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Old 14 September 2021, 15:04   #1
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Honda or tohatsu

Finally bought an elling kb350.
Now for the outboard.
Thinking Honda 10 or tohatsu 9.8.
What are your thoughts?
I hear the Honda starts easier and also less vibration.
Any truth in this?
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Old 14 September 2021, 15:43   #2
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Finally bought an elling kb350.
Now for the outboard.
Thinking Honda 10 or tohatsu 9.8.
What are your thoughts?
I hear the Honda starts easier and also less vibration.
Any truth in this?
Thanks
Carb vs EFI? No brainer especially with E10 around. Surprised Honda lagging behind competition.
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Carb vs EFI? No brainer especially with E10 around.
So the Honda hasn’t a carburettor?
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So the Honda hasn’t a carburettor?
Other way around, it still has a carb to gum up.
And so has the Tohatsu unless you buy the 9.9. Ignore my earlier comment.
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Ok. I have read about carbs needing replacement etc.
So tohatsu your choice then?
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Tohatsu all the way, Hondas are heavier and engine casing is very prone to corrosion, I look after quite a few small outboards and really rate the Tohatsu
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For me the Honda weighing close to most modern 20hp models would take it off the list.
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Tohatsu all the way, Hondas are heavier and engine casing is very prone to corrosion, I look after quite a few small outboards and really rate the Tohatsu
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For me the Honda weighing close to most modern 20hp models would take it off the list.
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Mercury, better than both of those!
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Mercury, better than both of those!
Of course you realize that it's the Tohatsu engine with different decals? (ditto Mariner)
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Of course you realize that it's the Tohatsu engine with different decals? (ditto Mariner)
Is that a question?
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Of course you realize that it's the Tohatsu engine with different decals? (ditto Mariner)
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Is that a question?
Sorry it's a well known fact Tohatsu make the engines (below 30hp).
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Sorry it's a well known fact Tohatsu make the engines (below 30hp).
Oh. Ok. Thanks
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Ok. Mercury better. In what way?
Any info appreciated.
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IMHO Tohatsu over Mercury becuase the build standards are the same (both made by Tohatsu anyway) but the Tohatsu parts catalogues are beetre (They give dims etc for screws rather than trying to chage you £5 for an M6 bolt with a mercury part number) and like for like the parst are cheaper.
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Ok. Mercury better. In what way?
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They are the exact same engine so you should choose according to dealer availability and what discount they are offering

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IMHO Tohatsu over Mercury because the build standards are the same (both made by Tohatsu anyway) but the Tohatsu parts catalogues are better (They give dims etc for screws rather than trying to chage you £5 for an M6 bolt with a mercury part number) and like for like the parst are cheaper.
So if you need a £5 Mercury bolt get it from Tohatsu or look in the online parts catalogue for the size
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So if you need a £5 Mercury bolt get it from Tohatsu or look in the online parts catalogue for the size
Exactly, I service engines so I'm happy with that but if you put your engine into some shops they won't work it that way.
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Just be wary re Tohatsu=Mercury in this 9.8/9.9 size. Yes they are made in the same factory and the same basic powerhead & leg but...

The Mercury comes with a slightly different tilt mechanism you may prefer or not... also and the biggest difference the Tohatsu has a gear lever on the front of the cowl area but the Mercury has the gearchange on the tiller throttle twist which you may love... or hate.

So check any specific outboard you are looking at to see which features it has.

Also don't get confused with info on the new Mercury 9.9efi which is a larger beast based on the 15.
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