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

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

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delawarelawn
wilmington, de
May 18, 2013
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May 27, 2013
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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
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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.
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May 20, 2013
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I've have the Honda mower you're referencing. I've had this mower now for 3 years. In that time, I've had not a single problem with it. It's by far, the best mower I've owned.
I have read however, that Honda mowers are a bit "picky" about the quality of gasoline you use. I put in 92 octane. When I fill up the gas can, I'll also have in there some of the Ethanol Treatment as well as some Sta-Bil. For me,
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I've have the Honda mower you're referencing. I've had this mower now for 3 years. In that time, I've had not a single problem with it. It's by far, the best mower I've owned.
I have read however, that Honda mowers are a bit "picky" about the quality of gasoline you use. I put in 92 octane. When I fill up the gas can, I'll also have in there some of the Ethanol Treatment as well as some Sta-Bil. For me, perhaps doing this has prevented me from having issues, especially with the automatic choke.
Hope this helps you out.
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May 20, 2013
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Never had any problem with my Honda mower since I bought and use it last year.
When I first use it on this spring season...it starts in just 1-pull!
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Chino, California
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May 20, 2013
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Problems with auto-chokes usually occur after the first year of usage. The reason is almost always due to owner neglect. Unlike fuels of the past, today's gasoline can cause more problems than you can imagine. The key to free auto-choke operation is proper winter storage. Never store your lawn mower with fuel in the system unless you use a reputable quality fuel stabilizer, such as Sta-Bil. Use it Read More
Problems with auto-chokes usually occur after the first year of usage. The reason is almost always due to owner neglect. Unlike fuels of the past, today's gasoline can cause more problems than you can imagine. The key to free auto-choke operation is proper winter storage. Never store your lawn mower with fuel in the system unless you use a reputable quality fuel stabilizer, such as Sta-Bil. Use it according to the instructions and you should not have any problems.
Even if you decide to drain the fuel, be sure to add the Sta-Bil to the gas can or mower's tank first, and then run the mower's engine until it runs out of fuel. It may seem like a waste, but will save you frustrations in the future. Unless you have a lawn to mow, only put enough treated fuel into the tank to run it for 7 to 10 minutes. And don't forget your stored fuel can should also be treated. Gasoline has a short term storage life, and will go bad in extreme weather conditions.
I always run Sta-Bil through my power equipment and generators throughout the operating season. It keeps the internals clean. Read Less
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Honda National Office / Alpharetta, GA
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May 20, 2013
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A limited number of one model did have a problem with getting engine heat transferred to the necessary choke parts, and this did cause starting problems under the right conditions. Repairs for this problem are fully covered under warranty, and all units in Honda warehouses were updated with an improved part and fully tested to work properly.
The AutoChoke is a really nice feature. Few parts, no cables Read More
A limited number of one model did have a problem with getting engine heat transferred to the necessary choke parts, and this did cause starting problems under the right conditions. Repairs for this problem are fully covered under warranty, and all units in Honda warehouses were updated with an improved part and fully tested to work properly.
The AutoChoke is a really nice feature. Few parts, no cables or external controls, no primer bulb to pump, etc. It really simplifies the starting process, regardless of your experience level. It's likely you'll see AutoChoke implemented on all Honda models in the future.
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northern WI
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May 20, 2013
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Choke problems?.... after using mine for many years I have NEVER had any problems with the choke. It has NEVER failed to start and mostly on the FIRST pull. Amazing machines!
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May 19, 2013
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I've used our mower for a season and a half with absolutely no issues so far.
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Does the GCV160 have mulching capabilities and if so, where do I get a mulching plug (and blade?)

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Cottonwood Heights, UT
August 7, 2013
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northern WI
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August 10, 2013
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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.
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August 8, 2013
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Yes this unit has mulching capabilities. You simply lift the rear bagger flipper door and insert the plug that comes with the mower. If you don't have the mulching plug, you can order it from the Honda web site under Parts.
This mower does not need a separate mulching blade, as long as you're using the correct Honda mower blade for this model mower.
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August 8, 2013
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Yes your mower has the options for mulching. See a lawn mower service center that deals with oem
parts. You can also mulch or purchase a side discharge unit that fits where the plug fits underneath the rear discharge too.
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August 8, 2013
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Yes, it mulches. My mower came with the plug and no blade change is necessary.
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The mower comes with a mulching plug.
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Hi Janmt:
The most current versions of Honda's HRR models (which use the GCV160 engine) are ready to mulch or bag right out of the box. They have control lever on the mower deck called the Clip Director that lets you instantly switch between mulch or bag, so no mulching plug is needed. All Honda HRR models also have twin mulching blades already installed, too.
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Hi Janmt:
The most current versions of Honda's HRR models (which use the GCV160 engine) are ready to mulch or bag right out of the box. They have control lever on the mower deck called the Clip Director that lets you instantly switch between mulch or bag, so no mulching plug is needed. All Honda HRR models also have twin mulching blades already installed, too.
If you have an older HRR model, they *did* use a separate mulching plug, but all versions did come with standard twin mulching blades. The mulching plug is included with the mower; if you do not have yours, a replacement can be purchased at any Honda Dealer; here's a link to find one in your area:
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Can't start my HRR216VLA

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Rob180
July 13, 2013
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
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Jackson
Victor NY
August 1, 2013
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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!!!
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jimmy
July 28, 2013
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on this model you start the engine without pulling back any levers. the engine will start and you have to press the yellow button on the right and then pull back the engage lever to engage the blade. when all else fails you could always read the owner's manual.
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Brand new mower that won't start? Let's get it back to the store and they will either swap you for another one, or examine yours and try to see why it won't start.
A few things to double-check: Oil was added to the oil filler opening, and not the fuel tank, right? Fresh gasoline went into the fuel tank? Is the fuel valve ON? Throttle lever in the CHOKE position? Spark plug cap securely snapped onto the Read More
Brand new mower that won't start? Let's get it back to the store and they will either swap you for another one, or examine yours and try to see why it won't start.
A few things to double-check: Oil was added to the oil filler opening, and not the fuel tank, right? Fresh gasoline went into the fuel tank? Is the fuel valve ON? Throttle lever in the CHOKE position? Spark plug cap securely snapped onto the spark plug?
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You do not pull the blade control bar, when starting. There is a knob by the engine be sure it is in the on position. That feeds gas to the engine. Push the throttle into high gear, toward the rabbit icon. Your all set to pull the start cord. One started, hold the yellow lever #1 down for ten seconds. Let it go, then you pull the blade control bar, #2 The engine should rev up. While hoding the bar, use Read More
You do not pull the blade control bar, when starting. There is a knob by the engine be sure it is in the on position. That feeds gas to the engine. Push the throttle into high gear, toward the rabbit icon. Your all set to pull the start cord. One started, hold the yellow lever #1 down for ten seconds. Let it go, then you pull the blade control bar, #2 The engine should rev up. While hoding the bar, use the gear shift in the center to move the mower forward, #3. Your speed will vary by the amount of tension you place on the shift. You can let go of the blade control, and the engine remains on. You turn the engine off by pulling the throttl up towards the turtle icon. Read Less
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July 14, 2013
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First check to see if you have a fuel valve that may be turned off. Do you have a primer bulb and choke? And lastly make sure the spark plug wire is attached.
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Rob180, Make sure the gas shutoff 'switch' is ON... push the lever to CHOKE... pull the cord. It should start. Don't use the 'blade brake' until mowing. How much stabilizer did you add? Why use any? Use NON-ethanol gas, no need for stabilizer!
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Does this mower have a side discharge? What controls the variable speed?

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There are "paddles" you push with your thumbs. It really hauls - with the paddles all the way down I can't keep up.
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yes it has side discharge,a handle with up and down motion controls your speed.
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November 12, 2011
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This mower does not have a side discharge. The speed is controlled by the paddles. You push down or let up on the paddles to go faster or slower. It sounds complicated but it's not. Once used to it, you do it without thinking. The paddles can be adjusted in 5 positions, from low to high, depending on your height, the length of your arms and what's most comfortable for the placement of your hands and Read More
This mower does not have a side discharge. The speed is controlled by the paddles. You push down or let up on the paddles to go faster or slower. It sounds complicated but it's not. Once used to it, you do it without thinking. The paddles can be adjusted in 5 positions, from low to high, depending on your height, the length of your arms and what's most comfortable for the placement of your hands and wrists. Read Less
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Discharge is through a bad in the rear, or if you want to mulch just take the bag off. There's a device supplied that goes in the shoot leading to the rear bag to make mulching very efficient.
One controls the speed using the thumb control (using either thumb) on the handle bars. The control is also adjustable. I was skeptical until I tried it but it's the best arrangement I've ever tried. Speed control Read More
Discharge is through a bad in the rear, or if you want to mulch just take the bag off. There's a device supplied that goes in the shoot leading to the rear bag to make mulching very efficient.
One controls the speed using the thumb control (using either thumb) on the handle bars. The control is also adjustable. I was skeptical until I tried it but it's the best arrangement I've ever tried. Speed control is very smooth from very very slow to fast. Read Less
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For side-discharge operation, an optional kit is required. It's a simple, no-tools-required chute, Honda Part Number 06814-VG4-010. It's a special-order item, and the MSRP is $24.99.
The HRR216VXA uses SmartDrive; this belt-driven design lets the operator change drive speed by applying pressure to the SmartDrive control. The control is adjustable to five different positions for operator comfort.
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 252 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by runs like a tank, will cause thumb problems!! I have a 15 year old Honda self -propel that still runs, has been maintained, but my husband thought I should have a newer mower so we found Honda at Home Depot. It drives like a tank! I thought maybe it was because it's design was more for a man than a woman but even the male agrees that it is heavier and harder to maneuver even with the self-propel. We adjusted the handle, the self-propel lever and no improvement! I am sooooo disappointed. It starts easily and the blades are good but I want to return it!!! When I say the quality is good, I am referring to the start and cut, but I would expect that with a new mower. The self-propel lever will cause me to have thumb surgery and I have tried every adjustment available. May 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great self propelled feature My last Honda Mower lasted 22 years. This model is similar to my old one except for the selfpropelled unit which is a big improvement. The quality is still there so I hope that I will be using it for another 22 years. June 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Solid design, solid value, simple and easy to operate! This is by far the best walk behind mower I've purchased. I was considering the more expensive version with the plastic deck and hydrostatic transmission; however, the slightly heavier (and less expensive) model with a steel deck was a pleasure to use on my yard this past weekend. My yard is just under 5,000 SF with a combination of flat areas and moderate hills. It took a little time to get comfortable with the thumb control for speed; however, now I can't imagine using a self-propelled walk behind mower without this feature. The thumb control is easy to adjust so it's no problem finding a comfortable setting. On the hills, the speed control enables you to make quick and effortless adjustments to your pace and the mower has plenty of power even with a full bag. The engine is quiet, starts on the first pull and the cut is even. I'm surprised at how far I can go before the bag reaches 90% capacity (on Bermuda) as the dual blades produce such small clippings. One "must have" feature for me was the blade stop. It's so much easier to simply stop the blade any time you need to stop (pick up a limb, empty the bag, etc.) then to re-start the engine every time. My neighbor even commented that he should have purchased a Honda! I appreciate the time and thought that went into the design of this mower. It's so simple to use in every aspect that no other mower comes close. The only negative I found is that very fine, dry clippings can accumulate in the recessed areas on which the frame for the bag is designed to sit. This can cause the bag to come loose as the frame is sitting on top of an accumulation of grass clippings and is not resting on the bottom of the recessed area designed to hold it in place. It's the only weak point I could find and I will have to see if it's an on-going issue as the Bermuda continues to come out of hibernation. The green larger grass clippings did not tend to accumulate as much as the dry dormant grass clippings. This same design does facilitate installing and removing the bag, it's quick and easy. March 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great mower this is a fantastic mower . i was debating between the toro personal poace mowers and the honda's . i had had a honda previously but lost it in a fire . sad day . the toro was cheaper by a $150 or so but i had to go with the honda quality . this makes mowing a snap . the drive system is super easy to use and adjust for differant heights of the person walking behind .got it out of the box put the oil in and added gas and started on the second pull !! took bout 10 minutes haven't used the bagger yet since i am a mulcher guy but leaves the yard looking like a pool table the quadra cut blade is awesome . plan on having this mower for a looong time July 26, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Florida Floratam overwhelms this mower, uneven cut Like the drive system, runs smooth, starts fine but it bogs down when the grass is thick. The most annoying feature is how the choke lever gets caught on every little branch and shuts the mower off. At first I didn't realize what was happening and thought it was stalling but it started right back up. After the 4th time in the first 10 minutes of use I noticed it was in the stop position. Annoying and poor design. It does run great and if I still lived up north with thin grass I might keep it but it does not handle thick southern st augustine type grass, not enough power. Plus, I think this is an old 2011 model being passed off as new. September 7, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Typical Honda quality but questionable controls This is a very high quality unit. It has good power, cuts great, and is easy to start. The jury is still out on the thumb speed controls. They are very sensitive and I find myself constantly adjusting speed as I am either chasing mower or bumping into the handle. It will take some practice to better control the speed. Two possibilities here: 1. I will get so good at controlling with my thumbs that I will truly appreciate the precise control response. 2. I will sell the mower on Craig's List and break out "Old Faithful (the older unit). The jerking around can take a toll on your back, especially if you mow around a lot of obstacles.. July 18, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vroom, Vroom This thing MOVES! Mulches grass so fine you can see very few clippings or any clumps of grass. No more bagging-what a timesaver and lawn looks awesome. Love the 7 settings for front and rear wheels. Starts very easy. The paddles take some getting used to. Love the stop blade feature which leaves the mower running if you need to stop to pick up a stick or something in the yard, It's very easy to push when the mower is turned off and easy to back up when it is on. Wish the mower had the high rear wheels but other than that, I can tell already this will save me work in the yard. If they had an Indy 500 for mowers, this one would win. April 27, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Questionable?!?! I have had a couple of issues with this unit. First the cable to control the speed is bad and I have to now make adjustments by hand and the mower will not turn off unless I force the cable into the off position. The lever no longer works. My most recent issue is that the wheel has completely come loose and flipped under so now I mow with a tripod which proves to be a challenge. This was a part that was factory assembled. For the price of this unit and from the looks of other reviews, these issues should not be occurring and it's a shame that I am not happier with this unit and now have to pay to have it professionally repaired. August 12, 2013
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