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what would the correct hour meter be for my 222 (85)
it seems like their is a indented spot behind the dash decal where it may go?
I dont want to butcher anything accidentally, having a hour meter would be helpfull for service.
if I cant put it on the dash I will put it behind it.

I was thinking the sendec vibration hour meter.
 

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If your tractor was designed to have an hour meter, then there would be one in the dash right now. Use the PIN to locate the Parts Manual and look it up for yourself. This was not an OPTION.

If you are patient and watch the monthly Princess Flyers, the hour meter may come back on special for about half the regular price. You can also obtain a mounting bracket for it that will allow you to place it under the hood in a convenient spot. There is no real need to have it located in the dash but I can understand why this would be desirable. The problem with doing that is the butchery that you mention. Wiring it in is simple. Run the negative terminal on the meter to ground and the + terminal to the + side of the coil. The meter will only record time if the key is in one of the ON positions.

Putting an hour meter on your tractor is a smart move, Calzone. Keeping a Service Log once the meter is installed is even smarter. Record every single thing that you do to the tractor, along with the date and a copy of the invoice for anything you buy for it in a special file folder in your filing cabinet.
 

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Sylvester Calzone said:
what would the correct hour meter be for my 222 (85)
it seems like their is a indented spot behind the dash decal where it may go?
I dont want to butcher anything accidentally, having a hour meter would be helpfull for service.
if I cant put it on the dash I will put it behind it.
I've installed several hour meters on the dash without butchering anything. All you need is the correct size hole saw and careful positioning. It may be necessary to remove the steering wheel to get unobstructed access for drilling the hole.
 

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Bart said:
Sylvester Calzone said:
what would the correct hour meter be for my 222 (85)
it seems like their is a indented spot behind the dash decal where it may go?
I dont want to butcher anything accidentally, having a hour meter would be helpfull for service.
if I cant put it on the dash I will put it behind it.
I've installed several hour meters on the dash without butchering anything. All you need is the correct size hole saw and careful positioning. It may be necessary to remove the steering wheel to get unobstructed access for drilling the hole.
I couldn't bring myself to drilling a 2 inch hole in the plastic dash on my craftsman let alone a hole in the dash of my 224-79. :headscratcher:

I'll mount mine under the hood to keep it hidden. :trink: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:
 

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Bart said:
Sylvester Calzone said:
what would the correct hour meter be for my 222 (85)
it seems like their is a indented spot behind the dash decal where it may go?
I dont want to butcher anything accidentally, having a hour meter would be helpfull for service.
if I cant put it on the dash I will put it behind it.
I've installed several hour meters on the dash without butchering anything. All you need is the correct size hole saw and careful positioning. It may be necessary to remove the steering wheel to get unobstructed access for drilling the hole.
Butchery is a subjective term, Bart. :sidelaugh:

To a purist, drilling a hole in the dashboard to mount something that was never there when the tractor left the factory floor.....that is butchering a tractor no matter how well the work is carried out. The dash decal does not indicate the existence of an hour meter and if the hole is drilled in a spot that eliminates lettering on the dash decal, then it becomes very obvious that the meter does not belong.

Calzone has a nice example of a Black Frame Lo Pro tractor. Why desecrate it over something like an hour meter that is only referred to occasionally. That meter can be placed elsewhere. As an example, Champion does not put the hour meter in dash nacelle on my graders. Instead, it is placed in the seat pedestal, a few inches off the floor so it can be easily read just by opening the cab door while standing on the ground outside of the machine. On some of the trucks we have owned, the hour meter is in the dash but well away from the gauge cluster in front of the steering wheel. It is more in front of the passenger than the driver.

Hour meters are a very useful instrument to have on nearly any piece of machinery but no one ever looks at an hour meter while they are operating equipment. It's a service tool, nothing more.
 

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Hydriv said:
Bart said:
Sylvester Calzone said:
what would the correct hour meter be for my 222 (85)
it seems like their is a indented spot behind the dash decal where it may go?
I dont want to butcher anything accidentally, having a hour meter would be helpfull for service.
if I cant put it on the dash I will put it behind it.
I've installed several hour meters on the dash without butchering anything. All you need is the correct size hole saw and careful positioning. It may be necessary to remove the steering wheel to get unobstructed access for drilling the hole.
Butchery is a subjective term, Bart. :sidelaugh:

To a purist, drilling a hole in the dashboard to mount something that was never there when the tractor left the factory floor.....that is butchering a tractor no matter how well the work is carried out. The dash decal does not indicate the existence of an hour meter and if the hole is drilled in a spot that eliminates lettering on the dash decal, then it becomes very obvious that the meter does not belong.

Calzone has a nice example of a Black Frame Lo Pro tractor. Why desecrate it over something like an hour meter that is only referred to occasionally. That meter can be placed elsewhere. As an example, Champion does not put the hour meter in dash nacelle on my graders. Instead, it is placed in the seat pedestal, a few inches off the floor so it can be easily read just by opening the cab door while standing on the ground outside of the machine. On some of the trucks we have owned, the hour meter is in the dash but well away from the gauge cluster in front of the steering wheel. It is more in front of the passenger than the driver.

Hour meters are a very useful instrument to have on nearly any piece of machinery but no one ever looks at an hour meter while they are operating equipment. It's a service tool, nothing more.
exactly.
I wonder what I am seeing on my dash.
I just need it for service, I am accustom to having one on everything.
no worries on it being behind the dash, I know JD did this on their tractors at some point.

this is the PA hour meter below. never knew they carried one.
do you recall if it was on flyer last time? I usually always check. (if it was they sometimes honor previous flyers)
http://www.princessauto.com/trailer/tru ... hour-meter
 

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Sylvester Calzone said:
exactly.
I wonder what I am seeing on my dash.

I don't know what you are seeing on your dash and that's why I suggested consulting the Parts Manual.

I just need it for service, I am accustom to having one on everything.
no worries on it being behind the dash, I know JD did this on their tractors at some point.

this is the PA hour meter below. never knew they carried one.
do you recall if it was on flyer last time? I usually always check. (if it was they sometimes honor previous flyers)
http://www.princessauto.com/trailer/tru ... hour-meter
That is the hour meter that I have bought several times when it goes on special. Princess will honour the sale price shown in the PREVIOUS flyer only. Once you are beyond the previous flyer, the store is prohibited from selling it at the sale price.
 

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yep, thats why I was wondering if you noticed it in the last flyer.

I was out working on the cab, the lower mounts are done, just need to finnish the front now :trink: then doors!

I snapped a pic of behind the dash. closer look, the 2 opposite holes go right thru, the decal is covering on the other side (no text or graphics in the way).

I need to check my serial # but the manuals do show hour meters on some.

 
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