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Model HRX217K5VKA

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21 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled 4-in-1 Lawn Mower with Select Drive Control

$599.00 /each
  • Virtually indestructible deck: no rust, dents, or corrosion
  • Mulch, bag, rear discharge, or leaf shred with no tools!
  • Twin blades for superior cut quality, mulching, and bagging

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Whether one wishes to mulch, bag or discharge their grass, the HRX217K5VKA is a top performer. It's packed with features, like Honda's exclusive NeXite deck, Micro-Cut Twin Blades and the versatile 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director. With all of this, combined with Honda's exclusive variable speed Select Drive, this mower will make your lawn look great while maximizing your comfort, control and convenience.

  • Choose your speed with Honda exclusive select drive: one can easily adjust the mower's speed to your stride by rotating the speed adjust dial, followed by engaging the select drive lever for intuitive speed control with maximum comfort and convenience
  • Hondas revolutionary versamow system with clip director allows you to mulch, bag, discharge and shred leaves - or even a combination of mulching and bagging simultaneously, simply slide the convenient clip director knob to choose how much grass is bagged or mulched, no tools or costly attachments are needed
  • Honda's exclusive micro-cut twin blades use four cutting surfaces that result in ultra-fine clippings for superior mulching and more clippings per bag, the end result is a perfect cut with less time spent emptying the bag, meaning less work for you
  • HRX's 21 in. deck is made with NeXite, this highly impact-resistant material does not dent, rust, or corrode, it's so durable that it comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Easy-starting, fuel efficient, and powerful, Honda premium residential GCV190 engines are legendary for providing years of reliable service, all Honda lawn mower engines are certified to meet 50-state EPA and CARB emission standards
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I am looking for a great mulching mower for grass at 3 in high that does not leave clumps. Will this work for me?

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Burlington, NJ
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May 20, 2016
My current Toro mulches great when the grass is not too high. I hate bagging the clippings because I then have to put the clippings in plastic bags and dispose.
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chicago ill
August 26, 2016
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definitely not. look for a snapper mulcher with the ninja blade and the hivac deck,not the mulching deck. the hi-vac deck flares in and the mulching deck flares out. you will not be disapointed.
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Cape Coral, Florida
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August 12, 2016
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YES, you will be more than happy with this !
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Tampa Bay, Florida
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August 12, 2016
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Should work great for you especially with the twin blades, this mower mulches the grass so fine that you can hardly see the clippings...I've used this mower on damp grass without a problem! My best advice when mulching is to cut the grass when it is dry. The HRX series of Honda mowers is quite heavy duty with a 190 cc engine instead of 160 cc and the body of the mower is made out of liquid steel which is Read More
Should work great for you especially with the twin blades, this mower mulches the grass so fine that you can hardly see the clippings...I've used this mower on damp grass without a problem! My best advice when mulching is to cut the grass when it is dry. The HRX series of Honda mowers is quite heavy duty with a 190 cc engine instead of 160 cc and the body of the mower is made out of liquid steel which is not really steal but a form of plastic that is so heavy duty it will never break! The best part of the HRX series is that the body of the mower will never rust! Read Less
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Fort Worth, Texas
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August 11, 2016
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Higher thick grass will leave clumps in my yard, however I have never had such a good level of mulch this mower provides on the yard. I typically just run back over the lumps and they disapear just fine.
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Nashville, TN
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August 9, 2016
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I cut some really long grass with my mower set on full mulch. Despite the huge load, the clippings were evident, but not clumpy. They settled into the 3" cut grass within a few days.
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Ashland, KY
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May 23, 2016
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Yes - no clipping lines. In fact the only visible lines are where the tires travelled and that only lasts for a few minutes while the grass recovers. I think the double blade design has a lot to do with this.
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virginia
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May 22, 2016
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yest it will work great.
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Grand Prairie Texas
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May 22, 2016
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I have my mower wheels set to the highest because of the hot summers here in Texas and it mows great so far. I also mow about half the width of the mower deck so it will mulch the grass better. takes a little longer to mow but good result's.
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Englewood FL
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May 22, 2016
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This mower munches well. 1 pass, no clumps, done. I keep my lawn at @ 3" or a little higher and this mower has made caring for it much easier. I try to avoid cutting when very wet this also helps with no clumping.
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Cleveland Ohio
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May 22, 2016
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Yes buy the Honda. I live on the lake and the hill in the back of my house has tall grass. The Honda cuts it with ease. I had Toro mowers all my life and just got rid of one that was only 1.5 years old. Despite being more expensive the Honda cuts even damp grass without clogging the bag. An amazing mower.
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Is this mower easy to assemble?

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Baltimore
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July 24, 2015
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Englewood FL
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August 6, 2016
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<5 minutes from opening box
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LEWES, DE
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August 2, 2016
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The mower was very easy to assemble and took very little time.
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Murphysboro, Illinois
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July 26, 2016
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It's VERY easy. The only slight difficulty I had was raising one of the wheels to raise the deck height. I called the company and they offered some suggestions. They did say that the first time the height is adjusted that it might be more difficult. I haven't changed my adjustment since the first time, so I don't know about this. I also need to say that I am a 60+ year old female and could do it - Read More
It's VERY easy. The only slight difficulty I had was raising one of the wheels to raise the deck height. I called the company and they offered some suggestions. They did say that the first time the height is adjusted that it might be more difficult. I haven't changed my adjustment since the first time, so I don't know about this. I also need to say that I am a 60+ year old female and could do it - finally did it myself. Read Less
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Ashland, KY
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May 23, 2016
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The mower comes 'pre-assembled'; all you need to do is add is the oil (which is supplied); you will have to slip the bag cover over the bag frame, but that is pretty straightforward. Also, to connect the clipping bag to the mower is super easy.
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Fort Worth, Texas
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May 2, 2016
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Very easy to assemble. Just put up the handle to comfort level and the pins lock in place.
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Maine
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October 27, 2015
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Yes - It essentially comes assembled. You take it out of the box, fold up the handle and that is about it. NOTE: it does not come with oil in the engine, but oil is included. You must add the oil before attempting to start.
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Louisiana
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September 21, 2015
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Doesn't get any easier, Home depot sells it assembled and ready for service and will start the mower before you leave the store to insure mower is performing as expected.
But, just in case you are ordering it, It would be easy for me because I and old & know my way around mechanics, my wife doesn't mess with yard or mechanics so I better be good at this kind of stuff, lol. I assume it is pretty easy Read More
Doesn't get any easier, Home depot sells it assembled and ready for service and will start the mower before you leave the store to insure mower is performing as expected.
But, just in case you are ordering it, It would be easy for me because I and old & know my way around mechanics, my wife doesn't mess with yard or mechanics so I better be good at this kind of stuff, lol. I assume it is pretty easy though without ever doing it. Read Less
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Bethlehem, PA, USA
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August 11, 2015
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Yes. There really isn't a lot of assembly. Unfold from box. The bag needs to be assemled. Very easy though.
You will need help getting it in and out of your vehicle. a little heavy.
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Colorado
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July 29, 2015
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Yes. cut down the sides of the box and avoid the lifting. It unfolds and is ready to use. Catch bag slips together, look at the pictures to get the frame right, I reversed it the first time and the bag didn't fit- that was my clue to go back and look at the instructions!
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July 27, 2015
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Hi Donna: Yes, just remove from the carton, Fold up handlebars, removing protective plastic, add oil (included) and fresh gasoline. Done. No tools required. -Robert@Honda
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How comfortable is the handle while mowing, especially on turns?

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Ashland, KY
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August 15, 2016
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Yes, the handles are adjustable for height (I'm 6' and have no issues with the highest setting). To turn, simply place a little pressure on the handles and 'swivel' to the new direction.
TIP: I find it easier to dis-engage the drive prior to making a turn.
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Cape Coral, Florida
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August 12, 2016
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Most Excellent!
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Englewood FL
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August 6, 2016
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I find the handle comfortable. Turning is easy, release drive, push down on handle, turn, let go, engage drive and you're on the wy
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Twin Cities, MN
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June 28, 2016
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It's not bad. The angle of the handle is nice, but the SelectDrive paddles are a bit awkward. They tend to pinch fingers, and because it's rear-wheel drive you have to let up on the self-propel handles WHILE pushing down on the bar to turn the mower around, which is a bit of an ergonomic nightmare. I found them simply "OK" to handle, my wife hated them and complained of numb hands after 45 minutes of Read More
It's not bad. The angle of the handle is nice, but the SelectDrive paddles are a bit awkward. They tend to pinch fingers, and because it's rear-wheel drive you have to let up on the self-propel handles WHILE pushing down on the bar to turn the mower around, which is a bit of an ergonomic nightmare. I found them simply "OK" to handle, my wife hated them and complained of numb hands after 45 minutes of mowing. (We're 32 and 30 years old, respectively, and in decent shape if that helps frame my response). Read Less
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Murphysboro, Illinois
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June 28, 2016
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I found the handle to be quite comfortable. It is quite easy to maneuver this machine.
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WA state
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June 4, 2016
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On level ground with a simple mowing pattern - generally yes.
On hilly ground in tight quarters and with obstacles to work around, I find it very problematic to keep the speed lever engaged. Your mileage may vary. See if you can rent one first to see how it works on your yard - it will be money well spent.
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frankfort,IL
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September 30, 2015
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I'm 6'3" . My son put this mower together and the first time I used it , it fit me great. the only strange thing is that the blade is always moving when its self propelling.
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Cornwall
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September 30, 2015
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The handle is very comfortable. I do not have large hands, but the handle is very easy to grasp and takes very little force to hold. As well, it is responsive and easily managed, such as when you want to back up and must release the drive wheel power but still maintain engine power. The handle, though, is all about the application of power to the drive wheels, and the dial on the handle is used for the Read More
The handle is very comfortable. I do not have large hands, but the handle is very easy to grasp and takes very little force to hold. As well, it is responsive and easily managed, such as when you want to back up and must release the drive wheel power but still maintain engine power. The handle, though, is all about the application of power to the drive wheels, and the dial on the handle is used for the purpose of determining how much power you want to apply. It's a very powerful engine, so I don't even use half of what it can provide on flat ground. If I'm going up hill, I turn it up, but that's about the only time. It is a very easy system to manage, since very little hand pressure is needed for any aspect. As for turning, I do not find it different, easier or harder, than any other walk behind mower. I think if you have the drive power turned up very high, it could be a problem on flat ground, since you would not be able to keep up with it that easily. Once or twice around the property and you're an expert. Read Less
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September 29, 2015
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Comfort can be highly subjective, but most customers who've used this mower are happy with the controls and handling. Suggest you stop by and try it in person if possible. -Robert@Honda
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How hard is it to clean under the mower deck as it has no hose attachment like some other brands?

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Cape Coral, Florida
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August 12, 2016
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I just took a hose to it and it was clean in seconds with no scrubing!
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Ashland, KY
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June 10, 2016
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You will find that with the composite deck, you don't need to clean underneath. I actually turned it over to hose it down and it was very clean and looking like new. Not sure what they built this deck from but it does seem to resist grass build up. At the end of the season, I'll probably wipe everything down, but the whole point of the composite deck is that you do not have to worry about the deck Read More
You will find that with the composite deck, you don't need to clean underneath. I actually turned it over to hose it down and it was very clean and looking like new. Not sure what they built this deck from but it does seem to resist grass build up. At the end of the season, I'll probably wipe everything down, but the whole point of the composite deck is that you do not have to worry about the deck wearing out and of course, you know the motor will just keep running - it's a Honda! Read Less
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Cleveland, Wi
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November 30, 2015
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The deck attachments on some mowers simply don't work very well, my Toro had one and I used it one time.
When finished mowing turn gas valve off and run to almost dry. Then simply tip mover up on two wheels and rinse. I do it after every use. Simple.
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Louisiana
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September 21, 2015
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I seldom do this because I have the composite plastic deck. But I have washed it and simply tilt the mover to the side opposite the carb and wash away. This just isn't a problem to me though. This mower is powerful and will more often than not strip off and grass that may adhere to the upper deck.
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Bethlehem, PA, USA
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August 11, 2015
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Let engine cool. Turn off fuel line. Turn on it side fuel cap up. Only wash the bottom of the deck.
Engine must be cleaned by hand. I use my air compressor to blow most of the stuff off and then use a damp rag for the engine.
After cleaning, start mower and let it reach operating temperature. 3-5 minutes.
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Howell, Michigan
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July 24, 2015
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After 10 mowings of about an hour in time each, I turned my new mower on its side as outlined in the owners manual. Basically opposite the side on which the gas tank is placed. I found that with the Nexite deck material, very little grass was sticking to the deck surface. This is most likely because I waxed the entire mower, including the under side of the deck before using it the first time. I have Read More
After 10 mowings of about an hour in time each, I turned my new mower on its side as outlined in the owners manual. Basically opposite the side on which the gas tank is placed. I found that with the Nexite deck material, very little grass was sticking to the deck surface. This is most likely because I waxed the entire mower, including the under side of the deck before using it the first time. I have always done this with new mowers and found through the years that the decks stay clean longer and with less grass sticking to the underside of the deck. I don't see any problem in thoroughly cleaning the deck with a hose. I am confident that the engineers took that into consideration when the designed the unit. I would start the mower after washing it so that the unit would be dry when I placed it in storage, especially at the end of the mowing season. Once you have it shiny clean, spend a few minutes waxing the unit a good coat of automobile wax will keep your mower looking and working better. Plus, it will lessen the frequency between your need for future cleanings. I hope that this is helpful! Read Less
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July 20, 2015
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Tipping the mower over on its side will offer far, far better cleaning than just hooking up a hose. You'll be able to see exactly where clipping, dirt, mud, etc. are and rinse them away easily. You should do this each time you mow to avoid a build-up of material under the deck. Be sure to remove the spark plug cap and tilt the Honda mower with the LEFT wheels up and RIGHT wheels down. -Robert@Honda
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Madison, AL
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July 19, 2015
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Turn the mower on its side (fuel cap up). Wrap a plastic grocery bag over the air filter/carburetor. Hose off the lower mower deck being careful not to spray water on any of the upper deck. Leave it on its side for awhile to dry. I do this every time I mow.
My old Toro had the hose attachment for cleaning the lower deck but I never used it because it didn't do an adequate job.
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July 19, 2015
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It is all easily reachable if you tip the handle down and expose the underside of the deck, mostly the grass gets stuck in the throat leading to the grass catcher, so is easy to clear, IF YOU TURN THE MOWER OFF (!!!!!!!) FIRST . . otherwise my experience is that plastic deck or metal deck, wet grass is a just a pain in the grass, and the spray of the water isn't an end all solution either, I don't even Read More
It is all easily reachable if you tip the handle down and expose the underside of the deck, mostly the grass gets stuck in the throat leading to the grass catcher, so is easy to clear, IF YOU TURN THE MOWER OFF (!!!!!!!) FIRST . . otherwise my experience is that plastic deck or metal deck, wet grass is a just a pain in the grass, and the spray of the water isn't an end all solution either, I don't even bother using the water on our other mower, a rider that sees far more grass goo than this one . . Read Less
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 164 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 Solid Quality, Performance and Value... This is an outstanding mower - ready to go right out of the box. Worth reviewing the directions to understand how the speed control works. The rock-steady engine offers ample power to get through thicker vegetation. The bagging system works well - the sliding mechanism that affords the ability to bag, mulch, or anywhere in-between lets you tailor where you want your clippings to go. I was skeptical about the rear-wheel drive, especially in turns, but the mower is quite nimble after just a little practice. August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very Satisfied After reading many reviews of various lawnmowers by actual consumers and third party critics, I decided to make the investment in the Honda HRX217VKA. The setup was simple. Just follow the instructions. As advertised, it started with one pull...cool. I used it the first two times, my wife used it the third time. I love the functionality and the results. My wife enjoyed the experience, as it was also exercise for her. I highly recommend this mower without hesitation. August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Low quality Mower While this mower has some nice fixtures the quality of the product leaves much to be desired. After only 2 1/2 seasons the bolt on the front wheel came loose, stripped the attachment to the mower and fell off. Expected higher quality from Honda and for the price of the machine. August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GREAT MOWER I have previously owned Toro (2); Sears and Lawn Boy mowers. None of these compare to the quality of the Honda. You can easily see the quality of this mower. The wheel height adjustment is extremely easy. It always starts on the first pull. The variable speed works great. I feel that this mower is the last mower I will have to buy. August 2, 2016
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