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Question for people who sell used blowers.....

Hi guys/gals,

I've been curious about something for a while,and I had a discussion the other day made me want to come here and ask a question.

For those who regularly sell used blowers and go so far as to repower them with Predator engines,what has been the customers' reaction to the Predator engines?

Most people recognize the names Briggs and Stratton and Tecumseh,but people not into small engines probably don't have any idea what a Predator is.When they see that the blower has a brand new engine on it,do they ask who Predator is,and when you tell them it's a $99 Chinese engine with a 90-day warranty do they seem concerned about that?

I ask because a guy came to my house the other day and happened to mention he was in the market for a small,used blower.I told him I would consider selling my Toro 521.

He appeared interested until he noticed the name Greyhound on the starter.He said,What the heck is a Greyhound?.As soon as I said Harbor Freight and then China,it was all over.

Of course I explained to him that all blower engines were now made in China and I don't think he believed any of that.I showed him what a great running engine it was and started it by pulling it over with my index finger.He WAS impressed with that,how quiet it was and that it only had about 40 hours on it,if that.In the end though,not being a Briggs or Tecumseh turned him off and he left without it,which really didn't hurt my feelings.

So,has anyone else had this happen?Myself,I would think that seeing a brand new engine sitting atop a used blower would be a deal maker and most customers wouldn't care who made it or where.Any negative reactions/no-sales due to the Predator?

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My own blower has a WEN on the recoil that came from Harbor Freight, and I've repowered several blowers with either the WEN or Greyhound clones, but haven't sold them yet....I really think it wouldn't be a negative to have a clone, but rater a plus.
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Maybe telling home (Honda Clone) you would have had better luck. I have yet to throw a clone on a machine to sell. I have done some of china engines for customer repairs. Most of them want the same motor they had until they see some of the prices for a used Tec or Briggs.
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I did sell a Jacobsen to a man who had blown up the Tecumseh on his. I offered to repower his with a clone, but he balked at the idea, and said if I could find a good used Tecumseh, he would rather go that route even though twice the cost.
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said if I could find a good used Tecumseh, he would rather go that route even though twice the cost.
I would rather do that too, because sometimes "lowest cost" isnt the most important consideration..I would rather pay more for higher quality than pay less for lower quality.

Based on everything I have learned on this forum over the years, if I was shopping for a used snowblower, a re-power with a $99 predator would be an automatic "pass"...dont want it, will never want it. I will keep looking for a vintage machine with its original engine.

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I would rather do that too, because sometimes "lowest cost" isnt the most important consideration..I would rather pay more for higher quality than pay less for lower quality.

Based on everything I have learned on this forum over the years, if I was shopping for a used snowblower, a re-power with a $99 predator would be an automatic "pass"...dont want it, will never want it. I will keep looking for a vintage machine with its original engine.

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I don't understand this, though I feel HF sells nothing but junk, I carefully choose what I buy there, being new to this board, I thought there was nothing but positive feedback from using the HF Predator engines. They are easy to start, have power, and several on here have been using them for a few years and often where they live.
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We all feel a little dirty promoting something made in China. We all feel a little dirty promoting something where the design and engineering was stolen from a respectable Japanese company. We all wish Tecumseh was still around manufacturing HSK engines in the good ole USA, but they’re gone. Some here refuse to support a Chonda for moral reasons.
I had a 7HP Tecumseh throw a rod running at spec RPM serviced to the proper level with clean oil. Stuff happens. $99 and a couple hours tinkering in the shop and it was not only a working machine again, but starts easier, runs quieter and throws the snow further than the Tecumseh L-head it replaced. I wish I could only shop at a local mom and pop business, but I find myself at Wal-Mart because it's cheaper and convenient.
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I have Found From Experience that a New Engine is a Big Selling Point on Otherwise Used Machines.
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Based on everything I have learned on this forum over the years, if I was shopping for a used snowblower, a re-power with a $99 predator would be an automatic "pass"....

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And what,specifically, have you learned here over the years that would make you pass on a Predator re-powered machine?Just about everything I've read here about the Predators has been very positive...

They haven't been around long enough to see how many years you can get out of one.My own Greyhound is on its 7th winter and still runs perfectly-I've done nothing but change the oil.

I'm certainly not knocking your personal opinion,Scott,and in a way,I also agree with you.I would rather have a nice Briggs or Tecumseh flathead on my Toro probably because I hate to see the death of old-school quality manufacturing.In my area though,in good shape,those engines are considered to be worth their weight in gold.I bought the Greyhound because I could afford it,and so far,I haven't regretted it.
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Very fortunate I didn't buy any snowblowers for this season. I never even had to use my blower this year. Lots of guys sitting on them.
I do have a nice few tillers though. It may never snow again but people are always planting gardens.

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