CEG ConExpo Coverage
Honda Spotlights All-New EU7000i Super Quiet Series Generator and GXR120 Rammer Engine at CONEXPO
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., based in Alpharetta, Ga., and its operating unit, Honda Engines, featured a dynamic presence at CONEXPO and CON/AGG 2014 – the construction industry's largest showcase for new products and technologies from for every major segment including asphalt, aggregates, concrete, earthmoving, lifting, mining, and utilities. Honda Power Equipment manufactures and markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment products including general purpose engines, outboard marine engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers, and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is the world's largest producer of engines across a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle and power equipment products.
At this year's venue at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Honda Power Equipment team showcased its all-new Super Quiet Series EU7000is portable generator at its booth #3484. This new generator delivers more of what Honda generator customers have come to expect from Honda: fuel efficiency, clean power output, quiet operation and longer running times in a portable package. Ideal for a host of commercial and residential applications, the Honda EU7000is incorporates electronic fuel injection into its design which results in greater fuel efficiency and longer operating times. What's more, the all-new generator incorporates a convenient push button electric start switch.
The EU7000is marks the further evolution of the Honda Super Quiet Series of generators through its continued development in the areas of output, noise, size and fuel consumption. Producing 7,000 volt amperes (VA) ? or watts ? of power, the EU7000is is the perfect solution to a variety of power needs. The EU7000is is equally applicable for home backup, on a worksite, campsite or for RV camping and tailgating due to its excellent portability and compact design. The EU7000is has a dry weight of 262 pounds – only two pounds heavier than the Honda EU6500is generator. The new model also is equipped with a 5.1 gallon gas tank and can operate for six hours per thankful of gas at rated load or an estimated 18 hours at ¼ load. By utilizing a separate triple chamber construction, a centralized intake/exhaust system and the Eco-ThrottleTM design, the EU7000is achieves a noise level of approximately 60 dB at rated load – achieving super quiet operation.
The new EU7000is incorporates the Honda inverter technology, designed to power computers and sensitive electronic equipment that demand consistent electrical current with a stable sine wave or signal. A computer or equipment operating on fluctuating power could possibly freeze, shut down, or be interrupted. To
overcome this problem, Honda engineers developed a form of inverter technology, which allows generators with this technology to provide cleaner current to power electronic equipment in remote locations. Additionally, inverter technology also substantially reduces weight and noise.
Honda Engines representatives were available at CONEXPO-CON/AGG to discuss the company's continued technological advancements and environmental commitment. The Honda Engines team showcased its complete range of engines models, including the latest advancements for its GX Commercial Series Engines and the recent introduction of the all-new GXR120 general purpose engine, a model uniquely developed as an ideal source of power for rammers – equipment used to compact soil or other granular material. Offered as a second power option to the reliable GX100 engine, the new GXR120 engine has been designed to provide superb durability and reliability for heavy-duty applications.
The Honda GXR120 is capable of meeting the high demands that rammers require of the engine, frame and operator. With a displacement of 121 cc, the engine can appropriately power 110-lb. to 175-lb. rammers at multiple altitudes with ease. Additionally, a new, special cast-iron cylinder sleeve and a high carbon-steel, dual-ball bearing crankshaft provide improved engine strength for rammer applications. To further enhance engine durability, the recoil starter and fan cover of the new GXR120 now are even more robust through the incorporation of steel in the design.
When developing the GXR120 for the rammer marketplace, Honda engineers identified the need for a more compact and lightweight engine footprint to allow for more versatility in frame mounting. Using an Overhead Camshaft (OHC) orientation similar to the Honda GX100, Honda designers incorporated a maintenance-free, low-noise timing belt to create a smaller, lighter and quieter engine.
With the rammer machine operator in mind, Honda integrated several features into the design of the GXR120 that make it easy and comfortable to control. Since quiet operation and low noise are critical for these end users, the GXR120 includes a newly designed and very compact muffler, which is 22 mm (.87 inches) narrower than the muffler used as standard on the Honda GX100 engine. This smaller muffler, combined with the OHC engine layout, reduces operation noise by 1dB over the current GX100 engine. In addition, a heavy-duty recoil starter, together with an automatic decompression system, allow for easy engine starting, while an Oil Alert feature prevents the engine from starting if the oil level is too low. Also, a simple but innovative lubrication system with a dual-breather chamber optimizes engine lubricating performance in most rammer operating conditions.