Thursday, August 1, 2019
Add an Hour Meter to Your Generator
I feel generators are an important Prepper tool. They can be expensive to buy or replace so following the manufacturers' maintenance recommendations will assure you get the most trouble-free life from it.
One of the ways to maximize the generator (or any small engines such as roto-tillers, lawn tractors, etc) life is using the proper ‘weight’ and ‘type’ of oil and change the oil at the recommended intervals. In my case for the Honda EU2000i is every six months or 100 hours.
The only way I know to keep track of the running hours is with an hour meter which most small engines don’t have! I installed an aftermarket hour meter on my Honda at a cost of just $11.00. It was a very easy install. Now I have an accurate way to check the engine hours and get the maximum life from my investment.
The finished install.
I located the meter off-set so I can ratchet-strap the generator securely through the handle to my cargo hitch platform without the meter head being in the way.
Here you see I removed the spark-plug access plate so I could attach the impulse wire to the plug wire.
A close-up of the connection.
I wrapped the wire four times around the plug wire then tied a slip knot. To keep the connection snug I added two wire ties and trimmed the excess.
A quick test run shows the meter is working.
The meter head came with two screws to mount it to the generator housing. However, I didn’t use them as the fuel tank is under where the head needed to be mounted. In place of screws, I used a 5-minute epoxy and glued it on.
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Brand New Inductive Hour Meter for Marine, ATV, Motorcycle, Dirt, Ski Track the Service Life of Your Vehicle-Oil Changes, Valve, Adjustments, Spark Plugs, ect.
Easy Installation-peel & stick, no wiring necessary, or attach with enclosed hardware. No
Required-connects to spark plug wire.
Works on Any Gas Engine
Records and Displays to 9,999.9 Hours. Stand-by Time up to over 20,000 hours. Hour Glass Symbol Appears and Flashes on/off to Indicate Counting Time
Automatic Roll Over Resolution 0.1 Hour.
100% epoxy encapsulated casing resists water, shock, stand fire of 85 Celsius degree
Required-connects to spark plug wire