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Here at Instrument Meter Specialties, we dedicate ourselves to repairing Simpson 260 VOM's as well as other Simpson Test equipment and some Triplett VOM's.  We stock a large number of replacement parts for these meters, including pre 260 Series 6 models.  For information about your 260, we highly recommend that you visit .

Q:   Can my 260 be repaired?

Q:   How much will it cost for an estimate?

Q:   How much will it cost to repair it?

Q:   Can I purchase the parts to repair it myself?

Q:   How much will it cost to have it calibrated?

Q:   What is the difference between calibration and certification?

Q:   How can I make sure that I don't have to have it repaired again?

Q:   Where do I send my VOM to be repaired?

Q:   Have other customers been happy with their repairs?

Q:   Can my 260 be repaired?

  1.    It is more likely that a 260 can be repaired than not.   There are only 4 main areas that the rugged 260 would need repair in:
    • The Case
    • The Circuit Board
    • The Meter Movement
    • Fuses & Batteries

    Replacement of the fuses and batteries is the most common maintenance to be performed, and is usually done by the owner of the VOM, but we have them in stock if a customer requests these be replaced.  

       The next most common procedure is the replacement of components on the circuit board.   Some of our customers with more experience may prefer to do this themselves by purchasing the parts.  

       Replacement of the Bakelite components can be easy, or tricky for customers to perform.  If the meter movement cover (glass piece) is broken, replacing the Bakelite and glass cover is generally an easy repair, but this can be an indication that further work may be required.  If the meter cover was damaged for a long period of time, small metal shavings and/or hair can enter the movement when it is not protected by the cover, and would necessitate a cleaning of the movement.  We can perform this procedure, and highly caution anyone from doing this themselves.  The Taut Band movement can be very delicate, which brings me to my next topic, the meter movement.  

       Replacement of the movement is a relatively involved procedure.  However, these movements run around $75 and necessitates calibration once installed, which is a service we perform with any repair.  
Q:   How much will it cost for an estimate?
  1.    $35 flat fee for an initial inspection.   If you decide to have us repair the meter, then the estimate fee is waived.  The estimate fee is basically what we charge for our time if the meter is not financially viable to repair.   We usually end up waiving this fee if the customer donates their meter to our bone yard.

    If there is corrosion or other damage to the circuit board, then inspection moves into repair troubleshooting, if approved.   This costs $75 (including the original $35 estimate) and covers 1 hours worth of repairs. We then perform repairs that allow us to determine the current state of all the parts.   At the end of the troubleshooting, you may get another estimate letting you know if there were other problems discovered that were not detectable before troubleshooting, and were not able to be completed before the hour was up.
Q:   How much will it cost to repair it?
  1.    $75 per hour with a 1 hour minimum.  We do bill fractional hours after 1 hour.  We recommend having an estimate done or specifying a maximum repair dollar amount when you send your meter in.   The estimate fee is waved if you decide to have your VOM repaired, and if you decide not to have it repaired, then you may only be some shipping charges if you decide to sell us your 260 for the inspection fee.   A 260 of Series 6,7,8, or 9 usually costs about $75-$100 for most minor repairs.   The seires 5 usually costs about $100-$125 to repair.   The wire wound resistors used on the earlier series and other problems that are due to the age of the meter cause an increase in the repair cost.   Lately we have been seeing a lot of Series 7 and earlier that needed troubleshooting because of battery corrosion on the circuit board.   A series 3-4 will usually require around $125-$150 in work (including parts).   Series 2 and older usually fall into the $150-$250 range.  These are by no means fixed prices.  These prices are averages.   There are meters that have cost more that the listed prices.  
Q:   Can I purchase the parts to repair it myself?
  1.    In short, Yes.  However, you run the risk of negatively effecting the meter's calibration if the part in question is electrical in nature.   Or, if the part in question is the meter movement cover, then you risk ignoring small debris blocking the movement travel path (I.e. the needle won't move.).  
Q:   How much will it cost to have it calibrated?
  1.    $35 flat rate.  Calibration is included in every repair.  
Q:   What is the difference between calibration and certification?
  1.    Calibration includes no guarantee that our equipment has been Certified.   With calibration, you have our guarantee that we won't put one of those silly calibration stickers over the zero corrector of your meter.  It is ridiculous to do such a thing as it prevents the meter from being zero corrected and actually hurts the proper indication of the meter.  

       Certification requires that our equipment be certified to NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) traceable standards.  
Q:   How can I make sure that I don't have to have my VOM repaired again?
  1.    This is very simple.  Can you say Nylon Padded Case?  Very good.   We hardly ever see 260's with Bakelite damage when these are used.   Even the newer model 260's, with the high impact plastic casing, benefit greatly from the padded case.  A padded case also lends itself to helping you handle the meter due to the shoulder/neck strap included.  

       The next best way to protect your meter is battery management.   DO NOT store batteries in your meter for extended periods of time.   Battery acid (usually from the D-cell) can be fatal to the circuit board.  

       And, as always, use the proper fuse in your meter.   Fuses are a very inexpensive solution to a very expensive problem.  

    If you are buying new, then one thing to seriously consider are the models with the "P" (I.e. 260 series 8P, 8XiP, 6XLP, 6XLPM, 9SP).  This means that the meter has a protective relay circuit, and is well worth the extra money.  This is because you won't have to spend that money on repairs later.  In other words, you pay it forward, and at a discount.  

       If you are buying used or find your 260 damaged due to a circuit overload, it may be prudent to check out eBay or your local garage/estate sales for a "P" type 260.  The cost of a used "P" type 260 plus some repair or calibration fees will usually be less than buying new.  
Q:   Where do I send my VOM to be repaired?
  1.    Please send your VOM to our facility in Lancaster, CA.  You may use this Repair Order Form to help us work better on your 260.   Please print and fill out as much of the form as possible. You may cut the form in half and tape the lower half to the shipping box as an address label.
Q:   Have other customers been happy with their repairs?
  1. I think the best way to answer this is with some customer responces we received from late 2009 to early 2012.

    •    Jason and everyone at IMS,
      I have no idea what transportation gods made it possible for my meter to make it to Lancaster and back within one week, but your immediate turn over time in the shop was most impressive also.  I have been without my favorite meter for a number of years and it is fantastic to have back and working again!  I must say this has been a very positive experience and will recommend your services.

      Thank you all very much!

    • Jason,
      I just wanted to let you know that my 260's came in yesterday and made the trip great.  They look fantastic and I will be proud to use them.   You guys did an excellent restoration on them and thank you also for your calibration of them.  I will be proud to suggest your company to others who may need your services!

      Best regards,

    • My Dear Fellow Jason:
      The Simpson's here(260-3). Everything's perfect.  I have no words to express my appreciation for the interest you have put on my equipment.   Thanks again for such professionalism.


    • Hi Jason!
      In January, after the holidays, I will send you a new 260-III to adjust and calibrate.  It is in better condition than the other one.   The first one it is working at 100%. Sincerely,


    •    Ike,
      A quick note to tell you how pleased I am with the repair work on my Simpson 260.  GREAT JOB.  I was happy with the work and the quick turnaround.   I will tell other people and keep your contact info.

      Thanks Again + Best Regards,

    •    Ike,
      I have been wanting to write to you for a few days now but just could not get to it until now...I want to say how pleased I am for the job you and your crew did with my meter.... It looks as if it is brand new just off the shelf....I am so proud of it, especially knowing my Dad had given it to me....I have used it a couple times and it work perfectly.... Thank you so much for such beautiful craftsmanship....God Bless


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