ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Honda Power Equipment has introduced its newly redesigned HRX Series of lawn mowers. The HRX Series, Honda’s most premium residential lawn mower models, now feature the powerful new GCV200 engine that delivers 10 percent more power and torque than the GCV190 it replaces, along with design and technology features that produce a clean, smooth cut. The redesigned Honda HRX lawn mowers are the first Honda mowers to incorporate this all-new GCV200 engine.
New Engine for More Mowing Power; Improved Performance; Sleek Minimalist Look
- The newly redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower, the company’s premium residential model, delivers 10 percent more power and torque and premium performance.
- The Honda HRX lawn mower is the first Honda product to feature the all-new Honda GCV200 engine that delivers enhanced customer benefits in power output, maintenance, and usability through a larger fuel tank opening, easier oil changes, and reliable, dependable starting.
- The Honda GCV200 engine is lighter than the GCV190 model it replaces.
- The redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower provides an enhanced grass cutting experience for the user, with turf groomed to carpet-like perfection.
- Five newly redesigned Honda HRX models, with a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699, arrive at Honda dealers nationwide in January 2019.
First introduced in 2003, the Honda HRX Series pioneered the unique Versamow System with Clip Director®. For the first time on any lawn mower, the HRX Clip Director® could easily enable bagging, mulching or simultaneous bagging and mulching of grass clippings in varying degrees through 10 separate settings—all without separate tools. The Honda Versamow System with Clip Director® was designed to be a complete mowing system delivering the ultimate in flexibility. The past 15 years of Honda research and development, combined with feedback from HRX users, have driven new advancements for this innovative lawn mower line. Today’s HRX Series of lawn mowers is designed to deliver the ultimate in flexibility and the most satisfying lawn mowing experience.
The redesigned Honda HRX Series lawn mowers feature three significant areas of technological and operational enhancements:
- An all-new Honda GCV200 engine that delivers 10 percent more power and torque to the mower’s blades, to cut taller and thicker grass without stalling—saving time and wear on the engine. The newly redesigned Honda HRX Series is the company’s first lawn mower line to incorporate the new GCV200 engine.
- A streamlined, innovative engine layout that saves time by making it easier for the user to fill the fuel tank, monitor and change the oil, access the sparkplug and air cleaner, allowing for faster, easier and reduced routine maintenance.
- Innovative, modern styling—reflecting similar sleek, aerodynamic designs that can be seen across other Honda product lines, including automobiles, motorcycles and even jets.
Honda engineers incorporated changes into the HRX lawn mower line to provide a more powerful mowing experience for the user, while grooming grass to a carpet-like finish. Like the original Honda HRX Series, the newly enhanced HRX Series features the Honda Versamow System with Clip Director®. This system features a lever, located behind the engine cowling, that operates a sliding door between the lawn mower deck and the grass bag, allowing the operator to easily choose—or change—the preferred mowing option. The configuration also offers a setting for leaf shredding that recirculates leaves until they are small enough to pass into the rear-discharge grass bag. The operator can perform all of these functions smoothly and without the tools or attachments required on most conventional lawn mowers. Like all Honda lawn mowers, the Honda HRX offers reliable features designed to provide years of superior performance.
“The Honda Vision for 2030 is two-fold: growth through the pursuit of quality and serving people worldwide with the joy of expanding the potential of lives. The newly revamped HRX Series of lawn mowers aspires to achieve this Honda vision,” said Will Walton, vice president, Honda Power Equipment. “With the newly redesigned HRX, Honda Power Equipment is offering a premium product that fuses innovative technological advancements with operational improvements that help consumers achieve a wholly satisfying experience in the pursuit of maintaining healthy, beautiful green spaces.”
More Power: The Redesigned Honda HRX Lawn Mower Meets the All-New Honda GCV200
All five redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower models (see model descriptions in the below HRX lawn mowers section) are powered by the all-new GCV200 engine. A powerful addition to the Honda GC Series, and designed specifically for premium, residential power equipment applications, the new GCV200 delivers more power and more torque—10 percent more as compared to the GCV190 engine it replaces. The result? Improved durability and lifespan of Honda HRX mower models, superior cutting performance, and an enhanced HRX mowing experience for consumers.
So why more torque? In the case of a walk-behind lawnmower such as the HRX, the size of the engine and its torque capabilities relate directly to the ability of the machine to tackle tough jobs and produce a clean, even cut. Because the engine is responsible for generating the torque power on a lawn mower, more torque means more force is being delivered to the blades, which results in easier and faster cutting—especially in heavy, thick grass where stalling is more prevalent. In addition to delivering 10 percent more torque, the Honda GCV200 weighs, on average, six percent less than the GCV190. Overall, the new engine is sleek, user-friendly and the perfect power match for the infinite number of mowing combinations the Honda HRX mower offers for lawn care.
Innovative Honda design features, including an improved combustion chamber shape, advanced auto choke design, and easier fuel and oil filling, make the GCV200 engine convenient to use and operate. The new engine is more streamlined and more compact than other engines in the same class. The design of the Honda GCV200 also features the CycloFlow design, which strengthens turbulence in the cylinder and provides more stable combustion. The result is greater resistance to lower quality fuel and ease of starting, along with a smoother idle.
The design of the new Honda GCV200 is smart, simple and sophisticated, incorporating new features that serve to reduce maintenance time while improving serviceability for the redesigned Honda HRX mower models. GCV200 engine change points that enhance the HRX user experience include a larger fuel tank filler (a fuel spout with a 60 percent larger circumference than the GCV190 engine) for quicker and easier gas-ups with fewer spills; a longer, more extended oil fill tube for more convenient adding and draining of oil; a more easily-accessible, tool-less air filter that protects the engine from yard debris and dirty conditions; more direct access to spark plugs for quicker changes; and a carburetor with a simpler and more rugged stud bolt design. The Honda Auto Choke System (ACS) on the new GCV200 engine allows for dependable starts, regardless of hot or cold weather conditions. This automatic, user-friendly system eliminates the need for levers and cables, and once the engine is running, the ACS automatically adjusts to the optimal operating position.
The Cut Above Takes on a Sleek, Minimalist Look
The first look at the redesigned HRX lawn mower reveals an arresting exterior design that perfectly depicts the mower’s high performance. The design is smooth and sleek with angles suggesting fluid, forward motion—and with its lustrous red engine cowling, unmistakably a Honda. The engine cover design suggests powerful aerodynamic movement, while the curves of the engine are replicated in the streamlined, gray NeXite® deck. Functional touchpoints, such as the fuel spout and oil dipstick, are visually prominent yet integrated into the overall design of the mower. The graphic design incorporates the familiar red Honda brand and the GCV200 engine logo. In total, Honda engineers have redesigned the HRX lawn mowers to visually reflect the same modern designs that can be seen across many Honda power product lines, including cars, motorcycles and even jets.
HRX Lawn Mowers
A Profile of Five Powerful Models
The Honda HRX217VKA, HRX217VYA and HRX217VLA models incorporate the Honda Select Drive® system, providing control, comfort and convenience to mowing customers. This unique system and innovative design allow the user to rotate the ergonomically located, speed-adjust dial—enabling the selection of a maximum speed while also engaging/releasing the Select Drive® control handle to match the mowing stride. Once the control handle is fully engaged, it sits flush with the lawn mower handlebar, adding more comfort to the mowing experience.
In addition to the integration of the Honda Select Drive® system, the updated HRX217VKA, HRX217VYA and HRX217VLA models include the Honda 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director®, allowing mulching, bagging, leaf shredding or discharging without the need for tools or attachments, along with the proprietary Twin Blade MicroCut® System for superior cut quality. What’s more, the Honda HRX217VLA is a self-charging, automotive-style electric start model equipped with a small factory sealed absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery for effortless starting. The battery is mounted on the lawn mower’s handlebar and integrated with an automotive-style key switch—adding more convenience and ease to the operating experience. In HRX electric start models, electricity is fed to a small starter motor incorporated in the GCV200 engine.
Rounding out the HRX lawn mower lineup are the Honda HRX217HYA and HRX217HZA models, each equipped with a hydrostatic cruise control transmission. The HRX217HZA also features the automotive-style electric start system with a factory sealed battery with AGM technology for effortless, self-charging key starts. Targeting best-in-industry bagging performance, the Honda HRX Series lawn mowers integrate a 2.5-bushel capacity grass bag and MicroCut® blades that result in finer, more efficiently packed clippings. Additional HRX features and benefits include:
- The exclusive, easy-to-clean, rust-free NeXite® mowing deck, which allows clippings to circulate naturally for maximum mulching. This durable, impact resistant deck comes with a lifetime consumer warranty.
- A variable speed hydrostatic transmission (smaller and lighter than on previous models) that offers infinitely variable speed control and the ability to set and maintain a constant pace regardless of conditions. Speed is easily adjustable with the speed control lever. (HYA, HZA models)
- The Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Stop System that provides quick blade stopping without shutting off the lawn mower—allowing for bag emptying without restarting the engine and self-propulsion without the blade engaged. (VYA, HYA, HZA models)
- Seven individual cutting heights—¾” to 4”.
- 9” ball-bearing wheels.
- Sealed control cables.
- A five-year, full, transferable warranty.
Price and Availability
The newly redesigned Honda HRX Series of lawn mowers delivers customers more: more power, improved performance and grass groomed to carpet-like perfection. With a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699, the new HRX models carry a five-year residential and a 90-day commercial warranty. The newly redesigned Honda HRX lawn mower lineup will be available at Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide in January 2019.
About Honda Power Equipment
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including generators, walk-behind and robotic lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers, string trimmers, outboard marine engines and small, general-purpose engines for residential, commercial and rental applications.
Google’s piecemeal privacy changes now let users auto-delete their data
Google said Wednesday it’s making a handful of privacy changes for users.
In a blog post, the search giant said it’ll make it easier for users to go “incognito” and pause data collection as they use Google’s mobile apps. It’s also adding proactive account security recommendations to its Security Checkup tool.
Google also said it’ll allow its users to auto-delete their data after 18 months.
It explains: Starting today, the first time you turn on Location History — which is off by default — your auto-delete option will be set to 18 months by default. Web & App Activity auto-delete will also default to 18 months for new accounts. This means your activity data will be automatically and continuously deleted after 18 months, rather than kept until you choose to delete it. You can always turn these settings off or change your auto-delete option.
The privacy changes come months after European regulators opened an investigation into Google’s processing of location data on the continent.
Meanwhile, stateside, Google is one of many Silicon Valley tech giants also facing renewed questions about how they reconcile protecting users’ privacy while still providing their technology to law enforcement, amid protests against police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
Over a thousand of Google’s own employees have asked the company to stop selling its technology to police departments across the United States. Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have already pulled the plug on selling their facial recognition technology to police, but left a wide berth to still sell to federal law enforcement.
Google is also facing a $5 billion class action suit in California for allegedly pervasively tracking the internet use of its users through their browser’s “incognito” mode.
Pax8 and NewCloud Networks Announce New Partnership
Pax8, the best place to buy cloud solutions, today announced a new partnership with NewCloud Networks®, global provider of cloud computing services, to offer cloud storage and compute resources for Veeam® Cloud Connect Backup and Disaster Recovery.
“Pax8 is in the business of simplifying the cloud buying journey for MSPs, and this partnership with NewCloud enables our partners to seamlessly go to market with Veeam-powered backup and disaster recovery cloud solutions,” said Ryan Walsh, Chief Channel Officer at Pax8. “Together, our certified cloud experts will help partners with their cloud deployments in a cost-effective and secure way. This partnership will also save our partner community time because it eliminates the need to report monthly Veeam usage.”
NewCloud Networks is a Platinum level Veeam Cloud and Service Provider (VCSP) with data centers in nine locations across the USA. Pax8 partners can now offer their end users a cloud repository without the hassle of deploying and managing their own data centers, while seamlessly integrating NewCloud Networks’ cloud infrastructure as a backup and disaster recovery target.
Veeam Cloud Connect is a fully integrated feature of Veeam Availability Suite v10. The solution enables MSPs to offer any Veeam customer a modern approach to data protection and business continuity. NewCloud removes the complexity and offers the support MSPs need to sell and install Veeam-powered backup and disaster recovery solutions for their clients.
“We are excited to become a Pax8 vendor partner and to offer our best in breed cloud solutions, powered by Veeam Cloud Connect, to Pax8’s partner ecosystem,” said Sam V. Kumar, NewCloud Networks’ Founder & CEO. “NewCloud’s nationwide ultra-low latency network with data centers in nine locations makes it easy for partners to leverage and scale existing cloud infrastructure, rather than deploy their own. With the help of Pax8, we will expand our MSP network and enable more partners take advantage of monthly recurring revenue through cloud solutions.”
Partner benefits of the Pax8 and NewCloud partnership include:
- Unlimited storage for backup as a service for Workstations and Microsoft 365 backup
- Simplifies the Veeam licensing and eliminates the need for partners to report monthly Veeam usage or commit
- Support for both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtual environments
- SLA backed Disaster Recovery to help partners meet their end client RPO and RTO needs
- Fully integrated to the Veeam Availability console for simplified management
- Offers simplified management of backup environment
- SOC 2 and HIPAA compliant
- No ingress or egress bandwidth fees
- 24/7 support
3D at Depth Launches Remote Sensing and Remote Data Control Technology
3D at Depth Inc., the world’s leading expert in subsea laser (SL) LIDAR technology, survey support services, and 3D data solutions recently launched a remote sensing and remoted data control solution to help operators provide a safe, more efficient environment to their operations while increasing their near real-time 3D data intelligence. The remote sensing and remote data control technology is built around expanded capabilities originally embedded in 3D at Depth’s proven subsea LiDAR technology when the company first commercialized in 2014. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent downturn in the industry, and the race to advance autonomy into offshore oil and gas operations, 3D at Depth quickly phased in the technology as part of their current standard services.
In order to support the decision-making process across production and exploration, the technology development required design considerations from pre-project planning to data processing and control. The goal was to provide near real-time 3D data to help operators make a more informed quality decision to help balance the benefits and costs associated with subsea assets. With this approach, 3D at Depth developed software simulators that can be installed on the vessel prior to the start of any project to simulate a remote scan or metrology. An additional feature provides flexibility for those vessels with low bandwidth communications to shore. 3D at Depth’s Compressed Remote Command and Control solution enables full control with bandwidths of just 6kb/second, allowing data to be collected offshore and stored on the sensor or a topside computer. The near real-time data quality control is achieved using an improved and trusted enhancement of the RIAAT format and newly named, Compressed Range Intensity Angle Angle Time (cRIAAT). This improved feature enables moving a scan location with bandwidths of 256kb/second less than the collection time. This flexibility allows an onshore operator to receive data and start processing with little or no delays to the offshore operation. This approach can be utilized on many offshore applications including leak detection, static field scans, and metrologies.
The flexibility of third-party system incorporation, such as offshore connectivity allows for varying vessel specifications of ship-to-shore communications capabilities. The short base system is capable of running over a normal 4G network without delays. This allows a 3D at Depth Subsea LiDAR Specialist to collect from a customer’s worksite/location or from one of 3D at Depth’s global office locations. This is especially important during extreme weather events onshore or with complex secure locations where external or outside companies have restrictions on connecting to the client network.
A key added value of 3D at Depth’s remote sensing and remote data control solution is the ability to collect offshore, then process and release onshore. The fast turnaround and shore-based Quality Control leverage the company’s resources and expertise across global time zones. From Houston, Texas, to Perth, Australia, and with our centrally located United Kingdom office, 3D at Depth delivers true global remote collection 24/7 without the extended working hours in any one office location.
“With 3D at Depth’s successful track record in applications such as asset inspection and integrity, leak detection and metrologies, and subsidence; our partners supported the idea of integrating remote sensing and remote data control into their projects,” stated Neil Manning, Chief Operational Officer at 3D at Depth. “Customers see real value in applications focused around seabed stabilization issues and offshore production expansion such as in brown or greenfield developments where touch-less metrologies are required. With positive early-stage results, we quickly realized this should be incorporated into our standard service package. The innovation started with the resident vehicle solution where in 2019 the company demonstrated this capability.”
3D at Depth’s remote sensing and remote data control solution also helps to reduce the risk of crewing offshore while providing additional benefits for today’s global restrictions on compliance requirements.