INTRODUCTION Congratulations on your selection of a Honda lawn mower! We are certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest lawn mowers on the market. We want to help you get the best results from your new mower and to operate it safely.
YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT to Honda. That’s why we urge you to read this message before letting your child 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 injuries or property damage by making good decisions about if, when, and how your child operates this equipment.
“The engine has no oil. A container of oil is in the shipping box.” Fuel Refer to page 13. Before Using Your Lawn Mower Before using the lawn mower, all mower operators must read the following sections: FABRIC GRASS BAG • LAWN MOWER SAFETY (page 2) • CONTROL LOCATIONS (page 4) •...
Read and understand this manual. Know what the controls do and how to operate them. Familiarize yourself with the lawn mower and its operation before you begin using it. Know how to shut off the lawn mower quickly in case of an emergency. IS YOUR LAWN MOWER READY TO GO? DISCHARGE GUARD (P.
GET THE MOWER READY Handlebar Height Adjustment Adjust handlebar height for a comfortable operating position (page 3). Smart Drive™ Control The Smart Drive control can be adjusted up or down into any one of five positions. Do not attempt to adjust the position of the Smart Drive control while the mower is in motion.
Honda servicing dealer. Grass Bag A lawn mower works like a vacuum cleaner; it blows air through the bag, which traps the grass clippings. 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.
OPERATION MOWING PRECAUTIONS Before operating the mower for the first time, please review LAWN MOWER SAFETY (page 2). Even if you have operated other mowers, take time to become familiar with how this mower works and practice in a safe area until you build up your skills. For your safety, avoid starting or operating the engine in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
SAFE MOWING PRACTICES For your safety, keep all four wheels on the ground and be careful to avoid losing 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.
Blade Removal 1. Turn the fuel valve OFF. Disconnect the spark plug cap (page 12), and then tilt the mower to the right side (from the operator’s point of view) so the fuel filler cap is up. This will help prevent fuel leakage, motor oil seeping into the air filter, and hard starting.
ENGINE MAINTENANCE Engine Oil Level Check 1. Unscrew and remove the filler cap/dipstick and wipe it clean. Insert and remove the dipstick without screwing it into the filler neck. Check the oil level shown on the dipstick. 2. If the oil level is low, add oil to reach the upper limit mark on the dipstick.
7. Install the spark plug cap on the spark plug. Spark Arrester Service (optional equipment) Your lawn mower engine is not factory-equipped with a spark arrester. BPR5ES In some areas, it is illegal to operate an engine without a spark arrester.
Mower Deck Wash the lawn mower, including the underside of the mower deck. If using a garden hose or pressure washing equipment to clean the mower deck, be careful to avoid getting water into controls and cables, or anywhere near the engine air cleaner or muffler opening.
3. Stop the engine and allow it to cool. 4. After the lawn mower is clean and dry, touch up any damaged paint (touch-up paint part numbers are on page 18) and coat other areas that may rust with a light film of oil.
Clean out the mower deck. Tighten loose blade bolts (page 10). If blades are found to be bent or damaged, take the lawn mower to an authorized Honda servicing dealer for inspection (page 9). Take the mower to an authorized Honda servicing dealer for repair.
High altitude performance can be improved by specific modifications to the carburetor. If you always operate your lawn mower at altitudes above 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), have your servicing dealer perform this carburetor modification.
AIR INDEX An Air Index Information hang tag/label is applied to engines certified to an emission durability time period in accordance with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The bar graph is intended to provide you, our customer, the ability to compare the emissions performance of available engines.
CUSTOMER SERVICE INFORMATION 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.
You are responsible for presenting your power equipment engine to a Honda Power Equipment dealer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
To Obtain Warranty Service: You must take your Honda Power Equipment engine or the product on which it is installed, along with your warranty registration card or other proof of original purchase date, at your expense, to any Honda Power Equipment dealer who is authorized by Honda to sell and service that Honda product during his normal business hours.