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Re: track snow blowers
#1   Jul 25, 2014 7:44 am
hirschallan wrote:
If the track is adjusted according to the manufacturer specs as per the manual, they travel perfectly straight. It's the turning which is tuff at times especially in the garage but as they say, tracks have their time and place in the snow also.


What hirschallan said above & track drive snowblowers are not that hard to maneuver once you have snow under the tracks. I keep my Honda HS928TA on a furniture dolly in my garage during the off season so I can easily move it if needed.
Re: Easiest Snowblower to Use
#2   Jan 2, 2014 6:19 pm
Hello aa335: I just got done using my HS621 on about 8" of nice fluffy 5* degree F snow - ate it up like a hobo on a hot dog! Second time today I was out there clearing my driveway. The first time I used my Stihl BR550 Backpack leaf blower as there was only a few inches of very light fluffy snow and this method works particularly well when the depth of snow is under 4" or so (and light and fluffy). Looks like we'll be in for another 10 - 12 inches overnight so I may have to employ the HS928TA if conditions warrant that kind of firepower.
Re: Easiest Snowblower to Use
#3   Jan 2, 2014 12:45 pm
DBV1 wrote:
Hello - I have a two year old Honda 928 and think it is extremely hard to maneuver/use. Are there any other snowblowers that would be easier to use in the 24 to 28 inch range. I would rather shove than use this thing. :)


I had a Honda HS624WA when I lived at my previous home which had a much smaller driveway than where I currently live. I really liked that 6 HP with the 24" bucket but my current driveway is 130' long + I have several other areas that also need to be cleared. This led to my purchase of the larger (and less maneuverable) Honda HS928TA. I also have a single stage machine like many others here on the forum as it definitely can get most snowfall amounts under 12" cleared with ease and is very easy to handle. My suggestion would be to consider getting a single stage and keep the 2 stage for those snowfalls that warrant a larger machine capable of clearing 12+" of snow. Better to have a 2 stage and not need it than to need a 2 stage and not have it... P.S. - We're in the midst of a 30 hour snowstorm as I write this and will most likely get out there with my single stage in a few hours to clear the first 8 or so inches before nightfall. My body likes me much better when I use the single stage rather than the 2 stage. If I don't get to it tonight, I'll be using the 2 stage to clear the anticipated 15" - 18" expected by tomorrow.
Re: Gas vs. Electric Chainsaw
#4   Oct 23, 2013 2:33 pm
Electric is good for light duty work but if you lose power (and don't have a generator) you may be out of luck if a tree falls and blocks the street or your driveway during a storm.
Re: Honda HS621 Value
#5   Aug 9, 2013 7:04 am
I've paid anywhere from $200 - $400 (in northern MA) depending on the condition. You'll appreciate having both a single & 2 stage in your arsenal, especially as you get older and wrestling a big 2 stage for smaller snowfalls becomes more of a hassle than it used to be. IIRC, the scraper and set of rubber paddles will set you back about $150.00 or so.
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