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Death of an Hour meter

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Barkleymut, Feb 17, 2001.

  1. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    On my 3 mowers I have hour meters. On my 2 Walkbehinds I have Sendec (I think thats the name). On my Chopper I have a Tiny Tach. Here's the problem. The 2 Sendec's both died within a year. The Tiny Tach lasted about 18 months. Now all 3 are dead. I have these mowers on the open trailer when it rains sometimes. Is it just some water getting in the electronics? Any solutions so I don't have to buy $120 worth of hour meters every 6 months?
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I have the same problem,my meters just dont hold up to the vibration.My Toro's have original meters at 3700,3000,and 200 hrs,but all the rest of my equipment has a broken meter.If its old i just service it by the looks of the oil,air filter and blades.If its front line then i buy a sendec for it,and mount it away from heat and vibration as best i can.All my stuff stays inside,so its not the water.
  3. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    Maybe I will add some weatherstripping between the meter and the mounting area to reduce the vibrations. Any other ideas?
  4. Michael Fronczak

    Michael Fronczak LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    We sharpen blades weekly, grease every two weeks and oil once a month. But my mowers only run three days a week(total aprox) average hrs as follows 60"- 12 hrs, 48" 8 hrs, 32" 8 hrs, roughly. The rest of the week we do other work. I don't use the meters for the maintenance though, I do it when I feel it needs it, and when I have time. I know it gets done much more frequently than manual states.
    If meters are broken, I wouldn't bother fixing them just write in a book the date you serviced them, and come up with a regular service intreval. If you keep track of the hours for a couple weeks you should be able to do this with no problem.

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