Honda Snowblowers Background Information

Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of snowblowers for commercial and consumer applications. The comprehensive product line consists of 11 models in five separate series, capable of clearing from 46.3 tons to 83.0 tons of snow per hour. All models except the lightweight HS520 Series are available with high-traction dual-track drive.

Honda snowblowers, like all Honda products, offer low emissions through the use of advanced four-stroke engine technology. The compact HS520 features an overhead cam (OHC) engine, while other models are powered by overhead valve (OHV) engines. Automatic decompression is standard in all engines to ensure easy and reliable starting, even in extreme winter weather.

Honda's Advanced Engineering

Honda snowblowers maintain the same standards of superior design, reliability, and quality of construction that customers have come to expect from the Honda brand. All models are designed and tested for ease of operation, even in arctic-like conditions and while the operator is wearing heavy gloves or mitts. They are constructed with plated fasteners and finished with extra-durable paint to ensure many years of service in extreme environments.

Honda's larger snowblowers employ a two-stage snow removal system with specially designed, heavy-duty, height-adjustable serrated augers to remove even the icy snow buildup often left by municipal snow plows. These models also offer single-lever hydrostatic transmissions that accurately adjust ground speed without affecting auger rotation speed. A single control panel operates the transmission, throttle and chute for simplified operation.

Product Line
Honda produces 11 models in five series: HS520A; HS520AS; HS724WA; HS724TA; HS928WA; HS928WAS; HS928TA; HS928TAS; HS1332TA; HS1332TAS; and HS1336iAS. The AS models incorporate electric start.

Series Power Tons/Hr Wheel/Truck
HS520 (Lightweight) GC160 OHC engine 55.0 Wheel only
HS724 (Mid-Size) GX200 OHV engine 46.3 - 50.7 Wheel & Track models
HS928 (Full-Size) GX270 OHV engine 50.0 Wheel & Track models
HS1332 (Full-Size) GX390 OHV engine 65.0 Track only
HS1336i (Full-Size, Hybrid)
iGX390 OHV engine
83.0 Track only

Lightweight HS520

Honda's entry-level snowblowers feature easy starting Honda four-stroke engines, auger-assisted propulsion, and are available with a 120-volt electric starter. The HS520A with a manual starter weighs 76 pounds; the HS520AS with electric starter weighs 87.2 pounds. The HS520 Series, with its 20-inch clearing width, is perfect for residential and light commercial applications and is capable of throwing up to 55 tons of snow per hour over distances of up to 26 feet.

Mid-Sized HS724

Honda's lightest two-stage snowblower offers a 24-inch clearing width, a hydrostatic infinitely variable drive mechanism, and an OHV engine that delivers 30 percent better fuel economy than typical side-valve engines. Like all of Honda's larger models, it features a remote control discharge chute with 210 degrees of horizontal and 70 degrees of vertical range and an easy to operate control panel. The HS724 is available in either wheel self-propelled or dual-track drive models. The wheel-driven HS724WA clears up to 46.3 tons per hour; the dual-track HS724TA clears up to 50.7 tons per hour. Both models discharge snow up to 46 feet and are ideal for residential or commercial applications.

New HS928 Series and HS1332 Series

New for 2011 are two important series introductions to the Honda snowblowers lineup - the HS928WA, HS928WAS, HS928TA and HS928TAS (replacing the existing HS928 models) and the all-new HS1332TA and HS1332TAS that replace the existing HS1132 models.

Powered by a newly designed, high-torque Honda GX270 overhead valve (OHV) engine, the HS928 Series is intended for aggressive snow clearing in demanding environments and is available in both wheel-driven and dual-track, self-propelled models. Its newly enhanced design enables a 28-inch clearing width and a discharge distance of up to 49 feet. The new HS928 also offers a choice of manual or electric starting.

Honda's solution for maximum capability in a walk-behind machine is the new HS1332, clearing a 32-inch swath with its new commercial grade GX390 Honda four-stroke engine. The newly designed track-driven HS1332 can move 65 tons per hour at a discharge distance of up to 56 feet. Like the HS928, the HS1332 is available in both easy-starting manual or electric starter-equipped models. In both new product families, the models have improved performance over the models they replace, are eco-conscious, and are tough performers in the most extreme of environments.

New HS1336i Hybrid Snowblower

In 2011, Honda introduces the new HS1336i snowblower - the first Honda hybrid snowblower design available for the U.S. market. The hybrid configuration of the HS1336i model combines a gasoline engine that simultaneously drives the snowblower auger/fan apparatus (clearing and throwing the snow) and charges the battery, with the electric motors (two in parallel) controlling the track drive forward propulsion.

Equipped with the Honda iGX390 four-stroke engine that provides premium power, low fuel consumption and emissions, the HS1336i snowblower also boasts superior control/ease-of-use; powerful operation/snow throwing; lower noise and vibration; reliable operation; and enhanced technology. A summary of HS1336i snowblowerfeatures include:

  • Reversible 2-position skid shoes
  • Self-propelled, infinitely variable electric drive
  • Powered by the intelligent, commercial-grade Honda iGX390 engine to offer motor-track operation
  • 24V DC starter
  • Electronic indicators to track vital information for monitoring of all operating systems
  • Heavy-duty, serrated augers to break ice and automatically lift in reverse when automatic or semi-automatic modes are engaged
  • Convenient electric transport mode for relocating unit from garage or storage unit to work areas
  • Electric starting via two heavy-duty batteries – offers a clean, no hassle solution for starting the engine
  • Track drive – best traction available
  • 36 ” clearing width, 23 ” clearing height
  • Discharges snow up to 62.3’
  • Clears up to 83.0 tons/hour
  • Runs up to 2.2 hours per tank of gasoline
  • Pedal-adjustable auger height
  • Control panel designed for ease-of-use
  • Front cover integrating tough and stable design
  • Auto choke standard
  • Rear cover integrated with tool box

Editor's Note:

Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps, snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line consists exclusively of four-stroke engines.

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Updated October 2011