Saito Gas Con­ver­sion

Model Airplane News - - AIRWAVES -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.