Keeping a tachometer by your side is a good thing for your lawnmower engine. You can check whether the engine is performing as well as it was supposed to with that meter. It will provide you accurate data and you will be able to take the necessary steps according to those data.
A tachometer is a very handy tool indeed and it costs very little. Plus, spending that extra little cash will ensure the longer good health of your machine.
Now there are a lot of options available in the market for you. You have to filter out the best options among them and that can be a little hard work on your part.
This article might act as a time saver for you as I am going to review 3 of the most popular and top-rated tachometer. In this article, we will decide together which is the best option to go for. So, let’s begin.
Runleader RL-HM011G Backlight Hour Meter Tachometer
Let’s kick things off with a top-rated product. To ensure that your lawn mower or tractor or generator is working at its full capacity, Runleader presents to you the RL-HM011G. It has multiple working functionalities. It contains an hour meter, tachometer, service timers, etc. which makes it an all-around performer.
With the help of this one, you can now track all the activities of your machinery. You can see how many hours you kept your engine running. When you turn off the engine, the 12.5mm x 42mm LCD screen shows the total runtime of your engine and it stays visible. You can reset the total hours within 1 hour. You will get 0.1 hours accuracy with this one.
Another thing this one can do is to remind you about the required maintenance. You can set the timer yourself and when it’s time, it will warn you with the service warning icon by flashing it continuously.
Then the tachometer system will help you to keep track of the total rotations per minute or RPM when the engine is in running mode. It has a maximum of 20000 RPM reading capacity. You can use it for various engine firing patterns by programming it.
The CR2450 battery that comes with this one is easily replaceable. That feature sets it apart from many of its competitors as the other brand products have a non-removable battery. The cable of this one is 5.74 ft long.
Though the seller claims that it is fully waterproof but the users say otherwise as well as the product description book. So, it’s best to just keep it away from water to avoid any unfortunate events.
The price tag of this one is also very low given all the great features it is offering.
- A multifunctional meter
- Standard size display
- Accurate RPM calculation
- Has multiple programmable timer options
- Notifies the maintenance time with a flashing warning icon
- Best value for money
- Not waterproof as advertised
Digital Backlit Tach Maintenance Hour Meter Tachometer
This one is from the brand Neoikos. Another multi-purpose meter that you can use with your Dirt Bike, Lawnmower, Boat engine, ATV, UTV, etc. This digital backlit tach hour meter will provide you the total time your engine has been running for up to 9,99,999 hours. That timer is non-resettable. You can record your job hours though, as it is resettable.
Then there is the programmable interval timer option for maintenance alert. That clock hour capacity is up to 2000 hours. It will notify you about the maintenance once the programmed time is up.
You can read RPM when you turn on the engine and record it until the engine goes off. You can set an alert for the maximum RPM you want to record. This one has 25,000 RPM recording capability.
It works on different gas engines like 2 strokes up to 6 cylinders or 4 strokes up to 16 cylinders.
The turn on and off functionality is also very simple. Just press and hold the
“Menu + Set” button simultaneously and you will see the display showing off the icon. That’s when you have to release the button and it will turn off. You can press either one of the Menu or Set button to turn it back on.
The backlight is also programmable and it has 3 options to choose from: On, Off, and Auto.
The battery given with this one is also a CR2450 like the Runleader RL-HM011G and you can replace the battery of this one too. The replaceable battery feature is very crucial for a gadget of this type.
The price of this one is a little on the higher side so it is safe to say that this one is a premium pick.
- Huge total run time hours capacity
- Huge RPM calculating capacity
- The easily resettable job time feature
- Can be set to stop counting after max RPM reached
- 9 programmable firing patterns available
- Price is high
AIMILAR Digital Tach Hour Meter and Tachometer Gauge
The last one for today’s article is from the brand AIMILAR and this one also has some pretty good features. This self-powered tach hour meter comes in 2 different versions. With one, you will get the replaceable battery option and you won’t get that in the other one.
This one works perfectly with various gas engines with different firing patterns. You can adjust the firing pattern as per your need. It works best with firing patterns 1P1R, 1P2R, and 2P1R.
It will keep track of the engine RPM when running for most of the 2/4 stroke gas engines. It will keep calculating the total RPM when the engine is on and as soon as the engine is turned off, it will display the total run time. That run time will remain visible until you turn off the meter.
You have the option to reset the total run hours not the total run time. The meter is powered by one CR2450 lithium battery.
Turning this meter on and off is also very simple. The cable given with the meter is 5.5 ft long.
The price of this one is on the lower side. So if you are a budget shopper then this one is definitely worth considering.
- Easy to understand the mechanism
- Perfect for small engines
- Works with multiple gas engines with different programmable firing pattern
- Long cable provided
- The display is small
If I were to suggest one among the three I reviewed, I will definitely recommend the Runleader RL-HM011G. That’s simple considering its all-around specs and features along with the price tag.
Now for those of you who are looking for a premium category product, I will recommend the digital backlit meter from Neoikos.