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Free screwdrivers??..... .........Go get 'em Chet..........

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Free screwdrivers??..... .........Go get 'em Chet..........

After work tomorrow, unless they get sold out.....



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I had to go right by there today anyway so why not? I got mine!
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O.K. Dave, you got me. I forgot to put the quotation marks and the winking smiley. But if those are anything like the ones I paid for, they might as well pay you to take them....


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If that is the " Greyhound" engine it has been on sale the last couple of weeks at the HF here for $99 and with the 20% off coupon I had I was going to get one last Saturday but the were sold out, 80 bucks for a 6 1/2 HP gas engine was too good to pass up but they were all gone. I went up front to get one of the heat guns they had on sale for half price at $9.99 and they were all gone too! After grumbling about that I went on back to get some of the blue tarps they also had on sale at 50% off and they were out of those dang things too! All in all it was a pretty disgusting trip since I was walking around in there with that coupon worth 20% off of the total purchase and they didn't have a darn thing I went in there for.
Did you try filling out a layaway card. I actually bought the 6.5 hp hf engine quite awhile back when they were on sale for 129 (central machinery). being so low priced I gave it a shot, and was thinking of building a go cart, but of course the hf in town had none, just like a lot of other things . I filled out a card, and they sent me in the mail when they were in and had one I could pick up and honor the 129.00 price
I started mine up, and it started right away too (once I figured out I didn't have the gas lever turned to on), and seemed to run fine. I have not yet used it for anything. Good to hear so far old red has been having luck with his.
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Did you try filling out a layaway card..
I thought about it but even though I could have still gotten the sale price of $99.99 the 20% off coupon was not good on out-of-stock merchandise. With that coupon and the sale price I was going to get it for $80 but naturally I got there too late and they were sold out. I really did not have a need for it right now but for 80 bucks I would have let it sit around until I did need it. HF has sent a new 20% off coupon because of the "nationwide bad weather" and if I had of gotten that raincheck I could still have bought it for $80 but I didn't.

If any of you guys want to take advantage of the 20% off of your entire purchase, including sale prices, here is the coupon, it's good for the next tree days.

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...&r=3779_825550
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I bought a pressure washer from CarQuest about a year and a half ago that they had to order for me. I loaded the box up and took it home, unpacked and was disappointed that it a an engine made China with no name except 6.5 horse power on it. I thought yea, O.K. and put it together anyway. I filled up the crank case and the fuel tank and it started on the second pull! I also mounted a digital hour meter on it I found at sears that uses a wire wrapped around the the coil wire for run time. I have 27.8 hours on it now and still starts right up and runs great. Actually I am impressed with the engine so far, it seems to have plenty of power for the 2500 psi washer. The engine looks exactly like the H.F.s 6.5 horse engine. So if when when I build my grand kids some go-karts I will probably go with H.F. engines.

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Heh...Only thing I've ever bought from HF were a set of squeeze clamps about 10 years ago. Got something like 10 clamps for $5. They've all rusted to heck, but only one of them actually broke.

About Chinese stuff...I hear people knocking the Chinese turbos that are all over ebay. And of all the guys that I've heard of actually taking the chance on one (or two), only one guy has ever said he had trouble. I even know of a couple that have 50-60,000 relatively trouble free miles in Chinese turbo V8's (One LS1 and one carb blowthrough setup.)
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This is getting interesting, I asked the guy at HF if he had any idea how those engines were holding up and he said they sell a ton of them (I bet they do!) and the only ones he has seen come back was for packing/shipping damage and occasionally a missing part. If I had a need for an engine that size right now I would not hesitate to try one and if I can still get one for $80 I will buy it anyway.
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The 5.5 , 6.5 and up Engines that Harbor freight sells are made by the Chinese manufacture Lifan. Its Pronounced Leefawn. The Yellow Champion Brand engine is a Lifan as well. And yes the Cub Cadet Engine in the entry level Push mowers is a Lifan also.

The Company I work for has sold Millions of Dollars worth of products to them and a partner of theirs for some pump projects. They Continue to buy parts from us and our sister companies in Europe.

Up until a few years ago I had stayed away from any Brand China engines. Once this Company Spent money here in the States that allowed me to put food on my table........Well that was OK in my Book. I bought one right away for a go-kart project.

Since then I have 8 of the 6.5 Horse Engines in various states of tune. I mostly use them on Old school Minibikes. I have never had a problem with any one of them. Every Lifan I have came with Japanese Carbs and Japanese bearings on the output.

And No, All Chinese engines aren't the same. I got a brand new Jiangdong 6.5hp with a assortment of frames one day last year and it has been nothing but trouble.


This Summer I bought a Lifan Motorcycle and have been very happy with it. It is a Honda Trail 70 replica with a 110cc 4 speed engine. That is street legal and is used basically as a scooter for me to get back and forth to work 7 miles one way on surface streets. $900 out the door and will sit at 55mph with a gear change. Gets like 100mpg as well.


Some people definitely have their reasons for not Buying anything Chinese and I respect that. Im just giving you my experience so far with at least the Lifan brand Chinese engine.

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And yes the Cub Cadet Engine in the entry level Push mowers is a Lifan also.



I have one of those Cub Cadet self-propelled mowers with electric start and I was somewhat disappointed this past summer when I found it had a Chinese engine. The thing starts as soon as the starter hits or one pull of the cord and has plenty of power so if has a decent service life I guess I can't complain.
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Hmmmm - my little MTD snow blower's 8Hp Tecumseh HMSK 80 Snow King engine is and always has been a piece of junk and has not run for a couple of years now. The Chinese POS might just be the answer for a couple hundred bucks - it was going to the dump in the next week or so---------


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at the local wal-mart-size-hardware (menards) they have a mtd snowthrower with a China engine.

I personally like the old 1970s beastie at my grandma's with the 8hp briggs snow-gard on it. Even the tires are made in USA on it. The newer (~2000) craftsman (5hp tecumseh) one has chinese shih-ting tires on it. Dissapoints me.

I know not to buy a cub cadet... as far as pushers go, grab one along the road and rebuild the carb, some fresh oil and a new spark plug later; 90% of the time, it'll fire right up.
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at the local wal-mart-size-hardware (menards) they have a mtd snowthrower with a China engine.

I personally like the old 1970s beastie at my grandma's with the 8hp briggs snow-gard on it. Even the tires are made in USA on it. The newer (~2000) craftsman (5hp tecumseh) one has chinese shih-ting tires on it. Dissapoints me.

I know not to buy a cub cadet... as far as pushers go, grab one along the road and rebuild the carb, some fresh oil and a new spark plug later; 90% of the time, it'll fire right up.
Mine ran one more time though the carb linkages are not well protected from blowing snow - it was c-o-o-l-d and windy - once yesterday it froze the governor at low load and stalled it when I hit a pile of snow. Then it froze the throttle and I had to choke it into silence to put away. Regardless, it throws snow better then it ever did - even new and with 1.5 Hp less.

As a note - MTD, Bolens, Troy-Bilt and Cub Cadet along with other brands are all built by MTD and most have a POS Tecumseh engine. Makes me wonder what POS engines they will be using now that Tec is shutting down production - Chinese? My guess is yes and at the same price level .

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I don't know about the same price level Dave.....Garden tractors on the whole are a lot cheaper than they used to be.....Trouble is, that extends to the quality as well as the price........ ....and, like you said, even if you buy American, the quality just isn't there.

I am calling a guy tomorrow about an old Ford graden tractor.....early 70s I think.........with a deck, tiller, power takeoff..........should be a brute. If I have to repower with a Chinese knock off, so be it.
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