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Technical Dwell Meters

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jaw22w, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 729

    from Indiana

    My trusty 40 year old dwell meter gave up the ghost. I bought a new Actron multi meter from Summit that has the dwell function. It didn't work right out of the box. Summit replaced it. I have used the new unit twice. Went to check dwell this evening and the SOB won't work. I just replaced the battery less than a month ago. So what are you guys buying for dwell meters?
  2. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,623

    from Hampsha

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  3. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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  4. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 729

    from Indiana

    I'll bet. Nobody has a use for them anymore. But I don't frequent garage sales.
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  5. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,099

    Bandit Billy

    I just asked my 35 year old son (mortgage lender) if he knew what a dwell meter was, he said "how long someone lives in a house on average?" I think I failed him :(
  6. I have a Craftsman that is older than I am

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  7. You should try a few. Some of my best finds come from them.
  8. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,149

    from Ioway

    Actron Dwell/Tach/Voltmeter
    Sold by Sears

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  9. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,659


    gotta be patient, and folks give them to you.....but it's hard to find one when you need it. I think I have 3 of them now that are still working.

    No battery needed to measure dwell or RPM with an old dwell meter. The battery is only needed to measure point resistance.
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  10. I have never paid much for my meters, except for the Snap On, which I bought new. My inadvertent collection includes, a really Old Sears machine, two RAC, one Dixco, and one Snap-on, all like new. I have a Peerless Auto analyer, so I don't use the other meters as often anymore.
    I do use the hand held meters to do the tune up on the Bobcat loader, because I hate tearing up the driveway next to the house.
  11. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
    Posts: 215


    Me too !!!!
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  12. of the better tools my dad gave me was a Sears dwell meter that served me well.....have a Sun I use at the moment - I bought used......
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  13. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 693

    Truckdoctor Andy

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  14. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 523

    Dennis D

    Mac tools. Bought it in 1975. Found one at a swap meet about five years ago for 10 bucks and gave it to a friend. D
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  15. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 884


    I bought this almost 40 years ago and it still works like a charm, 66153488_2239799469390855_3103465947009122304_n.jpg but I don't use the dwell feature very often anymore...
  16. I have a very old Peerless dwell / tach with points resistance function. It works very well, in fact I was using it this evening on my own car.
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  17. I bought my last 2 at a swapmeet for a buck each, have one a friend gave me, and my dad gave me the one he got in the 60s. I have given 2 away so far to help others.
  18. Here are my two oldest dwell tachs. Both, are fully functional.
    Bob Old plastic case dwell tach_sm.JPG Sears auto dwell tach_sm.JPG
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  19. I have the same unit.
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  20. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 710


    I have a newer Snap-on, older Snap-on and an even older Craftsman. All seem to do the trick.
  21. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,213

    from Michigan

    The one I have has the sliding magnifier on the screen.... I believe it's a Sears Craftsman... I haven't used it in years.....
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  22. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,412

    V8 Bob

    My first and oldest dwell/tach is an Accurate BT-162 I bought from a magazine add in the early '60s. I see them on Ebay, in fact there are at least two at this time. This meter matches accuracy with my more expensive Sun twin meter.
  23. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 686


    Yuppers. I actually have two, just in case one makes that lonely trip to wherever dwell meters go to die. I parted with a dollar for the second one, new in the box.:D
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  24. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,981


    Hawk. Only the best for me! lol It's only 40 years old. Hasn't been used in 20.
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  25. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 1,577

    from NKy

    I have a couple , the cool one came in this nifty metal box that has Tune Master labeled on the outside . It contains tach/dwell , charge , fuel pump pressure , vacuum gauges and a timing all still work fine as wine . An old time neighbor gave it to me when I was a youngster . I have used it for many years , isn’t strange how things made in America just keep goin and goin . If I remember I’ll take some photos and post
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  26. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 729

    from Indiana

    The 40 yr old dwell/ tach that quit on me was an Actron. I figured Actron was good stuff. Turns out not so good anymore. I generally steer away from digital stuff. I would like a good old analog gauge with only dwell/ tach function. Looking at Amazon and Fleabay, I don't think there is such a thing available. There are so many brands of the digital models available, who knows what is good and what is not.
  27. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,149

    from Ioway

    It was. When we see the old school brand names today, like Philco or whatever it's mainly designed to get consumers to bite, but there's no thing other than the name in common with the products of the past. Seems like most "consumer products" are just one huge bait and switch rip off. "Energy Star!" Jokes on us, I guess, though not very funny.

    We can still for now pick over the remnants from long ago at a garage sale to find something that actually works, half the stuff at some of the retail outlets doesn't work, and the percentage is probably about the same with the employees for that matter.
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  28. I have an old ACTRON handheld with two clips on it (+ -) and I haven't used it in over 40 years I'm guessing. I think it still works, but don't have anything to test it on. :)
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  29. Isn't it strange how many people used to have decent paying jobs that allowed them to gladly spend a little more to get better quality items? Now they seem embarrassed if they don't chisel the last nickel off of their bill at W*lM*rt. :rolleyes:
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  30. Sourwood
    Joined: Jun 6, 2019
    Posts: 19


    Been using this since the early 80's

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