Generator Running Time Between Oil Changes

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 03, 2010 at 23:29
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I have always been bad at estimating the running time of my generator, in regard to changing the oil. I have come across a cheap hour meter, under $25 from ebay. I have just fitted it to my gennie, and seems to work fine. It has an lcd readout, does not need a battery. A wire runs from the spark plug lead, where it is wrapped around 5 times and secured with a couple of zip ties, to a slot in the back of the unit. The unit it's self, attaches by two screws. Just thought I would mention it to others that may be interested.

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Neil
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 00:21

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 00:21
Hi Neil,
had thought about buying one in the past, but now that I see it mounted on your genset, I have ordered one too.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 07:39

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 07:39
You can also get one from Tiny Tach which will give you the engine RPM as well as service intervals.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 09:53

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 09:53
hi ozhumvee
do you have a link to or for tiny tach
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 10:10

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 10:10
www.tinytach.com
I've actually got a diesel one on the Humvee which has worked flawlessly for 5 years now.
Also got one on the Yamaha 1kva gennie which is the one you would be after.
There is an Aussie distributor but the last time i looked they wanted silly money for them and it was quicker, cheaper and easier to buy online from the tinytach website which is what I did for both mine. There is a tab for international buyers.
Also keep and eye on ebay (.com not au) as occasionally there is a seller that sells them there too.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:11

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:11
hi ozhumvee
thanks for imfo
does the diesel type tacho take it's feed from the alternator????or ????
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:26

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:26
No you just clamp a wire to one of the injector lines, very simple and has been very reliable, revs displayed in digital form and has two service intervals also keeps max RPM in memory.
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Follow Up By: Member - mazcan - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:46

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:46
hi and thanks
by that --- injector lines ------meaning steel pipe
or electrical cable ?
as in high pressure system ???
thanks just trying toclarifying
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 12:57

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 12:57
Just clamped on the steel injector pipes, it senses the pulse of diesel from the injection pump.
Have a look at the website it tells you all about it.
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Follow Up By: Member - res.q.guy (Vic.) - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 13:25

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 13:25
Hi Peter
Yes, I did come across the Tiny Tech, but I have no need in this application, to know the RPM, just hours used.
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Reply By: robertbruce - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:31

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 11:31
i replace my oil every three tanks of fuel - the manual says evry 20 hours, which is every two tanks of fuel but i found that a bit excessive...

my EF1000is has over 8000 hrs on it and still going strong...
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Reply By: FrankJ - Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 16:46

Friday, Jun 04, 2010 at 16:46
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