Powerful, easy to start Honda GX engine
The commercial grade Honda GX270 OHV engine offers plenty of power to churn through the snow. Starting is easy - even in cold weather.
(HSS928AAT / HSS928AATD )
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The commercial grade Honda GX270 OHV engine offers plenty of power to churn through the snow. Starting is easy - even in cold weather.
Automotive-style DC electric key starting makes your snow blower even easier. Comes standard with recoil pull-start, for back up purposes. Available on the HSS928ATD.
Two-stage snow blowers use a fast spinning impeller in the discharge duct to throw snow faster and farther. The HSS928 has a larger impeller diameter for increased snow removal - offering throwing distances that exceed many competitors.
The combination of Honda 's GX series engine, optimized impeller pulley, and 90 degree impeller wing dramatically optimizes Honda's HSS series snow throwing capacity.
The HSS928 can handle large snowfalls with ease.
Dual track drive provides exceptional traction through most snow conditions. Pliable, low temperature rubber tracks with sure-gripping cleats, providing solid traction and ideal balance. Perfect for complete control on inclines, rough or uneven ground, and icy conditions. Provides a stable platform for attacking hard packed snow and ice.Learn More
The all-new auger height control lever allows you to easily adjust auger housing height with just the press of a thumb. Variable positions let you choose the best height for different surface conditions. Raise the auger for uneven clearing surfaces. Or lower the auger to clear down to the pavement or cut through hard packed snow - without riding up on the snow being removed. The auger height control gives you the ability to match the snow blower to your needs.Learn More
Control of forward and reverse speed is simplicity itself with Honda's hydrostatic transmission. Just move the lever forward or backward to go in the direction you want, at the speed you want. Infinitely variable speed means it's easy to pick a speed to match your snow conditions and personal preference. There's no shifting, and the ground speed doesn't affect the auger rotation speed. It's easy to control, and virtually maintenance free.Learn More
The all-new electric 4-direction joystick chute control lets you reposition the chute on the go. With up to 198 degrees of rotation, the joystick chute control allows you to clear snow faster and more efficiently.
Left and right control levers provide easy and intuitive steering control. The steering control levers also provide easy movement and transport, even with the engine off. Just pull and hold both levers for neutral, then easily roll the snow blower.
The HSS928 offers ergonomically-designed controls for operator convenience and safety. Controls are conveniently laid out and easy to reach.Learn More
Honda's snow blowers are equipped with ice breaking, heavy-duty, serrated augers. To enhance performance and durability, the auger shaft is bearing supported.
The HSS928's auger drive shaft and impeller blower are protected by easily replaceable offset shear bolts. Should the auger engage a solid object, the shear bolt will break to prevent auger or impeller shaft damage.
Honda's addition of a pneumatic gas strut to the auger height control system gives the user smooth and accurate auger housing adjustment.
One hand drive control allows you to easily adjust snow direction and distance with the chute controls.
The throttle control lever provides manual control of the engine speed.
A powerful built-in LED work light makes the HSS928 easy to use, even in the dark. Provides exceptional lighting and high visibility in all conditions. The LED light offers performance and a lifespan that competitors' incandescent bulbs can't touch.
Reversible, heavy-duty skid shoes provide twice the wear of regular skid shoes.
The articulated discharge chute offers precise direction and distance control of snow.
Enjoy Honda durability with automotive-grade steel side auger housing and discharge chute.
The HSS928 offers a large, easy to fill gas tank with a built in fuel gauge and a glove-friendly gas cap.
Conveniently located clearing tool in the unlikely event the chute becomes obstructed with slushy wet snow or ice.
You can rest easy, knowing your snow blower is covered from top to bottom for 3 full years.
|Starting System||Recoil (AT); Electric (DC)/Recoil (ATD)|
|Fuel capacity||1.3 gal|
|Drive Mechanism||Hydrostatic, Infinitely variable|
|Steering System||Steering Clutches|
|Wheel / Track||Track|
|Auger Overload Protection||Shear Bolts|
|Auger Height Adjustment||Thumb Operated Gas Strut with Infinite Adjustment|
|Work Light||LED - 12V-6W|
|Chute Adjustment System||Remote Electric Joystick|
|Chute Deflector Articulation||Single Articuled|
|Chute Turning Radius||198°|
|Clearing Width||28.0 in.|
|Clearing Height||21.7 in.|
|Max. Discharge Distance||52 ft.|
|Max. Discharge Capacity||1900|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||58.5" x 28.9" x 43.5"|
|Dry Weight||265 lb. (AT); 276 lb. (ATD)|
|Residential Warranty||3 years|
|Commercial Warranty||3 years|
Long Barn, CA Type of use: Residential
Layton, UT Type of use: Residential
Augusta, ME Type of use: Residential
The title of my review , “Disappointed,” likely illustrates my opinion, but here is the “rest of the story.”
We live in central Maine. We purchased the Honda 928ATD (electric start with track drive) for the winter of 2017 after years of having our reasonably sized driveway plowed. We purchased it new from an authorized dealer and paid almost $3,000. We have a Honda mower and it just goes and goes and goes. I looked at a commercial grade Ariens model and this Honda and decided on the Honda based upon my experience with our Honda mower, along with a fair amount of research and looking at Honda and Ariens models in person on several occasions.
Let me first note that I think the Honda is well made and starts easily. All of the “knobs and buttons” are well placed and have a quality feel. I also had to replace a couple of shear pins last year and that was easy enough. The issue really is track/auger/and engine design—and, how the inadequate design makes snowblowing more difficult and likely will cause additional wear and tear on the machine given the extra time and effort required to snowblow our paved driveway (a two entry/exit “L” shaped driveway, with a bit of an elevation grade that caused me to select the track model over the wheeled version, and which is approx. 150 feet long and about 10 feet wide for most of its length, but is wider at both of the exits/entrances).
I used the snowblower last winter approx. 20 times in a moderate Maine winter. Several large storms, some modest storms, and some minor storms. I also just finished snowblowing our driveway this evening—the snow was very wet/slushy, but only about 4 inches deep, except at the ends of the driveway where the city plows caused a large buildup.
While the snowblower starts easily the tracks add little or no traction. They have no real grip. This goes for very cold and icy conditions to powdery snow conditions to slushy and wet conditions. Perhaps the wheeled version would be worse (but adding chains might be an option), but I find no advantage to the tracks. Turning with tracks is more difficult—and I knew that the turn radius would be much wider—but I had hoped the added traction would balance this out. On the contrary, I find the snowblower to be much more difficult to maneuver and I am a former competitive powerlifter and have been training martial arts for the last 20 years. As a result, I find myself muscling the snowblower around. I do not mind this so much. It is an additional workout for me, which is fine, but the significant pulling and pushing on the snowblower likely is causing wear on the metal, plastic, and rubber components—particularly when I am muscling the machine around on most occasions.
I also find the snowblower to be underpowered. On a small storm (two to four inches) and perhaps a modest storm (up to six inches) the power is adequate and obviously the smaller the storm the much easier time the snowblower has in clearing the snow. Once the snow gets above six inches, however, things really slow down. When the snow approaches a foot or more any snowblower will have its work cut out for it and multiple passes will be necessary, but I simply find this snowblower to be underpowered as a general matter. Add to this underpowered design the difficulty in maneuvering due to what I think is a poor track design and using the snowblower really is not much fun.
This evening (27 November 2018) the chute kept clogging from the wet/slushy snow. It is not so much the clogging that bothered me—although that was annoying (I recognize that clogging, as well as having to replace shear pins, is part of owning and using a snowblower). It is that there is no easy way to clear the clog. The angle and design of the chute make clearing the clog extremely difficult and profanity inducing.
I had hoped that part of the reason this machine was quite more expensive than the competition was due to design, as well as quality of construction.
The 928 model needs a redesigned chute and a more powerful engine. At the very least, a user should be able to more easily clear the chute. It might very well need a wider opening. And, the added horsepower or torque from a more powerful engine likely would not only help prevent a lot of the clogging in the first place, it would make clearing snow easier and quicker. Finally, something should be done to the tracks. They are more liability than help.
So, the 928 works, generally speaking. It has not broken (and I had it serviced just before this winter started). It is in need, however, of some redesign and for the price I wish I had more seriously considered the commercial Ariens models (a good friend of mine has an Ariens with no problems).
Layton, UT Type of use: Residential
I purchased my Honda HS828 31 years ago this fall and loved it!! I have given it to my son, it is in almost perfect working conditions after 31 winter seasons. Today, I now own the Honda HSS928ATD, I am so excited! Honda has made improvements all around over the almost perfect HS828. First, a hydraulic lift now controls the auger height adjustment (before there were only three settings using your foot). Second, the chute guide is now electronic, yes it has a joystick that manipulates the chute guide and snow discharge chute, no more manual turning the discharge chute! Third, a LED light and snow clearing bar have been installed. Fourth, steering control allows you to control the tank tracks! It almost turns on a dime. My old HS828 was somewhat difficult to make a tight turn due to the tank tracks, not anymore! It has not snowed yet, so the most important feature of this snow blower is yet to be tested which is, will I be able to reach my neighbor's roof with my HSS928? If you want the best, this is it!
Apple Valley, MN Type of use: Residential
I bought my first HS928AT in 1996. and have used it for 22 years. I have a long driveway that rises 18 feet from street to garage door. We frequently have heavy snowfalls here in MN, and I need to move the snow a long way or I have to blow it more than once to get it off the parking area. The track drive works very well, and the ability of the blower to put the snow 50+ feet away are better than any other blower I have ever owned.
I did not hesitate to purchase another HS928 with track drive when I decided to replace my old one. The improvements are wonderful: steering assistance, electric chute control, and the height adjusting method are all much appreciated.
Bath, PA Type of use: Residential
Watertown, CT Type of use: Residential
My old John Deere TRS27 failed after 23 years. I purchased a HSS928ATD last summer and after a few snow storms I can give my review.
The machine is well built, nice paint, gas gauge (nice touch), and easy to maintain.
I like the machines ability to adjust the height so you can go over grass w/o ripping it up.
The track steering left/right works nice, so there is no need to man handle it.
I found the performance very good for light or medium weight snow. The HP is a little more then the older JD and was able to throw snow a bit further when the snow is light or medium weight.
If the snow is very wet you must keep feeding the machine, otherwise you will clog the chute. I found that if you try to cleanup on a second pass to pickup the slush piles, the machine will clog (fair warning, don't do it). My JD clogged maybe once every few years, so Honda has a design issue here. Mine clogged 4x one storm of very wet 12" snow.
I noticed that the chute has shield on it (5" high) that has a smaller diameter on top then the bottom (pinch point). I believe this makes the snow throw farther, however it may be the reason of the clogging. I have seen a youtube video removing this shield which fixed their clogging issue. I may do this myself.
If this machine would not clog I'd give it 5 stars across the board, however with the clogging issue it's lower.
Rutland, MA Type of use: Residential
I shoveled by hand and saved for years to buy the HSS928ATD. If there is even a half inch of anything even remotely slushy it will be come absolutely useless. I shovel almost just as much as before. So extremely disappointed in this expensive machine.
DO NOT BUY, this is a chute design problem it will clog on you if the snow is heavy or wet with out fail.
medford, MA Type of use: Residential
New Britain, CT Type of use: Residential
This is my 2nd season with this new machine. Overall it kills the problem I bought it for and adds a new problem of its own. It does not "ride over" compacted sticky snow that falls onto the drive from our top floor-wonderful- my 1028 simplicity could not deal with that-at all. It was 1 year old. Gone- the 928 chews that snow up like a piranha on a cow! Watch out here in CT if you get 2 inches of wet snow- you'll spend more time clearing the chute than blowing. This 75 yr old had to- you guessed it- "shovel" while his shiny $2800 Honda sat there! I've read about the impeller mods with rubber strips, and for the life of me can't figure out who designed the chute where it exits the impeller tunnel. Someone with no basic engineering skills. It looks like a restrictor or flange purposely made so small as to prevent someone from reaching down there. That is the only logical reason for it as it exists. It stops wet snow immediately, and totally clogs the chute. Here in New England most of our snow is wet as opposed to powdery dry stuff. Hope the impeller mod works or I'm off to a tracked hydro ariens pro, which may encompass all of what is needed here in CT
Rice, WA Type of use: Other [Farm]
Andover, CT Type of use: Residential
Chelmsford, MA Type of use: Residential
Lawrence, MA Type of use: Residential
Replaces 17 year old HS828 track drive. Nothing like a Honda. Snow has stopped for now.
Expect more this year. Features on this machine surpass the 1998 model I bought on Jan 2 1999.
Only realized that electric start is battery, not wire to wall outlet, after delivery.
Two downsides: 1) Lack of an accompanying trickle charger. At $3000 for a snow
blower, a disappointment. 2) The literature is a disappointment. A picture is nice but even a model
airplane manual explains a lot better than what Honda did. What Honda has done is close to or
equivalent to selling a car and then have the use manual show pictures only.
west yellowstone, MT Type of use: Residential
I have been using two older hs928 for the company I work for in West Yellowstone,Montana. The machines are 21 and 22 years old and the only issues we have had are operator error. If this new machine is half of what those two are I will never need another machine. We start moving snow in October and don't stop till end of April so lots of hours. I have used the new machine for an hour so far getting used to the new controls location and additions. I have run the old ones for 12 years so far.
The increased impeller speed is noticeable and the cutting height adjustment is a great improvement from the step. The added turning controls is a dream come true. I know you test these machines here in West and I would never recommend another brand for this are and amount of use. Yes a little spendy but my new one was 600.00 bucks less than the ones we bought in 1995.
Keep building an awesome product!
Crowley Lake, CA Type of use: Residential
Baker City, OR Type of use: Other [Ranch]
Rapid City, SD Type of use: Residential, Other [storage business]
Dryden, WA Type of use: Residential
flagstaff, AZ Type of use: Residential
Homewood, CA Type of use: Residential
Boise, ID Type of use: Residential
Bought one of these to do my very large residential driveway and walks. I'm impressed by the build quality and features. Controls are very nice. Love the joy stick discharge control, hydrostatic drive control, steering clutches and lift system.
However. I found at my Honda Dealer after a several day winter storm thinking I would be able to immediately clear unmoved snow. However, there was ice under the snow pack after some intermediate rain between snow storms. Temperature about 10 degrees, about 1/4 inch of very smooth ice under 12 inches of uncompacted, but slightly crusty on top snow pack on sidewalks. As soon as the machine encountered the snow, it stopped, with the tracks spinning, rather than pushing the machine into the snow. Zero traction on ice.
Have tried all over the web and dealers to try to find some kind of ice cleats for tracks, but no luck. I can shovel snow in these conditions much faster than the machine which requires momentum into the snow to get a few inches, then backing up and running at the snow again. Bought it to save my back from shoveling. Gave up and parked it. I do have a couple of short gravel paths that I could easily clear....... So far it's useless for what I really bought it for.
Hope if I get ahead of the storms it will be worthwhile and move the snow when the pavement is not icy, but ice is common under snow here, so I'm wondering if it will be effective.
running springs, CA Type of use: Residential
Cambridge, ID Type of use: Residential
Did not come with sufficient quantity of engine oil. The manual shows the engine oil capacity is 1.2 quarts , but only 1 quart is included. Had to drive into town to get more oil to bring the level to that indicated by the manual. Started easily, really enjoy the easy to use l
evers and controls. Had a little trouble working in wet and packed snow. It can take several passes to clear wet & packed snow. Can't wait to try it in something easy like powder.
Spokane, WA Type of use: Residential
flint, MI Type of use: Residential
Saugatuck, MI Type of use: Residential
Bebd, OR Type of use: Residential
Norwalk, CT Type of use: Residential
newton, MA Type of use: Residential
I am not happy with this machine for the following reasons:
- Clogs like mad - so much so I found myself parking the machine and shoveling in wet snow (my old machine never closed in similar conditions)
- Very slow and underpowered compared to my old 928HS which had a lot more pep
It is a nice looking machine and the light and electric start are very nice.
Spokane, WA Type of use: Residential
Not the HONDA quality I am used to. a little underpowered, should have 13HP engine, if snow is a little wet it plugs very easy, tough to clean out with the tool you get with it, probably would not buy again, track drive nice, 3,000.00 ?
Scotia, NY Type of use: Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
Only dealers that got the 28inch models early had to have the dealers replace the transmissions because there was a little check valve in the transmission that was a bad part and Honda caught it and wanted to make it right which delayed production on all of the new 2016 2 stage models. I guess it was on the 24 inch model and the 28 model only and because some left the factory and made it to the dealers they had to issue an official recall on it. The 32 inch model was not affected but I heard they replaced the transmissions on them before they even left the factory because Honda wanted to assure reliable quality. It was a simple part but instead Honda being Honda and having good quality wanted to replace the whole transmission on the 28 inch models if it already left the factory and wasn't already done at the factory.
I love the machine and love the new features on the new model like LED headlight and electric chute control and adjustable thumb activated auger height control and fingertip steering. Squeeze left handle, machine turns left, squeeze right handle machine turns right. Squeeze both for neutral to stop machine or to push and turn around in garage with the engine off. Beautiful machine and throws snow very far. I love that I can adjust the auger height for going on grass or my gravel driveway so it doesn't throw grass or stones. And you can also scrape the pavement clean if you lock the auger down. Very nice feature that no other snowblower has!
hannover, MA Type of use: Residential, Landscaping/Commerical