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Old 03-21-2012, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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briggs and stratton vs tecumseh vs harbor freight

I need to order a engine for my sons go cart. which brand of motor would you get.

Tecumseh about $200
Briggs and stratton $240
harbor freight $150

I want easy starting about 6 hp and reliable.

I really did not want to spend the $400 for a honda.

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Better than a B&S , Kohler $224.00 built in Kohler, Wis.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6hp-Kohler-E...item1e6c54849c
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All are about the same. Had good and bad results for every brand under the sun. If you take care of it, it will last.
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Tecumseh = Shit!
B&S = The Shit!
Harbor Freight = Chinese Shit!

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As a former employee of BASCO, buy the briggs. Support midwestern AMERICAN families. Plus the motors can run for 7 min when the crankcases are dry, getting paid to test that was awesome!
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the harbor freight is a honda clone. get the 20% off coupon and buy the $20 warranty.
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As a former employee of BASCO, buy the briggs. Support midwestern AMERICAN families. Plus the motors can run for 7 min when the crankcases are dry, getting paid to test that was awesome!
Too bad the kid that used my mower last year ran it 8 minutes
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I have installed several Harbor Freight engines (replacing a Honda) on nursery spray pumps in the last few years. Harbor Freight has changed suppliers this year. But every one is still running great! Just put a good synthetic oil in it, and change it when needed. I still don't know how they can ship this to my local store, all the way from China and still make money? $150.00!!!!



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I saw a horizontal shaft engine with electric start at harbor freight a few weeks ago. It didn't have a HP rating but it looked much bigger then a 5hp briggs.

I kinda wished I had a kid to build a go cart with it.
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Better than a B&S , Kohler $224.00 built in Kohler, Wis.
Show me where these engines are 100% built in the USA. Maybe assembled in the USA, but where are the parts from?

Edited to add:::: I wish they were 100% American built, as I hate China. But facts are fact!!!

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I put a HF 6.5 on my son's doodlebug with a torq-a-verter

It starts easy and runs just fine

Oh and it will carry the front tire with me on it
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I was leaning towards the briggs when I started this post and and old scout brought up a very good point. I am all for made in america.
The Kohler looks similar to a honda clone, is it really made in america?
Are the briggs or Tecumseh made in america?
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Show me where these engines are 100% built in the USA. Maybe assembled in the USA, but where are the parts from?

Edited to add:::: I wish they were 100% American built, as I hate China. But facts are fact!!!
So your splitting hairs over Built Vs Assembled?

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bu...e-usa-standard

So Hogcat My two month old Ariens lawnmower has a Kawasaki engine, built in Marysville Mo:
http://www.kawpowr.com/press_release_detail.aspx?id=30
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Tecumseh = Shit!
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Harbor Freight = Chinese Shit!
Wow. This is some enlightening shit right here. Helpful and insightful too.

I've actually had great luck with the HF motors. I run a quality synthetic and change it often; whether that helps I dont know, but it certainly doesnt hurt.
And, as mentioned, you can buy a replacement warranty for 20 or 30 bucks.

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So your splitting hairs over Built Vs Assembled?

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bu...e-usa-standard

So Hogcat My two month old Ariens lawnmower has a Kawasaki engine, built in Marysville Mo:
http://www.kawpowr.com/press_release_detail.aspx?id=30

So your saying they put a overseas engine in a body of a lawn mower made here and say it is build in the USA???

I was talking about engines made in the USA, not put together here from foreign parts!

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So your splitting hairs over Built Vs Assembled?

http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bu...e-usa-standard

So Hogcat My two month old Ariens lawnmower has a Kawasaki engine, built in Marysville Mo:
http://www.kawpowr.com/press_release_detail.aspx?id=30

Yeah its a big difference.
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So your saying they put a overseas engine in a body of a lawn mower made here and say it is build in the USA???

I was talking about engines made in the USA, not put together here from foreign parts!
So what parts are made over sea exactly?
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So what parts are made over sea exactly?
Probably the whole engine!! They might of stamped out the tin body, but I bet the wheels, handles, cables, etc were made overseas. But prove me wrong. I hope you can, as I say I hate China?etc crap!
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IIRC there are standards in order to tag a product "Made in USA" versus "Assembled in USA"
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Probably the whole engine!! They might of stamped out the tin body, but I bet the wheels, handles, cables, etc were made overseas. But prove me wrong. I hope you can, as I say I hate China?etc crap!
Kaw just made the engine Ariens made the mower
They seem to have a fair amount of foundry and casting equipment on the air pollution permit:
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/permi...aki-2010op.pdf

I can't see why they would need this sort of equipment if they were just assembling overseas parts.

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Only on the PBB can a thread about a guy looking for advice about a motor for his kids go-kart get twisted into a pissing contest about made vs. assembled in USA.
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Only on the PBB can a thread about a guy looking for advice about a motor for his kids go-kart get twisted into a pissing contest about made vs. assembled in USA.

Everything turns into some sort of pissing match political debate these days. It's fucking ridiculous.



Thought I'd read that the HF branded motors were actually just something else that was rebadged, like Honda or something. I couldn't give a shit less where my 150 dollar gas motor was built as long as it's good quality.
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I can garentee you that the block, rods, cranks, heabs, and plastics of a briggs and stratton motor are usa made. Most of the time in the same plant as the engines are assembled. Some items are overseas but the bulk is american, with the profits kept on US soil.
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