Power Products Technology
Yukios e (SB800e)
A New Power Product Harnessing the Advantages of Electricity The Electric-Powered Blade Snow Thrower
1. Birth of the Electric-Powered Blade Snow Thrower
Blade type household use compact snow throwers remove snow by collecting (pushing) and piling snow to the side, suitable for situations where snow cannot be blown around - such as residential areas and parking lots - in regions with light snowfall. Compared to rotary snow throwers which blast snow around, blade type snow throwers push snow, allowing even unaccustomed novices to easily remove snow by simple operations. Honda has produced gasoline-powered blade type snow throwers beginning with the SNOW BULL SB665 in 1991, through to the Yukios (SB800) in 2008.
Removing snow is, and has always been, hard laborious work. In regions where snowfall is not usually severe, residents tend not to own snow throwers, but use hand tools such as shovels when required. Sudden heavy snow fall, especially in urban areas, often requires hard work by unaccustomed residents to remove snow by hand.
The electric-powered blade snow thrower Yukios e was developed to reduce such manual snow removal work, and cater to the needs of regions in which snowfall is not severe.
The Yukios e is based on the gasoline-powered blade snow thrower Yukios, but is further developed to take advantage of being powered by electricity.
Being powered by electricity, the Yukios e can be used in noise-sensitive areas such as residential zones, without the worry of exhaust or CO2 emissions.
The Yukios e provides the operator with electronic control for smooth operation, has a mechanism that thoroughly removes snow with minimal effort, and is equipped with ideas to make snow removal convenient even for the novice.
Making Snow Removal Easier
Many innovative ideas make the Yukios e easier to use.
The battery is easy to handle and carry with a large-sized handgrip, and can be firmly secured to the Yukios e with a unique locking mechanism.
As battery charge performance depends external temperature, the Yukios e’s battery is detachable, allowing it to be charged indoors in stable conditions, using a household electric outlet (100V). The operator can check the remaining battery level on an easily viewable three-lamp LED indicator light.
The Yukios e was designed to be simple but practical, with a styling that the operator can feel comfortable with. The white head-cover, for instance, hides the mechanisms such as the motor, but also protects the connectors from the snow.
Unique locking mechanism to secure battery
Can be recharged using household power outlet (100V)
Simple and easy to read LED display and layout
2. Smooth Operation Realized by Electronic Control Technology
One of the Yukios e’s features is its ease of use realized by electronic control.
Sensors embedded in the two levers send signals to the control unit, which controls the motors, allowing the operator to smoothly control the Yukios e.
Even if the operator squeezes the drive lever, the Yukios e does not suddenly move, but accelerates gradually, and when the operator lets go of the drive lever, the Yukios e promptly stops.
The Yukios e moves naturally according to what the operator is doing, such as accelerating slower when reversing.
The operator can set the maximum speed using the speed-change lever, and infinitely adjust speed by the amount of grip applied on the drive lever. The operator can make minute adjustments to speed, allowing smooth operation even in confined spaces, and efficiently remove snow.
3. Efficient Snow Removal Performance
With blade-type snow throwers that push snow, efficiency depends on driving power. The Yukios e realizes highly efficient snow removal performance with Honda’s unique high-output brushless motor and frame structure. With small amounts of snow to remove, snow throwers gain the required driving power by the vertical load of their own weight alone. With large amounts of snow, when the weight of snow exceeds the vertical load of the snow thrower, the crawlers slip preventing snow removal.
The Yukios e features a class-topping* 860W DC brushless motor, and unique frame structure derived from Honda’s vast experience with producing snow throwers.
By combining optimal vehicle balance and the handle’s point of support, vertical load is increased through the operator pushing down on the handles, and by the snow itself, gaining the required driving power for easy operation.
By fully utilizing its high-performance motor, powerful snow removal is achieved in a light, compact package.
* Among all walk-behind electric-powered blade snow throwers (based on Honda internal research as of October 2014)