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MOST IMPORTANT - Dealer/Service in your area. I've had them all in my life with the exception of a Suzuki, including the mandatory old school, "OK I've had my one and only Mercury and I'll never buy another because they're better anchors than motors".

Last 2 engines have been Yammie's and really love them, but they do cost more so I'd seriously consider a Zuki next time I have to repower, although I'd probably bite the bullet and spend the extra cash on another Yamaha...
 

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Suzuki DF150: 511#, 2.9 L, 2.5:1 gear, 5 yr wty
Honda BF150: 480#, 2.4 L, 2.14:1 gear, 5 yr wty
Mercury 150 FourStroke: 455#, 3.0 L, 1.92:1 gear, 3 yr wty

Looks like outboards aren't available as 130 HP any more. Though Honda and Suzuki make 140 HP versions, the Honda 140 has similar specs as their 150, the Suzuki 140 has similar specs as their 115.

 

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What’s usually the best time of year to buy an outboard, incentive wise?
For any reason, RIGHT NOW is the absolute worst time to buy an engine considering nobody has any inventory. This may improve next year, but since everyone's looking for engines, "incentives" may be a thing of the past for awhile.

Pre-COVID this used to be a great time as dealers were trying to get rid of their current model year inventory to free up space for the newer models.
 

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I agree with the buy a new old stock (year old) that the dealer wants to unload. The white paint on the Suzuki outboards is a better option than the black paint in my opinion. Of course, Covid has screwed up supply chains so that won't happen for awhile.
 

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I might buy an engine for my 14'eer. Anyone look at these off brand engines? HANGKAI .Nothing available here.
 

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I'd be looking at Mercury Seapro in that size, 4 stroke outboards made for commercial use. The nice thing about Mercury is if you can't find parts or service for them, you won't find it for anything.

It is probably hard to go far wrong in that HP range though, unless you buy something that is truly unusual in your area. Low HP engines like that are inherently tried & true for the most part. If we were talking 400 HP engines I think you really gotta do your research.
 

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Yamaha. But in a pinch I would try Suzuki, tohatsu. Unfortunately Mercury doesn't do it for me. Their parts diagrams are chaotic and half the parts go obsolete within a few years.


You can take an entire yamaha apart with a 10mm. They really think about the people working on it. Torque specs cast into the heads bolts...ect
 

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Yamaha. But in a pinch I would try Suzuki, tohatsu. Unfortunately Mercury doesn't do it for me. Their parts diagrams are chaotic and half the parts go obsolete within a few years.


You can take an entire yamaha apart with a 10mm. They really think about the people working on it. Torque specs cast into the heads bolts...ect

What do you mean by Mercury parts becoming obsolete? Honest question.

They do change part #s a lot, I get that and the whole cross reference game. But looking them up takes 10 seconds online.

Have owned more than a few and even odd parts for a 30+ year old engine never had issues. Usually available even on Amazon for at least the common stuff has been my experience.
 

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Just checked again. Yamaha 25 vs mercury 25 1996. Definitely some "unavailable" parts with merc. Yamaha had none of this

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Just look at the difference in organization and easy reading. Yamaha vs merc catalog

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