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Hour meter on a snow blower

Why not?
I added an hour meter tonight and tested it out. It was easy to add on as I have 12VDC under the dash.
Because the machine is new I decided it would be fun to see the hours click away as I walk the driveway and sidewalks after every storm. Plus if something does break or wear out, I can gauge how long the replacement part most likely will last.
The only hard part doing this was to find the location to mount this and of course I had to make a bracket.
I found a piece of aluminum then drilled a hole in it then just took a coarse file and opened the hole up. I added threaded holes so I can bolt it up to the machine. The location was under the dash, as that's the smartest place to protect it somewhat from the weather.

Of course I made a simple movie on youtube...


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Nice neat job, I like it.

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Well done mod, will come in handy.

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I recently bought one of those units on eBay for my heating system's Oil Burner, and was a little disappointed that it didn't have a re-set . . . . but I'll get over it.

Does yours have a re-set ?
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Capital idea. Just bought the parts, but went with an AC compatible unit to simplify my life a bit.
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Nothing wrong with installing one, if you feel like it.
but on the other hand, its pretty useless on a snowblower!
because:

An hour meter's main purpose is to track hours for maintenance, so you know when things need to be done.
For something like a garden tractor, that gets a lot of use in one season, you might want to keep track of hours in case you need to do an oil change and overall lube/grease more than once a season..
that's a good thing to be aware of.

But a snowblower? Unless you own a commercial snowblowing business, the average snowblower will never come *close* to reaching "maximum hours" needed for a new round of maintenance, in one season.
The average homeowner snowblower simply gets its oil changed, and gets its inspection/adjustment/lube/grease job, once a year, whether it needs it or not..

and with that once a year schedule, it is going to have all that work done waaaaaaaay sooner than it technically needs it!
which is a totally good thing..we *should* be doing all that once a year, its very good for the health of the machine.
but..on an hour basis, we are doing it way sooner than the machine really needs it, from an "hours of use" perspective.

And that is why 99% of snowblowers never have an hour meter!
its because they simply don't need one.

but again, if you feel like it, just for your own curiosity, nothing wrong it at all!
but it has no actual practical use..
you should *not* go two, three or four years without doing an oil change or that other annual maintenance, just because hours of use are low in one year, that would be bad.

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Capital idea. Just bought the parts, but went with an AC compatible unit to simplify my life a bit.

ooh i like that idea. i was thinking about adding one to my ariens 1032 with a predator but since i have a battery for handwarmers, led lights, and an alarm system the thing would always just keep ticking away. with the ac one you can just hook it up to the lighting coil and have the hour meter only run when the engine is running
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I would like to do this but need help with buying an hour meter. My blower stays at our mountain home so I don't have access to it right now.
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What voltage? AC/DC?

Any body know?


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I would like to do this but need help with buying an hour meter. My blower stays at our mountain home so I don't have access to it right now.
Toro 928 HD OHXE 2017, heated grips and head light.

What voltage? AC/DC?

Any body know?
I got one that should be compatible with just about anything. AC, DC, anywhere from 6 to 80 volts:


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Thanks JD.
I would prefer something smaller.


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