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Old 08-14-2012, 10:29:07 AM
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I know a contractor who runs over 200 of them. He buys from HF, gets extended warranty. Brings back duds, no problem - promptly given a replacement.
Says about 1/4 fail within few days, about 1/2 make about year of 5 day use, about one in 5 runs past warranty period and is sold.
I do believe they are or will be getting better that's for sure. What a lot of folks don't understand is that they are not the same build quality as say a Honda and in my area, they are just not worth trying to fix. The people I deal with seem to take offence to that fact thinking it's just as good as a Honda. The same goes for these Honda knockoff dirt bikes. Once they are broke, toss 'em and buy another. You might get a day, week or a year outta' it. The above quote is the proof. I guess it's just the manufacture reaching a certain price point. So if you want to make a go kart for your kid buy it and have fun beating the heck outta' it, but if you need say a water pump for a brush fire... Read the above quote once more.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:16:57 AM
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Excellent point kammer. Need to fit the "tool" to the application.
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Harbor Freight has the Honda Knock off if you have to see one in person and there is one of those stores near by.
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Colemans uses a knockoff in their small generaters. It runs about 50 hours and wipes out. (plastic cam destroys itself, then parts of gets in the engine bearings, wiping them out too.
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What people also don't understand, is not all of these Chinese engines are the same. HF engines.... you take your chances. LCT engines.... I'd put one up against a comparable Briggs any day. The parts may interchange between the Chinese engines, they may even be built in the same place....but I've seen quite a difference in quality among all the various Honda knockoffs.
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If I were in need of an engine, I would simply go down to the local mower shop or scan ebay/craigslist. You can get a good Wisconsin or Briggs engine for less than any of these new Chinese clone engines; it will last for ever with basic maintenance and you will have the piece of mind that the engine is not going to blow up on you

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just think... maybe in fifty years collectors will paint up old knock offs and bring em to shows
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just think... maybe in fifty years collectors will paint up old knock offs and bring em to shows
I have no doubt they will. They're here, like it or not. And they are commanding a larger share of the market each year.
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Hello,
I needed a lawn mower about 4 years ago. Went shopping around and found Home Despot had Cub Cadet push mowers for sale. I paid a extra $100 over another brand mower, because I figured the Cub was a better mower! It didn't get past the second mowing, the next year! I found out that it was a knock off engine! Of coarse the warranty was no good. Pulled the valve cover and the casting that the rocker arms were attached to had busted off at the base! Looked for parts, and found out nobody made spare parts for them!!!!! I would of been better off going to Wally World and buying a new mower every year and tossing the old one (for about $200 cheaper)! I now run a old Gravley walk behind with a rotary mower on it. It's old (late 70's) but it's a lot better than the crap they sell now!

In my opinion, don't waste you're money!

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I have great luck buying used B&S powered mowers for $25.00- 50.00. Don't start -take it free or 25.00. Runs - & self propelled, closer to 50.00.
Usually clean filter, change oil, clean carb, gap plug, sharpen & balance blade - good to go for years. Sometimes have to buy new blade or replace sheared key or wheels because plastic bearing is too wobbly.

I lay up properly for winter, if in good shape, and someone asks, often sell in spring for $75.00 + a non working one.
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