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mobiledynamics


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 81

Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Original Message   Nov 13, 2012 8:57 am
My current primary residence is fine with a single stager except for the EOD.
As of late, the wet snow we get, sometimes becomes a chore for my HS621.
Or it's more constant chopping, running the auger, breaking up the stuff in the chute, run auger, rinse and repeat


I did have a 724 but sold it - mainly just due to lack of space.
There have been times that I wish I had the 724 and there have also been times where I was smiling DANCING with the HS 621.


I DONT have space for both.

There is a screaming deal on a 724 with Tracks.
You know how it goes. Want versus reality.
I dunno if I'll be have buyers remorse and end up selling the 724TA down the road again...
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mobiledynamics


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 81

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #16   Nov 14, 2012 5:36 pm
Pulleys, yadda, they are NOT up my forte. Not looking to do *homework* on how to hodgepodge a clone to mate.

If I was to get this 724 - how hard or not is it to repower it with a 9 or 13HP clone...

http://www.abbysguide.com/ope/discussions/61797-0-1.html

I like the 24" Width bucket....just want more power.
raysmd


Joined: Nov 3, 2012
Points: 24

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #17   Nov 16, 2012 10:53 am
I hope some one here picked up the hs724 that was on eBay for around $900. Looked like it was in good condition. I would've bought it if I didn't have the 928 on the way. Item# 230881821676
mobiledynamics


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 81

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #18   Nov 16, 2012 1:22 pm
The only merits I like on the HS is the Bucket Width, and Hydro.
I think if I was to end up buying another, I would probably errr on repowering to 9 +.
aa335


Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Points: 2434

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #19   Nov 16, 2012 3:27 pm
mobiledynamics wrote:
The only merits I like on the HS is the Bucket Width, and Hydro.
I think if I was to end up buying another, I would probably errr on repowering to 9 +.

Good luck on your quest.  If you did repower the HS724 with a more powerful engine, make sure you keep the original engine around.  If you ever sell it, it's worth more with a genuine GX engine instead of a Honda clone.

I myself wouldn't muck with the HS724.  It is quite a tidy and compact package. I rather step up to the HS928 and be done with it.
mobiledynamics


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 81

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #20   Nov 16, 2012 7:31 pm
Mods never resell well. I flipped a set of 8K wheels + another K plus in tar for a whopping 900 on Ebay.

28+ Width - More HP seems to be the market, so manuf. make them accordingly.
I wish there was more of a selection on the 24" with HP......
I could easily by one without any qualm
Shryp


Location: Cleveland, OH
Joined: Jul 26, 2010
Points: 532

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #21   Nov 16, 2012 7:48 pm
I think your quest for power might be unrewarding. I put an 11HP engine on a 24" Ariens and it threw as well as a 7HP. The only difference was it used more gas to do the same job.
FrankMA


Location: Merrimack Valley/Northeastern Mass
Joined: Jul 1, 2010
Points: 587

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #22   Nov 17, 2012 4:52 pm
I'm a little late to the game here as I was away for the last week. I had an HS624WA for 10 years and that little 6 HP did a great job no matter what Mother Nature threw at it. I did have to slow down my forward speed to prevent the augers and impeller from being overwhelmed but it got the job done every time. My HS928TA is definitely a big step up in terms of performance and power but I would have no problems using the newer HS724TA or WA. Yes it will take a bit longer to get the job done but it will get the job and it's a nice compact machine that is easy to maneuver. I think the HS724 would be the ideal machine in terms of handling the small snowfalls and the larger occasional monster storm that might come your way.

Toro Wheel Horse 522xi GT, Honda HS928TA, Honda HS621AS, Honda HS520A, Toro CCR3000 (work in progress), Honda HS624WA (sold 08/23/2010), Stihl BR550 Backpack Blower, Stihl MS250, McCulloch MS1635, Honda EM6500SX Generator
mobiledynamics


Joined: Oct 1, 2011
Points: 81

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #23   Nov 20, 2012 4:26 pm
Does the USA see a 10 year old trickle down product effect

http://www.honda.co.uk/garden/snowblowers/
aa335


Joined: Nov 29, 2008
Points: 2434

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #24   Nov 20, 2012 6:56 pm
mobiledynamics wrote:
Does the USA see a 10 year old trickle down product effect

http://www.honda.co.uk/garden/snowblowers/

Sadly, but no.  One can only wish such awesome models makes it to the shores of the USA. Yamaha left north American market many years ago, then came back to Canada.  Honda has no indication that they care. The only exciting news so far is that the 32" model got a bigger engine.  The other not so exciting news is that Honda now sells a premium 36" model with all the bells and whistles, for a whopping $8000.

But first, there's got to be an educational marketing campaign to convince USA demographics that hydrostatic transmission, electric motors, and hydraulic systems can and do work reliability in cold weather.  There are consumers who don't care about being to fix their own OPE when it breaks.
raysmd


Joined: Nov 3, 2012
Points: 24

Re: Are tracks THAT much harder to manuver - HS goodies- HS621 replacemment
Reply #25   Nov 20, 2012 8:57 pm
yea, but look at the prices when compared to the USA. i.e., Canada has the HSS928 (or the UK HSS970), but the Canadian price is a whopping $3,899 CDN. The US model without the electric chute is $2900 retail. It can be had for $2,350 NEW. Of course I love everything that is powered/electric, but that's way too steep.
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