Caring for Your Generator’s Battery

EB2800iElectric start is one of the best features you can have on a generator, letting you turn a key whenever you need power. However, that starter won’t work if you aren’t keeping up with the maintenance on your generator’s battery. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your generator ready to start the next time you have a power outage, go on camping trip or work in a remote area.

Does My Generator Have a Battery?

The battery is only used to power the generator’s electric starter and has no connection to the unit’s AC power generation system. If your model doesn’t have an electric starter, it doesn’t have a battery.

These current models have electric start, and thus have a battery:
EU3000iS
EM4000S
EB5000
EM5000S
EB6500
EM6500S
EU7000i
EB10000

Honda doesn’t list battery maintenance as part of the regular maintenance schedule, but it’s a good idea to clean the connections at least every 6 months or 100 hours of use. Honda also recommends recharging the battery monthly if the generator isn’t in frequent service.

Battery Handling Safety

Battery components contain lead. Always wash your hands after handling the battery or terminals.

If you spill this acid onto yourself, contact medical personnel immediately and do the following to limit the damage the acid can do to your body:

Eye contact — Flush the eye with water from a cup or container for 15 minutes. Do not use water under pressure, including water directly from a faucet, as this can cause eye damage.

Skin contact — Remove any clothing that came in contact with the acid. Flush the affected area with large quantities of water.

Swallowing — Drink water or milk. Do not induce vomiting.

Accessing the Battery

Current EM series generators store the battery behind a cover directly below the outlets, while earlier open frame generators place the battery behind a metal grid next to the engine. To access the battery on EU Series generators, the entire front panel must be removed.

Once you can access the battery, remove the negative battery terminal first, followed by the positive terminal.

Smaller batteries used in enclosed units have a band that can be unclipped to remove the battery. Larger batteries are held on by a set plate. To remove this plate, loosen the flange nuts on the ends of the plate. Pull the plate off of the battery and slide the battery and battery tray out of the generator.

Battery Electrolyte

The electrolyte level needs to stay between the upper and lower marks on the battery cells. If the level dips below the lower mark, the battery can sulfate, losing the ability to store electrical power.

The lower and upper-level marks are marked on the outside of the battery directly below the terminals. If one of the cells is low, carefully pry up the battery cell caps located next to the terminals. Add distilled water to the cell, then reinstall the cap.

If the battery seems to lose electrolyte rapidly, or the battery is weak despite following maintenance guidelines, have your generator inspected by a dealer. It could be an indication of a dying battery or a faulty charging system.

Cleaning

Any corrosion on the battery or terminals should be cleaned off with a brush and a mix of baking soda and water. This basic solution will neutralize the acid that has collected on these components.

Charging

Charge the battery at 10% of its amp hour rating for three to four hours. It’s common for replacement batteries to have different specifications from the ones originally installed in Honda’s generators. When setting the charge rate, go by the Ah rating printed on top of the battery, not the specifications in your owner’s manual.

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EM6500s Generator

EM6500s Generator

Are you looking for a generator that’s powerful enough to use for home backup or powering electric tools while still being portable? The EM6500s is Honda’s most powerful residential model, offering up to 7,000 watts of peak power along with an advanced control system that provides steady current that is safe for the most sensitive electronics. It also uses heavy-duty components including the company’s most advanced GX-Series engine, so it’s tough enough for commercial users.

Performance

The EM6500s is powered by Honda’s iGX 390 engine. The iGX’s ECU handles the choke, throttle, and ignition automatically, taking the guesswork out of starting and operation. Honda’s Eco-Throttle automatically adjusts engine RPM to meet load requirements to reduce fuel consumption and noise. At 50% load, this generator can run up to ten and a half hours on one 6.2 gallon tank of fuel. A built-in gauge makes it easy to plan for downtime when refueling. The engine is fitted with a battery-powered electric starter. If the battery is dead, the engine can still be started using the back-up recoil starter.

All of this is packed into a frame with folding handles and wheels, making it easy to move around job sites or set up for emergency power. While running, the noise from this generator is between 64-66 dB, which is about as loud as a chainsaw.

What Can This Generator Power?

The EM6500s can produce 6,500 watts of steady power with a peak of 7,000 watts for up to 10 seconds. This peak power comes into play with reactive loads: devices with electric motors need extra power when they start up, but once underway, their power demand drops. Here are some common appliances that can be powered with this model:

  • Energy Star-certified refrigerator or freezer
  • Microwave
  • Sump pump
  • Furnace fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Electronics including TVs and computers
  • Garage door opener
  • Power tools

Plentiful, Clean Electricity

This model’s iAVR intelligent automatic voltage regulation reduces voltage fluctuation up to 50% compared to other AVR systems. It does this by uses iGX’s electronic control system to all but eliminate RPM fluctuations when loads change. By evening out electricity supplied to the inverter, the EM6500s is able to deliver clean, steady power that won’t burn out electronics.

For connections to household appliances, there are two 20 amp duplex outlets for a total of four GFCI-protected 125-volt sockets. For higher demand applications, there are two locking plugs: one 30 amp 125-volt socket and one 30 amp socket that can be used in 125 or 250-volt modes. By flipping a switch on the panel, the dual mode socket can be set to 125 volts without limiting the generator’s maximum output. All outlets are protected by circuit breakers to prevent overload in case of a short.

There’s also a 12-volt connector that taps into the charging system for the generator’s starter battery. By attaching an optional charging cord, the generator can be used to charge automotive batteries.

Accessories

Honda knows these generators have applications in home and work use, so they’ve created accessories accordingly. For home backup power, there’s an available remote start kit and a transfer switch to wire the generator directly into the house electrical system. For those who want to use this generator for power at job sites, Honda offers a hanger kit to hoist it up buildings or keep it out of reach of thieves.

Warranty

The EM6500s and its iGX engine are guaranteed for three years of residential or commercial use.

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Generator Safety

Honda generator

A generator makes remote work easier, gives you more options when camping and be a lifesaver when you lose grid power. However, if they aren’t used correctly, they can be dangerous: the CDC estimates around 70 people die each year due to generator misuse. With a little preparation, you can set up your Honda generator to provide the power you need without the risk.

Carbon Monoxide

Dozens of people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by using a generator.
This odorless gas fills up the spaces on red blood cells that normally carry oxygen, causing asphyxiation. These deaths are caused by using the generator inside or too close to a house. If the engine is inside a garage, the exhaust gases can collect, building up lethal levels of CO.

Why does this happen? Partly it’s because people don’t realize the danger, and partly because they don’t plan ahead to use their generator outdoors. If you’re getting your first generator when you face a major power outage, this probably isn’t going to cross your mind. When you buy a generator, you also need to buy the extension cables needed to get the power where you need it while still keeping the generator in a safe place.

To be safe, the generator should be at least 20 feet away from doors, windows and vents. Plan accordingly, pairing the generator with cords that will carry current into the house where you need it.

Picking the Right Cables

The extension cables you use with your generator should be able to carry the maximum current rated for the outlet, be rated for outdoor use, and the insulator on extension cables should be made out of TPE. Product labeling can be confusing, but you can find the information you need printed on the cable itself. If you see the letters “S,” “E” and either “W” or “W-A,” it meets these requirements. If you see an “O” or “OO,” the cable is also oil resistant, which is good if the cable will be running through a garage.

The wire itself should be thick enough to handle high current loads. Look for “AWG” on the cord followed by a number. This is the wire gauge. A 14 or 12 gauge wire can handle 10-15 amp loads, while 10 gauge can handle loads over 15 amps.

GFCI and Shock Prevention

Most 120-volt duplex outlets on Honda generators come with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). This device cuts the circuit if a fault is detected, which can happen if there is a short caused by a failing appliance or a damaged cable. Test the outlet before each use by pushing in the “Test” button. If the reset button pops out, the GFCI is working. Push the reset button to re-enable the outlet. If the red light next to the outlet is blinking, the GFCI has failed and needs to be repaired before the outlet is used.

Protecting the People Restoring Your Power

While you may be safe from electrocution, improper installation can put line workers in danger. If you have your generator wired into your home electrical system, you are legally required to have a professionally-installed transfer switch. This device cuts off the house wiring from the grid, preventing electricity from your generator from reaching outside lines. Without it, a worker could pick up what should be a dead line and be electrocuted.

Fires

Running out of fuel in a mower is a good excuse to take a break, but if you’re using a generator for emergency power, you probably want to keep the engine running. If you have a small spill onto a hot or running engine, the resulting fire could put you in the emergency room. Even enclosed generators can have fires as the result of spilled gas dripping between the maintenance covers or onto the tailpipe.

When it’s time to add more gas, shut off the generator and let the engine cool for 15 minutes. This reduces the chance of starting a fire if fuel drips onto the engine or exhaust.

Move the generator 10 feet away from where you were using it before refilling. Once the tank is full, move it back to where it was. This prevents leftover fumes from igniting when you restart the engine.

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Servicing the EU7000is Generator

EU7000is GeneratorWhether you use your EU7000is as a work site or backup generator, you really can’t predict when you’re going to need it. Here’s how you can keep your generator ready to use at a moment’s notice and avoid problems down the line.

Maintenance Schedule

Before each use: Check oil, air cleaner and GFCI circuits.
First month or 20 hours of operation: Change the oil.
Every three months or 50 hours: Clean the air filter.
Every 6 months or 100 hours: Change the oil, check the spark plug, and clean the spark arrester.
Every year or 300 hours: Replace the air filter and spark plug.

If the generator is only used occasionally, the battery should be recharged once a month.

Honda recommends having the EU7000is professional serviced for the following maintenance.
Every year or 300 hours: Check the valve clearance.
Every 1,000 hours: Clean the combustion chamber, fuel tank and fuel tube. Replace fuel pump filter.

GFCI

With the engine running, the light next to each GFCI outlet should be green. Push the “Test” button on each duplex outlet. This creates a short that will trigger the system, and the light will turn off. Push the “Reset” button. The light should be green again. If the light blinks red at any time, the plug needs to be serviced before the generator can be used.

Oil

To check the oil, first open the right side maintenance cover. Remove the oil filler cap at the base of the engine. Wipe off the dipstick, then insert it into the filler neck without screwing it in. If the oil level doesn’t come to the top of the marks on the dipstick, add oil.

To change the oil, remove the right side maintenance cover and the rubber seal directly below the engine drain bolt. Place a catch can under the generator and remove the drain bolt. Once the crankcase is empty, reinstall the drain bolt with a new sealing washer. Remove the dipstick and add oil through the filler neck. This engine holds just under 1.2 quarts of oil. When full, the oil level should be at the edge of the filler neck.

Honda recommends SAE 10W30 oil with an API service category of SJ or later. 5W30 can also be used for most temperatures, and SAE 30 can be used at temperatures above 50ºF.

Air Cleaner

To access the air cleaner, remove the left side maintenance cover, lift up on the two clips on the top of the air cleaner cover, then tilt the cover down.

The cleaner has three components: a foam filter, a grid-shaped guide and a paper filter.

To clean the foam filter, wash it in soapy water and squeeze it out. Once dry, dip it in clean engine oil and squeeze it out again. Do not twist the filter.

Do not clean the paper filter. If it’s dirty, it should be replaced.

Wipe the dust off of the air cleaner cover and guide before putting the air cleaner back together.

Spark Plug

To access the plug, remove the left side cover. Next, remove the spark plug inspection cover on the top of the engine. Disconnect the plug cap and use a plug wrench to unscrew the plug.

The electrode gap should be between 0.028 and 0.031 inches (0.7-0.8 mm). Replace the plug if the electrode is worn down, the plug is fouled, or the insulator is damaged.

Thread the plug in by hand, then torque it to 13.3 lb-ft. If you don’t have a torque wrench, turn a used plug 1/8-1/4 turn after it seats. When installing a new plug, turn it ½ turn after it seats to form the sealing washer to the engine.

Spark Arrester

The exhaust can stay hot for up to a half hour after the engine has been used. Let it cool completely before cleaning the spark arrester.

To access the arrester, remove the two screws on the muffler tailpipe on the right side of the generator. Remove the tailpipe and slide out the spark arrester. Clean the spark arrester with a wire brush. If the arrester is damaged, it needs to be replaced.

Battery Charging

To access the battery, lock the handles in the carrying position. Remove the screw for the battery cover on the lower left of the generator’s front panel. Disconnect the battery’s negative terminal, followed by the positive terminal. Unhook the battery strap and slide the battery out of the tray.

Charge the battery at 1.1 amps for 5 to 10 hours. To install, follow the previous instructions in reverse order, being sure to connect the positive terminal before the negative terminal.

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Getting More from Your Trimmer with Blades and Accessories

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Honda’s trimmers are set up for mowing straight from the manufacturer, but with the right accessories, you can use your HHT Series for a variety of landscaping tasks. Switching to a blade can turn your trimmer into a brush mower or sapling cutter, while improved heads and harnesses can make your equipment easier to use.

Barrier Kit

On older models, the cutting line shield, grass blade cutter shield, and brushcutter shields use different designs. The newer HHT25 and HHT35 now use just two shields: one for string trimming and one that works with any blade.

Both the HHT25 and HHT35 need a different deflector to work with cutting blades. This kit isn’t needed for the HHT35SUKAT, which is equipped for brushcutting from the factory. Kickback can be a problem when using blades, so these kits also include a double harness, letting you carry the weight of the trimmer evenly on your shoulders, letting you use your hands solely for control the cutting head.

Grass / Weed Blade

A string trimmer head can cut grass while bouncing off walls and fences. However, if you won’t be working around these obstacles, a grass/weed blade will cut just as well without needing line or having issues with clogging. This makes these blades are perfect for mowing wide areas.

Honda used to offer weed/brush blades, but new, stronger grass/weed blades can do the same job while still performing well on light growth. These blades are available with different numbers of teeth. A blade with fewer teeth will cut faster, while a blade with more teeth will leave a cleaner cut.

Honda makes 10-inch diameter blades with three or four teeth for the HHT35 series of trimmers. HHT25 owners can equip their trimmer with a 9-inch blade that has three, four or 8 teeth.

Brush / Wood blades

Resembling a circular saw blade, these blades are designed to cut woody growth including high grass and saplings. The tooth profile is similar to the blades found on chainsaws and delivers the same type of cut.

Honda offers a 24 tooth brush/wood blade for HHT25 trimmers and an 80 tooth blade for HHT35 trimmers. If you’re looking to buy a trimmer and want to regularly use it for cutting wood, consider the HHT35SUKA. It has a bicycle handle, which makes it easier to control kickback.

Trimmer Heads

Most models come with the Semi-matic trimmer head. It holds up to 20 feet of line and has both an automatic mechanism to release line as it wears down and a bump feed mechanism that releases line manually by pushing the button on the bottom of the head. More line can also be released by turning the center of the head, which is handy when you need to get the last bit of line off before reloading the spool. The Pro-tap is an upgraded version of the Semi-matic bump feed head. It works the same, but it uses tougher construction to withstand the rigors of commercial use.

For those who want a quieter trimmer or hate dealing with spools, Honda offers the Kwik Loader head. It uses a mechanism that grabs onto pre-cut lengths of line when pushed in and will release the line when pulled outward without needing tools. It’s designed specifically for Prolux Ultra Quiet line which has an aerodynamic spiral shape that reduced noise by 20%. This head comes with the HHT35SUKA from the factory.

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Servicing Your Honda Trimmer

honda trimmersIs your trimmer due for a tune-up? Not sure how to work on the Mini 4 Stroke engine? Here’s what you need to do to keep your Honda string trimmer or brushcutter in top condition.

Maintenance Schedule

The first month or 10 hours: Change the oil.
Every 3 months or 25 hours: Clean the air filter.
Every 6 months or 50 hours: Change the oil, check the drive cable, check cooling fins
Every year or 100 hours: Check spark plug, spark arrester, fuel filter and fuel tank
Every two years or 300 hours: Replace spark plug
Every two years: Check fuel and oil lines, replacing as needed

Honda recommends getting a professional service every year or 100 hours. The technician will check the engine’s idle speed, valve clearance, and clutch shoes as well as lubricate the gear case.

Engine Oil

Used oil can be poured out of the filler neck, then added through the same opening. Using a syringe will make it easy to add the small amount of oil these engines need to stay lubricated. The 25 cc engine holds 2.7 fl. oz. (80 ccs) of oil, while the 35 cc engine holds 3.4 fl. oz. (100 ccs.) Honda recommends using 10W30 oil that meets API service category SJ or later.

Air Filter

To access the filter, close the choke to keep debris from entering the engine, then squeeze tabs on top of the cover and swing the cover down.

To clean the filter, wash it in soapy water. Once dry, place the filter in a plastic bag with about an ounce of clean engine oil. Knead the bag to distribute the oil, then squeeze out the filter to remove any excess oil. Wipe out the air cleaner box before reinstalling the filter.

Removing the Fan Shroud

The fan shroud is held on using a single bolt top-mounted bolt. It can be removed using either a 4 mm or 5/32 inch hex wrench. The shroud needs to be out of the way to access the spark plug, spark arrester and cooling fins.

Spark Plug

The plug can be removed with a 5/8 inch plug wrench. The electrode gap should be between 0.024 and 0.028 inches (0.60-0.70 mm). Replace the plug if it’s fouled or has signs of electrode or insulator damage. If you’re reinstalling a used plug, turn the plug 1/8-1/4 turn once seated. If you’re installing a new plug, turn ½ turn or torque the plug to 8.8 ft-lbs. (12 Nm) to seal the crush washer against the engine.

Cooling Fins

The surface of the engine block should be cleaned occasionally to remove dirt that can reduce heat transfer. Use a brush or cloth to wipe down the fins.

Spark Arrester

The arrester is built into the opening of the muffler and is held in place with two 6 mm screws. Once removed, scrub off any carbon deposits on the underside of the arrester with a wire brush. If the arrester mesh is cracked or has holes, it needs to be replaced.

Throttle Cable

Check the condition of the cable and the action of the throttle lever. If the lever doesn’t move smoothly or there is visible damage to the cable, the cable should be replaced.

There should be between 1/16 and 1/8 inch of free play when moving the throttle lever. If the cable is too loose, adjust the throttle cable tension using the adjuster next to the carburetor. Loosen the 10 mm lock nut, which is the nut closest to the carburetor. Turn the adjusting nut, located on a clamp opposite of the lock nut, to adjust the free play. Once the throttle play is correct, tighten the lock nut.

Fuel Tank and Filter

To clean these parts, remove the fuel filler cap and pour the gasoline into a fuel can. Use a piece of hooked wire to snag the fuel tube and pull it out of the tank. Inspect the fuel filter on the end of this hose. If it’s dirty, clean it with a non-flammable solvent. Replace the filter if it’s damaged or excessively dirty. To clean the tank, rinse it out with a non-flammable solvent. Once everything is clean and dry, push the filter and tube back into the tank.

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Setting Up a Honda Submersible Pump

Setting Up a Honda Submersible Pump
A Honda submersible pump is perfect for stationary pumping, powering fountains, clearing ponds and draining basements. However, you can’t just screw on a couple of hoses and put them to use like a standard pump. To put your WS Series to work, you need to get power to the motor, set up a drainage system and make sure you can retrieve it.

Where Can I Use My Pump?

All pumps are rated for continuous use moving water as hot as 104º and can handle brief spikes up to 140ºF. If the pump does start to overheat, a built-in thermal reset will shut off the motor, then restart it once the pump has cooled down.

The WSP50 and WSP100 can handle solids up to two inches in diameter, while Honda’s other pumps are limited to solids up to 3/8 inches in diameter. All pumps can handle muck water. These pumps should not be used to move corrosive or flammable liquids including mine run-off, seawater, and fuel.

The motors used in these pumps are designed for 115 volts, so they’ll work with household current. Power needs to come from a GFCI-protected outlet on a circuit that can supply 15 amps. Most household circuits supply either 15 or 20 amps, so be aware that it can be easy to overload the circuit if you’re running the pump alongside other appliances.

The pump plug should be connected directly to this outlet. Adding an extension cord can increase resistance, shortening the life of the motor. If you’re looking for a pump that can be used far from an outlet, consider getting a WSP53 or WSP73. Both models come with 50-foot power cables.

The operating location needs to meet the ANSE/NEPA 70-1984 standard, which covers ignitable materials. Fuel cans, sawdust, gas heaters and other natural gas appliances should be kept far away from this pump.

Attaching a Rope

You can lift the pump by the handle, but it’s really there to attach a rope so the pump can be lifted out of deep water. Use a strong rope made out of a waterproof material like pure polypropylene or a polyester and propylene blend. Never pull the pump up by the power cord.

Building a Discharge Pipe

The pump needs to be attached to a PVC or ABS pipe that matches the size of the pump outlet. The highest point of the pipe should be at least 15 inches higher than the highest water surface. Outlets on all models use standard pipe threading, so the discharge pipe can be attached using a standard threaded end. A 90-degree elbow can be attached directly to the threaded end when building a pipe for a side discharge pump.

An in-line check valve should be installed in the pipe to prevent backflow. This valve should be 12-18 inches above the pump outlet. The pipe also needs to have a 1/8 inch hole about 5 inches above the outlet to preventing air locking.

Setting Up a Sump Basin

A sump is the lowest point in a structure, whether it’s a boat or a building. A sump basin is a container placed at this point to collect water, which can then be removed by the pump. This basin should be made of concrete, fiberglass or plastic. The diameter of the basin needs to be sized to keep the pump supplied with water to maintain the pumping rate:

Under 24 inches — Up to 35 GPM
30 inches — up to 60 GPM
36 inches — up to 100 GPM
48 inches — up to 150 GPM

If you’re using an existing basin, clean out any debris before fitting your pump.

Setting Up the Float Switch

The distance between the switch and the pump is set by adjusting the clamp that holds the switch cable to the pump. When the switch is level or tilted upward, it will activate the pump. The seals are oil lubricated so they won’t melt if the pump is starved.

If you’re placing your pump in a sump basin, the switch should turn on when the water reaches a height of 13-14 inches. To test this out, pour water into the area around the pump, check that it’s switching on, and repeat. If you’re getting consistent results, the switch is set up correctly.

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Using the WT30x Trash Pump

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Honda’s WT30X is a staple of the construction and property management, providing portable power to drain waterlogged and flooded areas. Whether you’re a new owner or drainage is a regular part of your work day, these tips will help you get maximum performance from this trash pump.

Specifications vs. Real World Performance

Honda lists the following specs for this pump:

— Handles debris up to 1 1/16 inch
— Pumps up to 317 gallons per minute
— 82-foot head
— 26-foot suction head
— 90 second priming time at 16.4 feet

However, actual performance can vary widely depending on how and where you set up your pump.

Suction head decreases by two feet for every 1,000 feet of elevation. If you need to use your pump at altitudes above 13,000 feet, the pump will need to be lower than the surface of the water.

Even though it can handle large rocks and debris, a strainer must be attached to the suction hose to prevent anything over the maximum size limit from reaching the pump housing.

The maximum flow rate is under ideal conditions. For the best performance, you should use the shortest hoses, the shortest suction head and shortest total head possible. Priming time will take longer as head and hose length increases.

Always check the hoses and seals for signs of damage before using the pump. Even small leaks can hinder performance.

Using the Pump Safely

If there’s a problem with the pump, it can be shut off immediately by turning off the ignition.

This pump is built to handle construction materials and other trash. It is not safe to use with corrosive fluids including sea water and mine runoff.

Priming

The pump case needs to be filled with water to keep the seals cool while it pulls water through the suction hose during startup. Before starting the engine, remove the cap on the top of the pump next to the suction hose and add water. The pump case should hold just under four gallons of liquid.

Starting

There are a few minor differences that make starting this pump’s engine different from other small engines.

Depending on the version of pump you’re using, the ignition switch will either be on the starter housing or bolted to the frame. This switch should be turned on after setting the choke and throttle and before pulling the starter rope. The engine comes with Honda’s Oil Alert system, which will cut the ignition if there isn’t enough oil to lubricate the engine. If the engine won’t start or it stops abruptly, start by checking the oil level in the crankcase.

The throttle only needs to be about a third of the way open to get the engine started. Once the engine is warm, the throttle can be opened to get the right pumping speed. The throttle lever is above and to the right of the choke and fuel valve controls.

Cleaning the Pump Case

The inside of the pump should be cleaned after each use. Honda includes a special wrench for this purpose that attaches to the frame using a wing nut.

Remove the drain plug on the base of the pump, then loosen the four cover knobs on the pump cover. Slide the pump cover and volute case off of the pump. The o-ring that seals the two halves of the pump should stay in the groove on the volute case.

Clean out any debris inside the pump.

Make sure the o-ring is in place and in good condition, then reinstall the pump cover. Hand-tighten the cover knobs before tightening them down with the wrench. Reinstall the drain plug. Add water to the pump just like you would when priming it and check for leaks. If everything looks good, remove the drain plug again to let the water drain out, then reinstall the plug.

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Using the WT40x Trash Pump

WT40x Trash PumpWhat kind of garbage can you safely move through a trash pump? How do you get the hoses set up to get the highest flow rate? Whether you’re a new owner of Honda’s WT40x trash pump or you’ve used one for years, these tips will help you set it up to work effectively and reliably.

Pre-Use Checks

Before you put your pump to work, there are a few things you should look at to make sure it’s ready to use.

— Look around for puddles from leaking fuel and oil before moving the pump.
— Check the oil level and condition of the air filter.
— Check the tightness of all bolts on the frame, pump, and engine.
— Make sure there’s fresh gas in the fuel tank. The pump should be able to run continuously for around 90 minutes with a full tank of gas.

Connecting the Hoses

Both the suction and discharge ports are designed to work with hoses that are four inches in diameter. The suction hose needs to have a built-in non-collapsible support layer or a braided wire layer to keep it open under negative pressure.

Some hoses have a coupler built into the end, while others need a coupler secured to the hose using a clamp. Use a sealing washer between the suction port and the coupler. This seal should be checked before each use as even a small leak can have a serious impact on performance.

This trash pump can handle solids up to 1 1/6 inch in diameter, but it still needs a strainer secured to the end of the suction hose to prevent larger objects from getting jammed in the impeller. If you need to completely drain a body of water, use a skimmer strainer. Its flat, conical shape keeps the openings submerged for as long as possible to prevent starvation.

Head and Pump Placement

This model has a total head of 82 feet and a maximum suction head of 26 feet. This is the maximum vertical distance that the pump can move water. The suction head is limited by the air pressure pushing down on the water. Expect it to decrease by about one foot for every 500 feet of elevation.

The impeller is better at pushing water than pulling. To get the highest possible pumping rate, try to use the shortest suction head possible, making up the difference with the discharge hose. Friction between the water and the hose also decreases pump performance. Using shorter hoses will help the pump move water faster.

Priming

The pump needs to be primed with water before starting. Remove the cap on the top of the pump housing and pour in four gallons of clean water.

If you skip this step, the pump will overheat, damaging the seals. If you start the engine after forgetting this step, shut it down immediately. Try again once the pump has had some time to cool down.

Starting and Stopping

The choke and fuel valve levers are located directly below the engine’s air cleaner box. Above and to the right of these controls, there’s a third lever that controls the throttle. The engine also has an ignition switch on the starter cover. To start the engine, do the following:

  1. Open the fuel valve.
  2. Set the choke. It can be left open if you’re restarting the engine, but otherwise, it should be pushed closed.
  3. Set the throttle to about 1/3 of the way from the “Slow” position.
  4. Turn on the ignition switch.
  5. Pull the starter grip.

Let the engine warm up, gradually opening the choke. Once the engine runs smoothly with the choke open, you can use the throttle to set the pumping speed. Keep in mind that it can take two or three minutes for water to be pumped from the strainer all the way to the end of the discharge hose.

The pump can be shut off immediately using the ignition switch, but it’s easier on the pump if you first move the throttle to the “Slow” position and wait for the engine to return to idle.

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Using the WDP30 Diaphragm Pump

Using the WDP30 Diaphragm PumpDiaphragm pumps work differently than impeller designs, which means they need to be used differently from more common water and trash pumps. Here’s what you need to know to correctly set up, start and use Honda’s WDP30 Diaphragm Pump.

Before Use

Do a quick check for any signs of leaking oil or gasoline, as well as any other signs of damage. It’s also a good idea to check the tightness of bolts on both the pump and engine.

Inspect the hoses for signs of damage, and make sure the sealing washers and strainer are in good condition.

Check the oil level, fuel level and condition of the air filter. Oil Alert will automatically shut the engine off if the oil level is too low. If the engine stops suddenly, this is the first thing you should check.

Setting Up the Hoses

Instead of spinning an impeller, a diaphragm pump moves a flexible diaphragm up and down, pulling and pushing water. Check valves on the inlet and outlet of this chamber keep this water flowing in one direction. Water is pumped in pulses, and the mechanism reciprocates like a piston in an engine. This shakes the pump and makes the hoses jump around. It’s a good idea to anchor the ends of the hoses and to keep an eye on the pump while it’s running. The pump can start walking if it’s moving fluids with a high solids content.

A strainer must be fitted to the end of the suction hose. The holes may look unusually large if you’re used to other pumps: the pump design lets the WDP30 handle solids up to 2.4 inches in diameter.

Honda rates the WDP30 using both dynamic head, a theoretical maximum pumping height, and static head, the maximum height difference you can have between the inlet and outlet in real-world conditions. Static head is just 25 feet. If the pump is primed, the suction head can be up to 24 feet. Priming time is shorter than other pumps at just 20 seconds with a 20-foot head. If water isn’t exiting the discharge hose after 30 seconds or so, check the placement of the suction hose inlet and the seals around the pump inlet and outlet.

This pump should not be used to move potable water. Using it to pump corrosive liquids including sea water and mine runoff will damage the pump while moving flammable liquids can cause a fire or explosion.

Priming

The pump only needs to be primed if the suction head is more than 16 feet. To prime the pump, remove the cap on top of the air cushion chamber, directly above the pump inlet. Pick up the suction hose near the inlet and lift it at least one foot off of the ground. This keeps the priming water from flowing out of the inlet. Pour one gallon of clean water into the chamber. Lower the hose, then screw the cap back onto the chamber.

Starting and Stopping

Controls for the throttle, choke and fuel valve can be found below the air cleaner box, while the ignition switch is located on the starter housing on the opposite side of the engine.

To start the engine, open the fuel valve. If the engine is cold, close the choke. The throttle should be just past the slow position. Turn the ignition switch on, then pull the starter grip. The engine should fire up in one or two pulls. Open the choke as the engine warms up. Once the engine runs smoothly with the choke fully open, the throttle can be set to get the right pumping speed.

The engine can be stopped by turning the ignition off, but it’s easier on the pump if you first close the throttle and let the engine return to idle speed first.

After Use

The pump casing needs to be flushed with water to remove any leftover sediment. Disconnect the suction and discharge hoses, then insert the end of a garden hose into the pump inlet. Turn on the hose. Once the water pouring out of the outlet is clear, remove the hose. Drain any remaining water from the pump housing by lifting the inlet side of the pump or by rolling the right side wheel onto a wood block.

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