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Old 05-26-2014, 12:48 AM
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Hour Meter Install Toro TimeMaster 30"





I figured I'd take photos while I installed an hour meter and share. Maybe someone will find it helpful.

I just used a SenDEC unit since I already had it lying around. It only displays hours of use - other models/brands can be purchased that also display RPMs if so desired.
All you have to do is wrap one end of the wire around the spark plug wire and insert the other end into the hour meter, and mount it.


There may be other/better ways to mount a meter, but here's what I came up with. I installed this keeping in mind that the mower may need to be serviced at some point and the wire, and/or meter itself may need to be moved to do so. For this reason, I used zip ties to route the wire - if need be, they can be snipped off to move the wire/meter out of the way to remove/access parts of the engine.

After determining where I wanted to mount the meter, I started at the plug and worked back to the meter. On my other mower, I started at the meter and worked toward the plug - it all depends on how much/little wire you intend to use.





On the front of the plastic engine cover there are two reinforcing "fins" on the underside that I decided would be good places to use to hold the wire up out of the way. I was able to carefully pull the cover out just enough to get a drill bit in there to drill a hole in each. The holes (I could have gotten away with one) provided places to run zip ties through to hold the wire.







I chose to route the wire along the path of existing wires and then zip tie them together...





I wanted to secure the wire in the front, but couldn't find a good place to do so, so I drilled a hole in a metal tab to give me another point to add a zip tie before bundling the wires...





The meter will be attached to the side cover using the provided sheet metal screws. There is about 2" of empty space behind this area, so no worries about the protruding screws. Double sided tape can be used in place of screws, but while it held securely when stuck to a painted metal surface on my walk behind, the tape did not hold well to the plastic on my other Toro, so I screwed this one on.

(first hole drilled)






Now to tuck away and secure the excess wire...





I drilled a hole in the rear of the side cover to attach a zip tie...






Behind the engine I just left the wire lay on the deck. It's not going to get caught on anything there and it's not right against the hot engine...







That's it. Snip off the excess zip tie and I'm done.






I ran it to check for accuracy and it turned over to 0.1 at 6 minutes, so it works, and it's accurate.




Now I can accurately track when to perform preventative maintenance and note at what point any issues pop up.

Hope you enjoyed the show.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:53 AM
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Good stuff, thanks. I will refer back to this when I get mine.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:57 AM
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Excellent job on that install looks great
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:25 AM
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it looks awesome!! and very professional.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:57 PM
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Nice, when and if I get one, which I hope is soon I will defently look at this!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:05 PM
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As you may have seen in one of the other threads, I'd highly recommend an hourmeter with your tach, as my TimeMaster was running low on RPM. I'm definitely glad I installed one of these on mine, from the beginning. It's a great way to keep accurate track of usage.
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As you may have seen in one of the other threads, I'd highly recommend an hourmeter with your tach, as my TimeMaster was running low on RPM. I'm definitely glad I installed one of these on mine, from the beginning. It's a great way to keep accurate track of usage.
I think you meant "tach with my hour meter".


I didn't have time to wait for a tach/hour meter to be delivered. I wanted an hour meter on ASAP and I had this one on hand from when our Sears was closing and they were on clearance.
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I think you meant "tach with my hour meter".
Yep. Was a quick response, as I was working in the shop, today.
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