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New splitter motor
« on: September 04, 2019, 10:18:33 AM »
We had a 27Ton troy built splitter for years that split a lot of wood. It had a Honda motor that for the last few years gave us a lot of issues. This spring i finally got rid on that motor and replaced it with a cheap harbor freight predator motor. I have followed all the brake in and maintenance instructions to a "T" and so far its been pretty decent. The motor does not come with a choke and is kind of cold blooded. You really need to start it and let it warm up a bit before being able to use it. This is the 170cc lawn mower replacement engine that they make. I have never had a lawnmower i had to warm up before but whatever it works well and its new.

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Re: New splitter motor
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 11:19:11 AM »
I am glad you are happy with it. I was a small engine tech for a number of years, I don't have a lot of confidence in the cheap knockoffs but whatever works.
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Re: New splitter motor
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 11:29:52 AM »
I tend to agree, I was skeptical my self. Only time and cords of wood will tell. I have never been a Honda fan, I like briggs for most things, but this engine was so cheap and had a good warranty i figured i would try it. I had a Briggs off of a sander but with the wrong shaft length and diameter it would have been too much fab to make it work.

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Re: New splitter motor
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2019, 01:29:32 PM »
You're just the opposite of me. I've always had great luck with Hondas and lots of issues with Briggs. I've been known to look at a piece of equipment and get interested, and turn and walk away when I find out it has a Briggs.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2019, 02:37:56 PM »
I am glad you are happy with it. I was a small engine tech for a number of years, I don't have a lot of confidence in the cheap knockoffs but whatever works.
You jinxed me.... went home tried to start it it didn't want to run right... turns out rain was in the air filter. I pulled the filter and it ran after that. I let it run a while ....lol When it didn't start i was just thinking of your post earlier lol I will put a new filter in it tonight. Just a standard square filter. Normally I cover the motor but the wind blew the cover off last night and we got a real hard rain today

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 08:11:53 PM »
Sorry about that ;D
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Re: New splitter motor
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2019, 08:22:32 AM »
Just an observation that i have had with various small engines.. is they all have different start/run sequences and if you dont get the sequence right the engine can be real frustrating to get running and keep running.  

I sold a stihl trimmer to a guy and i never had a sinlge trouble starting it since there is a sequence to follow when starting it - (push the primmer bulb two or three times and set the choke/throttle and pull till it runs/ quits, then remove choke, and pull till it starts - usually one or two pulls). 

When guy came to get the trimmer he grabs it and cranks on the primer bulb like ten times then tries to start it by not following the start sequence and complains the trimmer is no good cause it wont start.....

To me all the different brands have subtle nuances to starting and running and its easy for users to get used to one brand over another.  I have Briggs, Kohler and cheap china engines and they all require there own little bit of persuasion/care to keep running properly ... just my two cents...sorry for heading off on a bit of a tangent there.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2019, 09:27:39 AM »
I was never a big Honda fan. That Honda motor split hundreds of cords of wood, the governor gear in the crank case finally wore out so i ran it a full throttle for a few years as well. It still split fine like that. Finally the recoil was worn out and it became hard to start. I finally just had enough tinkering to get it going every time i wanted to split.

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2019, 10:52:29 AM »
Original engine on mine was an 8hp briggs which wouldnt run worth a hoot unless pretty level.
Finally cracked the crankcase about 15 years ago and i replaced it with a 5.5 Honda.
uses less gas, appears just as powerful as the briggs and has been trouble free except had to replace the recoil assy to the tune of 23 bucks. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2019, 11:16:21 AM »
You are comparing apples and oranges, that Briggs was 50's technology and worked well for it's time although it did have its quirks. The Honda GX industrial is a great engine, look how everybody copies it. The cheaper GC is fine for a lawnmower or other applications that don't see a lot of hours but is a throw away like the clones.
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2019, 01:08:19 PM »
We put a predator 6.5hp into an old northern hydraulic splitter grampa had. The old tecumseh was real finicky and we figured, for the price of the harbor freight engine, well worth it even if it only lasts a few years. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2019, 03:39:07 PM »
If you're not considering a turbo diesel then you should probably just turn in your man card now... 😁
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2019, 07:28:17 PM »
I have never had a issue with a honda.
My woods 27 ton splitter has a Kohler but cheap one. If you move it 5 inches with the gas on it locks up. 
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2019, 08:36:46 AM »
You are comparing apples and oranges, that Briggs was 50's technology and worked well for it's time although it did have its quirks. The Honda GX industrial is a great engine, look how everybody copies it. The cheaper GC is fine for a lawnmower or other applications that don't see a lot of hours but is a throw away like the clones.
Thats exactly what I got a clone of that motor. So far I am happy, but i haven't put a lot of hrs and wood through it yet really next summer will be the full test. I was a year ahead on firewood (i like to stay that way) so this summer i was doing siding on my shop and didnt do firewood like i normally do in the 1000 degree heat.

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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2019, 04:12:17 PM »
My woodsplitter had a Honda .I split about 2 cordes and it thru a rod . Was not under load. Unrepairable !!! 

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« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2019, 09:40:24 AM »
I am not knocking the origional honda too much, it really did split lots of wood, probally 2-300 cord.... but i just never got along with it. It was my fathers splitter before it got too hard to keep running do to that govenor gear wearing out, then it became mine..... I ran it for a few years with the throttle rigged. I finally just decident it was time for a new motor. But him and i shared using that thing for years.....

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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2019, 12:14:46 PM »
I took over my father in law’s splitter, has a Honda engine. First thing that popped into my mind was buy a cover to keep the rain and elements out. Figured the 50 bucks or so would help keep the engine happy

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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2019, 07:09:04 PM »
Outdoor grill covers are cheap.  ;D
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2019, 07:35:33 PM »
old inner tube keeps the splitter motor happy!  Too bad when my wifes uncle borrows it he cant learn to put the cover back on!  Odd thing, now whenever I borrow his old dump truck, I can't ever remember to put the window up, OR turn the radio down :D
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2019, 09:19:18 PM »
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