Re: [Small4-strokeEngines] Re: Gene & Larry Smith / Generac 32HP 4 stroke at OSH
- I agree they wont be selling engines too long if they are a dealer.
If they are buying them retail, it may be harder for Generac to control
except that Generac will pressure the dealer that they are buying from.
Sooner or later they wont be able to find anyone to sell them a motor.
They are probably better off selling whatever conversion kit and
drive etc and letting customers source their own engines.
7 or 8 years ago a lawnmower dealer here in Atlanta, put a Kohler
with his own redrive on an ultralight and showed at SunFun as being
for sale, and his dealership was threatened so he had to stop.
Mike Pongracz wrote:
> I just returned from Oshkosh too. I agree that
> the Backyard Flyer is a capable performer. But I
> am concerned about three things: 1. They listed
> the motor on the spinner placard as an "airboat
> motor" and I'm concerned that the same legal
> quandary may befall them with Generac as happened
> to Great Plains with the Kohler people (they
> received a registered Cease and Desist Order upon
> their return from Oshkosh last year). 2. The
> claim that they meet legal ultralight weight was
> predicated on using the full 28 pound permissible
> allowance for a BRS + 254 pounds and not the
> actual weight of the appliance itself + 254 pounds
> as the regulation stipulates. And 3. I would
> encourage them to use AN hardware and try harder
> to follow aviation's "best standards and
> practices" with their creations. Perhaps what we
> saw was simply a proof of concept and their
> production models will not be so crude. I would
> love to see them succeed in the marketplace with a
> product that was legal, professional, and safer
> than anything out there before them. I offer
> these observations as constructive criticism and
> wish them all the best.
> Mike Pongracz
> Independence, Oregon
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