Honda has worked hard to make sure that its HS line of snowblower offers consumers the right combination of power and usability, and that can be seen in the basic operation of this particular piece of equipment. Those buyers new to the HS724 will find that it’s actually a breeze to start and stop, and that the controls are perfectly intuitive for novice users as well as more seasoned snowblower owners.
Before Operation, Double-Check Safety
The key to successful use of any snowblower, including the Honda HS724, is to make sure that specific safety guidelines are followed before, during, and after operation. This means taking the snowblower out of an enclosed area before turning on the engine, clearing debris from the path that the snowblower will be clearing, and storing the equipment securely between uses. It also means checking the equipment for the proper fuel and oil levels, and engaging the engine only on a solid, flat surface.
Learning More About Key Snowblower Controls and Features
There are numerous controls and features bundled with the HS724, including its large auger, powerful engine, and series of switches that control everything from the fuel line to the engine speed. Though these controls might seem complex at first, Honda’s included operator’s manual makes it easy to understand where each of the levers and controls is located on the HS724.
Whether it’s driving the equipment, turning it on, or servicing its many parts, be sure to consult the company’s snowblower diagram before beginning.
A Guide to Starting and Stopping the Engine
Starting the HS724 snowblower’s engine is actually pretty easy, but it does require that the equipment’s various levers and controls be set in the proper position. To that end, operators should check that each of the following conditions are in place prior to actually using the electric starter or the manual grip:
– The shift lever must be in neutral.
– The transmission must be set to the “engaged” position.
– The fuel valve should be set to “on.”
– For cold engines, the throttle lever should be placed in the “choke” position.
– Turn the engine switch to the “on” position.
How the engine is actually started varies based on the equipment’s starter. For snowblower’s equipped with a push-button electric starter, plug the included cord into both the wall and the snowblower. Press the electric starter button until the engine turns on. For manual snowblowers, pull the starter grip until the engine starts.
To stop the engine in a hurry, simply turn the ignition key back into the “off” position. If the situation is not an emergency, then be sure to place levers and controls back in their proper positions for either short-term or long-term storage. That means turning the fuel valve to “off,” placing the throttle lever in the “slow” position, turning the engine switch back to “off,” and turning off the fuel valve.
Handy Tips for Effective Snow Clearing
While snowblowers are designed to make easy work of clearing snow, operators do still need to plan their efforts to coincide with certain weather conditions after the storm as passed. Furthermore, deeper accumulations require special use of the snowblower to ensure quick and easy removal of accumulated snow or ice. A few basic tips can help all operators get the job done quickly:
1. Always clear snow as soon as the storm has passed and the flakes have stopped falling. This ensures that the snow will be minimally melted, compacted, and re-frozen, making it a great deal easier to remove.
2. In deeper accumulations, move the snowblower forward at a reduced speed and be willing to go back and forth over a given area several times to reach the surface.
3. Always clear a narrower swath first, and then work outward from that smaller area. This will prove more efficient than trying to overload and overwhelm the equipment, especially during major winter weather events where the accumulation is particularly deep.
Removing Obstructions from the Snowblower
While snowblower operators should have removed any large objects and debris from the path of the snowblower before using the equipment, the very nature of a deeper snowfall means that it’s impossible to find every last object that might cause a problem. When debris does get lodged in one of the snowblower’s internal area, the best course of action is to use the included snow clearing bar to guide that object out of the equipment and away from the snow clearing path.
Be sure to turn off the engine before removing any obstructions with the snow clearing bar, otherwise major damage could be done to the equipment and operator safety could be put in serious jeopardy.
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