TEXAS 3F TIMER
Yes, I know the timer seems rather expensive. Perhaps I got carried away when designing our first product for auto surface control. I made this with all out, full up competition in mind. I wanted it to be as rugged as we could make it, as light as possible keeping reliability upper most in mind, and as easy to use as could be done, so our customer could focus on flying, and not the timer. We added cost all over the place to do this. For example:
A heavy gage metal faceplate, as this is what you told me you wanted.
A clock that has been lightened to the max, without sacrificing the strength needed to make it last under the most harsh applications. (big shaker engines)
A dual disk so that the second function time delay could be set easily and very accurately. And changed easily.
A first disk (for engine timer) that is locked to the shaft so it can not drift or shift when making adjustments to the second function.
Hand soldering is used on the frame where extra strength can make a difference.
A custom made steel screw for the main shaft in place of the brass one used in our other timers. Again, I went all out to make it strong.
A special winding tool to eliminate the "winding ears" that many told me they did not like. Plus the tool is great when adjusting the upper disk or scroll. Most of us only have two hands, and the tool is almost like adding a third hand when trying to get the timer set up.
Plus, we make the timer in two versions, so our customers can have it just the way they like it. One size does not always fit all!
Not that it adds cost, but we also flipped the position of the engine release wire as you told us you wanted a straighter line from the time to the RPO. (Or whatever you use to kill the engine)
I am now aware that many of our 3F customers are using the second function as a quick DT. That has really surprised me. Not that it will do it, that is a piece of cake for the timer, but it is well below the extreme use factors we designed for. This may have pointed out a need for yet another three function timer, one just for QDT. We can do that, and make a timer that is lower cost than the 3F. If all you want is engine shut off, QDT, and normal DT, and you can live with the approach we use on our ABC and Mini timers, let me know.
You tell me. How much did you really save when you used a timer that was a few bucks less in your plane, and then watch it go straight up as the wings shear off on an over run or it goes OOS with the engine running, and the guts of that "el cheapo" timer rattling around inside the fuselage. And, should the unthinkable happen, can the "el cheapo" timer be repaired at nominal cost and quick turn around time?
I am proud of the reputation Texas Timers has earned for making top notch timers, and will never make a product that I do not feel will live up to this reputation. I provide timers to my friends, and I intend to keep them as friends.
Here is what one of our customer wrote about the Texas 3F he bought.