Predator generators are made by a USA-based company called Harbor Freight Tools located in Calabasas, California, however, the engines are being assembled in China.
Though their engines are made in China still they deliver superb performance as the designing and testing process is handled by the main headquarter in the US.
|Company Name||Harbor Freight Tools|
|Founders||Eric Smidt , Allan Smidt|
|Current CEO||Eric Smidt|
|Headquarters||Calabasas, California, U.S.|
|Revenue Recorded in 2021||$6.5 billion|
|Number of Employees||25,000|
|No. of retail stores||1,300 in 48 states|
|Business Models||Retail, E-Commerce, Mail Order|
Where Are Predator Generators Made? – Brief History of the Brand
Predator generators are made by Harbor Freight founded by Eric Smidt and his father Allan Smidt in 1997. The company was named Harbor Freight and Salvage and had a small building in California.
Later in 1999 Mr. Eric Smidt becomes the CEO and named the company Harbor Freight Tools. Also in mid from the 1980s – 2010, the headquarter of harbor freight tools shifted near Camarillo, California.
Currently the main headquarter is situated in Calabasas, California, and has more than 1300 retail stores within 48 states with over 25000 employees. Additionally, harbor freight is doing mail orders and e-commerce actively.
Who Makes Predator Engines?
A few years ago Predator engines were made by a well-known clone manufacturer called Lifan Group situated in China. The exact location was Chongqing, China, however, the Lifan group was sold to the parent company and as per the reports, they are not working for the predator right now.
Then where are the predator engines manufactured now?
Well, currently the harbor freight tools the original company owns the tag of manufacturing and they don’t want to reveal the actual manufacturing designation. As per our research, the predator engines are still being manufactured in China, maybe Lifan group is the one.
What Engines Does Predator Use?
Harbor Freight currently utilizes the powerful PREDATOR® engines for their generators with different cubic centimeters (cc).
Are Predator Generators Any Good?
Due to the cheaper price tag, longer runtime, and quieter operation, the sale of predator generators is now touching the sky, even my brother purchases predator 9500 watts over HONDA
EU7000IS. Because of the cheaper price tag, higher runtime, and even predator beats Honda in terms of power outlets as well.
The bottom line is predator generators are super reliable within the mid-range price tag.
Features of Predator generators
Are Predator Generators Made in the USA?
The Predator generators are made by a USA-based company called Harbor Freight Tools; however, the engines are still being manufactured in China.
Is the Predator Generator Made in China?
Predator generators are being designed at harbor freight tools a USA-based company located in Calabasas, California, however, for making these generators a budget-friendly option their engines and other expensive parts are being manufactured in China.
Who Makes Predator 3500 Generator?
Predator 3500 is made by Harbor Freight Tools, the designing, prototype, and other tests are being conducted at the headquarter of harbor freight tools, however, the combustion engine and other expensive parts are still outsourced from China that’s why the Honda 3000is will cost you more than double then predator 3500.
Are Predator Generators Made by Honda?
Honda generators are made from Honda power equipment; however, the predator generators are made from harbor freight tools.
Though the rumors are flooding on the forums that the engines of the Honda and Predator generator are being manufactured by the same company, still there is no evidence that Honda is making engines for the Predator.
Here is the guide about Who Makes Honda Generators
Is a Predator Engine a Honda Clone?
Predator 212 cc engines are very popular as the Honda GX200 engine and surprisingly they are pretty similar (not 100% similar) to each other, also can be interchanged with some modifications.
A technician of my team has teardown his Honda GX200 and Predator 212 cc and found more than 80% similar parts, however, he stated that they are not 100% similar, however, both engines can be interchanged the engines with a bit of modification.
Are Honda and Predator Parts Interchangeable?
With some modifications, you can interchange them, since both engines have some distinct areas for the parts you have to order different parts accordingly.
The process of interchanging is hectic, complex, and costly we don’t recommend our users to do that.
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