When comparing Husqvarna ST227P vs Honda HSS1332ATD, the Slant community recommends Husqvarna ST227P for most people. In the question“What are the best snow blowers for gravel driveways?” Husqvarna ST227P is ranked 2nd while Honda HSS1332ATD is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Husqvarna ST227P is:
The 27" wide auger makes this machine very efficient when it comes to sidewalk cleaning as it requires only two passes to clean a regular two-person sidewalk, which usually is 42" to 60" wide. Keep in mind that the regular auger sizes are 20", 24”, 27" and 30". While the smaller, 24 inch units, would not be able to clean a perfect 48 inch walk on just two passes (due to the overlap between the passes), the 30” units are simply too expensive. On average, the price difference between a 27” and a 30” snowblower (of the same model line) is 20%.
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Pro Perfect for cleaning sidewalks
The 27" wide auger makes this machine very efficient when it comes to sidewalk cleaning as it requires only two passes to clean a regular two-person sidewalk, which usually is 42" to 60" wide.
Keep in mind that the regular auger sizes are 20", 24”, 27" and 30". While the smaller, 24 inch units, would not be able to clean a perfect 48 inch walk on just two passes (due to the overlap between the passes), the 30” units are simply too expensive. On average, the price difference between a 27” and a 30” snowblower (of the same model line) is 20%.
Pro Easy to steer
Even though this machine weighs a lot (212 pounds), the steering is piece of cake. The amount brute force you need to apply to control the machine is the bare minimum, thanks to the power steering feature of this snow blower. This feature allows you to turn the machine with a pull of a lever. There are two power steering levers located on the handle of this snow blower if you pull the left lever the machine will steer left, however, if the right lever is engaged, the machine will turn right.
Pro It’s not overly loud
It is very unlikely that you will disturb your neighbors while running this machine. It produces a mere 88.4 dB of sound pressure (near the machine). This is about the amount of sound pressure you would experience near a busy residential road.
Pro It keeps your hands warm
The heated handgrips of this snow blower will keep your hands warm while you are operating the machine.
Pro Easier engine maintenance
A four-stroke gasoline engine is a stand-out feature of this snow blower. While being more efficient than its two-stroke competitors, it's also less demanding when it comes to maintenance. With this engine, you will not need to deal with the hassle of mixing gasoline and oil.
Pro Perfect for heavy jobs
The massive 32” wide auger of this machine can clean 21.7” deep snow at a stunning discharge rate of up to 75 T/h. It is perfect for cleaning large 10 - 16 car driveways and long sideways. Moreover, you can lift the auger off the ground and clean snow from your backyard lawn. This is something you are not able to do with the snow blowers that don't have the variable auger hight control.
Pro Perfect for working on inclined or uneven terrain
The dual track drive of this snow blower gives you a massive amount of traction, which allows this machine to flawlessly move through rough, icy, and uneven terrains. The tracks are made from pliable, low temperature rubber of very high quality.
Pro You can start it with a key ignition
Apart from the standard recoil pull-start option, which is featured in pretty much every gas powered snow blower, this machine can also be started by a simple key switch, just like a car.
Pro Easy speed control
Contrarily to the majority of dual stage snow blowers, which have a discrete speed range, this machine has an infinitely variable speed control (the range of possible speeds is continuous). It lets you choose any speed value below the maximum speed, allowing you to easily get the perfect speed for current snow conditions and personal preferences.
Pro Perfect for gravel and grassy surfaces
To prevent gravel, stones, and grass from entering the auger, you can use a pneumatic strut to raise the auger housing to the appropriate hight. Once the auger is high enough, you can safely clean snow from gravel driveways and grassy backyards.
Con You need to be careful not to break the drive axle assembly
Drive axle assembly failure is one of the most common breakages of the Husqvarna’s ST snowblower class. This is most commonly caused by an improper axle reassembly after maintenance.
Con Bad for maneuvering
The track drive system makes this snow blower a bit clumsy as it simply can not take sharp corners. This is the most noticeable disadvantage of all track driven machines.
Con Takes a lot of storage space
This snow blower will take up a lot of space in your storage space. This massive 58.5" x 32.9" x 43.5" machine will take the same amount of storage space as two large washing machines.