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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2016, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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How crazy is this?

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/a...735757024.html


At first I thought it was crazy, but then the machine looks clean.


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I haven't looked at the parts break down on that model, but according to the information available on Plano Power Equipment's site, it was made in 1983-1984, so I would pretty much guess that there are a fair number of parts that are NLA for it. Clean as it might be, personally, I wouldn't pay that kind of money for it.

Here's what is on the Plano site for the snow blower and its engine:

HS50 TA* (1983-1984) G200-TA Engine, Track Drive

Side Valve Horizontal Shaft Engine Models - Includes G100, G150, G200, G300, and G400
These engines were sold from 1978 to about 1986. Some parts for these models have been discontinued, but most are still available.

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It's another shoeless Honda with all the serrations ground off the augers. I'll pass. If they couldn't be bothered to make those minor adjustments they probably beat the tobacco juice out of it. Bucket is worn down. Scraper bar is probably gone and it's been running on the bottom of the bucket.
Ask the seller to send a couple of good quality pics of the scraper bar area as well as an interior shot of the side of the bucket.
And not one chip of paint missing from inside the chute??
Run, don't walk away from it.(JMHO)

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It's another shoeless Honda with all the serrations ground off the augers. I'll pass. If they couldn't be bothered to make those minor adjustments they probably beat the tobacco juice out of it. Bucket is worn down. Scraper bar is probably gone and it's been running on the bottom of the bucket.
YES....!!!!
The blower "looks" kind of clean if looking at just the paint, but the auger and auger housing look GROUND DOWN.....!!!, not worth what they are asking for for someone that knows about them.
You can get a used HS624-HS724 in good shape with hydrostatic transmission for $600-1200 at this time of the year being patient.

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hsblowersfan, Did they ever make a non-serrated auger? I see the tiny skid shoes attached and I know they made different auger housing designs that made it hard to see if they were actually worn down. Is it old enough to be a model that didn't have serrated augers? I can see a small bit of scraper bar in the one pic, but that may only be the last bits of it It's a shame to have those great engines atop something that only has a few parts still easily available.
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hsblowersfan, Did they ever make a non-serrated auger?
They did make them for the HS622 but I think it's the only 2 stage model to lack of auger serration.

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The auger serrations on the HS55, HS70, HS80 (and perhaps HS50), are not aggressive at all compared to the HSXXX and HSS series. You'll have to be looking for them to notice (but look how wide they are, a way of telling if they are ground is by looking at it, they would look narrower).

Here is an example of an HS80 auger serrations.



This is the HS50 (I think they are worn)



Here is an HSXXX for comparison

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hs, Thanks for the info. That sucks. Those blowers COULD have many more years left in them with parts support and some judicial use of skid shoes
I'm guessing Honda's run and throw so well, people don't notice the augers wearing. They keep running 'em until it clangs I've had neighbors run lawn tractors until the blades were almost non-existent, like they wore the entire cutting surface off to a stub. Main complaint was "it kind of clumps the grass now."

That hs622 seems like the COPO Camaro of snowblowers!

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****, what is it with people abusing Honda OPE?

I've got a Honda mower a friend found at the dump. It was self-propelled, with a gearbox in the rear middle, and a shaft going to each wheel, with the shaft carried in a ball bearing in the height adjuster on each side.

When I got it, the bearing on the right side was trashed and the shaft was significantly worn. But on the left side, it looks like they ran it until not only was the bearing completely shot, but it wore through the shaft... completely!

A couple of ball bearings, a length of 1/2" round SS bar stock, and a couple of front wheels later and I had a nice no-longer-self-propelled mower.

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For that kind of money you'd think the owner would read the manual or have previous knowledge that skid shoes need to get checked once in a while. It's just a shame to see them run into the ground like that.

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people and HONDA...

I've seen many a Honda motorcycle in deplorable condition that still ran well. It's the nature of the beast. Honda is known in the motorcycling community as the bike you just put gas in and ride! As far as design goes they can be rather conservative and stick with a design way past it expiration date. But their reliability is second to none.
It seems that this philosophy extends to the rest of their company offerings too. I had an early 80's Honda car that had 200,000 miles on it, everything still worked down to the most minor accessory, everything was electrical. It survived 20 central New York winters and all the salt they use on the roads before I couldn't get it inspected. Rust eat away the body, the CV joint boots were ripped for 5 years before the salt finally got to them, the roof rusted out so bad the sun roof wouldn't open but the motor still worked. While I wouldn't let this happen to my bikes or snowblowers I am guilty of not maintaining my cars, just hate working on them and didn't drive them much in the summer anyway.
The point is what ever Honda makes is perfect for the average Joe that just wants it to start up every time and go!
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