Model # HRR216VKA

Internet #100617092

Honda 21 in. Steel Deck Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Mower-DISCONTINUED

Discontinued Honda

21 in. Steel Deck Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Mower-DISCONTINUED

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Product Overview

With an easy-starting Honda GCV160 engine, the 21in Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower is designed to provide quiet, efficient performance. The mower's Smart Drive system provides self-propelled operation at adjustable speeds while the 2 blades produce a smooth cut for fine mulch clippings.

  • Assembled dimension: 24 in. W x 24 in. D x 18 in. H
  • Smart drive system with a paddle-style control handle offers variable speeds for self-propelled operation
  • Heavy-duty steel deck offers a 21 in. cutting width
  • 6 mowing heights ranging from 3/4 in. to 3-1/4 in. to manicure the lawn to your specifications
  • Quadra-Cut Twin-blade design provides fine grass clippings
  • 3-in-1 capability offers mulching, bagging and rear dischsrge with optional leaf shredder attachment
  • 8 in. wheels with rear ball bearings provide smooth movement over varied terrain
  • Ergonomically-designed handle with foam grips offers comfortable maneuvering of the lightweight mower
  • Zone-start safety system stops the blade engine within 3 seconds when the operator lets go of the handle
  • Manual fuel-shutoff valve for your convenience
  • Auto-choke system provides start-up without the need to adjust the choke
  • 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 Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Mower-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) (795) (871) (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,Foldable handle,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 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,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,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

do you mix the oil and gas together to put in tank. and does any oil come with it to use with the gasoline?

Asked by: Anonymous
The gas and oil are separate and yes, one bottle of Honda oil came with it in the box on delivery.
Answered by: Angelina
Date published: 2015-09-17

new hrr2168 vka starts with first pull but runs rough

Asked by: Anonymous
Let it run for a few seconds - 20-30 sec. It has a auto choke so it will take a few seconds to warm up and make the engine run smoother.
Answered by: FortMillMower
Date published: 2015-09-17

How difficult is it to assemble a Honda 21 (Model #HRR216VKA) purchased online?

Asked by: Anonymous
Easy. Unfold the handle, pour in oil, add gas and remove some packing around mower and go. That is what I remember but you should read and follow the manual.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2016-06-23

How effective is the rear discharge? Experieinces?

I am moving from an old mower that I primarily used in side discharge mode. The current HRR216 only discharges out the back. My question: How well does it work? In particular, do the clippings disperse directly under the operator's feet or a little to the side? How evenly do they disperse? My concern is cutting on a wet day and ending up with green shoes covered in grass clippings - with a side discharge you are always blowing yourself a clear pathway
Asked by: JB
LOL. Yes, you will get green all over your shoes on a wet day. It works great - the back discharge. I have used it a few times, mainly to chopped things I don'w need to bag. Clippings flow out of the back and you will have a nice path of clippings to walk over. I have mowing close and mowing shoes, because no matter what I do - bag, mulch or back discharge, I get dirty.
Answered by: FortMillMower
Date published: 2015-09-17
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Customer Reviews

21 in. Steel Deck Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Mower-DISCONTINUED is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 795.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Mower I love this mower. Everything about it screams quality, and ease of use. No choke to mess with, no bunny or turtle. Love the self propelled twist style throttle. Just turn it a little and off you go. Makes stops and turns a breeze. Large fuel fill to avoid spills. Easy to start too. My wife barely yanked the pull cord(after I insisted she try it) and it fired right up. Boy does it ever cut too. I've used several self propelled mowers over the years and this is hands down the best. I'm just tickled with this new mower. Can't wait to mow next week.
Date published: 2010-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs Like A Champ! Just bought today. Unfolded the handle, put a little oil and gas in. And started right up. Honda engines are great and simple. And the rest of this mower is all Honda. Feels very sturdy. The double blade mulch works better than I expected. The self-propel control is very responsive. So you can get running right down the line. Great box. Honda quality engineering and very straight forward design. Feels like it will go for ten years.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust me just buy it! I almost didn't buy this because of a few bad reviews. Just buy it. They even took my competitor coupon to save money! Loaded it up for me, i took it home and took it out of the box. It was all together. Just extend the handle and add the included oil.......pull 1 time and started right up! It took all of about 30 steps to get used to the drive system which is fantastic. ( little tip, use the pads at the base of your thumbs to push it ) My grass was long and damp and this thing was great, never slipped and mulched very well. This mower is also very easy to push and pull with out the self propelled, which is great since most yards you will need to do this. All in the best mower I ever used.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful mower I am so glad there are reviews everywhere these days for products like this. After having endured used/Craigslist mowers for a few years I decided to buy new and did my homework. This came up cheapest with what it does and with the best reviews. Easy to set up, just add oil and gas. Pull on it once, even weakly and it starts right up! Cuts grass like you would want it to...I love the variable speed. I'm a small woman with a big lawn and I love the fact that if I have to go up an incline, I can use the speed control and let the mower do the work. It's a great mower and I'm glad to have purchased it. I've mowed once and will post an update if there's any problems.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent mower i did all the reading between toro and honda and i shelled out the extra money for the honda and i was glad i did first off when you take it out of the box make sure you do not pour the whole bottle of oil in it but keep checking the oil level with the dipstick cause i did not use the entire bottle....after gassing it up it started on the first pull and and ran great. i thought that the smart drive was user friendly and got comfortable with it quickly i mulched with it the first time and the dual blade setup cut the grass so fine i barely noticed it....again i am definitely happy i bought the honda!!
Date published: 2012-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This IS Consumer Reports Best Buy Mower, May 2012 The Smart Drive paddle is MUCH more responsive than that of the Honda I purchased 4-5 yrs ago (may it Rest In Pieces...tree stumps are bad for mowers). The HRR216VKA shows up with all the essentials, delivered with excellent quality. Love the height adjustment levers, as opposed to those in on mowers in the same price range on other manufacturers models. I ended up passing on the next model up (HRR216VYA) for $100 bucks more, as I experienced issues with Honda's Roto-Stop system disengaging and throttle slippage in my previous machine. I'm glad I stuck with Honda again and got this model. The quality delivery of all the necessary components makes it easy to see why the VKA is Consumer Report's #1 Best Buy in May 2012 magazine.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with purchase I usually do not write reviews, but just had to comment. After looking all the reviews, decided to purchase. What a great machine. Very fast, like walking on treadmill. Think I cut off 15-20 min. If you have questions to buy front wheel or rear wheel, GO REAR WHEEL, made a huge difference. Entertained upgrading to more expensive Honda, but thought $400 was more than enough to pay for a mower.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Early Impression Excellent mower. As others have stated this is a quality piece of machinery which will be obvious as soon as you feel and use it. I was leery of the autochoke system but it performed flawlessly. Likewise the dual blades or quadracut system sounded like a gimmick to me, not so. This thing cuts every single blade of grass as if it was done with barber shears. It shredded leaves into invisible matter though there were only few due to the season. The grass clippings are about one fourth what they typically would be. Once I took it out of the box and attached the handle and after reading the owners manual I filled it with the included oil and fresh gasoline. The mower kicked over with less effort on the first pull than any other mower I've started in my life(sans electric starts). It runs smoothly, sounds like a honda and the cut is incredible. One fuel tank of gas mowed slightly over 1/3rd acre on a 102 degree midwestern day. During the first mow I shut it down and restarted it about ten times just to ensure it would not hesitate, it never did. The grass has never looked this good and I didn't realize my old Toro was not giving a good cut until I saw it mowed with the Honda.(I kept the blade sharp) I've only used it twice now and am becoming more comfortable with the "Smart Drive" feature which works best for me using my thumbs. I prefer the Toro "Personal Pace" self drive mechanism for ease of use but this mower is far superior to my last. Now I am curious what the $900 Honda could do, if anything, better than this one. If you're in the market I would highly recommend this mower and if you don't take my word for it you can still return it within 90 days.(you won't I'm certain) - As well it has a full 3-year warranty.
Date published: 2011-07-22
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