Re: What's on my bench: Progress, and a mess
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They are not large...smaller than a pack of cigarettes. That said...that can be huge...depending on where it is to be used.
I source from Amazon or eBay. Search eBay for "mechanical counter". Expect to pay between $5-10. An important consideration when ordering is how many cycles you want to count. A six digit counter will go to 999,999 and then start over. I typically source 6 or 7 digit counters.
They operate with either a pull (or a push). Not lots of effort is required. There is a "click" noise, which can be a distraction.
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As I mentioned earlier, I like to install counters because I get a sense of how well the machine is performing. And I find it interesting knowing how many cycles the machine has operated. And other people almost always make a (positive) counter comment.