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Post  akjgardner on Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:45 pm

I need to buy a tach, any suggestions on a good one? Thanks for the help
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Post  roddie on Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:24 pm

Look for one that has an "auto-off" feature.. It saves on battery life if you forget to shut it off.
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Post  balogh on Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:08 pm

If you have a smartphone you can download an acoustic tachometer free of charge from the net. This us proven to measure the same tach as the optical ones.
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Post  microflitedude on Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:30 pm

Searching "Tachometer" in the searchbox will bring up several threads on the subject. Here is the most recent one.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t7806-your-favorite-tachometer?highlight=tachometer
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Post  TDbandit on Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:20 pm

Globee Intellitach or the Hanger9 digital micro tack does good for me. Smile (Bandit)
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Post  rat9000 on Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:07 pm

balogh wrote:If you have a smartphone you can download an acoustic tachometer free of charge from the net. This us proven to measure the same tach as the optical ones.
balogh,run that through me again-an acoustic tach,is it picking up on blade pulsations or exhaust R,s--how would I find the app.
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Post  balogh on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:09 pm

Go to Google play store and search for Acoustic Tachometer.I think this is the best and allows to tach
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Post  balogh on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:11 pm

.....even the engines on youtube videos. Tachs by the engine sound frequency and differentiates between 2 and 4 stroke.
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Post  RknRusty on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:32 pm

Boy, I'll be glad when my 2 year contract is up on this Windows phone. I want a phone tach. Nobody makes the most useful apps for WP. I think maybe august or thereabouts I can finally strap it to a plane and video a wingover into a dumpster.

Bank of America cut off support for their WP banking app. Now I have to drive to the damn bank to make a deposit. Imagine that, driving to the bank Rolling Eyes
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:32 pm

yep, last time we talked about this, i think i was taching the above posters video with my tach/phone next to speaker and it was showing the same RPM as the tach on the video. I still would go for a cheep but good Hobby King tach as I wouldn't want my S-5 covered with caster film.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:33 pm

lol, Rusty let me write you a "check" for that!
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Post  RknRusty on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:38 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:lol, Rusty let me write you a "check" for that!
Haha thanks Mark, I need to go get gas while I'm out too. I'd light a fire in the trashcan before the stunt but it might make my SD card hard to retrieve.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:57 pm

My wife likes to watch old "Colombo" reruns from the early seventies, its kinda neat to look where technology was back then vs. where its at today!
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri May 01, 2015 1:45 am

Mark Boesen wrote:..... I still would go for a cheep but good Hobby King tach as I wouldn't want my S-5 covered with caster film.

I have one of these cheapies from Hobby King. Not real high quality, but does a good job for the price.  As Mark says, at this price it doesn't worry you getting it oily.  Shuts down auto.  Buttons can be dodgy, but it still seems accurate.

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Post  balogh on Fri May 01, 2015 2:36 am

I drop my S55 in the trunk of my car when taching the engine before take off so as to save it from castor. You can keep the phone within sighting distance but far enough from the exhaust gases. Sensitive enough to pick up the tach from a distance especially from un unmuffled COX that we now is more than whispering.
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Post  pkrankow on Fri May 01, 2015 6:29 am

Oldenginerod wrote:
Mark Boesen wrote:..... I still would go for a cheep but good Hobby King tach as I wouldn't want my S-5 covered with caster film.

I have one of these cheapies from Hobby King. Not real high quality, but does a good job for the price.  As Mark says, at this price it doesn't worry you getting it oily.  Shuts down auto.  Buttons can be dodgy, but it still seems accurate.

Rod.

Just treat those HK tachs like a porcelain doll, I dropped mine from a table and it is in pieces...amazingly still works too.

I still think the GloBee is better value, more durable, easy to operate. Doesn't go to pieces from looking at it wrong. Big enough to not loose in the grass too.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri May 01, 2015 7:36 am

I got too close to the prop with my HK tach and pow, the lense was gone. Next day I found the lens on the floor, undamaged, but the retainer was never to be seen again. Cut the right size hole in the end of a rubber cap, inserted the lens, taped it to the front of the tach and good as new.
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Post  akjgardner on Fri May 01, 2015 7:38 am

Thanks for all the great input guys.I think I'll go with a globee and use my iphone as a backup
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