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Hobbs hour meter install on mower #4478175
08/03/17 11:34 AM
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My brand new $8,000 mower only logs hours with the blades running because they wired it to the pto which I think is stupid. I installed a Honda enm hour meter that hooks to the spark plug. It works great, but
Every time we get a good rain the screen goes blank where you cant read it. You can kind of see that it's still working, but anyways can I install hobbs hour meter on this machine? I'm assuming it's just a ground connection and it gets power from the ignition? Do they draw a lot of power?

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2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478187
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Sorry I can't help with the "how to" but I thought this was a bit gimmicky until I got my new mower.
Every time I mow I use it. I could do without the push button start and the security code but the panel offers a OLM
a time clock, hour meter, service light, tachometer, and diagnostics etc.

I use the tach daily as my mower has a sweet spot for smoothness and efficiency and I go right to that RPM- makes life easy.
Good Luck!

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478198
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I'm just curious as to how complicated of an install it would be and if it would interfere with other things.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: AirgunSavant] #4478209
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I don't get why I have so many problems with these battery powered LCD meters. This is like the third one too. I used to use briggs and Stratton meters which typically lasted 7 years until I got a bad batch of those.i think the problem is they sit on the shelf too long and the battery is near dead by the time it gets sold.

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2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478233
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A Hobbs meter uses so little power, they'll run for WEEKS on a battery.

Tie into the ignition, that's the most common source. + and - , Very easy to hook up.

Don't EVER leave the key on, or you'll come back with 1000 hours added to it. That's why most are run through an oil pressure switch.


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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478234
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
I'm just curious as to how complicated of an install it would be and if it would interfere with other things.


Very easy to wire, and will not affect any systems.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478240
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You need a store that has quick turnover. I suspect they are very old stock as you suggest!

Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
I don't get why I have so many problems with these battery powered LCD meters. This is like the third one too. I used to use briggs and Stratton meters which typically lasted 7 years until I got a bad batch of those.i think the problem is they sit on the shelf too long and the battery is near dead by the time it gets sold.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: Linctex] #4478280
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
A Hobbs meter uses so little power, they'll run for WEEKS on a battery.

Tie into the ignition, that's the most common source. + and - , Very easy to hook up.

Don't EVER leave the key on, or you'll come back with 1000 hours added to it. That's why most are run through an oil pressure switch.

I haven't looked at it yet, but I'm hoping it's just a spade connector hooked into the ignition. I'm looking for a way to wire it up without splicing the existing wires.



2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478287
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I haven't looked at how the wires are connected, hopefully it's just a matter of bolted it on to the existing terminal.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4478390
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I recently put one on my JD 317, not a Hobbs, but a similar china made analog hour meter.
Simple 2 wire install, power wire and ground.
My Deere has switched power going to the headlight switch, so i tied into the feed wire going to the headlight switch.


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Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4479002
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When you say tie, do you mean you spliced into a wire on the machine? I'm trying to figure out an area to mount it without doing that.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4479649
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Yes I cut the wire and spliced into it.
I don't see any way you're going to do it without splicing unless you have some kind of unused accessory wire somewhere.

cut the wire, use some good heat shrink butt connectors or solder and heat shrink tubing.


2008 Ford F350
2003 Chevy Cavalier
2011 Nissan Quest
1986 Pontiac Trans Am
1940 Ford 9N Tractor
Amsoil lubes and filters!
Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4479884
08/05/17 11:20 AM
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Ok I can do that no problem. I have an entire container of heat shrink butt connectors. I'll just squeeze the wire for the hour meter into it and hang the meter somewsomewhere protected from the elements.

I have an analog style meter on my boat and it's 25 years old. Fixing to turn over 1000 hours.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: cronk] #4480771
08/06/17 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: cronk
I recently put one on my JD 317, not a Hobbs, but a similar china made analog hour meter.
Simple 2 wire install, power wire and ground.
My Deere has switched power going to the headlight switch, so i tied into the feed wire going to the headlight switch.


What do you think caused the hour meter screen to go black and come back randomly? Even though it goes blank, it still seems to log time. I thought it was the rain, but it got rained on yesterday and worked the whole day.


2007.5 dodge cummins 6.7 liter. Chevron Delo400 15w40. 7000 mile or 250-300hr intervals.

Re: Hobbs hour meter install on mower [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4481780
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Sometimes I have seen the digital ones go blank or all black if left out in direct sunlight on a hot day.
I prefer the analog ones for longevity and reliability.


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2003 Chevy Cavalier
2011 Nissan Quest
1986 Pontiac Trans Am
1940 Ford 9N Tractor
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