Small engine tachometers & tools

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Small engine tachometers & tools
A tachometer can be in analogue or digital format. (tachometer of modern bike image by Oleg Mitiukhin from Fotolia.com)

Small-engine tachometers and tools are essential in determining the condition of an engine. Various types of tachometers and tools are available for small engines. Although a regularly functioning engine may lead you to take tachometers and tools for granted, you may find enough reason to use them if an engine is not working properly. Check a tachometer first if an engine is malfunctioning. The tache can be a critical indicator for current or even impending problems.

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Northern Tool Digital Hour Meter and Tachometer

The Northern Tool Digital Hour Meter and Tachometer shows the RPM (revolutions per minute) of a running engine and automatically displays run time in hours. The tachometer display of this tool is in line with the rated RPM of a small engine's motor. Although LCD readability in outdoor sunlight can be a problem, this tool offers many convenient functions for non-professionals. Installation and set-up are simple, even for small two-cylinder engines. This small-engine tool also contains an LCD hour meter and maintenance meter that features a programmable service check function to help provide a precise maintenance schedule for the engine.

Electronic Specialties 321 Wireless Digital Tachometer

Electronic Specialties 321 is a digital tachometer for small engines. This type of tachometer features wireless capability and interchangeable inductive and capacitive secondary clamps for quick engine RPM checks and readings when secondary spark plug wires are not accessible. The RPMs can be viewed in a range between 1 and 10,000 in 10 RPM increments, then from 1 to 20,000 in 100 RPM increments. This tachometer has a hold switch that captures and holds the maximum engine speed until it is reset. Its inductive pickup provides noise free and accurate tachometer readings, along with a capacitive clip-on pickup that allows hands-free engine adjustments, especially when secondary wires seem too short.

HDER07 Digital Photo Tachometer

The HDER07 Digital Photo Tachometer measures rotational speed using a visible red light beam coming from a powerful LED. As a digital laser photo tachometer, it is an ideal tool for measuring the RPM of motors, fans and other machine parts or even the speed of a milling machine for metal or wood work. Taking the measurement requires applying a reflective mark included in the package to the targeted part of the machine and aiming the laser beam at the mark. The RPM readily displays on the 5-digit LCD screen. This tool has a detection distance of up to 6 feet and is primarily meant for non-contact measurements at about 2.5 feet away. This tool is microprocessor-based. Its large LCD display also features minimum and maximum value memory for better efficiency when working on small engines.

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