Harbor Freight Predator Engines




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Rob M.: I have an old Power Trim Edger, wanted to know if anyone has used this HF engine as a replacement for a similar gas edger?? I've had my edger for over 30+ plus years, and the Briggs engine finally gave up. This would be way cheaper than buying a new edger or having the Briggs engine rebuilt.

rogerbeginify: They are excellent engines I have one on a Ariens snowblower it is on its second season and works great starts up in sub zero weather by the third pull. It's rated at 6.5 horsepower I think it is on par with an 8 or 9 hp Tecumseh. 

MySM005: The Predator 14 HP 420cc engine used for the original chassis go kart?

Gerald Thomas: My Harbor Freight 212cc engine works great on my 1984 Montgomery Ward snowblower replacing the 5hp Briggs.

I was going to replace it with a Briggs but decided that I didn't want to spend the money.



bb4jdmlude: these are just old honda engine designs that are cloned.

professorfidelcat: China engines are improving!  What next? a 1340cc Hayabusa clone from China?

robert gehr: we have a go kart track in our backyard and just about everyone has a 212cc predator engine and 1 420cc they are very dependable

Auminer Dave: There are NO Harbor Freight stores in Alaska!  (re: 0.31)

nick nellos: FYI , Honda is mfg in china as well

nick nellos: alex your full of crap.  I will put it up against a honda any day of the week, 365 days a year.

I Sparklez: I don't care what other people I have a 212cc predator on a log splitter and have about 1000hrs on it and it still starts first pull every time. I also have one on a go kart with about 10hrs on it and it has more power than any honda ive ever seen

Joeak74: I don't know where the negative comments are all coming from. These "Predator" engines are VERY well made. I have four (4) of them on various equipment,and they have all been perfect runners with zero issues.  My buddy's girl friend had a Honda CRF 100 dirt bike with a broken piston that we needed to replace. WE ordered the complete top end from the Honda dealership. When the parts (factory OEM) came in (piston , cylinder, etc), they were all marked "Made in Brazil". This tells me that even honda has licensed manufacture's in other countries.

Alex Geller: don't compare a Honda with a freaking Chinese piece of crap 

UhBuddy: AND.... They're better than Tecumseh could've hope to be in the last years of that company's life... I see those things throwing the connecting rod often via a small engine repairman's videos.

UhBuddy: Curious to why there is much hate for these Predator Engines... I have 2 of them... One on a pressure washer and the other is on a Predator generator with at least 100 hours on it. If the motor last you a year or two, you got your money's worth. I believe mine will last me years.. I've punished both motor with hard work, but have not abused them.. I change oil regularly and they run fantastic! Both are the 212cc, 6.5hp motors. Kudos to Chinese for building a great affordable group of motors!

Sundown798: These motors are NOT intended to be used as a long term solution. Its for the guy that wants to get 2 more years out of their chipper/sherdder ect and get a new chipper someday.  Or the Kid that wants to buld his first gocart. Ask if they have a replacement plan warranty. They extended warranty's seem cheap there.

Dave Sherva: I bought the Predator 212 cc and put it on a mini bike. Started on the first pull out of the box. They line up perfect for the popular baja doodle bug mini bikes.Click my profile to see the mini bike and Predator 212 cc together.

Hank Erchief: my 212 starts on the 5th pull and loves to kick back and rip the cord out of my hand.

kctyphoon: and they are very reliable - so much that they have their own class in cart racing, and a 6.5hp Chinese engine can usually be built to produce about 20hp with supporting modifications. most people that hate on these engines, dont have one - and just want to feel better about having spent more money on a honda

kctyphoon: for the record - honda ( a Chinese company) sells its engine designs and dies to other manufactures for mass production. the designs of the engines themselves are near identical, which is why you can replace any parts with actual Honda parts. they save money by using cheaper alloys, and cheaper bolt on parts like carbs and gas tanks.

Rating:
Harbor Freight Predator Engines 5 out of 5

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