The only disappointments are the physical quality control. The USB interface doesn’t fit right and pops off when any movement or bump occurs (Fluke has sent a replacement which has the same problem.) The Bluetooth device fits securely so I dont think the issue is the meter itself, but the FVF cable. The kickstand isn’t molded quite right and doesn’t stay closed. Just a nitpick, but the serial # sticker is illegible and put on crooked. But, the unit works, the screen is clean, it does more than most anyone else’s meter I’ve come across, and does it well.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Agha from Awesome Mutimeter This is a great very accurate meter with a lot of thought

Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from fluke forever. i’ve been a fluke user since 1980. have about 10 devices love em all.

Rated 4 out of 5 by Divide_By_Zero from Mostly very good, but diode test is dangerous I really like the datalogging and min/max/avg functions, but the diode test function can destroy sensitive low voltage LEDs and GaAs detector diodes. Yes, 5.36V of reverse bias can and will do this!

Rated 5 out of 5 by Micky from Excellent meter I had this meter for over a year. All I seen here on the review is people putting this meter down. There is nothing at all wrong with this meter. In fact this meter is the best I ever used and is spot on with its readings, also fast. So all I can say to the people on here, is you should learn how to use a multimeter, maybe you should buy a more basic model if this is to advance for you. I do lots of electronics and power supply repairs, and this meter is top and a full 10 out of 10 for everything. Also people putting the kick stand down? There nothing wrong with it. Also about dropping it and not being robust? Who in their right mind would want to drop an expensive meter like this? Fluke you don’t an amazing job and made a fantastic meter. Good work.

Rated 4 out of 5 by Earl1 from Excellent Troubleshooting Tool Anyone who works in electronics can appreciate a tool that can babysit a device, power supply or line voltages. This meter is the ultimate. It has one of the fastest continuity modes available- very important for quick checking connector issues. I traded my Fluke 8846A bench meter for this one due to measurement speed issues-trading a couple digits of resolution for a more portable faster meter. The trend plots allow you to set the meter up and capture very fast intermittants leaving no doubt as to a component reliability. The display could be redesigned with slightly larger fonts but I have poorer vision. The boot up time of 2 seconds does not bother me as this has a fairly sophisticated processor on board. Would be nice if Fluke included a cable and software for the price of the stand alone kit. Great meter, would buy again. Earl

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Rated 2 out of 5 by PaulieT from Not Impressed I purchased this Fluke 289 meter several month ago and since then have grown to dislike it a lot. This meter takes about three seconds to turn ON, okay, that might be acceptable. However, when I turn the meter to take a resistance reading it takes about 3 seconds to determine the resistance. That is not acceptable! And the dark tinted window over the display makes reading the display difficult, even in my brightly lit lab. I bought this meter for some of the advance features like data logging, but don’t trust the meter because of the lag times. I have older Fluke meters which are much better. This will probably be the last Fluke meter I buy.

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Milling Lumber With A Sawmill: How To Cut Logs Into Lumber

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We are absolutely thrilled to have added the Woodland Mills HM130 MAX sawmill to the homestead. Being able to mill our own lumber opens a world of possibilities. Our 68-acre property is approximately 80% wooded, so we have an abundance of raw material to work with. Harvesting timber from the property is part of healthy land management practices. Harvesting mature trees will open the area and allow immature trees the space they need to grow into healthy trees. Let’s learn about the process of milling lumber with a sawmill.

From Forest to Lumber Yard

The process of cutting your own lumber is extensive. In our case, we will harvest the trees right here on Kowalski Mountain. The trees will be felled, limbed and then cut into manageable lengths that we can haul out of the woods. Depending on where that is within the property makes a big difference in the difficulty level. While Philip has developed a pretty straight trail system within the property, navigating the lengths of long trees on the turns in the trails can be quite challenging.

Once the trees are felled, the most recommended practice is milling the lumber on the sawmill while the log is still green. Once cut, the lumber will need to be dried before use. If it is not possible to mill the lumber on the sawmill right away, the logs should be debarked to be dried. A moisture meter is used to tell us the moisture rating of the dried logs or lumber. The moisture level of the dried logs is highly dependent on your local humidity levels.

Currently the logs we have on the drying racks from last year are not debarked mostly due to time. We wanted to get the logs drying as soon as we could, as the plan was to use these logs for the guest cabin. In the past we have done debarking with a draw knife, however it was much too hard to do by hand after allowing the wood to begin drying. There is a chainsaw attachment that will debark logs that we need to purchase to finish this job.

Debarking Logs

Some people like the look of lumber with the bark on it, or they might be doing a specific project that they prefer that raw, live edge cut. Should the sawyer opt to store the logs for a period of time before processing, there are several reasons that debarking the logs is a worthwhile and necessary step in the process. The bark is naturally a means of protecting the tree. It creates a barrier that will hold moisture, making the logs dry more slowly and can lead to rot. For outdoor projects, lumber needs to be dried to 12 to 20% moisture content, depending on your area. Lumber being cut for indoor purposes should be dried to 6 to 8% moisture content.

The bark also is a natural habitat for insects. Since insects are a big part of the process of breaking down material into compost, removing the environment that the bugs prefer to live in is an important step. Since our logs are not debarked, we have sprayed them with an insecticide spray to help combat that issue.

The third reason to debark logs, is that that the bark is a place that traps dirt and debris. Since we haul our logs out of the woods, there will be a build up of dirt on certain parts of the logs that are dragged. This dirt is not good for the equipment used to process the logs, chainsaws, axe and saw blade will all be dulled by dirt left on the logs. This was a helpful resource.

Drying the Lumber

Drying the logs can be done a couple of ways. The logs can be cut, debarked, and have the ends sealed and allowed to dry. In the case of building a log cabin, this is certainly the method we will use. Logs can also be cut into lumber as green wood and allowed to dry as lumber. All the resources I read, indicate that cutting green and allowing the lumber to dry is the best method for use. Cut lumber will dry faster than a log. Also, the Band saw blade of a sawmill will waste less wood than a chainsaw blade. In general, it takes 2 to 12 months of drying time for cut lumber, dependent on the moisture of your area and the final use of the wood.

The sawyer should cut the lumber a little larger than expected. As the wood dries, it will shrink. If the green wood is cut as a 2 X 4 exactly. The dried wood will measure slightly smaller. Most resources indicate the sawyer should expect about 1/2″ shrinkage each the width and depth of the lumber. The boards can also split length wise, so the sawyer will want to cut boards longer than they need for use.

Our first project that we will be using our milled lumber for is doing the board and batten siding of the bathhouse. We wanted to get a jump on the drying of the wood. so we opted to use the logs that have been cut for a year. Although these logs were cut for another purpose, we opted to go ahead and use these for the lumber we need for this immediate project.

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Hauling the Logs to the Sawmill

When cutting lumber, hauling the logs to the sawmill is most easily handled using heavy equipment. A tractor or in our case the bobcat makes it easy to move the logs to the sawmill area. Once hauled to the mill, the logs are hoisted onto the sawmill.

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Philip opted to purchase the winch kit that attached directly to the sawmill as well as the log ramps. This allows a rope to be wrapped around the log and by turning the winch, the log will be hauled from the ground up the ramp onto the sawmill. Once on the sawmill, he uses a cant hook to get the log into position. A cant hook is the simplest type of lever. It has a long handle with a hook at the bottom that opens and grips the log. Once gripped, the lever allows the user to multiply their own force and more easily maneuver the log.

Secure the Log on the Sawmill

Once in position, the sawmill has two separate places that the logs are secured into place. The first is log supports. The Woodland Mills HM 130 MAX comes with 2 steel log supports. These log supports are on the side of the sawmill and provide a still rest to push the log up against. The sawyer must be very careful that these log supports are set lower than the cutting line. The steel log supports will break a sawblade and can cause damage to the sawmill. Philip recently read that some sawyers cut log supports out of wood and use them instead of the steel supports. If the sawyer makes a mistake and misjudges the height of the blade, the support will simply be cut off, not causing any damage to the sawmill.

The second step in securing the log is to use the log clamp. The sawmill comes with two log clamps. Unlike the log supports, the log clamps are movable to accommodate logs of all sizes. Our sawmill can cut a log 30” in diameter! Philip uses the clamps to tighten and secure the logs so that the log will not move during cutting. Philip likes to adjust the log clamp from the back side rather than in the front. He feels like it’s easier to operate the log clamps from this angle.

Milling Lumber with a Sawmill: The Cuts

Once the log is securely in place, it’s time to begin milling the lumber with a sawmill. The sawyer will adjust the height of the blade to make the cut. They must be watching that the log is securely fastened and be sure the log supports are lower than the cut line. The sawmill has a lever to start the sawblade. This lever must be compressed to operate. It keeps the sawyer in a safe position free from the danger of the cutting blade. Slowly and carefully the sawyer makes the cut. Once finished, the blade is taken back to the starting point and the sawyer readjusts the log and or the blade to make the next cut. A good sawyer can map out their cuts to get the most use out of every log. It is a learned skill that will take time to master.

Philip has learned that the blades skip over knots, so he has to be extra careful when approaching a knot created where a limb once extended out of the tree. He makes the cut through the knot slowly to keep the cut level.

Final Drying of the Lumber

Once cut, the lumber needs to be neatly stacked and set to dry. Philp puts spacers in between each board to allow for air circulation. He also uses straps to strap the wood together to keep it straight. Since this is a long process, Philip needs to create his own lumber yard that he can pull lumber from when he needs it. As wonderful as the sawmill is and it will save us a ton of money over time, it’s also another task that must be completed. Building our own lumber yard will certainly take time to develop and will constantly need to be replenished to keep enough dried wood in stock.

Watch Philip Milling the First Log into Lumber on the Sawmill

Be sure to check out the video all about milling lumber with a sawmill. The sawmill is a dream come true!

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About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.

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