Thank you for purchasing a Honda lawn mower.

Thank you for purchasing
a Honda lawn mower.
This manual describes operation and maintenance of Honda HR195PDA rotary
mowers. All information
in this publication
is based on the latest product
information
available at the time of printing. Honda Power Equipment
Mfg.,
Inc. reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice and without
incurring any obligation.
No part of this publication
may be reproduced without
written permission.
This manual is a permanent part of the mower, and it must stay with the mower
if resold.
Honda HR195PDA mowers meet CPSC blade safety requirements
for walkbehind rotary mowers.
Honda HR195PDA mowers are not factory-equipped
with spark arresters. In
some areas, it is illegal to operate an engine without a USDA qualified spark
arrester. Check local laws and regulations before operating. An optional spark
arrester is available from authorized
Honda lawn mower dealers.
READ THIS OWNER’S MANUAL CAREFULLY. Pay special attention to these
symbols and any instructions
that follow:
B
Indicates serious injury or death WILL result if instructions
are not followed.
B
Indicates a strong possibility that serious personal injury or
death may result if instructions are not followed.
m
Indicates a possibility that equipment
could result if instructions are not followed.
1 Indicates that equipment or property
1 NoT’CE
instructions are not followed.
or property
damage
damagecould
result if
NOTE: Gives helpful informationl
Honda rotary mowers are designed to give safe and dependable
service if
operated according to instructions.
Operating this mower requires special effort
on your part to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
B
Careless operation or misuse may cause injury or property
damage. Read and understand this owner’s manual before operating the mower.
B
Using this product for a purpose not intended mtiy cause
injury or property damage. Use only for mowing (cutting) grass, and for bagging
cut grass when equipped with the standard grass bag or optional hard-shell
grass catcher.
If a problem should arise, or if you have any questions
see an authorized
Honda lawn mower dealer.
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Honda Motor Co., Inc. -
All Rights Reserved
about
your mower,
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CONTENTS
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l.SAFETY
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” .“.“. ‘Safety ,Label Locations ........
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.. ,;Safety Information
: lmportant’M.essage
to’ Parents ..........................
2. COMPONENT
IDENTIFICATION
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3.CONTROLS
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Fuel Va!ve ..........................................
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Throttle Lever ..............
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Flywheel .Brake Lever
.... Cutting Height Adjustment
Levers ........................
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1.0
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4:“ATTACH’MENTS
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5. PRE-OPERATION
CHECK. ................
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Blade .............................
Grass Bag ........................................
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Optional Attachments
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Engine Oil .........
Fuel.............................................16
Air Cleaner ........................................
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Cutting Height.
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6. OPERATION
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Starting the Engine ...............
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Clearing a Flooded Engine ..............
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Mower Operation.
Stopping the Engine. .................................
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High Altitude Operation
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CONTENTS
7. MOWING
RECOMMENDATIONS
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9. MAINTENANCE
Maintenance
Schedule ...............................
Engine Oil Change. ................................
Air Cleaner Service ................................
Spark Plug Service ................................
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Spark Arrester Maintenance
(optional equipment)
Flywheel Brake Cable Adjustment
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Throttle Cable Adjustment
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Carburetor Adjustment.
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Grass Bag Cleaning and Replacement
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Blade Removal and Installation
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8. TRANSPORTING
10.
STORAGE .........................................
Preparation for Storage .............................
Storage
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Removal from Storage ..............................
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11.
TROUBLESHOOTING
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12.
SPECIFICATIONS
13.
WARRANTY
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SERVICE.
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1. SAFETY
Read all safety
instructions
before operating
UNDER NORMAL USAGE, THIS BAG MATERIAL
IS SUBJECT TO DETERIORATION AND WEAR,
AND SHOULD BE CHECKED FREQUENTLY FOR
BAG REPLACEMENT. THIS BAG CONFORMS TO
A.N.S.I. STANDARD 871.1, ANY REPLACEMENT
MUST MEET THIS STANDARD.
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the mower.
DO NOT START UNLESS~REAR DOOR
IS CLOSED OR BAG IS IN PLACE.
READ OWNER’S
MANUAL
BEFORE
OPERATING.
DISCONNECT
THE SPARK
PLUG
CAP BEFORE
CUTTER
DECK AND CUTTER
BLADE
SERVICING.
DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE
TO STAND IN FRONT OF MOWER
TO PREVENT
,NJURY FROM THROWN OBJECTS:
CLEAR
AREA OF DEBRIS KEEP OTHERS
AWAY.
TO PREVENT
SERIOUS
INJURY.
DO NOT REACH
INSIDE
WHEN
ENGINE
IS RUNNING.
DO NOT REMOVE
GUARDS.
[DANGER
IKEEP HA&S
and FEET AWAY
1. SAFETY
SAFETY INFORMATION
For your safety
precautions:
and the safety
of others,
pay special
attention
to these
Operator Responsibility
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Know how to stop the engine quickly in case of emergency. Understand
the use of all controls.
Be sure that anyone who operates the lawn mower receives proper
instruction.
Allowing
anyone, especially children, to operate the mower
without
proper instruction
may result in serious ‘injury.
Wear long pants and protective
footwear.
Operating the mower while
barefoot or wearing sandals would increase the risk of injury.
Keep all persons and pets away from the mowing area.
Blade Hazards
The blade is sharp, and it ttirns
serious injury.
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at high speed. Accidental
contact
can cause
If the mower tilts or overturns, the blade will be exposed; that will increase
the risk of injury from blade contact and from thrown objects.
Keep your hands and feet away from the cutter deck while the engine is
running.
Stop the engine before adjusting cutting height, or performing any inspection
or maintenance.
Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands from the blade when cleaning
out the mower deck, or when inspecting or replacing the blade. Disconnect
the spark plug cap to prevent any possibility
of accidental starting.
Thrown Object Hazards
Objects hit by the blade can be thrown with great force. Thrown
cause serious injury or property damage.
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objects
may
Before mowing, clear the lawn of sticks, stones, dog bones, and other litter
and loose objects. Mow only in daylight, so you can see and avoid objects
in the grass.
Before starting the mower, be sure that the grass bag, or side-discharge
chute is in place, or that the discharge guard is closed.
Release the flywheel
brake lever to stop the blade before reaching areas
with gravel, loose stones, or landscaping
material.
Broken pieces thrown from a worn or damaged blade can cause serious
injury. Always inspect the blade before using the mower.
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1. SAFETY
Fire and Burn Hazards
Gasoline is extremely
care when handling
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flammable, and gasoline vapor can explode. Use extreme
gasoline. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Refuel in a well-ventilated
area with the engine stopped. Keep flames and
sparks away, and do not smoke in the area.
Refuel carefully to avoid spilling fuel. Avoid overfilling the fuel tank (there
should be no fuel in the filler neck). After refueling, tighten the filler cap
securely. If any fuel is spilled, make sure the area is dry before starting the
engine.
- After use, turn the fuel valve 0FF;and store the mower on a level surface.
Be sure the storage area is well-ventilated,
and away from appliances, such
as water heaters and clothes dryers.
Dry grass and leaves are flammable.
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Always empty the grass bag when you’ve finished mowing, even if it’s not
full. Stored lawn clippings are a fire hazard.
Honda HR195PDA mowers are not factory-equipped
with spark arresters.
It is illegal in some areas to operate an engine without
a USDA qualified
spark arrester. Check local laws and regulations. An optional spark arrester
is available from authorized
Honda lawn mower dealers.
The engine and exhaust system become very hot during operation
hot for a while after stopping. Contact with hot engine components
burns and may ignite some materials.
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Avoid touching
a hot engine or exhaust system.
Allow the engine to cool before performing maintenance,
mower,~ or storing the mower indoors.
Carbon Monoxide
and remain
can cause
transporting
the
Poisoning Hazard
Exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas.
Breathing exhaust can cause loss of consciousness
and may lead to death.
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If you run the engine in an area that is confined, or even partially enclosed,
the air can become contaminated
with a dangerous amount of exhaust gas.
To keep exhaust gas from building up, provide adequate ventilation.
1. SAFETY
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS
YOUR CHILDREN’S SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT to Honda. That’s why we
urge you to read this message before letting your youngster operate this lawn
mower. Lawn mowers are tools, not toys. As with any equipment,
bad
judgments
can result in serious injuries. You can help prevent accidents by
making good decisions about it when, and how your youngster operates this
equipment.
The first question you’ll need to ask is whether
operating this mower safely. Remember, young
IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR.
your youngster is capable of
people vary widely, and AGE
Physically, a youngster must be LARGE ENOUGH AND STRONG ENOUGH to
easily start the mower and control its direction. The youngster
also needs
enough size, strength, and coordination
to comfortably
reach and operate the
controls.
Another, tougher
MATURITY AND
young person think
Anyone who takes
this lawn mower.
question you need to ask is if your youngster has enough
RESPONSIBILITY
to safely operate this mower. Does the
through problems and come to logical solutions? Be honest!
unnecessary risks and doesn’t obey rules should not operate
If you decide that your son or daughter
can
CAREFULLY READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL with
you both understand all instructions and warnings.
wears sturdy shoes and other protective clothing
the mower.
handle the mower safely,
your youngster. Make sure
Also, be sure your youngster
when operating or handling
SUPERVISION is also very important. Walk with your youngster during the first
few minutes of mowing. Even after the youngster has become confident with
the mower, do not let the young person use the mower without good adult
supervision. An adult should also be present during refueling and maintenance.
In fact, it’s up to parents to make sure that the mower is properly maintained
and kept in safe operating condition.
’ By always placing safety
sense of accomplishment.
mower.
first, your youngster will acquire useful skills and a
And you’ll both get the best results from your lawn
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2. COMPONENT IDkNTIFICATION
FLYWHEEL BRAKE LEVER
HANDLEBAR
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THROTTLE LEVER
ISCHARGE GUARD
FUEL TANK CAP
CUTTING HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT LEVER
cuTTING HEIGHT
AD JUSTMENT LEVER
OIL FILLER CAP
‘CUTTER DECK
OIL DRAIN BOL:
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MUFFLER
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2. COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION
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RECOIL STARTER GRlq
ENGINE SERIAL
NUMBER \
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CUTTING HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT LEVER
FRAME SERIAL
NUMBER
CUTTING HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT LEVER
AIR CLEANER
SPARK PLUG CAP
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W’
FUEL VALVE
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CARBURETOR
Record the frame and engine serial numbers for your reference.
1 serial numbers when ordering parts, and when making technical
inquiries (see page .51).
Frame serial number:
Engine
serial number:
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GXV140-
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Refer to the
or warranty
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3. CONTROLS
FUEL VALVE
FUEL VALVE
The fuel valve opens and closes the
connection between the fuel tank and
the carburetor.
The fuel valve must be in the
position for the engine to run.
ON
When the mower is not in use, turn the
fuel valve. to the OFF position
to
prevent the poss’ibility of carburetor
flooding, and to reduce the possibility
of fuel leakage.
.
flammable, _and gasoline vapor can
explode, cauhing injury or death. Turn
the fuel val&e to the OFF position
&en the mQwer is not in use.
THROTTLE LEVER
CHOKE
position:
FAST position
1
SLOW position
1
For starting
(*
(-1:
1: For mowing
For idling
FLYWHEEL @RAKE LEVER
This lever is connected to the engine
flywheel brake and the ignition switch.
The engine ‘will not start and run
unless this lever is moved forward.
To start the engine and blade, push the
lever forward and hold it against the
handlebar while operating the recoil
starter. Continue
to hold the lever
against the handlebar while mowing.
To stop the engine
the lever.
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and blade, release
THROTTLE LEVER-
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3. CONTROLS
CUTTING HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
LEVERS
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The blade can cause
serious injury. Stop the engine before
adjusting cutting height.
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314 in
(2.0 cm)
1-1/4 in
There are six cutting height settings:
3/4 in (2.0 cm), 1-l /4 in (3.2 cm),
l-3/4 in (4.4 cm), 2-l /4 in (5.5 cm),
2-5/8 (6.6 cm), and 3 in (7.7 cm).
These are approximate figures, as the
actual height of cut grass will vary
with lawn and soil conditions.
To adjust cutting
height, pull each
adjusting lever toward the wheel, and
move it into another notch. Set all four
adjusting levers to the same cutting
height position.
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ADJUSTING
LEVERS
ADJUSTING
LEVER
Select the correct’cutting
height for your mowing requirements. Cutting height
settings of l-1/4 in (3.2 cm) to 2-l/4
in (5.5 cm) are appropriate for most
lawns during cool weather. A higher cut may be needed to protect the lawn
during hot summer months. Consult a local nursery or lawn and garden center
for advice about specific types of grasses and growing conditions in your area.
If you are not certain which cutting height to select, check the appearance
of the lawn after mowing a small area, then readjust cutting height if necessary.
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4. ATTACHMENTS
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Honda HR195PDA
mowers are provided
with a grass bag as standard
equipment.
You can operate !the mower with the grass bag (or optional hardshell grass catcher) installed to collect the grass clippings, or with the ‘grass
bag removed (or optional side-discharge
chute installed) if you wish to leave
the grass c!ippings on the lawn. When attachments
are removed, the discharge
guard automatically
closes to protect the operator from objects that may be
thrown by the blade.
NOTE:
.i: .When mowing without -&tachments,
the closed discharge guard will trap
more g[Fss under the cutter deck, and the cutter deck may .clog when
mowi.ng grass that is thick or tall. If clogging occurs, mow more frequently,
cut a, narrower swath, and/or select a slower drive speed. You may also
need to raise -the mower’s cutting height.
F: If you wish to leave the grass clippings on the lawn, we recommend using
the optional, side discharge chute.
GRASS BAG (standard equipment)
DISCHARGE
Installation
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Raise the discharge
guard, and
hook the grass.bag onto the mower
as shown.
2;. Release the discharge guard.
Rerhval
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GUARD
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1. Raise the discharge guard, grab the’
grass bag handle, and remove the
bag.
2. Release the bischarge. guard.
NOTE: When the bag is &ear of the
djscharge guard, you can lift it through
the handlebar
opening,
or you can,
removg it to the‘ rear of the mower
below the handlebar.
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GRASS BAG
5. PRE-OPERATION CiiECK
Check the following
items before
BLADE
Turn the fuel valve OFF, and tilt the
mower to the right, so the carburetor
side is up.
NOTE: Hard starting and fuel leakage
may result if the mower is tilted with
the carburetor side down.
Inspect
damage.
the
blade
for
wear
and
BLhE
NORMAL
BENT
BOLTS
CRACKED
A dull blade can be sharpened, but a blade that is worn out, bent, cracked,
or otherwise damaged must be replaced. A worn or damaged blade could break,
causing pieces of the blade to be thrown from the mower.
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The blade can cause serious injury. Disconnect the spark plug cap to prevent
any possibility of accidental starting.
A worn or damaged blade can cause serious injury. Always inspect the blade
before using the mower.
When the blade needs sharpening or replacement,
take the lawn mower to
an authorized Honda lawn mower dealer, Or, if you have a torque wrench, you
can remove and install the blade yourself (see page 42).
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Blade sharpening:
To avoid weakening the blade, or causing imbalance or
poor cutting, the blade should be sharpened by an authorized Honda lawn
mower dealer.
Blade replacement: Use a genuine Honda replacement blade or its equivalent.
Check that the blade bolts are tight. Use a wooden block to prevent the blade
from turning when tightening
the bolts. Wear heavy gloves. to protect your
hands. Blade bolt torque: 36.2-43.4
ft-lb (5.0-6.0
kg-m).
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5. PRE-OPERATION /CHECK
GRASS BAG
Check that the grass bag is in good condition
and not clogged.
A clogged grass bag will not collect grass efficiently.
When the bag needs
cleaning, wash it with a garden hose, and allow it to dry thoroughly
before
use; a wet bag will clog quickly.
The grass bag wears during normal use and will eventually require replacement.
If you operate the. mower with a damaged or worn out bag, objects picked
up by the blade may be thrown through the bag material.
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Objects thrown through a worn or damaged grass bag may
cause serious injury. Install a new grass bag when required.
5. PRE-OPERATION CHECK
ENGINE OIL
Check the engine oil level with the engine stopped
surface.
and the mower
1. Remove the oil filler cap, and’ wipe the dipstick
clean.
2. Insert the dipstick
on a level
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into the oil filler neck, but do not screw
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it in.
3. Check the oil level shown on the dipstick. If near the lower level, fill to the
upper level with the recommended
oil. Do not overfill.
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Running the engine with a low oil level will cause engine
damage.
Use high-detergent,
premium quality 4-stroke engine oil, certified to meet or
exceed
U.S. automobile
manufacturers’
requirements
for API Service
Classification
SG, SF/CC, CD.
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Using non-detergent
oil can shorten the engine’s service
life, and using 2-stroke oil will damage
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SAE low-30
is recommended
for
general, all-temperature
use. Other
viscosities shown in the chart may be
used when the average temperature in
your area is within the indicated range.
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-30
-20
-10
0
10
20
30
40-c
.
FILLER
CAP/DIPSTICK
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UPPER
OIL
LEVEL
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FILLER CA-P/DIPSTICK
LOWER
OIL LEVEL
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5. PRE-OPERATION bHECK
FUEL
Fuel tank capacity:
0.26 US gal (1.0 P)
Remove the filler cap and check the fuel level. Refill the tank if the fuel level
is low. Refuel carefully to avoid overfilling or spilling fuel. There should be no
fuel in the filler neck.
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Gasoline. is extremely flammable, and gasoline vapor can
explode, causing serious injury or death. Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Refuel in a well-ventilated
area with the engine stopped. Do not smoke or allow
flames or sparks in the area where the engine, is refueled or where gasoline
is stored; Avoid’ repeated or prolonged contact wit,h skin or breathing of vapor.
After refueling, tighten the fuel tank cap securely.
sure the area is dry before starting the engine.
FUEL TANK CAP-
FUEL
FILLER
NECK
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If any fuel was spilled,.make
5. PRE-OPERATION CHECK
Fuel Recommendation
Pump octane rating: 86 or higher.
We recommend
unleaded fuel because it produces
plug deposits and extends exhaust system life.
Never use stale or contaminated
gasoline
getting dirt or water in the fuel tank.
fewer
or an oil/gasoline
engine
and spark
mixture.
Avoid
Occasionally
you may hear light “spark knock” or “pinging”
(metallic rapping
noise) while.operating
under heavy loads. This is no cause for concern.
If spark knock or pinging occurs at a steady engine speed, under normal load,
change brands of gasoline. If spark’knock or pinging persists, see an authorized.
Honda lawn mower dealer.
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Running the engine with persistent
can cause engine damage.
spark knock or pinging
NOTE: Running the engine with persistent spark knock or pinging is considered
misuse, and the Distributor’s
Limited Warranty does not cover parts damaged
by misuse.
GASOLINES CONTAINING ALCOHOL
If you decide to use a gasoline containing alcohol (gasohol), be sure its pump
octane rating is 86 or higher. There are two types of “gasohol”:
one containing
ethanol, and the other containing
methanol.
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Using gasohol that contains more than 10% ethanol, or
gasoline containing methanol (methyl or wood alcohol) that does not also
contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors for methanol, can cause serious
fuel system damage and poor engine performance.
Never use gasoline containing
and corrosion inhibitors.
more than 5% methanol,
Honda does not endorse the use of fuels containing
of their suitability
is as yet incomplete.
even if it has cosolvents
methanol,
since evidence
NOTE: Fuel system damage, or engine performance
problems resulting from
the use of fuels that contain alcohol, is not covered under the warranty.
Before buying fuel from an unfamiliar station, first determine if the fuel contains
alcohol; if it does, find out the type and percentage of alcohol used.
NOTE: If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms
that contains alcohol, or one that you think contains
gasoline that you know does not contain alcohol.
while using a gasoline
alcohol, switch to a
5. PRE-OPERATION bHECK
AIR CLEANER
Check that the air filter is clean and in good condition.
A dirty air filter will
restrict air flow to the carburetor, reducing engine performance.
A damaged
air filter will allow dirt to enter the engine, causing rapid engine wear.
1. Remove
the cover screws,
then
remove the air, cleaner
cover.
2. Inspect the paper and foam elements of the air filter. Replace the filter if
either of the filter elements are damaged. Clean or replace the filter if the
filter elements are dirty. See page 34 for cleaning instructions.
3. Reinstall the air filter and air cleaner cover. Tighten the cover screws securely.
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Operating the engine with no air filter, or a damaged air filter,
will cause rapid engine wear.
AIR FILTER
PAPER ELEMENT
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5. PRE-OPERATION CHECK
‘CUTTING HEIGHT
Check the cutting height settings, and make any necessary
page 11). Set all four adjusting levers to the same cutting
adjustments
(see
height Dosition.
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The blade can cause serious injury. Stop the engine before
adjusting cutting height.
ADJUSTING LEVERS
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6. OPERATION
STARTING THE ENGINE
If you run the engine in an area that
is confined, or even partially enclosed,
the air can become contaminated
with
a dangerous amount of exhaust gas.
FUEL VALVE
sonous carbon monoxide, a colorless
and odorless gas. Breathing exhaust
can cause loss of consciousness and
may lead to death. To keep exhaust
gas from building up, provide adequate
ventilation.
1. Turn the
position.
fuel
valve
to
the
ON
2. FOR STARTING A COLD ENGINE:Move the throttle
lever. to the
CHOKE position.
FOR R&STARTING
A WARM
ENGiNE: Move the-throttle
lever to
the FAST ( *
) .position.
NOTE: Use the CHOKE
position,
unless
the engine
was recently
running and is still thoroughly
warm.
If thoroughly
warm, the engine will
start easier using the FAST (*
)
position.
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THROTTLE
6. OPERATION
3. Push the flywheel
brake lever forward
and hold it against
4. Pull the starter grip lightly until you feel resistance,
the engine starts, return the starter rope gently.
Continue to hold the flywheel brake lever forward
the engine will stop if you release the lever.
the handlebar.
then pull briskly. When
against
the handlebar;
NOTE: The blade turns when you operate the starter. It is easiest to start
the engine in a clear or mowed area where the blade can turn ,freely.
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6. OPERATION
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5. When the engine warms up, move
the throttle
lever away firom the
CHOKE’ position. Set the lever in
FAST ( @ 1 position for mowing,
or in SLOW ( C, ) position for
idling.
THROTTLE
LEVER
NOTE: If restarting a warm engine
in the CHOKE position, move the
throttle’ lever’away from CHOKE as
soon as the engine starts.
CLEARING ‘A FLOODED ENGINE
If the engine won’t start, after you have operated the starter
the engine may be flooded with excess fuel. Use the following
clear and start a flooded engine:
several times,
procedure to
1. Turn the fuel valve OFF.
2. Remove
the spark plug, dry it, then reinstall
NOTE: Install the spark plug carefully,
After the spark plug is seated, tighten
wrench to compress the washer.
by hand, to avoid cross-threading.
l/8 to l/4 turn with a.spark plug
3. Turn the fuel valve ON, and move the throttle
4. Operate
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the starter
with
the throttle
it.
lever to FAST ( *
lever in the FAST ( *
).
) position.
6. OPERATION
MOWER OPERATION
For best grass cutting and bagging
performance, and to avoid stalling the
engine, always mow with the throttle
lever in the FAST ( G
) position.
THROTTLE
LEVER
Release the flywheel
brake lever to
stop the engine and blade before
reaching
areas with
gravel, loose,
stones,
or landscaping
material.
Objects hit by the blade can be thrown
with great force.
B
Thrown objects may
cause serious injury and property
damage. Stop the blade before
reaching any area with loose objects.
LEVER
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6. OPERATION
B
If the mower tilts or overturns, the blade will be exposed;
that will increase the risk of injury from blade contact and from thrown objects
and debris. For your safety, keep all four wheels on the ground, and be careful
not to lose your footing and your control of the mower.
Keep a firm grip on the handlebar, and walk, never run, with the mower. Be
very careful when mowing uneven or rough ground. Mow across slopes, never
up and down. Be careful when changing the direction of the mower on a slope
Do not use the mower on a steep slope of more than 20°.
MAXIMUM
SLOPE: 20’
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Use extra care when mowing over objects imbedded in the lawn, such as
sprinkler heads, paving, edging, etc. Avoid anything that sticks up above the
surface of the lawn. Striking
objects may damage the blade, bend the
crankshaft,
and/or break the cutter deck or other mower components.
m,
A damaged blade may break. Broken pieces can be thrown
by the blade and may cause serious injury. Stop the engine immediately if you
suspect the blade is damaged.
If the blade hits something,
or if the mower starts to vibrate, follow
these steps:
1. Stop the engine.
2. Inspect
the blade and other
3. Replace
any damaged
NOTE: The Distributor’s
accident or co!lision.
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mower
components
parts before operating
Limited
Warranty
for damage.
the mower.
does not cover parts damaged
by
6. OPERATION
STOPPING THE ENGINE
Release the flywheel
brake lever to stop the engine.
When the mower is not in use, turn the fuel valve to the OFF position to prevent
the possibility
of carburetor
flooding, and to reduce the possibility
of fuel
leakage.
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Gasoline is extremely flammable, and gasoline vapor can
explode, causing injury or death. Turn the.fuel valve to the OFF position when
the mower is not in use.
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6. OPERATION
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HIGH ALTITUDE OPERATION
At high altitude, the standard carburetor
air-fuel mixture will be too rich.
Performance
will decrease, and fuel consumption
will increase. A very rich
mixture may also foul the spark plug and cause hard starting.
High altitude performance
can be improved by installing a smaller diameter
main fuel jet in the carburetor and readjusting the pilot screw. If you always
operate the mower at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet above sea level, have
an authorized Honda lawn mower dealer perform this carburetor modification.
Even with carburetor modification,
engine horsepower will decrease about 3.5%
for each 1,000 foot increase in altitude. The effect of altitude on horsepower
will be greater than this if no carburetor modification
is made. A reduction in
engine horsepower
will reduce mowing performance.
When the carburetor is modified for good high altitude operation, the air/fuel
mixture will be too lean at low altitude. Performance
will decrease, and the
engine will overheat.
To avoid an excessively
lean air/fuel mixture and engine damage,
standard’ main fuel jet and readjust the pilot screw for operation
lower than 6,000 feet above sea level.
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reinstall the
at altitudes
7. MOWING RECOMMENDATIONS
A cutting height of l-1 /4 in (3.2 cm) to 2-l /4 in (5.5 cm) is appropriate for
most lawns during cool weather. A higher cut may be needed to protect the
lawn during hot summer months. Consult a local nursery or lawn & garden
center for advice about specific types of grasses and growing conditions
in
your area.
Most grasses should be mowed when they have grown half an inch to an inch
above the recommended
height. If allowed to grow too tall, and then cut back
to the stems, the grass may not recover well, and the lawn will have brown
patches.
As a general
grass in one
is allowed to
lawn mower
rule, do not cut off more than a third of the total height of the
mowing. If tall grass is reduced in height a little at a time, and
recover between mowings, the grass will be healthier, and the
will work better and will leave a better lawn finish.
For good mowing conditions, the grass should be relatively dry, but the ground
should not be so dry that the mower stirs up a lot of dust. Too much dust
will clog the carburetor air filter, reducing engine performance.
If dust is a problem, water your lawn the day before mowing,
grass to dry while the soil remains moist.
allowing
Always wait for wet grass to dry. Wet grass may clog the cutter
it does not bag well.
the
deck, and
Grass clippings may be left on the lawn, or removed, whichever
you prefer.
Clippings return nutrients to the soil, but they don’t look neat when left on
the lawn. Heavy clumps of clippings should always be removed; grass must
remain uncovered to grow properly.
If you wish to leave the grass clippings
the optional, side-discharge
chute.
on the lawn,
we recommend
using
Mowing
without
the grass bag or other attachments
will leave the grass
clippings on the lawn, but the closed discharge guard will trap more grass under
the cutter deck, and the cutter deck may clog when mowing grass that is thick
or tall. If clogging occurs, mow more frequently, cut a narrower swath, and/or
use a slower forward speed. You may also need to raise the mower’s cutting
height.
If you must clean out a clogged cutter deck, turn the fuel valve OFF, and tilt
the mower so the carburetor side is up. Hard starting and fuel leakage may
result if the mower is tilted with the carburetor side down.
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7. MOWING RECOMl/ilENDATIONS
For best results, start at the outer
edges of the lawn, and work toward
the center in a clockwise
direction.
If you use the standard grass bag, or
the optional hard-shell grass catcher,
a clockwise
mowing pattern, starting
at the outer edges of. the lawn, will
give the best bagging performance,
leaving the least amount of clippings
on the lawn. The mower will bag most
efficiently
with this mowing pattern,
due to cutter deck design and the
direction in which the blade rotates.
If you use the optional side-discharge
chute,
use the
same clockwise
mowing
pattern.. This will prevent
clippings from piling up in the path of
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RECOMMENDED
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MOWING PATTERN
7. MOWING RECOMMENDATIONS
If the grass is not very thick or tall, you can mow a wide swath.
wheels close to the swath line for maximum cutting width.
If the grass is very thick or
engine, clog the cutter deck,
or tall grass, cut a narrower
necessary, mow twice; first
tall, cutting a wide swath
and cause poor bagging
swath, and/or push the
with a high cut, then at
Keep the
may slow or stall the
performance.
For thick
mower more slowly. If
final cutting height.
For best grass cutting and bagging performance, the blade must spin very fast.
Always use the FAST (G
) throttle setting when mowing, and keep the
engine running at or near maximum rpm. If you hear engine speed decrease,
that means you should mow a narrower swath, and/or push the mower more
slowly. You may also need to raise the mower’s cutting height.
Always empty the grass bag before it
becomes
filled to the limit of its
capacity.
Bagging performance
will
diminish after the bag becomes about
90% filled. Also, the bag is easier to
empty when it is not packed full.
Always empty the grass bag when
you have finished mowing, even if it
is not full. Stored lawn clippings are
a fire hazard.
A clogged grass bag will not collect
grass efficiently.
If the bag becomes
clogged with dirt, wash it with a
garden hose, and allow it to dry
completely
before use; a wet bag will
clog quickly.
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8. TRANSPORTING
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The engine and exhaust system become hot during operation
and remain hot for a while after stopping. Contact with hot engine components
can cause burns and can ignite some materials.
Avoid touching the engine or exhaust system for at least 15 minutes after the
engine has stopped. Allow the engine to cool before transporting
the mower.
Before Loading .
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Turn the fuel valve to the OFF
position.
This will prevent
the
possibility
of carburetor
flooding
and will reduce the possibility
of
fuel leakage.
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FUEL VALVE
ly flammable, and gasoline vapor
can explode, causing injury or
death. Turn the fuel valve to the
OFF position when the mower is
not in use.
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Remove
the grass bag.
Loading/Unloading
lb reduce the possibility of fuel leakage, keep the mower level while transporting,
and avoid tilting the mower excessively
when loading and unloading.
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If a suitable loading ramp is not available, two people should
on and off the vehicle, while holding the mower level.
lift the mower
Position the mower so all 4 wheels are on the bed of the vehicle. Tie the
mower down with rope or straps, and block the wheels. Keep the tie-down
rope or straps away from controls, adjustment levers, cables, governor arm,
carburetor,
and the fuel line.
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9. MAINTENANCE
Periodic maintenance
operating condition.
SCHEDULE.
and adjustment are necessary to keep the mower in good
Service and inspect according to the MAINTENANCE
To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, shut the engine off before performing
any maintenance.
To avoid serious burns, let the engine cool for at least 15 minutes before
performing maintenance.
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Use genuine Honda parts or their equivalent
of lower quality may damage the mower.
Maintenance
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and blade
Check
Grass bag and optional
attachments
Check
Engine oil
Check level
Air filter
EVERY
100
EVERY
300
0
0
1
Spark Arrester
(optional equipment)
brake
0
1
1
Clean
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Check & clean
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Clean
Adjust
Throttle cable
Adiust
I Valve clearance
Adjust
I Fuel tank and filter
Clean
Check
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0
Check
Flywheel brake cable
0
0
Check
1 Spark plug
Fuel line
EVERY
50
0
Change
Flywheel
FIRST
20
BEFORE
Perform at every indicated
operating hour interval
Blade condition
bolt tightness
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and repair. Parts
Schedule
REGULAR SERVICE PERIOD
ITEM
for maintenance
0 (2)
0
0
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I 0 (2)
Every 2 years (2)
NOTE: f.^.1) -.Service more frequently when used in dusty areas.
IZj I hese Items should be serviced by an authorized Honda lawn mower dealer, unless you have
the proper tools and are mechanically proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual.
(3) For professional commercial use, log hours of operation to determine proper maintenance intervals.
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9. MAINTENANCE
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ENGINE OIL CHANGE
Engine oil capacity: 0.63 US ,qt (0.6 PI
Drain the oil while the engine
is warm to assure rapid and complete
1. Place a suitable
under the cutter
container
deck to catch
draining.
the used oil.
NOTE: Check to be sure the drain hole in the cutter deck is not clogged.
If necessary, remove grass and debris from the cutter deck.
2. Remove the oil filler cap and the oil drain bolt, using a 10 mm box or socket
wrench. The used oil will flow along the cutter deck channel to the drain
hole near the front of the deck.
OIL D6AIN BOLT
/
DRAIN HOLE
NOTE:
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An alternative procedure is to tilt the mower on its side, so the used oil
will drain out through the oil filler neck. For this procedure, do not remove
the oil drain bolt. Be sure to turn the fuel valve OFF before tilting the
mower.
Please dispose of used motor oil in a manner that doesn’t harm the
environment.
We suggest you take it in a sealed container to your local
service station for reclamation.
Do not throw it in the trash or pour it
on the ground or down a drain.
9. MAINTENANCE
3. Install the oil drain bolt and tighten
it securely.
4. Fill with the recommended
oil (see
page 15) to the upper level on the
dipstick. Do not overfill.
5. Install
the filler cap/dipstick.
6. Wipe the cutter deck drain channel
clean to reduce dirt build-up when
the mower is used.
NOTE: Used motor oil may cause
skin cancer if repeatedly
left in
contact with the skin for prolonged
periods. Although
this is unlikely,
unless you handle used oil on a
daily basis, it is still advisable to
thoroughly
wash your hands with
soap and water as soon as possible
after handling used oil.
DRAIN
BOLT
/
FILLERLAP/
DIPSTICK
FILLER
CAP/DIPSTICK
/
UPPER
OIL
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9. MAINTENANCE
:
AIR CLEANER SERVICE
A dirty air filter will restrict air flow to the carburetor,
reducing engine
performance.
If you operate the mower in very dusty areas, clean the air filter
more often than specified in the MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE.
1 NoTlCE
1 Operating the engine with no air filter, or a damaged air filter,
will cause rapid engine wear.
1. Remove the two cover screws, then remove the air cleaner cover. Remove
the air filter, and separate the filter elements. Carefully check both elements
for holes or tears, and replace the filter if damaged.
2. Foam element: Clean in warm soapy water, rinse, and allow to dry thoroughly
Or clean in nonflammable
solvent and allow to dry. Dip the element in clean
engine oil and squeeze out all excess oil. The engine will smoke during initial
running if too much oil is left in the foam.
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Using gasoline or flammable solvent to clean the filter
element can lead to a fire or explosion. Use only soapy water or nonflammable solvent.
3. Paper element:
Tap the element several times on a hard surface to remove
excess dirt, or blow compressed air (not exceeding 30 psi) through the filter
from the inside. Never try to brush off dirt; brushing will force dirt into the
fibers..
4. Wipe dirt from the inside of the air cleaner housing
rag. Be careful to avoid dropping
to the carburetor.
5. Reinstall
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the air filter
and cover.
and cover, using a moist
dirt into the air cleaner duct that leads
9. MAINTENANCE
COVER
SCREWS .-------Q
AIR FILTER
PAPER ELEMENT
AIR CLEANER
COVER
AIR FILTER
FOAM ELEMENT
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HOUSING
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9. MAINTENANCE
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SPARK PLUG SERVICE
Recommended
spark plugs: $lGK BPR5ES
ND 16EPR-U
CHAMPION RNIZY
r-GET-l
damage.
Spark plugs of the wrong
l%r good performance,
deposits.
1. Disconnect
plug area.
heat range can cause engine
the spark plug must be properly
gapped
and free of
the spark plug cap, and remove any dir-t from around the spark
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Touching the engine or exhaust system while hot can
cause burns. Let the engine cool before servicing.
2. Remove
the spark
plug with
a.,spark plug wrench.
3. Inspect the spark plug. Replace it if the electrodes are worn, or if the insulator
is cracked or chipped. Clean the spark plug with a wire brush if you are
going to reuse it.
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4. Measure the spark plug electrode gap with a,feeler gauge. The gap should
be 0.024-0.028
in (0.6-0.7 mm). Correct the gap as necessary by carefully
bending the side electrode.
5. Install
the spark plug carefully,
by hand, to avoid cross-threading.
6. After the spark plug-is seated, tighten
the washer.
with a spark plug wrench
to compress
II
.A loose spark- plug can get hot enough to damage the
engine. Overtightening may damage the threads.
NOTE: If installing a new spark plug, tighten 1 I2 turn after the spark plug
seats to compress the washer. If reinstalling
a used spark plug; tighten
1 /8_1/4 turn after the spark plug seats.
7. Install
the spark plug cap on the spark plug.
SPARK PLUG CAP ,,,,f.
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SPARK
PLUG GRENCH
0.024-0.028
in.
(0.8-0.7 mm)
9. MAINTENANCE
SPARK ARRESTER
MAINTENANCE
The spark arrester
as designed.
must be serviced
B
burns.
(optional
every
equipment)
100 hours to keep it functioning
Touching the engine or exhaust
Let the engine cool before servicing.
1. Remove the two
nuts from the muffler
2. Remove the muffler
shield,
3. Remove the spark arrester
identification
system
shield,
while,hot
can cause
using a 10 mm wrench.
plate, muffler,
and gasket.
from the muffler.
4. Check for carbon deposits on the spark arrester and the exhaust port. Brush
carbon deposits away. Be careful to avoid damaging the spark arrester
screen.
5. Install
the spark arrester
6. Install the muffler
securely.
in the muffler.
components
on the engine,
and tighten
the two
nuts
SPARK ARRESTER
(OPTIONAL PART)
MUFFLER
(OPTIONAL
PART)
IDENTIFICATION PLATE
(OPTIONAL PART)
rkn
6
NUTS
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SPARK ARRESTER
SCREEN
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9. MAINTENANCE
:
FLYWHEEL BRAKE CABLE ABJUSTMENT
1. Measure
3/16-3/8
free play at the top of the lever, as shown.
in (5-10 mm).
2. If adjustment
is necessary, loosen
and move the adjuster up or down
recheck free play.
Free play should
be
the lock nuts with a 10 mm wrench,
as required. Tighten the lock nuts and
3. Hold the lever forward and start the engine. Release the lever; the engine
should stop quickly; If the flywheel
brake does not engage and release
properly, and lever free play is correctly adjusted, take the mower to an
authorized
Honda lawn mower dealer for repair.
3/16-3/B
in
(5-10 mm)
LEVER
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9. MAINTENANCE
THROTTLE CABLE ADJUSTMENT
1. ‘When the throttle lever is moved to the CHOKE position, the carburetor
choke arm should move all the way counterclockwise,
as far as it will go.
Push the choke arm with your finger to check that it moves as far as it
will go.
THROTTLE
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2. If adjustment is necessary, loosen
the throttle control cable lock nuts
with a 10 mm wrench, and move
the adjuster
up or down
as
required. Tighten the lock nuts and
recheck
carburetor
choke arm
movement.
9. MAINTENANCE
,
CARBURETOR ADJUSTMEN+
Start the engine
temperature.
outdoors,
and allow
it to warm
up to normal
operating
Exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide, a colorless
and odorless gas. Breathing exhaust can cause loss of consci&sness and
may lead to death. To keep exhaust gas from building up, provide adequate
ventilation.
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Set the throttle
lever in the SLOW (c)I
position.
‘3. Turn the pilot screw in or out to the setting that produces the highest idle.
rpm. The correct setting will usually be approximately
2 turns out from the
fully closed position.
4. After the pilot screw ‘is correctly
obtain the standard idle speed.
Standard idle speed: 2,000
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adjusted,
turn the throttle.
+ 150 rpm
SCREW
stop screw to
.9. -MAINTENANCE
GRASS RAG CLEANING AND REPLACEMENT
When the bag needs cleaning, wash it with a garden hose, and allow
dry completely
before use; a wet grass bag will clog quickly.
Replace a frayed, torn, or deteriorated
its equivalent.
bag with
a Honda replacement
it to
bag or
BAG REMOVAL
Unclip
the plastic
edges of the bag, and remove the bag from the frame.
BAG INSTALLATION
1. Insert the frame
2. Clip the plastic
in the bag as shown.
edges of the bag onto the frame as shown.
GRASS RAG
FRAME
PLASTIC EDGE
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9. MAINTENANCE
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B’LADE REMOVAL AND INS+ALLATION
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When the blade needs sharpening
or replacement,
take the lawn mower to
an authorized Honda lawn mower dealer. Or, if you have a torque wrench, you
can remove and install the blade yourself. Wear heavy gloves to protect your
hands.
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Blade sharpening: To reduce the possibility
imbalance or poor cutting performance,
authorized
Honda lawn mower dealer.
Blade replacement:
Use a genuine
of weakening the blade, or causing
have the blade sharpened by an
Honda replacement
blade or its equivalent.
Blade Removal
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The blade can cause serious injury. Disconnect the spark plug
cap to prevent any possibility of accidental starting.
1. Turn the fuel valve OFF, and rest the mower on its right side, so the carburetor
side is up.
NOTE: Hard starting and fuel leakage may result if the mower is placed with
‘the carburetor side down.
2. Remove the two blade bolts with a 14 mm socket wrench. Use a wooden
block to prevent the blade from turning when removing the bolts.
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the blade and blade holder.
BLADE BOLTS
9. MAINTENANCE
Blade Installation
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The blade can cause serious injury. Disconnect the spark plug
cap to prevent any possibility of accidental starting.
1. Clean dirt and grass from the blade mounting
2. Install
the blade holder
area.
and blade.
NOTE:
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Be sure the blade is positioned right side up (rear edges turn upward;
center hole rim projects downward). If the blade is installed upside down,
the edges cannot cut properly.
The blade bolts are specially
be replaced with any other
designed
bolts.
for this application
and must not
3. Tighten the blade bolts with a torque wrench. Use a wooden block to prevent
the blade from turning when tightening the bolts. If you do not have a torque
wrench, have an authorized Honda lawn mower dealer tighten the blade
bolts.
Blade bolt torque: 36.2-43.4
ft-lb (5.0-6.0
kg-m)
TORQUE
BLADE
HOLDER
BLAbE
BLADE
BOLTS
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Preparation for Storage
When the mower will not be used for one. month or longer, proper storage
preparation will he@ to preve,nt rust and corrosion, and will make it easier to
start the engine when the mower is removed from storage.
1. Clean all surfaces of the mower, including the area underneath
deck. Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands.
the cutter
NOTE: Before cleaning under the cutter deck, turn the fuel valve OFF, and
rest the mower on its right side, so the carburetor side is up. Hard starting
and fuel leakage may result if the mower is placed with the carburetor side
down.
If you. use a garden hose to wash the mower, observe the following
precautions:
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has been running, allow the engine to cool for at,least’half
an hour before spraying water on it. Never spray water on hot engine.
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Wash the mower using low water pressure, and keep water away from
controls, cable ends, wheel hubs, and all -other places that are difficult
to dry if water enters.
After washing, start the engine outdoors, and let it run until it reaches
normal operating temperature
to evaporate any water remaining on the
engine.
Stop the engine, turn the fuel valve OFF, and allow the engine
before placing the mower in storage.
2. Wash the grass bag; and allow
to cool
it to dry completely.
piiEiEq
Stored lawn clippings are a fire hazard. Always empty the
grass bag after use.
3. Coat areas that may rust with a light film of oil. Lubricate
cores with a silicone spray lubricant.
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all control
cable
10. STORAGE
4. For prolonged
storage,
perform
these additional
steps:
For storage of 1 or 2 months:
For storage of 1 or 2 months, be sure the fuel tank is full. If partially filled,
air in the tank will promote fuel oxidation and deterioration,
resulting in bad
fuel that may cause hard starting. Deteriorated fuel may also clog carburetor
passages, requiring carburetor repair or replacement.
NOTE: The Distributor’s
Limited Warranty does not cover fuel system
damage or engine performance
problems resulting from neglected storage
preparation.
a. Fill the fuel. tank with fresh gasoline, and add a gasoline conditioner,
such as HONDA FUEL STABILIZER, which is formulated to extend fuel
storage life.
b. Run the engine outdoors for 10 minutes to be sure that treated gasoline
has replaced the untreated gasoline in the carburetor.
c. Stop the engine, turn the fuel valve OFF, and allow the engine to cool
before placing the mower in storage.
‘For storage of more than 2 months:
a. Change
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the engine
oil (see page
b. Remove the spark plug (see page
36). Pour a tablespoon
of clean
engine oil into the cylinder. Pull the
starter
rope several
times
to
distribute
the oil in the cylinder.
Reinstall the spark plug.
SPARK PLUG HOLE
NOTE: While the spark plug is
removed,
inspect the plug, and
clean,
gap, or replace
it if
necessary.
c. Pull the starter rope until you feel
resistance. This closes the valves,
which helps to protect the cylinder
from corrosion.
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10. STORAGE
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For storage of more than 2 bnonths (continued):
d. Disconnect
the fuel line from the fuel valve, ‘and drain the fuel tank into
an approved gasoline container.
B
Gasoline is extremely flammable, and gasoline vapor can
explode, causing serious injury or death. Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CVILDREN.
e. Remove the carburetor
drain bolt, using a .lO mm wrench.
carburetor into an approved gasoline container. Tilt the mower
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the gasoline from the carburetor.
f.
Install the carburetor drain bolt, and tighten
line.
Turn the fuel valve OFF.
_FUEL VALVE
it securely.
Drain the
to drain all
Connect
the fuel
CARBURETOR
DRAIN BOLT
Storage
-
Select a storage area away from-appliances
(water heater or clothes dryer)
that use an open flame as a heat source Power tools, and some battery operated
toys, have electric motors that produce sparks that can ignite gasoline vapors.
B.
Gasoline is extremely
flammable,
and gasoline. vapor can
explode,
Avoid storing
the mower.where
Place the mower with
result in fuel leakage.
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its wheels
it will be exposed
to-high
on a level surface.
humidity
Tilting
and dust.
the mower
may
10. STORAGE
Cover the mower
to keep out dust.
NOTE: Plastic sheets should
under the covers, promoting
not be used as dust covers; they trap moisture
rust and corrosion.
Removal from Storage
Check all items described
(pages 13-19).
in the PRE-OPERATION CHECK section of this manual
NOTE:
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Fill the fuel tank with fresh gasoline. If you keep a container of gasoline
for refueling, be sure that it contains only fresh gasoline. Gasoline oxidizes
and deteriorates over time, resulting in bad fuel that may cause hard starting.
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Gasoline is extremely flammable, and gasoline vapor can
explode, causing serious injury or death. Use extreme care when handling
gasoline. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
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If the cylinder was coated with oil during storage
will smoke briefly at start up. This is normal.
preparation,
the engine
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11. TROUBLESHOOTING
ENGINE
(
POS,SlBLE CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Check control
positions.
Fuel valve OFF.
Throttle lever in wrong position.
Turn fuel valve ON (p. 20).
Move throttle lever to CHOKE
position, unless the engine is warm
2. Check fuel.
Out of fuel.
Bad fuel; mower stored without
treating or draining gasoline, or
refueled with bad gas.
Refuel (p. 16).
Drain fuel tank and carburetor. (p. 46).
Refuel with fresh gasoline (p. 16).
3. Remove and inspect
spark plug.
Spark plug faulty, fouled, or
improperly gapped.
Spark plug wet with fuel.
Clean, gap, or replace spark plug
(p. 36).
Dry spark plug and clear flooded
engine (p. 22)
4. Take mower to
Fueld filter clogged, carburetor
malfunction, ignition
malfunction, valves stuck, etc.
Take mower to dealer, or refer to
shop manual.
(P. 20)
dealer
for service
or
repair.
LOSS OF POWER
POSSIBLE CAUSE
1. Check under cutter
deck.
Cutter deck clogged.
Clean out the cutter deck (p. 27).
j
2. Check air filter.
Air filter clogged.
Clean or replace air filter (p. 341.
3. Check fuel.
Bad fuel; mower stored without
treating or draining gasoline, or
refueled with bad gas.
Drain fuel tank and carburetor (p. 46).
Refuel with fresh gasoline (p. 161
4. Check vent inside
fuel tank cap.
Fuel tank cap vent clogged.
5. Take mower to
dealer for service or
repair.
Fuel filter clogged, carburetor
malfunction, valve clearance out
of adjustment, low
compression, etc.
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Take mower to dealer, or refer to
shop manual.
11. TROUBLESHOOTING
GRASS CUTTING
POOR CUT QUALITY
OR POOR CUTTING
PERFORMANCE
1. Check that throttle
lever is in FAST
POSSIBLE CAUSE
CORRECTION
Engine speed is too slow to
cut well.
Move throttle lever to FAST (
.4+’
position (p. 23).
2. Reduce forward
speed.
Mower is moving too fast for
lawn conditions.
Push slower.
3. Check cutting
height adjustment
levers.
Adjustment levers set at
different positions.
Set all four levers in the same cutting
height position (p. 11).
4. Check grass bag.
Grass bag is overfilled
clogged.
Empty grass bag, and wash the bag if
necessary.
5. Check cutter deck
and blade.
Cutter deck is clogged. Blade
is dull, worn, or damaged.
f 6)
1 position.
1
or
Clean out cutter deck. Check blade
installation. Sharpen or replace blade if
necessary fp. 13 & 42).
GRASS BAGGING
POOR GRASS
BAGGING
POSSIBLE CAUSE
CORRECTION
1. Check grass bag.
Grass bag is overfilled
clogged.
2. Check cutter deck
and blade.
Cutter deck is clogged. Blade
is worn or damaged.
Clean out cutter deck. Check blade
installation. Sharpen or replace blade if
necessary fp. 13 & 42).
POSSIBLE CAUSE
CORRECTION
or
Empty grass bag, and wash the bag if
necessary.
VIBRATION
EXCESSIVE
VIBRATION
1. Check blade.
Blade is loose, bent,
damaged, or unbalanced by
improper sharpening.
Tighten loose blade bolts. Replace
blade if necessary (p. 13 & 42).
2. Take mower to
dealer for repair.
Mechanical damage, such a
bent crankshaft.
Take mower to dealer, or refer to
shop manual.
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12. SPECIFICATIONS;
MOWER MODELS
Manual starting, manually propelled;
e&ipped
withflvwheel
brake
HR195PDA:
DIMENSIONS
Overall
Lenath
Width
at cutter
Overall
Height
63.0
deck
in (160 cm)
20.1 in (51 cm)
41.3 in (105 cm)
Dry Weight
79.4 lb (36 kg)
Grass Bag Capacity
1.84 bushels;
Cutting
19 in (48 cm)
Width
Cutting Height
(adjustable)
17.2 US gal 165 PI
3/4 in (2.0 cm), l-1/4 in. (3.2 cm),
l-3/4 in (4.4 cm), 2-l/4
in (5.5 cm),
2-5/8 in (6.6 cm), 3 in (7.7 cm)
ENGINE
Engine
Model
GXV140
Engine
Type
4-stroke, overhead-valve,
forced air-cooled
single
Displacement
8.2 cu in (135 cc)
Bore and Stroke
2.52 x 1.65 in (64 x 42 mm)
Ignition
System
Transistorized
Ignition
Timing
25O BTDC
magneto
Idle Speed
2,000
Fuel Tank Capacity
0.26
US gal (1.0 PI
Engine
0.63
US qt (0.6 e)
Oil Capacity
*
150 rpm
Spark Plug
NGK BPR5ES; ND W16EPR-U;
Spark Plug Gap
0.024-0.028
NOTE: Specifications
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are subject
cylinder,
in (0.6-0.7
to change
without
Champion
mm)
notice.
RN12Y
13. WARRANTY
SERVICE
Owner Satisfaction
Your satisfaction and goodwill are important to your dealer and to us. All Honda
warranty details are explained in the Distributor’s
Limited Warranty. Normally,
any problems concerning the product will be handled by your dealer’s service
department.
If you have a warranty problem that has not been handled to your
satisfaction,
we suggest you take the following
action:
l
l
I
Discuss your problem with
complaints can be quickly
been reviewed with the
dealership or the General
a member of the dealership management. Often
resolved at that level. If the problem has already
Service Manager, contact the owner of the
Manager.
If your problem still has not been resolved to your satisfaction,
contact
Power Equipment
Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
the
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Power Equipment
Division
P.O. Box 100021
Duluth, Georgia 30136-9421
Telephone:
(404) 497-6400
We will need the following
-
Your name, address,
-
Product
-
Date of purchase
-
Dealer name and address
-
Nature
model
information
and telephone
and serial number
in order to assist you:
number
(see page 9)
of problem
After reviewing all the facts involved, you will be advised of what action can
be taken. Please bear in mind that your problem will likely be resolved at the
dealership, using the dealer’s facilities, equipment, and personnel, so it is very
important that your initial contact be with the dealer.
Your purchase of a Honda product is greatly appreciated by both your dealer
and American
Honda Motor Co., Inc. We want to assist you in every way
possible to assure your complete satisfaction
with your purchase.
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Current customer service contact information:
United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands:
Honda Power Equipment dealership personnel are trained professionals. They should
be able to answer any question you may have. If you encounter a problem that your
dealer does not solve to your satisfaction, please discuss it with the dealership's
management. The Service Manager or General Manager can help. Almost all problems
are solved in this way.
If you are dissatisfied with the decision made by the dealership's management, contact
the Honda Power Equipment Customer Relations Office. You can write:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Power Equipment Division
Customer Relations Office
4900 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005-8847
Or telephone: (770) 497-6400 M-F, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST
When you write or call, please provide the following information:
•
Model and serial numbers
•
Name of the dealer who sold the Honda power equipment to you
•
Name and address of the dealer who services your equipment
•
Date of purchase
•
Your name, address, and telephone number
•
A detailed description of the problem
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