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    Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    ....just curious.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    I have one. Mine is EI 34 in a H9 Cessna Skylane 182. Seems to run fine but it's not a good motor to have at this time becaause Fuji has discontinued distributing their engines to the public and parts will become scarce. I think their only selling their engines to the US government for use in drones...I think. Better off with a Zenoah, a DLE , a DA or anything else that has good support. Hope this helps.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    fuji engines [:'(]
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    If you've got one fly it. If you don't, find something else.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Tower is no longer supporting Fuji engines. If you crash it its history
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Some guys at the field have them and they run good.  Knowing about lack of support I would only buy one if it was really cheap.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Weak, heavy, and very expensive to repair if you can even get the parts. Run away as fast as you can.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Hahaha! I have to agree with all of the above. Sad but true!

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Check out the sticky thread at the beginning of this forum category.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    I have never dealt with tower being on the other side of the planet, but you would have to wonder about the morals of a company that sells old discontinued engines you can't buy parts for.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?


    ORIGINAL: 3136

    I have never dealt with tower being on the other side of the planet, but you would have to wonder about the morals of a company that sells old discontinued engines you can't buy parts for.
    Well they still do have some parts for them too. But You see the same problem for many stores for many other items too. Not just this engine. What is a store owner to do if a company discontinues something they still have in stock? Then how about automobiles, where they shut down the entire company, but the dealers still have lots of cars to sell left in their lots?

    But eventually Tower will move the engines over to their clearance sale section and then it may be a good deal.



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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?


    ORIGINAL: 3136

    I have never dealt with tower being on the other side of the planet, but you would have to wonder about the morals of a company that sells old discontinued engines you can't buy parts for.
    Interesting you find this a moral issue. If you had an inventory of a product and find the manufacturer has discontinued production, what would be your moral action? I would do what Tower has done, which is to disclose the fact and let the customer choose. What would you do?

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    Well it appears that Tower is their distributor and will be selling engines and parts until they are NLA according to the Fuji website. If they don't move the remaining engines I agree they will be marked down until they do sell.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    I was quite interested in the Fuji 4 stroke gas engine, at least until I saw the price. Maybe they'll have a clearance sale on it one of these days.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?


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    ORIGINAL: 3136

    I have never dealt with tower being on the other side of the planet, but you would have to wonder about the morals of a company that sells old discontinued engines you can't buy parts for.
    Interesting you find this a moral issue. If you had an inventory of a product and find the manufacturer has discontinued production, what would be your moral action? I would do what Tower has done, which is to disclose the fact and let the customer choose. What would you do?

    It appears from the sticky that Fuji ceased production in 2003, it seems like very unusual business practice for tower to still be selling something 9 years after it went out of production.
    Generally most shops have enough supply for 1-3 months, that's what I would have done, why on earth would you buy a decade's supply?
    The dollar rate fluctuates all the time, sometimes you can buy the same thingfor 10-20% less or more in a 6 month span due to this.
    New and better models come on the market all the time, very silly to have too much stock.
    If I got caught out like that I would just sell them at cost price to wash my hands of them, but still get parts if available to customers that bought them.
    If you look here http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXJDJ5&P=0I can't see anywhere that they state the engine manufacturer stopped production, yes they relesed a statement 9 years ago but the unwitting customer won't know that.
    Its only if you click on the manufacturers web page that you would find that out.
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    I've only ever seen two Fuji engines at the flying field.

    Maybe Tower's inventory is from 2003?

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    That is on Tower's website
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?


    ORIGINAL: outacontrol41

    I have one. Mine is EI 34 in a H9 Cessna Skylane 182. Seems to run fine but it's not a good motor to have at this time becaause Fuji has discontinued distributing their engines to the public and parts will become scarce. I think their only selling their engines to the US government for use in drones...I think. Better off with a Zenoah, a DLE , a DA or anything else that has good support. Hope this helps.
    I think the Drone thing was just a way out from under the Fuji engines. If they are going to use them on Drones they better do something about there noisey ignition.I can not complain about them .
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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    The old date was from an old post that was edited with the new information. The edit date is 09/29/11.

    We were surprised last year when we were told that Fuji-Imvac was immediately stopping production and all support of their product. We will support all the engines we've sold, however, as long as it's possible to do so. We have always taken that stance. and stated that in our post about the cessation of support for the Fuji-Imvac line of engines.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    The drones are using the 4 stroke engines, I sold a few ignitions to a company in California for a while but I think they are getting direct now.

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    They make great boat anchors

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    RE: Anyone tried Tower's Fuji gassers?

    I have a Fuji BT-24 on my shelf. I will never use it again, and I won't sell it to anyone either.

    I bought it to my ESM Hawker Typhoon after reading an article in Model Airplane News, featuring the plane with this engine.

    This is some years ago now.( July 2008 )

    The article was full of glossy pictures of this wonderful combo, and words about how well it flew with this engine.

    Yet, when I tried, it was so weak, that I never managed to take off; The plane just cartwheeled and that was it.

    I used the whole 200 meters (600ft) first, but to no avail.

    It flew about 10 m (30 ft ) in a height of about 10 cm ( 4 inches) and cartwheeled until it stopped.

    It was like having a .60 glow in the nose of a jumbojet.

    Here is the result:

    (Later I put a Zenoah G-38 in it, and it flew just fine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtH2NBnKy4o&feature=plcp )

    ( I never, ever, bought a Model Airplane News magazine after that; I go here and to RCSB instead, and I do not wish them well.[:'(])
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