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Honda 21 in. Single Speed Self-Propelled Mower
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Honda

21 in. Single Speed Self-Propelled Mower

  • Single speed self propelled, mulching/ side discharge mower
  • Ergo-Active handle for convenience & comfort
  • Premium Honda engine: easy starting and fuel efficient
$389.00 /each

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Mower Features
Gas Powered
Terrain - Sloped with Obstacles
3 Year Warranty
21in Cutting Width
1 Blade
Cutting Option: Mulch, Side-Discharge

When it comes to maintaining a beautiful lawn, nothing makes the cut like a Genuine Honda Lawn Mower. Honda's reliability, easy starting, quiet operation and fuel efficiency can serve you faithfully for years to come. Single speed self-propelled lawn mower with standard side discharge.

  • Assembled dimensions: 24 in. W x 24 in. D x 18 in. H
  • Single speed self-propelled with standard side discharge
  • Heavy duty steel deck with 21 in. cutting width
  • Features 6 mowing heights ranging from 1 in. to 3 1/2 in.
  • Single blade mulching or side discharge
  • Side discharge
  • Large 8 in. wheels means smoother movement over varied terrain, ball bearing rear wheels
  • Ergoactive handle for safety, convenience and comfort
  • Zone start safety system when the mower is started, the blade turns with the engine
  • Lightweight and maneuverable
  • Low emissions and quiet
  • 3-year residential warranty
  • Delivered to your door mostly assembled, simply attach the handle using basic instructions and add gas/oil
  • When the operator lets go of the mower handle the blade engine must stop within 3 seconds
  • Manual fuel shut-off valve
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Ratings (85) (1862) (241) (282)
Power Type Gas Gas Gas Gas
Size of Yard 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/2 - 1 Acre 1/2 - 1 Acre
Cutting Width (in.) 21 21 21 21
Features Mulching Capable,Rust resistant deck,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Capable,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Capable,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Capable,Tool-free adjustments
Drive type Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive
Refurbished No No No No
Start Type Pull Pull Electric Pull
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Can I use general automotive SAE 10W-30 for my Honda lawn mower?

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Anonymous
Fremont CA
May 21, 2013
What is the difference between Honda SAE 10W-30 and general automotive 10W-30? Please advise. Thanks!
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Yes, non detergent motor oil you have the correct weight.
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I have used Castrol SAE 30 for my Honda mowers for the past 10 years or so with no problems as that is the preferred oil for my operating range in Minnesota. I rarely run a mower at 35-40 degrees so I run straight 30, which I have been able to purchase at O'Reilly's Automotive when it is on sale. (They honor the sale price of 5W-30 or 10W-30 when applied to 5 quarts of SAE30.# It is not synthetic, and I Read More
I have used Castrol SAE 30 for my Honda mowers for the past 10 years or so with no problems as that is the preferred oil for my operating range in Minnesota. I rarely run a mower at 35-40 degrees so I run straight 30, which I have been able to purchase at O'Reilly's Automotive when it is on sale. (They honor the sale price of 5W-30 or 10W-30 when applied to 5 quarts of SAE30.# It is not synthetic, and I change it once per season - and it is not very dirty based upon the color of the waste oil. I do not believe there is much difference between Honda SAE oil and comparable brand name oils #Castrol, Valvoline, Mobil, etc. other than the cost). Your warranty would still be in effect with non-Honda branded oil. Read Less
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June 29, 2013
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Most mowers use a non-detergent type oil.
Hondas use "normal" mower oil - not automotive type.
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Newark,DE
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June 8, 2013
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The Honda SAE is full synthetic,I have used regular automotive synthetic with no adverse affects.
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May 21, 2013
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Hi Sam:
No real difference, Sam. SAE 10W-30 is the grade (weight) of oil, and that part of the oil is the same for all brands. It's perfectly fine to use a non-Honda oil in your Honda mower, as long as it is marked SAE 10W-30. Change and fill it according to the owner's manual, and you'll be fine. The brand of oil used does NOT effect the warranty. Finally, when Honda certifies the engine for the EPA, Read More
Hi Sam:
No real difference, Sam. SAE 10W-30 is the grade (weight) of oil, and that part of the oil is the same for all brands. It's perfectly fine to use a non-Honda oil in your Honda mower, as long as it is marked SAE 10W-30. Change and fill it according to the owner's manual, and you'll be fine. The brand of oil used does NOT effect the warranty. Finally, when Honda certifies the engine for the EPA, we use regular petroleum oil, so we suggest owner's use it as well. Synthetic oil is fine, and again, no issues if you decide to use it, provided it is 10W-30, and you change/fill as stated in the owner's manual.
-Robert@Honda Read Less
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how would you keep the side discharge open when using?

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Jenny
Des Moines Iowa
May 28, 2012
My old one we had to have an attachment to make the grass throw out the side...does it come with that?
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Minneapolis, MN
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May 10, 2015
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This mower comes with an insert that hold up the side cover. It is easy to install, and works fairly well.
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Parrish, FL
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July 16, 2013
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For side discharge, you open a spring-loaded door on the side & hook on a separate plastic discharge chute (which IS included with the mower).
I have found that in areas where the grass grows thick or is damp, I need to do the side discharge, or the mower wants to stall. Side discharge throw distance is impressive - I'd estimate 6-8 feet.
This mower does not include a bagger.
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June 29, 2013
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The mower should come with a discharge chute.
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Talladega, AL, USA
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May 14, 2013
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Yes, this mower has a detachable chute. You simply lift the spring loaded mulch cover and drop in the chute. 2 seconds... no tools required.
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Honda National Office / Alpharetta, GA
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There's a special chute included with this mower for holding open the guard when mowing in side-discharge mode. See the drawing here from the owner's manual for details. -Robert@Honda
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Does this model or any of the Honda models have the larger wheels in the rear?

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June 27, 2013
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Honda does not use different wheels in back on any of their lawnmowers. The argument for big wheels was for maneuverability, however, it has been shown that they do not help with that - and having used a neighbor's big wheeled mower, I agree. They do not seem to work.
Also, Honda uses the rear wheels for the drive unit. As long as you remember to disengage around obstacles and turns, you will find that Read More
Honda does not use different wheels in back on any of their lawnmowers. The argument for big wheels was for maneuverability, however, it has been shown that they do not help with that - and having used a neighbor's big wheeled mower, I agree. They do not seem to work.
Also, Honda uses the rear wheels for the drive unit. As long as you remember to disengage around obstacles and turns, you will find that the wheels are fine. If you prefer to freewheel, do not engage the assist and the mower will run as a typical push lawnmower without assist. Read Less
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On this model, all 4 wheels are same size.
Not sure if they have a big-wheel model.
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June 29, 2013
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The only size that I've seen on any Honda mower is 8 inch. This is one inch larger that some others.
I'm on my second Honda - both with 8 inch rears - and haven't had a problem with the wheel size. Besides: Honda's are Rear-Wheel-Drive, unlike many other brands. This will help far more than wheel size in navigating hilly ground. All you have to do is keep the rear wheels on the ground and the mower will Read More
The only size that I've seen on any Honda mower is 8 inch. This is one inch larger that some others.
I'm on my second Honda - both with 8 inch rears - and haven't had a problem with the wheel size. Besides: Honda's are Rear-Wheel-Drive, unlike many other brands. This will help far more than wheel size in navigating hilly ground. All you have to do is keep the rear wheels on the ground and the mower will do the rest. I've had the Honda Harmony II pull me up and out of a ditch while mowing - on a rather steep bank. Read Less
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Hi John:
No, all Honda mowers have the same size wheels on the front and rear. For HRR models, the wheels are 8-inches, and the HRX models have 9-inch wheels.
-Robert@Honda
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When in drive mode, how does it handle around obstacles?

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maryland
March 30, 2013
How does it handle making tight 180 degree turns for reverse cut passes? What about when it needs to be pulled backwards - is there any problem releasing the drive, disengaging the rear wheels and maneuvering rearward?
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Disengage the drive as you reach the obstacle, then free wheel around the obstacle, and reengage the drive as you go away from the obstacle. To disengage the drive, you simply release the drive lever. After a few times, you will get the hang of it and not even think about it as you do it.
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The self-propelled speed is pretty fast on this model. I disengage the drive for most turns (though sometimes I'll do a ninety-degree turn 'on the fly'). Disengaging the drive is easy to get used to & will become 2nd nature.
The choke lever (turtle/rabbit) is in an awkward spot though, and does get hooked on obstacles like hedges. You will find the engine knocks itself down to idle speed as you walk Read More
The self-propelled speed is pretty fast on this model. I disengage the drive for most turns (though sometimes I'll do a ninety-degree turn 'on the fly'). Disengaging the drive is easy to get used to & will become 2nd nature.
The choke lever (turtle/rabbit) is in an awkward spot though, and does get hooked on obstacles like hedges. You will find the engine knocks itself down to idle speed as you walk past things. Easy to just knock it back up to speed, but still kind of a poor design. Read Less
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April 23, 2013
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The SDA models do well "flipping" around and taking off 180 degrees because of the two lever control set. The variable speed is simple not as agile out in the grass - I felt that I needed to make additional swaths to clear the area for "flips". The "ratchet" mechanism in the SDA usually works as it should - unless there is a latent problem. I did have to replace a set of cogs in mine after 10 years of Read More
The SDA models do well "flipping" around and taking off 180 degrees because of the two lever control set. The variable speed is simple not as agile out in the grass - I felt that I needed to make additional swaths to clear the area for "flips". The "ratchet" mechanism in the SDA usually works as it should - unless there is a latent problem. I did have to replace a set of cogs in mine after 10 years of use: the edges of the teeth were worn - affecting the operation of the whole differential. Read Less
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Hi Steve:
This is one of the most lightweight mowers Honda offers, so it requires very little effort to steer and control on most lawns. When you release the drive clutch lever, the rear wheels "freewheel" and there's virtually no resistance when pulling the mower backwards. -Robert@Honda
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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 85 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Honda Mower 1-speed Pleased with speedy delivery, ease of set-up, start on first pull, self-propels well up fairly steep slopes and very easy to operate, maintain and store. I have had a couple other brand mowers over the years but Honda is thumbs up THE VERY BEST. This single-speed, no-bagger is light weight and perfect for my needs. It does excellent job of mulching using one blade and leaves no "hay" rows to deal with. Of course, secret to care-free grass mulching is to mow only when grass is well dried, which also avoids clogging blade housing! No need to use the provided side-discharge unless perhaps grass somehow got extra tall and/or is not dry enough, in which case side discharge is big help. It has option to use 2 blades if you prefer. For me, one-speed self-propelled, no bag, single blade AND in-line fuel shut off are most appreciated. THANK YOU HONDA and HOME DEPOT! October 6, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Recommend, if you know what you are getting. 2.5 mph too fast for me (82); wasn't expecting that. Clutch bar far below mower handle requiring removing one hand to reach way down and pull up clutch bar. Drive then engaged in first 15 degrees causing mower to jump ahead with other hand on mower (Put clutch bar 15+ degrees from mower; could then engage securely with both thumbs). Ended up keeping rear wheel drive always engaged and holding mower back, with rear wheels skidding, on corners (Had accepted rear wheel drive because of St Augustine grass here in New Orleans). Returned mower after one use (Home Depot very accommodating). Mower needs 1) adjustable speeds, 2) better clutch control, 3) front wheel drive (control), 4) adjustable engine speed. August 9, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Not worth it I used one day next day it broke I only used for 30 min the wheel broke plus it's a gas guzzler August 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by worth the money just what I wanted I have a lot of experience with mowers having grown up in a mower shop. This mower is exactly what I wanted, side discharge and mulch and no bagging. Honda has always built great engines but I am equally impressed with the rest of the mower. Discharges very well, haven't mulched yet. The long, rigid handle gives better leverage for maneuvering making the unit easier to use and feel lighter than it actually is. I also like the single speed SP unit for its simplicity, effectiveness and durability, you don't need multiple speeds if the one speed is right for you. I only use the self propelling for the hilly parts of my property and the speed is right for hill climbing. This mower also pushes as easily as a non-SP version so I can go quickly over sparse, flat areas when propelling isn't needed. For those reviewers who say the SP engagement bar is too far away, I recommend they bump the bar with their body which will engage the unit and bring the bar up to a thumb-reachable level. It isn't difficult, just get creative. I guess Honda wants to make sure the drive engagement is intentional and if it were closer people might grab it too easily by accident. This mower definitely isn't cheap but it is very well built and I expect it will last. September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great mower i bought this mower in late march i wanted to use it for a few months before i gave a review. i want to start with saying this honda mower does what it should, it mows the grass very well i wish everything every in life just worked. it is self propelled i am 52 and have no problem keeping up with it it starts on the first pull i have almost an acre with a steep little hill and i mow twice a week with no issues. the rear wheel drive was a little different but very easy to adapt to this thing is good on gas, easy to clean just use a garden hose. not a lot of bells and whistles you just turn on the fuel hold the blade control bar give it a pull and it starts hold the self propel bar down and your off. i had been using a craftsman self propelled with a 6.5 horse power briggs and stratton motor, the honda is lighter uses less gas mows cleaner, if you need a mower give this one a look, oh and the warranty seems good. i recommend this mower, i hope this helps. August 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by good machine good cutting.. single speed is a little too fast to handle with the rear wheels drive. Overall great.. June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1st Honda Mower This was my first Honda mower. I purchased this mower because it was simply a rear drive, side discharge/mulcher. I did not want a mower with a bagger. This mower starts very easily and runs and cuts very well. The only thing that I do not like about this mower is the clutch lever hangs 8 - 10 inches below the handle bar. You must remove one hand from the handle bar and be very careful not to have your other hand wrapped around the handle bar or you will pinch your fingers when you bring the clutch lever up. Other than that I am very pleased with my Honda mower June 7, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Fine machine Provides very good cut. Self-propel feature works well. I wish the handle had more position adjustments. Also, the machine is bulky and difficult to maneuver around obstacles. I would still recommend it. June 30, 2016
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