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Old 12-06-2018, 08:13 AM   #1
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Default ..... Honda $nowblowers?

Today's LaDaSun has an ad from a local Gilford business for two different Honda tracked snowblowers at the reduced prices of about $2779 and $3199.

That's a lot of money for a snowblower considering my Troy-bilt 24" snowblower lists for $599, weighs about 175-lbs, is now six years old, and still gets the job done, for what I need.

Like, for the extra money, what does Honda give you ...... does it come with a Japanese snowblower girl who massages your lower back with the rubber snowblower tracks, after removing all the driveway snow, or what?
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:43 AM   #2
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Honda engines speak for themselves. They last forever and start first pull every time. Now I wont defend charging nearly $3K for a snowblower because I wouldn't pay for it either, but its the same argument with cars. I could pay $100K for a Tesla that gets me to work the same way a Honda Civic does for $25K. Its all a matter of preference. Not to mention, the civic would probably outlast the Tesla in the long run.

The real question is how long are you going to own, what is essentially an investment. If you are fickle, as most are, you'll own that snowblower 4-7 years and then get a new one. If you are planning on owning it 12 yrs plus, then it could be considered a good investment.

The truly amazing thing is that Honda makes an $8,000 snowblower, the HS1336i. I've seen this thing in person and it is almost the size of a small car and only blows snow. Again, they make it if you REALLY want to blow snow.
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When winter storms find out you have a Honda snowblower in your garage, snow avoids your driveway and falls on your neighborsí property.
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:34 PM   #4
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When winter storms find out you have a Honda snowblower in your garage, snow avoids your driveway and falls on your neighbors’ property.
...but you could throw the snow there with one.
I had a 130 ft driveway and a big honda snow blower 20 yrs ago. It was spectacular. Dependable, threw snow a mile, and could excavate road plowed snow off the end of the driveway AFTER is started to re-freeze. Pretty sure it would throw a pile of pea gravel without issue.
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:05 PM   #5
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Honda engines speak for themselves.
I've owned both a Honda rototiller and track drive blower in the past. They are bullet proof, and worth the money especially for large areas or semi or professional use.

Downsized a bit but did splurge on the Ariens fuel injected snow blower last season. Yes, it cost $300 more than a comparable carbed unit but the ease of starting, throttle control and power made it worth while for me. Plus, I don't need to worry as much about ethanol.

As is with most things, you get what you pay for and you only need to pay for what you need......
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I have a John Deere bought in 2008 for around $5,000. It comes with a 44 inch snowthrower, tire chains and weights, 42 inch mower deck with hi lift blades and 2 bags. This machine does everything except trim the edges. It will throw snow about 40 feet any direction wanted. It has never failed to start.

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Get a new one after 4-7 years who does that?

I finally gave my Honda away last year and bought an Ariens best decision I ever made. Throws snow better and doesn't "bog" down anywhere near as easily as the "red" one did.
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The last two snowblowers Iíve bought, off CL, were 3 yrs and 6 yrs old respectively. The average American only owns a car for 6.5 years after they paid an average of~$36,500 for it. Fickle society. Iím glad some people buy new, so I can buy nice items used.
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The last two snowblowers Iíve bought, off CL, were 3 yrs and 6 yrs old respectively. The average American only owns a car for 6.5 years after they paid an average of~$36,500 for it. Fickle society. Iím glad some people buy new, so I can buy nice items used.
Just sold my 23 year old Ariens, still worked fine, but wanted the fuel injected Platinum model, because of the easier steering and heated handles for my arthritic hands. The thing is a beast and I'm very happy with it. The Ariens brand has served me well! Oh yes and while not cheap, less expensive than Honda.
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You're not walking into TSC or Home Depot for Honda shear pins.

Had one. Not worth the premium, IMO.
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I have a 15 year old Toro 824, works great. It only does the walkways so it should last forever. The Kubota tractor does the hard work.
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I have a 15 year old MTD 28" from Lowes - paid about $700. Change the oil every couple of years and still runs great.
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I have a 15 year old Toro 824, works great. It only does the walkways so it should last forever. The Kubota tractor does the hard work.
I have a guy that plows and shovels my walk for $30. I have a plow truck but at that price it's not worth doing myself when I get there on a Friday night. Then I just push everything back with my Kabota.

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You know there's a shade tree, backyard, small engine guy on Parade Rd/Rt 106 who leaves about 3-4 snowblowers/lawnmowers in his driveway, close to the road in Laconia selling for about $200.

Last time I stopped to look, there was a 28" Craftsman snowblower that looked like it was almost brand new for $250 ....... such a deal ...... unfortunately my six year old $549 Troy-bilt continues to run like the greatest snowblower ever made in the world history of snow and I couldn't justify the upgrade? C'est la vie.

Husqvana, or however it is spelled, is the biggest snowblower maker in the world, and is made in Sweden, and just by looking at it, you can tell it is built to better design/quality than all the others. Rand's Hardware in Plymouth has Husqvana 24" for $749 which seems like a steal of a deal. It must weigh 250-lb which is very heavy.

If Harley Davidson made snowblowers, it would be identical to Husqvana, except it would be black ...... a black Harley snowblower that sounds like a Harley!
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