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Hello from Elk River, MN.....just moved in from Texas ya'll!!

Yes, apparently I'm nuts, but I took a new job with my company and was moved from hot, humid, Houston, TX to just outside Minneapolis, MN.

I heard Minnesota gets a dusting of snow from time to time during the winter!

I'm looking to buy a Honda snowblower, and will be asking ?? on here as it relates to what I need to fit my bill.

Cheers ya'll!
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Welcome to the forum! We will be glad to help you choose the shiny new Toro! Or Honda, lol.

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I have a Toro Powermax HD 928 OHXE, which is no longer made. The smallest is now the 1028 OHXE. So far, my snowblower has been unstoppable. I have tried purposely stalling it out many times, but haven't been able to.

There is lots of good advice here, you won't go wrong with a premium or mid-grade model Toro, Ariens or Honda.
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Good deal - thank you!

What about track drive vs. wheel drive? If you don't NEED track drive is there any disadvantage? I would assume more parts = more to go wrong.
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Hello Skeezix & welcome aboard from Michigan!

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Good deal - thank you!

What about track drive vs. wheel drive? If you don't NEED track drive is there any disadvantage? I would assume more parts = more to go wrong.
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Hello Skeezix, welcome to the forum.

You need to decide how much you can afford to spend before you fall into the snow blower shopping rabbit hole. A smaller snow blower will take longer to do snow removal and if your dealing with deep snows where you have to cut it down with a snow shovel or grain scoop it will take even longer.

The holy grail is having a huge amount of available torque and power which in itself will provide you for many, many, years of dependable power for any snow event.

A track drive snow caster will have a variable speed hydrostatic transmission that rotates the two sprockets that mesh with the rubber track to make it move. The very large track drive snow blowers may have steering brakes to make them easier to use.

A V belt driven snow caster will have a V belt that spins the drive pulley and it spins a rubber traction tire that is used to spin the wheels and the way it is set up the closer the drive tire is moved to the center of the drive pulley the faster it moves.

The more power you have the less money that purchase of extra power will cost you over time as the engine will barely grunt when under load. Even with a winter with less snow your snow blower will clear any snowfall event at a very fast rate.

The larger toro snow casters have the patented anticlog feature wherein as the snow is pushed into the cross auger housing the excess snow in front of the impeller is forced out of the impeller housing and it flows to the right through the opening and forces it back out to assure the impeller is fed a smaller amount of snow and discharges the snow that enters the impeller at a very high speed.
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I believe that on a v-belt drive system, I think that the further the drive wheel is from the center, the faster that the machine will move. At least that is how I think my snow caster operates. I am sure it was probably just a typo on your part.
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