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Honda HS828 tracked, $600, Boston

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someone buy and ship it to me or save it and when i come cross-country to visit friends and relatives I will pick up.

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Is it me, or is the bucket bent in the top middle ?

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It looks a little bent, but I'd still take it.

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It's pretty common to have that small peak on the bucket of older Honda 2 stagers.

I've bent a peak back down on mine with a Wiss hand seamer/metal bender/crimper tool (Wiss HS-1). Works great. On to the next storm!

On the older Honda 2-stagers (those that you can still get parts for, like the HS828 and later) I'd look out for worn auger rakes, loosey-goosey track/wheel drive system (not so easy to catch), beat up and/or overly worn bucket, and a general overall rust problem that would indicate variations on the term neglect.

Cables and bearings can be replaced pretty easily. The right transmission rebuild goes into deeper waters (thank you JnC): https://tinyurl.com/y9n8kvt3.

Then there is the engine. While the GX's are great, they can only take so much abuse and neglect.

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It's pretty common to have that small peak on the bucket of older Honda 2 stagers.

I've bent a peak back down on mine with a Wiss hand seamer/metal bender/crimper tool (Wiss HS-1). Works great. On to the next storm!

On the older Honda 2-stagers (those that you can still get parts for, like the HS828 and later) I'd look out for worn auger rakes, loosey-goosey track/wheel drive system (not so easy to catch), beat up and/or overly worn bucket, and a general overall rust problem that would indicate variations on the term neglect.

Cables and bearings can be replaced pretty easily. The right transmission rebuild goes into deeper waters (thank you JnC): https://tinyurl.com/y9n8kvt3.

Then there is the engine. While the GX's are great, they can only take so much abuse and neglect.

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how do you check loosey/goosey track drive system? do you put it on it's bucket and wiggle it? if there is too much play what does that suggest? bearings?

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how do you check loosey/goosey track drive system? do you put it on it's bucket and wiggle it? if there is too much play what does that suggest? bearings?
Sometimes you'll feel a slight "jump" in one of the tracks when you run it (not sure about the wheeled version) that will indicate a bad bearing. I've put my 828 up on a wood step (2x8s) that fits between the tracks. You can then pull up on the drive wheel and feel some play.

Not sure if that's common or not, but it is an indicator on mine.

I noticed all the photos are still missing on JnC's thread. At one point I pulled all the images off to my desktop, but I had a hard drive crash and I'm trying to find the images on a backup.

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Sometimes you'll feel a slight "jump" in one of the tracks when you run it (not sure about the wheeled version) that will indicate a bad bearing. I've put my 828 up on a wood step (2x8s) that fits between the tracks. You can then pull up on the drive wheel and feel some play.

Not sure if that's common or not, but it is an indicator on mine.

I noticed all the photos are still missing on JnC's thread. At one point I pulled all the images off to my desktop, but I had a hard drive crash and I'm trying to find the images on a backup.
Thanks. always trying to learn something new or find out what to look for.

ya, getting those images back onto the right side transmission service thread would be great! it was my go to guide for doing mine and i work better with pictures or a video. I did rebuild mine by going by the Honda shop manual but that thread fills in the gaps.

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...ya, getting those images back onto the right side transmission service thread would be great! it was my go to guide for doing mine and i work better with pictures or a video. I did rebuild mine by going by the Honda shop manual but that thread fills in the gaps.
I found the images. I didn't verify if they are all intact, but after a fast look-trough it seems so. In total they are about 132MBs in size. That would take a while to e-mail in about 14-15 messages.

I'll try to PM JnC to see if he has them, or would like them. If not I could send them to you via snail mail (on a CD or DVD), or upload them to a file sharing site, but legally (and morally), I need JnC's permission.

His write-up and documentation was/is great.

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I'd propose a method that makes them available to others in the future, if possible, vs just emailing them to 1 person. Kind of paying it forward, to help others.

They might have gone away when Photobucket (I think) changed their rules, so that images would no longer be displayed on 3rd party websites, without the user paying $$ per year. They may not have been deliberately taken down by the user.

It may be possible to shrink the images significantly, while still maintaining most of the detail, if that would help. I have software that can make those sorts of changes in bulk (Irfanview, a nice free image viewer).

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