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post #1 of 25 Old 01-04-2015, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Help me choose a new snowblower Honda vs Yamaha

I am in the process of purchasing a new snowblower for use around my home. I have narrowed down the field to either the Honda HSS928TCD or the Yamaha YS1028J as the best options for me available on the Canadian market. Both of these units have the big features I am looking for: Made in Japan, on board battery for starting, gas assisted auger height adjustment, 28" clearing width, track drive.

Honda HSS928TCD Price: $3,899
Pros:
- Local dealer 5 mins from my home
- Long term parts availability is excellent from Honda
- full electric chute function
- Backup recoil starter
- Lower purchase price
Cons:
- Smaller engine size
- lighter weight may hinder function on built up ice and snow
- the engine is not fully enclosed

Yamaha YS1028J Price: $4,099
Pros:
- Larger engine size
- heavier weight
- Sheet metal used around the auger assembly is much thicker
- The discharge chute is lined to prevent snow buildup
- The engine is fully enclosed
Cons:
- Higher purchase price
- The closest dealer is 2.5 hours from my home
- Parts availability is usually crappy from Yamaha as the unit ages
- the chute control is not fully electric
- no backup recoil starter


So, which unit would you choose and have I missed any important items from my analysis?
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Yamaha is quieter too, only parts you'll need are shear bolts so buy them at purchase time if none come with your kit. Are you sure you need a 28"?


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We don't have yam in the USA but due to your dealer only a few minutes from home I would go Honda.

The yam would probably be a good unit but parts and service look to be scarce... my gut says Honda.

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Just because of the dealer I go with the Honda but I wouldn't get tracks. I have track and I sooo wish I didn't.
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My Honda is unstoppable. I swear by it, not at it.

HS 928 TCD. It's Canadian eh! (Sure I'm done modifying it, for now, until next time.......)
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Both are fine machines. It might come down to which dealer you would put more trust in.

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You can't go wrong with either machine. Both machines are beasts and their performance is always best in class. It's the classic "Coke vs. Pepsi" battle. Red or Blue ??? I do think that there's an advantage being close to your dealer in the event something goes wrong or the machine needs servicing. Just comes down to personal preference. Just wish we had access to the Canadian version of the Honda HS928. That electric chute option is sweet.

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Does the Yammy have a 14" impeller? If so, that would be my choice.
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5 hours round trip if dealer support needed? Maybe you can't get parts for a $4k machine?

Or, local support and availability for parts.

Uh, what's there to think about? The big picture is that the thing's got to work when you need it. Don't sweat the details. Both fine machines.

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5 hours round trip if dealer support needed? Maybe you can't get parts for a $4k machine?

Or, local support and availability for parts.

Uh, what's there to think about? The big picture is that the thing's got to work when you need it. Don't sweat the details. Both fine machines.
If your heart is set on tracks I'm with SnowG.
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