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Let me hear it - SHO, Big Red or Husky

I've been hemming and hawing at this forever.

Want a 2 stage 24" bucket

I like the Hydro Tranny alot. Had a 928 previously. Sold the house with it. New House - need a 24" Max bucket size. I know 24" is not a popular selling bucket size.
Turns out Husq. makes a 24" bucket with Hydro tranny just like Honda. I'm not sure how reliable Husq. is. Called a couple of Husq. dealers in my area - NONE carry the Husq. snowblowers. They primarily will have Ariens or Toro.


Horses for Courses, I just want the machine that is best to tackle EOD in a 24" bucket size. I don't know how much or how less the drivetrain power loss is on a Hydro compared to a traditional fricton disc system and how that equates at the end to power in the Bucket.

So the 3 I'm looking at are

24" SHO
HS 724
Husqvarna ST324P

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If I had to get a new 1. it would be the red 1. and that is all I am going to say on that 1.

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to me the the husky's look cheaply made. From being in the landscaping biz , hydro's do take some hp's. If it were me I would get the old school friction disk

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The Honda, get the Honda. Or if you want to spend about a thousand less get the Ariens. The Husqvarna is a good chassis for a mid to lower end price. At least the ones before the 2015's. However Husqvarna does not build a much higher quality chassis as you go up in the line IMHO. Therefore buy low and stay away from high in their lineup. The Honda would have to be my ultimate 24" although a super stretch for my budget perhaps one day. The more practical ultimate would be the Ariens, at least for me.

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You can get the Platinum 24" SHO for $1,399


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I was just in your shoes last fall looking at those three brands for a new blower. I can tell you Honda is still creme of the crop, but their prices are very unreasonable. I have been a Husq. fan for many years, but their quality is hit or miss now across the board. They have not maintained brand integrity. I ended up with an Ariens and I don't regret it one bit. The 24" SHO will not disappoint you and it is very well priced. If cost is no object Honda is tough to beat, but you will not loose any performance with the Ariens. The new SHO's are getting lots of acclaim for good reason, and the LCT engines are better than anything Briggs is building today.
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Another one of those coin flip situations between Honda and Ariens SHO. I'm really a brand loyal customer. Been a Honda owner for years with various vehicles and power equipment. I'm what the brand marketing folks at Honda would call a "heavy user". With the exception of the 2011 - 2014 Honda Odyssey not having factory roof rails as a standard feature (I hope you're reading this Honda), I don't have a single negative comment about Honda. Very customer friendly manufacturer of high quality, long lasting, trouble-free equipment. I say go for the HS724, but the 24" SHO also sounds like a great machine according to members of this forum. Don't know much about Husky equipment, so I'll reserve judgment on that machine. Let us know how you make out when you settle on a machine. Good Luck!

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The Husky is Husqvarna in name only. The quality is not the same as their chainsaws.
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If I had to replace my blower I know that I would get a 24 SHO in a heartbeat.
If i had the bucks, a Honda would get a very detailed look before I bought the SHO but I would probably stay orange.
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