Small Engine Resources
When in good running tune, a small engine should start on three pulls or less. If yours is hard to start, this article may help:
Read: Small Engine Carb Basics
Best Gas For Small Engines
Unless you will be using the entire gas container within a week or two, avoid buying ethanol-blended gas. Pump gas that is ethanol-free is much better for small engines. And if you don't need a lot, consider canned gas, which is convenient but more expensive than pump gas.
Read: Best Fuel For Small Engines
Wavian has been manufacturing metal gas cans for various NATO militaries for over 80 years. They're simply the best Jerry can on the market.
Read: Best Metal Gas Can
If you're on a tight budget, Chinese-built Honda clones are really a good deal for the money. But which one is best?
Read: Best Honda Engine Clone
Compared to a centrifugal clutch, torque converters offer better acceleration from a stand-still. They also allow karts to be geared for a higher top speed.
Read: Best Torque Converter For Go Kart
Some performance upgrades are stand-alone, meaning they will improve power by themselves. Some parts require a combination of things to be most effective.
Read: Small Engine Performance
You may be able to remove and install small engine valves by hand, but a valve spring compressor is inexpensive and pays for itself with the time it saves you.
Read: Tools Needed For Small Engine Repair
Here's a handy way to carry around tools. The Bucketboss Tool Caddy slips over a 5 gallon bucket, and features 30 pockets for tools and three interior loops for hammers and pry bars, leaving the bucket center open for bulk storage.
Shop: Bucket Boss Tool Caddy
With the Tool Caddy on, you can still put a lid on the bucket, and it's a portable chair!
Everyone who sees an old gas engine lying around says,
"Make a go kart out of it!"
But there's plenty of other choices for a small engine project.
Read: Small Engine Project Ideas
With the exception of price, a Honda GX160/GX200 is better in every way than the best Honda clone engines. The additional cost will pay for itself in longevity and the ability to be rebuilt.
Read: Honda GX160 Build
Thinking of building a homemade generator with a small engine? During a power outage, a DIY generator can power a DC to AC inverter for 110 volt appliances, as well as a charging station for cell phones and lap tops. It can then be switched over to charge a car battery (or bank of batteries).
Read: Convert Lawn Mower Into Generator
Read: Best Alternator for DIY Generator
Portable gas generators provide remote power for camping trips, picnics, hunting trips, etc. But it's most important job is supplying power during an emergency.
Read: Portable Gas Generator Review
When power outages occur, a portable generator can be a life saver, but what if you don't have enough gasoline on hand? By installing a dual fuel conversion kit, you have the option of running your generator on either gas or propane.
Read: Convert Gas Generator To Propane
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Like many people, I chose wood ramps over aluminum ramps for loading and unloading my pickup truck. They're less money, nearly as strong, and actually do less damage when moving them around.
Read: Pickup Truck Ramp Review
Read: Remove Stuck Piston From Cylinder Bore
A thin-framed bicycle was never designed to be propelled by anything other than feet. If you choose to motorize a bicycle, your best choice would be a heavy-framed cruiser or mountain bike with thick-spoke 26" wheels.
Read: Motorize A Bicycle
When it comes to cleaning driveways and sidewalks, pressure washing can't be beat. It's also great for cleaning decks, stairways, and patios, as well as the exterior of your house.