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Hey, guys just joined your site and am looking for some advice. I was injured in 2012 so my wife is doing most of the snow removal chores. We have a ST 824 Areins that we have had since the late 90's and runs excellent, starts first pull everytime and have never had an issue with it. That being said it is a bear to turn around for my wife and I want something easier for her. I am looking at the Honda HSS928 and the Pro 28 Hydro Track. From what I have read here the Honda is the best bet. I have read that there are some issues with the Areins on the reverse being week. I also don't want any of my money going to China. Any recommendations ?
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Welcome Drayhazel. That's a tough one. Honda track machines can be a bit of handful to turn especially from a stand still or slow moving position. Wheeled units are much easier and more forgiving with regards to turning. Having said that, my wife refuses to use the HS928. Just to big and difficult for her maneuver and turn. She prefers to use the HS520 single stage. I think part of it is the intimidation factor regarding the size of the HS928. I'm not a little guy by any means and there are times I have to wrestle the machine when turning at slow speed. The other part is that she's not comfortable with on the HS928 are the drive lever and auger lever. The HS520 is just so simple, set the chute orientation, pull the auger bail, and push the machine forward. Not sure if I answered your question, but thought I'd provide visibility on which machine my wife prefers to remove snow.

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