Posted by aemeijers on July 7, 2008, 11:08 pm
Cydrome Leader wrote:
Y'all got me curious enough to dig out the manuals for my 'power by
Honda' MTD push mower. The engine is a GCV190.
It does appear to be their 'residential' grade, not the commercial one.
But it is shown as being the same one used as in their own expen$ive
Honda-branded mowers. At 3 hours per mowing cycle, and 20? mowings per
year, it already has at least 180 hours on it. It damn well better last
more than 300 hours without a major rebuild. No signs of smoking or hard
starting so far, knock on sheet metal.
Posted by Cydrome Leader on July 8, 2008, 4:39 am
This is the "best" description of the two series of engines I can find
One's tougher, one's quieter? who knows.
Posted by Ulysses on July 8, 2008, 5:29 pm
That's a good description but it still leaves me wondering how an engine
gets to be called GX instead of GC. They are also saying that there is a 3
HP GX100 that is included in the GX series and that it has an overhead cam
and uniblock construction which fits into the GC definition but not the GX..
Posted by Ulysses on July 8, 2008, 5:14 pm
do not have
to sport a
at HD) is
That's not even broken in yet ;-) I've had a Honda GC engine last for
about 12,000 hours with regular oil changes and a few valve adjustments etc.
Another one lasted about 7200 hours. These were both on eu2000 generators
with Eco Throttle so they were seldom running at full RPM.
3 hours per mowing cycle? That's a LOT of grass. I think most people
probably run their mowers only 15-20 minutes per week and maybe 25 weeks a
year. At that rate the cheapest B&S rated for only 300 hours could last
well over 30 years.
For the record, Honda told me that the engine for the eu2000 is a GX100.
The GX engines are usually overhead valve types with pushrods. The GC
engines are overhead cam types with a timing belt and cam. The eu2000
engine has "GCxxxxxxx" stamped on the side and has a drive belt and cam so I
don't see how they can say it's a GX.
Posted by ransley on July 8, 2008, 7:06 pm
I read about it, its a different design with internal belt, knowing
Honda its good for a long long time.