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post #1 of 21 Old 11-27-2014, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Adding an Hour Meter to an Engine

I'm picking up a new Ariens this weekend. Ignoring the question of whether you would want to, can you add an hour meter to a small engine?
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Yes. I just ordered 4 of these for my snowblower, dirtbike, & 2 generators. Sounds simple to install & a good thing to have.
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Interesting - looks like it works just from the vibration of the engine. Will you post here how it works out for you?
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Interesting - looks like it works just from the vibration of the engine. Will you post here how it works out for you?
These have an electrical cable that wraps around the spark plug wire and senses the spark to determine RPM's. They do not work from vibration.

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And they are battery powered so when the battery dies, it dies.

That seems pretty expensive, got mine for around $10 each.
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It's great. No problems with it at all. Have it on a Sears rider I use for mowing and general landscape on 5a hobby farm. Have a little over 30 hours on it and it's out in the rain a lot (sorry). I'm just mad I didn't see it was battery powered and it's epoxy sealed into the unit until they were delivered and I saw the display showing. I "assumed" they were powered off the units battery.

The advantage to that internal battery is that it would work great for something without a battery like a snowblower, garden tiller ....
But it would be nice if it was replaceable.

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Battery must just be for timer memory it probably gets it's operating power when the magnito is fired up or the ignition is turned on.


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With the meter just sitting in your hand the liquid crystal display is "ON". It's always showing the time engine on, engine off or not yet installed. Either way it's still running off a battery and when the battery dies in 3-5 years so goes the meter

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If it's not recharged when you start your machine!!!!


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