Honda HS928 for $1,000 or a FREE Yard Man 8.5HP 26". Which should I get?? - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
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Honda HS928 for $1,000 or a FREE Yard Man 8.5HP 26". Which should I get??

I have a '99 MTD Gold series 26" snowblower, with a Tecumseh 8.5HP, that I bought about a dozen years ago for $200 (on the WantAdvertiser.com). I've only had to replace the throttle and drive cables, added a couple Armor Skids, and recently had to drench the thing in oil to free up the frozen throttle mechanism. I'm thinking this thing has served me well over the years and that it's time for a replacement - it is quite rusted!

I was seriously considering buying a used Honda HS928 (wheeled) for $1,000. However, a friend just offered me a free Yard Man 8.5 HP 26" blower, because he doesn't use it. It is a virtual clone of my MTD Gold (same Tecumseh 8.5 HP), probably a decade newer, and it's in pristine condition.

I live on a cul de sac and the end of my driveway gets pummeled by the plow guy. Should I accept the free snowblower, knowing that I'm going to have to "do battle" with the snowbanks for year to come, or would the HS928 make my life that much easier??

It is also worth mentioning that there have been several occasions over the years that my MTD Gold couldn't throw the snow high enough to get over the banks (when the cul de sac was buried).

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Personally I'd find a way to get the snow over the banks but if it's a problem for you go for the Honda. IMHO you'll never be sorry.

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Hands down buy the Honda. Are you interested getting the MTD as a backup? Or a flip? Part out the rusted MTD?

Buy Buy Buy the Honda.

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I was ready to pull the trigger on the Honda, happened to mention it to my buddy, and he offered it to me. He didn't even know the brand, so I went to his house to check it out. I bet it hasn't been used 5 times - there is absolutely no paint missing from the auger/housing, and it has zero rust. I added some gas and it started on the 2nd pull.

I'm leaning towards telling him to throw it on Craigslist and I'll just get the Honda...but FREE is just so enticing!
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Did you store the old machine inside in the summer ? With a new machine you might want to do the EOD stuff first since it's likely to have road salt in it and then do the driveway as that stuff is relatively clean and might help rinse off the machine after each use. That and making sure you brush it off before parking it.

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I was ready to pull the trigger on the Honda, happened to mention it to my buddy, and he offered it to me. He didn't even know the brand, so I went to his house to check it out. I bet it hasn't been used 5 times - there is absolutely no paint missing from the auger/housing, and it has zero rust. I added some gas and it started on the 2nd pull.

I'm leaning towards telling him to throw it on Craigslist and I'll just get the Honda...but FREE is just so enticing!
If you didn't put impeller seals on your old MTD, and you just barely got by, then put them on the free one, and pocket the $1K. If you've already had seals, then the Honda would be the choice.
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the only thing better in a snowstorm than one snowblower...is two snowblowers ! use the honda as your main machine, and in the unlikely event that the honda has issues when you most need it....the free yardman should finish the job.

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That makes a lot of sense...End of driveway first, then the clean stuff! Thanks for the advice.
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If you didn't put impeller seals on your old MTD, and you just barely got by, then put them on the free one, and pocket the $1K. If you've already had seals, then the Honda would be the choice.

I never put impeller seals on the old MTD. What exactly would does that do?
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the only thing better in a snowstorm than one snowblower...is two snowblowers ! use the honda as your main machine, and in the unlikely event that the honda has issues when you most need it....the free yardman should finish the job.
I'd rather my buddy pockets the money than me have the insurance of a second "good" snowblower. Was thinking I could keep the MTD gold as the back-up either way (if my wife approves).
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