Honda Adds Electric Start Option to Popular GC Series Engines

Already the choice for many equipment manufacturers seeking to add value to their brands, Honda's GC series premium residential engines will become more flexible with the addition of an electric start option, the company announced.

Electric start will be available on the GC160 and GCV160, in addition to the recently introduced GC190 and GCV190 horizontal and vertical shaft engines, found commonly on such equipment as pressure washers, mowers, pumps, generators, and more. The electric start models will be available nationally through Honda Engine distributors and to OEMs in early 2004.

Honda's innovative key-operated electric start will be powered by either a conventional 12-volt lead-acid battery, or by a common 14.4-volt NiCd battery pack compatible with cordless power tools like drills and screwdrivers. This inexpensive technology will offer manufacturers a choice, and will appeal to those that have other products powered by NiCd batteries in their product lines. Because the battery pack has multiple uses, battery life is extended.

This unique technology also will enable equipment manufacturers and retailers to appeal to customers that own or intend to buy cordless tools, and customers unable to operate a manual recoil starter.

Honda GC series premium residential engines range from 5.0 to 6.5 horsepower. In keeping with Honda's tradition of technological and environmental leadership, these OHC engines deliver unparalleled durability, quality, reliability, low emissions, fuel economy, and ease of starting.

Editor's Note:

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., manufactures and markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by environmentally advanced 4-stroke engines.

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