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Model # HRX217VKA

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GCV190 21 in. Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Deck Mower

$599.00 /each
  • Includes variable-speed smart drive system
  • Provides 7 mowing heights from ¾ in. to 4 in.
  • Highly rated for powerful engine (see reviews)

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Model # HRX217VKA

Internet # 100617641

Store SKU # 882907

With Micro-Cut twin blades to produce a smooth cut and fine clippings, the Honda 21 in. GCV190 Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower helps you maintain a beautiful lawn. The mower features a 4-in-1 Versa mow system to provide leaf shredding, bagging, mulching and discharge performance. Its self-propelled operation is control with an ergonomically designed paddle handle.

  • Assembled dimensions: 24 in. W x 24 in. D x 18.37 in. H
  • Variable-speed smart drive system provides self-propelled operation with a paddle-style control handle
  • Rugged Nexite cutting deck features a 21 in. cutting width for optimal coverage
  • 3/4 - 4 in. cutting height range with 7 positions to manicure the lawn to your specifications
  • Twin blades provide fine clippings
  • 4-in-1 versamow system with clip director provides mulching, bagging, discharge and leaf shredding
  • 9 in. ball-bearing wheels help to provide smooth movement over varied terrain
  • Handle features foam grips for comfortable maneuvering and 3 positions for easy height adjustment
  • Zone-start system stops the blade engine within 3 seconds when the operator lets go of the handle for safety
  • Handle folds for easy storage
  • Auto-choke system does not require choke adjustment during start-up for your convenience
  • 5-year residential warranty
  • Delivered to your door mostly assembled, simply attach the handle using basic instructions and add gas/oil as instructed

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SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions
Assembled Depth (in.) 
24 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
18.37 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
24 in 
Blade Length (In.) 
21 in 
Front wheel size (in.) 
Rear wheel size (in.) 
Size of Yard 
1/4 - 1/2 Acre 
Details
Assembly Required 
Yes 
CA (CARB) Compliant 
CARB Compliant 
Cutting Options 
Bag,Mulch 
Cutting Width (in.) 
21 
Drive type 
Rear-wheel Drive 
Engine Displacement (cc) 
190 
Engine Make 
Honda 
Features 
Bagger,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,Mulching Capable,Rust resistant deck,Tool-free adjustments 
Fuel Type 
Gas 
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 
.25 
Included 
Engine oil 
Lawn Mower Type 
Walk Behind 
Maximum cutting height (in.) 
Minimum cutting height (in.) 
.75 
Mulching Capability 
Yes 
Number of Blades 
Number of adjustable handlebar positions 
Oil capacity (oz.) 
14 
Power Type 
Gas 
Product Weight (lb.) 
89 lb 
Reconditioned 
No 
Refurbished 
No 
Returnable 
30-Day 
Start Type 
Pull 
Terrain 
Sloped with Obstacles 
Walk Behind Mower Type 
Self Propelled 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty 
5 Year Residential, Lifetime Deck 

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Brand: Honda
Price: $500 - $600
Size of Yard: 1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Cutting Width (in.): 21
Power Type: Gas
Drive type: Rear-wheel Drive
Start Type: Pull
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Concerns about the 'composite' deck

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May 1, 2014
It appears that the wheel adjustments (cutting height) are molded into the deck. Anyone have any problems with this part of the deck breaking? I imagine the 'repair' would be a whole new deck. Same concern about the handle mountings on the deck. I'm sure Honda did some thorough testing on this material not wanting to suffer breakage reports/bad reviews. Still... ;-)
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Asked by
Fairlawn, Ohio
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May 22, 2015
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Had my first Honda with the composite deck for 8 years. Mowed my yard and the neighbors every 4 to 5 days. Never had a bit of problem with the deck.
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Massillon OH
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April 27, 2015
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Yes, I had the deck break. It actually cracked all around the motor mounts. The way I noticed it was the fact that the engine seemed to be shaking at start-up. The mower is about 8 years old and the engine runs great, but I am limping along with the shaker until I buy new. JB Weld could not hold it. I will stay with steel this time.
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Memphis, TN, USA
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August 30, 2014
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in my case the firs time is kind of hard to set the heights; but yes what? after 03 or 04 months is more difficult to set the heights so l will try to clean up dust or put some liquid lubricant and l will see what happens.
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Richmond, TX
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August 17, 2014
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I've used this mower for the first time this morning, so obviously I can't answer about the long term. However, this deck seems to be really strong. I don't know how thick it is, but it's not thin by any means. I adjusted the height and it seems the deck only offers the 'catch' position for the height adjustment tabs, so I don't think there is any concern about breakage. The material seems to be a really Read More
I've used this mower for the first time this morning, so obviously I can't answer about the long term. However, this deck seems to be really strong. I don't know how thick it is, but it's not thin by any means. I adjusted the height and it seems the deck only offers the 'catch' position for the height adjustment tabs, so I don't think there is any concern about breakage. The material seems to be a really strong and stiff composite. It doesn't flex at all like metal decks. Hope this helps. Read Less
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Honda National Office / Alpharetta, GA
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May 2, 2014
Answer: 
Hi xairbusdriver:
The deck on all Honda HRX mowers is a special synthetic material called NeXite, and was developed by General Electric. It won't rust, fade, or warp, etc. and is similar to the stuff used in car bumpers and football helmets. Honda has been making mower decks of this material since the early 1990s, and current HRX models have a limited LIFETIME warranty on the mower deck (non-commercial Read More
Hi xairbusdriver:
The deck on all Honda HRX mowers is a special synthetic material called NeXite, and was developed by General Electric. It won't rust, fade, or warp, etc. and is similar to the stuff used in car bumpers and football helmets. Honda has been making mower decks of this material since the early 1990s, and current HRX models have a limited LIFETIME warranty on the mower deck (non-commercial use).
Watch a Honda Pilot SUV drive over one; see link:
-Robert@Honda Read Less
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Montville, NJ
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May 2, 2014
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I've had this unit for about 4 years and used it extensively with no problems with the deck or breakage of any kind. Of course I don't keep on adjusting the cutting height so that could be one reason that it hasn't broken yet.
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Twin Cities, Mn USA
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May 1, 2014
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I've never had an issue with the Composite deck material. It's a tough mower and does a great job.
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How high can the cutting height be adjusted?

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July 15, 2014
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Memphis, TN, USA
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August 30, 2014
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the max is this one just four inches.
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Tulsa, OK
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August 21, 2014
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4 inches
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Northport, NY
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July 31, 2014
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3/4 inch to 4 inches - each wheel has adjustment levers
According to manual, settings in inches:
3/4
1 1/4
2
2 1/2
3
3 1/2
4
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July 16, 2014
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Up to 4 inches
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Boston
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July 15, 2014
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4 inches. I keep it at 3 inches in the summer but it's vacuuming ability isn't good above 2 inches. I'm getting a lot of pine needles this summer (don't know why) and it does a poor job of picking them up. Great at mulching though.
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Hannibal, Mo
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July 15, 2014
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4 inches
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Rough Idle When Starting Engine

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Northport, NY
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Just got the Honda mower and have used it a few days. When starting the cold engine, the idle is high/low/high/low for about 30 seconds. Is this normal?
Using FRESH 87 Octane fuel with STA-BIL added.
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Tulsa, OK
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August 21, 2014
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Using premium pure gas with stabilizer. No rough idle observed on my machine straight out of the shipping carton.
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June 30, 2014
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Fred,
New mower parts sometimes have an oil residue on the components that tends to stick the float and needle valves in the carburetor. Go to premium gas with straight 91 or 92 octane.
STA-BIL is great for over the winter or extended periods of time to protect from varnishing up parts when the machine is unused, but it also tends to cause some engines to run smoky and rough.
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Fred,
New mower parts sometimes have an oil residue on the components that tends to stick the float and needle valves in the carburetor. Go to premium gas with straight 91 or 92 octane.
STA-BIL is great for over the winter or extended periods of time to protect from varnishing up parts when the machine is unused, but it also tends to cause some engines to run smoky and rough.
If this does not work then you may have a problem with the adjustment in the governor tension and will need to have it adjusted by a knowledgeable mechanic.
My first option would be to use the premium 91 0r 92 octaine first to see if it is the 87 octane being affected by the STA-BIL.
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June 25, 2014
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Mine does the same thing, and then runs normally.
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Twin Cities, Mn USA
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It appears to be.
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June 25, 2014
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Hi FredP:
Most new Honda mowers have an auto-choke, which automatically operates the choke on the engine. It is normal for the engine speed to vary a bit until it is fully warmed up, usually less than a few minutes.
If, after 5 minutes, the engine is not running smoothly, or if you have any problems getting the engine started, contact a servicing Honda dealer; here are the ones closest to you in Read More
Hi FredP:
Most new Honda mowers have an auto-choke, which automatically operates the choke on the engine. It is normal for the engine speed to vary a bit until it is fully warmed up, usually less than a few minutes.
If, after 5 minutes, the engine is not running smoothly, or if you have any problems getting the engine started, contact a servicing Honda dealer; here are the ones closest to you in Northport:
Village Power Tools
139 New York Ave
Huntington, NY 11743-2148
(631) 421-5020
Provenzano's Kings Park Power Equipment
84 E Main St
Kings Park, NY 11754-3825
(631) 269-1080
Seven Gables Power Eqmt., Inc.
1044 W Jericho Tpke
Smithtown, NY 11787-3208
(631) 543-8455
Tnt
235 Higbie Ln
West Islip, NY 11795-2810
(631) 669-2234
Major League Power Equipment, Inc.
86 Comsewogue Rd
East Setauket, NY 11733-3639
(631) 331-8100
Chief Equipment, Inc.
400 W Old Country Rd
Hicksville, NY 11801-4110
(516) 868-1400
Stamford Motorsports
177 Greenwich Ave
Stamford, CT 06902-6703
(203) 323-3141
Champion Honda
544 W Old Country Rd
Hicksville, NY 11801-4111
(516) 433-0701
Contractors Supply, LLC
17 Viaduct Rd
Stamford, CT 06907-2723
(203) 323-3752
Curbside Mower
70 Jayne Blvd
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776-2934
(631) 509-6900
110 Honda
272 Broadway
Amityville, NY 11701-2710
(631) 789-2929
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June 25, 2014
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The engine will idle rough for 5 to 10 sec. I would use the mower 2 or 3 more times to see if problem clears up.If not take for service.
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How easy is it to adjust mower height?

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September 11, 2013
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Tulsa, OK
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August 21, 2014
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Easy on one of the back wheels, very difficult on the other back wheel.
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Richmond, TX
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Quite easy. The tabs at each wheel are much easier to move than the tabs are on my Toro Personal Pace mower. It no longer feels like something I don't want to do, if you know what I mean.
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Ocala, FL, USA
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Each wheel has a tab to ajust to the desired level. If you can bend your knees, you are good to go.
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Very simple take about 30 sec. numbers on frame help..
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Rome, NY, USA
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very easy to adjust also height of cut is numbered
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Boise, ID, USA
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The mower height is very easy to adjust by simply pushing a lever and sliding forward or back to a very visible numbered slot. The rear numbers can be a little harder to see if its dark or shadowed. All four wheels can be done under 30 seconds.
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 435 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worth the Money I bought the mower reluctantly due to its price. I have used it now for 3 years and the mower has worked flawlessly. I've used it on steep inclines as well as flat surfaces in both bagging and mulch mode. All operational and mechanical properties have operated as expected. Always has started on the first or second pull. Only comment I can make, there's no way to run the mower in the normal cutting mode ( non-mulching) without the grass catcher since the discharge is in the rear. Still a 5 star! March 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Multiple quality problems at 4 months old Terrible engineering and quality. Bought one at the start of the 2015 season. Fist one of the wheels falls off. The nut rotates in the same direction as the wheel and screws off. I thought in the space age engineers learned how to deal with this. Second, air filter cover hinges are too short. The air filter pops open at the slightest touch. After one of those occurrences, the engine quit and would not start. Took it to a dealer (under warranty). They charged me for an air filter cleaning and got the engine to start. But the engine would not run as well now as it did when new. (this is a machine that was at the time four months old). It takes 5 to 6 pulls in rapid succession to start. (This Honda gives you a clean lawn and a workout – all in one. ) The engine runs rough and with low power. It surges, shuts off when it comes across a rough patch of grass, etc. I used to run after this mower (self propelled). Now, the engine is so weak that I have to push it. The dealer can’t do anything else about it. I would have expected these quality problems from a $200 no-name machine. I guess the Honda name gets you the $600 price tag, but not the quality. March 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nice features and great lawn mower I have only used this once but I have to say I was really impressed with it right out of the box. It's nicely designed and all the controls are very easy to use. I was also surprised at how easy it is to navigate because the deck is so light. My main concern was how it would mulch because I hate dealing with clippings and it did a beautiful job. I didn't notice one clipping on the lawn when I was done. The other thing that's really nice about mulching with this mower is that you don't even have to take the bag off, or stick another piece in to block the output hole. The self propelled part was easy to use and run at whatever speed you were comfortable with. It would even go faster than I wanted to if I pushed all the way down. December 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Impressed So Far WOW!! This is an incredible mower! Granted it's brand new but I have broke it in with some of the most difficult grass for a push mower to tackle. Imagine 12-28 inch tall early morning wet grass. As expected, on occasion I had to stop the mower and clean out the discharge port but other than that this thing made an even cut flawlessly. From the very first tank of gas it has started with only one easy pull of the cord. I am quite impressed so far. I am curious to see how well it does after mowing two acres all season. One thing I do know for sure is that the Honda HRX217VKA is off to an incredible start. May 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by An Excellent Choice! An excellent lawn mower. Had a Toro, and did not last, so went to the Honda. Very glad I made the switch. There is no comparison. The Honda is superior in every way. Easy to use with the variable touch speed control. If your lawn is flat, you may not use it all the time as the large wheels on the mower make it easy to push. Cutting and grass pick up by the bag is excellent. You will enjoy using this Honda model. I would have purchased the next model up with the electric start, but the store does not carry that model. June 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Quality Product. Very little assembly. Was ready to go out of the box. Just had to add oil (provided in box) and gas, and with one pull the mower was ready to go. Worked great even on wet grass. I bought this based on recommendations from friends on the quality of Honda mowers. I expect this mower to last 10+ years as theirs did. The only con I can say is the price. It's a little on the expensive side. I wouldn't say it's necessarily over priced, because it's a quality product. I just would like to see the price come down a little more since it does not have the blade-stop feature. May 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A pleasure to use I've enjoyed being the family's primary grass cutter for more than 50 years, so when my last $350 self-propelled mower gradually turned itself into a push mower after about three years, I decided I deserved to splurge on something that would last. How could my husband complain? Cutting the lawn - which was long, heavy and damp - with the new Honda took one single 40-minute session, compared to about 90 minutes with the old. I prefer mulching, and despite the wetness and heaviness of the grass, the clippings were finely spread and I experienced no clumping at all. Easy to start and maneuver; controls simple and elegant to use. A joy to operate! June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wow, It's Alive...lol High End Home Unit.... I spent several day online , looking at reviews and to make a long story short this mower was on top of its game. I am very Picky and I built High tech equipment, and turbines so I know about high end equipment and what it should look like this model I should have bought sooner ! I cut 2ft tall grass right out of the box ran like a beast. no lack of power, great on fuel low DB! starts ver well when hot also just FYI. If there is any problems its operator malfunction..lol October 1, 2013
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