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Re: [Shop-talk] HF Predator engines

To: Mark <>, Shop Talk List <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] HF Predator engines
From: old dirtbeard <>
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:47:40 -0800 (PST)
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I know that B&S carbs are very simple devices and should be easy to
repair, but how much could a replacement carb cost in comparison to replacing
the engine?  Here is a new one for $25 (probably not the one you need, but it
gives an idea):

With the
advent of synthetic oil, it is very hard to wear out one of these engines if
the oil is changed yearly and the air filter is in place and tight.

It also
would be nice to have a complete, new carb on hand for comparison.  It
probably also would be fitted with seals that are designed for alcohol laden
gasoline.  In the spirit of "shop talk,"I think I first might try putting in a
gas shut-off valve and a new carb.

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 From: Mark
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] HF Predator

Did you replace the rubber vacuum operated "fuel pump",  I spent
weeks trying to get one to run for lack of a $3 rubber part.  Look at a Briggs
manual and you will find it as part of the carb.


11/29/2013 10:13 PM, Brian Kemp wrote:
> Please include the list on any
replies.  I have  a 1994 Sears chipper-shredder with a 5hp B&S industrial plus
engine from a yard sale that was left with old gas for a long time.  I
replaced the fuel lines and rebuilt the carb, including replacing the inlet
valve/seat and now it idles, but does not run well without the choke.   I have
brand new fuel I'm going to try this weekend as a final option, since I'm
using California gas and the existing gas is about 6 months old.
> I'm
interested in the same option.  I'm trying to save the B&S as it has parts
available, but if I have to do much more to the engine, it might be worth
switching to the HF Predator for $100 and getting a little extra horsepower. 
As near as I can tell, my chipper has the same bits other than the engine as
an 8hp model, so I'm not too concerned about anything being overloaded.
One thing I noticed about the Predator I looked at in the store was that it
didn't have a fuel disconnect.
> Brian with lots of trimming to do
On 11/29/2013 7:35 PM, w wrote:
>>> and last year replaced it with a
Predator.. it was a perfect bolt up
>>> replacement .  It's arund 6 hp
(although they go by displacement now) and it
>>> ....
>>> good luck with the
HF engines, I don't think you'll be disappointed
>> Hey Guys, Month old
thread but was wondering about the Harbor freight small engines myself.
I have an old (probably late 80's) Sears / MTD chipper-shredder with a
Tecumseh 5hp engine that's not worth saving.
>> Would one of these H.F.
Predator things be a bolt-in replacement?
They have two "6.5 HP (212cc) OHV Horizontal Shaft Gas Engines" for $100,
looks like one has CARB cert'. Got the manual on one and it has mounting
dimensions, but I haven't torn mine down to measure how close it is.
>> I
realize that's a vague question, but thought maybe it was one of those things
standard acress many manufacturers.
>> -Thanks, Wayne

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