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New updated Honda snowblowers?

Just checking in to see if anyone has heard any news about Honda updating their snowblowers in the near future? I just sold my 16 year old 928 and started researching with the intention of buying a newer model with steering. After visiting the dealer I noticed there wasn't much if any changes except for the steering. I already had a Canadian model so the joystick control and hydraulic lift are something I already had. I've read the issues of clogging on the new machines and the change in the chute, which honestly seems like a stop gap measure and I read about the jet and impeller kit upgrade. None of these issues concern me as they are easy mods. BUT, with the reviews of the Ariens Rapid Track and how innovative it is etc. plus the Honda haters saying Honda's are outdated, underpowered etc. I can only think that Honda is listening to this also and would think that they are going to hit back with a new design or some change to their blower line to stay on top. In the end, my fear is that I invest over $3000 this year and then the 2020 model is completed redesigned to address these criticisms. I wish snowblowers were like electronics or new cars where leaks of new products or upcoming products were available. If anyone has any inside information, speak up😀
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I've heard nothing. Looks like you've sold your's so.... might be time to purchase a new one anyway.

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Husqvarna has been busy, have you checked out the new 400 series? https://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/snow-blowers/

That ST 430T looks nice. Hydro, tracks, 420cc and a 5 year warranty.


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It took Honda many years to upgrade to its recent model so I doubt there is a totally new revision coming. The HSS928 should get the auger protection system soon. That's probably the next upgrade in the works, but I don't know if it is coming in 2020.

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Like they always say, "If it ain't broke, don"t fix it".
You might want to read what some of the Ariens "Rapid-track" haters say, and they don't care for it too much at all, sounds like they have their share of problems and do not handle as well as they advertise.
The people that I know who have them, and from operating them, are, and I, am glad to stay with Honda, and they were all sorry they traded their Honda's in for them. They could not wait to replace them with another Honda for its ease of operation and reliability, plus not having to replace friction wheels all the time, and no slippage with the Hydro drive and infinitely variable speed.
A lot of the people even wanted the Non Steerable models due to less parts that wear and brake.
They did not like the Rapid Track design and handling at all, they all felt is was a very poorly, cheaply designed unit that was a real pain in the butt to work with, and would much have a wheel drive instead of that. They liked the Honda track design and operation much better, it was built a lot stronger and more useful from what I noticed and everyone else I know that had them.
But, try them if you want to experiment with it. We use ours mostly commercially, and some homeowner use.
I would also say to stay with the Older Honda Hydro units, the unit was built by Honda, and was a far better unit then the newer ones, stronger and more reliable. I would be afraid of all the new machines coming out with Hydro drives nowadays because the manufacturers of the Hydro units are not built that well in all of the other companies machines.
Honda doesn't make their Hydro units now, they are made by an outside company, so it will be at least 25 years to see if they hold up like the older ones.
All of our commercial machines are at least 26-27 years old and never had a problem with their Hydro drive units, I don't think we ever replaced a drive belt on any of them yet, and some with well over 1000 hours on them, I think we got our monies worth out of our Honda's.

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Just checking in to see if anyone has heard any news about Honda updating their snowblowers in the near future? I just sold my 16 year old 928 and started researching with the intention of buying a newer model with steering. After visiting the dealer I noticed there wasn't much if any changes except for the steering. I already had a Canadian model so the joystick control and hydraulic lift are something I already had. I've read the issues of clogging on the new machines and the change in the chute, which honestly seems like a stop gap measure and I read about the jet and impeller kit upgrade. None of these issues concern me as they are easy mods. BUT, with the reviews of the Ariens Rapid Track and how innovative it is etc. plus the Honda haters saying Honda's are outdated, underpowered etc. I can only think that Honda is listening to this also and would think that they are going to hit back with a new design or some change to their blower line to stay on top. In the end, my fear is that I invest over $3000 this year and then the 2020 model is completed redesigned to address these criticisms. I wish snowblowers were like electronics or new cars where leaks of new products or upcoming products were available. If anyone has any inside information, speak up😀
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Have you looked at the Yamaha 1028EJ or its little brother?
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Husqvarna has been busy, have you checked out the new 400 series? https://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/snow-blowers/

That ST 430T looks nice. Hydro, tracks, 420cc and a 5 year warranty.

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Looks nice but I don’t want a “unique” engine (he actually uses those words in review). The Honda GX engines have been around forever with minor tweaks along the way. They have more than proven themselves. I am looking to buy a new machine and I don’t like any of the engine choices on all the other makes. If Toro or Ariens had a Honda engine there is a good chance I would buy it.
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Looks nice but I don’t want a “unique” engine (he actually uses those words in review). The Honda GX engines have been around forever with minor tweaks along the way. They have more than proven themselves. I am looking to buy a new machine and I don’t like any of the engine choices on all the other makes. If Toro or Ariens had a Honda engine there is a good chance I would buy it.
Speaking of the good 'ol GX Honda's, how about the mini-shocker this spring when Honda came out with the GVC200 engine. That replaced the The GVC190 on the HRX line which was already a higher output than most 21" mowers. So I guess I would not be too surprised to see higher output engines go into their snowblowers. As a matter of fact I'm wondering now....why not??

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Have you looked at the Yamaha 1028EJ or its little brother?
I wish they were available in the US. They look like nice machines.
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I would stay as far away from that "Unique" engine as possible. That "Unique" fuel injection is an absolute failure with nothing but problems and extremely costly to fix, but what do you expect for the China recycled engine.
I would stay with the Honda GX series engine, it is tried and true with the most longevity and reliability, especially the older engines. Stay away from the GC series, they were another China mistake and did not hold up at all like the GX series.
The best were the engines that were made in America, and Japan, stay away from anything made in China unless you dont expect to keep it for more than a couple of months.
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