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#1 Chopperhed OFFLINE  

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 05:26 PM

They have these on sale this week at the local Princess auto. Debating if its what I want to use on the LGTR165 repower/dozer project.

 

They have them listed for 20 bucks off.

 

http://www.princessa...Gauge/8042851.p



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 05:37 PM

I would say yes

 

they let you know when to service your garden tractor 

I have a hour meter on several of mine gt

Deere state that the mower deck bearings should be replace around 500 hours

some time letting the bearings go bad can cause more in repair cost

 

my JD 212 has over 2800 hours on it and it is still working okay

yes the motor is a little weak - but it still runs


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Posted February 03, 2014 - 05:57 PM

I think it depends how much you use it. I don't use mine enough hours to make it necessary. I just service once a year.

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Lots cheaper units out there.  Most are made in China anyway.  Here's one that's right at $10 (if you got it for opening bid) delivered to Canada.

 

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 06:08 PM

How about get one of these?  It'll give you something extra to look at.

 

http://www.ebay.ca/i...fbd47aa&vxp=mtr

 

 

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Posted February 03, 2014 - 06:56 PM

I had gotten a combo tach- hour meter. I really like that as I had neither before. If there is room, seperate gauges is nicest.


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Posted February 03, 2014 - 08:34 PM

How about get one of these?  It'll give you something extra to look at.
 
http://www.ebay.ca/i...fbd47aa&vxp=mtr
 
 
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Actually I'd love one for my boat, and the seadoo, but they don't have existing holes. I need a 2" round one for the tractor.

Also need to find a 1-1/2" oil temp guage
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Posted February 03, 2014 - 09:12 PM

I like hour meters, I always forget to wear my watch.


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Posted February 03, 2014 - 09:38 PM

I like hour meters, I always forget to wear my watch.

 

If you had an electric tractor, you could hear the diner bell. :rolling:  :rolling:

 

I have one of digital ones on my MF1450. Not too impressed with it. the rpm reading

isn't accurate, and fluctuates a lot. That's one of the ones where you wrap the wire

around the spark plug lead.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 06:50 AM

I put one of those from Princess auto on the 317. I like to be able to keep track of hours for maintenance and have found that it's hard to do that by guesstimating the hours. In my case I got it on sale as well.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 08:20 AM

Seems a little expensive. I often wished I had put one on my tractor when I purchased it. I mowed 3 acres of grass with a 46" deck for 10 years along with running a snowblower in the winter when I needed to. I'd love to know how many hours are on it. A few of our guys at work use a tach/hour meter on their air comressor like DB Owner showes. The meter we use gets it signal from a wire that wraps around the spark plug lead. Pretty simple to hook up.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Hour meters are a good thing. I'd be lost without them. 



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Posted February 04, 2014 - 04:16 PM

Hour meters are a good thing. I'd be lost without them. 

I like them too and like OCH showed, they can be had much cheape.. I've got a few that I pulled off of GT's that I've scrapped or parted out. I've added one on my Kubota, one on my JD400 and plan to put one on my gas generator.

 

http://www.surplusce...ETER-1-1238.axd


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 05:45 PM

I like them too and like OCH showed, they can be had much cheape.. I've got a few that I pulled off of GT's that I've scrapped or parted out. I've added one on my Kubota, one on my JD400 and plan to put one on my gas generator.

 

http://www.surplusce...ETER-1-1238.axd

I would like to be able to get them that cheap. Except after exchange shipping and duty, Its just cheaper easier and faster to buy it locally


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Posted February 09, 2014 - 03:02 PM

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Went out and got 1 yesterday, 30.00

Painted the bezel to be a closer match to the ammeter.

this is how it looked before paint

Edited by Chopperhed, February 09, 2014 - 03:07 PM.





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