Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 970
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RonS No Regrets!
After buying a new home last year, it was time to retire my Craftsman push-mower after several good years. I wanted a self-propelled and as I do with every purchase, I researched it to death. I was between the Toro and Honda...
The Toro had a few "cool" features, but I saw several reviews complaining about the Mulching capabilities. I can only cut my yard 1x a week, and with a lot of southern exposure, and limited tree cover, the grass grows fast! Mulching is important to me as I can't stand bagging my grass, so i need a mower that mulches well. So, knowing the reputation Honda has with small engines, and seeing positive review after positive review, i pulled the trigger on the Honda.
It was un-boxed, "assembled" filled with gas and oil, and started on the first pull in under 10 mins. The grass was long, but I breezed through my first cut of the season had zero issues getting acclimated with the throttle. This baby was a dream for both bagging and mulching (I had to try both!).
With minimal annual maintenance, i have no doubts this mower will last me every bit of 10 years.
Couldn't be happier with my decision.
April 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Best mower in this price range
This mower is extremely easy to use and produces a great cut. Out of the box it comes with a single jug of oil that you empty into the mower. I put gas into it and gave it one single pull and it started right up. I was amazed. No hassling with a primer, no putting it on choke, nothing. Just started up and was ready to go.
The two blade system gives the lawn a great cut and even better, the clippings are extremely small.
The handle folds down really easily for storage. It has basically two catch buttons on each side that you pull out to fold the handle up. No messing with screwed or anything like that -- it takes about 10 seconds.
The mower has great features for use as well. The drive system is fantastic. You can set the handle to the most comfortable position and the mower actually has some good pep in it's step. It goes faster than I can comfortably walk so you don't need to floor it. If you push it down real quick it will do a wheely.
The air filter and spark plug are remarkably easy to get to and change. The air filter has a simple door that you open on the side.
One of the first things I noticed is that coming from my old Toro, this thing is pretty light and maneuverable. It didn't feel as clunky to move; especially when pulling back or around corners.
The ONLY thing I can think of that this mower is missing is the little hose connection for cleaning that you'll find on some mowers. I wish it had that, but in all honesty, it makes up for it a million times over in how easy the mower is to use. It's light enough to where flipping it over to rinse out isn't that big of a deal.
Yes, you should buy this mower if this is the price range you're looking in ($3-500).
April 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnS Great balance between features and price.
This mower has all the basic features and then some. It is a good value; nice balance between cost and features. Plus its all Honda. So no need to worry about how to get parts or service. You can take it to a shop or fix yourself. Overall, works great and has what you need to get the job done easily.
One feature to note: you can easily adjust the drive speed while you are moving; helpful for long grass mixed with short grass.
February 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FlatTop Just Buy it!
I know you... you're me...Searching, reading reviews..trying to find a great mower at a great price!
Well, stop all that and just buy this mower; for the home owner, it's got it all.
1. Rear wheel Drive - Check!
2. Mulching, Bag or discharge - Check!
3. No tool adjustments - Check!
4. Easy to start - Check!
5. Power to chomp through your failure to mow for a month - Check!
6. Quality build - Check!
7. Dual Blades for a laser flat cut and fine mulch - Check!
Yeah, you could save a $100, or $200, or $300 (gasp) on a "cheaper" mower..but you know how that works out...it won't start, it breaks, front wheel drive is worthless, no wheel drive leaves you half dead at the end..and you eventually have to borrow the neighbors mower while you search for a better replacement.
My Toro finally gave out after 30 YEARS! Planned to buy another Toro, but that Personal Pace drive system is horrible...and it's on EVERY rear wheel drive unit Toro makes..what are they thinking?...Read through the Toro reviews and people either hate or love Personal Pace...I hated it and Toro forced me to buy this Honda..bad move Toro..I really like this Honda:)
April 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SigmaOps Honda Quality!!!! Beast of a Mower!!!
Bought this mower after purchasing a Toro and returning it (not even taking it out of the box). Got the Toro home, read the poor reviews and decided I needed a professional tool that will last. Did a little research, and the Honda was overwhelmingly the clear choice to go with. Got the mower home, assembled it in less than....7 mins give or take (majority of the time was to put the bag on the frame). Fillet it with oil, gas (ethanol free mind you), pulled it once.....fired right up. More than enough power to tackle my jungle...a 2 acre plot...mind you I only use about .65 of it. The rear wheel drive is a beast! Quality is obvious with this product...metal connectors and ball bearings for the wheels...not plastic. A fuel shutoff switch for the winter....
Another bonus...Home Depot (at least mine) was just certified to be a Honda factory service center...so if anything goes wrong (which I doubt) .....take it to big Orange.
April 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Intrepid1 Clean machine
It is amazing how Honda consistently designs and produces very high quality products. With this mower, they achieved offering a very efficient, long lasting, smooth running, feature packed and low maintenance machine!
I got mine mid season last year after spending about 150 to refurbish an old MTD (about 7 years old) and then the drive system broke down.
The Honda starts 1st pull most every time, uses very little fuel, and does a fine job of lawn cutting. Tall wet grass - no problem. It cuts very quickly if you can keep up with it (pushing the drive control fast) This mower mulches very well and has a very smooth, sweet finish without lines of clippings. It is very smooth and quiet for a lawn mower.
I notice the materials used - example the wheels - the tires - is very high quality. Everywhere you see highly functional design - at the same time simple and low maintenance. Like the fuel shut off valve. Like the thumb drive speed control.
Bottom line, super operation, high build quality, and Honda reliability sealed the deal for me.
April 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Coach Very impressed
Honda did a great job providing excellent power and variable speed propulsion on this mower. It cuts through tall grass without missing and straining and the variable speed rear wheel drive cuts my mowing time significantly. Do not be fooled by the small bag unit. Since it cuts the grass clippings smaller and sufficiently moves them to the back of the bag unit, it holds as much if not more than my previous bagging mower. I have mowed twice with this mower and am very happy with the purchase. I absolutely love the throttle speed control and how light it is to manuver around the yard, especially on the hill in the backyard.
April 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by turbomatic Took it back--poor cutting
I had real issues with the quality of the cut. I have tall, thick fescue and no matter what I did this mower would leave behind long lines of uncut grass. I raised the blade, lowered the blade, overlapped passes, checked to make sure all wheels were at the same height,etc--everything the honda service center told me to do. Nothing worked. Just plain old bad cut.
Engine pulled like a champ--real powerful. The thing pops wheelies it's got so much torque. Feels real sturdy too. But in the end, I bought a lawnmower to cut grass. I expect a $400 mower to cut it nice and even. This did not, so I took it back. OH WELL.
May 8, 2015