The Inaugural Honda Invention Competition

The finalists are in! Honda is pleased to announce the four Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products and three publicly entered product finalists of the Honda Powered Invention Competition for 2015/16.

The Honda Invention Competition was created to foster the innovation of 4-stroke powered products. Honda will be awarding Honda’s current Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) as well as the general public.

The criteria was for the invention to be powered by a Honda engine, and the winner of the current OEM category and public category will win a trip to the Honda manufacturing facility in Thailand, press exposure and a trophy. The public winner will also have the opportunity to work with a Honda application engineer to refine their product.

OEM FINALISTS:
ATOM – Drillmaster
Atom has over 50 years of experience in design and manufacture of chainsaw drill attachments for hard timber. Atom’s entrant is the new Engine Powered Drillmaster, powered by a Honda GX25 or GX35, depending on the RPM that you want the auger to put out.
This is the world’s first engine drill with an automatic reverse gear. The new design (patents pending) is based around operator safety. If the drill suddenly reacts due to the auger binding or jamming in the timber, the operator throttle control automatically moves to the idle position, allowing the operator to maintain total control over the drilling operation.
The Atom Drillmaster is designed and manufactured for the hardest of Australian timber, has a self-locking collar that prevents the auger loosening during use, and drills holes faster than any other drill with Drillmaster’s unique auto reverse system and high engine power.

MowMaster – Bunker Edger/Sprinkler Cutter
MowMaster’s all in one, Bunker Edger/Sprinkler Cutter is the newest innovation in a line of unique maintenance equipment. The all-in-one Bunker Edger/Sprinkler Cutter was designed for dual-purpose use, eliminating two existing machines that MowMaster produce. It can cut a bunker face up to 175mm with an option of 215mm, and when used as a sprinkler cutter can cut up to 300mm in diameter.
As an edger, it is superbly balanced; at 19.5kg the operator can tackle any bunker contour or delicate bunker shapes. As a sprinkler cutter, the operator places the cutter over the sprinkler and adjusts the depth to suit.
The machine can also be used as a line trimmer, and utilises the standard trimmer head supplied with the Honda power unit, providing wider usage for commercial or residential contractors.
It is powered by a standard Honda UMK435 trimmer, boasting the latest in Honda’s ultra-compact, lightweight, 4-Stroke engines. With a Generation II, GX35 mini 4-stroke engine, the UMK435 delivers superb power and more torque than ever.

Pumps Australia – Volcano 3000
Pumps Australia’s Volcano 3000 series is designed to be a low cost, compact and reliable industrial hot and cold, high 3200Psi pressure cleaner. The Volcano 300 only uses the 12 volt charge from the Honda GX270 Recoil start engine to power the complete unit, including the boiler fan motor and ignition relays; opposed to the 240 volt circuit and battery combination traditionally used in industrial hot and cold pressure washer units.
Pumps Australia has designed the Volcano 3000 for small or part-time contractors without access to three phase power.
Having the boiler coils inverted to the top of the diesel fired boiler (which has never been done before); high pressure water passes in and out of the top of the boiler unit, allowing electrical devices to be removed from the underneath of the boiler assembly. With no inverters, no circuit boards and no generators in sight, Pumps Australia have developed a proven circuit design, clever wiring and electrical components to ensure the unit is of industrial quality and reliability.

Christie Engineering – Jackhammer
Christie Engineering is an Australian based company, internationally renowned for its innovation and high quality equipment. The newly designed lightweight jackhammer is intended for builders, concreters, plumbers and tilers. It is perfect for those sites where 240V tools are difficult to use.
The Christie Jackhammer is the new and improved version of the ‘Christie Post Driver’.
Powered by the gutsy, ultra-lightweight GX35 Mini 4-Stroke, it efficiently delivers a quiet, powerful performance that you’d expect from a larger engine. Identifying a gap in the market for petrol powered jackhammers, Christie Engineering’s Jackhammer falls into the niche between the expensive, heavy jackhammers and the cheaper end of the overseas market delivering reliability, lightness and quality.

PUBLIC FINALISTS:
Ian Lefevre – Motorised Wheelbarrow
Ian Lefevre’s idea of an engine powered wheelbarrow was developed after purchasing a steep block in Tasmania. Ian fitted an old 2-stroke brush cutter engine to his wheelbarrow, and it worked. Landscape gardeners that had used Ian’s original barrow said that it needed to be faster and have more torque.
Ian then discovered the tough Honda GX35 engine, 4-stroke, easy starting and usable power over a wide rev range, with a centrifugal clutch, perfect for his application. With the increased power of the GX35 he was able to alter the gearing to achieve ample power to cope with a full load of concrete up steep inclines or heavy loads at running speed.
Ian has worked in the equipment hire industry for 22 years and knows that simple things are often the easiest to operate and repair. Using this principal, he built a simple right angle drive gearbox with a clutch drum attached that bolts to the GX35 engine, using the clutch that comes on the SUT engine. The drive has a two chain reduction onto the wheel. The engine speed is controlled by a thumb operated throttle lever, and is fitted with an aluminium cover to protect the engine from concrete and sand.
Ian believes his prototype retains the maneuverability of a standard wheelbarrow which other motorised wheelbarrows available from various suppliers do not.

Bradley Orr – Exhaust Heat Recovery System
Bradley is completing a PhD in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne. His exhaust heat recovery system is designed to convert a fraction of the waste exhaust heat from a Honda engine into electricity. Thermoelectric generator (TEG) technology and heat pipe technology are utilised for this product and this technology allows the system to be solid state. This model uses a 50CC Honda petrol 4-stroke engine.
One product application would be in Honda generators. A problem with generators powered by an internal combustion engine is low thermal efficiency. Typically, an engine has a thermal efficiency of approximately 25 per cent on average. The other 75 per cent of the energy in the fuel is wasted. Converting a small fraction of this waste heat into electricity with an exhaust heat recovery system can make a noticeable improvement in fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and costs. The electricity generated from an exhaust heat recovery system would reduce the load on the generator, consequently reducing the load on the engine, cutting the fuel consumption.
Another application for this product would be on Honda electric start lawn mowers. All electric start mowers require a battery to power the starter motor. Unfortunately, the battery will go flat over time and will require recharging. An exhaust heat recovery system using TEGs could replace the alternator of the engine. This system could be more reliable than an alternator because it is solid state, is cheaper than an alternator and could use less fuel with no load on the engine.

Michael Smyth – Belt Linisher
Diesel mechanic Michael Smyth was looking for a portable, reliable belt linisher that he could use for metal fabrication. He has developed a tool to fill a gap in the market.
The main use of the belt linisher is finishing, deburring, stock removal and cleaning of various metals, plastics and timbers – similar to electrically powered belt linishers currently on the market; the benefit of being powered by the Honda GX200 is that the linisher has more power.
With the usability truly based around the machine’s portability, there is no longer a need for the user to carry a generator for their electrical powered linisher. Michael developed a mount on the tailgate of his Ute that secures the linisher whilst in operation, and the linisher can be mounted to a portable drop saw bench if necessary. This is designed to suit a wide range of professional service men and tradesmen including but not limited to farriers, farmers, diesel mechanics and welders.