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I took delivery of my new HSS928 about 2 hours ago. I purchased it from Jacks on line and it was delivered to CO in a timely manner in perfect condition.

After putting oil and gas in and setting up the scraper and shoes I got to try it out on some pretty tough stuff. It snowed here on Tuesday and has getting warm during the days so this stuff had some frozen chucks in it. I was running it in about 1/2 to 3/4' auger height snow.

I'm coming from a 1332 for comparison sake. First I will say that the shoes on the back of the auger housing sucks. It may work in a more flat surface but for the end of drive and side walk it's no good, It tends to pull the blower around leaving it very difficult to control. No big deal, I learned this with my 1332 as well. New side mount poly shoes are in order.

I need to get used to the new controls. I found myself trying to drive it like my old machine. I think at times I even tried to steer it using the joystick.:redface:

I may have been the material I was running in, but I felt it was a little under powered. I checked the throttle linkage to be sure the handle was utilizing the full travel of the cable and it is. That is as far as I went in trouble shooting.. Was it because I am used to the 1332 or the hard pack I was running in, only time will tell.

The steering works very well, and will only improve once in install the new shoes. This I expected as I had a track drive Troy unit prior to the 1332. This is a great improvement to the older HS models. I took a quick peek at the steering mech and it does look very beefy. Nothing to fear here from what I saw.

The gas strut is a huge improvement over the foot controlled unit, even if I did keep putting my foot down there to adjust it. :wavetowel2: I would however like that control to be angled up more to allow easier use when using it with the auger bucket elevated. Hard to explain, but not a big deal none the less.

I"m noticing something odd sounding, it's making a weird noise at idle, but goes away with any throttle added. Almost like a pull it misaligned or loose. it does this with or without the trans or a auger engaged, a bit of a mystery, Ill keep an eye on that for changes..

To make fair comparison I need to install the side mount shoes and try this thing in fresh snow. It's coming down again so if there is enough I will try it in the morning, otherwise it may not be until T-day until we get more..

-Robert
 

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I took delivery of my new HSS928 about 2 hours ago. I purchased it from Jacks on line and it was delivered to CO in a timely manner in perfect condition.

After putting oil and gas in and setting up the scraper and shoes I got to try it out on some pretty tough stuff. It snowed here on Tuesday and has getting warm during the days so this stuff had some frozen chucks in it. I was running it in about 1/2 to 3/4' auger height snow.

I'm coming from a 1332 for comparison sake. First I will say that the shoes on the back of the auger housing sucks. It may work in a more flat surface but for the end of drive and side walk it's no good, It tends to pull the blower around leaving it very difficult to control. No big deal, I learned this with my 1332 as well. New side mount poly shoes are in order.

I need to get used to the new controls. I found myself trying to drive it like my old machine. I think at times I even tried to steer it using the joystick.:redface:

I may have been the material I was running in, but I felt it was a little under powered. I checked the throttle linkage to be sure the handle was utilizing the full travel of the cable and it is. That is as far as I went in trouble shooting.. Was it because I am used to the 1332 or the hard pack I was running in, only time will tell.

The steering works very well, and will only improve once in install the new shoes. This I expected as I had a track drive Troy unit prior to the 1332. This is a great improvement to the older HS models. I took a quick peek at the steering mech and it does look very beefy. Nothing to fear here from what I saw.

The gas strut is a huge improvement over the foot controlled unit, even if I did keep putting my foot down there to adjust it. :wavetowel2: I would however like that control to be angled up more to allow easier use when using it with the auger bucket elevated. Hard to explain, but not a big deal none the less.

I"m noticing something odd sounding, it's making a weird noise at idle, but goes away with any throttle added. Almost like a pull it misaligned or loose. it does this with or without the trans or a auger engaged, a bit of a mystery, Ill keep an eye on that for changes..

To make fair comparison I need to install the side mount shoes and try this thing in fresh snow. It's coming down again so if there is enough I will try it in the morning, otherwise it may not be until T-day until we get more..

-Robert
Did you leave the rear skids on when you put the side skids on your 1332? Which composite skids are you planning on using?
 

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Did you leave the rear skids on when you put the side skids on your 1332? Which composite skids are you planning on using?
No. My last blower allowed for the same shoes to be installed on either the back or side of the auger. While I've seen the C shaped shoes in pictures of the old HS Models mine HS did not have them, but the new HSS does..?
 

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Nice review, I look forward to getting mine in a few weeks. Can you explain a bit more about your experience with rear vs side shoes. When you say Poly shoes are they a polyetheline, and do they wear out more quickly? Are they simple to mount or do you have to drill new holes?
 

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Oops!

I switched from the HS1332ta the hss928ta specifically for the new features, that and I felt as I didn't really "need" a 1332 for the size of my lot. I was able to do it with $0 out of pocket.
 

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Nice review, I look forward to getting mine in a few weeks. Can you explain a bit more about your experience with rear vs side shoes. When you say Poly shoes are they a polyetheline, and do they wear out more quickly? Are they simple to mount or do you have to drill new holes?
When they are mounted in the rear, it tends to cause the scraper to grab the surface. If the surface is not completely flat it will grab on one side or the other causing the blower to fight you. There are several threads on side Vs back skid mounting.

As far a ware, I didn't have them on the old machine long enough to tell before selling it, but it was a nice improvement. I didn't get the impression they were waring too fast, and if they do I'll just replace them more frequently or make my own.
 

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First I will say that the shoes on the back of the auger housing sucks.
Bummer! I recently sold my 2 year old track Honda with custom mounted steel wheel casters in place of the skids and now I am thinking I should have removed them before I sold it. In any case I will consider the same for the new machine when I get it. There was no ware with the casters over the two years and boy did they make a difference.
 

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Bummer! I recently sold my 2 year old track Honda with custom mounted steel wheel casters in place of the skids and now I am thinking I should have removed them before I sold it. In any case I will consider the same for the new machine when I get it. There was no ware with the casters over the two years and boy did they make a difference.
Link to said caster skids please :)
 

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I was able to confirm today the holes are not threaded. Like said above, a nut and bolt should do the trick however I'll likely add a backing plate to add some regidity to the auger housing. It not designed the same in the area as the HS models were.

I also took the front cover off to look for the source of the noise I heard yesterday. Once off the noise is gone and all parts (pullies etc.) are tight and to spec. I think the plastic cover has some audible resonance to contributing to the different sound.

I also looked further into the throttle adjustment. I was able to adjust quiet a few more RPM's. This may have been the reason I felt it was underpowered last night..?

Robert from Honda, do they set max RPM by the cable and set screw adjustments at the factory? Could I now have it operating above max R's?
 

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Thanks for posting all this rocktaco. I just spent my savings on a new 928tracked and want to learn as much as I can about the tricks to owning one of these.
It would break my heart after all the saving to find this machine underwhelming.
 
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