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Are Greyhound small gas engines a good engine? I see they are sold at Harbor Freight Tools and sometimes wonder about their products.

When shopping for: small gas engine | Posted 06/29/2009 | 22394 Views
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mj95cobra Posted: 05/15/2011
Ranked: 8th in Valves (based on 2 answers / 1 positive ratings )
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HF has the 6.5 hp on sale right now for 74.99 and you can use their online 20% coupon to get it even lower.  I purchased one along with some other items and they shipped the engine separate via FedEx.  It arrived in 3 days while the other stuff will probably arrive tomorrow.  Total shipping cost to my door: $10.99.  It costs more for gas if I were to drive to the closest HF store.  I dumped the oil out of the engine before starting it and replaced it with a good quality synthetic.  Make sure you read the manual because it tells you to check the oil with the dipstick NOT SCREWED IN ALL THE WAY.  Most engines you screw the dipstick in all the way.  Anyhow, I found all nuts and bolts to be nice and tight, the valves adjusted properly and I went ahead and fired it up to run  a breakin without any load.  It seems to run very smooth and hasn't skipped a beat.  I've started and stopped it many, many times and it always starts on the first pull.  Tonight I'm going to go ahead and order another one before the sale ends.  I can always sell it on Craigslist for $100 if I don't have a need for it. BTW,  I change the oil after 1 hour of run time to get rid of the initial small shavings that typically occur.  I didn't find any large shavings.
mj95cobra Posted: 05/15/2011
Ranked: 8th in Valves (based on 2 answers / 1 positive ratings )
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HF has the 6.5 hp on sale right now for 74.99 and you can use their online 20% coupon to get it even lower.  I purchased one along with some other items and they shipped the engine separate via FedEx.  It arrived in 3 days while the other stuff will probably arrive tomorrow.  Total shipping cost to my door: $10.99.  It costs more for gas if I were to drive to the closest HF store.  I dumped the oil out of the engine before starting it and replaced it with a good quality synthetic.  Make sure you read the manual because it tells you to check the oil with the dipstick NOT SCREWED IN ALL THE WAY.  Most engines you screw the dipstick in all the way.  Anyhow, I found all nuts and bolts to be nice and tight, the valves adjusted properly and I went ahead and fired it up to run  a breakin without any load.  It seems to run very smooth and hasn't skipped a beat.  I've started and stopped it many, many times and it always starts on the first pull.  Tonight I'm going to go ahead and order another one before the sale ends.  I can always sell it on Craigslist for $100 if I don't have a need for it. BTW,  I change the oil after 1 hour of run time to get rid of the initial small shavings that typically occur.  I didn't find any large shavings.
allspirit Posted: 05/03/2011
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you don't adjust it if it needs fine tuning below the air filter there is a black blank coner if you remove it you will find a screw that will allow a small fine adjust ment make sure you put the cover back it is also a stop for it. The engine it self is great if you get a good one i have one on my 40+ year old splitter and ipondered buying one at 119.99 on sale i have used tons of HF product with successs and had some issues as well but more victories than defeat when i received a coupon for 20.00 off and the engine was on sale for 99.99 what could i say 79.99 for an engine i went for it well it lined up perfectly with the old briggs mounting like it was made for it and it started the second pull but it refused to idel correctly so back to HF i went came back with engine 2 and it started first pull and love was made it works perfect had plenty of pep to handle 36 inch wide logs of oak and maple and compared to my laboring Briggs which was making me deaf and which built my muscles well day and night low price does not mean low results some times to replace an engine on a 45+ year old splitter with a briggs would of cost me 429.99 locally to replace the splitter was 899.99 instead i replace the motor with the greyhound for 80.00 no brainer. if it lasts for 10 years i am all good   
mals_piat Posted: 10/02/2010
Ranked: 1st in Valves (based on 2 answers / 8 positive ratings )
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eye69- oil level was correct. No pump setting was messed with. You must work for the company.
buddyru Posted: 09/06/2010
Ranked: 10th in Valves (based on 1 answers / 1 positive ratings )
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they are good i own one for 15 years i would recomen a grey hound engine to people
jack-ndabox Posted: 03/14/2010
Ranked: 3rd in Valves (based on 2 answers / 7 positive ratings )
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These engines are great and if you buy them on sale they are 1/4 the cost of the Briggs and CrapIron. Go and examine the quality of these and compare it to the Honda's, you will not find much difference. When you do need parts they are plentiful and cheap. If you have plenty of money to waste and your brother in law work at briggs you should buy the briggs. If you want quality at a great price buy the Greyhound. 
jack-ndabox Posted: 03/14/2010
Ranked: 3rd in Valves (based on 2 answers / 7 positive ratings )
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These engines are great and if you buy them on sale they are 1/4 the cost of the Briggs and CrapIron. Go and examine the quality of these and compare it to the Honda's, you will not find much difference. When you do need parts they are plentiful and cheap. If you have plenty of money to waste and your brother in law work at briggs you should buy the briggs. If you want quality at a great price buy the Greyhound. 
jon_wade45 Posted: 03/14/2010
Ranked: 24th in Plumbing (based on 1 answers / 3 positive ratings )
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as an employee of Briggs and Stratton, I know that I wouldnt touch chinese motors. We know that MTD via walmart, has used Chinese motors on their small walk behind mowers and got a bunch of returns and repair issues. They went back to Briggs. Besides that Briggs model 9 and 10 are cheap reliable and proven. We have a world class quality track record. All the major parts on a briggs 9 or 10 are made in the USA.
eye69 Posted: 03/11/2010
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the guy with the logsplitter needs to know how to check the oil and not screw with pump settings every
on allways try to get more than what its rated for
mals_piat Posted: 01/01/2010
Ranked: 1st in Valves (based on 2 answers / 8 positive ratings )
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No. They are junk. I bought a log splitter from Harbor Freight. The fourth day that I used it, the motor siezed. Unfortunately, to honor the warranty, I need to send it 3000 miles away and pay for shipping.
robdwynn Posted: 11/04/2009
Ranked: 23rd in Plumbing (based on 1 answers / 4 positive ratings )
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i work for a small engine shop as a mechanic,i have now been employed there for 8 years.
it is a family owned buisness.
some of the customers (7) to be exact have brought these engines to us too install on there
equipment all semed to be very satisfied.

iDealGolfer Posted: 10/01/2009
Ranked: 9th in Valves (based on 3 answers / 1 positive ratings )
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I managed an autobody and repair shop part time for 10 years and I relied on Harbor Freight Tools for not only the savings but the ability to find more specialized items for me in short time frames.  Honestly, I only had a few rare occasions I was not pleased with them.  As for the Greyhound engines, many smaller repair shops used them and no one else.
kristishops Posted: 06/29/2009
Ranked: 11th in Plumbing (based on 8 answers / 3 positive ratings )
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More than likely the Greyhound engines are Honda clones made in China. Most reviewers say that they are worth the money, especially if they come with a warranty.

Here are some other things consumers are saying about Greyhound Small Gas Engines:

"I have two on air compressors one on my log splitter and one on the tiller. I havent had a bit of trouble from any of them they start as easy as my hondas . I did however spend the extra $30 for the two year carry in exchange if they broke down"

"I have a 6.5hp model on a generator setup I made, seems to work fine, and for the cost worth a shot."

"I find the 13hp engine I bought seems great so far....1st pull, it starts (I havent hooked up the elec start either)....and runs nice."
You can also check out sites like http://www.retailmenot.com and search for coupons for Harbor Freight. I hope this helps you in making your decision.
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