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Posted: 06/12/18 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Love it... haven't seen that method since watching old western on tv, and counting days in jail. It cheered up my day.
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SoundGuy wrote:

path1 wrote:

I'm thinking about installing a hour meter to keep track of hours between oil changes. Lots are available...but as with anything you buy some are better than others. Anybody have one that they are happy with?
If so what did you get? Make and model and how hard to install.


I just bought the first hour meter I found on Amazon, like this ... drilled a small hole in the top of the genset case, ran the sense wire through it, and wrapped it around the spark plug wire. It worked fine, was easier to see than Honda's blinking light system, and is obviously more accurate. [emoticon]

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Jax dad wins idea of the week!


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Hi,

That would be fine for a constant speed generator--but for the inverter generators with the eco switch on, the spark plug method is perhaps more useful.
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Get a grease pencil, put a little line on the generator each time you refill it.

Each tank full of gas represents X hours of runtime multiplied by the number of hash marks.

Very simple, very accurate.



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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

That would be fine for a constant speed generator--but for the inverter generators with the eco switch on, the spark plug method is perhaps more useful.
JaxDad wrote:

Get a grease pencil, put a little line on the generator each time you refill it.

Each tank full of gas represents X hours of runtime multiplied by the number of hash marks.

Very simple, very accurate.


Don, I’m confused, hours based on a meter will be counting idle hours the same as WOT hours. How is that different than fuel consumption which also counts (presumably the same) blend of ‘eco time’ and WOT?

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Perhaps I am wrong but the spark plug firing twice as often may cause the "hour" meter to advance faster than at the lowest speed?

The reason for the hour meter is to better judge when an oil change is due? Yes? No? (maybe?).

That's why I got one that advances via the spark plug. At least I hope it does.... Heck I have NO idea. lol

JaxDad wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

That would be fine for a constant speed generator--but for the inverter generators with the eco switch on, the spark plug method is perhaps more useful.
JaxDad wrote:

Get a grease pencil, put a little line on the generator each time you refill it.

Each tank full of gas represents X hours of runtime multiplied by the number of hash marks.

Very simple, very accurate.


Don, I’m confused, hours based on a meter will be counting idle hours the same as WOT hours. How is that different than fuel consumption which also counts (presumably the same) blend of ‘eco time’ and WOT?


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pianotuna wrote:

Perhaps I am wrong but the spark plug firing twice as often may cause the "hour" meter to advance faster than at the lowest speed?

The reason for the hour meter is to better judge when an oil change is due? Yes? No? (maybe?).

That's why I got one that advances via the spark plug. At least I hope it does.... Heck I have NO idea. lol



Those hourmeters only sense the spark plug firing to know when the engine is running, then the hours increment based on a watch crystal, not the number of times the spark plug fired.

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