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Old 25 September 2018, 15:50   #1
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Lightweight 20HP

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I was planning to buy a Suzuki 20HP on the basis of good reviews and it only weighs 44KG.

The new Tohatsu/Mercury/Mariner weighs 43Kg. Does anyone have views on which is the better engine?

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Old 25 September 2018, 15:58   #2
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Tohatsue make the merc and mariner at low HP so relatively same engine I would go with any fwiw
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Old 25 September 2018, 16:03   #3
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Sorry, just to clarify, my question was whether the new Tohatsu/Mercury/Mariner is a better engine than the established and well regarded Suzuki.

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Old 25 September 2018, 16:08   #4
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They are all held in hi regard Peter I like the Suzukis we run merc at work and are spot on, we also ran tohatsu again bullet proof I would say buy any
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Old 25 September 2018, 17:26   #5
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Have a look at the specs and features of them both as there may be something that makes you prefer one in particular. For example gearchange method/position.. tiller adjustment... tilt mechanism etc. See what deals you can get on them. Consider proximity of dealership to supply and then service or carry out warranty work.

Beyond that in the 20hp and under class broadly speaking all the major brands have proved reliable over decades.
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Thanks, all.

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Old 03 December 2018, 10:43   #7
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Hello all, Has anyone had first hand experience with the new Suzuki 20 and the new Tohatsu/Mercury 20? Know they are both good reputable companies, but would like first hand comparison information on these engines in particular.

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Lightweight 20HP

Hi Kurt,

Ran a new Suzuki 20 efi for three seasons, put 150hrs on it, never missed a beat...but wouldn’t expect otherwise. Great motor, instant starting, frugal, impressive hole shot, lightest in class, and a seriously satisfying growl at wot. Only negative comment....slight offbeat vibration at tickover ...minor gripe but hey ho.

Purchased ours in 2013 as the lightest and the only efi 20 on the market. Now there is a choice with the Tohatsu/Mercury/ Mariner joining the fray....all essentially the same motor and manufactured by Tohatsu.

Don’t think there is much to choose between any of them. All the major brands are going to be reliable. For myself, I might be swayed towards the Mercury as quite like the fancy multi function tiller arrangement and edgy hood design. The Tohatsu takes the prize as the lightest though at 43kg.

Perhaps the deciding factor would be who is your nearest/trusted servicing dealer. Shouldn’t go far wrong with any of these.
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Someone was having problems with a 25 suzuki maybe worth a pm ask his opinion

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Thank you Beamishken and Chipko!

For fun, I called a large US dealer today that sells all the major brand outboards and asked to speak to someone with first hand knowledge of the two engines in question. Was able to speak with a man who said he had experience with both of the engines. He of course said both were excellent. I told him I wanted to choose the one that would be best for pulling the kids on wake surf boards and he said he would choose the Tohatsu because it has noticeably more low and mid range torque due to the increased displacement. He said top end they were even.

I question that a 1.8% increase in displacement (333cc vs 327cc) would provide a noticeable increase in torque, but that was the man's input. If I get others confirming that noticeable low to mid range difference, that would push me to the Tohatsu.
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