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Power EquipmentJapanJanuary 23, 2001
Honda's Komame Mini-Tiller F220 Undergoes Its First Full Model Change in 20 Years

Tokyo, January 23, 2001 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that on January 24, 2001, Honda Power Products dealers will begin sales of an all-new version of the company's "Komame" mini-tiller F220. Popular for its compact, lightweight design and easy usability, the Komame has sold over 550,000 units worldwide, and the new model marks the first full design change in 20 years. (Release of the F220BA/QA and F220JA is scheduled for February 25 and March 20 respectively).

For twenty years, farmers and home gardeners have regarded the Komame mini-tiller as a convenient, easy-to-use alternative to the traditional hoe, and it has played an important role in creating and expanding the small farming equipment market. Honda has now upgraded the Komame's time-tested high utility with a completely redesigned and updated model offering significantly better environmental performance --- including clearance of 2006 EPA emissions standards and 30% better fuel economy (compared to the earlier F210) --- as well as a smaller, lighter design, and improved operation and usability. It also features a specially developed new OHV engine that helps reduce operating noise to an ultra-low 80dB(A).

The new Komame mini-tiller standard model (F220J) offers fuller features, improved functionality, and better environmental performance, while retaining the same retail pricing as that of the previous model.

To help expand within the domestic home gardening market, Honda will also market versions of the Komame through home gardening centers under the name "Holiday" (FH220). Sales of Holiday series models will begin on March 1, 2001 at selected home gardening center agents.







Primary Features (Komame F220)

Easy to Use
Specially developed 4-stroke OHV engine reduces the Komame's weight to only 27 kilograms, the lightest in its class.
Specially designed recoil starting system reduces pull-cord load by 30% to ensure light, smooth, reliable starts.
Light, easy-to-grip clutch lever helps reduce fatigue even during extended continuous use.
Newly designed tiller blades help prevent side-to-side rocking, greatly reducing the amount of handle manipulation required of the operator.


High Economy & Good Environmental Performance
Achieves the best fuel economy of all models in its class, consuming only about 225cc of fuel per hour.
Engine exhaust is clean enough to meet the world's strictest emissions standards, including the Phase II regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the voluntary restrictions set for 2008 by the Japan Internal Combustion Land Engine Association, and the Tier II regulations established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Specially developed OHV engine, large-capacity "silent" muffler and aircleaner, soundproofed engine cover, and a specially designed oil pan combine to reduce engine noise to about 80db(A), the quietest in its class.


New Design Ideal for Gardening
Muffler, fuel tank, aircleaner, recoil starter and other resin parts have all been integrated efficiently around the engine in a sleekly rounded, user-friendly design, which makes the mini-tiller more comfortable to use and easier on surrounding cultivated plants.


Variations for Orchard Cultivation, Home Gardening and Many Other Uses
Models for use in orchards (QA) feature one-touch 7-position handle height adjustment, while models for vegetable gardening (BA) include a swinging handle for easier between-row operation.


Full Range of Attachments
A full range of attachments is available for tilling, furrowing, ridging, between-row weeding, and other specific cultivation tasks. Main attachments include transport wheels, ridging and furrowing tools, tilling tools, weeding tools, and field wall-cutting tools.
All attachments are general-purpose types that are compatible with older Komame models.


Specification
(Please note that these models are available in Japan only)
Model F220J/FH220J F220BA F220QA
Type Standard/Home Center Swing-handle Orchard
Dimensions (L x W x H)
<handle Height>
1,115x585x975mm
<935mm>
1,115x540x975mm
<935mm>
1,195x545x950mm
<915mm>
Weight 27kg 21kg 21kg
Engine Type Air-cooled 4-stroke OHV single
Displacement 57cm3
Rated Power Output 1kW (1.4PS)/4,000rpm
Maximum Power Output 1.8kW(2.4PS)
Maximum Torque 3Nm(0.3kgm)/4,000rpm
Fuel Unleaded automotive gasoline
Fuel Tank Capacity 0.7 liters
Ignition System Transistorized magneto
Starting System Recoil
Main Clutch Type Shoe clutch
Main Clutch Operation Lever (dead-man) Right & left levers (dead-man)
Speeds Single-speed (forward)
Tilling Width 545mm/310mm --- ---
Handle Adjustment 3-level (screw-fastened) 7-level (one-touch lever)
Safety Standard Approval
Numbers
F220J: 25099
FH220J: 25100
25099 25099


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