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  • Page 2

    Read and understand this Owner’s Manual before operating this snowblower. If a problem should arise, or if you have any questions about your snowblower, consult an authorized Honda snowblower dealer. HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 1991, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS SAFETY ................COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION ......................... CONTROLS PRE-OPERATION CHECK ............ STARTING THE ENGINE ............. SNOWBLOWER OPERATION ..........STOPPING THE ENGINE ............. MAINTENANCE ..............TRANSPORTING ............... STORAGE ................ TROUBLESHOOTING ............SPECIFICATIONS .............. WARRANTY SERVICE ............

  • Page 4: Safety

    1. SAFETY SAFETY LABEL LOCATIONS Read these labels before operating the snowblower.

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    Always make a pre-operation check (pages 16 thru 20) before you start the engine. You may prevent an accident or equipment damage. Honda snowblowers are designed to give safe and dependable service operated according instructions. Read understand this Owner’s...

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    Adjust snow discharge chute avoid hitting operator, bystanderds, windows, and other objects with ejected snow. Stay clear of the snow discharge chute while the engine is running. Children and pets must be kept away from the area of operation avoid injury from flying debris and contact with the snowblower.

  • Page 7

    Gasoline is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain condi- tions. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparks where the snowblower refueled or where gasoline is stored. Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not overfill the fuel tank, and make sure the filler cap is closed securely...

  • Page 8: Component Identification

    2. COMPONENT IDENTIFICATION Al JGER CLUTCH LEVER CHUTE GUIDE DRIVE CLUTCH I c\,cm LE” C” /LEVER SNOW DISCHARGE CHUTE ‘SHIFT LEVER THROTTLE LEVER AUGER ,AC STARTER BUTTON ENGINE SWITCH TRANSMISSION FLUID RESERVOIR FUEL VALVE CHUTE CR FOOT PEDAL SKID PLATE FRAME SERIAL NUM TRANSMiSSlON RELEASE LEVER...

  • Page 9: Controls

    3. CONTROLS Engine switch Use the engine switch to turn the ignition system ON for starting, and to STOP the engine. ---+/I STOP (OFF) (ON) ENGINE StilTCH A. C. starter button Push the starter button to operate the electric starter. STARTER BUTTON Fuel valve The fuel valve opens and closes the fuel line leading from the fuel tank to...

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    Fuel gauge The fuel gauge indicates the amount of fuel in tlie tank. When the fuel gauge needle enters the “E” renge, refill the tank as soon as possible. FUEL GAUGE Chute crank Use the chute crank to turn the snow discharge chute right or left.

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    Starter grip Pull this grip to start the’ engine. STARTER GRIP Throttle lever (Engine speed) The throttle lever controls engine speed from SLOW to FAST; it will stay in any designated position. Set the lever to CHOKE when the engine is cold. SLOW THROTTLE L...

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    Shift lever The shift lever selects FORWARD (F), NEUTRAL (N), or REVERSE (RI hydrostatic transmission drive. The shift lever also controls the transmission drive ratio; moving the lever farther from NEUTRAL increases drive speed. While clearing snow, the shift lever to control drive speed, so you can leave the throttle lever in the FAST position for best snow-clearing...

  • Page 13

    Drive clutch lever and auger clutch lever Use these controls to engage the snow blowing mechanism and/or the drive mechanism. DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER Squeeze to engage the drive machanism. AUGER CLUTCH LEVER Squeeze to engage the snow blowing mechanism. NOTE: When both levers are squeezed, the drive clutch lever locks the auger clutch lever down.

  • Page 14

    Skid plate, Scraper Adjust the skid plates for the auger ground clearance best suited to your snow removal conditions. To prevent accidental starting, turn the engine switch to the OFF position and disconnect the spark plug cap. 1. Place the snowblower on a level surface and set the height adjustment pedal in the middle position.

  • Page 15

    Foot pedal Use the pedal for adjusting the height and angle of the machine in relation to the tracks. 1. Hold the handles and step on the pedal. 2. Raise or lower the machine to the desired position and release the pedal.

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    Transmission release lever The transmission release lever has two positions, RELEASED and EN- GAGED. Set the lever in the ENGAGED position when throwing snow; set it in the RELEASED position when pushing the snowblower. Never shift the transmission release lever on slopes. The snow throwing mechanism may operate...

  • Page 17: Pre-operation Check

    4. PRE-OPERATION CHECK Check the snowblower on level ground with the engine stopped. To prevent accidental start-up, remove the engine switch key, and disconnect the spark plug cap before performing the pre-operation inspection. Fuel Check the fuel gauge, and refill the tank if the fuel level is low. Refuel carefully to avoid overfilling or spilling fuel.

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    Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel are not the responsibility Honda and are not covered under warranty. (NOTlCEI 0 xygenated fuels can damage paint and plastic. Be careful to spill fuel when filling your fuel tank.

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    Engine oil Inspection: With the snowthrower on a level surface, remove the oil filler cap and wipe the dipstick clean. Insert the dipstick into the filler neck, but do not screw it in. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level. If the level is low, fill to the top of the oil filler neck with the recommended oil.

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    UPPER LEVEL TRANSMISSION FLUID RESERVOlk LOWER LEVEL If the fluid level is low, add HONDA HYDROSTATIC FLUID. e use of other hydrostatic fluids will reduce transmission per- formance damage transmission. only...

  • Page 21

    Auger and blower bolts Check the auger and blower for loose or broken bolts. If broken, replace them with new ones (page 39). BLOWER SHEAR BOLT AUGER SHEAR BOLT Other checks 1. Check all bolts, nuts and other fasteners for security. 2.

  • Page 22: Starting The Engine

    5. STARTING THE ENGINE Never run the engine in an enclosed or confined area. Exhaust cdntains poisonous carbon monoxide gas; exposure can cause loss of con- sciousness and may lead to death. 1. Move the shift lever to “N” (Neutral). “N”...

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    3. Set the transmission release lever in the ENGAGED position. ENGAGED TRANSMISSION RELEASE LEVER 4. In cold weather and when the engine is cold, move the throttle lever to CHOKE position. THROTTLE LEVER...

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    5. Connect your power cord to the switch box and the male end of the power cord to a properly grounded 120 Volt A/C outlet. ACAUTI~N WUSE ONLY WITH GROUNOEO OUTLET 3-WIRE CORD. I120 VOLT A.C. ONLY CRANK OVER 1 MINUTE WITHOUT COOLING 15 MINUTES.

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    7. Push the starter button until the engine starts. After the engine starts, disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet first, and then from the switch box. PUSH not operate the starter for more than 1 minute. If the engine fails to start, release...

  • Page 26

    9. After starting the engine, allow it to run for a few seconds to warm it up to operating temperature. As the engine stabilizes, gradually move the throttle lever to the SLOW position. SLOW THROTTLE LEVER 10. While warming the engine up, also warm the transmission as follows: (1) Check that the shift lever is in the “N”...

  • Page 27: Snowblower Operation

    6. SNOWBLOWER OPERATION Before operating this equipment you should read and unders- tand the SAFETY INFORMATION on page 3, 4, 5 and 6. 1. Start the engine according to the procedures described on page 21. 2. Move the throttle lever to the FAST position for normal operation.

  • Page 28

    6. Squeeze the auger clutch lever. The machine will clear snow when you squeeze the auger clutch lever. AUGER CLUTCH LEVER 7. Squeeze the drive clutch lever. If the transmission release lever (p. 22) is in the ENGAGED position, the shift lever (p. 26) is in the FORWARD (F) position, the hydrostatic drive will propel the snowblower forward...

  • Page 29

    To move from one place to another, or to change direction, use the drive clutch lever only. Release both the drive clutch lever and auger clutch lever once, then squeeze the drive clutch lever. DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER 8. Release the clutch levers to stop clearing and moving.

  • Page 30

    Clearing Snow For best efficiency, clear snow before it melts, refreezes and hardens. Do not reduce engine speed while clearing snow. Operating tips for clearing hard or deep snow: Reduce forward speed. If that is not sufficient, use the shift lever to clear snow with a back and forth motion.

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    If you always operate the snowblower at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet above sea level, have an authorized Honda Snowblower dealer perform this car- buretor modifications. Even with carburetor modification, engine horsepower will decrease about 3.5%...

  • Page 32: Stopping The Engine

    7. STOPPING THE ENGINE To STOP the engine in an emergency, turn the engine switch immediately. STOP (OFF) To restart engine, move the shift lever back to the “N” (Neutral) position. 1. Release the auger and drive clutch levers. The machine and snow throwing mechanism will stop operation.

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    3. Turn the throttle lever to the SLOW position. SLOW THROTTLE LEVER 4. Turn the engine switch to the OFF position. STOP (OFF) 5. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position. FUEL VALVE b!%%l If th e snowblower is parked on a slope, leave the transmission release lever in the ENGAGED position to prevent...

  • Page 34: Maintenance

    To avoid overturning, place the snowblower on a level surface before performing inspection and maintenance. Use only genuine HONDA parts or their equivalent. Replacement parts which are not of equivalent quality may damage the snowblower.

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    (2) These items should be serviced by an authorized Honda dealer. unless the owner has the proper tools and is mechanically proficient. See the Honda Shop Manual. (31 For professional commercial use. log hours of operation to determine proper maintenance intervals.

  • Page 36

    TOOL SPARK PLUG WRENCH BLOWER SHEAR BOLT WRENCH HANDLE 6 mm SELF LOCK NUT AUGER SHEAR BOLT (3) 10 x 14 mm WRENCH 6 mm HEX NUT (3) 12 x 14 mm WRENCH TOOL BAG...

  • Page 37

    Engine oil change Drain the oil while the engine is still warm to assure rapid and complete draining. 1. Place the snowblower on a level surface. Before you drain the oil, set the snowblower in the HIGH position by operating the foot pedal (see page 14).

  • Page 38

    Spark plug service Recommended spark plug: BPR5ES (NGK), Wl GEPR-U (NIPPONDENSO) If the engine has been running, the muffler will be very hot. Be careful not to touch the muffler while it is hot. To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must be properly gap- ped and free of deposits.

  • Page 39

    Track-Adjustment Make sure the tracks are clean and dry before adjustment. The tracks can- not be correctly adjusted if clogged with snow or debris, or coated with ice. Check track deflection by pressing down midway between wheels. When correctly adjusted, the track will deflect...

  • Page 40

    If any of the shear bolts are broken, replace them with the one furnished with the snowblower. Additional shear bolts and nuts are available from authorized Honda snowblower dealers. Sh ear bolts are designed to break under force that would other- wise damage auger and blower parts.

  • Page 41: Transporting

    9. TRANSPORTING Before loading 1. Loading the snowblower on a trailer should be performed on a firm, level surface. 2. Use a loading ramp that is strong enough to support the combined weight of the snowblower and the operator: Weight of snowblower: 116 kg (253.4 (Operating weight)

  • Page 42

    3. Run the snowblower slowly up the loading ramp. Be careful to avoid striking the chute or other parts of the machine. 1.5 m (4.9 ft) FORWARD minimum headroom 4. After the snowblower is in the truck, stop the engine, and turn the fuel valve to the OFF position.

  • Page 43: Storage

    10. STORAGE Before storing the snowblower for an extended period: 1. Be sure the storage area is free of excessive humidity and dust. 2. Drain the fuel. Gasoline is extremely flammable and explosive under certain conditions. Do not smoke or allow flames or sparki in the area.

  • Page 44

    4. Remove the spark plug and pour a tablespoonsftil of clean motor oil into the cylinder. Pull the starter rope slowly two or three times to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug. 5. Pull the starter grip until resistance is felt.

  • Page 45

    6. Apply oil to the following parts for lubrication and rust prevention. CHUTE SLIDING SURFACE AUGER BLOWER...

  • Page 46: Troubleshooting

    If sparks occur, try to start the engine according to the instructions. 6. If the engine still does not start, take the snowblower to an authorized Honda dealer. If the auger or blower does not operate, check the shear bolts (p. 391.

  • Page 47: Specifications

    12. SPECIFICATIONS Engine HONDA GX 240 Model Maximum output 8 HP/3,600 cm3 (14.8 cu in) Displacement 73 x 58 mm (2.9 x 2.3 in) Bore x stroke Starting method Recoil starter or AC electric starter Ignition system Transistorized magneto 1.1 P (1.16 US qt.)

  • Page 48: Warranty Service

    Your purchase of a Honda product is greatly appreciated by both your dealer and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. We want to assist you in every way possible to assure your satisfaction with your purchase.

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    When you write or call, please provide the following information: • Model and serial numbers • Name of the dealer who sold the Honda power equipment to you • Name and address of the dealer who services your equipment •...

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