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    Im looking into picking up a hour meter so I can gauge my fuel a little better. Does anyone have any insight on brands, style, ect? Ive seen a traditional analog gauge and also a digital one. Any thoughts on which is better?? I plan on keeping it near the transom(probably simi tucked away) so im not all that concerned about the esthetics of it.

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    Some of the cheap digital hour meters won't keep permanent memory. Once the battery dies, the hours accumulated drop off. Most of that type have an inductive pickup, so they'll only run when the engine is running. If just being used to gauge fuel consumption, one of those should work fine.
    1978 Glastron/Carlson CV23; 429, Berk jet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86NovaII View Post
    Some of the cheap digital hour meters won't keep permanent memory. Once the battery dies, the hours accumulated drop off. Most of that type have an inductive pickup, so they'll only run when the engine is running. If just being used to gauge fuel consumption, one of those should work fine.
    Okay cool. Yeah I would like to know that total hours but the engine is stock from 74.....so I dont think it really matters at this point. If anything it would just be for my own comfort.

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    Faria makes an analog hourmeter. Lifetime warranty too. Just hook it up to some switched ignition power in the engine compartment and you are good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMAN View Post
    Faria makes an analog hourmeter. Lifetime warranty too. Just hook it up to some switched ignition power in the engine compartment and you are good to go.
    I bought a Faria tach/digital hour meter for my last jet. Lifetime warranty. POS. Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed I will, I've got spare time.

    I installed it when I rebuilt the engine so I could keep track for maintenance. I sent it in 3 times for warranty replacement in the first year. (Edit: I received replacements each time sent in, so it wasn't just the same POS over and over)
    No garbage Faria for me again. YMMV
    Maybe their analog gear is higher quality than their digital products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 86NovaII View Post
    I bought a Faria tach/digital hour meter for my last jet. Lifetime warranty. POS. Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed I will, I've got spare time.

    I installed it when I rebuilt the engine so I could keep track for maintenance. I sent it in 3 times for warranty replacement in the first year. (Edit: I received replacements each time sent in, so it wasn't just the same POS over and over)
    No garbage Faria for me again. YMMV
    Maybe their analog gear is higher quality than their digital products.
    I don't work for Faria so don't get the wrong impression. There are exceptions in every situation. Faria has been in business for a loooong time and supplying gauges to the marine after market and OEM's for a long time. If all their gauges were a pile of crap then they would of been out of biz many years ago. I'm not saying you are the only one that has had issues, but the majority of their stuff works. I'll tell you this, no one else offers the type of warranty they do and it does sound like they took care of you each time you had a problem.

    I was just offering a suggestion for the OP. There are other brands, Beede is another that comes to mind which does a fair amount of private labeling for boat mfg'ers and wholesale parts houses. Faria seems to be available just about anywhere though.

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    Honeywell makes a solid gauge. That's what I'm stashing away on mine.just so I know. Usually used on commercial fishing boats.cost was around $60.

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