In 1980, Honda developed the HS35 household use compact snow thrower for the North American market, creating the home- use snow thrower market that had been dominated until that point by large snow plows used on public roads. This was based on a recognition of the need for a compact model capable of removing snow from driveways and paths in regions that have a lot of snow, especially for older homeowners.
Honda produces approximately 50 thousand snow throwers in Japan and the United States, supplying them to markets in Japan, North America and Europe. In the past, the user needed to perform complicated operations to move the snow thrower forward and backward, make turns and fine adjust the speed as well as to control the auger (snow-throwing unit). Honda overcame these issues with unique advanced technology. The HST mechanism that is also incorporated in Honda lawnmowers allows stepless speed changes from forward to reverse with a single lever. A hybrid system achieves smooth travel and easy operation, using the engine to drive the snow-throwing unit and a motor for travel. With automatic speed control, the computer sets the speed to the most efficient level according to the snow conditions and amount of snow. In addition, various auger adjustment functions allow fine adjustment of the snow-throwing unit according to the depth of snow and inclination of the ground surface. Honda's series of snow throwers make it easy for even novice users to safely and efficiently remove snow.
With the hybrid system, the engine generates electricity to drive the travel unit motor while it drives the snow- throwing unit. The unique system that uses a motor to drive the travel unit allows smooth travel by means of computer control and optimum speed control according to the workload, making it easy for even novice operators to perform snow removal work that would require considerable experience with other units.
Communication of the ECU for the iGX440 engine and snow thrower ECU allows the travel speed and throttle opening to be controlled so that engine rpm can be maintained at a constant level for the workload. This new technology allows the auto mode, power mode or manual mode to be easily selected with a dial according to the skill and experience level of the operator, ensuring snow removal work can be efficiently and effectively performed. bagging and mulching with the control lever.
In 1980, when there was no compact snow thrower that was self propelled, Honda released the HS35, the first compact model to feature a revolutionary self-propelling mechanism that removes snow and moves forward while making contact with the road surface, and a rubber auger with a coating of rubber that has superior wear resistance. Research and development on crawling mechanisms that offer superior performance on snow proceeded after this, and resulted in the adoption of rubber crawlers today that are lightweight and do not damage the road surface. Overseas spec. type highly mobile wheel type snow throwers are also available.