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Questions concerning steep hill.

I have a very steep driveway. I currently have a walk behind snowblower with large knobby tires. For the most part it works fine going up hill. But when going down hill there are occasions where either the snowblower or myself start sliding. When this happens I have to release the drive lever and slide to a stop before I fall. Unfortunately my current snow blower (which I've owned for over 20 years) becomes "free wheeling" when the drive lever is released. Sometimes this causes a dangerous situation where the snow blower actually picks up speed when I'm trying to slow down. I used to just ride the situation out. But I'm getting older so I need to find a different way to do it.

So I have some questions.

Do all snow blowers with tires work the way mine does and become "free wheeling" when the drive lever is released?

If not then what feature do I need to look for to prevent this from happening?

Would a tracked snow blower solve this problem? (I really don't want to get a tracked snow blower. But if that's the only thing that will solve the problem then I'll get one.)

Thanks in advance for any help with this problem.
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-10-2019, 09:13 PM
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You may want to check into a pair of these. https://www.walmart.com/ip/HURRISE-O...xoC928QAvD_BwE
As to snowblowers... Not all blowers behave that way but I have no idea which ones they are. Someone will chime in and be better able to answer you. If the link doesn't work here's a pic.
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Thank you for the info. I still need to solve the problem with the snowblower. But I'll check them out - they should help.
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I use a Honda HSS928AWD with wheels. When the drive lever is released, the wheels will not rotate in either direction. Yes, a tracked snowblower is really a solution for your older age and steep hill. It does most of the work for you. I wish I had gotten a tracked model because it does not ride up on the end of the driveway pile. The wheeled model takes some manhandling. The only disadvantage with a tracked model is that it is difficult to maneuver when not running.

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Thanks. I like Honda, that's the brand I use for my lawnmower. If I get a wheeled blower, I'll probably get either a Honda or a Toro. (Maybe somebody else can tell me if the Toro's wheels lock when the drive lever is released.) If it's a tracked blower then I'll probably get a Honda.

I'm trying to resist getting a tracked snowblower due to cost and the fact that they look like they would be somewhat cumbersome to use. But maybe I'll have to take a closer look at them. I like that you mention that they do more of the work, I'm just concerned about about how easily and quickly they turn and maneuver even when running.

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I'm just concerned about about how easily and quickly they turn and maneuver even when running.
A modern tracked blower like the Honda HSS series has steering triggers that disconnect the drive to the tracks when pulled and make maneuvering child's play. Pull one steering trigger and the track on that side stops being driven and will rotate freely, so the machine pivots in that direction as the other track remains driven. Raise the augers with the left thumb control and pull both triggers and both tracks are completely free-wheeling, so the machine can be pushed/pulled/turned by hand easily.

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A big thanks to everybody for replying. I think I will be getting a track blower.

One more question. With Honda Tracked snow blowers there appears to be two model types - AAT and ATD. The ATD comes with electric start. Are there any other differences?
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Your Hydro-static drive machines will come to a stop when you release the drive lever. If you have the newer Honda HSS with the separate steering levers, if you release the main drive lever and squeeze the small steering levers, it will "Free wheel" and continue to move. Don't squeeze the little steering release levers and it will come to a stop. The older Honda HS model does not have the steering release levers and will come to a stop when the drive control lever is released.
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With Honda Tracked snow blowers there appears to be two model types - AAT and ATD. The ATD comes with electric start. Are there any other differences?
In the US, on the HSS1332ATD, additional features are:
  • Hour Meter with Auger Lock Indicator Light
  • Double articulated chute
  • Auger Shear Bolt Guard system
In Canada, apparently both the HSS1332CTD and HSS928CTD get them, and the HSS724CTD gets at least the chute.
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Thanks again for the reply's and helpful information. I think I now have everything I need to know. Unfortunately that can sometimes be a dangerous situation for me.

I need to stop by the store and check things out. But I'm leaning towards getting a Honda HSS928ATD.
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