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I see all the trouble a lot of people go to in the effort to get good cordless tools, but I'm here to tell you that the best cordless system is anything with a Honda four stroke on it. I have a Ryobi power washer and a Husqvarna weedwhacker, both with Honda four strokes, and they are the best cordless systems you can get. Easy to start, quiet, no smoke, low maintenance, easy and fast to "re-charge". We just moved to a larger place where I won't be able to use all of the corded outdoor power tools I have, and I will replace them all with Hondas. And I'm a MOPAR guy.
 

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Most of the time yes, but Hondas can have their own problems. I've had good luck with my Honda generators but the GCV160 on my Honda push mower is really starting to wear me down. It started great the first year I had it but lately it just seems to get harder to start all the time. It is stored inside all the time and I use only Ethanol-free gasoline. I change the oil regularly and put a new plug in every year. Yet the thing still takes 20+ pulls to start.

Meanwhile, I know folks who have big box store push mowers with Chinese engines, let their mowers sit out in the rain and they still start 1-2 pulls.

Sometimes that Honda label just doesn't work. :)
 
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You just need a small Honda portable generator. :laugh:
This actually works very well. I toss the small generator in my lawn trailer along with the tools and go to work. Last year I even used the ShopVac to clean some stones out of my yard from the winter plowing. Just threw the vacuum and generator in the trailer and off ya go. :)
 

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This actually works very well. I toss the small generator in my lawn trailer along with the tools and go to work. Last year I even used the ShopVac to clean some stones out of my yard from the winter plowing. Just threw the vacuum and generator in the trailer and off ya go. :)
Yep, I use mine with my electric pole saw and electric chain saw.
 

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Most of the time yes, but Hondas can have their own problems. I've had good luck with my Honda generators but the GCV160 on my Honda push mower is really starting to wear me down. It started great the first year I had it but lately it just seems to get harder to start all the time. It is stored inside all the time and I use only Ethanol-free gasoline. I change the oil regularly and put a new plug in every year. Yet the thing still takes 20+ pulls to start.

Meanwhile, I know folks who have big box store push mowers with Chinese engines, let their mowers sit out in the rain and they still start 1-2 pulls.

Sometimes that Honda label just doesn't work. :)
I'm betting the auto choke is giving you problems. I read a lot about that when researching before buying my Honda push mower with the 190cc.
 

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This actually works very well. I toss the small generator in my lawn trailer along with the tools and go to work. Last year I even used the ShopVac to clean some stones out of my yard from the winter plowing. Just threw the vacuum and generator in the trailer and off ya go. :)
Even easier if you have one of these
 

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I'm betting the auto choke is giving you problems. I read a lot about that when researching before buying my Honda push mower with the 190cc.
This engine doesn't have auto choke. But I still believe the problem is choke related. Mine has the throttle assy where you move it all the way forward and it "snaps" into the choke position. I can see the choke lever on the carb moving forward when the throttle lever moves into the choke position. It has a silly plastic baffle on the air cleaner opening which makes it all but impossible to look in there and SEE if the choke plate is actually closing.
 

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My gas powered weed whackers, blowers etc are all collecting dust since I switched to battery power. No more messing with gas, oil, smoke, hearing protection, burns from the exhaust etc.
 

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Most of the time yes, but Hondas can have their own problems. I've had good luck with my Honda generators but the GCV160 on my Honda push mower is really starting to wear me down. It started great the first year I had it but lately it just seems to get harder to start all the time. It is stored inside all the time and I use only Ethanol-free gasoline. I change the oil regularly and put a new plug in every year. Yet the thing still takes 20+ pulls to start.

Meanwhile, I know folks who have big box store push mowers with Chinese engines, let their mowers sit out in the rain and they still start 1-2 pulls.

Sometimes that Honda label just doesn't work. :)
I had a similar problem with my Honda mower this spring. Ended up taking the carb off, cleaned it and it ran like new again. Did the same to my Honda generator. These carbs are so small a little speck can cause all sorts of issues.
 

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This engine doesn't have auto choke. But I still believe the problem is choke related. Mine has the throttle assy where you move it all the way forward and it "snaps" into the choke position. I can see the choke lever on the carb moving forward when the throttle lever moves into the choke position. It has a silly plastic baffle on the air cleaner opening which makes it all but impossible to look in there and SEE if the choke plate is actually closing.
I always like to close the loop with a follow up on a resolution whenever possible. I had a chance to take a look at the mower today and I was able to determine that the choke was only closing half way. Closer inspection revealed that the throttle cable was out of adjustment. It was less than 1/8" off but given the design of the linkage that was enough to prevent the choke from closing all the way. I adjusted the throttle cable for the proper choke lever clearance and now the choke closes all the way and it starts up on just a couple pulls.

The throttle cable is only held in adjustment by a single phillips screw and small aluminum clamp so it doesn't take much for it to work loose and change position.
 

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I can be big about it.

I may be reconsidering. I've been doing a lot of research because I need some stuff for the new place.
 

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Well, maybe

I ordered the DeWalt XR brushless reciprocating saw and the accessories. We'll see how it goes. I have some work saved up for it.
 

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I have a 1.5" Honda 4 stroke water pump. It runs like a champ. At around 20 lbs it's easy to move. Puts out enough pressure that you can use it for a fire hose.
 
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