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post #1 of 21 Old 03-24-2016, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Change my mind?

so I put a deposit on a new HSS928(2016) from Honda, just read a review that it keeps clogging in the snow that he got in Massachusetts this year, and he is very disappointed. I don't want to spend Honda coin to replace my shovels, if im not getting what I expect? Deluxe 28 SHO?

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Clogging has to do with the quality of the snow, not the brand of the snowblower..
heavy wet snow will clog with virtually any 2-stage snowblower.

dont let *one* review sway your decision!
you cant do much better than a new Honda 2-stage..some other machines will be as good, many will be worse, none will be better.

(EDIT..based on the other thread, which I didn't notice when I made this reply, there might be more to this story than what I assumed:
HSS928 first year review )

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Although its always possible that *any* 2-stage might not be the best machine for you..
If you are close to the coast, usually get less than 6" at a time, its usually wet and slushy, and you have a relatively small area to clear, a single-stage might be the better machine for you..

when it comes to snowblowers, its not always true that "larger is better"..For many people a single-stage is much better than a 2-stage..it depends on where you live and the nature of your average winter and your average snow.

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so I put a deposit on a new HSS928(2016) from Honda, just read a review that it keeps clogging in the snow that he got in Massachusetts this year, and he is very disappointed. I don't want to spend Honda coin to replace my shovels, if im not getting what I expect? Deluxe 28 SHO?

thanks for any input!!


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The Ariens models are made with heavy gauge metal and put together very well. The designs for the chassis, drive and propulsion systems are well matched to most user requirements. An Ariens is a good choice, but the model depends on your specific needs. You have not specified anything about your environment. It would be useful to know how much snow in a season and the size of your area for clearing. Some machines like the Honda are not recommended for gravel driveways so the surface of your area is important. Do you just do your own driveway or others as well. How quickly do you want to clear your area?

The Deluxe 28 SHO is a nice machine, but would a 24 or 30 or 32 suit you better? The 28 SHO has a 306 cc engine, while other Ariens SHO models have more features and more powerful 369 or 414 or 420 engines. The drive can be disc or hydro static, and wheels or track drive. I think those with tracks recommend the hydro static drive.

Price of the Ariens will vary by machine of course with the Pro models at the top of the price list, but they have super duty specs and way more powerful than most other machines and commercial duty features and ruggedness. The Pro 28 would be a step up from the Honda.

Good luck with your choice, but make sure the machine fits your needs. Don't limit yourself to Honda or Yamaha when Ariens offers more for less money, just my opinion of course.

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Toro makes some nice blowers too that do well in wet snow.

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Except that Toro uses plastic chutes
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Those plastic chutes will hold up to Anything that can be tossed at them.

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Except that Toro uses plastic chutes
Hence one of the reasons they work well in wet snow

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https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1455.../data=!3m1!1e3

here is "The Hood", i want to blow my drive and walk (thx Capt Obvious) and my neighbors also, so mebbe 9-10 of em, all right around the same.

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here is "The Hood", i want to my drive and walk (thx Capt Obvious) and my neighbours also, so mebbe 9-10 of em, all right around the same.
Nice, is yours opposite to the one with swimming pool? I can see a walkway there? And you also intend to do 9 or 10 neighbours too?

You need the Ariens Pro 28 or 32 likely with wheels since its all flat looking. That machine will get your job done fast regardless of the snow.

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