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Who makes the Powerhorse engines that are sold at Northern Tool, the displacement sizes are suspiciously the same as the Predator engines. Just wondering.
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not sure who makes the powerhorse, or powerfist engines. but i have been looking around for a repower for my old blower, and now my mower. some " off brand" engines look to be of good build quality, others look to be manufactured by fisher price.
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not sure who makes the powerhorse, or powerfist engines. but i have been looking around for a repower for my old blower, and now my mower. some " off brand" engines look to be of good build quality, others look to be manufactured by fisher price.
Now now. There's no need to besmirch the good name of Fisher-Price. They make quality stuff.


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lol....i do have to admit, for self propelled, near zero emission equipment, fisher price is my #1 choice! which reminds me......grandsons b'day is coming up soon!!!
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lol....i do have to admit, for self propelled, near zero emission equipment, fisher price is my #1 choice! which reminds me......grandsons b'day is coming up soon!!!
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That's one of the concerns with these cloned engines, there all copies. When I was generator shopping in Costco there was a generac next to a champion
The power heads were different but the engines were identical. Different colors but otherwise, down to where the ser numbers are etched into the blocks. Who knows what internal differences there MAY be. I think they all come out of the same Chinese day care/factory. Not proud to admit it but I'm a big fan of my hf 212. I have a "Subaru" made in china, on a power washer and that runs strong super easy to start. Had that six years. I only did my repower this past winter so can't vouch for it's longevity but that ran great. Only time will tell.
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Who makes the Powerhorse engines that are sold at Northern Tool, the displacement sizes are suspiciously the same as the Predator engines. Just wondering.
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There seems to be quite a few Chinese manufacturers of engines. The Predator 212cc engine is made by Loncin which makes the Toro 2 stage snow blower engines. I own 3 of these engines and they all run really nice and start with 1 to 2 pulls of the recoil every time. The old Grey hound engines were made by Lifan. The larger engines are made by different manufacturers. Overall they are pretty highly rated engines by the people who buy them.
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I had a Powerhorse generator. Paid ~$900 for it. It lasted less than a year and never worked right.

Engine mounts were tweaked at a weird angle, the automatic load control never ever worked, and the entire control panel vibrated madly when it was running. The engine never ran smoothly and frequently quit. The governor control was an incredibly mickeymoused affair with one of its adjustment screws cranked down as far as it could go. Brand new, from the factory.

I was running it one day to keep the fuel system from gumming up when smoke suddenly poured out of the generator. Nice, smelly electrical smoke. I looked into getting it repaired and the price was almost as much as buying another one. So I did.

A Honda.

Some guy took the Powerhorse off my hands for $75 and I feel lucky about it.

Powerhorse: proof of the maxim "you get what you pay for".
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The Foreign Engines

That's sort of what I was afraid of.
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