Honda GCV190 21 in. Smart Drive Variable Speed Self-Propelled Deck Mower-HRX217VKA - The Home Depot


Model # HRX217VKA

Internet # 100617641

Store SKU # 882907

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

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

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$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)


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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Assembled Depth (in.)  24 in  Assembled Height (in.)  18.37 in 
Assembled Width (in.)  24 in  Blade Length (In.)  21 in 
Rear wheel size (in.)  Size of Yard  1/4 - 1/2 Acre 
CA (CARB) Compliant  CARB Compliant  Cutting Options  Bag,Mulch 
Cutting Width  21 in  Drive type  Rear-wheel Drive 
Engine Displacement (cc)  190  Engine Make  Honda 
Features  Bagger,Foldable handle,Mulch Switch,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  Product Weight (lb.)  89 lb 
Reconditioned  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 


Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 398 reviewers.
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 Wow, It's 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 October 1, 2013
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 Worth every penny Excellent mower! The smart drive control is convenient, easy to use and the self propel system is smooth and powerful. Handlebar easily adjusts and can be folded down for storage in seconds. Starts first pull every time and engine is powerful enough to make full passes through thick 6-7 inch grass. I bag all my clippings and it left not one behind and the bigger bag and smaller mulched clippings cut how many times I needed to stop and dump them in half. For how big this mower is I found it surprisingly easy to maneuver. The mower does all the work you just need to make sure it stays straight, don't know why I waited so long. July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by You get what you pay for. I bought this mower about 3 years ago and it has never given me a day of problems. I used to buy Toros, but they simply didn't last very long . Easy to start, solid construction, mulches even the thick grass, and has several speeds to match your pace. You can never go wrong with a Honda. If this mower ever breaks, I would buy another Honda without hesitation. August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Built to last Very easy assembly out of the box. Cuts extremely well - plenty of power. There is no way I could mow with the powered wheels on full blast - that would mean a fast jog behind mower. Got useful tips from this site: Use fresh gas with StaBil or Lucas Safeguard Ethanol Treatment added, turn off gas feed line on mower and let engine run itself off when finished, change oil as directed in manual (BUT do not open oil filler cap until mower is on it's side - less spillage), and clean underside after each use. Kind of pricey, but sort of like buying a Weber grill instead of a cheaper alternative. July 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by I USE IT COMMERCIALLY!!!!!!!! I use the tar out of this mower! I use it commercially mowing 30 someodd yards a month @ 10-12 yards a day and NEVER a hickup! Mulches Superiour, and i had a commercial snapper with the heavy steel deck, and the honda is smoother, easier starting, and you CAN NOT SEE THE CLIPPINGS!!! Unlike the Snapper Pro. I had ppl complain about the grass trails, so i got a honda and never looked back. Will be buying another one this year so i can have two mowers going at once when the weedeating is done. Will not recomend the bagger for big yards bc it does get full fast! If you do use it, id recomend putting a 5lbs weight on the nose of the deck to offset the weight. I LOVE THIS THING!!!!! March 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Sweet Spot Between HRR and Higher End HRX Honda Mowers I debated, perhaps even agonized, over which Honda mower to buy. Based on consumer magazine and Home Depot purchaser reviews, virtually all of the Honda mowers are well thought of. Why did I choose the HRX models over the HRR models? 1) I wanted the ability to be able to mulch a portion of the grass while bagging a portion of the grass. The HRR models I examined did not provide this feature. 2) I wanted the larger engine. I have a large residential lot with a significant slope in the back, and I don't always mow the back yard each week. I wanted the extra power of the 190cc enginens over the 160cc engines in the HRR series. 3) I wanted the non-metallic deck. I've never had a metallic deck rust, so this issue was minor. Why didn't I choose a higher end HRX model and how did I justify my decision? BLADE CLUTCH The higher end HRX models have either electric start or a blade clutch that allows the engine to run with the blade stopped or both of these features. I would have enjoyed the blade clutch feature as my Toro (the replaced mower) had it. But I wasn't willing to pay the extra money. I rationalized that decision by thinking that my child, who will one day mow my lawn, does NOT need to be trained that the mower's engine can run while one sticks his/her hand into the mower to clean out a blockage. I wanted to instill the behavior that if the engine is running, the mower is not "safe". Granted, this requires the mower to be started more often, and I worried that could be a pain without electric start. ELECTRIC START My old Toro had electric start, but, again, I wasn't willing to pay for this feature on the HRX Honda. I'm glad I didn't spend the money. This mower starts with one very easy pull. I can't imagine why I would need an electric start. Seriously. No lie. SELF-PROPELLED CONTROL I debated a long time over the thumb control of this model compared to the separate lever control on the higher end HRX models. I was fearful that the thumb (or palm) control would be tiring or cumbersome. Quite the opposite! It's intuitive and easy. I ruled out the higher end HRX mowers because I didn't want to have to remove my hand from the handle to adjust the speed of the mower. Sure enough, my first use showed me that the HRX series can travel so quickly that the thumb drive is, in my opinion, the only safe way to navigate a lawn with obstacles or a lawn that requires frequent pace adjustments. I could not imagine how a speed control separate from the handle is superior after using the thumb control. I suppose if your lawn is mostly flat without obstacles the other mechanism could make sense. The thumb control was not tiring at all, and it takes me well over an hour to mow my lawn. MULCH, BAG, OR BOTH This feature works exactly as advertised. Plus, as advertised, the clippings are small. As a result I was able to select 1/3 bag and 2/3 mulch and mow my lawn with 1/4 to 1/3 the normal number of stops to empty the bag. (The bag is larger than my Toro's, too.) This makes an electric starter even less necessary. BAG STRUCTURE The bag itself is well engineered. 1) It's larger than those I've used in the past. 2) Virtually no clippings are spilled when the bag is removed from the mower. 3) The bag attaches to the mower body very easily, basically hanging from the upper part of the mower's deck and secured vertically by gravity and horizontally by stays that prevent the wire frame from sliding off the back of the deck. A huge bonus compared to my old Toro is that there are NO cables that interfere with removing the bag. The HRX's cables are routed along the handle and secured with cable ties - nothing gets in the way of removing or installing the bag. HANDLE The handle adjustments that control the operator height as well as the folding release are, again, very simple. A slight twist retracts the metal pin from the handle allowing it to be moved to another of the three operator heights or to be folded over the deck. Twisting the knobs (one on each side) the opposite direction reinserts the pin into the handle and secures it in that position. UNPACKING The HRX was packed securely. The only assembly effort required was 1) folding the handle into an operator position, 2) adding the included 12 ounces of oil, adding gasoline, 3) sliding the bag frame's two pins into holes, and 4) attaching the bag to its frame. STARTING The engine's self-choke and self-prime really does work. Just pull the blade handle to the operator's handle and pull the rope. It runs. Just like that. UNEXPECTED FEATURES Unlike my Toro, there is no flexible shield along the back of the mower to protect your feet while mowing, but this is not a safety issue. Because the HRX discharges grass out the back and because the deck extends backward several inches (perhaps 8?) from the edge of the blades' arcs, it is virtually impossible to accidentally put your foot in the blades' paths from the rear of the mower. This has an added benefit as there is not a need for a flexible shield - the thing on my Toro that kept getting caught under the mower whenever I pulled the mower backward. No shield, no problem pulling the HRX backward. SUMMARY I debated long and hard between the $200 less expensive HRR and this HRX mower and the "cruise control" HRX (without the thumb drive control) for about $100 more. In the end, the larger engine and ability to mulch and bag at the same time plus the larger engine compared to the HRR models and the integrated speed control compared to the more expensive HRX models sealed the deal for me. I could not be happier with my purchase. June 23, 2013
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