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Honda 21 in. Steel Deck Blade Stop System Smart Drive Gas Mower GCV160-DISCONTINUED

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21 in. Steel Deck Blade Stop System Smart Drive Gas Mower GCV160-DISCONTINUED

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Product Overview

With Smart Drive technology, the Honda 21 in. GCV160 Gas Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower provides self-propelled operation that is controlled with an ergonomically-designed paddle handle. The Blade Stop System (Roto-Stop) is a safety feature that stops the blade when you step away, not the engine, saving you time in the yard. The mower's Quadra Cut blades produce a smooth cut and fine clippings for great mulching and bagging. It also features discharge and leaf shredding capabilities.

  • Assembled dimension: 24 in. W x 24 in. D x 18 in. H
  • Variable-speed smart drive system provides self-propelled operation with a paddle-style control handle
  • Heavy-duty steel deck features a 21 in. cutting width for optimal coverage
  • 3/4 - 4 in. cutting-height range with 7 positions to manicure the lawn to your specifications
  • Quadra-cut twin blades produce fine clippings
  • 3-in-1 capability provides mulching, bagging, discharge and optional leaf shredding attachment
  • 8 in. ball-bearing wheels with single-lever rear-wheel height adjustment help to provide smooth movement over varied terrain
  • Handle features foam grips for comfortable maneuvering and 2 positions for easy height adjustment, handle folds for easy storage
  • Roto-Stop system stops the blades without stopping the engine so you can safely step away without having to restart the motor
  • Manuel fuel-shutoff valve for your convenience
  • Single lever rear wheel height adjustment
  • 3 year residential warranty
  • Delivered to your door mostly assembled,simply attach the handle using basic instructions and add gas/oil

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Name 21 in. Single Speed Gas Self Propelled Mower 21 in. Steel Deck Blade Stop System Smart Drive Gas Mower GCV160-DISCONTINUED GCV190 21 in. Variable Speed Walk Behind Gas Self Propelled Mower 21 in. Variable Speed Electric Start Gas Self Propelled Mower
Brand Honda Honda Honda Honda
Ratings (103) (252) (876) (269)
Power Type Gas Gas Gas Gas
Drive Type Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive
Features Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Blade Brake,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Tool-free adjustments Bagger,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Tool-free adjustments
Refurbished No No No No
Size of Yard 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Start Type Pull Manual Pull Electric
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Assembled Depth (in.)
24 in
Assembled Height (in.)
18 in
Assembled Width (in.)
24 in
Blade Length (in.)
21 in
Cutting Width
21 inches
Front Wheel Size (in.)
Rear Wheel Size (in.)


Assembly Required
Cutting Options
Drive Type
Rear-wheel Drive
Engine Displacement (cc)
Bagger,Blade Brake,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment,Tool-free adjustments
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
Engine oil
Lawn Mower Type
Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Maximum Cutting Height (in.)
Minimum Cutting Height (in.)
Number of Blades
Number of adjustable handlebar positions
Oil Capacity (oz.)
Power Type
Product Weight (lb.)
Size of Yard
1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Start Type
Terrain Type
Sloped with Obstacles
Walk Behind Mower Type
Self Propelled

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3 Year Residential

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Customer Questions & Answers

I've read where Honda power mowers have problems with their auto choke. Is this a frequent occurrence ?

Asked by: Anonymous
I bought my Honda GCV160 last August, on sale, from Home Depot, and I have not had any problems with the auto choke. The mower not only cuts the lawn superbly, it is smooth to operate. My previous Honda mower lasted about 20 years and all I did was to perform basic service maintenance. Here are a few tips: After every use of the mower use a blower or a shop vac to remove all small grass clipping from the mower; Add marine formula Sta-bil to the gas you use in your mower and your car. It improves the performance of the mower or car, cleans the fuel injectors in your car, and it is also a corrosion inhibitor. It also keeps the gas fresher and solves the problems caused by water build-up in your gas tank from adding ethanol to your gas. Every year change the oil, spark plug and sharpen your blades, if they need sharpening. That is the only tune-up your mower ever needs. The difference between the GCV 160 and the higher priced Honda mowers are; electric starter, special plastic deck, a few more features and in some a slightly larger 190 CC engine vs 160 CC. Happy mowing.
Answered by: vc19
Date published: 2015-09-17

Does the GCV160 have mulching capabilities and if so, where do I get a mulching plug (and blade?)

Asked by: Anonymous
One should have been included with the original new mower purchase.... or check out a Honda dealer. Maybe check online too. The blade does the mulching, cuts the grass into fine pieces which then is deposited back onto the grass as mulch.
Answered by: nascar17
Date published: 2015-09-17

Can't start my HRR216VLA

I just bought this lawn mower a few days ago. I added the oil and added the fuel stabilizer and finally the fuel. I went to start the mower and it doesn't start. It cranks but never turns over. I'm I doing something wrong? I'm pulling back the blade control and trying to start it but it just won't start. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
there is a gas valve on the left side of mower same side as gas filler. This may need turning on. I go for the simple stuff first as this mower is really nice compared to the 4 year old it is replacing!!!
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-09-17

Does this mower have a side discharge? What controls the variable speed?

Asked by: Anonymous
There are "paddles" you push with your thumbs. It really hauls - with the paddles all the way down I can't keep up.
Answered by: Lovehonda
Date published: 2015-09-17
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Customer Reviews

21 in. Steel Deck Blade Stop System Smart Drive Gas Mower GCV160-DISCONTINUED is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 252.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mower! Buy it! I have mowed my lawn with 2 different types of mowers. Nothing compares to this Honda. I bought this mower because of all the good things I have heard about Honda mowers. I was considering the HRX model, but I was advised not to due to problems, and the cost. I absolutley love how this mower just goes over the imperfections in the lawn, and how smoothly the mower runs. I cant get over its weight, it weighs in at 90+ lbs. It is heavy but maybe thats why it feels so solid. I also love the bearings in the wheels. Overall this mower is very high quality, starts on first pull, and just mowes great. If your going to buy a mower in the $400 range spend alittle more and get this mower its totally worth it. You won't be dissapointed.
Date published: 2011-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from realistic review If you're like me, then you've been OVER researching buying a mower. I have looked at hundreds of reviews of almost every model and brand. I had it narrowed down to the toro 20333 and this one. I finally decided to buy the honda hhr216vya. After reading tons of reviews, I decided a couple things, firstly people can seriously exaggerate certain details. secondly, the more I researched, the more I convinced myself I was going to get a piece of junk no matter what I did. I got tired of people saying "Its a honda" or "Just buy it". I am in no way bias and I am going to make this review as to the point and realistic as possible. I compared this side by side with the toro while I was in home depot. The honda just feels more solid. The controls, deck, levers, bag, etc. all felt so much more solid then everything else they had. I have never owned a honda. Nor do I care about the name. I just wanted the best mower I could afford. First impression: I added the oil (supplied by honda), added gas, looked it over and started effortlessly on the first pull. Honestly, the first pull. For the women unsure, I had my girlfriend (weighs about 100 pounds) start it. She laughed because it so easy. The mower, while running is about as quiet as I have ever heard. To the mowing: It was the first mow of the year for me and the first day that it didn't rain, (I live in the pacific northwest). The grass was a little wet and taller then I normally would ever let it go. I was expecting a few problems because of the wet grass. Bagging was seriously awesome. It bagged every piece of grass and left nothing behind. And I was walking at a comfortable pace. Not babying it at all. The engine at no point ever bogged down or showed any signs it was having trouble. It almost brought a smile to my face, (okay it did). One of the things that worried me was the 160cc engine. I thought it might be a little under powered. I feel stupid even thinking that. The cut of the grass was excellent. Completely even and consistent. The blade break system is simply awesome. Be prepared to be amazed at how quite the mower is when the blades are stopped (not that its loud when they're on). My girlfriend needed to ask me a question while I was mowing, so I stopped the blades and was going to shut it off. No need. seriously, quiet enough to talk at a reasonable level. The drive system: If you want to go any faster than this thing will go, you're just plain crazy. It will go as fast or slow as you want. The drive system felt very solid and once you get used to it, works great. For the mulchers: sorry, I can't say anything about that because I rarely mulch. However, the quad blades cut extremely well. Okay, I'm going to "split hairs here". The self propelled lever is somewhat uncomfortable. At this point, my only complaint and kind of frivolous at that. Your thumbs might get a little fatigued, but in no way should detour you in your decision making. I just wish they had designed it a little better. Sorry, I had to mention it. summary: I'm glad I bought this mower. I feel so relieved that this mower is everything I had hoped and so much more. Everyone is different and has different needs but know that I am an average guy (maybe a little analytical) but very reasonable. I have to subtract a star for the price and the self propelled lever. If those things don't bother you, then its a 5 star for sure. I hope this helps you in deciding... pros: -Starts ridiculously easy -Very sturdy -quiet -Blade break -feels like it will last a very long time cons: -A little expensive
Date published: 2012-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy decision I was looking for a new mower after my last Honda built in 1984, finally stopped functioning properly. I was sure that I wanted to buy a Honda, given their reputation and craftsmanship, but I wasn't sure which model would be right for me. I got to the home depot and was looking at the entry level model but soon was told that they had a reconditioned HRR216VXA for even less. So after purchasing it and returning home to my overgrown lawn, this thing proved to be a wise buy. It started right up on the first pull and effortlessly cut through even the tallest, thickest grass my lawn had to offer. It's really easy to use and mulches with precision. The paddle handle is simple to use and is adjustable, so you can put it right where you want it.I don't think it left any noticeable clippings when it was done. I will no longer cringe at having to mow my yard because of this thing and my lawn continues to look like a golf course!
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lawn and garden purchase I've ever made I knew that Honda had a great reputation for their lawn mowing equipment, but I was a bit reluctant to pay the premium... after talking myself into it, and leaving the store with this mower, I was nothing but excited. But it wasn't until I started this beauty up that I understood the amazing quality of this mower. First of all, this thing is quiet and does not pour out exhaust like most other mowers (and especially my last mower). It starts exceptionally easy and the motor revs at a lower rpm when the blades aren't engaged... when the blades are engaged, the engine ramps up and gets to work. Cutting quality: I couldn't believe how well this mower cut grass (even grass as high as 8 inches!) The dual blades clip the grass shorter than a single blade and the power of the mower itself pack the grass bag very well, leaving you more time between bag changes. I used to have to change the bag with my old mower about 10 times for our front lawn and I only changed it three times (but could have changed it less). The self-propelling is exceptional. I prefer rear-wheel drive (which this model has) because we have some inclines in the hard and it's difficult to keep front wheels on the ground when going uphill. The control is comfortable, progressive, and easy to use! I love the roto-stop! not having to stop and start the mower engine each time you empty the bag is great, and I'm comfortable leaving it running because it's quieter and less polluting than most other mowers! All in all, the time it takes me to mow our half-acre went from 4 plus hours to less than 2 hours thanks to this incredible mower. I would recommend this over and over and have absolutely no buyers remorse, even with the price tag on this guy.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I never imagined mowing to be fun or easy, but WOW!. As ridiculous as it may sound, I am actually looking forward to using this mower again and again. This is by far the best mower I've ever used, from start-up to clean-up. I am very impressed with the horespower, ease of use, and the smooth, nice cut. My yard is hilly and has lots of trees and landscaping obstacles and with the variable speed feature being controlled with the thumbs, going around corners and obstacles was never easier, using one hand or two. It literally felt like all I had to do was steer and walk. It is a great mower I would strongly recommend.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice Mower I read most reviews here before purchasing this mower and it was between this one and a Toro. This mower is terrific overall. Here are my highlights: Pros: -Easy setup out of the box. -Easy to start and very quite. -Smart Drive is fantastic. I have none of the issues others have reported with fatigued hands. The device is custom configurable (5 settings) and comfortable. It is easy to push and to hold down and intuitive to use. -Roto Stop works great and is a treat if you have kids that leave toys around, bag your clippings or have to step away momentarily for any reason. -Easy to adjust height settings and handles lock in place well - bumps in the lawn do not move the handles on my mower like some have reported on theirs. -Mower is easy to maneuver - large bearing wheels are nice. -Bagging performance is outstanding - best I have ever used in this regard. Bag is large and easy to take on and off the mower. Some have reported that the mouth of the bag is to large to fit in a 30 gallon leaf bag. This is absolutely true, however, I had zero issues dumping the grass into a leaf bag easily because of how easily the grass comes out of the mower bag. In fact, dumping the grass with this bag is far easier than with my old bag that does fit into a leaf bag. I'm not sure where the trouble is for those folks, but it must be a technique thing... -Cutting performance is outstanding. A few have written that the mower leaves an uncut line of grass. This does not happen to me at all. Perhaps this is technique, once again, but this mower makes our lawn look terrific. Cons: -Mulching performance is only average. It is slightly better than my older Troy Bilt, but not noticeably so. If the lawn is too long or too thick, this mower will leave trails of clippings along the right side. I have not found a miracle mulcher yet and this mower isn't one either. -Mulching plug does not seal the deck - meaning that when you mulch, you put a plug in the chute, but there are large gaps around the plug. Clippings will squeeze through the gaps and make it into the bag a bit if the bag is on the mower, or out the bottom of the chute cover if you are not using a bag (which is what I do). At the end of the mowing day, a large pile of clippings will settle onto the plug and this needs to be cleaned off after each mow so the clippings do not rot and smell in the garage or shed. Small irritation, but honestly I like the design of my old Troy Bilt better in this regard as the chute cover had a plug built into it and prevented this issue. Oh well. It's a mower so you get clippings. -Rear Rubber Flap - the absolute most annoying part of this mower is the stiff rear flap. Backing the mower up causes you to run over this flap which is normal, but the flap is so stinking stiff that running over it presents an obstacle to the deck. It feels like running over a chipmunk each time. The flap needs to be more flexible and it bugs me. I have a Honda owner friend who says the flap gets better with time, but right now, this is my largest complaint. I really like this mower overall, but the cons were enough to give it 4 stars instead of 5 for me. The overall feel of this mower is extremely premium (like the price) and I am hoping that the mower proves extremely reliable over time to justify the extra expense.
Date published: 2011-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeds my expectations I have been a Toro believer for 25 years, until now! My last Toro gave out after 12 yeas of loyal service. I searched the all the reviews and spoke with the mechanics at our local lawn mower repair shop, all votes were for Honda. I have completed my 10th mowing and have found the following: A very easy start, only one pull needed. The blade brake is a nice suprise, to pick up fallen branches or to empty the bag with out pull for a restart is Wonderful. The two blade cutting system really works, ( I thought it would be a gimmick) I found the Toro yielded 4 bags of clippings while the Honda is only 1 1/2 bags. The bag is smaller than the Toro but there are fewer clippings. It should be noted, the smaller clippings are barely noticeable when mulching, the clippings are very fine, so it is hard to tell that the bagging system was not used. The paddles take some getting use to, they are adjustable and can be mastered in one mowing. One draw back is the mower is somewhat heavier than the Toro however, the Honda wheels are built with eight ball bearings each and make the handleing much easier than my old Toro with the old bolt/hub sytem. A note you should consider, Honda recommends you change the oil after 5 mowings, I concur, the oil was very dirty and needed to be changed (a suprise). The motor is much quieter than the Toro and is much more powerful. In sum, I couldn't be more pleased with my Honda and give it my highest recommendaiton. One piecce of advise,. spend the extra $100 and get the mower with the Blade break ,... you will be glad you did.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2012-based HRR216VYA Review I've owned the 2011-based HRR216VY model (there are a few differences) and purchased this for father's day. This 2012-based HRR216VYA model has re-vamped carb: it does NOT require priming (the 2011-based HRR216VY required you to put the throttle lever (by the blade engage lever) to choke before pulling the rope starter). BOTH start up on first pull, butter. Honda did away with the "single" rear-wheel lever height adjustment: people probably complained about the lower rod (that tied to the other wheel) would hit/bottom-out when cutting un-leveled terrain. So the 2012-based mower now has individual wheel-height adjustments (like any other mower on the market). The 2012-based model also now uses PLASTIC (vs the metal-based on 2011-model) hinges @ where the bag sits into on-top. It is more snug, but feels definitely cheaper. Bagged mowing performance is very positive and both mowers (both use same GCV160 OHC engines and blade system) mow strong and clean. The very large mouth bag is a very clever design, made to prevent clipping escape and easy dumping into trash. DO NOT FEED this or any mower old or dirty fuel! I had to pull apart the 2011-based mower's carb and clean the out of it (using carb-cleaner and speaker-wire copper threads to poke out the fine ports). Honda's carbs are very very sensitive, as their ports in the main jet of the carbs are VERY small and fine: one little dirt girt and the thing clogs immediately. So take care not to feed it dirty fuel, or you'll end up dissembling the carb and poking fine speaker wire cooper strands thru the ports! Otherwise, truly nice mowers. I don't feel the cheaper Toros can touch them (in terms of build quality and reliability; and cut quality).
Date published: 2012-06-20
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