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Old 08-13-2012, 04:26:48 PM
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I have seen these Chinese clone engines online and I am wondering if they are worth buying?
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:36:23 PM
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There is a mojor retailer in my area which sells both the Honda and the Chinese knock offs side by side. The Honda goes for 500.00 or so while the Chinese goes for about 150.00. The Honda carries a excellent warranty while the Chinese does not have any. They also caution you when you are buying the Chinese one that's it only good for about 50 hours that then it's garbage hence... you get what you pay for.

I never really understood what my father used to say until later in life. We are too poor to buy cheap.
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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.

His attitude is that he can buy 4 or 5 for cost of name like Honda, and he hopes they fail shortly before warranty ends. That keeps his costs down - no maintainance - only scheduled oil changes.
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Honestly, I have seen some of the Chinese engines go through some serious abuse on construction sites and they just keep on going. In my experience, they seem to be just as good as the Honda engines. I'm sure the quality control doesn't compare, so there probably are some bad ones.
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Some of them are darn good engines. Those Liquid Combustion Technologies engines (LCT), are great. They are the company contracted to build the new Tecumsehs (Lausons).

Like most Chinese engines, they are component driven. Meaning that you replace sub-assemblies, rather than individual parts.
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Honestly, I have seen some of the Chinese engines go through some serious abuse on construction sites and they just keep on going. In my experience, they seem to be just as good as the Honda engines. I'm sure the quality control doesn't compare, so there probably are some bad ones.
I've had great luck with them on our off road buggies, and we even have the governors removed on them. They can take a serious beating for the money. I have 3 200cc 6.5hp Harbor Frieghts, one 420cc 15hp Lifan (Home Depot), and one 420cc 16hp DuroMax (Maxtool). All of the have hard lives. There quality is not as good as the Honda's they were copied from, but who can argue with a complete 6.5hp engine for $99. Here are some pics of mine, and my kids karts.
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I think, if it were not for the inability to readily get parts, Iwould not have aproblem withthem. However, I am disheartened
by the lack of USA manufacturing. Perhaps some enterprising plants and distributors could make cheap replacement parts.
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They've made a big dent in Birggs's go kart engine business.(The racing karts) And they are of good enough quality to be worth what they cost. Toss it and buy another one.
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Here is what I have found, my HF engine on my troy bilt horse has over 100hours and no issues, and honda parts fit! Also B&S now sells one that is Chinese made and all the parts interchange with the HF engine (i.e. Carb) also there has grown a huge racing parts market around these engines for those who cant afford the B&S animal or world series cart engines
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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.

His attitude is that he can buy 4 or 5 for cost of name like Honda, and he hopes they fail shortly before warranty ends. That keeps his costs down - no maintainance - only scheduled oil changes.
This is what bugs me the most. How much of the worlds resources go on the scrap heap before we get smarter. Surely its not all about a quick buck?
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