Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:37 pm

I remember that vid when you first posted it, Chris - that thing is AWESOME! I could do my driveway in literally 5 seconds with that thing! :lol:

Good score on the sale. That should offset the NJ "leaving-the-state" tax you got hammered with. Nice going away present from the NJ state government ... :roll: I bet your glad to be where your at now! 8-)
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:48 pm

Yeah, I definitely could use something like that on the back of our Allis Chalmers 160. Problem I have is the driveway cuts between 2 fields. Every time it snows, I have to keep the blade on the truck for the next week to handle the inevitable wind blowing the driveway shut each day. And then I got the idiots living here that think it is best to drive through the drifts packing down the snow until it becomes ice..

In my case I use the blade on the truck until I get a chance to get out the backhoe and move the piles on the leeward side of the drive. That would be the downwind side for you landlubbers. Haha

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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: lzaharis On: Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:59 am

Ah, when I get the chance and the local constabulary,
carabinieri, land bound coasties etc. with smokey the
bear hats are nowhere to be seen I cast it across
the stern. For you landlubbers its to the South.
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Sat Nov 08, 2014 4:14 pm

Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought the Honda HS928WA. My wife is a tough business women and negotiator. I would have been happy to pay full price but she got the guy to take three hundred off the price. That's pretty impressive because snow blower season just began and its a Honda.

Here are a few pictures of my Lil' Red snow blower. Strange, but I can't wait for a blizzard!
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:31 pm

$300 reduction !! We would have lost if we were selling one for $300 less than our selling price. That is exactly why we do not sell new stuff anymore,we got sick & tired of stocking equipment,paying interest on it,then have customers come in & negotiate away ALL of the little profit we could have made. Give me more for my very valuable piece of junk trade-in & I want to pay less for the new unit too. Been there,done that with too many customers & we ain't going back .Congratulations on your snow blower purchase .
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:42 pm

Are magnetic oil drain plugs really necessary anymore?

They run about 17.00 dollars and might be a waste. Frequent oil changes are by far the most important maintenance item. I plan on changing the oil after one hour of use.

Speaking of time, I'm researching hour meters right now. Any suggestions?
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:20 pm

I'm off today and home with my eleven year old son. I siphoned the gas station grade gasoline and poured in four cans of Trufuel which is ethanol free and 92 octane. The Honda has been running for about two hours in the back yard. After five hours of idling at different speeds I'll drain the oil and put in a new quart of 5W-30.

I thought buying the red and black Husky tool bag was a nice touch. I bought a Velcro strap that will attach the bag to the Honda's handlebar.
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:58 pm

Well, a magnet certainly won't hurt anything. I use it as an indicator of what's happening inside the engine. You should see a few filings on there at the break-in oil change, then much less from there on out .. hopefully. ;)

Looks like a nice unit. Should last a good long while. 8-)
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:07 am

Smitty,

I really, really hope this thing lasts. In 2007 I bought an Exmark 21" lawnmower with a Kawasaki engine and its been nothing but trouble. Low and behold, later that year they came out with a new engine called the KAI. I kick myself because I had the option of buying the same mower with a Honda engine instead. I paid $ 1100 for the mower and have spent $ 600 dollars on repairs (to the engine) so far and its only used to mow my small lawn.

When the Canadian exchange rate gets up to where it was in 2001 I plan on taking a road trip and buy myself a Yamaha and sell the Honda.
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:26 am

Kawasaki makes excellent motorcycles. Surprised to hear of an unreliable Kawi (basically a Suzuki these days - but they were always great as well). Such is life in the 21st century, so I'm not surprised ...

My new Husqvarna z-turn has a Kawi FS series engine. From what I've read it seems to be holding up well, even in commercial use.

I had the same issue with a Kohler engine on my John Deere G110 lawn tractor. At 160 hours, it started burning a QUART per HOUR ... :shock: WTF ... common problem with those too - bad head gaskets. It was a CV730 engine - enter that in Google for a laugh ... Sad part is, that engine new is $2 LARGE!! :wtf: No more new Kohlers for me.

When I get sick of my '89 Toro Powershift 828, I'll be looking for a '70's Ariens to replace it. ;)
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: gaw On: Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm

EarthWindandFire wrote:Here are a few pictures of my Lil' Red snow blower. Strange, but I can't wait for a blizzard!

Every year I can see who got a new snow blower when we get that first inch or two. I am telling myself it will all be melted in a day or two but new snow blower guy is out there blowing away. You will be “that Guy” this year. :)

EarthWindandFire wrote:Speaking of time, I'm researching hour meters right now. Any suggestions?

Sendec has a lot of options. It can be a simple vibration activated one that has a self-contained long life battery. These are nice because they just get screwed or glued on and that’s it. The downside is any vibration will get recorded like pushing the unit around even though the engine is off. They make meters that pick up off the spark also but that requires wrapping a small wire around the plug wire. The best option would be for the manufacturer to install one but they probably feel that snow blowers get very little run time in a season and therefore would be an unnecessary expense.

I would guestimate your annual usage at about 5 hours, no more than 10 and as long as you change oil once a year all will be good. If you want to be a little fanatical, and I would not blame anyone who is, spend $25 when you change oil and get an oil analysis done. I have started with that this past year and I send samples from almost anything (not the deep fryer), they can put your mind at ease or make you wonder why your engine or gearbox is self-destructing from within.

Have fun with the new toy. :D
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:47 am

I just ordered a magnetic dip stick plug. I purposely bought the dip stick version because I would check that often vs pulling the drain plug.

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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:31 am

Hi Brucej,

Yamaha has since changed the unit. It's now the YS1028J which is a 10 horse engine. These Yamaha's are used in mainland Japan, specifically the most northern island of Hokkaido. Canada and northern Japan receive enormous amounts of snow which says something about the Yamaha.
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:36 am

Hey guys!

I just wanted to post some feedback and thoughts about using the Honda during the storm.

First, I underestimated the amount of time it would take to do my two driveways, sidewalks and three of my neighbors. It took an average of 3 hours per storm, Saturday morning and yesterday's.

Second, the Honda is a 9 horsepower snow blower and performed amazingly. The curb cuts (end of driveways) were a challenge and required me to slow the Honda to a crawl.

Lessons learned: Need tire chains and extra shear bolts. Snow buries stuff and you inevitably hit something. I used two bolts, one each storm.
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Re: Honda vs Yamaha Snowblowers.

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:20 pm

Nice! Glad it went well for you. Should be all broken in now, so change that oil ASAP! ;)

They sell some real aggressive tires these days - the ones I have on mine work great. I don't even need chains. If it's all ice, then that's a different story - no tread in the world will help there. Mine will spin if I get in a real bad rut, or on the side of the cliff across the street, but I just throw it in high reverse, and put some weight on the wheels with my body, and it will claw it's way out. Used it about the same amount of time yesterday. I just need to oil my throttle cable - froze shut on me when I shut it off, and had to torch it free again. Fluffy snow coats everything ..

Here's a good shot of my tires. Shot this when I was rebuilding the entire front auger system:

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