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INTRODUCTION

Congratulations on your selection of a Honda snowthrower! We are
certain you will be pleased with your purchase of one of the finest
snowthrowers on the market.
We want to help you get the best results from your new snowthrower
and to operate it safely. This manual contains the information on how
to do that; please read it carefully.
We suggest you read the DISTRIBUTOR'S LIMITED WARRANTY
(page
20) and EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM WARRANTY
(page
21) to fully understand coverage and your responsibilities of
ownership.
When your snowthrower needs scheduled maintenance, keep in mind
that an authorized Honda servicing dealer is specially trained in
servicing Honda snowthrowers and is supported by the parts and
service divisions of American Honda. Your Honda dealer is dedicated
to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer your questions and
concerns.
Keep this owner's manual handy, so you can refer to it at any time.
This owner's manual is considered a permanent part of the
snowthrower and should remain with the snowthrower if resold.
The information and specifications included in this publication were in
effect at the time of approval for printing. American Honda Motor Co.,
Inc. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change
specifications or design at any time without notice and without
incurring any obligation whatever. No part of this publication may be
reproduced without written permission.

SAFETY MESSAGES

Your safety and the safety of others are very important. We have
provided important safety messages in this manual and on the
snowthrower. This information alerts you to potential hazards that
could hurt you or others. Please read these messages carefully.
Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all the
hazards associated with operating or maintaining a snowthrower. You
must use your own good judgment.
You will find important safety information in a variety of forms:
• Safety Labels - on the snowthrower.
• Instructions - how to use this snowthrower correctly and safely.
• Safety Messages - preceded by a safety alert A symbol and one
of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. These
signal words mean:
B
DANGER
B
WARNING
B
CAUTION
Each message tells you what the hazard is, what can happen, and
what you can do to avoid or reduce injury.
• Damage Prevention Messages - You will also see other
important messages that are preceded by the word NOTICE. This
word means:
Your snowthrower or other property can be
NOTICE
damaged if you don't follow instructions.
© 1996-2011 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.-All Rights Reserved
31V10627
EM3
00X31-V10-6270
You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY
HURT if you don't follow instructions.
You CAN be HURT if you don't follow
instructions.
POM31V10627
K0 HS520A
HPE.2011.07
K1 HS520AS
PRINTED IN U.S.A.
OWNER'S MANUAL
HS520A • HS520AS
SNOWTHROWER
B
WARNING:
The engine exhaust from this product
contains chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer, birth defects, or
other reproductive harm.
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION..............................1
SAFETY MESSAGES ......................1
SNOWTHROWER SAFETY ............2
INFORMATION.............................2
SNOWTHROWER ...........................3
CONTROL LOCATIONS..................5
CONTROLS .....................................6
BEFORE OPERATION ....................7
READY TO GO?...........................7
OPERATION ....................................8
PRECAUTIONS............................8
STARTING THE ENGINE.............8
STOPPING THE ENGINE ............9
CLEARING SNOW .......................9
SNOWTHROWER .........................10
MAINTENANCE SAFETY...........10
ENGINE MAINTENANCE ...........12
AUGER .......................................13
SCRAPER BLADE......................13
REFUELING ...............................11
B
TRANSPORTING .......................... 14
STORAGE ..................................... 14
PROBLEMS................................... 16
ALTITUDE OPERATION............ 17
AIR INDEX ................................. 18
SPECIFICATIONS ..................... 18
SERVICE ITEMS........................ 19
INFORMATION .......................... 19
INFORMATION .......................... 19
WARRANTY............................... 20
APPAREL................................... 20
WARRANTY............................... 21
CARD...................................... Last Page
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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    The information and specifications included in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. reserves the right, however, to discontinue or change specifications or design at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation whatever.

  • Page 2: Snowthrower Safety

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Do not use the snowthrower when visibility is poor. Under conditions Honda snowthrowers are designed to clear snow from driveways and of poor visibility, there is a greater risk of striking an obstacle or walkways. Other uses can result in injury to the operator or damage to causing injury.

  • Page 3: Safety Label Locations

    12 mm wrench, 10 mm wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver UNPACKING DANGER DANGER 1. Remove all the cardboard. Inspect the loose parts. Missing parts can be obtained from the Honda dealer who sold you the snowthrower. Qty. Description Part number...

  • Page 4

    3. Install the starter bracket using the hardware removed from step 2 4. Install the discharge chute using the three 6 mm Phillips-head on the previous page. For the HS520AS, snap the starter rope into screws and 6 mm self-locking nuts. Make sure the screws go on the rope guide on the handlebar and secure the electric start wire the inside and the nuts on the outside.

  • Page 5: Control Locations

    A bottle LEVER of oil is included in the box with FUEL CAP your snowthrower. SPARK All Honda engines are run at the PLUG HANDLEBAR factory prior to packaging. Most of COVER the oil is removed prior to ship- ment;...

  • Page 6: Controls

    CONTROLS Chute Guide Handle Use this control to guide the snow discharge angle and direction. Fuel Valve LOW AND NEAR The fuel valve opens and closes the fuel line leading from the fuel tank to the carburetor. Make sure that the fuel valve is HIGH positioned exactly at either the ON or OFF position.

  • Page 7: Before Operation

    BEFORE OPERATION CHECK YOUR WORK AREA Your safety is your responsibility. A little time spent in preparation will significantly reduce your risk of injury. For your safety and the safety of others, always inspect the area Read and understand this manual. Know what the controls do and before operating the showthrower.

  • Page 8: Operation

    OPERATION SAFE OPERATING PRECAUTIONS 3. Start the engine. Electric Start (AS model only): Before operating the snowthrower for the first time, please review a. Connect an extension cord (commercially available) to the both the SNOWTHROWER SAFETY chapter (page 2) and the starter box first, and then to a 120 volt ac outlet.

  • Page 9: Stopping The Engine

    CLEARING SNOW Manual (Pull) Starting 1. Press down on the handlebar to raise the front of the snowthrower a. Turn the engine switch to the ON position. slightly. Roll the snowthrower over to the area to be cleared. 2. Use the chute guide handle ENGAGE (page 6) to adjust the...

  • Page 10: Servicing Your Snowthrower

    • To reduce the possibility of fire or explosion, be careful when To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new, Honda working around gasoline. Use only a nonflammable solvent, not Genuine parts or their equivalents for repair and replacement.

  • Page 11: Maintenance Schedule

    • Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks, and flame away. determine proper maintenance intervals. • Handle fuel only outdoors. 2. These items should be serviced by an authorized Honda servicing • Wipe up spills immediately. dealer, unless you have the proper tools and are mechanically proficient.

  • Page 12: Engine Maintenance

    API neck. label on the oil container. 3. If the level is low, fill to the edge of Honda recommends that you use API service category SJ (or later) oil the oil filler hole with the or equivalent. recommended oil (page 12).

  • Page 13: Auger

    5/8 inch (15 mm) Auger paddle replacement 5/8 inch should only be done by a (15 mm) servicing Honda snowthrower dealer. If the paddles are worn out, the scraper blade may also need replacement (page 14).

  • Page 14: Transporting

    STORAGE Scraper blade replacement A new scraper blade can be purchased from a servicing Honda dealer. See page 19 for scraper blade and hardware part numbers. STORAGE PREPARATION 1. Turn the engine switch and fuel valve to the OFF position...

  • Page 15: Removal From Storage

    Draining the Fuel Tank and Carburetor Lubrication Apply a few drops of oil or a small amount of grease to the following parts for lubrication and rust prevention. WARNING AUGER CLUTCH Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. LEVER CHUTE HINGE PIN You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel.

  • Page 16: Taking Care Of Unexpected Problems

    Auger clutch lever is not Engage the auger clutch lever by the auger from rotating. engaged. pulling it toward the handlebar. Auger not engaging See servicing Honda snowthrower Drive clutch lever free Adjust the free play (page 13). because the drive belt is dealer.

  • Page 17: Technical Information

    You will need these serial numbers The following instructions and procedures must be followed in order to when ordering parts and when making technical or warranty inquiries. keep the emissions from your Honda engine within the emissions standards. Engine serial number:_____________________________________...

  • Page 18: Air Index

    Max. snowthrowing distance Front: 26 feet (8 m) (varies with conditions and Left/right: 16 feet (5 m) The emission control systems on your new Honda engine were snow) designed, built, and certified to conform with EPA, California, and Continuous operating time* 1.6 hours...

  • Page 19: Consumer Information

    CONSUMER INFORMATION DEALER LOCATOR INFORMATION REPLACEMENT PARTS, To find an Authorized Honda Servicing Dealer anywhere in the United OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT, AND SERVICE ITEMS States: Contact an authorized Honda servicing dealer to purchase any of Visit www.hondapowerequipment.com and click on Dealer Locator these (or other) Honda Genuine items for your snowthrower.

  • Page 20: Distributor's Limited Warranty

    What American Honda Will Repair or Replace Under Warranty: To Qualify for This Warranty: American Honda will repair or replace, at its option, any part that is proven to be 1. The accessories, replacement parts, or apparel must be purchased from defective in material or workmanship under normal use during the applicable American Honda, or a dealer, distributor, or distributor’s dealer authorized by...

  • Page 21: Emission Control System Warranty

    United States and its Honda dealer determines it is defective or causes a failure of a warranted part, territories. Honda Canada Inc. provides the emission warranty for engines in your claim for repair of your engine may be denied.

  • Page 22

    NOTES...

  • Page 23: Product Registration

    PRODUCT REGISTRATION PLEASE COMPLETE and MAIL or REGISTER ONLINE www.HondaPowerEquipment.com Honda HR Mowers Honda HRX Mowers Look on the left rear section of Look on the center rear section of the mower deck, in front of the the mower deck (HRS), and in front discharge guard door spring.

  • Page 24

    NO POSTAGE NECESSARY Product Registration IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES BUSINESS REPLY MAIL FIRST-CLASS MAIL PERMIT NO. 117 ALPHARETTA GA POSTAGE WILL BE PAID BY ADDRESSEE Power Equipment Division American Honda Motor Co., Inc. 4900 Marconi Dr Alpharetta, GA 30005-9956...

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