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post #1 of 132 Old 12-31-2016, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Honda 2016+ HSS models clogging: list of forum members with complaints

A number of folks are complaining about the 2016+ Honda HSS-series snowblowers clogging. Honda is claiming there are
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While any snow blower can clog up under 'perfect storm' conditions, I can tell you there are no known 'flawed designs' or known 'clogging' issues with the HSS929

This thread is to collect the names of SBF members who own a 2016 or later HSS model blower who are having clogging issues. We'll see if it continues to grow. If I've missed anyone, just reply to this thread and I will edit the first post to add them to the list. If possible, compare to other blowers to refute the "any snow blower can clog up under 'perfect storm' conditions" argument.



1. vinnyNH (928) HSS928ATD not good for wet snow
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After about 10 minutes of using the Honda, I gave up. The chute kept clogging up. I have to keep clearing the chute. I am going slow and still it is clogging. I finally parked the Honda and used my 15 years old Ariens 1028. Did not clog once.
2. obthedog (928)HSS928 first year review
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I never had my old machine clog even in wet heavy snow - never ever - This machine gets clogged up in the chute - I was so frustrated with cogging during this last 5 inch snow storm that I shoveled rather than having to unclog for 4th time. Even my old 724 never clogged like this.
3. Bob_s (928)I bought 2 new HSS928AWD last week - REVIEW:
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My new 928 also had some power issues but by far my biggest problem was the shoot getting clogged up.
4. Chalky45 (928)HSS928 first year review
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Your not the only one unhappy with the 2016 Hondas, 5 of my neighbours have the 724s, and the other 2 have the 928s, they are exactly what you described, boggy under load, sometimes cut out,
5. johnd (1332)HSS928 first year review
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Having the same clogging issue with my brand new HSS 1332. I had the 2013 model 1332 and sold it just to get the new features on the 2016 model. [...] It ran in all conditions and NEVER EVER had it clog. I could shoot watery slushy snow 20 feet with that machine. The new HSS 1332 has consistently clogged 3 of the 5 times I used it.
6. cprstn54 (1332)HSS1332ATD choking on slushy snow
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The conical base of the chute seems to compact the wet stuff into a dense mass the impeller cannot eject. I spent 90% of the time clearing the chute and only 10% clearing my driveway. Meanwhile, my wife with an Ariens Compact 24 had no problems at all.
7. SnowG (928)HSS928 Clogging [Solved?] Modified chute to fix problem
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We had a snow/rain weather event this week and I was dismayed when the machine clogged three times during the job. More time was spent digging packed snow out of the chute than doing the actual job.
I should note that during the twenty years of ownership of my old HS828, the chute never clogged once.
8. SB83 (928) More HSS928 Chute Observations Video of blower pushing bricks
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With the long deflector and a tightening angle that further compresses thh snow, it just cant get any snow by to start freeing up the clog
9. Marlow (1332)More HSS928 Chute Observations
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I've emailed a formal complaint to Honda Canada regarding chute clogging.
10. (-Superman-) (928)HSS928 Clogging [Solved?]
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Interesting. I bought my HSS928AWD last December, 2015, and was completely disappointed! I am always having to unclog the snow chute multiple times during each use. Ironically, my neighbors, who paid 3 times less for their snowblowers, never experience the clogging that I do. It's kinda of embarrassing, especially where they know I paid x3 more than they did. It's the neighborhood joke.
11. joehardware (928) link
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I bought my HSS928 new this fall. I've since used it 6 times, and it has clogged during 3 of these times. Always seems to be with wet/slushy snow.
12. tonysak (1332) link
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I have a low power/clogging issue with the HSS1332 vs the HS.
13. Gator9329 (928) link
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Same here on my HSS928 bought last November. It clogs with snow and makes concrete in the chute.
I have been running my old craftsman instead and it's moving the same snow the honda wont.
14. boathik (1332) Link WITH PICTURE
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You can add my HSS1332ATD to the clogged list. It was 3-4" accumulation, and happened at the EOD twice. There wasn't even much slush that caused the problem.
15. jbdesigns (928) link
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I can be added to the list. [...] there is an inherent problem with the machine with wet snow
16. BostonMA (1332)link
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Clog up almost every single storm, especially wet, on the other hand, my neighbor just bought a cheap Ariens snow blower, I felt so ashamed, he had to help me out to clear my driveway.
17. jdavis (1332) link
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Thanks HSS1332ATD! CLOGGING
I literally just wasted way too much time trying to clear a wet/heavy snowed in driveway, some it threw OK but kept clogging leading me to eventually say f8ck it, you can add me to the list if we're keeping track..
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post #2 of 132 Old 12-31-2016, 11:33 AM
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Where there is smoke there is fire, if these many people have been having the same issue then there shouldnt be a question of legitimacy of the claim, hopefully this gets to the right people and the issue gets sorted.
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Every single person that has the issue should call or email Honda Corp. If my 1/3rd price Toro can go 6 years without clogging once, then there is absolutely no excuses as to why my HSS1332 Honda should have had clogging issues 3 of the 6 times I've used it - in the same environment! No excuses. Either fix it or give me my money back, I don't have the patience to be spending more time unclogging the chute than clearing the driveway on a $5400 machine. It's ridiculous.
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I bought my HSS928 new this fall. I've since used it 6 times, and it has clogged during 3 of these times. Always seems to be with wet/slushy snow.
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Didn't had a problem with mine yet, used it 4 times, twice in wet snow and I have a pretty large driveway. Like said its most likely the chute collar that is the problem with it. Seems like an easy fix.
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I've never owned a Honda, but isn't chute clogging a problem most two stage machines have in wet heavy snow? At least that's what I've always heard.

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I've never owned a Honda, but isn't chute clogging a problem most two stage machines have in wet heavy snow? At least that's what I've always heard.
Yes, it is a common occurrence with cheaper two stage machines. But it never happened once with my $1500 Toro, and when you charge the price Honda does - it shouldn't happen. Honda's should be held to an elevated standard considering they are the highest price in their class.

Yamaha has a resin lined chute and impeller housing to reduce snow sticking/building up.
Toro uses what they call and anti clogging system and the material they use for their chute reduces snow sticking/building up - and I can tell you first hand it works!

Honda should be lining the chute with resin like Yamaha does, and they also need to get rid of that bottleneck at the bottom of the chute, which some members on here have been cutting off.
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I have a low power/clogging issue with the HSS1332 vs the HS. Maybe they new transmission is sucking up too much power?
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Same here on my HSS928 bought last November. It clogs with snow and makes concrete in the chute.
I have been running my old craftsman instead and it's moving the same snow the honda wont. It doesn't have tracks of fancy electric controls, but it's my favorite this winter.

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Added joehardware, tonysak, and Gator9329

Total is now 13 (4x1332's, 9x928's)
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