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Looking at Honda for my next snowblower

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I have been an Aries owner for 15 years. I need some help to make a decision. I am looking at the HSS928AW/AWD. I have also never purchased a snowblower with tracks HSS928A. My driveway will fit 6 cars and it has a small incline. I store the machine in the shed with a 36Ē door then I have to take a sharp right to store it. Not sure itís necessary to have tracks vs wheels. Other than the traction it gives you why would I want tracks?
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Hello all,

I have been an Aries owner for 15 years. I need some help to make a decision. I am looking at the HSS928AW/AWD. I have also never purchased a snowblower with tracks HSS928A. My driveway will fit 6 cars and it has a small incline. I store the machine in the shed with a 36Ē door then I have to take a sharp right to store it. Not sure itís necessary to have tracks vs wheels. Other than the traction it gives you why would I want tracks?
Thanks in advance
I have both. Prefer the tracked model because the wheeled model has a tendency to ride up on the snow instead of digging in like the tracked. Also depends on your incline. I have a slight incline and the wheeled model has no problem. The problem usually is packed snow on the EOD , that is end of driveway or berm left by the plow. This is where the wheeled model usually rides up.

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The tracked is a breeze to operate. Look at the platform and surface area of the tracked model compared to the wheeled. The tracked just goes thru stuff, with the new rear shock setup, you can tilt the whole machine around the more stable tracked platform. The steering clutches make turning pretty effortless

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It's all about the traction & the tilt: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...87-post21.html, and as @Nanook12 said, Honda's features make their HSS tracked blowers VERY easy to use.

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I have the wheeled HSS928 and it can take some muscle to work with it, especially at the end of driveway pile left by the plow. I regret that I did not buy the tracked model which just pushes right through. On the plus side, the wheeled model can be moved easily without starting it. I just wheel it down the hill from the shed to the heated garage the night before a snowfall.

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I can not comment on both, as I have only had wheeled all my life, never had any kind of "riding up" issue ???? I always use the gear for which the amount and type of snow requires with excellent results. I have many, so of course moving them around while they are off is extremely easy as well.
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Iíve always had a tracked blower, have never thought to myself ďman I sure wish I had a wheeled blower this tracked unit just isnít cutting itĒ, I canít think of one reason why one would be better than tracks, and anytime I hear or read reasons people say they prefer a wheeled blower I donít agree LOL.

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When you pull both of the steering clutch handles on the newer tracked Hondaís. It disengages the track drive and you can push it around without it running. Rolls along fairly easy. Not sure when Honda started doing that? Mine was new this Fall.

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Speaking of the dig function, today was the first time I actually actively used it on a machine I built for my brother. I usually tell people not to use it as it can have the augers hit the pavement but I know on his machine I have the side mounted skid shoes that are properly adjusted so I didnt worry about the augers hitting the pavement.

The snow on his driveway was packed in due to him driving his cars on it and lets just say that the dig setting really shined as the the HS1132 kept digging in and scrapping stuff off of the pavement.


I love track machines, do not have experience with the HSS series just yet and as I am pretty happy with the HS series as it has yet to let me down, the EZ turn function sounds nice but I personally prefer the Japanese sourced bulletproof HST in the HS series compared to the Hydro-gear US sourced HST in the HSS series as it has had its issues since it was introduced.

The main issue of machine slowing down to a crawl after warming up seem to have been solved but I have my reservations as I have heard horror stories about the Hydro-gear transmissions in the lawn mower world.


Non the less, go with the track unit, do not try to move the machine on dry surface as that will put you off, the track machines are only slightly more difficult to handle in snowy conditions compared to their wheeled counterparts.
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I have seen first hand too many to count Hydro-Gear transmission failures, I would not trust them at all.
The older Honda HS models used their transmission built by Honda, and they were a much much better unit.
The Hydro-Gear units would wear out the little pistons and cylinder blocks that hold the hydraulic pistons due to poor metals used in manufacture, then the machine would slow down when it got warm/hot.
I have repaired/replaced quite a few of them on various lawn and garden equipment and it is an expensive rebuild on them.
Its funny, the older HS models had no-where near the problems that the newer HSS models were having.
I would say to give the HSS model at least 10 to 20 years to prove itself against the HS model in reliability and operation plus its build and the bugs that had to be worked out of them, and to see if its Hydro-Gear can hold up to the Honda manufactured units that are still running flawlessly today at over 25 years in age.
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