How to Operate a Honda HS1366i Snowblower (Part 1 of 2)

Honda Power EquipmentThose new to the Honda HS1366i snowblower can easily be intimidated when the time comes to adjust the controls, switch the engine on, and get started with regular operation. This process is actually pretty easy, however, and requires only a few basic precautions, guidelines, and procedures. This two-part series will focus on how to properly prepare the snowblower for use and then put it into operation around the home during the first big snowfall of the season.

Safety Should Always Come First

Safety is no joke when the time comes to switch on the Honda HS1366i snowblower. With a powerful engine, blunt scrapers, and a quick auger, improper safety techniques can lead to serious operator injury before the job has even begun. For this reason, snowblowers should always be started on a flat surface, in an outdoor area where fumes and fuel will not risk sickness. Operators should be warmly dressed and wear protective eyewear in case of airborne debris during their work. With safety ensured, it’s time to prepare the equipment.

Getting Started: What to Know Before Operation

Most people assume that starting a snowblower is all about getting the engine going. In fact, that’s really only one piece of the puzzle. Prior to starting the engine, there are quite a few things to check that will ensure smoother operation, more efficient use of the equipment, and greater levels of safety for everyone involved:

– Check the lawn for any debris or obstructions that might cause problems with the equipment or risk operator safety during snow clearing.

– Check the intake and discharge chutes, as well as the auger housing, for any debris or accumulated ice that might restrict how well the snowblower performs.

– Look for any gas or oil leaks that could lead to both operator injury and environmental damage.

– Check all nuts, bolts, levers, controls, and indicators for proper operation prior to beginning. This will ensure proper operation and notification throughout the task at hand.

With these things checked and double-checked, adjusting the snowblower and starting the engine will be quicker, safer, and leader to a more efficient snow clearing job overall. Here’s how to get started with the HS1366i for the first time.

Starting the Snowblower’s Engine

Getting the engine started is all about putting a series of levers and controls into the proper position. That starts with the fuel valve lever, which needs to be placed into the “on” position first and foremost. If it isn’t, no gasoline will reach the engine at all. Next, place the main shift lever to “N” or “neutral.” Turn the engine switch to its “start” position to ensure that proper ignition can take place, and wait for the engine to start up. Once it does, turn the switch back into the regular “on” position.

If the engine doesn’t start after 5 attempts, it might be a good idea to use the manual choke override switch and start the equipment manually, without the help of the automated system. The full process is described in the snowblower’s instruction manual and, although it takes a bit more work, it’s still a pretty easy process.

Operating the Snowblower’s Controls

Snowblower’s must always be adjusted and controlled based on the depth of accumulation and the type of snow being cleared. Wetter and denser snow will require different adjustments than lighter, more powdery snow. Likewise, deeper accumulations require different adjustments than shallower snowfall events. Here’s what to know when operating and adjust such controls.

Skid and Scraper Adjustment

To adjust the skid and scraper for any snow depth or density, use the auger control switch to lower the skid and scraper to the desired level. Then be sure to turn the engine off in order to avoid injury. Next, simply loosen the bolts holding the skid and scraper in place, adjusting each scraper upward or downward as needed. Remember that the skid and scraper should be adjusted to the exact same height on both sides of the equipment for effective snow clearing.

Auger Housing Adjustments

The auger housing needs to be adjusted based on depth and density as well. To bring the housing higher, pull the switch upward. Alternative, the switch can be pushed downward to lower the auger housing. As a general rule, the auger housing should be adjusted to the “high” position for deeper accumulations being cleared in steps. The “middle” position should be used for most traditional snow clearing, while “low” can be used to clear away compacted snow or ice from hard surfaces.

There’s Still More to Learn

In the next article, even more information about snowblower operation and adjustment will be discussed. Until then, interested buyers can consult for all the information they need about either purchasing a new Honda 1366i snowblower or securing the OEM replacement parts needed to ensure quality, regular maintenance.

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