Looking to replace my Yardman, 7hp, 24” snowblower. Looking at a new Toro 928 OE or a 2010 Honda HS928. Prices are very similar. Advice?
I understand the potential repair issues. That's why I'm considering the Honda. supposed to be bullet proof. With my current machine I'm always struggling with the speed, seems either too fast or too slow.ClutchCargo - that supports many of our member's feelings. Hydrostat transmissions sounds nice. but it hard to beat the easy to service, and cheap to service friction disc.
Thank you. Very inclined to do any repair that I can find some instructions or help with, so that's not a concern. I'll take your advice and post something on the Honda section. biggest challenge is knowing the actual condition of anything used.Welcome to SBF Rob View attachment 172645
Up in my head I'd have to know how mechanically inclined you are and if you got the Honda would you start going through the maintenance steps and at some point change out the fluid in the drive. If these weren't DIY items you could do in the garage than the Toro is surely the better way to go. Honda is very reliable but anything 10 yrs old is going to need some attention and it's previous maintenance is what will determine it's reliability and longevity for you.
I'm normally not keen on people posting duplicate threads but in this case you might want to ask this again in the Honda section as some of our regulars don't always venture into "New Member" as it's usually just a first post hello stop.
Those guys would be better equipped to advise you on a 10 yr old hydro drive and what to expect. Also more importantly what to look for when going to check it out.
Either way you're going to have a nice machine (Including the Ariens Platinum).