I need to adjust hour meter?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by walker-talker, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Got a little problem. In the spring I bought a Jacobson Aero King overseeder. The dealer left the key on accidently and I also left it on just yesterday, both honest mistakes. I now have the hour meter showing 60 hours of use, in reality, it should read 5 hours. What do I do, unplug it for the next 55 hours of use, or is there a way to reverse it? Or should I not worry about it.

  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    A) Replace it but that is about $70 and you might forget it on again.

    B). Unplug it for a while but then you lose track of your hours in terms of maintenance.

    c) Not worry about it, when you hit 1000 hours 1060 is more or less the same.

  3. use clear packing tape and put a small sign on it saying minus 55hours.
  4. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Bet its been done before a few trade-ins too:nono:
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    kinda like the little sign idea. course u could jus unplug it . that way u always got a low hr trade in.:)
    selling- yes sir shes a creampuff awrite.
    on top o that, shes pre epa carb,so dont worry about the blue smoke. thats just her,gettin warmed up.
  6. firefighter

    firefighter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    You can't turn them back but like others have said, just unplug it and keep track of your hours until your even. You could go to radio shack and pickup a 12 volt buzzer or a audio transducer.
    Wire it into your switch so as when the switch is on the buzzer or audio transducer will make noise. If its to loud then cover part of it with black tape.;) :)
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    The hour meter on my lazer doesn't continue to run when the key is left on.

    It would be real hard to figure 55 hours if you unplugged it. Go buy a tiny tach with hour meter on it. Use the tiny tach #'s for real #'s. About $50 and installs in minutes. Every piece of equipment I run has one on it.
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Thanks for the info. Now I need to put a little sign on it saying "deduct 58 hours" because I'll be damned if I didn't leave it on again. But at least I figured why. I have several other pieces of equipment with Honda engines. On all those I turn off on the motor, not used to this one having a key. The meter runs off the battery. The only reason there is a battery is because of the electric clutch. What were those engineers thinking? The only reason I found out the first time was becasue I was in my garage and heard it clicking. I like the idea of a little buzzer or horn that lets me know the unit is on while the engine is not running, like my Walker. For the time being, I will start a log in the back of the manual to keep an accurate record.

    Thanks again
  9. Does it have electric start?

    Do you have to charge that battery every so often?

    That is not why it has a battery, magnito electric clutches can operate off the electrical system on your engine.

    Toro WB without electric start have them with no battery.
  10. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771


    No, it does not have an electric start. I have never had to charge the battery either.


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