USA vs Chinese

by Dale
(New Hampton NY)

I don't own a Chinese TIG welder, but feel compelled to comment. I was on a forum asking about repowering a lawn mower with a Honda engine. One participant weighed in with 'buy American' and called Honda products junk. Uh, okay...BUT he did make one good point: he could buy parts for Briggs and Stratton engines locally. Honda parts would be harder and slower to come by. That was his only valid argument, and I'm sure it applies to welders as well.

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U.S.A. /other engines.
by: John.

An interesting post. Honda versus B & S? No question, Honda is a better product. The reliabilty factor has to be allocated to the size of engine. Briggs and Stratton larger engines are NOT brilliant, and the smaller engines seem to have a time frame built in as to when they start 'knocking'. I would state that the person whom coined Honda products as rubbish is incredibly short-sighted!
Regarding mobile welding units. Onan engines have to be low on the list of reliability, especially the valves. Diesel power is the way to go. Lister go on forever, dirty and low maintenance etc. Detroit Diesel are right in there with them.
The foregoing based on personal experience in Egypt,Yemen Siberia etc.

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