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#1 pwombles OFFLINE  


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Posted August 22, 2013 - 07:30 AM

Was wondering if anyone was using or had used one of these. Are they worth the money? There is one on ebay right now( #281153651460) for not a bad price. I need something to accurately set high and low rpm's and was wondering if this was what I need.$T2eC16N,!)0E9s37E2miBSC+DgwTvQ~~60_57.jpg

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Posted August 22, 2013 - 08:07 AM

The problem with Heatkits was that they were kits assembled by the purchaser. You never know how well it is assembled. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted August 22, 2013 - 08:10 AM

Nice looking vintage meter, The only problem that I see is that it looks like it only goes to 3,000 rpm and most mowers are at 3,600 rpm wide open throttle. The Volt  / ohm setting would be handy for trouble shooting,


As far as dwell  (measure of time that the points are closed)  would be an accurate way to adjust the point gap,


 A lot of small motors vary the point gap to set the ignition timing. In the car engines you set the point gap (Dwell) and then adjusted the distributor to set the timing. This  is a fixed setting on most small motors.


If it goes in your budget why not buy it. It looks to be in nice shape and a good quality Volt/Ohm meter is worth at least $50. These were a fairly high quality kit in its day a lot depended on who put it together.

Edited by Arti, August 22, 2013 - 08:10 AM.

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Posted August 22, 2013 - 10:32 AM

A lot of old meters like that have problems with connections in the switches and in the battery compartment if they have ever had a battery leak in there. A normal meter is fine for setting static timing using timing marks. A lot of folks use a light for checking timing while the engine is running.

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Posted August 22, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Is Heathkit still in business?

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Posted August 22, 2013 - 06:22 PM

Is Heathkit still in business?

Brings back some fond memories, My first Multimeter was a kit from them, You can buy  one from HF now for about $5,


They quit and reappeared over the last few years. Looks like they are going to take another try at it, They are online with a Survey now.



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