Honda’s snowthrowers are the best way to quickly clean up after a major winter storm, but learning how to use these powerful pieces of equipment can be a challenge for novice homeowners. Customers who are starting to learn about the controls and features of their HS621 snowthrower from Honda can benefit by reviewing a few basic tips concerning ignition, operation, and pre-operation checks before heading out on the snow and ice to clear away wintry precipitation.
Safety Tips: Clear Snow Without Risking Injury
The key to snowthrower safety is simply to understand how the equipment works, where its controls are located, and how to make adjustments after the equipment is set in motion. For this reason, it’s generally recommended that new equipment owners read and review the operator’s manual prior to starting the equipment for the first time. It’s also a good idea to perform pre-operation maintenance checks to make sure that fuel, oil and filters are all in proper and safe condition. With these considerations made, the risk of injury during operation can be greatly reduced.
Getting Started with Honda’s HS621 Snowthrower
Before firing up the HS7621 for a bit of winter cleanup, new equipment owners should review the equipment’s controls, pre-operation maintenance requirements, and the procedures for starting and stopping the engine as needed.
1. Snowthrower Controls
Properly utilizing the snowthrower’s features requires knowledge of its various controls. The most important controls are listed below, along with a brief description of their function and location.
- Engine Switch
The engine switch is located near the top of the equipment. This switch turns the snowthrower on and off as needed.
- Fuel Valve
Fuel is released into the engine when the fuel valve is open. When closed, the fuel valve prevents fuel from reaching the engine and makes the snowthrower a bit safer during maintenance or repairs.
- Choke Knob
Used during ignition, the choke knob is set to “close” for a cold engine and “open” for a warm engine.
- Starter Grip
Located along the side of the snowthrower, a vigorous pull of the starter grip warms the engine up and concludes the ignition process.
- Auger Clutch Lever
This crucial lever engages the snowthrower’s auger paddles and starts the snow clearing process. Releasing this lever stops snow intake and prepares the snowthrower’s engine to be powered off.
2. Pre-Operation Checks
There are a few key things that must be checked before powering on the snowthrower. Start by checking the equipment’s fuel and oil levels. Oil should be at the fill line on the dipstick and the fuel tank should be filled prior to each outing. These two fluids are crucial to the snowthrower’s integrity and longevity, and they’re both very easy to check.
Other areas to check prior to operation include the auger control level, air filter, the intake chute, and the discharge cute. If these components are without clogs, excessive filth, or general damage, the equipment is safe to operate.
3. Starting and Stopping the Engine
Start the engine by first connecting the electric starter cable to the snowthrower’s switchbox and a 120-volt electrical outlet. Next, turn the engine switch and the fuel valve to the “on” position. The choke should be moved into the “close” position for a cold engine. With these settings in place, vigorously and push the starter button until the engine turns on. The snowthrower is ready to use.
The snowthrower can be turned off by releasing the auger lever and turning the engine switch to “off.” Make sure to turn the fuel valve to its “off” position before placing the snowthrower into storage.
4. Basic Operation
To operate the snowthrower, hold the handle firmly and make sure that the auger lever is pulled tight to the handle. This engages the auger and allows snow to be cleared as the snowthrower passes over it. Remember that snow clearing should not begin until the snowthrower’s engine is turned on and running consistently for a few moments.
If the snowthrower is tasked with handling very deep snow, or wetter accumulations that can easily be compacted into ice, make sure to walk forward at a slower overall speed. This will prevent clogs and ice buildup, reducing the likelihood of reduced engine power or other maintenance complications.
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The Honda HS621 snowthrower is a key part of winter cleanup, with powerful features that can quickly and easily remove snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways as soon as the snow stops. Getting started with this equipment, and keeping it in great condition, requires having easy access to OEM parts. HondaLawnParts.com features a parts lookup tool that filters available replacement parts by the snowthrower’s model number, the part number required, or the engine model used to power the equipment. This makes safety and productivity easier and more effortless throughout the coldest months of the year.