In addition to cars and motorcycles, Honda makes gasoline lawnmowers and equipment such as generators and power tools.
This equipment is ranked among the best in the industry by testing publications such as Pro Tool Reviews, which regularly gives top marks to Honda riding mowers for reliability and ease of use. That will soon come to an end, however, as Honda exits the gasoline-powered lawn care business next year.
According to a recent press release, Honda notified its motorized equipment dealers in October 2022 that it will cease production of gasoline-powered lawnmowers and other tools, effective September 2023. In the statement, the company stated the following: is driven by market conditions such as stricter environmental regulations, changing customer preferences and our focus on growing profitable products in our portfolio.”
Honda also said it will continue to sell the rest of its line of lawn and garden and motorized industrial products through 2024, while supplies last. The Japanese company also pledged to continue providing support in the form of services and operations.
While Honda didn’t give specific reasons, it’s clear that ongoing supply chain issues and the growth of battery-powered lawn care equipment have taken a toll on its power tools division. It also hasn’t developed battery-powered equipment to compete with other manufacturers like Toro and Stihl and newcomers like Ego and Greenworks. This approach is similar to that taken by Honda’s automotive division, which only recently began planning to switch some of its factories to electric vehicle production.
Time will tell if Honda completely abandons this market or comes out with its own line of electric lawn mowers and power tools. However, other brands that use Honda gasoline engines for lawnmowers and equipment such as generators will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, manufacturing facilities such as the one in Swepsonville, America, will switch to producing off-road vehicles such as quads and UTVs.
Fans of motorized tools are hoping that Honda will stay in the market or eventually make a comeback in some form. Pro Tool Reviews speculates in their article that the company will eventually return with a new product line and continue to produce high-quality, reliable equipment.
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