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Honda FR500 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2 Indicates a strong possibility bf severe personal injury or loss of life if instructions are not followed. CAUTION: followed. Indicates a possibility of personal injwy or equipment damage if instructions are not NOTE: Gives helpful information. If a problem should arise, or if you have any question about your tiller, consult an authorized Honda tiller dealer.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS TILLERSAFETY ............COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION..........OPERATION ............. . 9 High altitude operation.
  • Page 4: Tillersafety

    TILLER SAFETY Honda tillers are designed to give safe and dependable service if operated according to instructions. Read and understand this Owner’s Manual before operating the tiller. Failure to do so could result in personal injury or equipment damage. Before operation, inspect the area in which you will be operating the tiller. Remove debris and other obstacles the tiller might strike or throw, as that may cause injury or damage to the tiller.
  • Page 5 When tilling on an incline, fuel spillage may occur. Keep the fuel tank less than half full to minimize spillage. Be careful not to spill fuel when refueling. Fuel vapor or spilled fuel may ignite. If any fuel is spilled, make sure the area is dry before starting the engine.
  • Page 8: Component Identification

    COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION Throttle lever Handlebars Handle height adjuster Air Cleaner Transmission oil filler cap Chain cover Engine side cover Ignition switch Handle column Fuel tank cap Fuel valve Recoil starter Engine oil tiller cap Engine oil drain plug Battery box (AS type)* Ignition switch (AS type)* Choke knob (AS type)* Fuse (AS type)*...
  • Page 9 Handle angle adjuster Muffler Spark plug cap V-belt cover Reverse stop bar Wheel Wheel weight Tine assembly Clutch lever Shift lever Gear indicator Rotary clutch lever Rotary oil filler cap Rotary cover assembly Drag bar...
  • Page 10: Operation

    OPERATION Pre-Operation Check Always check the follo wing before using the tiller: (A) Engine oil level. (B) Transmission oil level. (C) Air cleaner (condition and oil level) (D) Rotary oil level. (E) Fuel level.
  • Page 11 A. ENGINE OIL LEVEL Oil Recommendation CAUTION: Engine oil is a major factor affecting engine performance and service life. Nondetergent and 2-stroke engine oils are not recommended. 0 Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious engine damage. Use Honda4-stroke, or an equivalent high detergent, premium quality motor oil certified to meet or exceed U.S.
  • Page 12 B.TRANSMISSION OIL LEVEL With the tiller on a level ground, remove the oil filler cap and check if oil is up to the tip of the dipstick. Add oil if necessary. (1) Oil filler cap C. AIR CLEANER OIL LEVEL) (CONDITION inspect the elements, clean Remove the cover and...
  • Page 13 D. ROTARY OIL LEVEL Place the tiller on level ground and remove the oil level check bolt. The oil level should be up to the lower edge of the check bolt hole. If the level is low, add oil until it begins to flow of the hole.
  • Page 14 E. FUEL Use automotive gasoline with a pump octane number (R ; M, of 86 or higher, or a research octane number of 91 or higher (unleaded is prefer- red to minimize combustion chamber deposits). Never use an oil/gasoline mixture or dirty gasoline. Avoid getting dirt, dust or water in the fuel tank.
  • Page 15 If you decide to use a gasoline containing alcohol (“gasohol”), be sure its octane rating is at least as high as that recommended by Honda. There are two types of “gasohol”: that containing ethanol, and that containing methanol. Do not use gasohol that contains more than 10% ethanol. Do not use gasoline containing methanol (methyl or wood alcohol) that does not also contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors for methanol.
  • Page 16 Starting the Engine with the Recoil Starter c?Em!El Never run the engine in an enclosed or confined area. Exhaust contains poisonous carbon mon- oxide gas: exposure can cause loss of conscious- ness and may lead to death. The muffler becomes very hot during operation and remains hot for a while after stopping the engine.
  • Page 17 3. Pull out the choke rod to the closed position. (2) “closed” (1) Choke rod 4. Move the thiottle lever about 30 degrees from the extreme right (idle position). (3) Throttle lever...
  • Page 18 The clutch is engaged by pulling in the NOTE: clutch lever and disengaged by releasing the lever. (1) Clutch lever (A) Engaged (B) Disengaged...
  • Page 19 5. Make sure the clutch is disengaged and the transmission is in neutral, then pull the starter rope briskly to start the engine. CAUTION 0 Be sure the clutch is disengaged and the transmission is in neutral to prevent sudden uncontrolled movement when the engine starts, 0 Do not allow the starter grip to snap back against the engine.
  • Page 20 7. Move the throttle lever to the left as desired to increase engine speed.
  • Page 21 FR700 models with electric starter 1. Turn the fuel valve to the ON position. 2. In cold weather and when the engine is cold, pull the choke knob to the CLOSE position. (1) Choke knob...
  • Page 22 3. Move the throttle lever about 30 degrees from the extreme right (idle position). 4. Turn the engine switch to START and hold it there until the engine starts. The battery will automatically recharge NOTE: while the tiller is operated. If the tiller is not operat- ed frequently enough to keep the battery charged, there will be a decrease in starter motor speed.
  • Page 23 5. After the engine starts, let the engine switch return to ON. (1) Engine switch 6. Let the engine warm up for several minutes. If the choke has been pulled out to the CLOSE position, return it gradually to the OPEN posi- tion as the engine warms up.
  • Page 24: High Altitude Operation

    If you always operate the tiller at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet above sea level, have your authorized Honda Tiller dealer perform these carburetor modifications. Even with suitable carburetor jetting, engine horsepower will decrease approximately 3.5% for each 1,000 foot increase in altitude.
  • Page 25 Stopping the Engine 1. Disengage the clutch (release the lever) and shift to “IV’ (neutral). 2. Move the throttle lever to the extreme right. 3. Turn the ignition switch OFF to stop the engine. type Recoil starter type Electric starter ------o-- 4.
  • Page 26 Gear Selection The transmission has two forward speeds and one reverse speed. Return the throttle lever to the idle CAUTION: position, and disengage the clutch, before moving the shift lever. Avoid using excessive force on the shift lever. 1. Move the throttle lever to the idle position (ex- treme right).
  • Page 27 Rotary Clutch Operation/Tilling To work the tiller 1. Start the engine. 2. With the throttle at idle and the clutch dis- engaged, select a forward gear. 3. Return the throttle’to the engine start position (about 30’ from idle), and engage the clutch. 4.
  • Page 28 Handlebar Height Adjustment Before adjusting the handlebar, place CAUTION: the tiller on firm level ground to prevent the handle from falling accidentally. To adjust the handlebar height, loosen the adjuster knob, select the appropriate holes in the handle column and handlebar bracket, and tighten the knob.
  • Page 29 Wheel Weight Installation The wheel weights improve traction on soft or marshy ground. To install the weights, insert two bolts and secure them with the nuts supplied. Tighten the bolts and nuts securely to prevent them from being turned out during operation. (1) Wheel weight Tilling depth adjustment The tilling...
  • Page 30: Maintenance

    Replacement parts which are not of equivalent quality may damage the tiller. Periodic inspection and adjustment of the Honda Tiller is essential if a high level of performance is to be maintained. Regular maintenance will also insure the longest possible life of your Honda tiller.
  • Page 31 Engine Oil Change Change the oil when the engine is warm to NOTE: assure rapid and complete draining. 1. Remove the oil drain bolt and the filler cap. 2. Tilt the engine forward slightly and allow all of the oil to drain. 3.
  • Page 32 Transmission Oil Change NOTE: Change the oil when the engine is warm to assure rapid and complete draining. Remove the oil filler cap and drain bolt, and allow the oil to drain. Reinstall the drain bolt and fill the transmission case up to the tip of the filler cap/dipstick with recommended oil.
  • Page 33 Air Cleaner Service A dirty air cleaner will restrict air flow to the car- buretor. To prevent carburetor malfunction, service the air cleaner regularly. Service more frequently when operating the engine in extremely dusty areas. Never run the tiller without the air CAUTION: cleaner.
  • Page 34 Spark Plug Service Recommended spark plug: BR4HS (NCR), W14FR-U (ND) To ensure proper engine operation the spark plug must be properly gapped and free of deposits. The muffler becomes very hot during operation and remains hot for a while after stopping the engine.
  • Page 35 Throttle Cable Adjustment Loosen the lock nut and turn the throttle cable adjusting nut until free play at the throttle lever is between 5-10 mm (l/4-3/8 ir,, (1J J1lVI1ll. 116A,LVIL the lock nut securely. (1) Lock (2) Throttle cable adjusting (3) Free play...
  • Page 36 Clutch Cable Adjustment 1. Remove the V-belt cover. 2. Loosen clutch cable the lock nut and turn the adjusting nut so that distance (A) is within the following limits, when the clutch is disengaged. 3. After adjustment, tighten the lock nut securely, and replace the V-belt cover.
  • Page 37 V-belt Adjustment 1. Remove the cover. 2. Engage the clutch and measure distance (A), it should be within the limits shown. To adjust, loosen five engine mounting bolts and shift the engine forward to tighten the belts. FR700 FRj60 75-78 (2.95 - 3.07 in) (2737 -724;rYn).
  • Page 38 Upper Chain Adjustment 1. Remove the primary chain case cover. 2. Check chain slack midway between the sprockets; it should be 20-30 mm (0.79- 1.18 in). To adjust tension, loosen the tensioner adjusting bolts and move the tensioner up or down as necessary.
  • Page 39 Fuse Replacement (FR700 with electric starter) If the fuse has blow, replace it with a SA fuse after checking the cause. If the fuse is changed without finding the cause, the new fuse may blow again. Do not substitute a higher capacity fuse, CAUTION: and do not use a wire or other material in place of the fuse;...
  • Page 40: Transporting/Storage

    TRANSPORTING/STORAGE To avoid severe bums or fire hazards, let the engine cool before transporting the tiller or storing it indoors. When transporting the tiller, turn the fuel valve to the OFF position, and keep the tiller level to prevent fuel spillage. Fuel vapor or spilled fuel may ignite. Preparation For Storage (Over 30 days): Close the IN.
  • Page 41 Check operation and condition of all controls. (If any parts are required, use only genuine Honda parts or their equivalent). Turn the fuel valve ON, start the engine and check operation. (Note: If the cylinder was oiled for storage,...
  • Page 42: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS FR500 Model ...... 1,340 x 620 x 960 mm (52.8 x 24.4 x 37.8 in) Dimensions (L x W x H) ..Dry weight....100 kg (220.5 lb) Tire size..... 350-7 Maximum handle height ..1,230 mm (48.4 in) Engine Model ....
  • Page 43 SPECIFICATIONS Model..... . FR700 Dimensions (L x W x H) ..A, AR: 1,510 x 620 x 980 mm (59.4 x 24.4 x 38.4 in), 1,595 x 620 x 980 mm (62.7 24.4 x 38.4 in)
  • Page 44 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.
  • Page 45 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 •...

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