Thank you for purchasing a Honda tiller. This manual covers the operation and maintenance of FR500 and FR700 tillers. All information in this publication is based on the latest product information at the time of printing. The illustrations in this manual are based on the FR700 tiller.
Never operate the tiller without the V-belt cover and the recoil sarter cover. These covers protect you against possible injury from contact with rotating parts. Do not use the tiller when visibility is poor. Under conditions of poor visibility, there is a greater risk of striking an obstacle or causing injury.
The muffler becomes very hot during operation and remains hot for a while after stopping the engine. Be careful not to touch the muffler while it is hot. Let the engine cool before storing the tiller indoors. Wear protective clothing and shoes when operating the tiller.
Read these labels before you operate the tiller. FUEL FLAMMABLE EXPLOSIVE. BEFORE FILLING DO NOT FILL LEVEL LINE. LED FUEL STOP ENGINE FUEL TANK. OVER THE RED WIPE OFF SPIL- OR LEAKS.
OPERATION Pre-Operation Check Always check the follo wing before using the (A) Engine oil level. (B) Transmission oil level. (C) Air cleaner (condition and oil level) (D) Rotary oil level. (E) Fuel level. tiller:...
SAE low-40 is recommended for general, all temperature use. If single viscosity oil is used, select the appro- priate viscosity for the average temperature in your area. a. Place the tiller on a level surface. b. Remove the oil filler cap and wipe the dipstick clean.
Remove the cover and them if necessary (see p. 32). With the tiller in a level position, check the case oil level. If necessary, add oil to the mark on the case. Never run the engine without the air CAUTION: cleaner.
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.
E. FUEL Use automotive gasoline with 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.
Gasolines Containing Alcohol 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.
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.
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...
The clutch is engaged by pulling in the NOTE: clutch lever and disengaged by releasing the lever. (1) Clutch lever (A) Engaged (B) Disengaged...
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.
7. Move the throttle lever to the left as desired to increase engine speed.
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...
The battery will automatically 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. If the battery is too discharged to run the starter motor, use the recoil starter.
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.
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 tiller at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet above sea level, have your authorized Honda Tiller dealer perform these carburetor modifications.
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. 4. Turn the fuel valve OFF. To stop the engine in an emergency, dis- NOTE: engage the clutch and turn the ignition switch OFF.
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.
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.
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. Tilling depth adjustment The tilling depth adjustment can be made by...
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.
4. Reinstall and tighten the filler cap. Oil capacity: FRSOO - 0.7 !? (0.74 US qt) FR700 - j .2 !Z (1.3 US qt) Used motor oil may cause skin cancer if CAUTION: repeatedly left in contact with the skin for pro- longed periods.
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.
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 CAUTION: cleaner. Rapid engine wear will result from con- taminants, such as dust and dirt, being drawn through the carburetor, into the engine.
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.
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...
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.
4. Tighten the bolts securely and reinstall the cover. If the clearances can’t be obtained by NOTE: adjustment, the belts are worn beyond use and should be replaced. Always replace both belts as a set. FR700 75-78 (1) Engine mounting bolts (2) Stopper tightening bolts (3) Belt stoppers...
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.
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,...
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.
Check that the spark plug is clean and properly gapped, Check engine, transmission, and air cleaner oil levels. Oil will deteriorate if left in an engine for a long period of time. Change the engine oil if the tiller NOTE: has been stored for several months.
SPECIFICATIONS Model ... Dimensions (L x W x H) ... Dry weight..Tire size..Maximum handle height ... Engine Model ... Type ... Displacement/Bore and stroke ... Ignition timing ... Ignition system..Engine oil capacity Fuel tank capacity. Spark plug ...
Oil capacity ....FR700 ..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 .
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