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Tach/Hour meters

I've been doing a little research on tach/hour meters lately because I'm thinking of installing them on my regularly used pieces of equipment. This includes two cylinder Honda engines, a two cylinder Onan and single cylinder engines. Seems the prices are all over the place from really inexpensive to "you want how much"!?" So, like everything else, which ones are the best and which ones should you stay away from?

Just wondering what brands and models of tach/hour meters you folks have installed on your snowblowers. How satisfied have you been with them and what issues, if any have you encountered in their installation and longevity.

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I use them mainly to track hrs...
Kinda nice to have a built in tach
FWIW, I used to buy the $35 Works/Sendec

The reality is, these all have sealed batteries, so once the batteries go, you need a new one. For the last 3 years, I've just buying them on Ebay for about 1/4 of the price above...

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NOPE ... not anymore. I have the sealed battery ones and it ticked me off because they do die at some point and then the info is lost. I have three. Two are on riders and one on the Troy rototiller to track hours. I'm going on three years with them.

Now you need to read the ad as some/most do come with a replaceable battery !!

I try to record hours monthly when I remember but when these die they'll be getting the ones that are replaceable. $13 on up





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I just installed an el cheapo, I'll replace it when the battery goes. It's just to monitor for oil changes.



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here are a couple from cheap ones from china

Sealed / waterproof non replaceable battery under 5 dollars probably good for snow blower.
Waterproof Digital Tach Hour Meter Gauge LCD for 4 Stroke Gas Engine | eBay

One for around 7 dollars not waterproof with replaceable battery
Digital Engine Tach Tachometer Hour Meter Inductive for Motorcycle Motor FC0 | eBay
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pry one of those el-cheapo's open and if the battery can be replaced do it then reseal the cover with some gasket maker

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pry one of those el-cheapo's open and if the battery can be replaced do it then reseal the cover with some gasket maker

There's no prying it open. At least not the type Coby7 and I have. The components are in the open backed plastic case and then they pour in urethane or some liquid plastic to seal it up from moisture and protect from vibration.

They were cheap so if I'm getting three year so far ... that's fair. I did break down and order two more today (with replaceable batteries ). Will put one on the 1332 Toro and one on the 1030 Snapper.


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Replaceable battery is only good if it keeps it's memory while you change the battery, otherwise your back to square one.


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I have had a total of 3 tiny tachs just got one in the mail as a replacement this time with a filter and it works for about 30 seconds and then freezes up. This one I peeled the face off and dug out the sealer and got it to reset but it still on last for 30 seconds or so. Simple 5 hp Tecumseh Don't know what I'm missing. This brand for the money is not worth it
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I wanted to be able to tune and make sure I'm not overdoing the RPMs so I ordered one of these yesterday for 10 bucks:






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