Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 585
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by peeech Great Mower with Great Pedigree
My first Honda self-propelled, blade-break clutch (BBC) mower lasted 14 years before the transmission went out. My second, a Honda "Masters" with steel deck and BBC, lasted 17 years before its transmission failed. Replacing transmission on each of those mowers would cost 65%, or thereabouts, the cost of a new, similar mower. So, that's why I bought a new one instead of replacing the transmissions. Neither of those mowers were ever in the repair shop until close to the end of their transmissions' lives. So, this new Honda mower, which is a super performer, may outlive me!!! It has the run, feel, and exhaust sound of the former two Hondas I've owned. I like that! It also has a 6-year limited warranty. The extra year was given by Honda when I registered the new one with them.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Howard Quality mower!
A big step up from our previous 3 speed Honda mower. Every feature is improved, from adjustable handle height (I'm 6' 2") to the more powerful 190 engine - no stalling or slowing down in tall grass. Quality cutting and mulching job. The picture is of only the second cutting this season. As you can see, there are no clumps of un-mulched grass. Very pleased as I mulch everything! Also like the blade stop feature, so I can leave the engine running and roll over something like a mole dirt mound without damaging the blade. Hydrostatic cruise control, I have read, is far superior to the 3 speed, which quit on us after 3 years. This mower has a 5 year warranty with an additional 1 year for a limited time when registering with Honda. Started first pull out of the box, and as long as you follow their guidelines, should deal with the bad gas we have these days. Free shipping to your home, too! Definitely worth the investment!
April 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FunBobby Fantastic cut
I am very impressed with the overall performance and quality of this mower. The mulching and cut is excellent. The engine has an automatic choke that works very well. The mower always starts on the first pull even on a cool morning.
I have two small issues with the mower. First, the throttle and the propulsion speed controls are next to each other and I find it is easy to move one when you intend to move the other. Second, when stopping to empty the bag, I often end up with a clump of grass left where I had stopped.
Overall I am happy with the mower and would recommend it to a friend.
May 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MadRocketMan2000 One Awesome Mower!!!
I had a Toro mower that was 52 years old and it was hard to replace it / let it go. Toro does not make a quality mower like they use to. I absolutely LOVE this mower. It was very easy to take out of the box and set up. You have to put the oil in before you start it up. I was a bit taken back by the Nexite deck. I did not expect it to be a hard plastic. This is only a small issue, if it is an issue at all. It mows my yard without an issue. I like the mulching mode. It evaporates the grass clippings in nothing. It is pricy, but I fully expect that this Honda mower will last as long as my old Toro...if not longer. Honda has a great reputation. I checked Consumer Reports ( I have a subscription to C.R.) and it received the highest rating of any powered push mower, 83 out of 100. I also check as many other reviews on this & other mowers and this one came out on top. Weight is not an issue for me. i am a 42 year old male. If you want to disengage the drive to pull it backwards it is very easy to do. I also like the variable speed control. Bottom line....you can't go wrong with this one.
Cons: None ( at this time )
Length of ownership: 1 month
May 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Great
Definitely not the cheapest lawnmower you can buy, but probably the best. My parent had basically this model when I lived at home about 10 years ago and now that I bought my own house there was no debate what I would buy. My parents never had an issue with their mower and I plan on that being the same for me.
I love the blade clutch feature so you don't have to stop and restart the engine every time you walk away.
The Honda engine and dual blades will cut through anything, even tall damp grass.
You pay extra for the plastic deck, but I like not having to worry about my mower rusting out...ever.
March 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyHondaOwner Expensive, but worth it!
I was initially hesitant about spending this much money on a walk behind mower. However I was disappointed with the fact that my previous Craftsman lawnmower only last me 6 years before dying. So this time around I was hoping to make a purchase that will last me a while. In talking with friends and family who own Honda lawnmowers, the advice was unanimous... if you were willing to spend a few extra dollars it was well worth it for a Honda. I was told that many really old Honda lawnmowers have engines that still work perfectly fine, however the bodies get all rusted out. It appears that Honda solved that problem with the Nexite decking that has a lifetime warranty. I was a little skeptical of a "plastic" decking. But after using it for a few months, I definitely think it works well. Lots of great features on this one, my favorite of which is the blade stop. My only gripe about this lawnmower is the bagger. It allows far more dust through and into my face than my previous Craftsman did. Also, the bag opening is nice and large, which is great to make sure that it gets filled up. However I find it a pain trying to empty the bag into one of those compost paper bags. My previous Craftsman fit into the paper bag opening just right. This bagger is too big to fit into the paper bag and makes a mess when trying to empty into it. Not the end of the world, but more of a nuisance than anything and the cons of this lawnmower absolutely outweigh it. Highly recommend it and would make the same purchase again.
January 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Carson Not the Messiah of Mowers!
A mower this expensive deserves some honest criticism. First, let me state that I'm happy with my purchase and I do recommend this mower. It IS an excellent mower and hundreds of other reviewers have rated it highly. For context, I've had this mower for one year now and I'm comparing this experience with my previous mower of 20 years: a Toro Recycler II.
Some (minor) drawbacks to the Honda CGV190:
1. Significant grass clippings get trapped in the Versamow compartment. This isn't a huge problem except that you have to manually scoop them out after each mow or the grass will sit in there and rot and stink up your garage. Annoying detail for such an expensive mower.
2. So many reviewers have commented that the mulched grass clippings virtually disappear into your lawn. I disagree. I don't think this mower is all that much better than other mulching mowers at making the grass clippings disappear. It's not bad, but don't expect invisible clippings. I have a healthy, thick lawn and I can definitely see some clumping from time to time with this mower. It's about the same as my old Toro Recycler.
3. The Nexite deck is great, but you'll still have some grass stick to the inside of the deck, especially if it's damp. Believe me, no deck material will prevent that.
4. This machine is heavy! I can't believe some reviewers marveled at how light it is! What were they pushing before this: a tank?! If you have quite a few turns, stops, backing up, etc. to do in your lawn, you're going to get a workout. The heaviness does cause the machine to slide a bit down a slope if you are cutting laterally across the slope -- making it hard to keep straight lines.
5. The dual bar system for propulsion and blade control takes some getting used to. It's definitely a two-handed operation. It's fine once you get used to it, but you should ask yourself: how important to me is it really to have the blade shut-off option? How often am I really going to be stopping to pick up objects, etc and is it really that much of an inconvenience to buy a less expensive mower where I have to re-start the engine every time? I don't think the Roto-stop feature is such a make-break aspect.
I consider these all minor annoyances, but for a mower this expensive, you should know what some of the slight drawbacks are. Final verdict: I don't think you can go wrong with this mower, but if price is an issue for you, I think you'll be fine with less expensive mulching mowers.
May 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Suitable for Commercial Use
Been using this HRX mower commercially for a few years. It provides a fast clean mow and it's easy to adjust your blade to ground speed ratio for a clean mow every time even on the tallest turfs. Rear drive (or all wheel drive) is way better than front drive and this hydrostatic transmission is a rugged terrific engineering marvel.
I've seen some bad reviews in other places and they stem mostly from users not reading the manual (For instance not being able to roll backwards when a simple cable adjustment is in order). Unfortunately these reviews carry equal weight. This really is a great mower. The plastic deck is almost like Teflon (It may be a ETFE Fluoroplastic) and washes easily. Since I certify that I always begin my mows with a clean mower (your mowing company is the #1 vector for weeds! ) this feature alone saves me hours over mowers that are a pain to wash. I don't know of any mower large or small that cleans up this easily. Don't mow large branches, rocks or metal as they can crack the deck (For safety you should always look an area over before you mow with any mower anyway - Foreign objects can become dangerous projectiles.).
This mower is also easy to service with only a few tools. The seals in the hydrostatic tranny may begin to leak after a term of service. The tranny can be topped off (see Youtube) but it's best to replace the seals. These and other parts are readily available.
I do have a minor complaint and that is the catcher rest spots s/b protected and deeper so they hold the catcher better. The grooves tend to accumulate clippings and need to be cleared often for the catcher to be seated properly.
October 13, 2014