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Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine

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Jim WJ

12-27-2007 11:13:13

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Just woundering if anybody has ever purchased this size of motor from harbor freight tools? It looks like a honda but it is painted blue. I called harbor freight to see if there were any repair parts available and they said yes [ about 6 to 8 weeks out ]. Does anyone know if there are any parts available right here in the states? Jim WJ

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12-30-2007 16:07:30

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
I have 2 of those,one is on a log spliter.Have'nt had any problems,starts good,runs well.They had them on sale at HF had 15% coupon so I got another just for the heck of it.Got some friends that has them for years,no trouble.You can Google'em find all kind of parts in stock.About all honda parts will work on them.

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Gary in tx

12-28-2007 08:12:00

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
My bet would be that Honda makes them for these other companies. I have a HF gas powered compressor, motor says Subaru but would be honda made the motor for them just like you have companies here building equipment for other companies, an example would be New Holland is making CaseIH hay equipment.

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135 Fan

12-28-2007 10:19:08

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Gary in tx, 12-28-2007 08:12:00  
They are chinese copies of Honda engines. If you are lucky, some Honda parts might work. Honda does not make Subaru engines. Robin makes them and is part of Fuji heavy industries, same as Mitsibishi. The Subaru name was added for marketing purposes because it is a more well known name. Wisconson used to be the N. American distributor of Robin engines and they were sold as Wisconson Robin engines. Robin engines are an extremely good engine. At least as good as Honda. In fact they are the number small engine in Japan. Subaru Robin are sold as industrial/commercial engines because that's the reputation they want to keep. Check out the Robin Subaru website. They have a full line of engines, generators, water pumps, etc.. As far as the off brand chinese engines, I looked at some water pumps with them at Princess auto. I asked the guy there about them. He said they are about a 1500 hr. engine if the oil is changed every maximum 8 hrs. religously. He said the Honda engine on the other hand was better built and more of an industrial engine. He said the Honda should last at least 3000 hrs. and doesn't need all the pampering the Chinese copy's need. If the Honda is pampered it should last 5-6000 hrs. I have heard of a Robin going for 7000 hrs. If your compressor has a Robin Subaru engine, it will probably out last the compressor. They really are a good engine. Dave

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Mathias NY

12-27-2007 19:18:41

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
Last fall I bought a Buffalo Tools 4kw generator as a backup, for $400 it was hard to go wrong. I think it has one of those 6.5 hp engines on it. Would I trust this thing to power my job-site if I built a house? No. Will I trust it to power a few things in my house for 3 days while the power is off? Yes.

The research that I did online when I bought it lead me to beleive that the Honda parts were interchangeable with the 'China' engine. This is because it IS a reverse engineered Honda engine. The Chinese are masters of this... they just haven't perfected the metal quality yet.

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12-27-2007 18:25:06

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
I hear the valves eat themselves if you run it 8 hours a day like the good 'ol hondas. Something with heat buildup on the seats. However, if for a pressure washer or something like a 2-4 hour use a day, it should be fine.

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Gene Dotson

12-27-2007 17:45:04

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
Just like Crazyhorse said, they are throwaway engines. Valve keepers are very chintzy and allows the engine to digest the valve. The valve guides are very soft and wear rapidly.
I do some engine repair work for my Amish neighbors who have bought these engines and even minor repairs are a major downtime for parts. I can get the parts for their Honda engines at the local dealer.
These engines are alright if you only require a low run time or using under light load. They definitely are not an engine to rely on to run 8 hours every day doing a critical job... Gene

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Crazy Horse

12-27-2007 14:51:39

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
Six to 8 weeks will end up being "not available, sorry" eventually. They may look like Hondas but don't for a minute even think that they will use Honda replacement parts. There are many of these engines on the market today that are nothing but "throwaways", in other words they are not marketed to be fixed. If you're paying 1-2 hundred dollars for an engine, don't expect much. They might work for you in the short run but talk to a contractor who uses pumps, generators, compressors etc. They'll set you straight pretty quick about where to funnel your hard-earned money.

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Jerry Coulter

12-27-2007 11:49:57

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 Re: Harbor Freight 6.5 hp gas engine in reply to Jim WJ, 12-27-2007 11:13:13  
Bought one at Costco for $119.95 in March. Was about $30 below what HF sold for at the time. It is supposed to be a Honda knock-off and use Honda parts. Always had positive reviews whenever discussed here. Mine is still in the box.

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