Yes a crap shoot for sure but most of them are pretty good for what they are If I were to guess based on the 4 I've had I'd say they are probably closer to the 1.5 -2 HP range out of the box if you dont use that super restrictive piece of junk catylatic exhaust they send with the engine kit, that is the one thing that I have found chokes these engines down the most out of the box, some "mufflers" are worse than others but none of them are worth having IMHO.
Originally Posted by Drewd
That's a good question. There is so much variability from the various chinese factories that make these engines that it is a crapshoot at times. I've had two engines from same manufacturer have completely different personalities.