Snow Blowers

Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Brandon


How to Inspect and Adjust the Skid Shoes and Scraper on Your Honda Two Stage Snow Blower

Adjusting your skid shoes and scraper blade so that they have proper clearance will make your snow blowing tasks much easier and save your equipment from unnecessary damage and wear.

Make sure the engine is off and that the spark plug cap is disconnected before attempting to service your equipment.

All of the following information is based off of the Honda HSS928A and HSS1332A snow blowers. For information specific to your model and safety precautions, read your owner’s manual.

Inspecting for Wear

  • Step 1: Raise the auger housing up so that it’s off the ground.
  • Step 2: Measure the thickness of both skid shoes where they’re thinnest.
  • Step 3: Turn the skid upside down if the skid touching the ground is 0.02 inches thick. If it’s less than 0.02 inches thick after you turn it upside down, replace it. Do this for both skids.


  • Step 1: Make sure your snow blower is on an even, level surface.
  • Step 2: For track models, squeeze the auger height lever and push the handlebars down to raise the auger off the ground and and lower it until the skid shoes start touching the ground.
  • Step 3: Loosen the bolts securing the skid shoes.
  • Step 4: Adjust the skid shoes for the following conditions:

    Normal snow conditions: 5/32-5/16 inches (4.0-8.0 mm)

    Smooth, icy conditions: 0-3/16 inches (0-5.0 mm)

    Rough, uneven conditions: 1-1-3/16 inches (25.0-30 mm)

    Ensure that both skid shoes are adjusted equally. When the desired height is achieved, retighten the skid shoe bolts.

  • Step 5: Check the clearance between the scraper and the ground. Make sure it is 3/32-5/32 inches (2.0-4.0 mm). Equally adjust the scraper on both sides so that it is completely parallel with the ground. Tighten all loosened bolts and nuts. Torque the scraper bar bolts to 18.5 ft-lb and the nuts to 19.5 ft-lb.

For information about safety, warranty, and your specific model, read and be familiar with your owner’s manual.

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