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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Honda HS621 restoration
Original Message   Oct 27, 2013 8:57 pm
Well here is my most recent find.  Actually I bought it at an auction back in August.
But didn't get around to restoring it until earlier this month.
It was pretty rough but started on the second pull. So figured it
was worth the 40.00 I paid for it.


   

The upper handle was pretty messed up.  So I replaced it with one that I kept around from and old Toro CCR2000.
It bolted right up and was also a little longer than the stock Honda handle.  Which is nice.





Stripped and repainted the muffler cover.  As well as the lower handles.


 

The blower housing sides needed quite a bit of straighting.  Also welded on a small piece of steel onto the bottom of the left  side
where it had been worn off.  Not adding the piece would have allowed snow and water to get inside what is the belt and pulley
compartment.  That would not be good.  Installed a new set of paddles and a new scraper that I bought on ebay for $53.00

 


Cleaned up everything inside.  Have to say that these blower are really well built.  The steel used for the bucket and the
undercarriage is heavy gauge.  Actually the undercarriage is plate steel.  The bracket between the engine and the bucket
is like something you would find in a automobile.

 

Sandblasted the bucket and sealed some of the joints with auto Spot putty.  Gave it two coats of Rustoleum Red oxide primer.
Then two top coats of Krylon Tough Rust semi gloss.  I did end up giving the center interior section of the housing another
coat of black Rustoleum Hammer finish.  That gave it a smoother, slicker finish and that paint if extremely durable.
That is also what I painted the auger with.

 



 

Didn't do much else other than check the carb bowl for dirt or signs of water. 
Replaced the plug, oil was good and clean.  Belt was good.  So it's ready to go.

In case some of you noticed there is a modification that I made.  I designed a chute rotator system for it.
Which I will show in another thread.


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MN_Runner


Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Joined: Dec 5, 2010
Points: 616

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #7   Oct 30, 2013 8:51 pm
jrtrebor wrote:
Thanks very much.
I watch a lot of online auctions the the area.  Every once in a while I get lucky.
Seems that people sometimes tend to shy away from blowers that look really beat.
I think in this case the price of Honda parts may have also played an part.
But as aa335 said, the engine alone was worth more that what I had to pay.
So I was thrilled to win the bid.


Beautiful work and I am glad I can watch your work. I wish I had 1% of your talent!
blumonster


Location: Wisc.
Joined: Oct 14, 2011
Points: 160

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #8   Nov 28, 2013 6:13 am
MN_Runner wrote:


Beautiful work and I am glad I can watch your work. I wish I had 1% of your talent!


I wish I had 100% of your talent.
aa335


Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Points: 2388

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #9   Dec 6, 2013 4:56 pm
Talent is only used 1% of the time, the rest is sweat, banging, and swearing. 
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niper99


Location: London Ont
Joined: Dec 2, 2007
Points: 333

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #10   Dec 7, 2013 9:04 pm
Nice job!!!
GtWtNorth


Location: Montreal area, QC, Canada
Joined: Nov 16, 2008
Points: 260

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #11   Dec 10, 2013 9:02 am
aa335 wrote:
Talent is only used 1% of the time, the rest is sweat, banging, and swearing. 

Yup, that seems about right for me!
MN_Runner


Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Joined: Dec 5, 2010
Points: 616

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #12   Dec 21, 2013 8:03 am
@jrtrebor, Have you had a chance to try out the Honda HS621? What did you think? Did it meet you expectation? The OEM rubber parts for HS520 are fairly cheap (1/2 price of OEM rubber peddles for HS621). Did you go with the OEM rubber peddles? Please tell us about your new toy.
blumonster


Location: Wisc.
Joined: Oct 14, 2011
Points: 160

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #13   Dec 25, 2013 8:54 am
aa335 wrote:
Talent is only used 1% of the time, the rest is sweat, banging, and swearing. 


Swearing is what I did when my HS621 did not blow snow. It is clogged constantly. The paddles, scraper are all new. Bought a new belt last year too. I have had to shovel instead since then. The new belt was not Honda OEM, so this week I got Honda belt. My question: How to install the belt so as not to cause constant clogging? Do I need to put it inside out?
MN_Runner


Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Joined: Dec 5, 2010
Points: 616

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #14   Dec 25, 2013 1:42 pm
Your belt tensioner may be out of adjustments. Not all power from the engine is being transferred. You will have to adjust the tensioner to maximize the power transfer. Try some youtube search. AA335 is an expert at this.
blumonster


Location: Wisc.
Joined: Oct 14, 2011
Points: 160

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #15   Dec 25, 2013 2:00 pm
Hello and Merry Christmas MN_Runner, After last year's disappointment I haven't even started it this year. In addition to constantly clogging, I saw tiny parts of the belt on the snow and I smelled burnt belt. I don't know how I managed doing that. Talent is needed... Anyway I googled and all the related videos were not available for my newly acquired iPad mini. I will watch them on android. I miss my old HS35 which did a great job of clearing snow. In fact now I will go outside and shovel some more because it snowed today after yesterday's shoveling. Lots of exercise. :D
MN_Runner


Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Joined: Dec 5, 2010
Points: 616

Re: Honda HS621 restoration
Reply #16   Dec 25, 2013 2:57 pm
I used to have a lot of fancy for Honda HS621 but I am over it because my HS520 works so well without my much issues. I do not miss HS35 either, that was a beast and the parts were very expansive and difficult to obtain. OEM auger rubbers are only $40 shipped on HS520 compared to $80-$90 for HS621. I will go through these rubbers as I have concrete drive way and deck area. Maybe you can sell your old HS621 then get a HS520 or Toro 621. Happy holidays my friend!
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