Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 156
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JB Lawn looks like a carpet!
I had a 20" push Lawn Boy for awhile to just knock down a patchy lawn. Years later I put in sod, became a yard nut, and began obsessing over having the best lawn on the block. That Lawn Boy just wasn't up to the task of cutting thick, moist turf, and eventually I got this machine. I wanted a machine that didn't leave lines, clumps, stragglers, and left an even cut in just one pass, and that's exactly what I got! This thing mulches the grass into tiny bits that just disappear into nutrients for the lawn. If you're serious about mowing your lawn, then this is the machine! It's literally the Cadillac of lawnmowers, the 190cc engine is awesome, and will leave your lawn with a professional appearance. Buy with confidence.
May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joe Great Mower
Recently purchased this Honda mower so it's only been used a few times. Despite the price, this is a great quality machine compared to others in the same category. Set up was very easy and like many of the other reviewers, started on the first pull. The Select Drive and mulching are great. I have a large back yard and teetered on deciding on a small riding lawn mower, but this Honda makes quick and easy work of it. I attached a few pictures to show the size yard I'm talking about.
May 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mowerman Best mower I have ever owned
So I have owned two Toro mowers in the past. Both single blade 20 or 21 inch mowers. Both with assisted drive to help you push. But this Honda, with its overlapping dual blade and powerful self-propelled drive is the best I have ever used (compared with the Toro). My old mower had front wheel drive, the Honda has rear wheel drive. While I pop a wheelie sometimes starting off it has plenty of power to push itself up steep hills. Realize I have a new blade but the cut is just fantastic. My old mowers used to pull/cut the grass and mulch function did not render small cuts. This Honda makes excellent cuts without "pulling" the grass and the mulch function renders small blades of grass. For example, with the Toro I had to empty the bag after one trip around the yard. With the Honda, between cutting grass finer and the way the rear bag is designed, two trips ... could have even gone 1/2 more!! So much less stopping and empting the bag. Starting is easy, one pull and it oscillates a little as the auto choke gets fuel into the engine, then smooth sailing. If your looking for a great mower that really cuts well, has excellet bagging feature, and great self drive, this is the model. Note that, unlike my old mower, the Honda self-propel function is more like a throttle than "drive-on" / "drive-off" like some. This allows you to give it the power you need to overcome hills and such.
April 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AC Great Choice
Used the mower once so far. Quite impressed! My 3.5yr old Husquavarna bit the dust right out of warranty. This mower is way more powerful. I've got a descent sloped back yard (20°) and pushing the Husquavarna uphill was a killer even with rear wheel drive. This mower powers right up the hill with next to no effort from me.
I wish it had a side discharge chute. Discharging cuttings out the back can get pretty filthy in the shoes. Either my grass grows too fast weekly to mulch or it is too thick in spots because I will leave a lot of clumps in the yard. Future mowing will tell though.
July 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Pro style lawn mower
Easiest starting engine ever. love the choice of setting for mulch, bagging or side discharge. The variable speed control is great only problem I have with it is it has a tendency to slip when going over bumpy terrain. It sometimes needs to be reset to a faster speed. The machine is a quality build. It is evident the minute you remove it from the box. Overall I would recommend this machine to any one who is looking for a new lawn mower
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by George Expensive, But Good Value
I purchased after extensive online product research - mainly for Honda Quality and I was not disappointed. Followed the simple un-crating instructions, added oil and fuel and started about 2/3 on the first pull - excellent. With regard to mowing - this was the first cut of the season and, unfortunately, the home's previous owner did not maintain their lawn in the fall (I purchased my home in late-November 2015) - below are my observations:
CUT: Excellent, the mower powered through even the really high stuff (over 6 inches)
DRIVE WHEELS: Very good; I live on hilly terrain and the drive-assist and larger wheels made this a lot easier; also notable is the auto-clutch feature making maneuvering this beast not too much work
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT: Excellent - lawns looks even and plush (make sure you do this BEFORE using your new mower as the front and back wheels are set differently in order to get it in the box properly!)
BAGGING/MULCHING: Excellent; I set mine for a 60 bag/40 mulch for the first cut and somehow the mower worked. What was even more impressive was that there were no visible 'clip lines' trailing the mower
UNIT WEIGHT: This is a heavy unit; this is OK for me (6'/200+ pounds) but I doubt a 125 pound person would find this unit easy to use on anything but a flat lawn. As mentioned earlier, the drive-assist does help on hills and rolling terrain but it still requires a lot of human power to get it up those steeper slopes
SPEED CONTROL: Excellent/really cool; you just walk and dial in your pace and it just works perfectly, slows down a little on hills, but just about close to perfect
FIT & FINSH: Excellent and another reason I bought Honda
VALUE: Tough call on this because it is expensive; I factored in the standard 5-year warranty (Honda added an extra year if you purchased in March!) so you have to consider that in the cost. As well, their engines are well-known to just work and they are very efficient so we'll see how I feel about this mower in a few years
LOUDNESS: Relatively mild, not too loud. It isn't the quietest mower available but it is very quiet in comparison to my neighbors lawn mowers. I measured about 82 db - just loud enough to warrant ear plugs as a precaution
Overall, I would rate this as a 'Best Buy'; yes, it is expensive when comparing it to numerous other mowers available, but I've come to the conclusion that Honda has figured out how to make a reliable mower that produces expected results. Buy Once/Cry Once is my dad's favorite saying so with that wisdom, I'll recommend this product.
March 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joey Love the Honda mower
I have less than an 1/4 acre to mow and already owned 2 HRX217's.. I have 2 of everything in case one breaks down. Not an issue so far with the Honda mowers. So I decided to sell one and it wasn't listed for a hour when a guy contacted me wanting it. I didn't like seeing the empty spot in my garage so I went back to Home Depot and purchased another one.. Both of my HRX217's are the variable speed type.. the older has what I call the butterfly looking control and the new one is the select drive model. Need to note I wash my mowers after each use. Service them regularly.
I do have a couple of cons... I mulch all of the time.. but grass does build up behind the deflector door (extra step when cleaning it up after using it) and when trying the rear discharge it likes to leave thin rows of cut grass...
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LionsK20 Outstanding Mower
I keep my mowers for many years and wanted one that I believed would last. I paid a little more than I planned, but I believed that the Honda engine and mower deck would last longer than other mowers. I also have additional features thats make mowing easier. I love the handle to move the mower to a bagger or mulched. I like the ease of letting the clippings fall out the back. The mower also looks cool and I like being able to leave the bag catcher connected all the time. I have never had dual blades on a mower, but the cut looks clean and level compared to my other mower. I did not know what to expect on the self propelled pacing, but it is easy to adjust. I run at about the 12 way mark, I would have to job on the fastest setting. I would recommend this mower and hope others enjoy a pretty cool lawn mower like I do.
June 28, 2016