New Carb from China for a Stihl

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Forum topic by Dallas posted 07-06-2015 07:08 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2015 07:08 PM

I have an old, as in antique Stihl FS-80 weed eater. It has had probably 4 Genuine Stihl, (Zama) carbs on it in about 10 years.
I drain gas after every use and run the engine until it dies so there is nothing to harden or plug the innards of the carb.

Each time I replace a carb it is about $30, until this last time.
I replaced last time in 2013 with one from Quangdong China for $10.75 shipping included. I would swear this thing is the same ZAMA carb Stihl uses, but it isn’t hurt by gasohol.
I used it a couple of times this spring then like a dummy, broke the fuel inlet tube when I let a large prybar fall against it.
So, I just got another in the mail that I ordered 2 weeks ago on eBay. Still $10.75, shipping included.

I should also mention, shipping from China was faster than it has ever been from Stihl.

We shall see how this one works. My money is that it is as good or better than the OEM.
Chinese Carb

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 07:52 PM

I used to by buy lots of indicator lights, switches and operators from Allen Bradley and then started to buy cheaper stuff from china. The quality is improving, the price is 15-20% of what I used to pay and I haven’t had any problems yet. Sometimes the lack of competition within a certain sector breeds complacency and the end user is who suffers the most. If I can save a little money while allowing the industry standards get their act together from a quality and price standpoint I have no problem with that.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 01:17 AM

I agree, BBY, I order a lot of electronic components from China and Sri Lanka. Out of probably 2000 capacitors I think I have had one failure. With the stuff I use to get from the US and UK and Japan, 20% higher cost and failures would be several in just a couple hundred.

The same goes with LED’s, zenerzener diodes, 555 timers and op amps.

As much as I would like to buy USA, if the quality is better, the price lower and shipping faster, I have to go for it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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