|Honda Announces Launch of FG100 Mini-Tiller Featuring 4-Stroke Engine|
|Tokyo, February 5, 1998 --- The FG100 mini-tiller will go on sale from February 25 at Honda Power Products dealers throughout Japan. Designed for plant-gardening/vegetable gardening use, thanks to its GX31 super-compact lightweight 4-stroke engine, the FG100 achieves clean exhaust emissions and low fuel costs.
The vast majority of mini-tillers on the market incorporate 2-stroke engines. The FG100 is the first mini-tiller that features a 4-stroke engine to enter the market. The power unit, the GX31 engine (originally launched in January 1997), can incline freely through a full 360 degrees, and is as compact and lightweight as any 2-stroke engine. Its fuel costs are only about half those of a 2-stroke engine under normal usage conditions, while its exhaust emissions are relatively clean. A single lever makes operation very simple. Smooth starting is ensured through the fitting of a mechanical decompressor - both of these are standard fittings. Whether in a public garden or in your back yard, it is an ideal machine anyone can use with ease.
The FG100 mini-tiller
The FG100 is imported into Japan from the United States. Hoffco Inc. is the subcontractor hired by Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Inc., based in North Carolina, to assemble the machines, using engines supplied by Honda. Hoffco Inc. is the first subcontractor ever for Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Inc.
Domestic annual sales target: 1,500 units
** Fully equipped weight is machine with full tank of gasoline, oil filled to capacity and grass-cutting blades attached.