cost diference, why so much difference

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by scotts, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. scotts

    scotts New Member

    So I noticed kits go from 150 to 400 dollars with most on the cheaper side. Why the drastic difference in price? Am I better off with the pricier kits?

  2. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    IMO, probably.

    More importantly, go with a supplier who has reputation for quality products, and good support.

    Name-brand engines (Honda, R/S, Mitsubishi, Tanaka) cost more for a reason. The company that put its name on that engine has a top-notch quality control system in place so that you can depend on getting a good engine. And, if by some fluke, there IS a problem with the motor, they stand behind that engine and will take care of any problem you had.

    If you got one of the knock-offs, quality control is, at best, questionable. So, if a vendor is selling kits that use a knock-off, either he has to carry a LOT of spares and spare parts (costing money,) or, he doesn't support the kit, and you end up with junk if the engine has problems. Or, you wait for replacement parts to get shipped from the factory...

    The other area that jacks up the price of some kits is the supporting hardware quality. As with anything else, quality costs more $, but saves the buyer in time and aggravation.

    If you don't mind tinkering, and like to fix things, get a cheap kit. If you just want it to work, pay a little more up front.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Four stroke motors have more parts than a 2 stroke, so they cost more.
    The level of service you receive after the sale also affects the price.
    You can buy a cheaper kit from EBay, but if the kit arrives with missing or damaged parts, the seller may not be able to send replacements.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2011
  4. Hive

    Hive Guest

  5. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Quality, warranty and service set the price differences I believe. You get what you pay for.
  6. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

    Speed, Quality, and Price.

    You can only pick two.
  7. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Quality and price then.
  8. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    I pick 4.2hp GP460 engine. Price is right, plus power.

    I also pick 2.8hp+ Tanaka 47R engine. Power plus quality.

    Hey man, you're right!:idea: