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Old 01-27-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Going with a Honda

After junking out my 2004 MTD snow blower and all the crap I went through with it (friction plate drive) I decided to go with a Honda HS928WA because of the Hydrostatic drive. I also looked at a Husqvarna 1830 HV, and an Ariens deluxe 28. I liked the Ariens because of the Briggs and Stratton engine, however I saw the friction plate drive as the inherent weak point. I know a lot of you guys have machines with them and like them, but to me it's a crude way to transfer power considering the kind of work a snow blower is required to do. Sorry, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em! The Husqvarna intrigued me due to it's chain/clutch drive, but I was leery of the Snow King engine built in China by LCT. In doing my research, I thought they went to great lengths to hide the fact that these engines were made in China. I went with the Honda because I've had good experience with Honda products (motorcycles) and I know people who have had exceptional luck with their engines. However in the end, it was Honda quality combined with the Hydrostatic drive that sold me, maybe in the end I'll regret it, but for now it will be the Honda. I have a driveway that's over a tenth of a mile long on a steep slope, it usually takes four or five passes to clear just the drive part. At the bottom, the drive is around thirty feet wide, and fills up fast with packed snow thrown into it by state highway trucks. I used to plow with a full sized tractor, but I quickly determined a snow blower was the most efficient, it really takes a lot out of a machine so here's hoping the Honda will hold up.
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honda makes some good products and some fantastic engines. post some pic's and write a review when you get it

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Sounds like you've done your homework for sure. I don't think you'll be disappointed with your decision at all.

We'll look forward to your review of your new Honda as you begin to use it.

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Did you go with wheels or traca?

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Congrats on the blower, sounds like you did 'due dilligence' in making your decision.
Once you have a chance to test it out, please let us know how it works out. We're always interested in how machines work for people, both good and bad.
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Did you go with wheels or traca?
Ths HS928WA is a wheel model....the "W" means wheel.

The most current version includes a light, individual throttle and choke controls, taller handlebars, improved GX engine, improved skid shoes, single-part wheel, improved low pressure tires and a standard anti-icing kit


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Congrats! I've heard Honda builts decent blowers and we all know they build a heck of an engine!
When I was trying to decide between the friction plate Pro 32 and hydrostatic Pro 32 nobody could answer my question of whether or not the hydrostatic required more power to operate. I knew the friction plate design was a tried and true design and seemed to be a pretty efficient way of powering the wheels. I just didn't know if hydrostatic was as efficient. I preferred to have most of the available power go to throwing the snow and not to powering the wheels. Plus, not knowing what pressures the hydro runs at I didn't know if I would ever run into a situation where the level of traction/power needed exceeded that of which the hydro was capable of providing. I ended up deciding on the friction plate model.

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I have a Honda HS928WAS and I absolutely love it. It is 3 years old. I had the opportunity to use a new CUB CADET 28" - sorry I don't know the model no. Long story short, the Briggs engine runs pretty good but the throwing power is lacking. The Honda throws at least twice as far as the Cub. The Hydrostatic transmission on the Honda is superior to the Cub. Going forward to reverse is just a pull of the transmission handle. Being a wheel model it turns on a dime. Paid a premium for the Honda snowblower but if it lasts as long as my Honda Harmony - 21 years old and running strong and my Honda push mower -18 years old, it is a great value. By the way my HS928 has electric start. Skip that option because it starts easily without it.
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Congrats. Great choice. The Honda HS928W is a fantastic snowblower. Perfect blend of refined enginering and brute force. Your neighbors will be jealous when they see that machine firing a steady stream of 40ft rooster tails. I love my Red-Head fleet.

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Roadbum, I just bought the same unit as you. I saw no need for the tracks or the starter. My Honda starts on the first pull without using the choke and throttle set on idle. The Honda HS928WA is the best value among the available Honda's. The extra 400 dollars for the tracks and plug-in starter are a waste for the average user. The starter would be helpful if I were 60 years old or older.
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