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hi, my new ys4500 didn't come with a hour meter so i was wondering if i could get a aftermarket one, what do you guys recommend?

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Hey supratreo,

Is your mower an '09 model? If so, the YTS (yard tractor series) 4500 does come with an engine hour meter as standard equipment (at least mine has one). It is in the center of the dash. See this pic (you can just see it between the spokes of the steering wheel):



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Hmmmm, I am confused. Looking at the '09 lineup of Sears Craftsman tractors in their brochure - I do not see a YS 4500.

Sorry could not be of assistance. :sorry1:

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Can you see a dash cut out and the wiring behind the dash? If so, this thread may be hlepful. http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=55384

I know I have seen these on ebay, but couldn't find one with a search this morning. The current Sears (Husqvarna) hour meter fits in a rectangular hole. Even the one on my Craftsman Pro, which has round gauges, is the same rectangular hour meter under a round plastic bezel, which stinks because it makes it very difficult to read.
 

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I put a SenDec surface mount hour meter on mine. The Sears store had them last year but I havent seen them there lately. Very easy installation,oil change reminders every 25hrs. Been very happy with it so far. You can find them on the web site for SenDec. The inductive surface mount type just sticks wherever you want it and one wire wraps around the plug wire.
 

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supratreo,
There are tons of them out there - digintal, analog, etc. I prefer the old-school analog type of meter, I steal them from my neighbor who uses them on forklifts. You can find one that fits in the opening. Check your wiring diagram in the back of the owners manual, you may be pre-wired already for easy installation.

I had the Craftsman one that has self contained batteries, and it's a piece of garbage. The batteries died after 3 or so years and there is no way to replace.

Mowin' Man,
What is that crazy looking thing coming out of your hood/dash? I've never seen something like that. Looks like an air snorkel for mowing when the grass is REALLY wet!
 

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Mowin' Man-

Sorry, just saw your earlier thread. A mister! What a neat piece of engineering. I like it!
 

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Sears is strange. Everytime I bring up the tractors something different seems to be listed.
I found the 09 YS4500 and everyone I saw had a meter.
Just for their waranty service I would think everyone would come with one. Very strange in my book. Go to the sears service department and order one for your tractor. There is a place for it. They did not change the dash housing from What I can tell. I have 06 YS4500
 

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Hey supratreo,

Is your mower an '09 model? If so, the YTS (yard tractor series) 4500 does come with an engine hour meter as standard equipment (at least mine has one). It is in the center of the dash. See this pic (you can just see it between the spokes of the steering wheel):



Mowin' Man :trink39:
OK MM... I'll bite!

What is that thing sticking up out of the left side of your dash panel?
 

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I was wondering what it was A mist system. That is over the top.

Another pimped out tractor
Yep, I was lucky enough to be selected for the "Pimp My Tractor" show, LOL! :sidelaugh

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ok, so i took a look at it this morning and i do have a rectangle cutout for the meter. when i get home i'll check to see if the wires are there (i'm sure they are). then i'll give sears a call.
thanks for all your help.

one more quick question, is there a way to bypass the seat sensor? it's a cool feature but i get on and off my tractor often to pick things up and it just gets annoying.
also, i have a california version which i'm sure has something to do with emissions. does anyone know what exactly is the difference? did they just put a cat converter on or something?
 

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supratreo,

This morning I was wondering if you had a CA model. That probably explains the nomenclature business.

I agree with you about the seat - the system is a PITA. I am not sure if it can be disabled. Sears probably made it difficult expecting many to want to disable it.

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supratreo,

This morning I was wondering if you had a CA model. That probably explains the nomenclature business.

I agree with you about the seat - the system is a PITA. I am not sure if it can be disabled. Sears probably made it difficult expecting many to want to disable it.

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Regarding the seat switch - if you apply the parking brake and disengage the PTO, you should be able to hop off and she'll stay running.
 

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ok, so i took a look at it this morning and i do have a rectangle cutout for the meter. when i get home i'll check to see if the wires are there (i'm sure they are). then i'll give sears a call.
thanks for all your help.
Those meters are also available on eBay. Just do a search for "hour meters" and you should find a lot of sources. Be sure to get a 12 volt model.


one more quick question, is there a way to bypass the seat sensor? it's a cool feature but i get on and off my tractor often to pick things up and it just gets annoying.
That sort of discussion is not allowed on MTF (sorry). Legal stuff you know...

Like Wid LT1000 stated in the above post, shut off the PTO (good idea anyway) and set the parking brake and the engine will stay running. I got used to it in short order, and don't even think about the process anymore!

BTW, I looked at your other thread about the mister! Now I have seen it all! Not sure how that would work with our humid summers here in ND. I usually look "misted" without any additional hardware when it gets over 90˚! You will have to post a picture or two of that thing in operation when you get a chance!
 

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ok. so i took a look at it and i have 2 connectors. one is just a single spade and the other is a 2 pin connector which is on the other side of the dash. do you think the quality of the ones on ebay are good? would a sears one be better?

and sorry about the other post, i didnt know it was against the rules.
 
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