HS1336iAS Snowblower Operation

HS1336iAS Snowblower Operation

Even if you have plenty of experience using a snowblower, the Honda HS1336iAS is nothing like any machine you’ve used before. Its hybrid drivetrain is unique in the industry, while features like automatic speed control and a tiltable auger are rare in this market. Here’s what you need to know to get up to speed with Honda’s most advanced snowblower to date.

Starting

1. Turn the fuel valve to “ON”
2. Move the shift lever into neutral (N.)
3. Turn the engine switch to “START.” Release once the engine starts. If it hasn’t started after 5 seconds of cranking, release the starter and wait 10 seconds before starting again to keep the starter motor from overheating.

If the engine doesn’t start after 5 attempts, push and release the manual start lever, next to the fuel valve, then try the electric starter again. If it still doesn’t start, push in the start lever and try starting.

Once the engine is running, move the throttle to “SLOW” and gradually increase the engine speed as the motor warms up.

Setting the Skid and Scraper

1. Lower the auger to the ground using the auger control switch.
2. Shut off the engine and remove the key from the ignition switch.
3. Loosen the bolts on the skid and set the height according to the surface being cleared:

For operating over gravel, raise the auger by ½ inch and lower the skids until they are 0.3 inches from the ground. Keep in mind that this isn’t foolproof and it’s still possible that the auger will pick up and throw rocks.

For hardened snow, raise the auger as high as possible and lower the skids until they touch the ground.

For clearing pavement with regular snow, raise the auger 0.4 inches off the ground and lower the skids until they touch the ground.

Auger Housing Position

The height adjuster has three settings:
High — when clearing snow in multiple passes or when backing up the snowblower.
Middle — Normal clearing
Low — Hardened snow

Auger angle can be set using the tilt control. Holding the control once the auger has reached the end of its movement can overheat the adjustment motor, keeping it from moving until the motor cools down. The auger can be returned to its original position by pushing “RESET.”

Work Modes

Set the work mode with the transmission in neutral (N.) Choosing the right mode depends on how you need to use the snowblower:

Auto — The snowblower adjusts speed and power automatically. This is the quietest mode and requires less input from the operator.
Power — Allows the operator to adjust the speed while in motion to match the current workload, while the snowblower manages the throttle. Offers the maximum throwing distance and clearing speed.
Manual — Gives the operator full control of the throttle and drive speed.

Auger and Speed Control

Pushing the auger clutch switch allows the augers to engage once the drive clutch is engaged. Holding the auger clutch switch for four seconds turns on the protection function, stopping the auger and blower.

In Power and Manual modes, the shift lever controls the snowblower speed. Low range is recommended for most snow, while fast range can be used for light snowfall.

In Manual mode, the throttle lever should be set to the third mark from the bottom when first engaging the drive clutch. Once the transmission is in gear, the throttle can be adjusted to change speed.

Turning

The motors are controlled by the steering levers, one on each grip. To turn in one direction, squeeze the lever on that side. The more the lever is moved, the sharper the turn will be; a fully closed handle causing the wheel to stop, letting the snowblower turn in place.

Transporting with the Engine Off

The electric drive motors can be used with the engine shut off for transport. To enable this mode, release the drive clutch, shift into neutral, and turn the engine switch to “ON.” Hold down both steering levers for three seconds. The red and orange drive control warning indicators on the control panel will blink. Engage the drive clutch, and the snowblower can be controlled normally. Keep in mind that using this mode for more than three minutes can drain the battery to a point that it can’t start the engine. After the drive clutch lever has been open for 5 seconds, this mode will shut off.

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Fixing and Replacing the Tires on Your Snowblower

Fixing and Replacing the Tires on Your SnowblowerHave a flat on your Honda snowblower? Just got it out of storage to find a tire has come off a rim? Here’s what you need to do to fix it and keep it from happening again.

Tube or Tubeless?

All Honda snowblowers built in the past two decades that use pneumatic tires are tubeless. That means if you have a leak, it’s in the tire itself. It also means that if the tire separates from the rim, the bead needs to be reseated to reinflate the tire.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure should be checked before each use, even if you got your snowblower out the day before. If the temperature drops 10°F, tire pressure can drop up to one PSI. Tires can also lose one PSI each month they’re in storage. Honda’s snowblower tires are designed to operate at 8.5 PSI, so it doesn’t take much for the pressure to drop significantly between uses.

Removing and Replacing a Wheel

Removing the wheel will make it much easier to work on the tire. Honda offers some tires and wheels as a complete set, letting you replace a bent rim and tire in one step.

1. Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent an accidental start.
2. Lift up the rear of the snowblower so that the tires are off the ground.
3. Depending on the model, there will be either a bolt or a Clevis pin on the axle. Remove this part, and slide the wheel off of the axle.
4. Slide the new wheel onto the axle and tighten down the bolt or reinstall the pin.
5. Air up the tire before lowing the snowblower to keep the bead from separating it from the rim.

Reseating a Tire

If the tire pressure is too low, rolling the snowblower can cause the tire bead to roll off of the rim. If that happens, it can be reseated by using air pressure to push out the sidewalls of the tire:

1. Remove the wheel.
2. Hold the tire and wheel in a way that lines the bead up with the rim.
3. Connect the air valve to a compressor or a pressurized air tank. You may need to go over the recommended operating pressure to push the bead onto the rim, but try not to go above the maximum pressure on the sidewall. The goal isn’t to put a lot of air in the tire, it’s to put the air in quickly to get the bead to meet with the rim.

Most of the time, the tire will expand and seat on the rim with just air pressure. If the bead still doesn’t want to seat, there are a few things you can try:

— Apply grease on the inside lip of the wheel. This helps the tire slide up to the rim, and can reduce the amount of air escaping as you air up the tire.
— Remove the valve stem. This reduces resistance when airing up the wheel. Be gentle handling the wheel and tire when reinstalling the stem as the lack of air pressure can let the bead slide off of the rim again.

— Tie a ratchet strap or a rope around the tire tread. This pressure will help push out the sidewall so the bead doesn’t have as far to go to meet with the rim. To tighten a rope, slide a piece of pipe between it and the tire and twist, wrapping the rope around the bar.

It is possible to spray the rim with starter fluid and light it to pull the tire onto the rim, but it should be obvious that this is extremely dangerous. If the tire is that difficult to fit, it’s worth getting a complete wheel and tire instead of setting your snowblower and yourself on fire.

Replacing a Tire

If there are cracks in the rubber or damage to the tire, it should be replaced.

1. Remove the wheel from the snowblower.
2. Push in the tire valve to release any remaining air inside the tire.
3. Use a set of tire levers or spoons to pull the bead over the rim. Once one bead is off the wheel, lift up the tire and pull the other bead over.
4. Fit the new tire onto the wheel using the spoons or levers.
5. Use the process above for reseating the bead. Air up the tire to the correct pressure, then install the wheel on the snowblower.

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HS1336iAS Hybrid Snowblower

HS1336iAS Hybrid Snowblower

Honda is known for being the first to market with new technology, and their power equipment division is no exception: their top-of-the-line HS1336iAS is the only hybrid snowblower on the market. While the word “hybrid” may bring to mind fuel-sipping cars, adding electric power does more than conserve fuel. Adding electric propulsion gives this walk-behind the power to replace a tractor-operated PTO snowblower and makes it easier to use than just about anything on the market today.

State-of-the-Art Gasoline Power

This snowblower is powered by an iGX390, an electronically-controlled version of Honda’s popular GX series of commercial engines. It has an Electronic Control Unit like a modern car engine with a self-tuning regulator that adjusts throttle and RPM automatically to match load and speed demands.
It also allows drive-by-wire remote control and automatic choke, eliminating the need for two control cables. Coil-on-plug ignition provides more power and lowers fuel consumption, while the GX’s standard features including low friction components and low noise muffler carry over.

Starting is as simple as turning on the ignition and pushing the start button. There’s no choke or throttle to adjust, and the on-board 24-volt electrical system has no problem turning the engine over.

Hybrid Motivation

This isn’t a hybrid system like you’d find in a car. Instead, the engine directly powers the augers and generates power for a pair of electric drive motors. These motors provide maximum torque as soon as they start turning to push into thick accumulation, and they have sensors that can automatically adjust speed to get maximum snow clearing performance without bogging down. By connecting these sensors to the electronic control system on the engine, Honda has been able to create an easier way to control the snowblower’s speed.

Using a lever next to the handles, the operator can choose from manual, semi-auto or automatic speed control to best fit operating conditions. In automatic, the snowblower controls the forward speed and throttle automatically for the best performance, picking up the maximum amount of snow without bogging down. In manual mode, throttle and speed are controlled by the operator like a regular snowblower. Semi-auto hands throttle speed control off to the snowblower with the operator dictating the speed to make it easier to operate in tricky areas like slopes and iced-over pavement.

The advantages continue with the engine off. The motors can operate solely off of the batteries, making this snowblower easy to transport.

Auger

The main auger is 36 inches wide and can handle snow up to 22.8 inches deep at a rate of up to 3,000 lbs. per minute. Teeth on this auger help it bite into hardpacked snow.

The second auger pushes snow through a double-hinged chute provides a smooth curve for more precise control of where the snow lands. The position of the auger is electronically controlled using a joystick on the control panel. Maximum throwing distance for the chute is 62 feet.

The HS1336iAS has a unique power lift and tilt system for the auger housing for increased stability on hills, letting it go places that would normally require a tractor-based snowblower.

Parts and Accessories

As expected in this market, Honda makes a storage cover and a drift cutter for this model. There’s also a cold weather cab to protect the operator from snow and wind.

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