June 6, 2002—Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today the release of two new snowblowers, the 9hp HS980i and the 11hp HS1180i, featuring Honda’s original hybrid technology that combines a gasoline engine to power the snowblower apparatus and charge the battery, with electric motors for forward locomotion. Both models go on sale July 1st at Honda power equipment dealers throughout Japan.
Replacing the conventional gasoline engine with electric drive motors in the Snowra i HS980i and HS1180i has allowed the drive system to be computerized. This results in smoother forward propulsion and optimum automated speed control based on work load. And the two independent drive motors eliminate the need for complicated turning maneuvers, so even a novice can handle difficult snowblowing operations like a pro.
Operator fatigue has been significantly reduced. A height-adjustment mechanism maintains constant handle height regardless of up-and-down motions of the snowblower apparatus, while an auger lift mechanism automatically raises the snowblower apparatus when backing up. In addition, the force needed to operate all control levers has been reduced to just one-third that of previous models.
The new models are also much easier to inspect and maintain. A self-diagnostic function notifies the operator of any problems during startup or operation, and oil maintenance can be carried out without removing the engine cover.
The snowblowers are equipped with a Honda e-SPEC engine, an environment-friendly powerplant that surpasses US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Phase II regulations—the most stringent in the world.
Honda released the world’s first hybrid snowblower—the HS1390i—in November 2001, to rave reviews. With the addition of these two new models, Honda now offers a three-model hybrid snowblower lineup.
|●Annual domestic sales target:||3,500 units|
|●Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (consumption tax not included):|
|J Type||¥728,000||☆shown in photo|
●Main Features of the HS980i and HS1180i
|・||A hybrid configuration that combines a gasoline engine to power the auger and charge the battery with electric motors for forward locomotion allows computerized, automatic speed control during operation. Even a novice can handle difficult snowblowing operations like a pro.|
|・||An auger lift mechanism automatically raises the snowblower apparatus when backing up.|
|・||Twin drive motors and a rotation speed reduction system ensure smooth, easy turning.|
|・||Electronic low-load controls are employed to reduce the force required to operate all control levers to one-third that of previous models.|
|・||A new height-adjustment mechanism and frame construction that isolates the running gear from the snowplow apparatus allows the operator to maintain a constant posture. This results in significantly reduced operator fatigue.|
|・||The easy-to-understand control panel is simple to operate on the fly.|
|・||Maximum auger height is 220mm—top in its class. This makes it easier to clear deeply piled snow in multiple stages, while ensuring superior performance throughout the entire range of operation.|
|・||A 40W high-intensity service light (standard equipment on the HS1180i) punches a hole in the darkness for nighttime operations.|
|・||A new high-traction crawler provides a sure grip even in deep or hard-packed snow. Pulling power is 1.5 times that of previous models (in-house comparison).|
|・||The new auger shape and optimized weight distribution in the snowblower apparatus significantly improve operability in deep or hard-packed snow.|
|・||The auger drive assembly features an electromagnetic clutch and a double belt, improving auger belt durability to more than twice that of previous models.|
|・||A self-diagnostic function automatically determines any problems during startup or operation.|
|・||Equipped with the Honda e-SPEC engine, which surpasses US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Phase II regulations—the most stringent in the world.|
|・||A low-load, electronically controlled lever automatically stops the snowblower if released during operation.|
L x W x H (mm)
Outfitted Weight (kg)
|Engine Engine Model||GX270||GX340|
|Engine Type||e-SPEC water-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder OHV|
|Fuel Type||Automotive-grade unleaded gasoline|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (L)||6.0||6.5|
|Snowblower pparatus Clearingmechanism||2-stage|
|Clearing Width (mm)||800|
|Clearing Height (mm)||580|
|Maximum Clearing Capacity (ton/h)||60||70|
|Maximum Discharge Distance (m)||18|
|Chute Type||Electronic 2-stage shooter guide|
|Chute Turning Radius /
|Turning: 240°/ Vertical: 110°|
|Auger Clutch Type||Electromagnetic clutch brake|
|Drive Apparatus Drive Type||Dual independent electric motor drive|
|Turning||Regenerative brake turning (with rotation speed reduction|
|Crawler||Honda High-Ttract)ion Crawler|
|Controls Auger height adjustment||○
|Auger automatic lift mechanism||○||○||○|
|Electro-hydraulic auger rolling||-||-||○|
|Automatic load control (i Control)||○||○||○|
|Shooter Control||Electronic full remote|
|Drive and operating control system||Electronic low-load levers|
|Transmission speeds||Dual electric motors, infinitely variable|