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Honda HS720AS 20 in. Single-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower
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HS720AS 20 in. Single-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower

  • 190cc Engine
  • Medium Duty with up to 12 inch clearing depth
  • Up to 33 feet throwing distance
$699.00 /each

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Snow is no match for a Honda HS720AS, electric start snow blower. Designed to plow through the heaviest of snow. Equipped with a legendary Honda four stroke easy starting engine. The HS720AS runs on regular gas, which eliminates the need to mix gas/oil. It's lightweight and easy to use which makes clearing the driveway, walkway, or sidewalks a breeze.

  • Large 20 in. clearing path and 12 in. clearing height
  • Forward speed self-propelled auger drive
  • Convenient 120-Volt AC electric starter
  • Moves up to 55-Ton of snow per hour
  • Snow director chute control easily controls distance and direction of snow
  • Operator friendly controls with large on/off switch
  • Glove friendly, large fuel tank cap and recoil grip
  • Easy access spark plug and fuel drain
  • Throws snow up to 33 ft.
  • 2 year warranty
  • This Single-Stage Snow Blower Features:

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Name 20 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower with Snow Director Chute Control HS720AS 20 in. Single-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower Power Clear 721 QZE 21 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower SnowMaster 724 QXE 24 in. 2-Stage Gas Snow Blower
Brand Honda Honda Toro Toro
Ratings (34) (104) (144) (182)
Snow Equipment Product Type Single Stage Gas Snow Blower Single Stage Gas Snow Blower Single Stage Gas Snow Blower Two Stage Gas Snow Blower
Clearing Width (In.) 20 20 21 24
Snow Blower Features No Additional Features No Additional Features No Additional Features Power Steering,Skid Shoes,Variable Speed
Snow Blower Usage Medium Medium
Engine Make Honda Honda OEM Branded OEM Branded
Traction Wheel Drive Wheel Drive Wheel Drive Wheel Drive
Clearing Surface Type Paved Paved Paved Paved
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Is this snowthrower assembled or if not, how long does it typically take for a handy person too assemble?

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Just like everyone else is saying just a 10mm wrench and put some fuel in and make sure you put the oil in the motor not the gas tank. I can see someone mixing this 4 stroke up with a 2 Cycle where you do put the oil in the gas, but this goes in the motor. Read the manual too because you fill it all the way to the top and they have a very good picture you can see. Out of the box I would say you have it Read More
Just like everyone else is saying just a 10mm wrench and put some fuel in and make sure you put the oil in the motor not the gas tank. I can see someone mixing this 4 stroke up with a 2 Cycle where you do put the oil in the gas, but this goes in the motor. Read the manual too because you fill it all the way to the top and they have a very good picture you can see. Out of the box I would say you have it running in 10 to 15 minutes not rushing and checking things out easy.
I have been answering a bunch of questions because I work on motor of all kinds, except never worked on a Honda because they just do not seem to break down. I have done paddles and scraper plate, but you will have to do that with any blower.
Like I said I have been answering a lot of questions and putting this together is simple, but want to point out two very important things. This is not a lawn mower you are using when it is warm out and show blowers have been sitting in the cold and we all know it snows when it is cold out. You have to let these warm up before you go plunging into the snow as my neighbor learned when he blew his motor up. Second is make sure you do a good break in and do some starts when it is cold out without it snowing to let it break in so you can get the break in oil out and get fresh oil in when you have the 5 hours on it. Read Less
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September 2, 2015
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Mine came fully assembled. I only had to fill it with the oil they supplied & gas.
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January 28, 2015
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2 bolts need to get tighten and they are in place already
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January 27, 2015
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This snow thrower comes mostly assembled. You just have to straighten the handles out.. and tighten the nut/bolt. Then add oil (included) and gas. It took me about 5 minutes to complete the assembly and it was ready to use.
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December 17, 2014
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Only have to raise and tighten handle bar. You do have to put oil in the machine also.
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December 14, 2014
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It already assembled, all i have to do was install the handle bar, filled engine with oil and filled up the gas tank
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November 15, 2014
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10 minuted
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November 6, 2014
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The Honda HS720AS is simple to set-up; all you need is a 10mm wrench (or an adjustable crescent wrenche) to tighten the handlebar hardware, Add oil (included) and fresh gasoline. Done!
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Is the snow director chute made of metal, or plastic?

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October 22, 2016
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Metal like everyone else said and have to add they made it to last. My other one is a Toro and they are plastic and you know what picking up a chunk of ice or a small piece of broken side walk will do with a Toro don't you? You will have a brand new shoot because you will be ordering one because they crack over time. Not 100% sure if the new Toro's have metal or plastic but the Honda is for sure quality Read More
Metal like everyone else said and have to add they made it to last. My other one is a Toro and they are plastic and you know what picking up a chunk of ice or a small piece of broken side walk will do with a Toro don't you? You will have a brand new shoot because you will be ordering one because they crack over time. Not 100% sure if the new Toro's have metal or plastic but the Honda is for sure quality as why they cost a little more. I work on motors and never did a thing with a Honda because they just do not break down. With the snowblower you will be changing the scraper plate and rubber paddles on both at some point. They start very, very easy in the cold and I have the electric start and don't even use it where my little I have to or I am pulling away at it a bunch of times. Read Less
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Metal.
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Steel
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Metal
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metal
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The HS720's discharge chute is all metal. -Robert@Honda
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what's the difference between auger drive and other drives?

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Their are two different kinds and they are single stage and dual stage. A single stage has something like an auger but has rubber paddles on it and it goes very fast so it can grab the snow and eject it out the shoot. These are primarily your smaller blowers and not the huge ones.
Dual stage has an auger that does spin too, but not as fast and it is a much bigger blower where the auger spins it goes a Read More
Their are two different kinds and they are single stage and dual stage. A single stage has something like an auger but has rubber paddles on it and it goes very fast so it can grab the snow and eject it out the shoot. These are primarily your smaller blowers and not the huge ones.
Dual stage has an auger that does spin too, but not as fast and it is a much bigger blower where the auger spins it goes a lot slower and can go into deep snow and chop it up. What it does next is pushes the snow upwards and it feeds it to the second stage which is a spinning impeller that goes very fast in the discharge shoot to blast it out and throws it a lot further.
For doing sidewalks, a street where you park your car, behind your garage, small patio, and a small drive way and they say this one has a 12 inch clearing height. I got mine last year and did not get much snow at all so really cannot say if the 12 inch is accurate or if they are talking about powdery snow. I know they say it will throw it 33 feet but with what little snow I got last year I cannot see it doing it unless it was complete powder and the wind was taking it in that direction. One other thing is they are great with the little snow falls that is the wet slushy stuff where the dual stage just makes a mess out of it and cannot blow it where this one can. We usually get one to two decent snow falls with the little ones each year so I have a single stage. If we do get the big one that is when my 4 wheel drive gets me over by my Father so I can do his and then take his dual stage back by me. I do his anyways, but the big snow fall I need the big blower
Dual stage is much bigger and more powerful for a lot of show and if you have large areas to go where you really need to throw that snow that is where the impeller in the shoot comes in to launch it. They are much harder to handle and give you a little workout despite them having speeds forward and reverse because you are the one that has to muscle it to turn it.
It all depends on what suits your needs where you live and how much show you get and what you have to use it on. If you are getting snow all the time like Wisconsin where I go can get 14 to 16 inches in a day you want the dual stage. When it snows up there it can just keep coming day after day, so we have a single and a dual stage up there Read Less
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An auger drive has very thick tire like material that the auger is made of. When the rubber auger makes contact with the pavement it moves the unit forward, release the drive engagement handle and the auger stops and forward movement stops. There is, in my opinion a great advantage to a single stage snowblower with a rubber drive auger i.e. the rubber auger will not tear up the surface of your driveway Read More
An auger drive has very thick tire like material that the auger is made of. When the rubber auger makes contact with the pavement it moves the unit forward, release the drive engagement handle and the auger stops and forward movement stops. There is, in my opinion a great advantage to a single stage snowblower with a rubber drive auger i.e. the rubber auger will not tear up the surface of your driveway like a steel one will and is less likely to break the shear pins because they are flexible should it hit a hard object. I have a 15 year old Honda with a rubber thread auger drive and the auger has shown hardly any wear and has never been replaced. Read Less
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Auger drive models have to be pushed as they aren't self propelled.
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The wheels are not driven, the auger has replaceable rubber paddles that will propel the machine forward if you slightly tip it forward. Otherwise you push it forward at a pace of your choosing. Light snow, run down the drive, wet, heavy snow take your time. I prefer to not use the auger drive feature and set my own pace.
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Auger-drive simply means as the rubber paddles engage and "pull" the snow into the housing, this can, under most conditions, pull the snow blower moving forward. It will not work in all snow conditions, so you may need to push the snow blower slightly. The more solid snow the auger paddles can "bite" the more forward movement you'll get. -Robert@Honda
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IS THIS UNIT PULL START AS WELL AS ELEC. START?

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Yes, both
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Pull and electric
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Yes, didn't you read the product description header in extra large type in bold?
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Yes, the HS720AS is a pull AND electric start model. It is a 120V-style starter, e.g., you plug in an extension cord (not included) and it uses power from your home to run the starter. Then, unplug the cord and you're ready to move some snow. -Robert@Honda
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HS720AS 20 in. Single-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 107.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed for this snow blower with respect to the premium price tag and supposed quality... Very disappointed for this snow blower with respect to the premium price tag and supposed quality reputation of the manufacturer. As many reviewers have mentioned, the chute controls are very stiff and difficult to adjust in the cold weather. Last season, the chute control stick is stuck to the end and cannot move at all. I went to Home Depot for warranty service. However, it was not covered under warranty because nothing was broken. By the way, Home Depot is not an authorized dealer for Honda products. I was unhappy for the charged repair as it should be covered by the warranty. I would not recommend this particular snowblower to anyone.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SINGLE STAGE SNOWBLOWER MADE First let me acknowledge that i am a Honda fan. I purchased the prior model to this one 15 years ago with the electric start though at that time it came with no crank chute controls but is basically the same specs and model as this one. I have never needed to use the electric start, it started on the first or second pull. It is easy to pull start (almost no resistance on the pull cord) because Honda incorporates a decompression valve that remains open until the engine first fires then closes quickly to provide subsequent cylinder compression for full operating power. My current Honda snowblower never needed major maintenance only oil change, spark plug cleaning etc. in 15 yrs and is still running strong. One might ask; then why are you replacing it? I'm not. The snowplow can't get to do my large drive (15 car) early enough to allow us to drive out granddaughter to school on time so I bought a second one so both my wife and I can cut a straight path to the road quickly. Prior to this Honda I had a massive two stage Craftsman with "tractor thread" traction power. What a mistake that was. The chute always got clogged and the tractor threads were worthless; better of with big rubber wheels. This Honda is more powerful and moves snow faster and throws it further than the two stage ever did! Keep in mind that this is a four stroke and has more torque that a two stroke that bogs down fast when the RPMs drop, not so with a 4 stroke. My older Honda can move deep snow 6-8 inches with no to very little bog down only in very wet and heavy snow and the two stages will also do the same. It has amazing torque! I think this new Honda will perform just as well (just bought it today). Some of the reviewer said that they bought it early in the season and had to wait for snow to check it out and by then it was out of the store warranty. You don't have to wait for snow, get the unit ready according to the manual, start it up, let the engine run for about half and hour then to simulate the full operation of the auger engage the auger handle for 10 min on and off for about another half hour all while the machine is standing still with the front raised with a 2x4 laid on the ground under it to keep the rubber auger paddle off the ground (no forward traction). If it passes this test you just checked out 90& of the unit's operation without snow! Now another word of caution. On all small engines either two stroke or four stroke USE PREMIUM GAS! The lower octane gas has ethanol alcohol in it with no protective additives in it and in short time will cause major problems. Also when storing the unit over the summer drain the gas tank and run the unit till the carb bowl is dry (has no gas, the unit stops running). If you store it with gas in the tank you have to use a gas stabilizer (un-stablized gas is only good for 2-3 months). The best stabilizer which most dealers recommend is made by SeaFoam. Getting back to this Honda little power house; it cost a little more but you save on maintenance, downtime and it's reliable; I know from experience. Big plus is I hear it's made in the USA unlike Toro (Mexico) and the Toro engines may be Chinese. So now I'll have two Honda's one for my wife and one for me as we work as a pair, oh by the way she has used the one I have and loves it; compact, lite wight, easy to maneuver and powerful! Another word of advise, buy from Home Depot stores not on-line, you will get to inspect for shipping damage prior to purchase. Two much of a risk of getting a returned unit with missing parts that may have be returned to the on-line warehouse only to be sent out to another customer that may not return it for various personal reasons. It's your choice pay a little more for quality or buy for lowest price and sacrifice reliability. Just my humble opinion.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great except the unnecessarily difficult chute controls. I wish Honda would issue a recall to fix... Great except the unnecessarily difficult chute controls. I wish Honda would issue a recall to fix the chute controls. They are supposed to make it easier, but instead make it more difficult to operate.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I had the HS 520 before this one and decided to go with more power. Today I did my driveway that ... I had the HS 520 before this one and decided to go with more power. Today I did my driveway that had 2inches of heavy wet snow and the power of the 720 did the job, no question. It threw the snow farther than I expected. What I didn't expect, especially from Honda, was the extream vibration that vibrated the blade handle right off three times. The handle is not bolted on. It was assembled at Home Depot and it appears you have to spread the handle to insert the tips into holes in the push bar. I saw no way it was going to not happen every time I used it. I'm sorry to say, it's going back.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Snowblower!! I was previously using the Honda HS622, one of their high end 2 stage hydrostatic transmissions with the Trax system. It didn't really perform until we had 8 plus inches of snow. And in wet snow it clogged frequently. Sold it and picked up the HS720 at HD. Unbelievable difference. It will clean up a half inch of snow right down to the pavement. It throws dry, wet and even soggy slush. It is lightweight and easily maneuverable. Self propelles itself and is very simple. I really like how Honda put their 190cc engine on them; More power to throw deep snow. The paddle design is also very good. I compared it to several others and Honda's collects and transfers the snow right into the shoot better than any of the competitors I looked at. Note: I test drove my neighbors before I purchased mine. He had the base model with manual shoot adjust. (There is no difference between the three 720 models in performance - only difference is the controls and electric start) I bought the AS with lever assisted shoot adjust and the electric start. Initially I was going the get the base model but ended up with the high end model. I do prefer the levers for adjustment. It makes for quick work when maneuvering. The electric start is not worth the extra $50 in my opinion: Honda GC190 engines are such consistent starters with the pull start that having to plug in an extension cord and put it away is a hassle because they start on the first pull every time (providing you are maintaining it). Excellent machine. Using it in Utah winters where snow type can fluctuate very widely. This machine handles it with ease and very quickly. It's lightweight design makes it a breeze to move around and get the job done.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had the machine for a week. Used it the first time since I bought it for 8 inches of powder snow.... Had the machine for a week. Used it the first time since I bought it for 8 inches of powder snow. To start with Consumers Report was right. Hearing protection is needed. It is LOUD. That said, I was happy with the rest of the machine. Starts in 2 pulls when cold. Plenty of power even for the snow the city plow left in the drive way. The chute direction control takes some effort to move the chute but I got use to that. Appreciate the remote control for the deflector at the top of the chute. Would have gave it a 5 if not for the noise. Then again the ear muffs keep my ears warm.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got the HS720AS to replace the HS520 for more power even I have the two stage HS724AT to deal wit... Got the HS720AS to replace the HS520 for more power even I have the two stage HS724AT to deal with the packed snow from the snow plow truck. Easy to assemble, not easy to put oil in it, but started on first pull. Have excessive vibration due to the power full 7HP engine as people complained about it and solved the problem. 1) Do not over tighten the two 8mm handle bolts, read the manual instructions. 2) Bought from Ebay for $6 the Good Vibrations Comfort Grip Model 100 and installed it in the handle. It works great and happy with the new HS720AS. Home Depot has the lowest price for Honda Snow blowers in the DC metro area, I don't own HD stock.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Delivered from factory not in quality state 720AS delivered today. I wanted to make sure everything worked. No assembly needed except to secure handle and add oil. The discharge chute up and down control would not work. Appears no tension on return spring. After looking at picture of unit on line, the assembly the spring hooks up to is 90 deg at top. On mind it was laying flat and spring had no tension due to insufficient stretch. This looks like it came from the factory in this condition as there are is metal fatique present. Returning to HD for refund. Doubtful I will trust Honda again and I was initially thrilled that I had finally brought a Honda product due to the great ratings.
Date published: 2016-10-12
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