Honda HHE31C Owner's Manual

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© 2000–2001 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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  • Page 1 Owner’s Manual STICK EDGER HHE31C © 2000–2001 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved...
  • Page 2 Keep this owner’s manual handy so you can refer to it at any time. This owner’s manual is considered a permanent part of the stick edger and should remain with the stick edger if resold. The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing.
  • Page 3: Introduction

    We want to help you get the best results from your new stick edger and to operate it safely. This manual contains the information on how to do that; please read it carefully.
  • Page 4: A Few Words About Safety

    INTRODUCTION A FEW WORDS ABOUT SAFETY Your safety, and the safety of others, are very important. And using this stick edger safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Keep People Away From Your Working Area ...4 Read This Manual Before Using the Stick Edger ...4 Clear the Working Area First ...4 Keep the Stick Edger Properly Maintained ...4 ATTACHMENTS & MODIFICATIONS IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO EMPLOYERS SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS CONTROLS &...
  • Page 6: Stick Edger Safety

    STICK EDGER SAFETY IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION The Honda HHE31C stick edger is designed to edge grass borders. Other uses can result in injury to the operator or damage to the stick edger and other property. This Honda stick edger is intended for use by gardening professionals.
  • Page 7: Attachments & Modifications

    Modifications Do not remove the debris shield or modify your stick edger in any way that would alter its design or operation. This could make your stick edger unsafe. STICK EDGER SAFETY...
  • Page 8: Safety Label Locations

    The labels shown here contain important safety information. Please read them carefully. These labels are considered permanent parts of your stick edger. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact an authorized Honda servicing dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 9: Controls & Equipment

  • Page 10: Controls

    The operator presence lever blocks the throttle trigger. This safety feature prevents unintentional throttle trigger operation if the stick edger is bumped while the operator’s hand is not on the control handle. When the operator presses the presence lever by gripping the control handle, the trigger moves freely.
  • Page 11: Throttle Set Button

    Do not use the throttle set button while operating the stick edger. The stick edger will not return to idle, and the blade will continue to spin until the throttle set button is disengaged and the throttle trigger is released.
  • Page 12: Grip Adjuster

    EQUIPMENT The Honda HHE31C stick edger is supplied with safety glasses. Refer to page 11 for a description of other equipment and protective clothing you will need.
  • Page 13: Before Operation

    Physical and Mental Readiness You must be alert and in good physical condition to operate the stick edger. Do not operate the stick edger if you are tired, ill, or under the influence of alcohol, medication, or any substance that might impair your vision, dexterity, or judgment.
  • Page 14: Is Your Stick Edger Ready To Go

    Be sure to take care of any problem you find, or have your servicing dealer correct it, before you operate the stick edger.
  • Page 15: Blade Height Adjustment

    (see page 22). DEBRIS SHIELD HOLDER/PROTECTOR 2. Turn the grip adjuster. 3. While holding the edger in the operating position, rotate the debris shield until the blade is at the appropriate height for the working conditions. MINIMUM CLEARANCE SIDEWALK 1/2"...
  • Page 16: Operation

    If the stick edger starts to shake or vibrate, stop the engine immediately. After the blade has completely stopped, inspect it to determine the cause of the vibration.
  • Page 17 4. Move the ignition switch to the ON position (see page 8). 5. Set the stick edger on the ground, resting on the wheel and the fuel tank guard. Do not allow the blade to contact any obstruction.
  • Page 18: Stopping The Engine

    Hold the stick edger firmly with both hands, with your fingers and thumbs encircling the loop handle and throttle grip as shown. This will help you to keep the stick edger under control at all times. • Always hold the edger on your right side.
  • Page 19: Throttle Operation

    At idle, the cutting blade should coast to a stop. Blade Operation If the stick edger starts to vibrate after the blade strikes an object, stop the engine immediately and check the blade for damage. A damaged blade may break, and pieces of a broken blade can become dangerous projectiles.
  • Page 20: Servicing Your Honda Stick Edger

    Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations and schedules in this owner's manual. To help you properly care for your stick edger, the following pages include a maintenance schedule, routine inspection procedures, and simple maintenance procedures using basic hand tools.
  • Page 21: Maintenance Schedule

    These items should be serviced by an authorized Honda servicing dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically proficient. Refer to the Honda shop manual for service procedures. Log hours of operation to determine proper maintenance intervals. SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER First Before...
  • Page 22: Engine

    FILLER CAP/DIPSTICK Check the engine oil level before each use, or every 10 hours if operated continuously. Rest the stick edger on a level surface, with the engine stopped and in an upright position. 1. Remove the filler cap/dipstick and wipe it clean.
  • Page 23: Engine Oil Recommendations

    This type of damage is not covered by the Distributor's Limited Warranty. SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER Cleaning A dirty air filter will restrict air flow to the carburetor, reducing engine performance. If you...
  • Page 24: Spark Plug Service

    SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER Spark Plug Service Recommended spark plugs: CR5HSB (NGK) U16FSR-UB (DENSO) NOTICE An incorrect spark plug can cause engine damage. SPARK PLUG CAP 1. Disconnect the spark plug cap, and remove any dirt from around the spark plug area.
  • Page 25: Spark Arrester Service

    Pull the spark plug wire and the ignition switch wire out of the retainers in the top cover. SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER 5 x 22 mm BOLTS 3. Remove the two 5 x 22 mm bolts from the 5 x 18 mm BOLTS top cover, and remove the top cover.
  • Page 26: Cooling Fin Inspection

    SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER SPARK ARRESTER SCREEN 6. Use a brush to remove carbon deposits from the spark arrester screen. Be careful to avoid damaging the screen. The spark arrester must be free of breaks and holes. Replace the spark arrester if it is damaged.
  • Page 27: Fuel System

    If the engine has been running, allow it to cool first. To refuel, rest the stick edger on the ground with the fuel tank cap facing up, as shown. Remove the fuel tank cap, and fill the tank with gasoline to the bottom of the filler neck.
  • Page 28: Fuel Tube Inspection

    Refer to the Honda shop manual for tube replacement instructions, or take the stick edger to an authorized Honda servicing dealer. Fuel Filter and Fuel Tank Cleaning 1. Remove the fuel tank cap, and empty the fuel tank into an approved gasoline container.
  • Page 29: Edger

    Honda Distributor’s Limited Warranty. Non- Honda blades are usually designed for universal applications. Although aftermarket blades may fit on your stick edger, they may not meet factory specifications and could make your stick edger unsafe. 1. Move the ignition switch to the OFF (0) position and disconnect the spark plug cap.
  • Page 30: Gear Case Lubrication

    SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER Insert the tip of the 3/16" (5 mm) hex wrench (commercially available) fully into the hole to lock the blade into position. SPLIT PIN 10 mm NUT OUTER BLADE HOLDER A 4. Remove the 10 mm nut (in a clockwise rotation) and outer blade holder A from the end of the shaft.
  • Page 31: Drive Shaft Lubrication And Inspection

    Replace the shaft if it is damaged. SERVICING YOUR HONDA STICK EDGER 3. After wiping and inspecting the drive shaft, evenly coat it with a thin layer of general- purpose grease along it’s entire length.
  • Page 32: Storage

    Stop the engine and allow it to cool. After the stick edger is clean and dry, coat other areas that may rust with a light film of oil. Lubricate the control cable cores with a silicone spray lubricant.
  • Page 33: Adding Fuel Stabilizer To Extend Fuel Storage Life

    This closes the valves so moisture cannot enter. STORAGE PRECAUTIONS If your stick edger will be stored with gasoline in the fuel tank and carburetor, it is important to reduce the hazard of gasoline vapor ignition. Select a well-ventilated storage area away from any appliance that operates with a flame, such as a furnace, water heater, or clothes dryer.
  • Page 34: Transporting

    The stick edger should be secured in a horizontal position, with the engine turned up. Don't hang the stick edger by the gear case or debris shield, or they may be damaged.
  • Page 35: Taking Care Of Unexpected Problems

    Possible Cause Ignition switch OFF (0). Choke not in CLOSED (cold engine). Out of fuel. Bad fuel, stick edger stored without treating or draining gasoline, refueled with bad gasoline. Spark plug faulty, fouled, or has incorrect gap. Fuel filter clogged, carburetor malfunction, ignition malfunction, valves stuck, etc.
  • Page 36: Blade Problems

    TAKING CARE OF UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS BLADE PROBLEMS Blade Won’t Stop Turning When Throttle in SLOW Position Check throttle control and cable. Check clutch. Blade Won’t Turn Check clutch, drive shaft, and gearbox. Excessive Vibration Check blade nut. Check blade. Drive shaft. Possible Cause Fault in throttle control or cable;...
  • Page 37: Technical & Consumer Information

    ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER There are two serial numbers, one for the stick edger and another for the engine. Record these numbers in the space provided. You'll need to have these numbers available when ordering parts or making technical or warranty inquires (page 38).
  • Page 38: Oxygenated Fuels

    TECHNICAL & CONSUMER INFORMATION Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the USA and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions.
  • Page 39: Problems That May Affect Emissions

    Descriptive Term Moderate Intermediate Extended The Air Index Information hang tag/label must remain on the stick edger until it is sold. Remove the hang tag before operating the stick edger. Applicable to Emissions Durability Period 50 hours (0–65 cc) 125 hours (greater than 65 cc) 125 hours (0–65 cc)
  • Page 40: Consumer Information

    There is also a parts catalog that provides a complete, illustrated parts list. Warranty 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.
  • Page 41: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS DIMENSIONS and WEIGHT Length Width Height Dry weight ENGINE Model Engine type Displacement Bore & stroke Maximum output Maximum torque Ignition system Spark plugs Starting system Fuel Fuel tank capacity Fuel consumption Oil capacity Carburetor type Air cleaner Idle speed FRAME Ignition switch Throttle control...
  • Page 43: Quick Reference

    Maintenance Before each First 10 hours Subsequent QUICK REFERENCE HHE31C Unleaded gasoline with pump octane rating of 86 or higher (page 25) 22.0 fl oz/0.69 US qt (650 cc) SAE 10W-30, API SH or SJ (page 21) 3.38 fl oz/0.11 US qt (100 cc) NGK: CR5HSB, DENSO: U16FSR-UB 0.024 ~ 0.028 in (0.60 ~ 0.70 mm)
  • Page 44 POM53257-A IPC 1900.2001.03 31VH5601 Printed on 00X31-VH5-6010 PRINTED IN U.S.A. Recycled Paper...

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