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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I replaced a 13hp Honda with the 420 cc Predator about 6 months ago on my band saw mill. It couldn't have been easier. It took less than 20 minutes to make the swap. So far the Predator has performed as well as the Honda did and has a bit more power. Time will tell on how it holds up though. I priced a replacement Honda w/o electric start that was over $850 plus freight. The Predator was $399 and I seen it on sale at Harbor Freight for under $300 a couple of weeks ago. I should mention that the first one I brought home had a carb issue ... I returned it without a hassle and the sales people seemed surprised that there was a problem. Without that issue I would have given it 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
Look, what do you expect in a brand new $349.00 13 HP engine? This IS a harbor freight engine and costs very nearly HALF as much there as it sells for by resellers here. Having said that, for the harbor freight price, you get a solid engine, the ability to buy an extended warranty if you care, and good performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
bought from harbor fright 6 months ago built a go kart with it this this was amazing over kill but lots of fun.
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on December 5, 2014
I have 420cc engine on a harbor freight air compressor which I purchased 18 months ago. I haven't had any issues as stated above except I burnt the electric starter up trying to get it to run in -10f temps(my fault). Except when it just starts with pull rope now, (which isn't as hard as I thought it would be considering size) I smell no smoke whatsoever. It's been great so far... Now if I can get a new starter...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
We are using one of these engines at my work to power a HUGE log splitter. It does the job great but for one thing. The cord on the hand starter isn't of good material and will immediately break. We replaced it with standard pull-rope material and all is good.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
GREAT ENGINE crappy price!!!! these retail $399 plus they always have a sale for $349 and then I got me a %30 off coupon in the mail (they always have 20% off coupons on website) and got it for about $280 including tax. AVOID THIS TOTAL RIP
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12 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
If you're looking for a great bicep and deltoid workout with elements of cardio, look no further than the Predator Engine.

I am on my third Predator Engine from Harbor Freight & Tool, and my upper body is starting to look ripped. I simply unpack the engine, follow the instructions to the letter, grip the starter cord, and pull it - again and again. It couldn't be easier.

The best feature of the Predator is probably its super-quiet operation. In spite of the fact that I added the proper gas and oil, and turned on the ignition, choke, and fuel switches as the manual instructs, I was never once bothered by the obnoxious sound of internal combustion that plagues many similar engines. Just to shake things up I even tried testing and replacing the spark plug, but the Predator never troubled me with more than a little flywheel noise the entire time. And the awful smell of exhaust was nonexistent.

The Predator Engine has even helped me make new friends. The manager at Harbor Freight now knows me by sight, and is happy to let me go back to the shelf and choose from a number of re-taped, re-packaged boxes of Predator Engines (which have no doubt been returned by less fitness-conscious customers - their loss).

While I'm really enjoying the Predator Engine as a fitness device, I'm thinking that its weight might also be perfect for holding down the edge of a tarp in the back yard next to the wood pile. Come to think of it, the irregular shape might also make the Predator a fantastic boat anchor as well.

In short, don't waste your money on a noisy, smelly Honda or Briggs engine when you can have the ultra-quiet, non-running performance of the Predator. Just buy it today and you'll be on your way to buff arms and new friends in no time.
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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
BEWARE, THIS IS A $350.00 ENGINE....NEW !! THIS IS CALLED A HONDA CLONE BUT HONDA PARTS WILL NOT FIT WHEN IT BREAKS !!! I JUST HAD TROUBLE ORDERING A RECOIL STARY ASSEMBLY FOR THEIR 173 CC VERTICAL ENGINE AND THE FACTORY SAID THEY NO LONGER MAKE IT.................THESE ENGINES ARE SOLD BY, AND ONLY SOLD BY HARBOR FREIGHT AND WITHOUT THE HARBOR FREIGHT RECEIPT, YOU ARE DOOMED IF YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK...... GOOGLE HARBORFREIGHT.COM TO SEE WHERE THIS ENGINE IS SOLD, DO NOT BUY FROM AN AMAZON THIEF THAT YOU WOULD THINK IS AS BAD AS EBAY SELLERS !! THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE AND NOT EBAY, SO ALL YOU DIRTBAGS STAY ON EBAY !! YOU CANNOT WARRANTY THIS ENGINE, ONLY HARBOR FREIGHT CAN !!! YOU WANT AN INEXPENSIVE GOOD MOTOR, BUY A BRIGGS & STRATTON NEW OR A USED HONDA !!LETS SAY GOODBYE TO THESE SELLERS WHO CANNOT WARRANTY THIS ENGINE, UNLESS THEY CHARGE YOU FREIGHT 3 SEPERATE TIMES !! I HOPE THE ENGINE SELLERS HERE THAT ARE OVERPRICED DONT GET MAD AT ME.... IT DOESN'T MATTER....BIG BROTHER HAS A CLASS 3 LICENSE AND A BETTER AIM THAN A THIEF !!
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