Pros:Good engine and high quality built.
Cons:Hard to find one used and not cheap.
The Bottom Line: All snowblowers will blow the snow. The beauty of the Honda snowblower is reliable, heavy duty and high quality.
I would like to review Honda HS70 and Honda HS55 snowblowers together because both are from the same era (1980's), same design, and same operation. Except one is with 5 hp engine and one is with 7 hp engine, one is 22 inches width and one is 24 inches. I have own both for past 4 years and both are track drive.
Recommend this product?
Features of both snowblowers:
1. Both have high quality Honda GX engine with electronic ignition.
2. Both have pull start, I have no problem in Cleveland winter. One pull most the time. If you find a used Honda snowblower without electric start, do not let this hold you back to buy it. And if you are going to buy a new Honda snowblower, you can save your money for not to buy the electric start option, unless you have medical conditions with your arms and shoulder.
3. All metal construction and built like a tank. Does not like today's snowblowers that having too much plastics. That is why those 2 snowblowers still working great after 20 some years in use.
4. 3 speed forward and one reverse. I use speed 1st and 2nd for snowblowing, and 3rd for transportation. They both have friction disc driviing system. It is not as fancy as today's hydrostatic drive of current Honda snowblower, but much less problems. (I do not have any so far). You also can adjust the tension of driving engage cable if you experience the friction not enough to move the snowblower.)
5. 3 height adjustment for different surface (on track models only). I used it in Height position for the grave surface of my parking space, and on the grass surface for let my little dog doing his business in the snowdays.
6. Track drive gives great traction on snow or ice.
7. User manual can be found on the internet for free. Just Google it.
8. Engine parts are still available. In fact, the engine design has not change. I bought the HS55 with bad engine governor. I ordered parts through local Honda Power equipment dealer. Or you can find a used Honda engine on Craigslist. People sell used the Honda engine usually came off the power presure washer due to pump failure. As long as the crank shift is the same diameter, it is very easy to swap the engine. Because all the engine controls are self contained on engine: chock, fuel shutoff valve, throttle. Only thing is the On-Off switch location.
9. Interlock design for the driving and auger handle bar will free your right hand to adjust the snow blowering direction.
Oh, I forgot to mention how they perform in blowing the snow. It is a blast to use them. Unless it is heavy and wet snow, which no consumer level snowblowers will work, they can deal with thick snow without problem.
If you already have one, I hope you take good care of it: change oil yearly, drain the gas at end of the season, or add Sta-bil in the gas tank.