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Model HRR216VKA

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

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

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April 15, 2012
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April 17, 2012
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The gas and oil are separate and yes, one bottle of Honda oil came with it in the box on delivery.
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April 17, 2012
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this is a 4 stroke engine and does not require oil gas mix. It comes with oil for the crankcase .
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Secane, Upper Darby, PA 19018, USA
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April 17, 2012
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You do not mix the oil and gas together. The correct amount of oil should come with this mower.
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Wi
April 17, 2012
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no,no
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pinehurst, tx
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April 17, 2012
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4 stroke motor. No need to mix gas and oil.
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Painesville, OH, USA
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April 17, 2012
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No mixing required and oil comes with the mower. I would recommend adding preservative to the storage can of gasoline epically if you live in an area where oxygenated fuel is required.
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Honda National Office / Alpharetta, GA
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April 16, 2012
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No, you do *not* mix the oil and gas together with any Honda mower.
Mixing oil and gas together is strictly for 2-stroke engines, like those used on chainsaws, some string trimmers, and other smaller engines.
All Honda mowers have 4-stroke engines, just like in your car, and use straight, regular unleaded gasoline and it's filled through the gas tank. Now, just like your car, the mower engine needs oil Read More
No, you do *not* mix the oil and gas together with any Honda mower.
Mixing oil and gas together is strictly for 2-stroke engines, like those used on chainsaws, some string trimmers, and other smaller engines.
All Honda mowers have 4-stroke engines, just like in your car, and use straight, regular unleaded gasoline and it's filled through the gas tank. Now, just like your car, the mower engine needs oil too, and that's poured into the engine through the oil filler tube. A small bottle of oil is supplied with every new Honda mower. FYI, 4-stroke engines are much quieter, smoother and produce less fumes and odor. I'm not aware of any new model mowers that still use old 2-stroke engines. Hope this helps, -Robert@Honda Read Less
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new hrr2168 vka starts with first pull but runs rough

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Fort Mill, SC, USA
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November 23, 2012
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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.
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NC
November 17, 2012
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Although I can't solve your problem, my new Model HRR2168VKA "usually" starts on first pull. The engine runs smoothly, but the idle speed is too fast and is not adjustable (no throttle).
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Punta Gorda
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November 3, 2012
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Either the Carburator needs adjusting or the choke control needs adjusting or you may have gotton some water in the gas tank. Check all three. Norm
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JACKSON, NJ
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November 2, 2012
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Mower starts on first pull and should run a little rough because the automatic choke gives the engine a richer mixture, the rough idle should clear up in less than a minute and run smooth.
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North Eastern Oregon
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November 1, 2012
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Did you make sure you had clean gasoline when you filled your mower? If there was water in the fuel it may cause some missing (rough idling). Another question -- you used straight gasoline? It must be straight gasoline. Make sure spark plug wire is securely fastened to the spark plug. Make sure the ful line switch is open all the way. If it was starving for fuel it could idle rough.
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Did you make sure you had clean gasoline when you filled your mower? If there was water in the fuel it may cause some missing (rough idling). Another question -- you used straight gasoline? It must be straight gasoline. Make sure spark plug wire is securely fastened to the spark plug. Make sure the ful line switch is open all the way. If it was starving for fuel it could idle rough.
Another tip: Never run your new machine out of fuel. They are a pain to get restarted. Take the extra care to put fuel in often. I love my mower. Read Less
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Tampa, FL, USA
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November 1, 2012
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I returned my HRR for a store credit because I was having similar problems. After about a month the engine seemed to hesitate and idle back and forth. Honda is having serious issues with the auto choke on this model and they actually sent out a memo to some dealers regarding this issue.
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How difficult is it to assemble a Honda 21 (Model #HRR216VKA) purchased online?

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October 16, 2012
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househandy
Olney, MD, USA
November 20, 2012
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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.
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November 16, 2012
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No real assembly required. Just break it out of the cardboard box, and unfold the handle.
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Orlando, FL, USA
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October 23, 2012
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Very Easy. Just move the handle into position and fill the oil tank.
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Honda National Office / Alpharetta, GA
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It's quite easy. Remove the protective cardboard, unfold and lock the handlebars. Add oil (included) and fill the tank with fresh regular unleaded gasoline. Review the owner's manual and pay close attention to the safety information and marks. A digital copy of the manual can be found here or from Honda's website. -Robert@Honda
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Stuart, FL, USA
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October 17, 2012
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Unfold the handle put in the oil and gas. That's it. It is easier to cut the box open on one side and roll it out. Don't try to pick it up
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florence sc
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October 16, 2012
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The mower is basically assembled at the factory. You will have to raise the handle and tighten it in position and put oil in the engine. You are not required to hook up cables, adjust the smart drive cable, etc. If you want to use the bag for grass clippings, you will remove the plug in the back of the mower so that grass can go directly into the bag. If you want to mulch, leave the plug in the mower Read More
The mower is basically assembled at the factory. You will have to raise the handle and tighten it in position and put oil in the engine. You are not required to hook up cables, adjust the smart drive cable, etc. If you want to use the bag for grass clippings, you will remove the plug in the back of the mower so that grass can go directly into the bag. If you want to mulch, leave the plug in the mower (which prevents grass clippings from being blown through the hole). Read Less
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How effective is the rear discharge? Experieinces?

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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
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Fort Mill, SC, USA
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November 23, 2012
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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.
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NC
November 17, 2012
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I like the rear discharge. It disperses clippings well and spreads fairly evenly, with a little more clippings to the left. I expect wet grass on shoes is unavoidable. Wear work shoes and brush off when dry.
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Goldsboro, NC
September 14, 2012
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Purchased Honda Model HRR216VKA;however label on mower is HRR2168VKA. Overall, a good mower.
Rear discharge works well; blows clipping more out to the left side.I prefer it to a side discharge which will blow unwanted clippings onto walk, driveway, etc. Also, side discharge hinders cutting close to a tree or wall. When in mulch mode, if grass is too wet, too high or thick, a windrow of clipping is left
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Purchased Honda Model HRR216VKA;however label on mower is HRR2168VKA. Overall, a good mower.
Rear discharge works well; blows clipping more out to the left side.I prefer it to a side discharge which will blow unwanted clippings onto walk, driveway, etc. Also, side discharge hinders cutting close to a tree or wall. When in mulch mode, if grass is too wet, too high or thick, a windrow of clipping is left on each side of the mower. You must then rake or sweep to disperse.
My biggest complaint with this mower is that it resists turning and backing up to the point that the drive wheels will just slide. Over uneven ground harsh vibration is transmitted to your hands, probably because of very rigid frame. You will be beat after an hour of mowing. Read Less
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If you plan to use the bag to catch clippings rather than mulch the clippings, I think you will be quite satisfied with the performance. This mower has a removalble plug at the back right side of the mower that must be taken out when you install the bag. Removal of the plug allows grass to go directly into the bag. Personally, I like to mulch my clippings (when means that the plug stays in). Because of Read More
If you plan to use the bag to catch clippings rather than mulch the clippings, I think you will be quite satisfied with the performance. This mower has a removalble plug at the back right side of the mower that must be taken out when you install the bag. Removal of the plug allows grass to go directly into the bag. Personally, I like to mulch my clippings (when means that the plug stays in). Because of the dual blade design of the mower, it does a really good job mulching. Read Less
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Yep, your shoes will get green. But I've had that issue with side discharge too. I've always just invested in some cheap sandals as my 'mowing shoes'.
As for dispersion, I'd say it's less spread than a side discharge. That can be good if you like raking them up, or a detriment if they just sit there. I've never been too picky one way or the other. I haven't yet tried the mulch option, though will likely Read More
Yep, your shoes will get green. But I've had that issue with side discharge too. I've always just invested in some cheap sandals as my 'mowing shoes'.
As for dispersion, I'd say it's less spread than a side discharge. That can be good if you like raking them up, or a detriment if they just sit there. I've never been too picky one way or the other. I haven't yet tried the mulch option, though will likely do that now that the grass isn't growing as fast. Read Less
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Sorry, I can't help you there. This mower does such a good job of mulching, I've never even attached the bag. So far I've been lucky enough to wait for the grass to dry before I cut it. I'm sure my grass catcher day will come, but in the meantime, I keep mulching.
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 794 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Discontinued for a reason I purchased this because the reviews were positive in August 2012. Little did I know that the Smart Drive should not be used in wet areas. The drive wheels lock up and will not allow you to pull it to back up. So I took it apart in 2014, to clean and grease the rear drive gears in the wheels of rust & grass debris. It worked for a while, but still locks out the back up direction about 80% of the time, even after adjusting the smart drive clutch cable. You must lift up the mower and let the wheels turn a little, then see if you can pull it backwards. A hit or miss solution. May 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Discontinued for a reason Great mower, except.....Chronic choke issues. Machine gets warmed up, and quits running. Cools off, runs fine again. Great machine if you have the time to wait for it to cool off over & over again. Bought this because my old Honda (RIP) served me well for over 15 years. This new one? Even my service guy said this model is a real nuisance. I've been through a choke a year since new, & now the warranty's up. Hello Craigslist. May 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Performance,Best Mower I've Ever Had ! Put the oil in,filled the gas tank,the mower started on the first crank and every restart has been one crank.Love the rear wheel drive and varible speed.It pulls hard on the sloped area of our yard and can go faster than we need.Mulching in the bag is good for placing around plants and helps the soil. My first Honda Mower and so Happy I picked this one. December 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The BEST lawnmower I've used. I'm a believer in Honda. I picked this up because my old Sears Briggs and Stratton mower was nearly impossible to start, but this Honda starts up with literally 1/3 the effort and on the first pull every single time. It's so smooth as well and is quieter as well. The Smart Drive control gives you thumb control of the speed, you just push it harder and it goes faster. The control doesn't lock so you have to keep pushing otherwise it stops (which isn't an issue with me, but you should know). The twin blades gives a good cut as well, didn't notice many stray clumps of grass left behind. What can I say, just buy it, it's well worth the extra money compared to what you may buy at Sears or your local discount store. Oh yeah I'm from Canada and this is the exact same mower than Honda Canada sells for $650. So if you live near the border, time to drop into a Home Depot in the US the next time you are in the US November 19, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Prefer over rider Just purchased this gem to get into smaller areas of the garden but enjoyed it so much I mowed my foot high half acre without refueling. I was impressed (as so many others) with the power and speed, as a bonus my pedometer read 10,000 steps for the job! I've owed Hondas since my dad bought them in '87 and have always been more than satisfied. For the past 5 years I've used a Craftsman rider but Honda just won me back with this one. December 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great loawn mower for an hilly uneven lawn. I have a small but uneven, hilly lawn. The rear-wheeled self-propelled feature is perfect for this terrain. It used to take me at least 50 minutes to mow my lawn and I would be exhausted. I now takes less than 30 minutes and I barely work up a sweat. October 9, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best lawn mower I have ever owned ! Simply the best performing gas lawnmower I have ever owned . I'm 70 years old and have had lots of different lawnmowers over the years. Wish I had bought a Honda long ago . I've been using my Honda for about 10 weeks now . Since I first took it out of the box and added the oil it has started on the first pull every time with out fail. I'll follow the maintenance instructions,and change the oil often. was surprised to find out there is NO oil plug on the bottom to remove like all the other mowers I have had. You simply tip the mower up on it's side and drain the oil out from the fill tube ! The self propelled rear wheel drive is great it can go much faster than I can walk.I uploaded a pic of the drive control. It's perfect you can use either or both thumbs to control the drive speed.It can also be adjusted up or down depending on your preferance for comfort. I mow my yard ,and my daughters yard every week .It's almost fun to use this great lawnmower. If your thinking about buying a new mower do you self a favor and buy one of these It's worth the money. If your used to buying Briggs and Straton mowers you wont be wanting one again. October 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love this mower!! Love this mower! My husband and son use this mower multiple times a month and its super reliable. Highly recommend! February 24, 2013
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