Saito Gas Conversion
I just learned that a local RC club member has an almost-new Saito 180 GK for sale at a super attractive price. I know that Saito four-stroke engines have an excellent reputation, but I am wondering if there is a gasoline conversion for this engine. I have given up all my glow equipment and only fly gas now.
—John Philbrick, Nolensville, TN
John, we agree that the Saito line of four-stroke engines does indeed have a reputation for long-lasting quality and reliability. However, I am not aware of any conversion kits available to switch the 180 GK over to gasoline. There are aftermarket electronic-spark ignition systems with magnetic timing pickups available and even mini spark plugs that will screw right into place, but the trouble is that some of the rubber parts in the carburetor will quickly break down when exposed to gasoline. Also, switching to a gasoline-compatible carburetor would be problematic. It is possible, but I do not think it would be worth the effort or the expense when there are so many new two-stroke gasoline engines available in the same size and power range.—GY