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post #1 of 11 Old 08-05-2016, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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powerland 16hp horiz shaft engine

here is a link to an ebay auction i just ran across. looks pretty cheap to me.

Powerland PD420 Recoil Start 16HP Gas Engine Horizontal Shaft | eBay
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Some more photos and specs at the web site here.
https://www.powerlanddepot.com/index...&product_id=56
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Yes it does look cheap..in more ways than one.
Powerland has a reputation..and it isn't good.

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Yes it does look cheap..in more ways than one.
Powerland has a reputation..and it isn't good.

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Please do share - - - I didn't find anything
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A couple of years ago or so...

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Please do share - - - I didn't find anything
this company, Powerland, made a snowblower and everybody from Snowblowers Direct to Sears sold them. The quality was so bad some of the reviews I read said there were oil leaks before they even got it out of the box! Then after using them for less than an hour they shredded belts, leaked gas, tires went flat and even the auger gear box broke. Needless to say nobody sells them anymore. The engines appear to be NOS (new old stock) that the dealers are trying to get rid of hence the low price. All I can say is Caveat Emptor!
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this company, Powerland, made a snowblower and everybody from Snowblowers Direct to Sears sold them. The quality was so bad some of the reviews I read said there were oil leaks before they even got it out of the box! Then after using them for less than an hour they shredded belts, leaked gas, tires went flat and even the auger gear box broke. Needless to say nobody sells them anymore. The engines appear to be NOS (new old stock) that the dealers are trying to get rid of hence the low price. All I can say is Caveat Emptor!
Is this what you are referring to....
https://www.amazon.com/Powerland-PDS...ews/B003BLPJEC
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All I can say is, you can not expect the quality of a $700-900 Honda engine out of a $180 chinese made engine. (you get what you pay for.....) You may get lucky and get good use out of it, but you also may not.

I would not mind having to replace leaking seals, you may be able to fit better quality ones and be done with it. I would mind though if it would have mechanical failures...
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"All I can say is, you can not expect the quality of a $700-900 Honda engine out of a $180 chinese made engine."

Interesting isn't it that when I was a kid in the 50's everybody said the same thing about the Japanese, now it's the Chinese. Who will our great grandchildren say it about?
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Yeah but in the 1950's it was true! Yes that's painting with a broad brush and wasn't true 100.0% of the time but in those days many Japanese products had very poor quality. And in later days when their quality increased, so did the price of the products.

Funny story: my first car was a 1964 Toyota Corona. When I got it the mirror on the driver's door was missing so I went to my friendly local auto parts store and got a "universal" one. Naturally its mounting holes didn't line up with the factory holes, so I grabbed a nail and hammer to make punch marks for drilling new holes. The first one I tried, I gave the nail a light tap with the hammer and it went right through the sheet metal!

I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to buy a newer Toyota but in 1964 their quality was way below that of competing products.

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My understanding is that there is the good China market, where good products get made due to good quality control. But there also is the bad China market, where quality control is not that important or it may not even exist.
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