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longshanks


Joined: May 20, 2009
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Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Original Message   May 20, 2009 4:36 pm
Howdy from Northern Canada -

Just bought a place in a major snow belt, with a 100 yard crushed gravel driveway leading up to the house.  Oh yes, there's hills too..  about 40' of 16% grade.  I've decided I want to blow, not push the snow, and my wife and I've decided that we can't justify the cost of a tractor/snowblower combo for the job.  But I think I have clearance to get a good snowblower.  We NEED something to clear the drive every morning, and this year we had a ton of snow from December until April.  We already have a 9HP snapper 24" city model, but we are going to need something more substantial. 

Given the 16% grade, the gravel, and the need for a dependable machine, I'm really leaning towards a Honda, or a Simplicity pro series.  The biggest question I have about the Honda though, is if it will be uncomfortable for me to operate.  I'm 36 years old, and still fairly young and limber, but I'm 6'4".  I've been told that the Honda handlebars sit too low to the ground to be comfortable to operate, but there are none available locally for me to check out.  Any comments?

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solara


Location: Boston
Joined: Jun 16, 2004
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Re: Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Reply #1   May 20, 2009 7:02 pm
there is a guy named Tallman on this  site or another one who has expounded on this issue. there is also an accessory package that raises the handle bar by 3 inches  or so. I will look for those posts

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nibbler


Joined: Mar 5, 2004
Points: 743

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Reply #2   May 24, 2009 11:14 am
It might be a good idea to consider a tracked machine given the grade and gravel. Advantages include:
  1. Intake chute height adjustment is relative to the tracks;
  2. Increased traction.
I have a similar driveway that I periodically clean with a wheeled unit and the loss of traction is making me seriously consider a tracked unit. Chains help a bit but I still get a lot of slipping.
Snowmann


Joined: Dec 3, 2003
Points: 494

Re: Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Reply #3   May 24, 2009 4:23 pm
The Ariens Pro Track machines have a 2 position handlebar for taller folks. Something you might want to check out.
longshanks


Joined: May 20, 2009
Points: 4

Re: Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Reply #4   May 27, 2009 1:16 pm
definitely would like to go with the Honda, as I've had good luck with Honda OPE in the past, and we have a good local dealer.  I've located the 2" extension that is for sale, which should bring the overall height of the machine to 42" or so.  I'll be using the machine for clearing my gravel driveway though, and based on my understanding of how it works, I'll have to set the intake/auger up a bit higher, thus bringing the bars even lower.  

It would be very helpful to hear from any tall people using this machine... does it give you a sore back?

JeffM


Joined: Dec 27, 2008
Points: 20

Re: Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Reply #5   Jun 20, 2009 5:45 am
Let's see, a 100 yard gravel driveway with steep hills located in a Canadian snowbelt and you want to use a walk-behind snowblower?  Wow!  You have a lot more gumption than I do!!!  I'd be looking for a plow rig of some sort. 
longshanks


Joined: May 20, 2009
Points: 4

Re: Honda 1132 snowblower for a tall guy?
Reply #6   Jun 22, 2009 5:58 pm
hey there...

yep, I'm a crazy canuck.  Going to blow that 100m of driveway, because there is really not much space to push it.  The previous owner owned a blade, and there was gravel all over the place, as well as stumps and broken vegetation from all the snow/blade damage.  I really need to be able to pick up that snow and put it elsewhere.  I hate working on broken down equipment, and I really can't afford to buy a tractor, based on the used stuff I've seen come up so far.  In the mornings that we have to leave early for work, I think I should be able to deal with enough snow to get out the driveway in about half an hour, then deal with the rest of it after work.  So I want to buy a reliable machine with a powerful motor, wide intake, and good traction for my steep gravel driveway...  thanks again for all the input so far.

cheers!

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