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Jim@MilkyWay
07-08-2006, 04:32 AM
OK Guys 'N Gals
I have axed small engine and auto/farm suppliers around here and have not gotten help. Radio Shack _may_ have sumpin' but not in Poe Dunksville.
I am curious just how many hours, each season I spend cutting with my respective machines, none of which are commercial. To that end, I want a add-on clock to connect to my ignition so I can count off the hours. I try to notice as I work, but every single time I just get interrupted or forget, and I bet it would simplify matters if the clock stopped right where it is when ignition is off then cranks back up at ignition on. Just like on a REAL mower.

Restrorob
07-08-2006, 07:48 AM
We use these on our rental equipment and have had good luck with them, I also use one to set up new machines and check rpm during tune-ups.
These detect ignition from the spark plug wire so no power supply is needed.
http://www.tinytach.com/tinytach/gasoline.php

TLS
07-08-2006, 07:50 AM
Tiny-Tach is the BEST there is.

JJ Lawn
07-08-2006, 11:01 AM
Tiny-Tach is the BEST there is.


They might be, but this does not look good to me:

Estimated battery life is 5+ years — not replaceable.

Not going to pay 36 bucks x 5 for that. :)

Restrorob
07-08-2006, 01:11 PM
They might be, but this does not look good to me:

Estimated battery life is 5+ years — not replaceable.

Not going to pay 36 bucks x 5 for that. :)


Well, If you prefer to cut holes and hard wire maybe this one is up your alley.

http://www.pressureparts.com/Pressure-Part-358464.aspx

oldrustycars
07-08-2006, 01:53 PM
They might be, but this does not look good to me:

Estimated battery life is 5+ years — not replaceable.

Not going to pay 36 bucks x 5 for that. :)
yeah, that 7 bucks a year is waaaay too high. i'd rather let oil changes go by, and have engines run too slow. much cheaper in the long run. that 7 bucks could buy a pitcher of beer down at the tavern. much better investment.

TLS
07-08-2006, 01:54 PM
They might be, but this does not look good to me:

Estimated battery life is 5+ years — not replaceable.

Not going to pay 36 bucks x 5 for that. :)

Haven't had a battery fail yet.

Who keeps mowers more than 5-6 years anyway?

JJ Lawn
07-08-2006, 05:17 PM
Who keeps mowers more than 5-6 years anyway?

I have a Walker that I bought in 96..... I still use. It runs just as good as my 2000 model.

There is no reason a mower will not last longer than 5-6 years if you take care of it.


I for one do not like to throw my money away.........:usflag:

JJ Lawn
07-08-2006, 05:20 PM
yeah, that 7 bucks a year is waaaay too high. i'd rather let oil changes go by, and have engines run too slow. much cheaper in the long run. that 7 bucks could buy a pitcher of beer down at the tavern. much better investment.

Fine, you replace them every 5 years ....if the battery does last that long. I would rather have one that is a little more reliable...... not estimated. And I don't drink......

Jim@MilkyWay
07-08-2006, 11:49 PM
Thanx guys
I hit the floor running today, have not paused since, and don't have time even still to have a look. Might get a chance tonight after I take care of a few more items.

DJL50
07-09-2006, 01:46 AM
Sears has one in the lawn mower parts section.

6'7 330
07-09-2006, 02:12 AM
Sendec and Tiny Tach are two very good tach's, as well as maintenance meters.We have either a Tiny Tach, or a Sendec tach on all Z-Turns and walk behinds.Both are very good products.We had a Tiny Tach I rigged up with alligator clipper's, still in service after a little over five years.

http://www.sendec.com/
www.tinytach.com

TLS
07-09-2006, 11:06 AM
I have a Walker that I bought in 96..... I still use. It runs just as good as my 2000 model.

There is no reason a mower will not last longer than 5-6 years if you take care of it.


I for one do not like to throw my money away.........:usflag:

Don't the Walkers come with an analog hourmeter?

And....sure equipement lasts longer than 5-6 years. I found trading up after 4-5 years keeps me virtually trouble free. Allows me to sell for more than half what I paid originally, and usually skirts around any future developing problems, plus gives the future buyer a good reliable machine they can use until the hourmeter battery dies! :)


The problem with the SenDec's is that they're a maintenance meter as well.

They flash OIL....LUBE....FILTER....for about an hour straight while pausing for like a second to show the RPM's. I'm a tach watcher....I don't want to glance and have to wait to see the RPM's.

I'm also able to remember to service my equipment w/o a reminder.


As for their longevity....If all you want is an hour-meter, then buy an analog meter, and hard wire it in. Not all that hard, but sometimes there is some wire cutting splicing to do on non meter equipped machines (another gripe of mine!).

But for $40 and 5 minutes worth of work, a Tiny-Tach is pretty sweet, and gives you a tachometer as a bonus (something EVERY mower needs IMO).

Restrorob
07-09-2006, 09:47 PM
plus gives the future buyer a good reliable machine they can use until the hourmeter battery dies! :)


:laugh: :laugh: :drinkup:

fixer67
07-09-2006, 09:52 PM
Don't the Walkers come with an analog hourmeter?

Yes, the older ones did. The newer ones come with a digital one ran is sealed and runs on a watch battery. I think it is made by SenDec. I will have to check when I get to work.

Any one looking for an hour meter might look here

http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.asp?UID=2006070919524841&catname=&byKeyword=yes&search=hour%20meter

6'7 330
07-09-2006, 10:09 PM
The problem with the SenDec's is that they're a maintenance meter as well.

They flash OIL....LUBE....FILTER....for about an hour straight while pausing for like a second to show the RPM's. I'm a tach watcher....I don't want to glance and have to wait to see the RPM's.

I'm also able to remember to service my equipment w/o a reminder.

Not all sendec tach's are maintenance meters, we have a Sendec with alligator clippers that is more versatile then the tiny tach.It is a tach only and can be programed to read 2 and 4 cycle, single and twin cyclinder engines up to 16000 rpms,the shop help uses it around the shop.Sendec has 25 different tach, hour meter models,a few of which can be programed to dispense with the maintenance meter messages.

Jim@MilkyWay
07-10-2006, 12:57 AM
....Any one looking for an hour meter might look here

http://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.asp?UID=2006070919524841&catname=&byKeyword=yes&search=hour%20meter

Thanks for the 411.
I've had good luck anytime I've searched for _anything_, finding out just how _easy_ it is to add it to my shopping cart. If I wanted an atomic bomb, I could add it to my Flea-Bay shopping cart. Have any of you guys found outstanding values there? I recently paid $46+/- for a magneto points eliminator kit for a Briggs 8HP tiller. It works great, but I wonder what I could have bought it for on line.

Jim@MilkyWay
07-10-2006, 01:00 AM
Oh I forgot;
How to search for things that are _NOT_ commonly listed.
I guess you just have to play around until it is second nature.

Restrorob
07-10-2006, 01:47 AM
I recently paid $46+/- for a magneto points eliminator kit for a Briggs 8HP tiller. It works great, but I wonder what I could have bought it for on line.

Sorry Jim, But it looks like you http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/urinal.gif away too much on that one http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/bottom.gif you should have
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See Ya http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/eekout.gif


http://www.briggspowershop.com/BriggsAndStratton/ProductDetails.aspx?sendingPageType=SearchResults&Catalog=BriggsAndStratton&ProductId=394970

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Jim@MilkyWay
07-10-2006, 02:08 AM
Sorry Jim, But it looks like you http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/urinal.gif away too much on that one http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/bottom.gif you should have
http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/type.gif before you bought. http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/yes.gif

See Ya http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/eekout.gif


http://www.briggspowershop.com/BriggsAndStratton/ProductDetails.aspx?sendingPageType=SearchResults&Catalog=BriggsAndStratton&ProductId=394970

Off to http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/sleep.gif now.
What In The Dern, Galaxy are you still doin awake, Boy???
Don't ya ever work? Don't ya ever sleep?
Oh, Well,,, Reckon I took a spankin' on that-N!
I wish I had checked wit you 1st. $13+ship sounds a little better than what eye lid, err, did!
Live-N-Learn, huh, pal.

Restrorob
07-10-2006, 03:55 PM
What In The Dern, Galaxy are you still doin awake, Boy???
Don't ya ever work? Don't ya ever sleep?

Glad to see those three ??? up there :hammerhead:
I work every other Saturday which gives me Monday off and time flies bye when havin so much fun helpin others get their equipment up and running to rake it in like me ;) http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistle.gif