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 Post subject: a source for Oldaker Mfg. Corp. military surplus test leads
PostPosted: Aug Tue 31, 2021 6:32 pm 
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Somebody on eBay has a pile of Oldaker military test leads for sale. They are somewhat similar to the Elwyn military surplus lead kits, in that they have an assortment of screw-on tips. Unlike the Elwyns, the meter end of these leads is just tinned wire - you'll need to supply your own banana plugs or pin plugs.

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I've no financial interest, just a satisfied customer glad to find some cheap Oldaker test leads (the seller does combine shipping).

The ones I received were in good condition. The alligator clip tips were a bit tarnished, but everything else was perfect.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/400177860683

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 Post subject: Re: a source for Oldaker Mfg. Corp. military surplus test le
PostPosted: Sep Wed 01, 2021 3:07 am 
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Vinyl or rubber wires? I had some sets of those mil spec test leads. One spare kit sat disused for a long time and eventually the rubber wire started crumbling. Otherwise they are nice and I have a set on one of my bench meters.

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 Post subject: Re: a source for Oldaker Mfg. Corp. military surplus test le
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They are rubber, nice and flexible. I've have one case where the rubber on one of the leads on my AN/URM-105C VOM disintegrated, but the other lead was and still is fine. Otherwise I haven't had any problem with rubber-insulated test leads, military surplus or not.

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 Post subject: Re: a source for Oldaker Mfg. Corp. military surplus test le
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Nice! Just ordered a couple of sets for a Heathkit MM1 VOM restoration.


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 Post subject: Re: a source for Oldaker Mfg. Corp. military surplus test le
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I have some spools of red and black rubber test lead wire, I believe it is Belden made, and it held up quite well in my work shop as well as at home. And I have seen that where certain colors of rubber wire disintegrate more than others in the same vintage or make. Broke my heart once to open a nice shiny new looking brown pack of mil leads and find crumbly junk. But they can sometimes be restored and the attachments are always good to use.

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