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Hour meter on trimmers and blowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Anybody tried installing and hour meter on either a trimmer or blower? Can it be done?
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

  3. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Since a trimmer has no battery or alternator what would you use for 12Volt power?

    Good luck,
  4. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Yea I know, that's what I was wondering.
  5. BenchMark Landscaping

    BenchMark Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    the digital hour meter that mcw posted has an internal battery...

    doesi t pick up a signal from the alternator and battery or are you siply stating that it needs 12v to power up...because if so, then the one mcw posted should be fine...

    don't know exactly how hour meter get their input though...
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Briggs and stratton make a maintenance minder that also can work as a hour meter. It will work on just the curent that the magneto uses to produce a spark. fairly cheap like 15 bucks. Has a sticky adhesive on back to stick anywhere on your machine. Personally I don't think putting one on a 2 cycle is worth it. I feel they are more throw away machines. Use them for 3 years put them up for backup and buy a new one. Just guestimate your regular maintenance. I.e Lubing the shaft. :p
  7. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    seriously, what would you need an hour meter on a trimmer for? There really is no maintenance to be done on them - at least I don't do anything to mine and they last 3-5 years.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,460

    I would like to have them on blowers to collect some data on true cost to clean up parking lot.
  9. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I did say trimmer not blower lol :p
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Most hour meters like the one mentioned above, the Tiny Tach and the Sendec use an inductive wire wrapped around the plug wire to sense when the engine is running. Also as mentioned above they usually have an internal, non-replaceable lithium battery for power.

    I did mount a Sendec to a trimmer one time just for giggles but it kept getting knocked off. I tried tie wrapping it but there really wasn't a good place to mount it.

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