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Re: Snowblower is Smoking and Husband in Iraq- need advice please
#1   Mar 8, 2008 11:57 pm
Cold machine will smoke if it's been tipped and some oil got in areas where it's not supposed to, or if it's been overfilled, but this will only last a minute of two. The smoke produced in such cases looks a lot like steam. Mine usually does it after I service it, not a big deal.
Re: Buying a Snowblower - $1500 or less - Advice needed!
#2   Mar 7, 2008 6:31 pm
djhaase wrote:
I also am in the market for a new or used snowthrower.   I have a cabin at 6,800 feet in the Sierras.   We currently have about 6-7 feet of snow piled up around our cabin.  Storms can bring 2-3 feet of snow at a time.   For the past 4 winters I have been using a Craftsman (made by MTD) 9 HP 27 inch.   I have decided I need to upgrade.    I have been thinking about the simplicity or snapper based on the reviews on this website.   There is a used 8 hp tracked newer Honda on craigslist, that I also was thinking about, but I am wondering if it is big enough for the job I have.    The intake height is not that large.     I also was wondering about Poulan Pro and Husqavarna...  but they are made by AYP?      Probably wait until spring /summer and get the simplicity or snapper if I can find it on sale.  

But does anyone have experience with a tracked 8 hp Honda dealing with 2-3 feet of snow at time?

 
Sierra = Honda.

I used to live near Tahoe and my 20-year-old HS80 took everything thrown at it which was quite a lot. I have since moved to Maine and bought a newer larger HS928 but the HS80 is still serving duty as a backup and it's been dang good at it.

Tracked Hondas are specifically designed for serious snow conditions. They can be difficult to maneuver in areas with mild winters and frequent snowfall/melt cycles throughout the cold season and in fact I noticed that a majority of people who complain about their tracked Hondas on the Net happen to be using them in conditions where such a machine is overkill or even completely inappropriate. Apparently some people have difficulty  grasping the concept  that on pavement or gravel wheels work better than tracks since they offer much less resistance and friction but this is done at the expense of traction, obviously. That's the reason why when it comes to areas with months-long snow cover and ice/packed snow base wheels are no match for tracks, not even close. Tracks will keep on providing traction in conditions where using a wheeled blower turns into a skid-push-pull-curse fest.  

In such conditions the Honda's fixed axles are an asset rather than an annoyance, providing even traction for years whereas many blowers with unlockable axle have a tendency to develop a pull on one side under intensive usage because operators tend to always lock the same side causing uneven wear patterns. In deep snow tracks perform better than wheels regardless of base because they can ride on top of the deepest layer without sinking much meaning you can clear snow via multiple passes vertically as well as horizontally. This also allows clearing "old growth" hardened snow regardless of depth or how long it's been laying there, however this requires some patience, but it can be done. 

The best is yet to come. By  "8 hp tracked newer Honda" I am assuming you mean the HS828 and not the older HS80. Like all newer Honda blowers rated 7hp and above the HS828  comes with deep snow's worst enemy: the hydrostatic transmission. This means it has no fixed gear speed ratios, instead it has an infinitely variable speed control both in forward and reverse. Tackling deep snow at too high a speed can overwhelm the engine of even large snowblowers and with some really serious snow even the first gear can be too fast. Honda's hydro tranny allows to operator to set the speed as slow as he/she wishes, down to a few inches a minute.  Doing this I am able to deal with even the nastiest  EOD mess at a pace that  allows the machine to get the job done without bogging down and/or imposing undue stress to the engine. In these snowy climes, short of a 30hp utility tractor II can't imagine using any other blower than a Honda.  
Re: which Snowblower should I buy?
#3   Feb 11, 2008 3:59 am
I think his width limitations for sidewalk precludes a two-stage. :)
Re: Honda HS928 Questions
#4   Feb 3, 2008 2:54 pm
JCturboT wrote:
Thanks guys.

Anyone have any info regarding the serial #/year of machine?

Jeff

I have a tracked 928. You can't tell the year from the blower's serial# but my dealer told me some of the internal parts have manufacturing date stamped on. That would be the part's manufacturing date not the blower's but at least it yields a "no older than" date, assuming the part has never been replaced.

Now if you want to take the blower apart to find out... lol
Re: Repower question
#5   Jan 23, 2008 7:09 pm
Borat is right, increased power in a snowblower is not meant to make it run faster but to prevent it from slowing down under heavier loads.
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