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Honda Announces Launch of FG400/500 Mini-Tillers for the Home Gardening Market

Tokyo, February 19, 1998 --- The FG400/500 mini-tillers will go on sale from March 5 at Honda Power Products dealers throughout Japan. Designed for home users, these models feature multi-purpose compact 4-cycle OHC engines, which are the first engines in the world to have been fitted with an internal timing belt.

First launched in May 1997, these GC135/160 engines have relatively clean exhaust emissions and are extremely economical to run. Thanks to their superior engines, the FG400/500 mini-tillers are among the lightest machines in their class. They start and run quietly, and are very simple to operate. The FG400/500 series comprises five different models, enabling a wide range of applications for anyone to use, whether you are a keen gardener or a farmer working on your own truck farm.

Main features:

  • Fitted with GC135/160 multi-purpose compact 4-cycle OHC engines, they are some of the most compact and lightweight machines within their class. Their exhaust emissions are relatively clean, and they are quiet and economical to run.
  • Simple construction features a change lever and a deadman's control clutch arrangement, making the series easy to use.
  • Handle height can be adjusted to suit the individual operator.
  • Large fenders fitted as standard increase user safety.
  • Hatchet-shaped blade rotors provide highly effective tilling action, while a special board prevents any straw or grass from coiling around the rotors.
  • A swing-handle arrangement makes it easy to use even in fruit orchards or other restricted spaces (J2A model only).
  • Front fender adaptation for use in paddy fields or fruit orchards (J2A model only).

FG400J2 mini-tiller
FG400J2 mini-tiller

FG500J2 mini-tiller
FG500J2 mini-tiller

Domestic annual sales target: 6,000 units

Main specifications:

Model names Holiday Super Punch
Grades FG400J1 FG400J2 FG400J2A FG500J2 FG500J2A
Total length (mm) 1,350 1,355 1,385 1,355 1,385
Total width (mm) 655 655 600 655 600
Total height (mm) 1,070 1,070 970 1,070 970
Fully equipped weight (kg) 47 49 44 50 45
Engine Engine name GC135 GC160
Engine type 4-stroke single-cylinder gasoline (OHC) with forced air-cooling system
Total displacement (cc) 135 160
Max. power output (kW (PS)/rpm) 2.9 (4.0)/3,600 3.7 (5.0)/3,600
Starter recoil type (fitted with mechanical decompressor)
Fuel tank volume (l) 1.7 2.0
Ignition transistor-type magnet
Main clutch mechanism belt-tension
No. of transmission gears one forward two forward, one reverse
Rotors Blade diameter (mm) phi 300/4-line phi 300/4-line -- phi 300/4-line --
Plow width (mm) 630 630 -- 630 --
Blade shape hatchet hatchet -- hatchet --
Handle Vertical positions 3-stage 3-stage freely variable 3-stage freely variable
Lateral swing function No No Yes No Yes