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Small engine Tachometer

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Jiles

01-01-2011 20:32:53
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I have been working on a lot of single and twin cylinder engines lately. Several times I have needed a tachometer to set max rpm.

Any suggestions as what to get?




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Jiles

01-02-2011 20:38:24
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Uncle Ernice, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
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Thanks JD---That looks like a tack that would suit my needs.



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JD Seller

01-02-2011 20:09:28
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  

Jiles: The one I have is a Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-5581 I was wrong about the cylinders. It does 1-8 not 1-10. It has four settings: Two stroke or four, and RPM by 100 or 1000.

I am attaching some pictures and also a link with one for sale on Amazon for $44.99

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Kentb of SWMO

01-02-2011 14:43:57
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
Briggs and Stratton dealers also a have the Vibra-Tach. I have one it work good.

Kent



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MNGB

01-02-2011 10:58:30
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Slowpoke, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
I purchased a Digital Photo non contact Tach on e -Bay was about $25.00 works great, I also have the hand held contact type but there are time you can't get one of them on a turning shaft.


GB in MN>http://cgi.ebay.com/Digital-Laser-Photo-Tachometer-Tach-Milling-Machine-/310284655965?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item483e681d5d

GB in MN

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greygoat

01-02-2011 09:47:24
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
The picture of the Grainger one sure looks like
a "Stewart-Warner", but it says, in the spec's,
"Made in China". Has another "old American
company" "bit the dust"



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135 Fan

01-02-2011 18:15:51
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to greygoat, 01-02-2011 09:47:24  
It's a copy of a Stewart Warner. Westward has a lot of tools. Most, if not all come, from overseas. They are mid grade tools for the most part. Google Stewart Warner and I'm sure you'll find their tach. Dave



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RodInNS

01-02-2011 07:47:28
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
My multimeter has an inductive pickup that attaches to a plug wire... but I don't know if it can be set for a 2 holer or not. It will do three... This is one of Napa's UltraPro high end meters that's made by Fluke...

Rod



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GUIDO

01-02-2011 07:30:34
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  

Hello Jiles,
Non contact tachometers ahve come down in price.
Thy is one was pricey at the time i needed one.
Blue point unit 0 to 50.000.
Claimed accuracy 1 R.P.M. or 1% ,its been to long to remember.
Guido.



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Lefty

01-01-2011 22:57:31
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
Several options.
-Tecumseh"Vibra Tach",non electronic,gives rpm via engine vibrations.been around "forever"/
-Dickson"small engine tach.battery powered,hand hold..sorta like a walkie-ralkie.NO hookup,just hold probe/antenna neat plug/wire.
-Tiny Tach-matchbook sized digital tach/hr meter,designed to mount to tractor/engine,but easily adapted to "portable use".Internal battery,auto on off,pickup from coaxial wire lead wrapped around plug wire.
-Laser tachs,Various brands,"Harbor Freight"to NASA quality"Internal battery,cordless..generally require small tab of reflective tape attached to rotating part.Will give RPM/stroke reading on anything.
=Prolly others,but trying to explain basic types.

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steven-id

01-01-2011 22:25:00
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
Years ago I worked for a company that used small engines to run squirrel cage fans. They had a tachometer that you just pressed to the end of the crankshaft. It had a rubber tip and it just spun the gauge. I don't know where they got it or if they are still made like that but it was pretty cool how it worked. Steven



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JMS/.MN

01-02-2011 11:29:04
209.237.107.155



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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to steven-id, 01-01-2011 22:25:00  
Dad got one of them when he got the AC 60 combine, about 1949. I have it now- I believe Lufkin made it. Found a second one a few years ago is an auction box. Both work fine.



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Goose

01-02-2011 10:16:04
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to steven-id, 01-01-2011 22:25:00  
I have one of those. They're handy around the farm to check combine cylinder speeds, PTO speeds, etc.



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135 Fan

01-01-2011 22:40:37
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to steven-id, 01-01-2011 22:25:00  
Stewart Warner makes the portable hand held tachs. Dave



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Jiles

01-01-2011 21:19:27
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to 135 Fan, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
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Do you have a name and part number?



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Chris(WA)

01-02-2011 06:58:22
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 21:19:27  
Here is one from Graingers. $80



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JDSeller

01-02-2011 01:01:03
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 21:19:27  
I will get it tomorrow. It is out in my shop.



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JDSeller

01-02-2011 01:00:58
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 21:19:27  
I will get it tomorrow. It is out in my shop.



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JDseller

01-01-2011 21:16:49
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
I have a small tach that will work on 1-10 cylinder engines. You just hook it over a spark plug wire and it tells you the engine speed. It is an off brand that I bought at a local parts store. They had to order it. It was only $49. I have used it now for a couple of years.



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rlp in co.

01-01-2011 20:53:33
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 Re: Small engine Tachometer in reply to Jiles, 01-01-2011 20:32:53  
I use a tach. off of an old Subaru.



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