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My opinion: Honda vs Husqvarna

Dear all,

After about 15 years snowblowing around my loghouse in the Swiss Alps with my Honda HS760, I decided to buy a new one (given the price and availability of replacement parts).

In Switzerland, as far as I understood, regulations have recently changed and basically Yamaha and Honda cannot be sold anymore until they replace their carburators by fuel injection.
Since I have a Husqvarna robot lawn mower, I checked if they had snowblowers... and of course they have. I decided to test the top of the line ST430T.

The Husq is a beast compared to the Honda (on the pics below, it's the big one...): not far from twice the weight, twice the engine displacement and 30% larger width. In practice, the weight is not an issue (for a man...). Actually it has also levers to block one track and help turning. It works fine but it is not convenient because you have to press rather firmly, you can do without any way. Also not convenient is the lever for adjusting the blowing direction, but it may be a question of getting used to.

The forward speed seems faster than the Honda. I would have loved a faster reverse speed. I did not have much snow for this test, say 5 in. but I got the feeling I could go faster (ie full speed) than the Honda.

Very important for me is the reliability. I was quite happy with my Honda and don't know about Husq. So I looked if there was some electric or electronic stuff. Granted, there is an electric starter and therefore a battery (my Honda did not need any). The good news is that there is also a recoil start that works great (I tested on cold and hot start), although you definitely need more space to operate than with the Honda (and I am not sure my wife could use it). But as important is the fact, that *every lever or control is mechanical*, no electric motor at all, I love that... (I just discussed with my seller today and challenged him to start and operate it with the battery removed, just to be sure....)

Overall, and so far, I am totally happy with this Husq, much superior to my old Honda. I was chocked to see the price in the US by the way, about half the Swiss price... I bought it anyway

Have fun, snowblowers,

Fred.
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Glad you are happy with the Husky!
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Great to hear a honest review.

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Very nice review! Was there any other brands that you had to choose from besides the Husky that had EFI?

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Thanks for the review. You covered some important information. That Husky is a nice looking unit. I am like you, give me mechanical controls.
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Is that a Hydro Trans in that unit?? Snowblower direct listed a Friction disc....... They also listed a 120 volt starter.... Although in the reviews, it says "Turn Key & Go"....

is it a different unit overseas??

Thanx, Jay
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Looks very sturdy. good luck. Only time will tell.

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Man that thing moves some snow check out the end of this video.



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Looks to me like one mean snow eating machine. That should have no problems with any snow.

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Is that a Hydro Trans in that unit?? Snowblower direct listed a Friction disc....... They also listed a 120 volt starter.... Although in the reviews, it says "Turn Key & Go"....

is it a different unit overseas??

Thanx, Jay
All the 400 series have a hydro tranny:

And the ST 430T:https://www.husqvarna.com/us/product...30t/961930134/

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