Hybrid Snowblower Could Ease The Task

Promising lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, lower noise and reduced vibration levels, the new Honda HS1336iHybrid Snowblower could be a good green alternative to the conventional snowblower, and might even help to take a bite out of the pain that is clearing your sidewalk and driveway this winter.

Honda says the hybrid configuration of this model combines a gas engine that simultaneously drives the model’s auger/fan apparatus (responsible for clearing and throwing the snow) and charges the battery, with two parallel electric motors controlling the machine’s track drive forward propulsion. These electric motors also serve as generators when the snowblower slows down, regenerating electrical energy in much the same style as the Prius.

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This model comes equipped with a Honda iGX390 four-stroke overhead valve horizontal shaft engine, which incorporates an improved inner muffler construction and, according to Honda, boasts the best ignition timing for its class. The iGX390 makes use of an auto choke to control the flow of air to the carburetor, designed to take the challenge out of getting your snowblower started when temperatures plunge.

Another plus, according to Honda: operability. The company says the HS1336i hybrid snowblower was designed with a three-mode switching function that gives you, the operator, the choice between auto mode, power mode and manual mode – options available only on the new hybrid system. Yours at a suggested retail price of $7,999.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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