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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hartlawnmain, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I rented a power rake today with a Honda engine. Damn thing kept cutting off so I called Home Depot and asked what's the deal. It seems Honda engines have a safety device...if you're on a slope, going side to side, the oil, of course will flow downhill in the engine. There's a sensor that causes the engine to die 'cause it thinks it has no or little oil. The cure is to go up and down the hill (slope) instead of side to side. Now my question is if push mower manufacturers for safety instruct us to cut side to side on hills or slopes, why would they make an engine that won't allow that? Also, twice as much work having to go up and down the hill instead of side to side. Damn, that's a long post, huh?
  2. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    yep knew that, they make dang good engines
  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    It wasnt filled all the way full. Also you can disable the switch just by unpluging the wire.
  4. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Thanks, specialtyc...that'll be helpful if I get a 21" with a Honda engine.
  5. Spanky64

    Spanky64 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I have 2 honda 21" mowers, and have never had one shut off on a slope. Some of the honda engines do have the low oil alert, but as far as I know the horizontal mower engines don't have the alert.
  6. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    Maybe that is the problem with the Honda on our Ryan IV, it always shuts off when it isn't level, I thought it was the carburetor.
  7. PLI1

    PLI1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Unplug the yellow wire on the side of the engine. Your troubles will be over.

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