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Old 04 February 2014, 11:47   #1
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tohatsu?

I've recently been researching looking for an outboard motor around the 10hp-20hp. i have been looking at either a 10hp honda or 20hp tohatsu. when i visited my dealer he said that tohatsu where no good and a honda would be much better?

i was wondering if people could tell me their views on this as i have been told that tohatsu's are very reliable outboards?

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I have had both, Tohatsu 9.9 2stroke, also a Honda 20hp 4 stroke.

Neither of them missed a beat, just sold the Honda with my sib.

Tohatsu happens to be for sale

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I have a Tohatsu 15 four stroke I've had it for a while now and it's been great. I use it most weekends in the summer and every few weeks in the winter. I use it on a 3m rib and it has no trouble planing with two people both weighing around 10 stone. If I was you I would go for the tohatsu.
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Old 04 February 2014, 12:34   #4
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Sounds like your dealer might be a Honda agent and somewhat biased.
I have owned a 20hp four stroke for three years from new.
Cracking engine can't fault it apart from the weight of the damn thing.
It's a beast to lift single handed out of the car and onto a Sib.
The Honda 10hp is a fair lump as well.
Don't think any of the engines will give you much hassle if properly maintained.
Depends how fast you want to go as a 10 hp may struggle to get a heavily weighted SIB onto the plane.
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Sounds like your dealer might be a Honda agent and somewhat biased.
I have owned a 20hp four stroke for three years from new.
Cracking engine can't fault it apart from the weight of the damn thing.
It's a beast to lift single handed out of the car and onto a Sib.
The Honda 10hp is a fair lump as well.
Don't think any of the engines will give you much hassle if properly maintained.
Depends how fast you want to go as a 10 hp may struggle to get a heavily weighted SIB onto the plane.
Meant to add my 20hp is a Tohatsu.
Tohatsu also make all Mariner and Mercury engines upto about 30 hp.
They are all the same engines in essence just different paint jobs and logos, there is very few technical differences between any of these aforementioned engines,
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thanks for all the replies, my dealer did deal with honda. I was wondering if the 20hp tohatsu is manageable to carry to and from the water as i will not be able to use a trailer?

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thanks for all the replies, my dealer did deal with honda. I was wondering if the 20hp tohatsu is manageable to carry to and from the water as i will not be able to use a trailer?

thanks jack.
The engine weighs in excess of 50 kgs.
It's size and shape further complicates moving it.
It really should be a two person lift.
I am 6ft 3 and weigh 18 stone and find it an uncomfortable lift on my own.
I use a trolley to wheel mine from the garage to the car.
I lift it into the boot from the trolley.
As my sib is trailered I un hitch the trailer and swing it around so the boot is next to my transom.
Lift the Tohatsu from boot straight onto the transom.
Once secured I reattach the trailer and drive to the water.
You wouldn't want to carry one more than ten yards unless you have a chiropractor in the family lol!!!
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well sell both and they are v v different engines. for light use the Tohatsu is a great option i.e. less than 100 hours per year and should be considered. If you want something bullet proof go for the Honda and the extra warranty ( they also never seem to argue in the rare cases something does go wrong) so you can keep it for longer without it loosing a chunk of money like all engines do when the warranty runs out.

if buying the tohatsu and your in no rush ask the dealer to check with them for special deals or call us and I will tell you when they have one on.

Oh tohatsu will aslo PDI ( pre delivery inspection) for dealers on small engines so you can buy from anyone. Honda only send to dealers who then deliver/fit up the engine.

Hope this helps

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Looking at the stats on these two engines its a no brainer for me.

I own a Honda CRV, a Honda Honwave Sib and a Honda motorcycle so im fond of Honda as a manufacturer.

Tohatsu wins hands down for me on thus one though.
Tohatsu only weighs 10 kg more (42kgs vs 52kgs).
That's 1hp extra per kg!!!!
Tohatsu (Nissan) have an excellent reputation for their cupboards!
Tohatsu cheaper to buy and maintain too!

Sorry Honda!
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Looking at the stats on these two engines its a no brainer for me.

I own a Honda CRV, a Honda Honwave Sib and a Honda motorcycle so im fond of Honda as a manufacturer.

Tohatsu wins hands down for me on thus one though.
Tohatsu only weighs 10 kg more (42kgs vs 52kgs).
That's 1hp extra per kg!!!!
Tohatsu (Nissan) have an excellent reputation for their cupboards!
Tohatsu cheaper to buy and maintain too!

Sorry Honda!
Nearly wet my self reading my last post back!
Tohatsu make excellent 'cupboards' apparently!!!
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