Fluke 8860A Digital Multimeter

Came across this nice looking 8860A recently for $28 and just couldn’t pass it up.  I remember when these stackable Flukes came out in the early 80’s and always thought they were kind of neat looking, although well out of my price range at the time!  Anyway, here’s a quick shot of it powered up in auto mode with no signal.  It’s in very good shape.

Here’s 3 volts coming from my PD 2005A.  Not sure which one is off, the power supply or the Fluke.  I’ll be ordering a voltage standard and calibrating them soon.

I decided to pop the cover off and take a look inside.  Here it is with the A3 controller board pulled out.  There are a couple of axial lead electrolytics behind it that I’ll be replacing but they look to be in pretty good shape for now.

Here’s a look at the other side with the shield cover removed.

So… I’m glad I decided to take a look inside.  Check out C7 on the main board, a 4700uF 16volt electrolytic installed backwards!  This is a filter cap for one of the 5 volt supplies and after looking at some pictures taken by user Spawn over at eevblog, this is the original cap and came from the factory this way!  Doh!  You can see what happens when an electrolytic is installed backwards.  I’m surprised they didn’t catch this at the factory. Notice the (+) symbol on the circuit board.

I pulled the 15 volt supply caps C3 and C4 which are to the left in the picture above.  They were shot too, although installed correctly.

Replaced the caps, with some new Nichicons I had on hand and buttoned the case back up.  I hooked it up to my Power Designs 2005A set for 10 volts indicated on the Fluke and let it run all night.  Totally stable.  Still need to go through the calibration procedure though…

10 thoughts on “Fluke 8860A Digital Multimeter

  1. Hi, nice meter. I recently acquired one for $42 (including postage). All the caps seemed to be ok. How do you calibrate this thing anyway. I don’t have the calibration manual. I think I need a calibration manual to show me which pot to adjust, or is there a simple way of doing it? Thanks

  2. Hey Steve, nice deal on the meter. I sent you a private message, I’ve got nice quality scans of the service, operating, and calibration manual for this thing.


    • Hi Ron, I got sick for a while. Just got back to my favorite hobby. If you still have the calibration manual, can you email me (via attachment) a copy? If it too big we can set up FTP. Thanks,

  3. Lee, I sure do, and we exchanged emails back in February via my gmail account. I also sent you a link to download the user manuals and calibration guide and never heard back from you.

  4. Are you sure, for whatever reason reason I never received the link, read the email sent me in February “Lee, shoot me a private message and I can help you out with the calibration. Ron ” I never found out your email address. you sent it to someone else not me, please try again.

  5. Can you please send me the 8860a calibration manual my computer died and I don’t have access to the file and on top of that my fluke 189 died, I hope you can help me thanks

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