General Purpose Engines


Honda annually manufactures approximately six million general-purpose engines in six countries and provides them to 86 countries around the world as the power sources for various machines used in construction, industry, agriculture, home use lawn moving and gardening equipment, as well as various handheld devices including hedge trimmers.

The GX Engine which adopted an OHV mechanism and unique inclined cylinder for the first time in the world was born in 1983 at a time when side valves were the norm for general-purpose engines. The low fuel consumption, high output, durability and ease of integration of GX engines have won high acclaim, making them the world standard for general-purpose engines, attested to by the fact that cumulative production has exceeded 65 million units.

We are responding to the need for various evolving applications for GX engines while further boosting fuel economy, output and versatility. Honda offers an extensive lineup of GX engines, from the i-GX engine with a unique STR governor for complex advanced applications and mini 4-stroke engines for hand-held products that utilize oil-mist lubrication (changing the paradigm that only 2-stroke engines can be used for work at virtually any angle), to V-twin GX engines featuring high output which are used for large power products.

GC/GCV home-use engines that power mini-tillers, self-propelled lawnmowers and various other products achieve both high environmental performance and ease to use. GP light-use engines are the first engine series that Honda has developed for emerging nations.

Approximately 70% of the general purpose engines manufactured by Honda are supplied as OEM engines to other manufacturers of power products. We have over 3,600 OEM customers in 86 countries around the world. The many products with the emblem "Powered by Honda" attest to the reliability of Honda power product engines.

Honda was one of the first companies to develop environmentally friendly 4-stroke engines.

Honda was one of the first companies to develop environmentally friendly 4-stroke engines.
Honda’s first general-purpose H type engine (released in 1953) was a 2-stroke 50cc engine, the same as the norm for the industry at that time.
However, during the development process of this engine, Soichiro Honda, the founder of the company, believed that “Not all people would accept a 2-stroke engine because it is hard to use, smells, emits smoke, and that general-purpose engines must be 4-stroke.” All Honda general-purpose engines, from the second T type engine onward, have been 4-stroke engines that feature superior combustion efficiency, low fuel consumption and clean exhaust emissions.

Honda was one of the first companies to develop environmentally friendly 4-stroke engines.

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