I received this yesterday
That is what I found too.
When doing research for a new motor this spring I found that Tohatsu makes 15 hp and smaller four stroke motors for Evinrude. These are not E-Tecs and are the same Tohatsu motors made for Mercury.
Went over my 30 ETec with a fine tooth comb. Could not find the word Tohatsu, or Japan. I did find one part that read Mexico.
Could you please give me a web-site, article, or something to support your claim of Tohatsu manufacturing my motor?
I have read everything I could find and cannot find anything stating that Tohatsu made any ETec motors for Evinrude. One article did state that BPR did sign an agreement for 15hp and down, but not the ETec models. I’m thinking they may have wanted to keep the ETec technology under wraps?
I will look at my 30hp ETec today.
Mercury makes 75 and up in FonDulac,40-60 in China,30 and down in Japan,Tohatsu ! Evenrude 30 and down Japan Tohatsu. Mercury four stroke 4 cyl engines virtually Yamaha,check parts all the same! Info tag on engines showed where made on all engines! You will not find a 30 and under outboard made in America!
If I were buying a new boat today and $$$ were not an issue, I would be in the market for an 18-19 foot aluminum fish 'n ski set up and would likely go with a 150HP Honda 4 stroke now that Evinrude is gone. I also see that Honda has been making 60, 75, 90, 115, 150, 200, 225 and 250 hp models for Tohatsu since 2014 or so.
If I were in the market for a new boat, I would scoop up the boat I wanted with an etec on it in a minute...
Those motors are bulletproof!
30 and under Evenrudes are made By Tohatsu,so are Merc’s.Evenrude dealer told me he can get parts for 20 years. No problem for servicing them in the foreseeable future. Some body will buy up the name,too good of a product and name to die.Cannuks are just fishing until they can get the most cash for the deal!
The very first large Mercury four strokes were black Yamahas I believe. In 2003 they started by painting the popular Yamaha f225 black.
That being said the boat boards are already filling up with larger glass boats with Etecs on them. It appears they are a tough sell as are the ones with the older two stroke Pro XS Mercury.
I thought I read somewhere that Mercury in fond du lac only makes the v6 and the V8 there and the rest are parted out from China and Japan
back in the day when Mercury got into four strokes they used to get their power heads from Johnson