Honda’s G100 engine is used in a wide range of small-engine equipment, including lawn care, construction, and agriculture devices for both the consumer and professional markets. No matter what your engine is attached to, this guide will walk you through using this motor and solving common problems.
Like all internal combustion engines, the G100 produces carbon monoxide when it burns fuel. When used in confined spaces, this gas can collect, causing asphyxiation. Always move the engine to an outdoor location away from buildings before starting.
The fuel tank should also never be refilled while running. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Continue reading
There are a lot of landscaping jobs that can be completed faster with the right small engine equipment, but it isn’t always practical to have a dedicated piece of equipment for every task. That’s where Honda’s VersAttach system comes in: instead of buying individual devices with their own motors, owners can purchase several attachments that work with a single engine and shaft unit.
The SureLok Attachment System
VersAttach attachments and power heads connect to each other using Honda’s SureLok system. Connecting an attachment is easy: just line up the arrows on the power unit and attachment, slide them together until they click, and tighten the joint knob. There’s no need to line up the driveshafts or check the insertion depth. Continue reading
Need a generator? Honda’s reliable engines, automatic power control and high-quality components make their generators a great choice. Which Honda generator should you buy, though?
That depends on how and where you’ll use it.
Which Kind of Generator Do I Need?
Honda divides their generator lines into industrial, recreational and home use. These are the main differences between the models:
- EU-i Series recreational generators are designed to be portable.
- EU Series RV generators are designed to be quiet.
- EM and EG Series home generators are built to run several hours on each tank of fuel.
- EB Series industrial generators have GFCI outlets for ground fault protection.
The GD320 and GD410 may be getting long in the tooth, but these diesel Honda motors are still found in a lot of power equipment. Here’s what you need to know to use yours properly and keep it running for years to come.
Engine oil: Remove the dipstick/filler cap, wipe it clean, and reinsert it into the engine without screwing it down. Check the oil level on the dipstick: if it’s low, add some oil. Honda recommends 10W40 made for diesel engines. Screw the dipstick back into the motor.
Fuel: To check the amount of fuel, look at the gauge window next to the fuel tank cap. These engines use diesel fuel. #2 Diesel should be used at temperatures above 40°F (4°C) and #1 diesel at temperatures below 40°F (4°C) or altitudes above 5,000 feet (1,500 m). Continue reading
Are the blades of your Honda HT3813 not spinning anymore, even though the deck and belt are in good shape? It may be time to replace the PTO clutch. This repair is more complex than most maintenance tasks, but it’s still within the means of the home mechanic.
Where is the Clutch?
Unlike most small lawn tractors, the HT3813 uses a horizontal shaft engine. The blades are driven by a belt that travels from the pulley on the deck, bending at a 90 degree angle to reach the drive pulley mounted at the front of the shaft. The front of the PTO clutch is mounted on the drive pulley and the friction plate is mounted directly behind the pulley on the engine shaft. The radiator fan and radiator are mounted directly in front of the pulley and must be removed for access to the clutch. Continue reading
Which blades work best on your Honda mower? OEM blades, obviously, since they have shape and metallurgy Honda intended for the deck, giving them the longest life and best-cutting performance. Which type of blade should you get, and when should you replace them? That’s a little more complex since there are several blade options and several reasons you’d need to fit a new one.
When Do I Need to Change My Blade, and When Can I Just Sharpen It?
The blade on your mower is designed to cut the grass, but if the edge becomes dull, it will stop cutting and start tearing the grass apart. This makes the finish uneven, and can leave the tips of the grass bruised, opening them up to infection. If the tips of the grass are brown after mowing, it’s well past time for your mower’s blade to be sharpened. For residential users, the blades usually need to be sharpened twice per season. For commercial users, blades may need to be sharpened as often as once per week!
Of course, sharpening only works if the blade is in good shape. The blade in your mower should be replaced when it’s bent, chipped, shows signs of cracking, or is heavily worn, either across the edge or along the blade. Since conditions and situations can vary so much between lawn conditions and mowers, there’s no set time when the blade will need to be replaced. A new blade could strike an object the first time it’s used, sandy soil can quickly erode the blade even under ideal conditions, or the blade may slowly wear down from repeated sharpening. That’s why the blade should always be thoroughly inspected whenever cutting performance begins to falter. Continue reading
The GC190 is one of the most popular small engines on the market for lawn and shop equipment, but even an engine as reliable as this Honda needs maintenance to keep performing year after year. This guide will walk you through the steps needed to keep your motor working.
- Make sure the engine is off before you begin any repairs. If possible, wait at least a half hour to ensure the motor is completely cool to prevent burns from hot engine parts.
- If the engine needs to be started, do so in an area with good ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
- To prevent gasoline ignition, only use non-flammable solvents for cleaning and keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away from the engine. Continue reading
If you own professional grade lawn care equipment, chances are you have at least one GX120. That popularity is owed to Honda’s legendary reliability, but even the best engine needs occasional maintenance.
Before You Begin
Before performing any maintenance, shut off the engine. If the engine needs to be run for any reason, make sure it’s located in a well ventilated area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Continue reading
You can do more with a Honda tiller than just till. The company offers several attachments and kits that can adapt your FG110, FC600, FRC800 or F220 to perform common landscaping jobs that would normally require specialized equipment.
Want to get a clean border around gardens, sidewalks, and other landscaping features? The FG110 border/edger replaces the tiller blades with a wheel and cutting blade, letting you roll next to edges and cut into the soil to create an even border. The wheel and blade can be swapped, letting you cut from the left or right side of the tiller. The edger is available for the FG110. Continue reading
Now that you have purchased your new Honda HHT Trimmer, there are a few things you should know before you begin to operate the machine. Please note that the trimmer requires special oil and recommended fuel. Read the owner’s manual before you begin operation of your new trimmer. You might also want to follow these maintenance tips to keep your machine running properly each time you use it: