How to Change a Honda HT3813 PTO Clutch

ht3813Are 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

What’s the Best Honda Mower Blade For Your Money?

Honda BladeWhich 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

Honda Engine Maintenance Guide for a GC190

GC190The 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.

Safety

  • 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

How to Service a GX120 Honda Engine

Honda GX120If 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

Accessories and Options for Honda Tillers

honda tillerYou 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.

Border/Edger

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

Honda HHT Trimmers – Maintenance Tips to Keep them Running Smoothly

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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:

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Honda HHT Trimmers: A Step by Step Guide to Fuel System Maintenance

Honda hht trimmerHonda trimmers are designed to go the distance, lasting many years, as long as they’re properly maintained. For the HHT trimmer, fuel system maintenance is a key way to ensure that the equipment is operating efficiently and safely over the long-term. Varying maintenance requirements and routines are needed throughout the year, based on temperature, season, and frequency of use. Here’s what equipment owners need to know to get the job done and keep their trimmer in great shape.
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How to Troubleshoot your Honda Engine

Honda has a sturdy lineup of engines that are expertly designed to last as long as possible. The engines have some of the best longevity in the industry and it’s not unusual to see Honda engines still working well for decades after they were first built. Despite this great record, all engines, even Honda engines, require good maintenance and care habits. Any engine can malfunction or have mechanical issues from time to time. It’s not always easy to diagnose such problems either, as there are numerous small parts inside the engine, not to mention fluids and other aspects. The main key to troubleshooting is taking a trial and error approach, fixing each problem as it comes up.

When the Engine Won’t Start

Probably the most concerning problem for any Honda owner is when the engine won’t start. It is also usually the most common problem and often has the simplest solutions as well. Some common issues with engines not starting include old air filters or simply being low on fuel.
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The Honda Twin Blade Advantage – Why it Matters

The typical Honda lawn mower is packed with great features that enhance its performance and leave a home’s outdoor spaces looking professionally maintained, but one feature stands out among the rest: Honda’s “Twin Blade Advantage.” This unique blade feature is designed to enhance how each blade of grass is processed by the mower, making it easy to achieve a consistent, professional looking result with each pass over the lawn. When choosing a Honda lawn mower, it’s important to understand what the Twin Blade Advantage does and why it’s so essential to a professional result every time.

How to Troubleshoot your Honda Water Pump

Honda water pumps are known for their durability and flexibility through a wide range of operating conditions. However, regular maintenance is a must if you want your pump to continue running as advertised. If you have started to experience problems with your pump, use this guide as a starting point to troubleshoot the issue.

Low Output

If your Honda water pump does not appear to be creating the output that you are expecting or if it seems to be running much slower than normal there are a few things you should check. First of all, check the speed and throttle indicators to ensure that the throttle is turned up high enough. If the pump is set to the correct speed, next check your hose. A hose of the wrong length or size can prevent the pump from creating enough pressure to move the water. Try changing to a hose that better fits the pump if problems persist. If these simple troubleshooting steps are not enough to fix the problem, you may have a worn or damaged pump. Continue reading