Yanmar 1GM Starter

Apr 3, 2015
Hunter 27 Chicago
Dealing with a bad starter on a Yanmar 1GM I find OEM starter for almost $400 or new generic replacement starter on Ebay for $85 with free shipping. Is the generic a bad idea?
Apr 1, 2004
Diller-Schwill DS-16 Belle River
Hard to believe you can get anymore than a hand crank or a pull rope for $85!
Nov 6, 2006
Hunter 34 Mandeville Louisiana
Usually those are Chinese made starters and some are really good and some are not.. Check the return and guarantee policy of the supplier and his satisfaction ratings.. For that price difference, I would roll the dice.. The 1 GM probably shares a starter with a lot of small engines and your chance might be pretty good with this one..??


Feb 21, 2008
Hunter 29.5 Punta Gorda
I have the ebay starter on my 2GM for the last 2 years. It has worked flawlessly. At 400 for an OEM I can get 4 from ebay and still be ahead. It was a perfect fit.
May 24, 2004
CC 30 South Florida
Saving $315 is never a bad idea. A starter electric motor is one of the simplest parts that can be found so some of these aftermarket units are good enough to provide years of service. What is the problem, worn brushes, failed solenoid, fouled bearings or shorted armature or coils? Have you eliminated possible voltage drop cause by poor wiring or connections? I would test just the motor part against a 12V battery to see if it spins freely. If it does then it would be worth it to take it to an automotive electrical shop for bench testing and repair. If you just want to replace do like kloudie suggests and check on the vendor's reputation and return policy.