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I am preparing equipment for this coming winter including the Honda HS1132TA.

I bought it used but in nearly pristine condition.

I noticed for the first time yesterday that it has an air filter cover, but there is no air filter in it.

Should there be an air filter?

And if so, what do you recommend?

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The why of it is this. It's possible for the engine to suck into the filter some of the misting snow coming out of the chute and plug and or freeze up the filter and choke out/kill the engine. There also isn't as much concern about dirt in the air as you're normally using it when there is snow covering everything.
 

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The why of it is this. It's possible for the engine to suck into the filter some of the misting snow coming out of the chute and plug and or freeze up the filter and choke out/kill the engine. There also isn't as much concern about dirt in the air as you're normally using it when there is snow covering everything.
And the converse is true, for example, when using a garden tiller. With all the dust and dirty flying around, nicer tillers have 2-stage air cleaners, usually a foam and a pleated paper element. Take a look at Honda's FRC800, which even has a 'cyclone' pre-cleaner that uses the intake suction of the engine to swirl and collect dirt before it goes through the filters:




 

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I would not run any engine without an air filter no matter the season.
As much as the John Deere LA115 is money pit(and I keep hoping it gets stolen)
the engine has yet to croak from snow injestion.
If I had the precleaner I would still use an air filter anyway, there cheap insurance.
As a matter of fact an oil bath engine cleaner is ideal under all circumstances and
weather conditions
 

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I would not run any engine without an air filter no matter the season.
If you want your walk behind snowblower to have an air filter, you will have to find the way to add a filter, as 99.9% of walk behind snowblowers are designed to operate and come without an air filter from the factory.

Now, if it is an attachment added to a lawn/garden tractor, commercial ZTR or walk behind mower or tiller, yes you will likely still use the air filter in winter.
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