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    Tach for mower RPMs

    What kind of portable tach is everybody using? I would like to order one somewhere online preferraly so any insight on brand and place to order one would be great! Thanks in advance.

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    i love my little tiny tach that i got from my exmark dealer . just rap the red wire around the spark plug wire, 4 times, and read the digital reading while setting on the mower. think it was around 40.00

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    I just bought one!!

    Mine is digital, one wire hook up (to spark plug).

    Its made by "SenDEC Corporation". It has that annoying 'flash alert' at every 25 hours, but its the only one I could find. I found mine at the Toro dealer,the Exmark dealer here didn't have one...which would work.

    I gave $39.95 for mine.

    All the package has is an address..
    SenDEC Corporation
    57 Waln St
    Wellsboro, PA 16901




    Billy

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    I think my dealer has the same small tiny tach but I was referring to one like their shop version that just has a simple alligator clip on one wire to hook it up and it is used on all different machines that way.

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    The Exmark dealer had one like that, but I didn't like it. It worked by just sitting on top of the engine, while running. Funny looking thing, it was round, looked like a big cup holder.

    The bad thing was it was analogue! It had 2 small dials which would rotate to a pointer to give the read out.

    It was made by Briggs & Stratton, I think it was $30.00.

    I would think you could attach a small alligator clip to a regular tiny tach.



    Billy

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    Snap-On makes one, its a bit on the salty side though!

    I would just buy the SenDec one. I have one, and it's OK for what I'm using it for. The digits are about the size of the ones on a digital wristwatch. Kinda small compared to the LARGE 3/8" size of Tiny Tach. The GOOD thing is that you dont need the wire for it to work! Just take it and hold it up to the spark plug wire! Or you could just wrap the wire around whatever machine you want, then just unhook it later.

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    After reading responces I did some searching and came up with the one my dealer uses,

    http://www.sendec.com/meters/html/sts5000.html

    What all do you guys think? I think that one will work great in the manner I was looking for. Until now I had nnot been able to find that particular one.

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    Briggs-Stratton makes a vibra-tach Part # 19200 for about $20. It will work on any engine including electric, 4 cycle or 2-cycle. You just set it on top of flywheel cover or any other flat portion of engine. I have checked acuracy against other tachs and was impressed. My dealer/mechanic uses them in his shop.

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    Can't find one on web right away, but my dealer got me a good electronic tach years ago. Used the vibra-tach but they fall apart after a few years.

    There were a number of tachs in the dealer Echo accessory catalog. I got the Pulse PET-1000, made by Oppama Industry Co, Ltd., Japan. I got this mainly for 2-cycle engines. Cost was around $70-80. It will work on 1 & 2 cylinder 2 cycles, and on 2 & 4 cylinder 4 cycles.

    The tach can just be held near spark wire if easily accessible, or you can plug in a wire to unit and clamp onto spark wire if necessary. Great multiple use tool.
    Jim
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    Jay I have the SenDec and it works as promised. However, every 25-hours of operation, it has a NAG message reminding you to change oil/lube. Other than the nag screen I like it. I paid 34.95 at my Toro dealer.
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    I put tiny tachs on all my equipment. That way while in use I can see what its doing. Plus, it is also a hour meter. Many of my motors didn't come with hour meters so this really helps.
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    I use the tiny tach on my walk behinds mainly because it has an hr. meter. I have to replace them about every 2yrs because this Fla. sun dries out the plastic face plate and it cracks, letting moisture in. But for $40 every 2yrs, it's a good deal. Russ

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    Tiny Tach Here also

    Just installed a Tiny-Tach on my new Exmark 32 on Friday night.. So far, works great..

    Show's the RPM's and the hours used, so it's great . I'd buy another if I needed one. :-)

    Gary

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