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I had a Teledyne/Wisonsin Robin engine, 6.5hp, EY23 as I recall, it was such a good engine that no parts were available for it, and I ended up taking to the landfill with 110psi compression, perfect carb, and no spark. Looked for 3 years for a coil and points set..never found one.

The OLD wisconsin engines are nearly impossible to find parts for anymore as well, good engines if they run, boatanchors when they dont.

Robin Subaru engines are great for the money, Chain driven OHC on some models, quiet, smooth and efficient, lightweight and reliable.

However it is disturbing to read this thread, because it is apparent that many people are speaking out against Japanese products in favor of American products...

Im all for USA products, but the fact is that the Japanese remain on the cutting edge of Technology. They had breakerless ignitions first for 4 cycles, Electronic ignition for 2 strokes, Slant cylinder OHV, etc etc..

I mean, if I take a current Briggs Intek OHV 6.5hp engine and compare it to a Honda GX-200 6.5hp engine, it is plain to see that HOnda has done everything to make their engines last as long as possible. Standard Dual ball bearing crank, Aluminum cam with steel lobes and gear. hardened crank journals, smooth castings, sstandard low oil cutoff, metal fuel tank with dual layered base, standard water and debris seperator on carb, and integrated fuel cutoff..

Briggs offers sloppy castings, dual plain bushing supported crank, standard aluminum cylinder, plastic camshaft, plastic fuel tank, optional low oil cutoff, optional plastic inline fuel cutoff..that's about it...

There is a reason Japanese engines are used commercially, and preferred by professionals over briggs engines, tecumsehs, etc..

And before you scream Briggs Vanguard...those engines are made in Japan by Daihatsu for Briggs.
 

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You trying to confuse us with Facts Red?

You speak the truth.

Wisconsin Robin engines are good engines. Parts availability is whatever you can find in your garage.

I did google up some parts once for one I had. Can't remember the outcome. don't have it anymore and I didn't buy parts.
We had a ditch witch with an older Wisconsin Robin engine on it up at work , in for repair...it wasnt too terribly old but the carb was NLA, and the only one we found that would fit costed over 160 bucks from Mikuni. I think he plucked that thing off and stuck on a GX-390 Honda..
 

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Concerning the first in OHV in small engines, it was actually briggs. Starting in 1919. You didnt see an end to that ti'll the mid 30's were they went to the flat head design for a long time and then went back to OHV. Most think that is new to briggs. It's not. I dont know when Honda first came out but tecumseh had solid state in it's first stages in the 60's. And concerning wisconsin (not to be confues with the later *** wisconsin robin) which WAS one of the best engines you could buy, also the most heavy, parts are still available for them although most parts have to be found by eaither specialty shops or in NOS packages on the net. I should know becouse antique U.S. made stuff is my specialty. That problem is that the u.s. LETS japan have a leading edge over engines. You get a old briggs that's 40, 50, 60 years old, you'll see at one time they WERE a good engine. they arnt now becouse as with anything this day and age, it's all about money, not quality as it once was.
Which is why I said Honda was the first to offer a Slant Cylinder OHV engine, the GX line. PRior to that, HOnda offered their G line of flatheads, which oddly enough laid waste to all briggs offerings.

Prior to the GX engines of I think the early 80's, your OHV small engines were esentially a flathead block modded to accept an OHV head. For instance the OH180 Tecumseh, and the Kohler K-361. With the exception of some oddball briggs...
 

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Just reread this old thread...

Were yall serious about saying that Japanese OPE was "bad"?

Because I can assure you that Japanese OPE is among the best in the industry..

Echo/Kioritz
Zenoa
Daihatsu/Vanguard
Honda
Robin/Subaro
Tanaka
Shin-Daiwa
Yanmar
Kubota

All commercial grade stuff...all made to last a lifetime.

Their QC is top notch, great warranties, designs are the stuff everyone else wishes they had, and so on...
 
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