All power equipment, from snowblowers to lawn mowers and everything in between, benefits in a big way from regular maintenance. Oil changes, lubrication, proper refueling and other tasks all help extend the life of the engine, keep efficiency consistent, and reduce the overall expense of major repairs and off-site maintenance. Here’s what HS724 snowblower owners need to know to keep the equipment in top shape for years to come.
Safety Must Come First
Perform snowblower maintenance in an open area that is well-ventilated, flat, and on a solid surface. To prevent burns and fires, only work on a snowblower that has had time to cool off after recent use. Never work on a hot engine, since this can ignite gasoline and cause severe burns. Unless recommended by the owner’s manual, never tip the snowblower over. This could cause fuel to flood the engine or lead to leaks that might cause injury.
Tools for Maintenance are Included at the Time of Purchase
Keeping up with maintenance often means removing and inspecting some parts of the equipment. When work of this nature does need to be done on the snowblower, the proper equipment can be found in the included Honda toolkit. These tools make it easier than ever before to properly remove parts without ruining bolts or pins in the process.
The Honda HS724 owner’s manual features a full maintenance schedule, covering everything from the timing of oil changes to the schedule for cleaning and lubricating the equipment. Generally, most of these tasks are done about once per season. In the case of oil changes and equipment checks, maintenance may be required more often. Below, the most common tasks can be found along with their timing during and after the winter season.
Tips for Refueling the Snowblower
Honda recommends checking the snowblower’s fuel level before each use and topping off the fuel tank before starting the equipment each time. This will allow operators to use the snowblower for the longest possible continuous period, and it will ensure that no unnecessary safety risks are taken near a hot engine. When refueling, use only traditional, low octane gasoline with a low ethanol percentage.
Engine Oil Checks and Changes
For new snowblowers, the engine oil must be changed after the first 20 hours of use. For older models, Honda recommends a full oil change before the start of each winter season. Oil levels should be checked before each use of the equipment to safeguard against engine problems and catch an oil leak before it becomes a major headache and an environmental hazard.
Transmission fluid should be checked on a regular basis before the equipment is used each time. Remember that transmission fluid will measure differently based on its temperature. To learn more about how to measure transmission fluid based on either cold or warmer temperatures, consult the Honda HS724’s owner’s manual.
Spark Plug Maintenance
The spark plug is easily one of the most durable parts of a Honda HS724 snowblower, but it should be checked regularly in case of problems that might cause the engine to run at a lower power level. Honda’s maintenance schedule recommends an annual check before the snowblower’s first use, at which time equipment owners will want to clear away any residue or carbon deposits. After 250 hours of use, or five years of ownership, the spark plug should be fully replaced.
Track adjustment should take place periodically throughout the winter, especially if the snowblower seems to be wandering during use or has noticeably become misaligned. Alignment should only be performed on tracks that are both clean and dry, which will probably require a little additional cleaning after snow clearing.
Track deflection should measure between 1 1/16 inches and 1 5/16 inches. If it exceeds this measurement in either direction, redo the alignment until it fits within this range as recommended by Honda.
Tires should be checked before the equipment is used each time. This involves checking both the surface, where cracks or scuffs might indicate air loss, as well as checking the tire pressure to ensure that it measures at 8.5 psi. If it doesn’t, fill the tires prior to turning on the equipment.
Skid Shoes and Scraper
The skid shoes and scraper both come into regular contact with the ground, wearing them down over time and making it necessary to rotate or replace them. Generally, Honda recommends checking these two parts after ever several uses of the HS724 snowblower. Rear-mounted skid shoes will require replacement if they measure less than 3/32″. Side-mounted skid shoes will require replacement when worn down below 1/16″.
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