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Just wondering how long anyone has been using a cloned engine, on anything.
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Just wondering how long anyone has been using a cloned engine, on anything.
Just over 3 years on the Minibike for my oldest Predator 212cc. Still runs great and starts with 1 pull of the recoil. I heard the oldest Honda clone may be pushing 10 years now
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Actually China is starting to become a bit more expensive to manufacture and Multinationals are now starting to use Bangladesh and Vietnam to make shoes and clothing products. China is adapting by attempting to become a high tech manufacturer of higher quality goods such as retail electronic and other goods were a skilled labor force is need to make. In many ways they are becoming like Japan was in the 1970's when they moved into manufacturing automobiles and high tech electronics. Building engines and automobiles and high end electronics requires more skills of the workers than the piece meal low cost stitching to gate of shirts and Nike shoes.

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I didn't word the title correctly, I mean what the oldest Chinese/harbor freight engine anyone is using. So far looks like 3 years. Wonder if my kids will be usingnmy repowered 1970ish ariens 20 yrs from now with, the original to them engine on it
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i have had a clone 9 hp on my wood splitter for the past three years now..that sucker gets alot of run time between myself and my wife it can sometimes be running for up to 6 hours a day. I have no trouble at all starting it..sometimes it likes to run on half chock for a bit till it warms up but im ok with that..
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I didn't word the title correctly, I mean what the oldest Chinese/harbor freight engine anyone is using. So far looks like 3 years. Wonder if my kids will be usingnmy repowered 1970ish ariens 20 yrs from now with, the original to them engine on it
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Do you use synthetic oil? I use Amsoil in all my engines and I currently have 379,000 miles on my 2003 Hyundai Elantra. Certain people on the forum feel that Hyundai is the worst of the worst. However it runs great and I will keep it as long as it does. I feel that the Harbor Freight Predator 212cc is a well built engine. It has a cast iron liner and dual ball bearing support on the crankshaft. As to their longevity I say if you maintain it well it could last 20 years just like the old Tecumseh engines. Don't kid your self these Honda clones are for the most part better engines than the Old Tecumseh were.
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