Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 161
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 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 glgsak Great mower ! ! !
The best mulching mower ever ! Very easy-to-use.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DocDVM Terrific lawnmower
Ok, I was a little hesitant to spend this kind of money on a lawn mower but it is well worth it. This mower is a powerhouse beast...excellent mulching and lots of power made mowing my lawn a pleasure. I have a lot of lawn and it's rolling and the grass is thick. I was getting frustrated with my other mower as I had to stop way too often to unclog it when mulching. This one never choked and the motor keeps running when you let go of the handle so you don't have to start it everytime you stop to pick something up. I'm a 68 year old woman who really needs equipment that is easy to use and this one fits the bill perfectly.
September 17, 2014