Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:15:19 -0700 Power Equipment: Honda HS720 snow blower left view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8b9b/9dc8/8b9b9dc8-9f32-4cfb-a351-b1b09a5aef16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HS720 snow blower left view Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hs720-snow-blower-left-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hs720-snow-blower-left-view Honda HS720 snow blower left view <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8b9b/9dc8/8b9b9dc8-9f32-4cfb-a351-b1b09a5aef16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HS720 snow blower left view Power Equipment: Honda Introduces All-New HS720 Snow Blower at 2014 GIE+EXPO <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Key feature updates for improved performance, better operation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Compact design for both residential and commercial consumers</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HS720 series of premium residential snow blowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show.  The Honda engineering team integrated several key feature updates into the HS720A and HS720AS models to provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users.Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output.  The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions.  The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away.  Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20-inch width easily at heights of 12 feet.  In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control.  The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow-throwing.</p> <p>"Honda engineers developed the new HS720 snow blower with an eye to simplify the use of the product for customers," said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment.   To that end, many new features have been incorporated into the design of the model to improve the user experience."  New enhancements include a new, large on and off switch as well as an easy grip fuel tank cap for better operation in freezing temperatures when users are wearing gloves.  For better transportation and storage, folding handles, a more compact design, and large 7-inch wide tires are now design features of the HS720.</p> <p>The new HS720 snow blower will feature a two-year residential warranty and a one-year commercial warranty, and meets all current EPA and CARB emission standards.</p> <p>At the heart of every Honda snow thrower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels.  All Honda snow throwers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p>The new Honda HS720 snow throwers are available now nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> <p> <strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com" target="_blank">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">www.honda.com</a>.</p> Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/c6199675-a368-4a2f-8202-3128af70953c http://hondanews.com/releases/c6199675-a368-4a2f-8202-3128af70953c Honda Introduces All-New HS720 Snow Blower at 2014 GIE+EXPO <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>Key feature updates for improved performance, better operation</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Compact design for both residential and commercial consumers</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HS720 series of premium residential snow blowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show.  The Honda engineering team integrated several key feature updates into the HS720A and HS720AS models to provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users.Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output.  The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions.  The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away.  Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20-inch width easily at heights of 12 feet.  In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control.  The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow-throwing.</p> <p>"Honda engineers developed the new HS720 snow blower with an eye to simplify the use of the product for customers," said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment.   To that end, many new features have been incorporated into the design of the model to improve the user experience."  New enhancements include a new, large on and off switch as well as an easy grip fuel tank cap for better operation in freezing temperatures when users are wearing gloves.  For better transportation and storage, folding handles, a more compact design, and large 7-inch wide tires are now design features of the HS720.</p> <p>The new HS720 snow blower will feature a two-year residential warranty and a one-year commercial warranty, and meets all current EPA and CARB emission standards.</p> <p>At the heart of every Honda snow thrower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels.  All Honda snow throwers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p>The new Honda HS720 snow throwers are available now nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> <p> <strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com" target="_blank">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">www.honda.com</a>.</p> Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a> Power Equipment: Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (right view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7f28/a798/7f28a798-b8a8-44fe-841e-244c7c125de2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (right view) Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vka-lawn-mower-right-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vka-lawn-mower-right-view Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (right view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7f28/a798/7f28a798-b8a8-44fe-841e-244c7c125de2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (right view) Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment Introduces New Design Features for HRX Series of Lawn Mowers <ul> <li><strong>New Select Drive™ functionality adds speed control, comfort and flexibility for users</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HRX series of premium residential lawnmowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show. The significantly updated HRXVKA and HRXVYA models offer best-in-class cutting performance, ease of use, durability, control and reliability.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, these HRX models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle or by turning the speed-adjust dial.</p> <p>In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality. The HRXVYA, HRXHYA, and HRXHZA models also incorporate the Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System to stop the blade and not the engine, saving time when removing obstacles or emptying the bag.</p> <p>Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GCV190 engine, the HRX lawnmower delivers excellent fuel efficiency with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable power source for the mower, even in demanding conditions.</p> <p>"Honda engineers have redesigned these two models of the popular and award-winning HRX lawn mower with the specific intention of creating a more comfortable and convenient mowing experience for our customers,” said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment. "The new Select Drive™ System is a huge step in helping homeowners and landscape professionals get the job done with less effort.”</p> <p>All HRX lawn mowers feature a five-year residential warranty and meet rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21" walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/67a1df05-2b66-4086-a9c4-8da6b697cb32 http://hondanews.com/releases/67a1df05-2b66-4086-a9c4-8da6b697cb32 Honda Power Equipment Introduces New Design Features for HRX Series of Lawn Mowers <ul> <li><strong>New Select Drive™ functionality adds speed control, comfort and flexibility for users</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment today introduced its new HRX series of premium residential lawnmowers at the 2014 GIE+EXPO trade show. The significantly updated HRXVKA and HRXVYA models offer best-in-class cutting performance, ease of use, durability, control and reliability.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, these HRX models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle or by turning the speed-adjust dial.</p> <p>In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality. The HRXVYA, HRXHYA, and HRXHZA models also incorporate the Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System to stop the blade and not the engine, saving time when removing obstacles or emptying the bag.</p> <p>Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GCV190 engine, the HRX lawnmower delivers excellent fuel efficiency with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable power source for the mower, even in demanding conditions.</p> <p>"Honda engineers have redesigned these two models of the popular and award-winning HRX lawn mower with the specific intention of creating a more comfortable and convenient mowing experience for our customers,” said Alex Torre, manager, marketing and market research for Honda Power Equipment. "The new Select Drive™ System is a huge step in helping homeowners and landscape professionals get the job done with less effort.”</p> <p>All HRX lawn mowers feature a five-year residential warranty and meet rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21" walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong></em><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases/www.hondanews.com">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Power Equipment: Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (left view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1fb0/47ab/1fb047ab-a3be-45f6-b44b-6006aba74424-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (left view) Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vka-lawn-mower-left-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vka-lawn-mower-left-view Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (left view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1fb0/47ab/1fb047ab-a3be-45f6-b44b-6006aba74424-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VKA lawn mower (left view) Power Equipment: Honda Lawn Mowers <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21” walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p>Each product family incorporates a number of features and accessories for versatility and convenience: a variable height adjustment system; a large capacity standard rear easy on/easy off grass bag; the exclusive, Honda twin-blade MicroCut System® for precise cutting and finer mulching; discharge chute and leaf shredder options; and a choice of two mowing decks depending on model (heavy-duty steel with up to six height adjustments or resilient, easy-to-clean NeXite® that comes equipped with a lifetime warranty). Honda lawn mowers are the only of their kind to offer advanced and durable maintenance-free Cruise Control hydrostatic transmissions, Variable Speed Transmissions with an Adjustable Smart Drive™ or Select Drive™ System (depending on the model) that allow for ease of speed variation.</p> <p>In keeping with Honda’s tradition of technological and environmental leadership, all Honda lawn mower models feature Honda’s easy-starting engines that deliver smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power. The compact, lightweight OHC (overhead cam) GC Series offers maximum power and high-efficiency combustion for home use; the GS Series provides power for premium residential and light-duty commercial markets; and the OHV (overhead valve) GX Series delivers rugged, commercial grade performance. Honda’s full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p><strong>The Honda HRX Series</strong></p> <p>First introduced in 2004, the Honda HRX Series pioneers the unique Versamow System™ with Clip Director® that, for the first time on any lawn mower, easily enables simultaneous distribution of clippings to both the bag and the ground. The past ten years has seen some exciting new advancements for this lawn mower line.</p> <p>The Honda Versamow System™ is designed to be a complete four-in-one mowing system delivering the ultimate in flexibility. A Clip Director® lever located behind the engine cowling operates a sliding door between the lawn mower deck and the grass bag allowing the operator to easily:</p> <ul> <li>Rear discharge;</li> <li>Mulch 100 percent of clippings;</li> <li>Bag 100 percent of clippings;</li> <li>Simultaneously mulch and bag or rear discharge in varying degrees through 10 separate settings.</li> </ul> <p>The system also offers a setting for leaf shredding where leaves are re-circulated until they are small enough to pass into the bag. All this can take place without tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers.</p> <p>In 2012, Honda introduced a new HRX Series model to the lineup – the HRX217VLA. This self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ Nexite® lawn mower is a self-charging, electric start model equipped with a small Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery for easy and convenient starting. The battery is mounted on the lawn mower’s handlebar and integrated with a convenient automotive-style key switch. The five-position Smart Drive™ Variable Speed System allows the user to easily control the lawn mower’s speed by resting his or her hands on the handlebars – adding still more convenience and ease to the operation experience.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, the HRXVKA and HRXVYA models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle and turning the speed-adjust dial. In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality.</p> <p>Honda HRX models are powered by the four-stroke, single-cylinder GCV190 OHC engine. In HRX electric start models, electricity is fed to a small starter motor incorporated in the GCV190 engine. All HRX models are available nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p>Targeting best-in-industry bagging performance, the HRX is able to mow 40 percent further before the bag is full, allowing the operator to empty the bag 40 percent less often. This is accomplished through the use of a 2.5 bushel grass bag, and Honda’s MicroCut® offset twin-blade cutting system that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently. Additional HRX features and benefits include:</p> <ul> <li>The exclusive, easy-to-clean, rust-free NeXite® mowing deck, which allows clippings to circulate naturally for maximum mulching; the deck comes with a lifetime warranty;</li> <li>A newly designed variable speed hydrostatic transmission (smaller and lighter than on previous models) that offers infinitely variable speed control and the ability to set and maintain a constant pace regardless of conditions. Speed is easily adjustable with the speed control lever;</li> <li>The Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System provides quick blade stopping without shutting off the lawn mower – allows for bag emptying without restarting the engine and self propel without the blade engaged.</li> <li>Seven individual cutting heights – ¾” to 4”</li> <li>9” ball-bearing wheels</li> <li>Sealed control cables</li> <li>A five-year full transferable warranty</li> </ul> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Infinitely Variable Select Drive™ System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®; bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required;<br> flywheel brake and auto choke system; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Infinitely Variable Select Drive™ System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®; bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; flywheel brake and auto choke system; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VLA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Variable Speed Smart Drive™ System; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217HYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217HZA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control. </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>The Honda HRR and HRS Series</strong></p> <p>The Honda HRR Series consists of four different models, each containing a number of standard features and benefits, including:</p> <ul> <li>An easy-starting four-stroke, single cylinder GCV160 OHC engine designed to reduce weight and increase lawn mower maneuverability;</li> <li>The world's first internal timing belt on a lawn mower with reserve power for the most demanding mowing conditions; </li> <li>The exclusive offset twin-blade MicroCut System® that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently;</li> <li>The Honda HRR 21” heavy-duty steel mowing deck;</li> <li>An easy on/easy off grass bag (2.4 bushel capacity) for low-effort emptying;</li> <li>An EZ Fold, adjustable two-position handle incorporating easily accessible controls, designed to maximize safety, comfort and convenience;</li> <li>A height adjustment system, offering six mowing height adjustments ranging from 1” to 4” for different mowing needs; </li> <li>Variable speed transmissions with Smart Drive™ Control; (all models except PKA);</li> <li>A redesigned rear axle that improves lawn mower cutting performance at lower settings; </li> <li>A three-year full transferable warranty; </li> <li>8” rear ball bearing wheels;</li> <li>All HRR models now include six new designed parts for improved performance: guard and discharge; mounting plate (minimize grass blow-by); grass bag frame (new shape); grass bag (new shape); and a one-piece return spring.</li> </ul> <p>Introduced in 2006, the HRR Series lawn mower line is designed to deliver exceptionally easy operation, high performance and superior fuel efficiency. For 2012, Honda introduced a significant design upgrade for all HRR models: the inclusion of the 3-in-1 Clip Director®. With just one touch, the operator can quickly switch from mulching to bagging, eliminating the need for a mulch plug. The HRR lineup incorporates a newly designed, lighter weight GCV160 engine for increased maneuverability; the new GCV160 model also has a redesigned fan cover for improved cooling. In addition, an improved scroll and ramp design allows for improved mulching performance by optimizing recycling of fine clippings.</p> <p>The HRR216PKA push-type model is equipped with auto choke and the 3-in-1 Clip Director® for an infinitely easier lawn mowing experience at an affordable price. The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA models incorporate the Honda Adjustable Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System that allows the user to easily control the lawn mower’s speed simply by resting his or her hands on the handlebars. By placing either one or both thumbs on the lever, the operator can easily control the lawn mower’s speed and even mow with one hand. For 2012, both VKA and VYA models now boast a ground speed of up to 4 mph (an 11 percent increase over HRR models in previous years).</p> <p>The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA lawn mowers also are designed with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®. The HRR216VKA includes an auto choke feature while the HRR216VYA incorporates the auto choke feature with adjustable throttle control.</p> <p>For 2012, Honda introduced a new model to the HRR Series of lawn mowers – the HRR216VLA, a self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ lawn mower with electric start capability for easy and convenient starting. The company’s newest HRR model also is equipped with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®, MicroCut® twin blades, and the new scroll and ramp design.</p> <p>Honda HRR models are available nationwide through Honda Power Equipment dealers and The Home Depot retail stores.</p> <p>Following is a snapshot of the HRR Series models:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216PKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VLA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System; electric start system</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>The Honda HRS Series includes two side discharge, mulch models featuring the OHC/OHV Honda lightweight engines and 21” heavy-duty steel mowing decks. These models are easy to start and deliver efficient power. The compact design of these engines also makes the lawn mowers easy to maneuver. The extremely efficient combustion of the OHC/OHV configuration means one engine certifies to emissions standards in all 50 states. Both HRS lawn mowers are covered by a three-year warranty.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRS216PDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Side discharge/mulcher</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRS216SDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Self-propelled, single speed</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Side discharge/mulcher</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>The Honda Commercial Series</strong></p> <p>The Honda HRC Commercial Series offers two models: the self-propelled, hydrostatic drive HRC216HXA and push-type HRC216PDA — both which offer the best combination of features and durability for the professional landscaper. The legendary performance of the HRC Series is enhanced by offering Honda’s exclusive MicroCut® twin-blade mulching technology.</p> <p>Honda HRC lawn mowers are designed with a number of standard features and benefits, including:</p> <ul> <li>Dome-shaped deck design that facilitates both bagging and mulching while delivering finer clipping particles;</li> <li>Offset twin blade MicroCut® System (the only 2-blade 21-inch commercial lawn mower);</li> <li>Hydrostatic Cruise Control Shaft Drive transmission for increased durability (1.8 – 4.0 mph); <em>(HXA model only);</em></li> <li>Front bumper provides lawn mower deck and engine protection; also allows for convenient transport tie down;</li> <li>Durable, lightweight NeXite® wheels with axle protectors.</li> </ul> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRC216PDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Honda GSV engine with aluminum uniblock construction; cast iron sleeve dual-stage air filter; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRC216HXA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Honda GXV engine upgrade and Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>In addition, the HRC216K3PDA features the Honda GSV160 overhead cam (OHC) engine, while the self-propelled HRC216K3HXA utilizes Honda’s legendary GXV160 engine. Both engines feature all-aluminum construction and a cast-iron cylinder sleeve.<br> At the heart of every Honda lawn mower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels. All Honda lawn mowers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/69591ab6-8de2-41fc-b76e-ebde9e1fe980 http://hondanews.com/releases/69591ab6-8de2-41fc-b76e-ebde9e1fe980 Honda Lawn Mowers <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of 21” walk behind lawn mowers for commercial, premium residential, and consumer applications. The product line consists of 13 models in four different series, including HRX, HRR, HRS, and HRC.</p> <p>Each product family incorporates a number of features and accessories for versatility and convenience: a variable height adjustment system; a large capacity standard rear easy on/easy off grass bag; the exclusive, Honda twin-blade MicroCut System® for precise cutting and finer mulching; discharge chute and leaf shredder options; and a choice of two mowing decks depending on model (heavy-duty steel with up to six height adjustments or resilient, easy-to-clean NeXite® that comes equipped with a lifetime warranty). Honda lawn mowers are the only of their kind to offer advanced and durable maintenance-free Cruise Control hydrostatic transmissions, Variable Speed Transmissions with an Adjustable Smart Drive™ or Select Drive™ System (depending on the model) that allow for ease of speed variation.</p> <p>In keeping with Honda’s tradition of technological and environmental leadership, all Honda lawn mower models feature Honda’s easy-starting engines that deliver smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power. The compact, lightweight OHC (overhead cam) GC Series offers maximum power and high-efficiency combustion for home use; the GS Series provides power for premium residential and light-duty commercial markets; and the OHV (overhead valve) GX Series delivers rugged, commercial grade performance. Honda’s full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA emission requirements, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p><strong>The Honda HRX Series</strong></p> <p>First introduced in 2004, the Honda HRX Series pioneers the unique Versamow System™ with Clip Director® that, for the first time on any lawn mower, easily enables simultaneous distribution of clippings to both the bag and the ground. The past ten years has seen some exciting new advancements for this lawn mower line.</p> <p>The Honda Versamow System™ is designed to be a complete four-in-one mowing system delivering the ultimate in flexibility. A Clip Director® lever located behind the engine cowling operates a sliding door between the lawn mower deck and the grass bag allowing the operator to easily:</p> <ul> <li>Rear discharge;</li> <li>Mulch 100 percent of clippings;</li> <li>Bag 100 percent of clippings;</li> <li>Simultaneously mulch and bag or rear discharge in varying degrees through 10 separate settings.</li> </ul> <p>The system also offers a setting for leaf shredding where leaves are re-circulated until they are small enough to pass into the bag. All this can take place without tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers.</p> <p>In 2012, Honda introduced a new HRX Series model to the lineup – the HRX217VLA. This self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ Nexite® lawn mower is a self-charging, electric start model equipped with a small Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery for easy and convenient starting. The battery is mounted on the lawn mower’s handlebar and integrated with a convenient automotive-style key switch. The five-position Smart Drive™ Variable Speed System allows the user to easily control the lawn mower’s speed by resting his or her hands on the handlebars – adding still more convenience and ease to the operation experience.</p> <p>All-new for 2014, the HRXVKA and HRXVYA models incorporate the Honda Select Drive™ System, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial – enabling the selection of a desired speed range while also engaging the Select Drive™ control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it becomes an integrated part of the lawn mower handle bar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience. Speed also is adjustable while mowing by engaging the Select Drive™ control handle and turning the speed-adjust dial. In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive™ System, the all-new HRXVKA and HRXVYA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut System® for superior cut quality.</p> <p>Honda HRX models are powered by the four-stroke, single-cylinder GCV190 OHC engine. In HRX electric start models, electricity is fed to a small starter motor incorporated in the GCV190 engine. All HRX models are available nationally through Honda Power Equipment dealers.</p> <p>Targeting best-in-industry bagging performance, the HRX is able to mow 40 percent further before the bag is full, allowing the operator to empty the bag 40 percent less often. This is accomplished through the use of a 2.5 bushel grass bag, and Honda’s MicroCut® offset twin-blade cutting system that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently. Additional HRX features and benefits include:</p> <ul> <li>The exclusive, easy-to-clean, rust-free NeXite® mowing deck, which allows clippings to circulate naturally for maximum mulching; the deck comes with a lifetime warranty;</li> <li>A newly designed variable speed hydrostatic transmission (smaller and lighter than on previous models) that offers infinitely variable speed control and the ability to set and maintain a constant pace regardless of conditions. Speed is easily adjustable with the speed control lever;</li> <li>The Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System provides quick blade stopping without shutting off the lawn mower – allows for bag emptying without restarting the engine and self propel without the blade engaged.</li> <li>Seven individual cutting heights – ¾” to 4”</li> <li>9” ball-bearing wheels</li> <li>Sealed control cables</li> <li>A five-year full transferable warranty</li> </ul> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Infinitely Variable Select Drive™ System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®; bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required;<br> flywheel brake and auto choke system; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Infinitely Variable Select Drive™ System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®; bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; flywheel brake and auto choke system; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217VLA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Variable Speed Smart Drive™ System; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control. </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217HYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRX217HZA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission; electric start system featuring Cyclon sealed lead-acid battery technology</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4-in-1 Versamow System™ with Clip Director®, bag, mulch, leaf shred or rear discharge – no tools or attachments required; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; auto choke system with full throttle control. </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>The Honda HRR and HRS Series</strong></p> <p>The Honda HRR Series consists of four different models, each containing a number of standard features and benefits, including:</p> <ul> <li>An easy-starting four-stroke, single cylinder GCV160 OHC engine designed to reduce weight and increase lawn mower maneuverability;</li> <li>The world's first internal timing belt on a lawn mower with reserve power for the most demanding mowing conditions; </li> <li>The exclusive offset twin-blade MicroCut System® that results in finer clippings that pack the bag more efficiently;</li> <li>The Honda HRR 21” heavy-duty steel mowing deck;</li> <li>An easy on/easy off grass bag (2.4 bushel capacity) for low-effort emptying;</li> <li>An EZ Fold, adjustable two-position handle incorporating easily accessible controls, designed to maximize safety, comfort and convenience;</li> <li>A height adjustment system, offering six mowing height adjustments ranging from 1” to 4” for different mowing needs; </li> <li>Variable speed transmissions with Smart Drive™ Control; (all models except PKA);</li> <li>A redesigned rear axle that improves lawn mower cutting performance at lower settings; </li> <li>A three-year full transferable warranty; </li> <li>8” rear ball bearing wheels;</li> <li>All HRR models now include six new designed parts for improved performance: guard and discharge; mounting plate (minimize grass blow-by); grass bag frame (new shape); grass bag (new shape); and a one-piece return spring.</li> </ul> <p>Introduced in 2006, the HRR Series lawn mower line is designed to deliver exceptionally easy operation, high performance and superior fuel efficiency. For 2012, Honda introduced a significant design upgrade for all HRR models: the inclusion of the 3-in-1 Clip Director®. With just one touch, the operator can quickly switch from mulching to bagging, eliminating the need for a mulch plug. The HRR lineup incorporates a newly designed, lighter weight GCV160 engine for increased maneuverability; the new GCV160 model also has a redesigned fan cover for improved cooling. In addition, an improved scroll and ramp design allows for improved mulching performance by optimizing recycling of fine clippings.</p> <p>The HRR216PKA push-type model is equipped with auto choke and the 3-in-1 Clip Director® for an infinitely easier lawn mowing experience at an affordable price. The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA models incorporate the Honda Adjustable Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System that allows the user to easily control the lawn mower’s speed simply by resting his or her hands on the handlebars. By placing either one or both thumbs on the lever, the operator can easily control the lawn mower’s speed and even mow with one hand. For 2012, both VKA and VYA models now boast a ground speed of up to 4 mph (an 11 percent increase over HRR models in previous years).</p> <p>The HRR216VKA and HRR216VYA lawn mowers also are designed with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®. The HRR216VKA includes an auto choke feature while the HRR216VYA incorporates the auto choke feature with adjustable throttle control.</p> <p>For 2012, Honda introduced a new model to the HRR Series of lawn mowers – the HRR216VLA, a self-propelled, Variable Speed Smart Drive™ lawn mower with electric start capability for easy and convenient starting. The company’s newest HRR model also is equipped with the 3-in-1 Clip Director®, MicroCut® twin blades, and the new scroll and ramp design.</p> <p>Honda HRR models are available nationwide through Honda Power Equipment dealers and The Home Depot retail stores.</p> <p>Following is a snapshot of the HRR Series models:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216PKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VKA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VYA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®; Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRR216VLA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Smart Drive™ Variable Speed Control System; electric start system</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3-in-1 Clip Director®; Twin Blade MicroCut System®</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>The Honda HRS Series includes two side discharge, mulch models featuring the OHC/OHV Honda lightweight engines and 21” heavy-duty steel mowing decks. These models are easy to start and deliver efficient power. The compact design of these engines also makes the lawn mowers easy to maneuver. The extremely efficient combustion of the OHC/OHV configuration means one engine certifies to emissions standards in all 50 states. Both HRS lawn mowers are covered by a three-year warranty.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRS216PDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Side discharge/mulcher</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRS216SDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Self-propelled, single speed</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Side discharge/mulcher</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>The Honda Commercial Series</strong></p> <p>The Honda HRC Commercial Series offers two models: the self-propelled, hydrostatic drive HRC216HXA and push-type HRC216PDA — both which offer the best combination of features and durability for the professional landscaper. The legendary performance of the HRC Series is enhanced by offering Honda’s exclusive MicroCut® twin-blade mulching technology.</p> <p>Honda HRC lawn mowers are designed with a number of standard features and benefits, including:</p> <ul> <li>Dome-shaped deck design that facilitates both bagging and mulching while delivering finer clipping particles;</li> <li>Offset twin blade MicroCut® System (the only 2-blade 21-inch commercial lawn mower);</li> <li>Hydrostatic Cruise Control Shaft Drive transmission for increased durability (1.8 – 4.0 mph); <em>(HXA model only);</em></li> <li>Front bumper provides lawn mower deck and engine protection; also allows for convenient transport tie down;</li> <li>Durable, lightweight NeXite® wheels with axle protectors.</li> </ul> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Model</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Propulsion</strong></p></td> <td align="center"><p align="center"><strong>Standard Design Features</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRC216PDA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Push type</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Honda GSV engine with aluminum uniblock construction; cast iron sleeve dual-stage air filter; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>HRC216HXA</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Honda GXV engine upgrade and Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System; MicroCut® twin blades for optimum bagging and mulching performance.</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>In addition, the HRC216K3PDA features the Honda GSV160 overhead cam (OHC) engine, while the self-propelled HRC216K3HXA utilizes Honda’s legendary GXV160 engine. Both engines feature all-aluminum construction and a cast-iron cylinder sleeve.<br> At the heart of every Honda lawn mower is a world-renowned, easy-starting engine that delivers smooth, quiet, reliable four-stroke power and low emission levels. All Honda lawn mowers offer the same exceptional level of quality, performance and reliability as every product that carries the Honda name.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment: Honda: Environmental Technology <p>Honda has long been recognized as a global leader in reducing the environmental impact of internal combustion engines through improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, and Honda Power Equipment is proud to contribute to that legacy.  Powered exclusively by four-stroke engines, Honda Power Equipment products are quiet and fuel efficient.</p> <p><em><strong>Corporate Leadership</strong></em></p> <p>Honda recognizes that the preservation of natural resources is not only a corporate responsibility but also an important company fundamental.  Reducing the burden on the environment at every stage in a product’s life cycle – from research and development through manufacture, sale, usage, and disposal – is at the core of Honda’s corporate culture and philosophy.</p> <p>Beyond its desire to develop cleaner products, Honda also seeks to reduce the environmental impact of all of its activities.  Launched in 1998, Honda’s Green Factory planning concept is the foundation of the company’s environmentally forward-thinking manufacturing practices, which seek to minimize factory emissions and waste throughout the manufacturing process.  Further, Honda’s environmental commitment is reflected in its portfolio of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications. The company’s facilities in Japan and its major manufacturing facilities around the world have obtained ISO 14001 certification – an internationally recognized set of standards for environmental management systems.</p> <p><strong><em>Environmental Technology Milestones</em></strong></p> <p>Developing cleaner products is not a new mandate for Honda.  Coupled with world-class quality and technology, Honda has routinely incorporated environmentally-focused features into its products for more than 40 years. A few examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Since 1964</strong> Honda has manufactured only four-stroke outboard motors.  Cleaner, more fuel-efficient and quieter than traditional two-stroke outboards, four-stroke motors also do not release oil directly into the water;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1972</strong> Honda introduced the Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) engine. The CVCC was the first automobile engine capable of meeting the 1970 Clean Air Act without the weight, cost, and complexity of a catalytic converter;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1997</strong> Honda entered the handheld power-equipment market with a noticeably quiet and fuel-efficient trimmer/brush cutter powered by the world’s first 360-degree inclinable mini-four-stroke engine;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1998</strong> Honda became the first company to introduce an entire line of high-performance outboard motors that met the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) year 2006 emission standards;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2000</strong> Honda became the first auto company to receive the EPA’s Climate Protection Award for development of the Honda Insight, the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle sold in the United States;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2002</strong> Honda became the first automaker in the world to market a fuel cell vehicle certified by the U.S. EPA and the state of California.  The 2005 Honda FCX also features its own fuel cell stack capable of cold weather operation;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2003</strong> Honda introduced the HRX lawn mower, the first to enable simultaneous distribution of grass clippings to both the bag and the ground with no additional equipment.  Whether the user chooses to mulch, compost or dispose of the bagged clippings, all of the options provided by the HRX are better for the environment than conventional clipping disposal.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2005</strong> Honda introduced the<em> i</em>GX engine, a revolutionary, intelligent, computer-controlled general purpose engine.  Representing a first in the power equipment industry, the <em>i</em>GX features an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2007</strong> the Union of Concerned Scientists names Honda the ‘greenest automaker’ for the fourth consecutive time in its biennial report on automakers’ environmental performance.<br> <br> </li> <li> <strong>In 2009</strong> the 2010 Honda Insight is launched in the U.S. and Canada as North America’s most affordable mass-produced gas electric hybrid automobile.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2011 </strong>Honda embarked on the largest solar-cell project in the U.S. at Honda Performance Development headquarters (HPD), the company's advanced motorsports engineering facility in Santa Clarita, CA. A 100-kilowatt, 800-cell array of thin-film CIGS solar panels, manufactured by Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., is installed on the roof, carport, and loading dock canopy at HPD.  Energy produced from the installation provides power to several R&D areas of the HPD campus, while reducing energy loads and CO2 emissions by approximately 64 metric tons annually.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2014</strong> Honda unveiled the EU7000<strong>i</strong>s, Honda's first inverter generator to incorporate fuel injection (FI) technology. The use of fuel injection eliminates the need for a choke valve, dramatically improving operation at start-up and also enhancing the generator's long-term storability. The adoption of FI and a three-way catalytic converter also results in exhaust emissions that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Phase 3 standards, the most stringent emission standards for small gasoline equipment in the world. </li> </ul> <p><em><strong>The Honda Global CO2 Emissions Reduction Target</strong></em></p> <p>Honda has established 2020 CO2 emissions reduction targets to address the most important business management issues of climate change and energy issues.</p> <p>Honda has been pursuing its own environmental targets and is committed to proactive environmental conservation activities. In 2006, Honda set a goal to reduce global CO2 emissions from use of its motorcycles, automobiles and power products by 10 percent by the end of 2010 compared to year 2000 levels. In 2010, the goal was attained by all products.</p> <p>Honda now has set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels. Furthermore, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions during production and supply chain, Honda will strengthen its efforts to realize reductions in CO2 emissions through its entire corporate activities. Honda also will strengthen its efforts in advancing technologies in the area of total energy management – to reduce CO2 emissions through mobility and people's everyday lives.</p> <p><em><strong>Blue Skies for Our Children</strong></em></p> <p>Honda engineers, who took on the challenge to meet the stringent new emissions standards of the 1970s U.S. Clean Air Act, used the phrase "blue skies for our children" as a passionate rallying cry to devote themselves to this effort. Honda wants to pass on the "joy and freedom of mobility to the next generation (for our children), therefore, we want to realize a sustainable society where people can enjoy life (blue skies).” This slogan continues to represent Honda's passion toward its environmental commitment which has not wavered and will remain resolute in the future.</p> <p><em><strong>Global Environmental Symbol</strong></em></p> <p>The circular graphic represents the earth and sun with blue skies (clean air), clean water, and lush green land expressing the bounty of nature that is necessary (for us) to realize a sustainable society where people can enjoy life. The white line through the middle represents a road where freedom of mobility is realized, while the heart represents Honda's thinking and passion toward (our) environmental commitment.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda Environment Statement</em></strong></p> <p>As a responsible member of society determined to help preserve the global environment, Honda makes concerted efforts to contribute to human health and preservation of the global environment in each phase of its corporate activities and to stay at the forefront of such endeavors.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/a60a759a-6b13-4d0b-8ab2-a610a3d34369 http://hondanews.com/releases/a60a759a-6b13-4d0b-8ab2-a610a3d34369 Honda: Environmental Technology <p>Honda has long been recognized as a global leader in reducing the environmental impact of internal combustion engines through improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, and Honda Power Equipment is proud to contribute to that legacy.  Powered exclusively by four-stroke engines, Honda Power Equipment products are quiet and fuel efficient.</p> <p><em><strong>Corporate Leadership</strong></em></p> <p>Honda recognizes that the preservation of natural resources is not only a corporate responsibility but also an important company fundamental.  Reducing the burden on the environment at every stage in a product’s life cycle – from research and development through manufacture, sale, usage, and disposal – is at the core of Honda’s corporate culture and philosophy.</p> <p>Beyond its desire to develop cleaner products, Honda also seeks to reduce the environmental impact of all of its activities.  Launched in 1998, Honda’s Green Factory planning concept is the foundation of the company’s environmentally forward-thinking manufacturing practices, which seek to minimize factory emissions and waste throughout the manufacturing process.  Further, Honda’s environmental commitment is reflected in its portfolio of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications. The company’s facilities in Japan and its major manufacturing facilities around the world have obtained ISO 14001 certification – an internationally recognized set of standards for environmental management systems.</p> <p><strong><em>Environmental Technology Milestones</em></strong></p> <p>Developing cleaner products is not a new mandate for Honda.  Coupled with world-class quality and technology, Honda has routinely incorporated environmentally-focused features into its products for more than 40 years. A few examples include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Since 1964</strong> Honda has manufactured only four-stroke outboard motors.  Cleaner, more fuel-efficient and quieter than traditional two-stroke outboards, four-stroke motors also do not release oil directly into the water;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1972</strong> Honda introduced the Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) engine. The CVCC was the first automobile engine capable of meeting the 1970 Clean Air Act without the weight, cost, and complexity of a catalytic converter;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1997</strong> Honda entered the handheld power-equipment market with a noticeably quiet and fuel-efficient trimmer/brush cutter powered by the world’s first 360-degree inclinable mini-four-stroke engine;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 1998</strong> Honda became the first company to introduce an entire line of high-performance outboard motors that met the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) year 2006 emission standards;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2000</strong> Honda became the first auto company to receive the EPA’s Climate Protection Award for development of the Honda Insight, the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle sold in the United States;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2002</strong> Honda became the first automaker in the world to market a fuel cell vehicle certified by the U.S. EPA and the state of California.  The 2005 Honda FCX also features its own fuel cell stack capable of cold weather operation;<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2003</strong> Honda introduced the HRX lawn mower, the first to enable simultaneous distribution of grass clippings to both the bag and the ground with no additional equipment.  Whether the user chooses to mulch, compost or dispose of the bagged clippings, all of the options provided by the HRX are better for the environment than conventional clipping disposal.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2005</strong> Honda introduced the<em> i</em>GX engine, a revolutionary, intelligent, computer-controlled general purpose engine.  Representing a first in the power equipment industry, the <em>i</em>GX features an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2007</strong> the Union of Concerned Scientists names Honda the ‘greenest automaker’ for the fourth consecutive time in its biennial report on automakers’ environmental performance.<br> <br> </li> <li> <strong>In 2009</strong> the 2010 Honda Insight is launched in the U.S. and Canada as North America’s most affordable mass-produced gas electric hybrid automobile.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2011 </strong>Honda embarked on the largest solar-cell project in the U.S. at Honda Performance Development headquarters (HPD), the company's advanced motorsports engineering facility in Santa Clarita, CA. A 100-kilowatt, 800-cell array of thin-film CIGS solar panels, manufactured by Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., is installed on the roof, carport, and loading dock canopy at HPD.  Energy produced from the installation provides power to several R&D areas of the HPD campus, while reducing energy loads and CO2 emissions by approximately 64 metric tons annually.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>In 2014</strong> Honda unveiled the EU7000<strong>i</strong>s, Honda's first inverter generator to incorporate fuel injection (FI) technology. The use of fuel injection eliminates the need for a choke valve, dramatically improving operation at start-up and also enhancing the generator's long-term storability. The adoption of FI and a three-way catalytic converter also results in exhaust emissions that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Phase 3 standards, the most stringent emission standards for small gasoline equipment in the world. </li> </ul> <p><em><strong>The Honda Global CO2 Emissions Reduction Target</strong></em></p> <p>Honda has established 2020 CO2 emissions reduction targets to address the most important business management issues of climate change and energy issues.</p> <p>Honda has been pursuing its own environmental targets and is committed to proactive environmental conservation activities. In 2006, Honda set a goal to reduce global CO2 emissions from use of its motorcycles, automobiles and power products by 10 percent by the end of 2010 compared to year 2000 levels. In 2010, the goal was attained by all products.</p> <p>Honda now has set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels. Furthermore, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions during production and supply chain, Honda will strengthen its efforts to realize reductions in CO2 emissions through its entire corporate activities. Honda also will strengthen its efforts in advancing technologies in the area of total energy management – to reduce CO2 emissions through mobility and people's everyday lives.</p> <p><em><strong>Blue Skies for Our Children</strong></em></p> <p>Honda engineers, who took on the challenge to meet the stringent new emissions standards of the 1970s U.S. Clean Air Act, used the phrase "blue skies for our children" as a passionate rallying cry to devote themselves to this effort. Honda wants to pass on the "joy and freedom of mobility to the next generation (for our children), therefore, we want to realize a sustainable society where people can enjoy life (blue skies).” This slogan continues to represent Honda's passion toward its environmental commitment which has not wavered and will remain resolute in the future.</p> <p><em><strong>Global Environmental Symbol</strong></em></p> <p>The circular graphic represents the earth and sun with blue skies (clean air), clean water, and lush green land expressing the bounty of nature that is necessary (for us) to realize a sustainable society where people can enjoy life. The white line through the middle represents a road where freedom of mobility is realized, while the heart represents Honda's thinking and passion toward (our) environmental commitment.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda Environment Statement</em></strong></p> <p>As a responsible member of society determined to help preserve the global environment, Honda makes concerted efforts to contribute to human health and preservation of the global environment in each phase of its corporate activities and to stay at the forefront of such endeavors.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment: Honda Engines <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines for a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. The company offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawn mowers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p>Additionally, Honda engines are some of the quietest and easiest to start of their kind, even in harsh commercial and construction environments. Such attributes have made Honda engines the popular choice for original equipment manufacturers looking to add value to their own brands.</p> <p><strong>One Engine for All</strong></p> <p>Honda continuously works to meet future, lower EPA and CARB standards regarding the performance of its products. In January 2007, Honda Engines began certifying its models to the new, lower California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2007 standards, existing EPA Phase 2 emission requirements and offering 50 state compliant engines. Investing in meeting the strictest of environmental requirements in the development of one engine for use in all 50 states reflects Honda’s forward thinking on emission regulations, air quality and the needs of its customers. Moreover, Honda engines meet the new CARB exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements without the use of a catalytic converter.</p> <p>As a result, the overall emission levels from Honda engines have been reduced by more than 32 percent compared to 1995. Further, the EPA implemented a new emission control program to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from small spark-ignition engines by approximately 35 percent. Honda engines are in compliance with the current EPA Phase 3 standards (for both exhaust and evaporate emissions).</p> <p><strong>Defining Net Power in Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>The SAE J1349 standard measures net horsepower with the manufacturer’s production muffler and air cleaner in place. Net horsepower more closely correlates with the power the operator will experience when using a Honda engine powered product. The power rating of the engines indicated in this document measures the net power output at 3600 rpm (7000 rpm for model GXH50, GXV50, GX25 and GX35) and net torque at 2500 rpm, as tested on a production engine. Mass production engines may vary from this value.</p> <p>Actual power output for the engine installed in the final machine will vary depending on numerous factors, including the operation speed of the engine in application, environmental conditions, maintenance and other variables.</p> <p><strong>Product Line</strong></p> <p>Honda produces 30 models in six basic series:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Series</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Primary Uses</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Mini Four-Stroke Series<br> 4 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Hand-held portable<br> equipment</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center">GX Series<br> V-Twin Series<br> <em>i</em>GX Series</p> <p align="center">20 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"> </p> <p align="center">Commercial and rental equipment</p> <p align="center"> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">GS Series <br> 2 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Premium residential and light-duty commercial markets</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">GC Series <br> 4 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Premium residential power equipment</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Mini Four-Stroke Technology for Better Performance, Cleaner Air</strong></p> <p>The advanced design of Honda’s mini-four stroke engines, including a cross-flow combustion chamber, provides a wide, smooth range of torque unique to four-stroke technology. State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques have reduced the number of moving parts. Many of these techniques have resulted in reduced engine weight and smoother operation for the end user.</p> <p>The Honda GX35 mini four-stroke engine is Honda’s most powerful engine for handheld applications. Based on the same Honda 360-degree-inclinable mini four-stroke technology as the GX25, the 35.8cc GX35 features an oil-immersed timing belt and overhead-cam (OHC) architecture.</p> <p>Unlike many two-stroke competitors, the GX35 delivers powerful output across a wide range of operating speeds with ample low-speed torque, which means that it does not always need to be operated at wide open throttle. This reduces noise and operator fatigue while substantially increasing fuel economy.</p> <p><strong>Honda GC Series of Overhead Cam Engines</strong></p> <p>The GC Series is Honda's solution to the need for quiet, efficient engines specifically designed for home-use power equipment applications. Honda's innovative design features – including the world's first internal timing belt on an engine of this kind, a tough nylon overhead cam, and uniblock construction – make the engines lighter and more compact than other engines in their class with significantly reduced noise, fuel and oil consumption.</p> <p>Combined with Honda's innovative DuaLube™ lubrication system, the result is a simple, sophisticated design that minimizes the number of parts and can reduce some potential maintenance needs.</p> <p>The GC Series includes the GC160/GC190 (horizontal shaft) and the GCV160/GCV190 (vertical shaft) models. Honda GC Series engines are designed specifically for premium, high volume residential power equipment applications. Horizontal shaft models are ideal for a variety of consumer products, including pressure washers, water pumps, compressors, and portable generators. Vertical shaft models typically power devices like lawn mowers and pressure washers but also find applications in other residential uses.</p> <p>Additionally, Honda also introduced electric start options on the GC/GCV160 and GC/GCV190 models, available nationally through Honda Engine distributors and to OEMs.</p> <p><strong>Honda GS Series of Overhead Cam Engines</strong></p> <p>The Honda GS Series is positioned squarely between the GC Series premium residential and the GX Series commercial engines.</p> <p>The GS190 horizontal shaft and GSV190 vertical shaft models are designed to serve both premium residential and light-duty commercial markets. Intended for use on such popular applications as pumps, blowers, mowers, and tillers, these Honda models satisfy the homeowner seeking ultimate performance, and the contractor seeking a lightweight, compact package.</p> <p>Capitalizing on the same basic OHC architecture as Honda’s extremely popular GC engines, the GS features uniblock construction and a unique internal timing belt design that results in the lightest and most compact package in its class. With 187 cubic centimeters of displacement, this efficient design also delivers an unparalleled power-to-weight ratio with quiet operation, and easy starting.</p> <p>To further enhance performance and durability, the Honda GS engines incorporate a cast iron cylinder sleeve and a redesigned piston with a three-piece oil control ring. Adding to the engine’s commercial character, the GSV190 features ball bearings on the flywheel side of the crankshaft, while the GS190 utilizes ball bearings at both ends of the crankshaft. A dual stage air filter with an oiled pre-filter enhances engine performance in the dusty environment often created by mowing or tilling.</p> <p>The Honda GS engines exemplify Honda’s fundamental design philosophies of durability, quality, reliability, ease of starting and high fuel economy.</p> <p><strong>Honda GX Series of Overhead Valve Engines</strong></p> <p>The GX Series offers reliable, easy starting and fuel efficient power for a variety of commercial applications. Featuring four all-new larger models (GX240, GX270, GX340, and GX390) that were completely redesigned in 2010, these engines feature a rugged OHV design that ensures a high level of durability and reliability for construction, maintenance and premium power equipment and makes the engines ideal for the rental market. This market relies on Honda OHV engines to ensure customer satisfaction with a minimal level of maintenance and repair.</p> <p>The large GX engine models feature a host of technologies and design elements that allow for improved power output. The engines produce six percent more power than previous models, making them among the most powerful engines in each of their respective categories. This additional power is achieved via an advanced combustion chamber design, the implementation of Digital Capacitive Discharge Ignition (CDI) with variable ignition timing, and an increased compression ratio. Although fuel efficiency is a key attribute of all Honda engines, fuel consumption in the new GX family of engines has been significantly reduced. Large GX engines, for example, increase fuel efficiency by 12 percent. In addition to high fuel efficiency, the new GX engines meet current EPA exhaust emission regulations without the use of a catalyst.</p> <p>Honda mid GX engines – the GX120, the GX160 and the GX200 – are single-cylinder, horizontal-shaft models that meet current EPA Phase 3 exhaust and evaporative emissions standards. These engines are an ideal fit for an array of commercial turf applications and equipment including generators; construction / industrial equipment; agricultural equipment; water pumps; and pressure washers. The mid GX models are equipped with a number of design enhancements, including a new carburetor chamber coating; a recoil rope design change; the addition of a carburetor filter; and an improved fuel tank guard – all of which improve their fuel economy, reliability and durability. Further, these engines, while having the same existing physical dimensions and power output of the models they replace, boast increased performance, resulting, in part, from the incorporation of these innovative features:</p> <ul> <li>improved fuel economy through changes in valve timing, compression ratio, carburetor settings, and cooling system modifications;</li> <li>emissions standards met through changes in valve timing, carburetor settings, and other proprietary components;</li> <li>low noise levels achieved via a change in muffler structure design, breather valve, push rod materials, and crank/case cover rigidity;</li> <li>vibration reduction accomplished through use of a lighter engine piston.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>The Honda GXR120: A Closer Look at the All-New Rammer Engine</em></strong></p> <p>In 2013, Honda introduced a new GX Series model for the rammer marketplace – the Honda GXR120. This all-new model is capable of meeting the high demands that rammers require of the engine, frame and operator. With a displacement of 121 cc, the engine can appropriately power 110-lb. to 175-lb. rammers at multiple altitudes with ease. Additionally, a new, special cast-iron cylinder sleeve and a high carbon-steel, dual-ball bearing crankshaft provide improved engine strength for rammer applications. To further enhance engine durability, the recoil starter and fan cover of the new GXR120 incorporate steel in the design.</p> <p>When developing the GXR120, Honda engineers identified the need for a more compact and lightweight engine footprint to allow for more versatility in frame mounting. Using an Overhead Camshaft (OHC) orientation similar to the Honda GX100, Honda designers incorporated a maintenance-free, low-noise timing belt to create a smaller, lighter and quieter engine.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda V-Twin Engine: A Powerful, Compact Package</em></strong></p> <p>Also part of the GX Series are the GX OHV V-Twin engines. The most powerful engines ever offered by Honda are designed to offer customers more power and adaptability with greater fuel economy in a more compact package. Six V-Twin models (GX/GXV630, GX/GXV660 and GX/GXV690) are available in both horizontal and vertical shaft configurations, are well-suited for light utility vehicles as well as commercial turf, construction and rental equipment applications. More specifically, Honda’s V-Twin engines are designed for demanding, power-hungry, commercial applications including: commercial turf equipment (zero-turn radius mowers, lawn tractors, trenchers, stump grinders and chipper/shredders); construction equipment (concrete saws, vibratory rollers, ride-on cement trowels, and generators); additional applications include pressure washers and floor buffers.</p> <p>The V-Twin features an advanced style that not only looks different from other engines in its class but provides increased functionality.  The engine is more compact and offers more versatility for a greater breadth of product applications. A number of  elements, including a hemispherical combustion chamber, an integrated cylinder and cylinder head, forged steel connecting rods, a 9.3:1 compression ratio, a digital CDI with variable ignition timing, and twin barrel inner-vent carburetion, contribute to an overall enhanced operation with remarkable fuel consumption and emissions performance.</p> <p>Overall, Honda produces 20 models in the GX Series, which are available in either horizontal or vertical shaft and in either single cylinder or V-Twin versions. The single cylinder, horizontal shaft models — GXH50, GX100, GX120, GX160, GX200, GX240, GX270, GX340, and GX390 — power a variety of commercial equipment from small pumps and generators to cement mixers, pressure washers, trenchers, concrete saws and construction equipment. The single cylinder vertical shaft models — GXV50, GXV160, GXV340, and GXV390 — perform similar functions where a vertical shaft is required, such as in commercial lawnmowers, power turf equipment, and floor buffers.</p> <p>In 2012, Honda introduced all-new spline shaft models of its popular and durable V-Twin general purpose engine. The new spline shaft brings an increased ease of assembly and connection with a more compact design for V-Twin engine users working with hydraulic power pump industrial products. Offered in horizontal engine configurations, the new spline shaft V-Twin engine models will offer construction customers more flexibility to efficiently install engines directly to a variety of diverse applications. The Honda GX630 and GX690 V-Twin engines feature this new shaft; these models are an excellent fit for commercial, rental and turf applications that include pumps, such as vibratory rollers, trenchers and other hydraulic power pump machines.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda iGX: An Intelligent General Purpose Engine</em></strong></p> <p>The Honda <em>i</em>GX is a revolutionary, intelligent, computer-controlled general purpose engine that sets an even higher standard for ease of use, fuel efficiency, and quiet operation. In 2010, Honda expanded its<em> i</em>GX Series with an all-new <em>i</em>GX340 and <em>i</em>GX390 engine. The <em>i</em>GX Series offers further enhancements to the GX series, incorporating an electronic self tuning regulator (STR) governor. Similar to GX, <em>i</em>GX engines are also OHV horizontal shaft engines, yet provide additional advanced technologies for more complex applications.</p> <p>In addition, the <em>i</em>GX340 and 390 models feature an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation.</p> <p>Benefiting both consumers and the environment, <em>i</em>GX technology results in lower fuel consumption and lower noise through reduced total engine running time and engine speed that can be lowered based on power demands. This intelligent technology works in conjunction with the engine’s V-type valve layout and spark plug center combustion chamber to yield a fuel economy increase of approximately 15 percent compared to a similar conventional engine.</p> <p>Additionally, the <em>i</em>GX is easier for users to operate, eliminating the need for manual manipulation of the choke and throttle and making it ideal for rental applications.</p> <p><strong>Defining Best-in-Class</strong></p> <p>In 2012, Honda Engines debuted its all-new<em> Best-In-Class</em> series of general purpose engines. Starting with the GCV160 engine, Honda is introducing new <em>Best-In-Class</em> models on a rolling basis.  These new engines, with all new class-leading features, are uniquely designed to provide Honda’s legendary smooth and reliable power to a variety of residential and commercial products.</p> <p>Honda eventually will offer a <em>Best-In-Class </em>model within each of its engine series (GC, GS, GX), providing a new, more flexible engine variant to meet the individual needs of power product manufacturers. Regardless of engine series, each <em>Best-In-Class</em> engine model will feature lower weight, improved cooling, innovative design enhancements, more flexibility in use, and the possibility of future personalization by end users.</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing and R&D</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., located in Haw River, North Carolina. Research, development, and testing activities are conducted at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., also located in Haw River, North Carolina, and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Japan.</p> <p>Overall, Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) has boosted the number of its general purpose engines produced per year for use by Honda and other OEMs. In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda generators, lawn mowers, snow blowers, pumps, tillers and string trimmers. Honda’s North Carolina Research and Development Center is an 11,000 square foot facility established in 1993 that conducts product engineering, prototype development, and testing of power equipment products.</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>,</em><em> and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e030266f-ab3f-427a-bb64-6de5b03d4981 http://hondanews.com/releases/e030266f-ab3f-427a-bb64-6de5b03d4981 Honda Engines <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines for a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. The company offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawn mowers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p>Additionally, Honda engines are some of the quietest and easiest to start of their kind, even in harsh commercial and construction environments. Such attributes have made Honda engines the popular choice for original equipment manufacturers looking to add value to their own brands.</p> <p><strong>One Engine for All</strong></p> <p>Honda continuously works to meet future, lower EPA and CARB standards regarding the performance of its products. In January 2007, Honda Engines began certifying its models to the new, lower California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2007 standards, existing EPA Phase 2 emission requirements and offering 50 state compliant engines. Investing in meeting the strictest of environmental requirements in the development of one engine for use in all 50 states reflects Honda’s forward thinking on emission regulations, air quality and the needs of its customers. Moreover, Honda engines meet the new CARB exhaust and evaporative emissions requirements without the use of a catalytic converter.</p> <p>As a result, the overall emission levels from Honda engines have been reduced by more than 32 percent compared to 1995. Further, the EPA implemented a new emission control program to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from small spark-ignition engines by approximately 35 percent. Honda engines are in compliance with the current EPA Phase 3 standards (for both exhaust and evaporate emissions).</p> <p><strong>Defining Net Power in Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>The SAE J1349 standard measures net horsepower with the manufacturer’s production muffler and air cleaner in place. Net horsepower more closely correlates with the power the operator will experience when using a Honda engine powered product. The power rating of the engines indicated in this document measures the net power output at 3600 rpm (7000 rpm for model GXH50, GXV50, GX25 and GX35) and net torque at 2500 rpm, as tested on a production engine. Mass production engines may vary from this value.</p> <p>Actual power output for the engine installed in the final machine will vary depending on numerous factors, including the operation speed of the engine in application, environmental conditions, maintenance and other variables.</p> <p><strong>Product Line</strong></p> <p>Honda produces 30 models in six basic series:</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Series</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Primary Uses</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Mini Four-Stroke Series<br> 4 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Hand-held portable<br> equipment</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center"><p align="center">GX Series<br> V-Twin Series<br> <em>i</em>GX Series</p> <p align="center">20 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"> </p> <p align="center">Commercial and rental equipment</p> <p align="center"> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">GS Series <br> 2 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Premium residential and light-duty commercial markets</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">GC Series <br> 4 models</p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center">Premium residential power equipment</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Mini Four-Stroke Technology for Better Performance, Cleaner Air</strong></p> <p>The advanced design of Honda’s mini-four stroke engines, including a cross-flow combustion chamber, provides a wide, smooth range of torque unique to four-stroke technology. State-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques have reduced the number of moving parts. Many of these techniques have resulted in reduced engine weight and smoother operation for the end user.</p> <p>The Honda GX35 mini four-stroke engine is Honda’s most powerful engine for handheld applications. Based on the same Honda 360-degree-inclinable mini four-stroke technology as the GX25, the 35.8cc GX35 features an oil-immersed timing belt and overhead-cam (OHC) architecture.</p> <p>Unlike many two-stroke competitors, the GX35 delivers powerful output across a wide range of operating speeds with ample low-speed torque, which means that it does not always need to be operated at wide open throttle. This reduces noise and operator fatigue while substantially increasing fuel economy.</p> <p><strong>Honda GC Series of Overhead Cam Engines</strong></p> <p>The GC Series is Honda's solution to the need for quiet, efficient engines specifically designed for home-use power equipment applications. Honda's innovative design features – including the world's first internal timing belt on an engine of this kind, a tough nylon overhead cam, and uniblock construction – make the engines lighter and more compact than other engines in their class with significantly reduced noise, fuel and oil consumption.</p> <p>Combined with Honda's innovative DuaLube™ lubrication system, the result is a simple, sophisticated design that minimizes the number of parts and can reduce some potential maintenance needs.</p> <p>The GC Series includes the GC160/GC190 (horizontal shaft) and the GCV160/GCV190 (vertical shaft) models. Honda GC Series engines are designed specifically for premium, high volume residential power equipment applications. Horizontal shaft models are ideal for a variety of consumer products, including pressure washers, water pumps, compressors, and portable generators. Vertical shaft models typically power devices like lawn mowers and pressure washers but also find applications in other residential uses.</p> <p>Additionally, Honda also introduced electric start options on the GC/GCV160 and GC/GCV190 models, available nationally through Honda Engine distributors and to OEMs.</p> <p><strong>Honda GS Series of Overhead Cam Engines</strong></p> <p>The Honda GS Series is positioned squarely between the GC Series premium residential and the GX Series commercial engines.</p> <p>The GS190 horizontal shaft and GSV190 vertical shaft models are designed to serve both premium residential and light-duty commercial markets. Intended for use on such popular applications as pumps, blowers, mowers, and tillers, these Honda models satisfy the homeowner seeking ultimate performance, and the contractor seeking a lightweight, compact package.</p> <p>Capitalizing on the same basic OHC architecture as Honda’s extremely popular GC engines, the GS features uniblock construction and a unique internal timing belt design that results in the lightest and most compact package in its class. With 187 cubic centimeters of displacement, this efficient design also delivers an unparalleled power-to-weight ratio with quiet operation, and easy starting.</p> <p>To further enhance performance and durability, the Honda GS engines incorporate a cast iron cylinder sleeve and a redesigned piston with a three-piece oil control ring. Adding to the engine’s commercial character, the GSV190 features ball bearings on the flywheel side of the crankshaft, while the GS190 utilizes ball bearings at both ends of the crankshaft. A dual stage air filter with an oiled pre-filter enhances engine performance in the dusty environment often created by mowing or tilling.</p> <p>The Honda GS engines exemplify Honda’s fundamental design philosophies of durability, quality, reliability, ease of starting and high fuel economy.</p> <p><strong>Honda GX Series of Overhead Valve Engines</strong></p> <p>The GX Series offers reliable, easy starting and fuel efficient power for a variety of commercial applications. Featuring four all-new larger models (GX240, GX270, GX340, and GX390) that were completely redesigned in 2010, these engines feature a rugged OHV design that ensures a high level of durability and reliability for construction, maintenance and premium power equipment and makes the engines ideal for the rental market. This market relies on Honda OHV engines to ensure customer satisfaction with a minimal level of maintenance and repair.</p> <p>The large GX engine models feature a host of technologies and design elements that allow for improved power output. The engines produce six percent more power than previous models, making them among the most powerful engines in each of their respective categories. This additional power is achieved via an advanced combustion chamber design, the implementation of Digital Capacitive Discharge Ignition (CDI) with variable ignition timing, and an increased compression ratio. Although fuel efficiency is a key attribute of all Honda engines, fuel consumption in the new GX family of engines has been significantly reduced. Large GX engines, for example, increase fuel efficiency by 12 percent. In addition to high fuel efficiency, the new GX engines meet current EPA exhaust emission regulations without the use of a catalyst.</p> <p>Honda mid GX engines – the GX120, the GX160 and the GX200 – are single-cylinder, horizontal-shaft models that meet current EPA Phase 3 exhaust and evaporative emissions standards. These engines are an ideal fit for an array of commercial turf applications and equipment including generators; construction / industrial equipment; agricultural equipment; water pumps; and pressure washers. The mid GX models are equipped with a number of design enhancements, including a new carburetor chamber coating; a recoil rope design change; the addition of a carburetor filter; and an improved fuel tank guard – all of which improve their fuel economy, reliability and durability. Further, these engines, while having the same existing physical dimensions and power output of the models they replace, boast increased performance, resulting, in part, from the incorporation of these innovative features:</p> <ul> <li>improved fuel economy through changes in valve timing, compression ratio, carburetor settings, and cooling system modifications;</li> <li>emissions standards met through changes in valve timing, carburetor settings, and other proprietary components;</li> <li>low noise levels achieved via a change in muffler structure design, breather valve, push rod materials, and crank/case cover rigidity;</li> <li>vibration reduction accomplished through use of a lighter engine piston.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>The Honda GXR120: A Closer Look at the All-New Rammer Engine</em></strong></p> <p>In 2013, Honda introduced a new GX Series model for the rammer marketplace – the Honda GXR120. This all-new model is capable of meeting the high demands that rammers require of the engine, frame and operator. With a displacement of 121 cc, the engine can appropriately power 110-lb. to 175-lb. rammers at multiple altitudes with ease. Additionally, a new, special cast-iron cylinder sleeve and a high carbon-steel, dual-ball bearing crankshaft provide improved engine strength for rammer applications. To further enhance engine durability, the recoil starter and fan cover of the new GXR120 incorporate steel in the design.</p> <p>When developing the GXR120, Honda engineers identified the need for a more compact and lightweight engine footprint to allow for more versatility in frame mounting. Using an Overhead Camshaft (OHC) orientation similar to the Honda GX100, Honda designers incorporated a maintenance-free, low-noise timing belt to create a smaller, lighter and quieter engine.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda V-Twin Engine: A Powerful, Compact Package</em></strong></p> <p>Also part of the GX Series are the GX OHV V-Twin engines. The most powerful engines ever offered by Honda are designed to offer customers more power and adaptability with greater fuel economy in a more compact package. Six V-Twin models (GX/GXV630, GX/GXV660 and GX/GXV690) are available in both horizontal and vertical shaft configurations, are well-suited for light utility vehicles as well as commercial turf, construction and rental equipment applications. More specifically, Honda’s V-Twin engines are designed for demanding, power-hungry, commercial applications including: commercial turf equipment (zero-turn radius mowers, lawn tractors, trenchers, stump grinders and chipper/shredders); construction equipment (concrete saws, vibratory rollers, ride-on cement trowels, and generators); additional applications include pressure washers and floor buffers.</p> <p>The V-Twin features an advanced style that not only looks different from other engines in its class but provides increased functionality.  The engine is more compact and offers more versatility for a greater breadth of product applications. A number of  elements, including a hemispherical combustion chamber, an integrated cylinder and cylinder head, forged steel connecting rods, a 9.3:1 compression ratio, a digital CDI with variable ignition timing, and twin barrel inner-vent carburetion, contribute to an overall enhanced operation with remarkable fuel consumption and emissions performance.</p> <p>Overall, Honda produces 20 models in the GX Series, which are available in either horizontal or vertical shaft and in either single cylinder or V-Twin versions. The single cylinder, horizontal shaft models — GXH50, GX100, GX120, GX160, GX200, GX240, GX270, GX340, and GX390 — power a variety of commercial equipment from small pumps and generators to cement mixers, pressure washers, trenchers, concrete saws and construction equipment. The single cylinder vertical shaft models — GXV50, GXV160, GXV340, and GXV390 — perform similar functions where a vertical shaft is required, such as in commercial lawnmowers, power turf equipment, and floor buffers.</p> <p>In 2012, Honda introduced all-new spline shaft models of its popular and durable V-Twin general purpose engine. The new spline shaft brings an increased ease of assembly and connection with a more compact design for V-Twin engine users working with hydraulic power pump industrial products. Offered in horizontal engine configurations, the new spline shaft V-Twin engine models will offer construction customers more flexibility to efficiently install engines directly to a variety of diverse applications. The Honda GX630 and GX690 V-Twin engines feature this new shaft; these models are an excellent fit for commercial, rental and turf applications that include pumps, such as vibratory rollers, trenchers and other hydraulic power pump machines.</p> <p><strong><em>The Honda iGX: An Intelligent General Purpose Engine</em></strong></p> <p>The Honda <em>i</em>GX is a revolutionary, intelligent, computer-controlled general purpose engine that sets an even higher standard for ease of use, fuel efficiency, and quiet operation. In 2010, Honda expanded its<em> i</em>GX Series with an all-new <em>i</em>GX340 and <em>i</em>GX390 engine. The <em>i</em>GX Series offers further enhancements to the GX series, incorporating an electronic self tuning regulator (STR) governor. Similar to GX, <em>i</em>GX engines are also OHV horizontal shaft engines, yet provide additional advanced technologies for more complex applications.</p> <p>In addition, the <em>i</em>GX340 and 390 models feature an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation.</p> <p>Benefiting both consumers and the environment, <em>i</em>GX technology results in lower fuel consumption and lower noise through reduced total engine running time and engine speed that can be lowered based on power demands. This intelligent technology works in conjunction with the engine’s V-type valve layout and spark plug center combustion chamber to yield a fuel economy increase of approximately 15 percent compared to a similar conventional engine.</p> <p>Additionally, the <em>i</em>GX is easier for users to operate, eliminating the need for manual manipulation of the choke and throttle and making it ideal for rental applications.</p> <p><strong>Defining Best-in-Class</strong></p> <p>In 2012, Honda Engines debuted its all-new<em> Best-In-Class</em> series of general purpose engines. Starting with the GCV160 engine, Honda is introducing new <em>Best-In-Class</em> models on a rolling basis.  These new engines, with all new class-leading features, are uniquely designed to provide Honda’s legendary smooth and reliable power to a variety of residential and commercial products.</p> <p>Honda eventually will offer a <em>Best-In-Class </em>model within each of its engine series (GC, GS, GX), providing a new, more flexible engine variant to meet the individual needs of power product manufacturers. Regardless of engine series, each <em>Best-In-Class</em> engine model will feature lower weight, improved cooling, innovative design enhancements, more flexibility in use, and the possibility of future personalization by end users.</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing and R&D</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., located in Haw River, North Carolina. Research, development, and testing activities are conducted at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., also located in Haw River, North Carolina, and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Japan.</p> <p>Overall, Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) has boosted the number of its general purpose engines produced per year for use by Honda and other OEMs. In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda generators, lawn mowers, snow blowers, pumps, tillers and string trimmers. Honda’s North Carolina Research and Development Center is an 11,000 square foot facility established in 1993 that conducts product engineering, prototype development, and testing of power equipment products.</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>,</em><em> and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment: Honda Snow Blowers <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of snow blowers for commercial and consumer applications. The comprehensive product line consists of 12 models in five separate series, capable of clearing from 46.3 tons to 91.0 tons of snow per hour. All models except the lightweight HS720 Series, the newest snow blowers to join the Honda lineup, are available with high-traction dual-track drive.</p> <p>Honda snow blowers, like all Honda products, offer low emissions through the use of advanced four-stroke engine technology. The compact HS720 features an overhead cam (OHC) engine, while other models are powered by overhead valve (OHV) engines. Automatic decompression is standard in all engines to ensure easy and reliable starting, even in extreme winter weather.</p> <p><strong>Honda Advanced Engineering</strong></p> <p>Honda snow blowers maintain the same standards of superior design, reliability, and quality of construction that customers have come to expect from the Honda brand. All models are designed and tested for ease of operation, even in arctic-like conditions and while the operator is wearing heavy gloves or mitts. They are constructed with plated fasteners and finished with extra-durable paint to ensure many years of service in extreme environments.</p> <p>The larger Honda snow blowers employ a two-stage snow removal system with specially designed, heavy-duty, height-adjustable serrated augers to remove even the icy snow buildup often left by municipal snow plows. These models also offer single-lever hydrostatic transmissions that accurately adjust ground speed without affecting auger rotation speed. A single control panel operates the transmission, throttle and chute for simplified operation.</p> <p><strong>Product Line</strong></p> <p>Honda produces 12 snow blower models in five series: HS720AA; HS720AM; HS720AS; HS724TA; HS724WA; HS928TA; HS928TAS; HS928WA; HS928WAS; HS1332TA; HS1332TAS; and HS1336<em>i</em>AS. The AS models incorporate electric start.</p> <p> </p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Series</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Power</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Tons/Hr</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Wheel/Track</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS720 (Lightweight)</p></td> <td><p>GC190 OHC engine</p></td> <td><p>55.0</p></td> <td><p>Wheel only</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS724 (Mid-Size) </p></td> <td><p>GX200 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>46.0 – 55.0</p></td> <td><p> </p> <p>Wheel & Track models</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS928 (Full-Size)</p></td> <td><p>GX270 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>55.0</p></td> <td><p> </p> <p>Wheel & Track models </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS1332 (Full-Size)</p></td> <td><p>GX390 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>72.0</p></td> <td><p>Track only</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p> </p> <p>HS1336<em>i </em>(Full-Size, Hybrid)</p></td> <td><p><em>i</em>GX390 OHV engine </p></td> <td><p>91.0 </p></td> <td><p>Track only</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Lightweight HS720</strong></p> <p>The Honda HS720 entry-level snow blowers provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users. Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions. The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away. Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20 inch width easily at heights of 12 feet. In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control. The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow throwing.</p> <p><strong>Mid-Sized HS724</strong></p> <p>Honda's lightest two-stage snow blower offers a 24-inch clearing width, a hydrostatic infinitely variable drive mechanism, and an OHV engine that delivers 30 percent better fuel economy than typical side-valve engines. Like all of Honda's larger models, it features a remote control discharge chute with 210 degrees of horizontal and 70 degrees of vertical range and an easy to operate control panel. The HS724 is available in either wheel self-propelled or dual-track drive models. The wheel-driven HS724WA clears up to 51.0 tons per hour; the dual-track HS724TA clears up to 46.0 tons per hour. Both models discharge snow up to 46 feet and are ideal for residential or commercial applications.</p> <p><strong>New HS928 Series and HS1332 Series</strong></p> <p>Powered by a newly designed, high-torque Honda GX270 overhead valve (OHV) engine, the HS928 Series is intended for aggressive snow clearing in demanding environments and is available in both wheel-driven (HS928WA and HS928WAS) and dual-track, self-propelled models (HS928TA and HS928TAS). Its newly enhanced design enables a 28-inch clearing width and a discharge distance of up to 49 feet. The new HS928 also offers a choice of manual or electric starting.</p> <p>The Honda solution for maximum capability in a walk-behind machine is the HS1332, clearing a 32-inch swath with its commercial grade GX390 Honda four-stroke engine. The track-driven HS1332 can move 72 tons per hour at a discharge distance of up to 56 feet. Like the HS928, the HS1332 is available in both easy-starting manual or electric starter-equipped models. In both new product families, the models have improved performance over the models they replace, are eco-conscious, and are tough performers in the most extreme of environments.</p> <p><strong>New HS1336<em>i </em>Hybrid Snow blower</strong></p> <p>In 2011, Honda introduced the new HS1336<em>i</em> snow blower – the first Honda hybrid snow blower design available for the U.S. market. The hybrid configuration of the HS1336<em>i</em> model combines a gasoline engine that simultaneously drives the snow blower auger/fan apparatus (clearing and throwing the snow) and charges the battery, with the electric motors (two in parallel) controlling the track drive forward propulsion.</p> <p>Equipped with the Honda <em>i</em>GX390 four-stroke engine that provides premium power, low fuel consumption and emissions, the HS1336<em>i </em>snowblower also boasts superior control/ease-of-use; powerful operation/snow throwing; lower noise and vibration; reliable operation; and enhanced technology. A summary of HS1336<em>i </em>snow blowerfeatures includes:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Reversible 2-position skid shoes</li> <li>Self-propelled, infinitely variable electric drive</li> <li>Powered by the intelligent, commercial-grade Honda<em> i</em>GX390 engine to offer motor-track operation</li> <li>24V DC starter</li> <li>Electronic indicators to track vital information for monitoring of all operating systems</li> <li>Heavy-duty, serrated augers to break ice and automatically lift in reverse when automatic or semi-automatic modes are engaged</li> <li>Convenient electric transport mode for relocating unit from storage to work areas</li> <li>Electric starting via two heavy-duty batteries – offers a clean, no hassle starting solution</li> <li>Track drive – best traction available</li> <li>36-inch clearing width, 22.8-inch clearing height</li> <li>Discharges snow up to 62 feet</li> <li>Clears up to 91.0 tons/hour</li> <li>Runs up to 2.2 hours per tank of gasoline</li> <li>Pedal-adjustable auger height</li> <li>Control panel designed for ease-of-use</li> <li>Front cover integrating tough and stable design</li> <li>Auto choke standard</li> <li>Rear cover integrated with tool box</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line consists exclusively of four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">www.hondanews.com</a>.</em><br> <em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ecdfe4ec-5551-4095-80cc-039067282c66 http://hondanews.com/releases/ecdfe4ec-5551-4095-80cc-039067282c66 Honda Snow Blowers <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of snow blowers for commercial and consumer applications. The comprehensive product line consists of 12 models in five separate series, capable of clearing from 46.3 tons to 91.0 tons of snow per hour. All models except the lightweight HS720 Series, the newest snow blowers to join the Honda lineup, are available with high-traction dual-track drive.</p> <p>Honda snow blowers, like all Honda products, offer low emissions through the use of advanced four-stroke engine technology. The compact HS720 features an overhead cam (OHC) engine, while other models are powered by overhead valve (OHV) engines. Automatic decompression is standard in all engines to ensure easy and reliable starting, even in extreme winter weather.</p> <p><strong>Honda Advanced Engineering</strong></p> <p>Honda snow blowers maintain the same standards of superior design, reliability, and quality of construction that customers have come to expect from the Honda brand. All models are designed and tested for ease of operation, even in arctic-like conditions and while the operator is wearing heavy gloves or mitts. They are constructed with plated fasteners and finished with extra-durable paint to ensure many years of service in extreme environments.</p> <p>The larger Honda snow blowers employ a two-stage snow removal system with specially designed, heavy-duty, height-adjustable serrated augers to remove even the icy snow buildup often left by municipal snow plows. These models also offer single-lever hydrostatic transmissions that accurately adjust ground speed without affecting auger rotation speed. A single control panel operates the transmission, throttle and chute for simplified operation.</p> <p><strong>Product Line</strong></p> <p>Honda produces 12 snow blower models in five series: HS720AA; HS720AM; HS720AS; HS724TA; HS724WA; HS928TA; HS928TAS; HS928WA; HS928WAS; HS1332TA; HS1332TAS; and HS1336<em>i</em>AS. The AS models incorporate electric start.</p> <p> </p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Series</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Power</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Tons/Hr</strong></p></td> <td align="center" valign="top"><p align="center"><strong>Wheel/Track</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS720 (Lightweight)</p></td> <td><p>GC190 OHC engine</p></td> <td><p>55.0</p></td> <td><p>Wheel only</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS724 (Mid-Size) </p></td> <td><p>GX200 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>46.0 – 55.0</p></td> <td><p> </p> <p>Wheel & Track models</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS928 (Full-Size)</p></td> <td><p>GX270 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>55.0</p></td> <td><p> </p> <p>Wheel & Track models </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>HS1332 (Full-Size)</p></td> <td><p>GX390 OHV engine</p></td> <td><p>72.0</p></td> <td><p>Track only</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p> </p> <p>HS1336<em>i </em>(Full-Size, Hybrid)</p></td> <td><p><em>i</em>GX390 OHV engine </p></td> <td><p>91.0 </p></td> <td><p>Track only</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Lightweight HS720</strong></p> <p>The Honda HS720 entry-level snow blowers provide excellent snow throwing performance and convenient operation in a compact package for both homeowners and commercial users. Powered by a lightweight OHC Honda GC190 engine, the HS720 series delivers excellent fuel economy with optimal power output. The GC190 premium residential engine maintains its reputation as a quiet, easy starting, and durable engine within the HS720, even in the most frigid conditions. The new HS720AS model adds an easy to use electric start with a 120 volt AC electric starter.</p> <p>Despite its relatively small size, the HS720 can clear up to 55 tons of snow per hour, discharging that snow up to 33 feet away. Large volumes of snow are no problem, as the HS720 clears a 20 inch width easily at heights of 12 feet. In addition, the standard semi self-propelled Auger Assist feature makes quick work of snow removal by aiding in propulsion when needed. In addition, the Honda dual operator area control easily adjusts the distance and direction snow can be discharged, for the ultimate in control. The 220-degree quick chute feature also allows the user to quickly change the direction of thrown snow with the slide of a lever for better snow throwing.</p> <p><strong>Mid-Sized HS724</strong></p> <p>Honda's lightest two-stage snow blower offers a 24-inch clearing width, a hydrostatic infinitely variable drive mechanism, and an OHV engine that delivers 30 percent better fuel economy than typical side-valve engines. Like all of Honda's larger models, it features a remote control discharge chute with 210 degrees of horizontal and 70 degrees of vertical range and an easy to operate control panel. The HS724 is available in either wheel self-propelled or dual-track drive models. The wheel-driven HS724WA clears up to 51.0 tons per hour; the dual-track HS724TA clears up to 46.0 tons per hour. Both models discharge snow up to 46 feet and are ideal for residential or commercial applications.</p> <p><strong>New HS928 Series and HS1332 Series</strong></p> <p>Powered by a newly designed, high-torque Honda GX270 overhead valve (OHV) engine, the HS928 Series is intended for aggressive snow clearing in demanding environments and is available in both wheel-driven (HS928WA and HS928WAS) and dual-track, self-propelled models (HS928TA and HS928TAS). Its newly enhanced design enables a 28-inch clearing width and a discharge distance of up to 49 feet. The new HS928 also offers a choice of manual or electric starting.</p> <p>The Honda solution for maximum capability in a walk-behind machine is the HS1332, clearing a 32-inch swath with its commercial grade GX390 Honda four-stroke engine. The track-driven HS1332 can move 72 tons per hour at a discharge distance of up to 56 feet. Like the HS928, the HS1332 is available in both easy-starting manual or electric starter-equipped models. In both new product families, the models have improved performance over the models they replace, are eco-conscious, and are tough performers in the most extreme of environments.</p> <p><strong>New HS1336<em>i </em>Hybrid Snow blower</strong></p> <p>In 2011, Honda introduced the new HS1336<em>i</em> snow blower – the first Honda hybrid snow blower design available for the U.S. market. The hybrid configuration of the HS1336<em>i</em> model combines a gasoline engine that simultaneously drives the snow blower auger/fan apparatus (clearing and throwing the snow) and charges the battery, with the electric motors (two in parallel) controlling the track drive forward propulsion.</p> <p>Equipped with the Honda <em>i</em>GX390 four-stroke engine that provides premium power, low fuel consumption and emissions, the HS1336<em>i </em>snowblower also boasts superior control/ease-of-use; powerful operation/snow throwing; lower noise and vibration; reliable operation; and enhanced technology. A summary of HS1336<em>i </em>snow blowerfeatures includes:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Reversible 2-position skid shoes</li> <li>Self-propelled, infinitely variable electric drive</li> <li>Powered by the intelligent, commercial-grade Honda<em> i</em>GX390 engine to offer motor-track operation</li> <li>24V DC starter</li> <li>Electronic indicators to track vital information for monitoring of all operating systems</li> <li>Heavy-duty, serrated augers to break ice and automatically lift in reverse when automatic or semi-automatic modes are engaged</li> <li>Convenient electric transport mode for relocating unit from storage to work areas</li> <li>Electric starting via two heavy-duty batteries – offers a clean, no hassle starting solution</li> <li>Track drive – best traction available</li> <li>36-inch clearing width, 22.8-inch clearing height</li> <li>Discharges snow up to 62 feet</li> <li>Clears up to 91.0 tons/hour</li> <li>Runs up to 2.2 hours per tank of gasoline</li> <li>Pedal-adjustable auger height</li> <li>Control panel designed for ease-of-use</li> <li>Front cover integrating tough and stable design</li> <li>Auto choke standard</li> <li>Rear cover integrated with tool box</li> </ul> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line consists exclusively of four-stroke engines.</em></p> <p><em>Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">www.hondanews.com</a>.</em><br> <em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><em><a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> Power Equipment: Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (right view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/789a/c19f/789ac19f-9e6f-4987-888e-d3fbcdeb9bdd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (right view) Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vya-lawn-mower-right-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vya-lawn-mower-right-view Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (right view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/789a/c19f/789ac19f-9e6f-4987-888e-d3fbcdeb9bdd-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (right view) Power Equipment: Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (left view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3d50/3237/3d503237-679f-4207-b5ec-c5b4a86a1892-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (left view) Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vya-lawn-mower-left-view http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hrx217k5vya-lawn-mower-left-view Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (left view) <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3d50/3237/3d503237-679f-4207-b5ec-c5b4a86a1892-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX217K5VYA lawn mower (left view) Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment <p>Honda Power Equipment offers a range of outdoor power equipment products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications.</p> <p>The company’s comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines for improved reliability, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The inherent qualities of Honda’s four-stroke technology reduce operator fatigue related to engine noise and vibration.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment, with headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, consists of three distinct operating units: Honda Power Equipment, Honda Marine, and Honda Engines. The division’s products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, trimmers, and marine engines, are assembled in Honda plants in the United States<sup>1</sup> and around the world.</p> <p><strong>Honda Power Equipment</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment offers more than 60 models in six major product families: </p> <ul> <li><strong>Generators</strong>: from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts in models designed for residential, recreational, and industrial applications.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Lawn Mowers</strong><em>: </em>21-inch push-type and self-propelled models for premium residential and commercial gardening applications.Honda’s full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Pumps</strong>: a wide variety of general de-watering, multi-purpose, commercial, and submersible models with discharge capacities from 37 to 433 gallons per minute.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Snow blowers</strong>: wheel drive, track drive, and lightweight models capable of moving from 46.0 to 91.0 tons of snow per hour.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Tillers: </strong>mini- mid- and rear-tine models.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Trimmers</strong><em>:<strong> </strong></em>three trimmer models in a variety of trim heads, engine sizes, and handle design choices.</li> </ul> <p>A network of nearly 3,800 independent Honda Power Equipment Dealers sells Honda products throughout the United States. In addition, approximately 2,000 Home Depot stores carry lawn mowers, tillers, and snow blowers, and nearly 2,000 national rental company outlets offer generators, pumps, and other selected products.</p> <p><strong>Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines for a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. The company also designs and produces four-stroke engines for its own power equipment products and for use by other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Honda’s mini four-stroke model, the GX25, is the lightest and most compact engine of its kind in the world, making it the ideal power source for a variety of handheld power equipment applications.</p> <p>Honda Engines produces 30 models with more than 400 variations that supply reliable power for applications from pressure washers and hobbyist applications to commercial mowers, lawn tractors, and generators. Honda’s world-class reputation for durability, quality, reliability, and ease of operation under the most extreme conditions also makes Honda Engines the recognized choice for the construction and rental industries.</p> <p><strong>Defining Net Power in Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>The SAE J1349 standard measures net horsepower with the manufacturer’s production muffler and air cleaner in place. Net horsepower more closely correlates with the power the operator will experience when using a Honda engine powered product. The power rating of the engines indicated in this document measures the net power output at 3,600 rpm (7,000 rpm for model GXH50, GXV50, GX25 and GX35) and net torque at 2,500 rpm, as tested on a production engine. Mass production engines may vary from this value.</p> <p>Actual power output for the engine installed in the final machine will vary depending on numerous factors, including the operational speed of the engine in application, environmental conditions, maintenance and other variables.</p> <p><strong>Honda Marine</strong></p> <p>For 40 years, Honda has produced a line of quiet, fuel efficient, and reliable four-stroke outboard marine engines. Honda Marine offers a wide variety of four-stroke outboards ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower.</p> <p>Honda engineers work to ensure that every Honda outboard model sets the standard for fuel efficiency and ease of operation, while staying true to the core Honda attributes of durability, quiet operation, quality, and reliability.</p> <p>Honda Marine outboard engines are exclusively powered by four-stroke engine technology. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. Honda Marine’s full line of current production models meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing and R&D</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., (HPE) located in Swepsonville, North Carolina. Research, development, and testing activities are conducted at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., also located in North Carolina, and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Japan.</p> <p>HPE has boosted its general purpose engine production to 1,500,000 engines per year for use by Honda and other OEMs. In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda lawn mowers, snow blowers, pumps, tillers and string trimmers. In August 2014, HPE marked the 30th anniversary of its operations by announcing a new $8.5 million investment in plant operations to innovate production processes and add new products. Among other changes, the plant will add a new line for the production of two-stage snow blowers and prepare for the addition of Honda generators to its already diverse production lineup.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> <p><sup>1</sup>Honda products are produced in the United States using domestically and globally sourced parts.</p> Power Equipment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/d9e059ea-0a38-486e-a219-a072021e2568 http://hondanews.com/releases/d9e059ea-0a38-486e-a219-a072021e2568 Honda Power Equipment <p>Honda Power Equipment offers a range of outdoor power equipment products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications.</p> <p>The company’s comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines for improved reliability, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The inherent qualities of Honda’s four-stroke technology reduce operator fatigue related to engine noise and vibration.</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment, with headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, consists of three distinct operating units: Honda Power Equipment, Honda Marine, and Honda Engines. The division’s products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, trimmers, and marine engines, are assembled in Honda plants in the United States<sup>1</sup> and around the world.</p> <p><strong>Honda Power Equipment</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment offers more than 60 models in six major product families: </p> <ul> <li><strong>Generators</strong>: from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts in models designed for residential, recreational, and industrial applications.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Lawn Mowers</strong><em>: </em>21-inch push-type and self-propelled models for premium residential and commercial gardening applications.Honda’s full line of lawn mowers meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Pumps</strong>: a wide variety of general de-watering, multi-purpose, commercial, and submersible models with discharge capacities from 37 to 433 gallons per minute.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Snow blowers</strong>: wheel drive, track drive, and lightweight models capable of moving from 46.0 to 91.0 tons of snow per hour.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Tillers: </strong>mini- mid- and rear-tine models.<br> <br> </li> <li><strong>Trimmers</strong><em>:<strong> </strong></em>three trimmer models in a variety of trim heads, engine sizes, and handle design choices.</li> </ul> <p>A network of nearly 3,800 independent Honda Power Equipment Dealers sells Honda products throughout the United States. In addition, approximately 2,000 Home Depot stores carry lawn mowers, tillers, and snow blowers, and nearly 2,000 national rental company outlets offer generators, pumps, and other selected products.</p> <p><strong>Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines for a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. The company also designs and produces four-stroke engines for its own power equipment products and for use by other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Honda’s mini four-stroke model, the GX25, is the lightest and most compact engine of its kind in the world, making it the ideal power source for a variety of handheld power equipment applications.</p> <p>Honda Engines produces 30 models with more than 400 variations that supply reliable power for applications from pressure washers and hobbyist applications to commercial mowers, lawn tractors, and generators. Honda’s world-class reputation for durability, quality, reliability, and ease of operation under the most extreme conditions also makes Honda Engines the recognized choice for the construction and rental industries.</p> <p><strong>Defining Net Power in Honda Engines</strong></p> <p>The SAE J1349 standard measures net horsepower with the manufacturer’s production muffler and air cleaner in place. Net horsepower more closely correlates with the power the operator will experience when using a Honda engine powered product. The power rating of the engines indicated in this document measures the net power output at 3,600 rpm (7,000 rpm for model GXH50, GXV50, GX25 and GX35) and net torque at 2,500 rpm, as tested on a production engine. Mass production engines may vary from this value.</p> <p>Actual power output for the engine installed in the final machine will vary depending on numerous factors, including the operational speed of the engine in application, environmental conditions, maintenance and other variables.</p> <p><strong>Honda Marine</strong></p> <p>For 40 years, Honda has produced a line of quiet, fuel efficient, and reliable four-stroke outboard marine engines. Honda Marine offers a wide variety of four-stroke outboards ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower.</p> <p>Honda engineers work to ensure that every Honda outboard model sets the standard for fuel efficiency and ease of operation, while staying true to the core Honda attributes of durability, quiet operation, quality, and reliability.</p> <p>Honda Marine outboard engines are exclusively powered by four-stroke engine technology. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. Honda Marine’s full line of current production models meets rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing and R&D</strong></p> <p>Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., (HPE) located in Swepsonville, North Carolina. Research, development, and testing activities are conducted at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., also located in North Carolina, and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Japan.</p> <p>HPE has boosted its general purpose engine production to 1,500,000 engines per year for use by Honda and other OEMs. In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda lawn mowers, snow blowers, pumps, tillers and string trimmers. In August 2014, HPE marked the 30th anniversary of its operations by announcing a new $8.5 million investment in plant operations to innovate production processes and add new products. Among other changes, the plant will add a new line for the production of two-stage snow blowers and prepare for the addition of Honda generators to its already diverse production lineup.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong><em>Editor’s Note:</em></strong></p> <p><em>Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines. Information for media regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.hondanews.com/" title="http://www.hondanews.com/"><em>www.hondanews.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Consumer information regarding Honda products is available at </em><a href="http://www.honda.com/" title="http://www.honda.com/"><em>www.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.powerequipment.honda.com"><em>www.powerequipment.honda.com</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.hondaengines.com"><em>www.hondaengines.com</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.hondamarine.com"><em>www.hondamarine.com</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><em>Updated October 2014</em></p> <p><sup>1</sup>Honda products are produced in the United States using domestically and globally sourced parts.</p> Power Equipment: Honda HRX lawn mower - Honda Select Drive <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d1a0/06c7/d1a006c7-6419-4c88-ae56-d991c7946deb-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda HRX lawn mower - Honda Select Drive Power 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src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a48e/1b3d/a48e1b3d-9e12-434b-884a-a4dd30df62cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th FG110 Boxed Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-fg110-boxed http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-fg110-boxed Honda 30th FG110 Boxed <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a48e/1b3d/a48e1b3d-9e12-434b-884a-a4dd30df62cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th FG110 Boxed Power Equipment: HPE action 3 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8b46/257b/8b46257b-7dc7-4a25-829e-501ca40c4be5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE action 3 Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-action-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-action-3 HPE action 3 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8b46/257b/8b46257b-7dc7-4a25-829e-501ca40c4be5-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE action 3 Power Equipment: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e758/6418/e7586418-a9f3-4478-944c-8c4e1fecfcdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e758/6418/e7586418-a9f3-4478-944c-8c4e1fecfcdc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment: Honda 30th buillding Front <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7b76/5317/7b765317-72e1-4b31-a4d4-fa7b4b0bb2d9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th buillding Front Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-buillding-front http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-buillding-front Honda 30th buillding Front <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7b76/5317/7b765317-72e1-4b31-a4d4-fa7b4b0bb2d9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th buillding Front Power Equipment: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e6be/b2be/e6beb2be-cb01-4b70-9790-5580ea133f81-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-3 HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e6be/b2be/e6beb2be-cb01-4b70-9790-5580ea133f81-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7610/48ce/761048ce-31f1-4431-8b74-f12456096e16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-4 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-4 HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7610/48ce/761048ce-31f1-4431-8b74-f12456096e16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment: Honda 30th anniversary line <img 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Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3e76/8cc8/3e768cc8-1fa4-4074-8835-6ca3011b3134-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-power-equipment-mfg-inc-celebrates-30-years-of-producti http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-power-equipment-mfg-inc-celebrates-30-years-of-producti Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3e76/8cc8/3e768cc8-1fa4-4074-8835-6ca3011b3134-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment Power Equipment: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b7fc/275f/b7fc275f-fa2f-41a6-8e53-717fc8fcc90f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-2 HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b7fc/275f/b7fc275f-fa2f-41a6-8e53-717fc8fcc90f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>$8.5 million in new facility investments will support addition of new product lines</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Swepsonville plant produces more than two  million Honda power equipment products each year, making it the largest manufacturer in Alamance County</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>More than 400,000 North Carolina-made Honda power equipment products exported from U.S. in 2013 alone</em></strong></li> </ul> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) today marked the 30th anniversary of operations at its Swepsonville facility by announcing a new $8.5 million investment in plant operations to innovate production processes and add new products. Among other changes, the plant will add a new line for the production of two-stage snow blowers and prepare for the addition of Honda generators to its already diverse production lineup.</p> <p align="left">  The 375,000 square-foot facility, which houses both Honda power equipment production and R&D operations, has long served as a major producer of Honda power equipment products for worldwide distribution, with the capacity to produce upwards of two million premium-quality Honda power equipment products each year.  In 2013 alone, more than 400,000 North Carolina-made Honda power equipment products were exported to overseas markets, marking a record for the company. Honda's total investment in its Swepsonville operations is nearly $250 million.</p> <p align="left"> "We are celebrating 30 years of success at Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing because of the everyday hard work of our power product associates in North Carolina," said Takuji Yamada, Honda COO of North American Regional Operations. "Our founder, Soichiro Honda, believed that we could make people happy through technology. Now, many years later, Honda is still focused on using unique Honda technologies to help people get things done."  </p> <p align="left"> The Swepsonville plant, which today employs more than 600 associates, has produced more than 30 million products using domestic and globally sourced parts during its 30-year history. HPE is the largest manufacturing operation in Alamance County, which also serves as home to Honda Aero in Burlington, maker of the HondaJet HF120 turbofan engines. Additional Honda operations based in North Carolina include Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, maker of the HondaJet advanced light jet, and American Honda Finance Company in Charlotte, which provides financing to consumers who buy Honda products.  Honda total employment in North Carolina is nearly 3,000.</p> <p align="left"> Today, HPE is the sole global production source for all Honda GC and GCV general-purpose engines and all Honda single-stage snow blowers.  HPE provides these products – vital tools for residential and commercial users – to customers around the world. </p> <p align="left"> HPE is supported by a network of suppliers that provide integral components for manufacturing.  Currently, 155 domestic and international suppliers work with HPE; 45 of those suppliers are based in North Carolina.  HPE has purchased nearly $500 million in parts from North Carolina suppliers, and the company will continue to work closely with the local community as the Honda business grows.</p> <p align="left"> "Manufacturing power products in North Carolina was once only a dream for Honda," said Shinji Oketani, HPE president. "I am proud that our dream lives on today after 30 years at HPE, as well as our strong desire as a company to make products that help people improve their daily lives."</p> <p align="left"> The Honda power product research and development team also is based at the HPE campus, where most lawn mower, snow blower and several general-purpose engines are designed and developed.  Originally based in Ohio, the Honda power product R&D team moved to North Carolina in 1993 to be closer to power product manufacturing.  As a result, Honda has greater synergies between development and production teams.</p> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment, a marketing division of American Honda Motor Co., offers a range of outdoor power equipment products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. The company's comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines for improved reliability, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The inherent qualities of the Honda four-stroke technology reduce operator fatigue related to engine noise and vibration.</p> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment, with headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, consists of three distinct operating units: Honda Power Equipment, Honda Marine, and Honda Engines. The division's products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, trimmers, and marine engines, are assembled in Honda plants in the United States and around the world. </p> <p align="left"> Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawn mowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left"># # #</p> Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/45f5ede5-53ae-467b-b94c-9ab823702101 http://hondanews.com/releases/45f5ede5-53ae-467b-b94c-9ab823702101 Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production with New $8.5 Million Capital Investment <ul type="disc"> <li><strong><em>$8.5 million in new facility investments will support addition of new product lines</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Swepsonville plant produces more than two  million Honda power equipment products each year, making it the largest manufacturer in Alamance County</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>More than 400,000 North Carolina-made Honda power equipment products exported from U.S. in 2013 alone</em></strong></li> </ul> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) today marked the 30th anniversary of operations at its Swepsonville facility by announcing a new $8.5 million investment in plant operations to innovate production processes and add new products. Among other changes, the plant will add a new line for the production of two-stage snow blowers and prepare for the addition of Honda generators to its already diverse production lineup.</p> <p align="left">  The 375,000 square-foot facility, which houses both Honda power equipment production and R&D operations, has long served as a major producer of Honda power equipment products for worldwide distribution, with the capacity to produce upwards of two million premium-quality Honda power equipment products each year.  In 2013 alone, more than 400,000 North Carolina-made Honda power equipment products were exported to overseas markets, marking a record for the company. Honda's total investment in its Swepsonville operations is nearly $250 million.</p> <p align="left"> "We are celebrating 30 years of success at Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing because of the everyday hard work of our power product associates in North Carolina," said Takuji Yamada, Honda COO of North American Regional Operations. "Our founder, Soichiro Honda, believed that we could make people happy through technology. Now, many years later, Honda is still focused on using unique Honda technologies to help people get things done."  </p> <p align="left"> The Swepsonville plant, which today employs more than 600 associates, has produced more than 30 million products using domestic and globally sourced parts during its 30-year history. HPE is the largest manufacturing operation in Alamance County, which also serves as home to Honda Aero in Burlington, maker of the HondaJet HF120 turbofan engines. Additional Honda operations based in North Carolina include Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, maker of the HondaJet advanced light jet, and American Honda Finance Company in Charlotte, which provides financing to consumers who buy Honda products.  Honda total employment in North Carolina is nearly 3,000.</p> <p align="left"> Today, HPE is the sole global production source for all Honda GC and GCV general-purpose engines and all Honda single-stage snow blowers.  HPE provides these products – vital tools for residential and commercial users – to customers around the world. </p> <p align="left"> HPE is supported by a network of suppliers that provide integral components for manufacturing.  Currently, 155 domestic and international suppliers work with HPE; 45 of those suppliers are based in North Carolina.  HPE has purchased nearly $500 million in parts from North Carolina suppliers, and the company will continue to work closely with the local community as the Honda business grows.</p> <p align="left"> "Manufacturing power products in North Carolina was once only a dream for Honda," said Shinji Oketani, HPE president. "I am proud that our dream lives on today after 30 years at HPE, as well as our strong desire as a company to make products that help people improve their daily lives."</p> <p align="left"> The Honda power product research and development team also is based at the HPE campus, where most lawn mower, snow blower and several general-purpose engines are designed and developed.  Originally based in Ohio, the Honda power product R&D team moved to North Carolina in 1993 to be closer to power product manufacturing.  As a result, Honda has greater synergies between development and production teams.</p> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment, a marketing division of American Honda Motor Co., offers a range of outdoor power equipment products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. The company's comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by four-stroke engines for improved reliability, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The inherent qualities of the Honda four-stroke technology reduce operator fatigue related to engine noise and vibration.</p> <p align="left"> Honda Power Equipment, with headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, consists of three distinct operating units: Honda Power Equipment, Honda Marine, and Honda Engines. The division's products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, trimmers, and marine engines, are assembled in Honda plants in the United States and around the world. </p> <p align="left"> Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawn mowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left"># # #</p> Power Equipment: Honda 30th Covers <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/35cf/3de6/35cf3de6-de4e-476b-8364-a3dd9af2cd00-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th Covers Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-covers http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-covers Honda 30th Covers <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/35cf/3de6/35cf3de6-de4e-476b-8364-a3dd9af2cd00-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th Covers Power Equipment: Honda Mower head <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/258a/27ef/258a27ef-8da6-4c40-9344-d8f10ea4c83d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mower head Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mower-head http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mower-head Honda Mower head <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/258a/27ef/258a27ef-8da6-4c40-9344-d8f10ea4c83d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mower head Power Equipment: Honda 30th anniverary Engine Wrapped <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/28e5/2d49/28e52d49-1730-4211-ba3f-8866535a88f1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th anniverary Engine Wrapped Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-anniverary-engine-wrapped http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-30th-anniverary-engine-wrapped Honda 30th anniverary Engine Wrapped <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/28e5/2d49/28e52d49-1730-4211-ba3f-8866535a88f1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda 30th anniverary Engine Wrapped Power Equipment: HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c811/13ff/c81113ff-310a-4ebc-b0e9-77912b7f1521-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/hpe-30th-anniversary-1 HPE 30th Anniversary <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c811/13ff/c81113ff-310a-4ebc-b0e9-77912b7f1521-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HPE 30th Anniversary Power Equipment: Honda Mowers on line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/202d/32b4/202d32b4-fd52-4492-8db9-54409e551d8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mowers on line Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mowers-on-line http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-mowers-on-line Honda Mowers on line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/202d/32b4/202d32b4-fd52-4492-8db9-54409e551d8d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Mowers on line Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment 30th Anniversary Informational Graphic <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a57f/0208/a57f0208-fa60-47d1-9485-78464fe9c66a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Power Equipment 30th Anniversary Informational Graphic Power Equipment Wed, 06 Aug 2014 06:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-power-equipment-30th-anniversary-informational-graphic-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-power-equipment-30th-anniversary-informational-graphic-2 Honda Power Equipment 30th Anniversary Informational Graphic <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/a57f/0208/a57f0208-fa60-47d1-9485-78464fe9c66a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Power Equipment 30th Anniversary Informational Graphic Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production. Power Equipment Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/videos/c1917042-0e3f-4d34-a955-991a3ff6c8d5 http://hondanews.com/videos/c1917042-0e3f-4d34-a955-991a3ff6c8d5 Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Celebrates 30 Years of Production. Power Equipment: Honda Power Equipment Sponsors Quarter Midgets of America Youth Racing <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development involved in several program aspects</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) to support fun and exciting racing for children between five and 17 years of age. Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development (HPD) are working together to assist QMA in its efforts to make racing a reality for young racers, and have been doing so since 1995.</p> <p>During this season of QMA racing, Honda Engines will be the Title Engine of the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals, Honda Performance Development will be the title sponsor of the QMA Western Grand Nationals, and Honda Generators will be the Title Generator of the QMA Dirt Nationals. At the Grand Nationals, Honda Generators will be the exclusive generator of the race, providing power to meet the needs of the QMA.</p> <p>As an official sponsor, Honda Engines and Honda Generators will host an interactive exhibit at each QMA Grand event, with company representatives available to answer questions and provide support to race participants, their families and fans.</p> <p>The upcoming racing season is especially meaningful for the Honda relationship with QMA on two fronts: Honda GX120 and GX160 engines are used in quarter midget racers, and this year marks introduction of the new Honda sponsored "Speed King" Trophy in victory circle. This special trophy has been created to honor Dave King, a Honda Engines associate who dedicated almost 20 years of his career to support QMA activities until his passing in 2012. It will be awarded to every Grands A main class winner.</p> <p>"Providing support to the QMA allows Honda Power Equipment and our associates to be a part of the youthful spirit of racing," said Alex Torre, marketing manager, Honda Power Equipment. "Honda understands the value of racing at all levels, and the impact of events that develop enthusiasts for a lifetime."</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 10,000 watts of power, providing smooth, dependable power for recreation, construction, rental, and emergency use.</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawnmowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship, and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and the company's racing and street performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Power Equipment Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/251dc5f7-cdad-40d4-9445-2d85afbd0998 http://hondanews.com/releases/251dc5f7-cdad-40d4-9445-2d85afbd0998 Honda Power Equipment Sponsors Quarter Midgets of America Youth Racing <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development involved in several program aspects</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) to support fun and exciting racing for children between five and 17 years of age. Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development (HPD) are working together to assist QMA in its efforts to make racing a reality for young racers, and have been doing so since 1995.</p> <p>During this season of QMA racing, Honda Engines will be the Title Engine of the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals, Honda Performance Development will be the title sponsor of the QMA Western Grand Nationals, and Honda Generators will be the Title Generator of the QMA Dirt Nationals. At the Grand Nationals, Honda Generators will be the exclusive generator of the race, providing power to meet the needs of the QMA.</p> <p>As an official sponsor, Honda Engines and Honda Generators will host an interactive exhibit at each QMA Grand event, with company representatives available to answer questions and provide support to race participants, their families and fans.</p> <p>The upcoming racing season is especially meaningful for the Honda relationship with QMA on two fronts: Honda GX120 and GX160 engines are used in quarter midget racers, and this year marks introduction of the new Honda sponsored "Speed King" Trophy in victory circle. This special trophy has been created to honor Dave King, a Honda Engines associate who dedicated almost 20 years of his career to support QMA activities until his passing in 2012. It will be awarded to every Grands A main class winner.</p> <p>"Providing support to the QMA allows Honda Power Equipment and our associates to be a part of the youthful spirit of racing," said Alex Torre, marketing manager, Honda Power Equipment. "Honda understands the value of racing at all levels, and the impact of events that develop enthusiasts for a lifetime."</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 10,000 watts of power, providing smooth, dependable power for recreation, construction, rental, and emergency use.</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawnmowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship, and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and the company's racing and street performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Power Equipment: Honda EU7000is <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ee61/fcf1/ee61fcf1-c0ce-4cdd-bd6a-45782cc5b520-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda EU7000is Power Equipment Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:30:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-eu7000is-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-eu7000is-1 Honda EU7000is <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ee61/fcf1/ee61fcf1-c0ce-4cdd-bd6a-45782cc5b520-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda EU7000is