Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 162
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Loren Amazing Mower
I bought this mower because of my 13+ yr. old Honda that is still running, but smokes a bit when started. I use the old one for the back yard and the new one for the front. After sitting this winter, I assumed that the battery would be dead and would have to pull start. Nope. The battery was very much alive and fired right up! My old Honda will sit all winter and still start on the second pull. If this new one lasts like the old one, I'll never have to buy another mower.. By then, I'll be hiring someone to mow for me. (I'm old. LOL) As far as mulching, the grass was fairly long for the first mow of this season, so I put the mulcher on 50/50 and it did just great. Wish the mulcher on the old one was adjustable.
April 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve great shopping experience
I went shopping online to buy my daughter (a new homeowner in another state) a lawnmower for her birthday. The preferred brand name led me to Home Depot and I easily found what I was looking for. I was concerned about paying online for an item to be delivered to another person in another state, so I phoned the store near where she lives. The man was courteous and helpful so I asked jokingly, “And do you also gift wrap?”
After a pause he spoke, “If you could give us a heads up after it is delivered, we could probably come up with something.”
A week later I was notified by email that the merchandise was delivered to the store. I called and talked to a different employee. This one also served me with enthusiasm and helpfulness. The picture shows the result. My daughter was delighted. I was also very pleased. The people of Home Depot really do take the customer’s needs seriously.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by burnout8488 This should be an Acura, not a Honda!
Wow, what a machine! The HRX217HZA is the top-of-the-line residential mower in Honda's lineup, and for good reason. If you like a smooth luxury car, then this is the mower for you. Coming from a 13 year old Honda Harmony HRB215, this is a huge step up.
Power is plentiful, I have not run into any situations that might require a larger engine. The engine is super smooth and quiet. Whenever I hear a Briggs & Stratton powered mower start up in my neighborhood, it just sounds loud and cheap by comparison. The overhead cam Honda GCV190 is a peach. Great tone, not too loud, and never bogs down.
The electric start feature on this model is a savior for my family. We have been blessed with bad backs, and the electric start allows us to mow without feeling the pain of manually starting the mower the entire time in the yard. And YES, this IS a self-charging unit! The 2013 models do not ship with a battery charger, as they have their own means of charging built in. Our mower came with a near-flat battery, so I just used an automotive 12V charger set to "2A - Small battery" and it charged it in a few hours. I don't anticipate having to top up the battery ever again, since it charges while I mow.
The blade brake clutch, aka "Roto Stop" is a cool feature. With the electric start, it really isn't a necessary feature, but I love having it regardless. Being able to stop the blade and walk away with the mower idling is pretty cool, since I can take a quick water break and immediately start mowing again without having to start it again.
As far as the self-propulsion goes, the hydrostatic transmission can shoot this mower up to 4mph. At full speed, this mower is quick, and if you can keep up, you can make very short work of your lawn. I have noticed that my Hydrostatic transmission does make a bit of a howling/grinding noise when engaged, but I haven't determined if this is normal operation or a flaw yet.
When mowing, the large 9" wheels create a very smooth mowing experience. It powers through anything your lawn can dish out, and is very easy to maneuver. I've always liked the curve on Honda's mower handles - plus the fact that they're rear wheel drive. It makes engaging the drive wheels and turning the mower very easy. If you're considering a front drive mower, STOP! They can be cumbersome and require the front of the mower to be lifted on nearly every turn.
Compared to my 13 year old HRB215, this HRX is very heavy. Over 100 pounds, if I remember correctly. You may notice this if you have to mow steep hills, or sidehills where the mower might start to slide down a bit. The drive wheels can push the mower up most inclines, but you do feel the weight of the mower a bit. This is likely due to the weight of the roto stop, starter motor, and battery combined. These "luxury" features do make a noticeable difference in mower weight.
If you're looking for the best, look no further. This Honda has everything you could ever want in a mower and more.
September 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Principal Great purchase!
I bought this Honda to replace a 20 year old John Deere and have been more than pleased. Each of the features of this mower met or exceeded my expectations. Starts immediately, lighter than my old mower, mulches the grass finer than my old mower are but a few of the benefits. So far, it was worth every penny.
June 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DistantCousin Need a learner's permit for this high-performance mower?
Assembling the mower is a snap. Its folding handle makes it easy to store. The electric start worked right out of the box — neat feature for those of us too old to yank. Height adjustments, bagging options, cut quality are all great. So what's the "but"?
If mowing your yard takes a lot of backing-and-filling around shrubs, benches or slow-moving labradors, you might be better off with a lighter, smaller, front-wheel drive mower. Rear-drive means you can't just lean on the handle to pick the driving wheels off the ground and back up. It takes some practice to disengage the drive at the handle and slew this big boy around.
Plus, you need to find a good speed. This is the first mower I've owned that you could take for a jog — or vice versa. I'm getting better at it, and we haven't lost any prize petunias so far. Of course, if you have a lawn with a capital "L," all this is on the plus side. You could probably win a drag race against that jerk with the riding mower three doors down.
Solid machine, up-to-the-minute, low-maintenance technology and safeguards. (Blade stop feature is definitely a winner.) Just make sure this muscular unit matches your genuine needs.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Batman Starts every time
I owned an older model (2004) which I gave to my son when I moved and bought this model because of the electric start.
I do wish they would include a plug in charger for after winter storage, because I have bad rotator cups in my shoulders which make things hard to pull start. Also I Love my Troy Bilt weed cutter that has many different attachments and a hand held electric starter option.
April 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Excellent mower; love the electric start
Replaced a 20+ year old Honda w/ the electric start self-propelled model. New mower cut great and I noticed a smoother more even cut. New mower is heavier than my old one, but it doesn't pose a problem. The electric start is great. Assembly was a snap; take it out of the box, lift the handle into place, add supplied oil and my NEW gas, turn the key and I was up and running. Read lots of cautions about only using fresh unleaded gas ( less than 30 days old) due to carburetor fouling. Recommend buy gas and use for a month and then pour excess into car tank. Also follow recommendation to "purge" gas line at end of the season.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tracer Awesome mower for moms
I bought this Electric Start mower for my 74 year old, 105 pound mother. Her previous electric start mulching Lawn Boy can only be described as junk. The Lawn Boy didn't mulch at all, and would fail to restart if the engine became hot with normal use. It was cheap though.
This Honda came from the box in perfect condition. I added oil and gas as recommended and it started with the very first turn of the key, with no charging needed. I like the automatic choke feature because my mother can't figure out that kind of thing. She had a little initial trouble figuring out the blade clutch mechanism and the walking pace control when she first tried them out. Her previous mower had only one lever, which made it go forward at only one speed. Most of the time my mother had to push the Lawn Boy to make it go forward, and that was hard on her. This Honda truly mulches. The twin blades really can't be beat. I don't know why other manufacturers don't use twin blades.....it works for razor blades so why not mowers?
This is the second Honda I have purchased. My first is this same model, but without electric start and automatic choke. Mine is 8 years old and starts with the first pull every spring, even after sitting for 5 months. I change the oil once a year and sharpen the blades twice a year. I'm very happy with my Hondas.
Here's the down side....after sales tax this mowers cost $920. That's triple what my mom paid for her Lawn Boy. The extra money spent makes sense to me because I don't have to worry about her ability to mow her lawn each week, which is a task she enjoys and takes pride in. If she lives to 94, then I'll inherit a nice Honda mower in 20 years.
April 21, 2015