Setting Up the HS720AM, AA and AS Snowblowers

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Honda’s 720AA, 720AS, and 720AM snowblowers may be small, but they deliver enough power to clear driveways and sidewalks, making them a great choice for homeowners. If you just picked one up to use this winter, there are a few steps you need to take to get your new equipment up and running.

What You’ll Need

These snowblowers are heavy, and the shipping carton is designed so that the blower must be lifted straight up for removal, so it’s a good idea to have someone on hand to help you get everything out of the box.

You’ll also need a few tools to set up your new snowblower:

– A gas can filled with fresh gas. While not required, it’s a good idea to use a stabilizer with the fuel since it may be weeks or months between snowfalls.
– A small funnel
– 12 mm wrench
– 10 mm wrench (720AM only)
– #2 Phillips head screwdriver (720AM only)
– Clean rags

A bottle of oil is included with the snowblower and can be found in a plastic bag with the owner’s manual.

Model and Serial Number

The model information can be found on a tag on the base of the snowblower at the back. This information will be needed to register your snowblower with Honda and to order parts. There’s a place to write this down in your owner’s manual for easy reference.

Adding Oil

Remove the dipstick from the filler neck, located on the back side of the snowblower on the bottom left side. Using the funnel, pour the included oil into the engine. The crankcase is full once oil starts dripping out of the filler neck. Screw in the dipstick.

Handlebar

Gently unfold the handle, taking care not to pinch the control cables. Use the 12 mm wrench to tighten down the nuts where the two halves of the handlebar meet. Remove any cardboard packaging.

Spark Plug

Remove the spark plug door, located on the top of the snowblower housing. Clip the spark plug cap onto the plug and snap the door back into place.

Chute

The chute needs to be installed on the 720AM. Place the chute over the discharge opening near the front of the snowblower and line up the screw holes. Slide the screws into the holes through the inside of the chute and thread on the nuts from the outside. Tighten down the screws with the screwdriver and 10 mm wrench. Once installed, move the chute around to ensure it fits correctly and doesn’t bind.

On 720AS and AA models, the operation of the remove chute controls should be checked before use. Move both the pitch and angle levers through their full length of motion to make sure the cables are operating correctly and the chute doesn’t bind.

Fuel

Remove the fuel tank cap on the top of the snowblower and add gas. The tank is full once the fuel level reaches the bottom of the filler neck.

First Start

The controls for the engine are located on the rear of the snowblower body. Turn fuel valve to “ON,” turn the engine switch to “ON,” and pull the choke. Pull the recoil starter lightly until you feel resistance, then give it a hard pull. If everything was set up correctly, the engine should fire up. Push in the choke.

When you’re ready to stop the engine, turn the engine switch to “OFF” and the fuel valve to “OFF.”

Electric Starting (720AS)

Connect the starter box, located to the left of the chute angle control, to a grounded three-prong outlet using a three-prong outdoor-rated extension cord. Turn the fuel valve to “ON,” turn the engine switch to “ON,” and pull the choke. Press the start button on the starter box until the engine fires up. Once the engine is running, push in the choke and disconnect the extension cord.

Belts and Shear Pins

The drive belt and shear pins are designed to fail if something gets jammed in the auger to prevent damage to more expensive components. Have some spares on hand will let you quickly repair your snowblower after the obstruction has been removed.

Where can you buy them? www.hondalawnparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Honda Power Equipment, letting us provide everything you need from shear pins to major components. Finding parts is easy: just select your model and serial number range, and our site can show you factory parts diagrams and descriptions to help you identify exactly what you need. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

Which Snowblower is Right for You?

Which Snowblower is Right for You

It’s that time of year again: the leaves have fallen and the grass has stopped growing, replacing lawn care with snow removal. What Honda snowblower will fit your needs?

Single-Stage vs. Two-Stage

A single-stage snow blower uses one auger to pick up snow and push it through the chute, while a two-stage snowblower adds a second auger to push snow through the chute. This lets two-stage blowers throw snow farther so they can clear larger areas. Honda’s single-stage blowers can throw snow up to 33 feet away, while their two-stage blowers can throw snow between 49 and 56 feet away, depending on the model.

Drive System

Honda’s single-stage snowblowers are “semi-self propelled.” There’s no drive system, but the action of the auger digging through the snow helps pull the machine along the ground, reducing the force needed to push the blower through the snow.

All two-stage snowblowers except the HS1336iAS come with a hydrostatic drive like you’d find on a riding mower. The wheels are driven by a hydraulic system that can be infinitely varied to get the speed you want.

The HS1336iAS uses a hybrid drivetrain. The engine powers the augers, while electric motors power the tracks. While there are efficiency benefits to this system, its biggest advantage is the motors’ ability to deliver maximum torque as soon they start moving. This keeps the blower rolling in situations that would bog down other equipment. It also has a transport mode, allowing the snowblower to be moved around without starting the engine.

The HSS1332AT, HSS1332ATD, and HS1336iAS use a track drive system, which gives them the grip needed to clear snow on inclines.

Starting

The HSS928AWD, HSS1332ATD, and HS1336iAS all have electric starters. Unlike most snowblowers on the market, these starters are powered by the on-board batteries, so there’s no need to plug it into an outlet.

All other models use a standard recoil starter, but since the engine has an automatic decompression system, they’re easy to turn over, even in cold weather.

Height, Width, and Pounds per Minute

A snowblower has a maximum snow height it can handle and a maximum width it can remove with each pass. While it’s technically possible to reach the maximum width and height, the actual amount it can handle without bogging down will depend on snow density, which can vary a lot: a cubic foot of light snow may only weigh 7-8 pounds while the same amount of hard pack snow can weigh well over 20 lbs. To make apples-to-apples comparison easier, Honda includes a pounds-per-minute rating, which is how much snow the machine can move regardless of depth. All things being equal, a snowblower with a higher pounds-per-minute rating will be able to cut through a wider strip of snow with each pass.

Chute Control

Honda’s smallest model, the HS720AM, uses a simple chute control: the height is adjusted using a pair of bolts, while the direction can be changed by turning the chute using the handle.

Most models come with Honda’s Snow Director. This uses two levers mounted on the handle to change the direction of the chute and the angle of the opening to drop snow exactly where you need it with each pass. The largest models use a power tilt system with similar controls.

Parts

No matter which Honda snowblower you end up purchasing, you can get everything you need for it from skid shoes and shear pins to major components from www.hondalawnparts.com. We’re a certified Honda Power Equipment dealer, which lets us offer the full line of OEM parts. Finding what you need is easy thanks to our advanced search engine that has built-in factory diagrams and descriptions. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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