Originally Posted by Don Lucas
The OEM starter from my boat is acturally made by Hatichi and the same model was used on various makes of engnes and tractors.
There is no way you are going to convince me that price difference is justified (750%) it is just Yanmar
sticking it to people. Starters are one of those commodity electric
The "marine" price is usually not justified but you usually can't compare a knock off starter to a genuine Hitachi. I have two customers who bought what they thought were "Hitachi" starters and quickly found out they were cheap
knock offs that had little in common, other than the shape, with the Hitachi. Same for the Nippondenso starters on Kubota's or the Mitsubishi starters on Westerbekes.
Both of the Yanmar
knock offs lasted less than one season and neither turned the motor
the way the stock Hitachi did.. I had the old genuine Hitachi's re-built for under $100.00 and they were both re-installed when the eBay quality starters failed.. Same goes for the alternators.
Many unscroupulos re-sellers label these products as "new Hitachi" when what they really are is "new Chinese knock off of Hitachi".... The quality is often horrendous, so bad my re-builder won't even work on them and politely tells me "sorry not worth re-building"....
You can find EXCELLENT pricing on all starters that are real Hitachi but you just have to look harder or have a local shop that knows how to sort through the "marine numbering" bs and get you the same product with an "agricultural" or "industrial" part number.
Good luck with your starter but I'd definitely get the Hitachi re-built, you may find you'll need it...