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    How hard is it to get new test equipment at your company?

    It can be like pulling teeth at mine. It's embarrassing when I have to pull out some my older pieces around customers. What's even worse is when equipment finally breaks and you get stuck with "the loaner."

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    Often I have to use my personal equipment because companies are so slow to approve new equipment. "We only pay for it if you truly need it" is a dumb mantra when every application has new or different tool requirements. No wonder companies go under

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    Rental equipment seems to be the best option at our company. It's so easy. We get what we need shipped to our shop, it looks very impressive and cutting edge on the job site, and we ship it back when we are done. This works well for the really expensive stuff we don't use often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrh9278 View Post
    It can be like pulling teeth at mine. It's embarrassing when I have to pull out some my older pieces around customers. What's even worse is when equipment finally breaks and you get stuck with "the loaner."
    Did it pass calibration? You don't need anything new then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebdub View Post
    Did it pass calibration? You don't need anything new then!
    Yup, never mind the missing knobs and crappy test leads, just make it happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unimployed View Post
    Often I have to use my personal equipment because companies are so slow to approve new equipment. "We only pay for it if you truly need it" is a dumb mantra when every application has new or different tool requirements. No wonder companies go under
    Does your company at least calibrate your personal equipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebdub View Post
    Did it pass calibration? You don't need anything new then!
    It has always been a bit of a struggle but with recent management problems it has become a nightmare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrh9278 View Post
    It can be like pulling teeth at mine. It's embarrassing when I have to pull out some my older pieces around customers. What's even worse is when equipment finally breaks and you get stuck with "the loaner."
    Normally it isnt to hard, but i have found the equipment is old and outdated, yet it still gets calibrted just fine

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    Not hard at all, because our owner still likes to work in the field and will buy just about whatever we ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrh9278 View Post
    It can be like pulling teeth at mine. It's embarrassing when I have to pull out some my older pieces around customers. What's even worse is when equipment finally breaks and you get stuck with "the loaner."
    I work for a large national testing company that claims to be on the cutting edge, what a joke my fluke 87 lead broke the other day (first one in years ) i was told to FIX it ,every test set has taped up leads broken clips cracked screens
    etc thats how the shop sends them out not like the techs beet them up they don't have a chance by the time you get something it has to another job tomorrow sucks

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