Thanks for the pictures. During the late fall/winter this is a $1700-1800 machine all day long. These 928's sell fast around here for that. This time of year perhaps $1400-1500. Maybe $1000-1200 during summer.Here are some photos. She mentioned it hasn't been used very much in the last 5 years, which is true since her husband wasn't physically able to. She can't speak for how it was maintained, but knowing him I think he took reasonable care of it. I used it myself once last winter and it seemed to work fine. It's been sitting in a shed that was covered on top but open in front, with boxes partially covering the snowblower itself.
The 928 is the most sought after model Honda makes. This Japan made HS928TAS has the upgraded thicker auger housing sides and gear case brace/bracket. Electric start and the best halogen headlight, the bracket design positions the light right where you want it to aim. Doesn't look like it's ever seen any salt either(which is a very good thing).My neighbor is moving out of the mountains and wants to give me a good deal for her 2009 HS928. Her husband passed a year ago and generally took good care of it, so I'd say it is in good condition. What would be a low, yet fair price to pay her?
I'll take a 2014-15 HS928 K model. over a 2009 anyday. The ones I have worked on are much better designed and tougher. I'm not sure but I think the 2015 was the last year for HS models. The K Model.The 928 is the most sought after model Honda makes. This Japan made HS928TAS has the upgraded thicker auger housing sides and gear case brace/bracket. Electric start and the best halogen headlight, the bracket design positions the light right where you want it to aim. Doesn't look like it's ever seen any salt either(which is a very good thing).
It has a dent in gas tank. Looking closely i can see both augers are worn from contacting pavement. Augers list for 300.00 ea new. Can't see bottom of auger housing sides, but must have some wear too. Auger housing is the most expensive part on snowblower, it lists for 1,080.00. Paint is worn off inside auger housing, probably from shooting rocks. Paint in chute probably is worn too. So it will need paint work. May have dents in metal from rocks. Being a 2009 it may need shoes and scrapper blade, can't see them. Does it have a carburetor surging problem from leaving gas in it too long, which is very common ?
Though i believe this 2009 era to be the best built Honda 928, they are easy to buy, and this one has wear issues from not being used and maintained properly. The dollar value of these machines is all about maintenance done vs maintenance needed. Don't pay too much more money for an old machine just because it's a Honda. They are expensive to repair. Still a good machine though.
If it were me id pass it by for more than 500.00 to 600.00
Agree. these HSS models are fairly new so most owners are happy but I don't like all the bells and whistles. I sell high quality used Honda's and get a very good price. Somepotential owners tellme for a little bit more they can get a newHonda and I say GO AHEAD.So the HS80 was made til 1991, a true Japan machine. It has the oil sight window on it's 8hp GX240. An awesome machine the 80 is, though it's 4 bladed impeller can't match the modern 3 bladed impeller in the Hydros, which started being produced in 1991/1992. The 828 is a great blower, you would be hard presser to see a difference in performance between it with it's GX240 and the 928 with it's GX270. The 828s all had the old style thin sided buckets(they were easily damaged by running into things). I also much prefer a machine that has the factory mounting holes with welded on nuts for side mounting shoes. I see people drilling their own holes, and they are often not in the right place. Having shoes on the sides can protect the bucket from contacting the pavement, if adjusted properly.
Some time after the 928 came out Honda added the gear case bracket, i think to save the impeller bearing. Some time in the 2000s they upgraded to the bucket with much thicker sides. My friends 2006 has it. So i am saying any year Japan made 928 that has upgrade bucket(pre K1 version), not just the 2009/2010 years, are the best machines.
Snowblowers really only need to do certain functions, but they do need to be built with highest quality to yield the most longevity to be reliable. K1s were cheapened from the non K1s.
When Honda decided to build the new HSS blowers in the USA to save money and redesign them with unnecessary features to cater to buyers, they ruined their brand and product. I know a guy who has 3 new HSS1332 blowers. He had his chutes changed to the newer modified ones where Honda cut down the collar. He told me now when he has his chute turned to the left or right, some of the snow is blown into his face. He is going back the the original chute.
These new HSS blowers are so different than the HS models. Way too much to type, i wouldn't own one if it was given to me. There was a guy on the forum who sold his HS928, he had the new HSS on order. When it came in and he used it, he hated the new one, put it for sale and was looking to but another HS928, used of coarse. I know about the re jetting carb, chute clogging, adding the hydro reservoir under the frame that they had deleted from it in the redesign... to save money im sure. The co that made the hydro trans made a mistake making them. I've heard it all. I looked at them in person at the dealer... it's a cheap build. Honda put more money in their pockets and sold the consumer a cheap blower... at this point your just buying the name. All my opinion. I've seen many for sale barely used year after year. No thanks!