Honda Snow Throwers – the HS520 series – the single stage snow throwers with big ideas

by Martin

in Gas snow blowers, Honda snow blowers, Single stage snow blowers

Price guide $650.00 (HS520A); $750 (HS520AS)

These Honda snow throwers are ideal for the typical residential situation, where you need an efficient and reliable machine to clear your hard paths and driveways in a hurry when the snow hits.

Features at a glance

  • Clears a 20 in. wide path to 12 in. deep
  • Clears 55 tons of snow per hour
  • Throws snow 26 ft.
  • 220 degree Chute rotation
  • Electric start 4-stroke engine
  • Large wheels assist easy maneuverability
  • Large fuel cap and on/off switch

What can these Honda snow throwers do?

The HS520 Honda snow throwers can clear 55 tons of snow an hour, throwing it a distance of 26 feet.

The bi-directional chute is easily adjusted vertically and through 220 degrees horizontally.

The HS520 snow throwers have a rubber tipped auger-assisted drive train that powers through a 12 inch depth of snow right down to ground level, clearing a swathe 20 inches wide.

Are they easy to use

There are two models in the HS520 series, one with recoil start (HS520A) and the other with a plug-in AC electric start (HS520AS). The latter models costs around $100 more.

The HS520A and HS520AS Honda snow throwers are powered by the powerful Honda 4-stroke GC160 Premium residential engine. This efficient easy start 160cc, 5hp OHC engine will run these snow throwers on unleaded gasoline for one and a half hours on less than one-third of a gallon of fuel.

Since the GC160 is a four-stroke engine, there’s no need for any messy mixing of oil and gas with frozen fingers on a bitterly cold morning.

This auger assisted drive train provides what Honda calls ‘semi’ self-propelled forward movement that is triggered by an upward tilt of the handle. These machines are pretty lightweight and easy to work with, so you can allow the auger to pull the machine along rather than attempting to push it.

Are they worth buying?

Although priced more than many equivalent single stage snow throwers from other manufactures, you are paying for Honda’s reputation for quality as well as the best research and technology available. This translates to durability and reduced downtime.

These single stage Honda snow throwers have the performance of a two stage machine, with increased torque helping clear heavier snow than most single stage snow throwers can manage, albeit to a lesser depth than most two stage machines.

The Honda HS520 Snow Throwers are available now at Home Depot.

Honda HS520 in action

Specification – HS520A and HS520AS Honda snow throwers

Assembled Depth 49 inches
Assembled Height 40 inches
Assembled Width 22 inches
Auger diameter 12 inches
Chute rotation turning radius 220 degrees
Capacity/minute 1800lbs / 800kg
Chute Control Manual
Clearing tool included No
Clearing Width 20 inches
Deflector Adjustable
Drift cutters No
Drive System Auger assisted
Engine Make Honda GCV160
Headlight No
Heated handles No
Intake height (in.) 12 inches
Weight 76lbs/87lbs
Manufacturer Warranty 2yr full
Skid shoes No
Rotor style 2 Blade Curved Rotor
Snow cut depth 1 pass 12 inches
Start Type Manual/Electric
Tire height 8 inches
Throw distance Up to 26 feet/8m
Tire width 2 inches


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Snow man

Hey thanks. This is a really useful review. Better than most of the sales pitches I usually see on the web.

Snow man Mike

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