Powerful, easy to start Honda GX engine
The commercial grade Honda GX200 OHV engine offers plenty of power to churn through the snow. Starting is easy - even in cold weather.
(HSS724AAT / HSS724AATD )
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The commercial grade Honda GX200 OHV engine offers plenty of power to churn through the snow. Starting is easy - even in cold weather.
Automotive-style DC electric key starting makes your snow blower even easier. These models also come standard with recoil pull-start, for back up purposes. Available on the HSS724ATD.
Two-stage snow blowers use a fast spinning impeller in the discharge duct to throw snow faster and farther. The HSS724 has a larger impeller diameter for increased snow removal - offering throwing distances that exceed many competitors.
The combination of Honda 's GX series engine, optimized impeller pulley, and 90 degree impeller wing dramatically optimizes Honda's HSS series snow throwing capacity.
The HSS724 can handle large snowfalls with ease.
Dual track drive provides exceptional traction through most snow conditions. Pliable, low temperature rubber tracks with sure-gripping cleats, providing solid traction and ideal balance. Perfect for complete control on inclines, rough or uneven ground, and icy conditions. Provides a stable platform for attacking hard packed snow and ice.Learn More
The all-new auger height control lever allows you to easily adjust auger housing height with just the press of a thumb. Variable positions let you choose the best height for different surface conditions. Raise the auger for uneven clearing surfaces. Or lower the auger to clear down to the pavement or cut through hard packed snow - without riding up on the snow being removed. The auger height control gives you the ability to match the snow blower to your needs.Learn More
Control of forward and reverse speed is simplicity itself with Honda's hydrostatic transmission. Just move the lever forward or backward to go in the direction you want, at the speed you want. Infinitely variable speed means it's easy to pick a speed to match your snow conditions and personal preference. There's no shifting, and the ground speed doesn't affect the auger rotation speed. It's easy to control, and virtually maintenance free.Learn More
The all-new electric 4-direction joystick chute control lets you reposition the chute on the go. With up to 198 degrees of rotation, the joystick chute control allows you to clear snow faster and more efficiently.
Left and right control levers provide easy and intuitive steering control. The steering control levers also provide easy movement and transport, even with the engine off. Just pull and hold both levers for neutral, then easily roll the snow blower.
The HSS724 offers ergonomically-designed controls for operator convenience and safety. Controls are conveniently laid out and easy to reach.Learn More
Honda's snow blowers are equipped with ice breaking, heavy-duty, serrated augers. To enhance performance and durability, the auger shaft is bearing supported.
The HSS724's auger drive shaft and impeller blower are protected by easily replaceable offset shear bolts. Should the auger engage a solid object, the shear bolt will break to prevent auger or impeller shaft damage.
Honda's addition of a pneumatic gas strut to the auger height control system gives the user smooth and accurate auger housing adjustment.
One hand drive control allows you to easily adjust snow direction and distance with the chute controls.
The throttle control lever provides manual control of the engine speed.
A powerful built-in LED work light makes the HSS724 easy to use, even in the dark. Provides exceptional lighting and high visibility in all conditions. The LED light offers performance and a lifespan that competitors' incandescent bulbs can't touch.
Reversible, heavy-duty skid shoes provide twice the wear of regular skid shoes.
The articulated discharge chute offers precise direction and distance control of snow.
Enjoy Honda durability with automotive-grade steel side auger housing and discharge chute.
The HSS724 offers a large, easy to fill gas tank with a built in fuel gauge and a glove-friendly gas cap.
Conveniently located clearing tool in the unlikely event the chute becomes obstructed with slushy wet snow or ice.
You can rest easy, knowing your snow blower is covered from top to bottom for 3 full years.
|Starting System||Electric (DC)/Recoil|
|Fuel capacity||0.82 gal|
|Drive Mechanism||Hydrostatic, Infinitely variable|
|Steering System||Steering Clutches|
|Wheel / Track||Track|
|Auger Overload Protection||Shear Bolts|
|Auger Height Adjustment||Thumb Operated Gas Strut with Infinite Adjustment|
|Work Light||LED - 12V-6W|
|Chute Adjustment System||Remote Electric Joystick|
|Chute Deflector Articulation||Single Articuled|
|Chute Turning Radius||198°|
|Clearing Width||23.8 in.|
|Clearing Height||21.7 in.|
|Max. Discharge Distance||49 ft.|
|Max. Discharge Capacity||1500 lb./min|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||58.5" x 24.8" x 43.5"|
|Dry Weight||243 lb.|
|Residential Warranty||3 years|
|Commercial Warranty||3 years|
Amherst, NY Type of use: Residential
I've owned a Honda HS 928 track drive snow blower for well over ten years. It's a great machine but I needed it at a location with a larger area to clear so I bought the HSS 724A ATD (track drive model). I needed a machine more maneuverable than the older 928 track drive which is a beast to spin 180 degrees because the tracks only go forward or backward and "spinning" the old machine required a weightlifter mentality.
I live north of Buffalo, NY and a snow blower or a plow service is required most winters. Plow services are notoriously unreliable and charge extra for walkways and sidewalks - when they show up. I prefer to have a machine in my garage that can handle big snow. The 928 track drive could handle ANY snow fall. After one winter's use with the HSS 724 track drive I have a few observations:
Far easier to control due to the newer counter-rotating tracks that allow the machine to spin like a ZTR mower
The hydraulic height adjustment is excellent - far better than the former 3 step manual system
The transmission disconnect lever used to be down low on the older machines so you could push the machine around on the tracks. On the HSS series, you simply hold the handlebar levers and they disconnect the tranny allowing you to push the machine around when the engine is off.
I never had any chute clogging issues, even with heavy wet snow and if that ever occurs, just spray the chute with WD 40 or a Teflon spray and it's fixed.
The LED headlight is really nice but it needed an on/off switch which I installed so it wasn't running pointlessly in daylight - cost me $10 from a cycle parts store and 15 minutes to install but Honda should put one from the factory along with an hour meter that I also installed.
Dual auger shoes available. The older 928 machine only had a single set of auger shoes on the back of the auger and the sides of the auger housing got a little mangled. There is an optional set of shoes (about $35) that go on the sides of the auger housing - highly recommended for protection and easy movement.
The carb bowl drain is an excellent design allowing you to spin a thumb screw and empty any older gas from the carb bowl without using a wrench or running the engine until the carb is empty for off season storage
The new electronic auger control works well but takes some getting used to after ten years of using the old hand-crank auger. It's a little counter-intuitive and reminds me of the electronic transmission gearshift levers in the newer BMW's.
Honda quality, parts available for decades, on-line sources for parts and a solid dealership network
The advantage of tracks over wheeled models is that the track machine will climb a ramp onto my deck to clear the snow. Wheeled machines are far more maneuverable but lack the climbing power of a track model
Heavy machine that requires some muscle to move about, but far less than the old 928 that lacked the counter rotating tracks
It took Honda nearly a year to get the service manual published and main stream parts like some shear pins are not available on-line yet
TOO MANY shear pins! The augers use one type of easy to remove shear pins and there are two or three other shear pins on the primary and secondary auger requiring an investment of about $30 just to cover all the required shear pins. This does not include the shear pins in the track drive. The only pins I have ever popped are the actual auger pins but I inspect all of them every year and change any beginning to bend.
A drain and refill screw on the top and bottom of the hydraulic transmission in the auger would be a massive step forward. I can snake a small line from a Mity Vac into the cavity now, but it would be better with a simple drain and refill screw.
I wish the forward speed was a little faster for lighter snow.
In summary, if you need a beast machine, get the new HSS 928 track drive. If a balance between snow clearing power and powered maneuvering is your goal, get the HSS 724 track drive. If you don't get a lot of snow, have a smaller driveway or really need a maneuverable machine, get a wheeled model.
The HSS 724 does NOT have the clearing power of my older HS 928 but it makes up for that with it's agility in a smaller driveway and gives up nothing in the traction department. It takes me a few more minutes at the bottom of my driveway in a really heavy, plow packed snowfall but Honda's will outperform any other machine on the market in really heavy snow. I've used Cub Cadet, Toro, Ariens, Husqvarna, MTD and Yardman and none matches a Honda for shear clearing power or overall build quality. My neighbor bought an $1,100 Husqvarna the same time last year than I bought my Honda HSS 724 and the Husky is 50% plastic, even the discharge chute. I once hit a fist sized rock with my Honda 928 and it shot out 50 feet like a cannon ball. It would have destroyed the Husky plastic chute.
I would not own anything but a Honda snow blower and I learned that along the way through various "starter models" mentioned above that none match Honda. That being said, Honda can still make the improvements I cited and even more to make their machines the best on the market.
Saco, ME Type of use: Residential
I recently bought a house at beginning of 2015. Previously, I had lived in a condo, so I needed all the power equipment to maintain my own property. I needed a lawnmower and had heard such good things about Honda, so I purchased one of their more feature-rich self-propelled mowers and I absolutely love it. So, of course, when it came time to purchase a snow blower, I wanted a Honda.
There were certain features I definitely wanted:
- At least a two-stage (I live in Maine, so I needed something more powerful than a single-stage)
- A way to easily adjust the auger height (I have to snow-blow over grass terrain to a propane tank and I didn't want to tear up my grass, so an auger height adjustment was pretty much a must have)
- A light (There are going to be times where I'll need to snow blow in the dark since it gets dark early in the winter time in Maine)
- Self-propelled/aided turning (my drive way is fairly long and inclines enough where I don't want to be trying to push a heavy machine)
- Metal auger that can handle icy conditions (It's fun to dream that all snow is light and fluffy and stays that way, but that's simply not the case. The machine has to be able to handle some chunks of ice)
Additionally, I was hoping I might get the following features, but not a requirement:
- Electric control of the chute direction (This feature just rocks. At lot nicer than doing it manually)
- Heated handle bars sadly not available (This was the only feature I didn't get with this machine. Would have been nice on really cold days, but not a huge deal)
- Electric Start that doesn't use a plug (I have this on my mower and can't express enough how awesome it is to have. Especially on a snow blower where you're starting it in cold conditions).
- Tracks vs wheels (This was more minor, but I really love it. It offers superior traction while never having to worry about deflated tires)
This machine came with a few extras I really enjoy as well:
- Large gas tank (one tank easily lasts the entire job)
- Variable throttle control (easy to adjust the movement of the machine for the right speed; reverse too!)
- Oil and Gas drainage bolts (easy changing of oil and draining of gas for storage)
- Wand for removing any icy build up that may get stuck to the machine
- Sheer bolts break rather than the auger breaking when striking solid objects (a lot less costly)
- Double-sided skid pads for twice the life.
As with the Honda mower I purchased, I absolutely love this machine so far. It has everything I really wanted and more. The engine runs great (starts up easily) and does an excellent job removing snow. I've only use the machine twice so far on about 6-12 inches of snow, but I'm incredibly happy with its performance. For normal residential use, I think it can handle pretty much anything you'd need it for. I do have a few minor complaints just to be fair, but they are just that, minor:
- The process of turning the machine basically uses like a brake that you apply to either the left side or right side depending on what direction you want to turn the machine (basically it puts that side in neutral while the other side moves. For the most part it works well, but at times it seems like it's not completely removing the power from that side even though I have the handle completely squeezed. It's possible that it's my imagination and the moving side is just dealing with some slipping while turning, but in those cases I'll have to guide it a bit to help it through the turn.
- Just a tad more powerful engine on this size machine would be nice. Don't get me wrong, this machine so far has handled everything with no problem, but on taller mounds of snow that are a little bit icy (like clumps of snow the city plow leaves at the end of your driveway), you have to go really slow to let it work through it; otherwise, the machine struggle at too fast a pace.
- Price. Don't get me wrong, I don't think any machine is going to beat the quality, durability, and features of the Honda, but for a snow blower it is very expensive. Sometimes 700 or more than other comparable machines that also have more powerful engines. For the price, I would expect maybe a little more power (not that it can't handle any job at the proper speed). However, after using the machine, I still feel like I made the right decision and I know it will last me a long time.