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post #1 of 18 Old 01-27-2017, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Please help me chose

Since I have the honor to be a member of this wonderful forum I thought I could be advised in a dilemma. When I moved to the new house I had a choice between a single stage and a 2 stage .At that time I chose a 2 stage MTD, a budget solution, but afterwards I was not very excited. For one week now I am the owner of a wonderful machine Honda HSS 760 AET 2 stage. However I also want a single stage for less abundant snowfalls and some narrow alleys. My choice would be between Honda EA 550 and Toro Quick Clear , both of 163 cc engine !
The situation is as follows:
Common stuff:
- Both look pretty good
- Both are highly praised
- Similar engine power
- Prices close
Cons Honda:
- The engine is not GX is GC
Cons Toro:
- A lot of plastic, I saw a model with broken chute
- I do not think they have a very good service here because it is new on the market and only one importer
What do you think ?
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Wait for some more snow and use the Honda in those areas first . . . . and only spend more money on a 2nd machine if the Honda is a failure.
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I like the Toros myself and they are a few pounds lighter if you have to hall them up some steps to do a deck. On the other hand you already have Honda so why not make it a pair
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Wait for some more snow and use the Honda in those areas first . . . . and only spend more money on a 2nd machine if the Honda is a failure.
I also have a second snowblower MTD 56 2 stage as a backup. It's rather long to explain. I have about 150 square meters = 1615 square feet of walkways around the yard and several sections of stairs 2 or 3 (level differences) where a single stage would be great. I was forced to buy a 2 stage for me as I gave about also 630 square meters = 6782 square feet of private road allocated as common property. MTD proved to be too small for the road and too big for the courtyard, not to mention the low reliability. So now the Honda that I have is huge for the yard alleys not to mention that together with my wife we have to carry it down 3 stairs from the storage room to the yard !!! Following this acquisition I will clearly need an aluminum ramp. That's why we absolutely need a ss. Also another point to be mentioned is that here in Romania we have fences (in our case concrete fences) between the neighbors, which I don't know if it is or not an advantage versus the US....
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with my wife we have to carry it down 3 stairs from the storage room to the yard !!!
Is your Honda a tracked machine? If so, they are capable of climbing and going down stairs (you'll just have to learned how to do it and be very careful while doing it).
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Is your Honda a tracked machine? If so, they are capable of climbing and going down stairs (you'll just have to learned how to do it and be very careful while doing it).
Tracked ! Yes of course . I know that . But I am afraid exactly in this time frame from the first trial until I learn exactly how to do this.
The stairs are of quite expensive ceramic and I don't want to clean the snow but break the stairs .

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My new Honda 550 hs arrived home . Looking very good and robust !
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Congratulations!

The Honda was the better choice considering the availability of parts/service in your region.

One of my neighbours uses a set of folding ramps (designed for loading quad cycles and snowblowers into a pickup) to get his snowblower up onto his back deck. Something similar to this might be of interest to you. http://images11.palcdn.com/hlr-syste...87/8287336.jpg
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I love my Honda Division !!!
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By the look of the equipment in your garage, the Toro would not have fit in very well... looks like your are committed to Honda for life.

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