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Old 02-11-2012, 08:56 AM
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:10 AM
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Now I am convinced on Honda, but I a not going to hold back. Priced a new one like this, ouch, but I had it justified.



But then it showed up on CL for 1/2 money due to divorce and wife not going to snow blow her own drive in Evergreen. I was there in a flash. Man this thing will go through everything. I regularly do the walks for my neighbors. I also regularly suck up their newspapers and make confetti. Only thing that has stopped it is sucking in a chain. Starts on first pull, even after sitting for the summer. So no need for the starter on it.

It is more difficult to maneuver, so not recommended for small areas. The fact that you can actually make it bite it is nice. It won't destroy an ice bank, but when I have packed snow /ice on the driveway I can set it on the bite in mode, and clear it pretty effective. It has a hydrostatic drive, so you can set it as slow as you want. If the snow is wet and thick, just set it slow and wait for it to do it's thing. On full blast it will throw the snow across the street into the yard on the other side.

So in short, get a Honda!

I have that same one but in the 3211 version. I only use it on big snows but there is none like it! I am a freak and I actually like to shovel snow so I figure as long as I'm able I will. I don't plow (commercially) nearly as much as I used to because I'm sick of it. I have plowed snow since I was 17! I have used many snow throwers and blowers and in my experience you can't beat Honda's! My first blower was an old Jacobson that I bought used, completely rebuilt it and completely wore it out! The quality of that old machine is just not out there but Honda comes close.
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One thing I learned with my Craftsman 28" is to let it run dry when the season is over. Don't let fuel sit in it all summer long. It gummed up the carb when I did after a couple of years.

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Old 02-13-2012, 08:12 AM
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Christo, that Honda is the one I was looking at. I decided it was too rich for my blood and that I would wait for Spring/summer to pick one up cheaper. The guy just emailed me and said the Honda sold over the weekend anyway. Wonder what it went for.....doesn't matter. Even at $1500 I would have had a hard time swinging it right now. I think a grand might be possible during the early summer from what I have seen.
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For a big machine anything but a Honda is a waste of money IMO. I just got done using my 928. Sometimes I wish I would have stepped up to the 32" wide model but not often. Get tracks and don't bother with an electric start. First pull every time on the rope.
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For a big machine anything but a Honda is a waste of money IMO. I just got done using my 928. Sometimes I wish I would have stepped up to the 32" wide model but not often. Get tracks and don't bother with an electric start. First pull every time on the rope.
I agree with the Honda endorsement 1000%. Spend your money once. My retired neighbor has one (928?) that is at least 11 years old (as many years as we've lived here) and when we get the big snows he offers to let me use it. It never fails to start, goes through anything, and doesn't get stuck or clogged up like the other neighbors wheel-drive MTD (chain'd up too). I've used both machines and the Honda wins.
I'm in the same boat with the corner lot + 2 driveways...I tell the wife that after I turn 40 I might break down and get one (she just turned 40 - inside joke). Of course, as soon as I do we'll have consecutive winters with relatively no snow like in recent winters.
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Yup, no doubt. Honda tracks is what i will go with in the late spring/early summer. Just going to wait until somebody decides to clean out the garage or move. My drive in back won't be complete until spring, so I can tough out the sidewalks the rest of the season. Thanks for all the input guys.
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:18 PM
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Well, that didn't take too long. One popped up on Craigs for a third of retail and I snagged it in 30 minutes. HS1132TAS. Their top of the line back then with electric start and all the goodies. Runs great, can't complain. Hopefully we get at least one snow so I can do the whole neighborhood before next year. If not, I plan on using it to pull trees down in the backyard.....not really, but the tracks looks badass and like it would be strong enough to use as a tractor.
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Good deal. Make sure you get the blades on the front adjusted right before you have to use it. Also make sure you get some of the shear bolts for spares.
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Do you mean the auger, the skids, or the scraping blade at the bottom? The auger "teeth" are scraped up so it appears he had been digging into concrete with it some. Doesn't look worn out by any means, but used.
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