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Re: New Honda 2-stage Snowblower in testing?
#1   Mar 3, 2015 9:39 am
A team from Honda has just returned from Colorado, where they were testing and photographing snow removal equipment:

No firm word on models, features, test results, etc. at this time. American Honda Motor  Co., Inc. has previously indicated during last year's press event at the Swepsonville, NC factory that new 2-stage models would indeed start begin manufacturing at the plant, which already makes all North American single-stage models. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

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I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone.
Re: Honda GX390
#2   Dec 18, 2014 10:45 am
An engine that needs partial choke to run smoothly means it is running lean (too little fuel, or too much air, or both). Most often, it is restricted fuel flow due to slime/gunk in the main jet / nozzle area, and this can happen with fuel that is more than 30 days old.

Was the new carburetor a genuine Honda carb, or aftermarket?

There are a number of gaskets, insulators, etc. when fitting a Honda carburetor, including one with a tiny vent line. They can easily be installed backwards or upside down. Double check these, as well as the correct holes for the governor rod and throttle return spring.

Be sure the choke is operating properly. Here's an image from the GX390 shop manual to help:

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Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
Re: Snow blower Honda HS80 WA Wheel drive axle bearing replacement - How ?
#3   Nov 6, 2014 9:29 am
wgk_eagle wrote:
My HS80 WA (wheels, not tracks) broke the right side wheel bearing.  I found a replacement part but when I look at the machine and the drawings for it I am nervous about my limited mechanical skills.

It looks like I may need to take the entire transmission out and apart in order to replace the bearing and reverse assemble to fix it.  With that possibility I bought (2) of the bearings to replace both sides.

But, looking at this machine makes me wonder, is there some way to get the wheel drive axle out so I can replace those 2 bearings without taking the whole machine apart? 

Anyone been there, done that?

If you have some knowledge of this machine I could use advice right now.  Snow coming soon.

Is this is a job for a modestly skilled man with tools to try?  Cannot afford to destroy this machine in the process.



Looks like there is a "tire hub" on each wheel; not sure if they have an actual bearing inside or not, but can be removed after the wheels are off; is this the part you need to replace?

Or, are you talking about the wheel shaft bearing(s)? Looks like they are press-fit inside the R-side case. Removing the split pin, and the wheel shaft can be driven out of the right side, then you can get inside the R-side case:

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Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
Re: New single stage snowblowers for the US market ! Go RED buckets.
#4   Sep 29, 2014 3:20 pm
Just to clarify, there are three new single-stage throwers from Honda.

AL of these are fully manufactured (including engine casting and machining) at the Honda Plant in Swepsonville, NC>


  • Base model / 190cc engine
  • 4-stroke - no smell, no smoke
  • Large 20" wide clearing width, 12" high
  • Clears up to 55 tons per hour
  • Semi-self propelled auger drive
MSRP $699*


  • Like the AM, but adds Snow Director: remote control of chute rotation and discharge angle.
MSRP $749*


  • Just like the AA, but adds a 120-Volt AC electric starter
MSRP $799*

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Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
How To Mow A Great Looking Lawn
#5   Aug 19, 2014 3:44 pm
Great tips and techniques for getting the best results from your Honda Mower; from Honda's Service Publications group:

The Blades
Before mowing, always check the condition of your blade(s). A dull blade will tear the grass and require additional power from the engine. Also, the lower blade on twin-blade models works like a fan. If the raised or lift area of the blade is worn, air flow will be reduced and cutting performance will suffer.

Be sure to refer to the owner's manual that came with your lawn mower for specific instructions for inspecting, sharpening, removing, and reinstalling your blades. Always use the correct blade(s) for your lawn mowers' model. Honda blades are carefully designed for specific models. Don't use after-market or "universal" blades. Doing so could also result in poor cutting performance and more importantly, an unsafe condition.

How Often to Mow
If you look closely, you'll see that most grass has stems and leaves. If you cut off the leaves, you'll scalp the lawn. Let the grass recover between mowings.

If your grass gets too tall, cut it once at the highest mowing height setting, then mow again in two or three days. Don't take off more than one third of the total grass height in any one mowing, or brown patches may develop.

Most lawns need mowing at least once a week. Most grasses should be mowed when they have become 1/2 to 1 above their recommended height. Consult a local nursery or lawn and garden center for mowing height recommendations for types and conditions in your area.

Cutting Width
For an even lawn finish, overlap each mowing swath by a few inches. If the grass is very tall or thick, use more overlap and a narrower mowing swath.

Use Full Throttle
Rotary mowers cut and lift grass best at full throttle. Use full throttle even when the grass is short or thin. To slow the ground speed of the mower, adjust the transmission to a slower speed or push the mower more slowly. Do not reduce the throttle setting to slow the ground speed.

Wet Grass
Wet grass clippings will tend to clog the mower deck, and they will lie in clumps on the lawn. Always wait for wet grass to dry before mowing. If you experience clumping, use a leaf rake to remove the clumps and prevent brown patches.

Dry Grass
If the ground is too dry, mowing will stir up a lot of dust. Besides being unpleasant to work in, too much dust will clog the engine's air filter. To minimize dust and fine particles from passing through the grass bag fabric, it is best to mow grass in the morning when the ground is slightly damp and the grass is dry.

Using a Grass Bag
Bagging should be considered where you want the area to be clear of lawn clippings, such as around a swimming pool or patio. Because the grass bagging works much like a vacuum cleaner, the grass bag must allow air to flow through it; a clogged grass bag will not work well. Always empty the grass bag before it becomes full. Wash a dirty grass bag with a garden hose, and allow it to dry completely before use.

Mulching Grass
Mulching cuts the grass clippings into smaller pieces that fall through the turf more easily and decompose quickly. This returns nutrients to the soil and reduces the need for raking, bagging, and disposal. For best mulching results, mow the lawn frequently, cutting off less than one inch of grass each time. During the growing season, you will probably need to mow the lawn twice each week. Reduce your forward speed when mowing thick, dense grass. You can also overlap the cutting swaths instead of cutting a full swath with each pass. This will improve mulching performance and reduce the load on the engine. Mulching requires more attention to operation and maintenance than other kinds of mowing. It's very important that the grass clippings get cut into small pieces and are distributed on the lawn without clumping.

Using the Versamow Feature (HRX models only)
You can use the Versamow feature to take advantage of the benefits of mulching and bagging at the same time. Simply install the grass bag and position the Clip Director in the middle of the adjustment range. Now a portion of the clippings will be mulched and returned to your lawn to provide additional nourishment and a portion will enter your grass bag. Simply move the Clip Director in each direction to achieve your desired results. When mowing thick dense grass, you may need to open the Clip Director farther (more bagging) than you do when mowing thin grass.

Mowing Pattern
Use different mowing patterns to train the grass to stand up straight and prevent tire tracks or grooves from forming in the lawn. Alternate between horizontal, vertical, and diagonal patterns to get the best cut quality. See example A.

The most common cut quality complaint is a trail of grass clippings that collects on one side of the mowing swath. This problem can usually be prevented by following the mowing tips previously mentioned. However, if the problem persists, use a circular cutting pattern and overlap the previous cutting swath by a few inches. If a trail of clippings is forming on the right hand side of the mowing swath, use a clockwise pattern. If a trail of clippings is forming on the left hand side of the mowing swath, use a counterclockwise mowing pattern. See example B.

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Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
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