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post #1 of 20 Old 08-14-2014, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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honda vs ariens

ive been looking for a good used snowblower,and i found 2 on my local CL,ones a honda hs624ws i think about 10 years old(not sure though) the other is ariens 624E it is a 2008 bought as a left over in 2009, they are both for sale 4 around $400.in the pictures which are not very clear the Ariens looks pretty clean the owner claimes it rust free and runs great.the honda looks pretty much rust free,the bucket looks scratched up,looks like ever day wear and tear.i havent gone to look at either one,hope to this weekend,the ariens is little over a hours drive from me,but the honda is about a 15 min drive.i know there is both Ariens people and Honda people on here,just wondering if i can get some unbiased opinions on which one i should consider buying,or neither.thankshonda vs ariens-00i0i_fktf7cyylun_600x450.jpg

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Both are quality machines. Honda's however tend to hold their value better and they also manufacture their own engines. Older Ariens can be very nice machines however you will have to deal with the peculiarities of having a potentially finicky Tecumseh engine. The newer machines come with Honda clones which are made by LCT which is a Chinese engine manufacturer. The engines are definitely better running than the old antiquated flat head Tecumseh engines however some people here will no longer buy them because they feel that the low cost Chinese engines were responsible for Tecumseh's demise. I however feel that Tecumseh was compliancent and they were slow to improve their products and despite knowing that their engines were prone to blowing connecting did nothing to redesign the rods and the simply blamed the consumer saying that it was their fault the engine failed because the either over reved it or let the oil level get too low. Honda engines are great and they are the new standard among small engines.
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so is the 2008/2009 ariens a tecumseh engine? also can you put electric start on the honda?
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The HS624 was originally released in 1992, and discontinued from the USA market about 1998. There was a wheel and track version, and both were made in Japan.

On the frame, near the bottom rear, there should be a serial number plate or sticker, in the format "S???-1234567" and I may be able to pull up some history on the unit (maybe).

Service Bulletins for this model:

Carburetor Icing (kit available to correct the problem.
Improved Auger Skids (more durable) replaced rear skids
Improved Auger Shaft (and new support bracket) applies to frame serial number 1000001 through 4102045

Honda offers a light kit and drift-breaking kit for this model.

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IF I had two choose between the two. I would take the Honda.:eek :

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IF I had two choose bet we the two. I would take the Honda.:eek :
Ditto, but I'm biased because I already know how awesome Honda is.

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As much as I am a fan of my Honda. That Honda looks a little beat up, especially the bucket. I know it is an older machine, and wear and tear is expected. On this one, I'd take a closer look, and make sure that it starts easy from a cold engine, moves and operates smoothly, HAS THE HONDA SPECIFIED SHEAR BOLTS, and does not make any strange noise.

Both are quality machines, and have the possibility of giving you years of service.

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Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
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I have zero point squat for knowledge on Honda's, but I have noticed a couple things that don't add up for me. They are:
  • No skid shoes?
  • Is the top part of the bucket bent, or is that the design?

I want to reinforce, I'm NOT putting down Honda's, nor am I trying to step on anyone's toe's. Just asking the questions.

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I have zero point squat for knowledge on Honda's, but I have noticed a couple things that don't add up for me. They are:
  • No skid shoes?
  • Is the top part of the bucket bent, or is that the design?

I want to reinforce, I'm NOT putting down Honda's, nor am I trying to step on anyone's toe's. Just asking the questions.
The skid shoes mount oh the back side of the bucket, and from the pictures it looks like they are missing. The bucket does look bent.

Snowblowers I own.
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I concur with those observations.

Like I have said, I love my Honda and have no intentions of parting with it. But the one in the pics is a little more "worn and torn" then I would expect for its age. My HS 622 is closer to the Ariens condition then that one, and will be when I'm done with it.

So, if you are looking for a project, I'd say go for it. There does appear to be evidence of neglect.

And if you want to just use it and forget it, go with the Ariens.

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Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
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