Honda Power Equipment Background Information

10/27/2011 7:48:00 PM

Honda Power Equipment offers a range of outdoor power equipment products, including engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snowblowers, 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 Honda's four-stroke technology reduce operator fatigue related to engine noise and vibration.

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, snowblowers, tillers, trimmers, and marine engines, are assembled in Honda plants in the United States1 and around the world.

Honda Power Equipment

Honda Power Equipment offers more than 60 models in six major product families:

  • Generators: from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts in models designed for residential, recreational, and industrial applications.
  • Lawn Mowers: 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.
  • Pumps: a wide variety of general de-watering, multi-purpose, commercial, and submersible models with discharge capacities from 37 to 433 gallons per minute.
  • Snowblowers: wheel drive, track drive, and lightweight models capable of moving from 46.3 to 83.0 tons of snow per hour.
  • Tillers: mini- mid- and rear-tine models.
  • Trimmers: three trimmer models in a variety of trim heads, engine sizes, and handle design choices.

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 snowblowers, and nearly 2,000 national rental company outlets offer generators, pumps, and other selected products.

Honda Engines

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.

Honda's iGX is a revolutionary intelligent computer controlled general purpose engine that sets an even higher standard for ease of use, value, fuel efficiency, and quiet operation. For the first time in power equipment history, the all-new iGX features an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation.

Honda Engines produces 37 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.

Defining Net Power in Honda Engines

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. 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.

Honda Marine

For almost 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.

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.

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.

Manufacturing and R&D

Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., 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.

Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (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 generators, lawn mowers, snowblowers, 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.

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Editor's Note:

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.

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Updated October 2012

1Honda products are produced in the United States using domestically and globally sourced parts.