Okay, some of these responses are making me just a little suspicious....
"...I believe a 2hp China diesel weighs about 61lbs and a 4hp about 72lbs. The other challenge is where to buy a small diesel in the US."
WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THOSE NUMBERS? 61 POUNDS FOR A 2HP MOTOR? I'VE WORKED WITH DIESELS FOR 35 YEARS AND THAT JUST SOUNDS SILLY. I'D MUCH RATHER BELIEVE THE MANUFACTURERS CLAIM OF 20KG (42 LBS).
"...You don't get that price on one engine. They sell in large lots usually and the discount price is for however many at a time.
I doubt you can find a single engine for sale anywhere near that cheap. If you could, they would be everywhere. Diesels are much heavier built and designed since they require super high compression so they are more expensive by far than gas motors."
WELL THE PRICE QUOTE I SUPPLIED IN AN EARLIER POST PRETTY MUCH ANSWERED TOYA RESPONSE NUMBER ONE, THE SALES REP SAYS THAT PRICE IS FOR ONE UNIT. SURE I'M GONNA PAY THROUGH THE NOSE FOR SHIPPING BUT THAT'S BECAUSE THEY AIR FREIGHT SMALL QUANTITIES AND AIR FREIGHT COSTS A LOT. AS TO POINT NUMBER TWO, YEP DIESELS WEIGH MORE THAN GAS ENGINES BECAUSE OF BEEFIER CRANKCASES, CRANKSHAFTS, RODS, ETC. BUT THE COST REALLY ISN'T THAT MUCH MORE WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE STUFF THAT DIESELS DON'T HAVE LIKE MAGNETO, COMPLEX IGNITION SYSTEMS, ETC. SO I HATE TO TELL 'YA BUT YOU'RE JUST WRONG ON THIS ONE.
"....US Customs is going to be your main concern. Then worrying about if the company is legit or not. Hope you don't plan on giving them your credit card# or bank account info. What happens if the engine is a lemon? They ain't going to ship you a new one and pay to ship the old one back."
CUSTOMS? REALLY? ON A SMALL DIESEL ENGINE? REALLY? I THINK YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WATCHING TOO MANY EPISODES OF MIAMI CSI FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. UNLESS THOSE CHINESE GUYS ARE STUFFING THE CRANKCASES FULL OF SMACK I WOULDN'T THINK CUSTOMS WOULD GIVE A DAMN AS LONG AS THE DUTY IS PAID ON IT. AND THE COMPANY HAS A PAYPALL ACCOUNT (PAYPAL IS THIS RATHER LARGE COMPANY THAT DOES FINANCIAL TRANSFERS WORLDWIDE THESE DAYS...REALLY NOT A PROBLEM ANYMORE...YOU SHOULD CHECK 'EM OUT)
Did Emily specify if that diesel motor is EPA approved for the USA?
THE EPA? REALLY? ON A SMALL DIESEL ENGINE? REALLY?
IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER A COUPLE OF YOU GUYS OWN MOTORIZED BICYCLE SHOPS AND MAKE A KILLING SELLING THOSE LITTLE 80CC 2-STROKE ENGINES. AND THEY'RE FINE FOR WHAT THEY ARE. BUT I WANT A DIESEL FOR WHEN GASOLINE MIGHT BE HARD TO FIND (NOT TO DISTANT FUTURE ACCORDING TO SOME EXPERTS) BECAUSE DIESEL HAS A SHELF LIFE OF PRACTICALLY FOREVER. AND I ALREADY OWN A FEW MOTORCYCLES AND DON'T WANT A BICYCLE JUST TRYING TO BE A MOTORCYCLE. A PUSHER MAKES A LOT OF SENSE FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. THE PUSHER (SLAVE) UNIT COULD EASILY BE SWAPPED FROM BICYCLE TO BICYCLE, AND IT ALSO ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR A BEEFIER BIKE FRAME TO HOLD THE EXTRA 40LB OF ENGINE.
SORRY IF THIS SOUNDED TOO MUCH LIKE A FLAME BUT I JUST HEARD SOOOOO MUCH NONSENSE I NEEDED TO REPLY.