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Honda HS55 Owner's Manual

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    All information in this publication is based on the latest product information available at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS ............1.

  • Page 4: Safety Instructions

    1. SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS To ensure safe operation- Before operating the snowblower, inspect the area in which you are go- ing to clear snow. Remove debris and other obstacles the snowblower might strike or throw, as that may cause injury or damage to the snowblower.

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    Know how to stop the snowblower quickly, and understand the opera- tion of all controls. Never permit anyone to operate the snowblower without proper instruc- tion. If people or pets suddenly appear in front of the snowblower while it is in operation, immediately release the auger and drive.clutch levers to...

  • Page 6: Warning Label Location

    2. WARNING LABEL LOCATION AWARNING I STAND CLFAR AUGER CHUTE WHILE DISCHARGE INE IS RUNNING. I DO DIRECT DISCHARGE BYSTANDERS OR WINDOW. I BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR’S POSITION 1. DISENGAGE THROWER CLUTCH. 2. STOP ENGINE. I STOP ENGINE, WAIT FOR All MOVEMENT TO STOP AND REMOVE SPARK PLUG IG.

  • Page 7: And Function

    3. COMPONENT IDENTBFICATION AND FUNCTION <WHEEL TYPE% DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER CHUTE GUIDE GRIP SHIFT LEVER ENGINE SWITCH AUGER CLUTCH LEVER FILLER CAP THROTTLE LEVER CHOKE LEVER FUEL VALVE CHUTE CRANK STARTER GRIP SKID PLATE ENGINE OIL DRAIN PLUG...

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    -@TRACK TYPE% DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER FUEL CAP CHUTE GUIDE GRIP #G+d@=J \SHIFT LEVER CHUTE AUGER TRACK AUGER CLUTCH LEVER ENGINE SWITCH ENGINE FILLER CAP THROTTLE LEVER CHOKE LEVER FUEL VALVE CHUTE CRANK ,SKID PLATE ENGINE DRAIN PLUG HEIGHT ADJUSSMENT PEDAL...

  • Page 9: Engine Switch

    ENGINE SWITCH Use the engine switch to turn the ignition system ON for starting, and to STOP the engine. ENGINE SWITCH FUEL VALVE The fuel valve opens and closes the fuel line leading from the fuel tank to the carburetor. Make sure that the valve is positioned exactly at either the...

  • Page 10: Choke Lever

    CHOKE LEVER/ROD Close the choke when the engine is cold or difficult to start. STARTER GRIP Pull this grip to start the engine.

  • Page 11: Throttle Lever (engine Speed)

    THROTTLE LEVER (ENGINE SPEED) Use the throttle lever to select engine speed. In normal operation, use the FAST position. SHIFT LEVER Use the shift lever to select drive speed or direction. 1: LOW SPEED 2: MEDIUM SPEED 3: HIGH SPEED N: NEUTRAL R: REVERSE...

  • Page 12: Auger Clutch Lever And Drive Clutch Lever

    AUGER CLUTCH LEVER AND DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER Use these controls to engage the snow blowing mechanism and/or the drive mechanism. DRIVE CLUTCH LEVER Squeeze to engage drive mechanism. 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 13: Chute Crank

    CHUTE CRiNK Use the chute crank to turn the snow discharge chute right or left. To throw snow to the right To throw snow to the left CHUTE GUIDE The chute guide controls the snow discharge angle. CHUTE GUIDE HANDLE High and far Low and near ____ CHUTE...

  • Page 14: Skid Plate

    SKID PLATE Adjust the skid plates for the auger housing ground clearance best suited to your snow removal conditions. AUGER HOUSING GUARD SKID PLATE RECOMMENDED AUGER HOUSING 1 SNOW REMOVAL CONDITIONS GROUND CLEARANCE For general use 8 mm (0.24-0.31 For use on uneven surfaces lo-30 mm (0.39-1.18 For use on flat surfaces...

  • Page 15: Height Adjustment Pedal (track Model Only)

    HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT PEDAL (Track model only) Use the pedal for adjusting the height and anQle of the machine in relation to the tiacks. 1. Hold the handles and step on the pedal. 2. Raise or lower the machine to the desired position and release the pedal. : Hard snow or fine finish MIDDLE: Normal...

  • Page 16: Pre-operation'check

    FUEL LEVEL Unscrew the fuel cap. Check the fuel level. Use automotive gasoline with a pump octane number (=) of 86 or higher, or a research octane number of 91 or higher (unle2ded is preferred to minimize combustion chamber deposits). Never use an oil/gasoline mixture or dirty gasoline.

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    GASOLINES CONTAINING ALCOHOL If you decide to use a gasoline containing alcohol (“gasohol”), be sure its octane rating is at least as high as that recommended by Honda. There are two types of “gasohol”: that containing ethanol, and that containing methanol.

  • Page 18: Engine Oil Level

    ENGINE OIL LEVEL Inspection: With the snowblower 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.

  • Page 19: Starting The Engine

    5. STARTING THE ENGINE 1. Turn the engine switchxo.the ON position. ENGlNj SWITCH 2.Turn the fuel valve to the ON position.

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    3. In cold weather and when the engine is cold, move the choke to the CLOSE position. CHOKE LEVER 4. Pull the starter grip lightly until you feel resistance, then pull briskly. STARTER GRIP CAUTION: Don’t ailow the rope to snap back; return it gently by hand.

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    5. Let the engine warm up for several minutes. If the choke has been turned r&urn it gradually to the OPEN position as the to the CLOSE position, engine warms up.

  • Page 22: Snowblower Operation

    High Altitude Operation When operating this snowblower at high altitude, the air-fuel mixture becomes overly rich; engine performance may be reduced and fuel con- sumption increased. See your authorized HONDA dealer for high altitude adjustment.

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    Adjust snow discharge chute avoid hitting operator, bystanders, windows, and other objects with thrown snow. Stay clear of the snow discharge chute while the engine is running. If the snow discharge chute becomes clogged, stop the engine and use a wooden stick to unclog it.

  • Page 24: Stopping The Engine

    If you always operate the snowblower at altitudes higher than 6,000 feet above sea level, have your authorized Honda Snowblower dealer perform these carburetor modifications. Even with suitable carburetor jetting, engine horsepower will decrease ap- proximately 3.5% for each 1,000 foot increase in altitude.

  • Page 25: Maintenance

    CAUTION: Place the snowblower on ‘a level surface before performing inspection and maintenance. Use only genuine HONDA parts or their equivalent. The use of replace- ment parts which of equivalent quality damage snowblower. MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE...

  • Page 26: Tool Kit

    TOOL KIT SPARK PLUG WRENCH WRENCH HANDLE 14 X 10 mm WRENCH 12mmWRENCH TOOL...

  • Page 27: Engine Oil Change

    ENGINE OIL CHANGE Drain the oil while the engine is still warm to assure rapid and complete draining. 1. Remove the drain plug and filler cap, and drain the oil. Retighten the plug securely. 2. Fill the’crankcase with the recommended oil (see’page 17) and check the level.

  • Page 28: Spark Plug Service

    SPARK PLUG SERVICE Recommended spark plug: BPR5ES (NGK), WIGEPR-U (ND) To ensure proper engine operation, the spark plug must be properly gapped and free of deposits. 1. Remove the spark plug cap. ;‘ 2. Use the wrench supplied in the tool kit to remove the spark plug. 3.

  • Page 29: Track-adjustment (track Model Only)

    TRACK-ADJUSTMENT (Track model only) Clean and thaw the tracks before ad- justment. The tracks cannot be car- rectly adjusted if clogged with snow or debris, or coated with ice. Check track deflection midway bet- ween the wheels. When correctly justed, the track will deflect 19-25 mm (3/4-...

  • Page 30: Storage

    9. 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 sparks in the area. a.

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    Remove the spark plug and pour three tablespoonsful of clean motor oil in- to the cylinder. Pull the starter rope slowly two or three times to distribute the oil. Reinstall the spark plug. Pull the starter grip until resistance is felt. This closes the valves and pro- tects the engine from internal corrosion.

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    Apply oil to the following parts for lubrication and rust prevention. DRIVE CLUTCH CHUTE ADJUFTING BOLT LEVER PIVOT SURFACE AUGkR BLOWER...

  • Page 33: Troubleshooting

    If OK, try to start the engine according to the instructions. 6. If the engine still does not start, take the snowblower to an authorized Honda snowblower dealer. When the auger or blower will not operate: Check the shear bolts and replace if broken off.

  • Page 34: Specifications

    11. SPECIFICATIONS Engine Model: HONDA GXI 40 Maximum output: 5.5 HP/4200 r.p.m Displacement: 144 cm3 (8.8 cu. in) Bore x stroke: 64 X 45 mm (2.5 X 1.8 in) Starting method: Recoil starter Ignition system: Transistorized magneto Oil capacity: 0.6P (0.63 US qt, 0.53 Imp qt) Fuel tank capacity: 3.5P (0.92 US gal, 0.77 Imp gal)

  • Page 35: 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 complete 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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