Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 437
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by valp New lawnmower.
Easy to assemble. Works well. I would recommend it; although a bit pricey.
May 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobWhite 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 DarinB great for leaves, very smooth & quiet
I've had this mower for a year and it has been great. I've bagged about 50 bags full of oak leaves, really saves time and the lawn. I've only had to pull start it after it sets up a while and doesn't have a charge on the battery, but it always starts on the first pull. My wife thought I was crazy spending this much on a mower, but to me it's worth it. You can't go wrong with this one.
April 23, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Swags303 Powerful, But I Returned It
I tried this for a few weeks but then returned it. My main problem was with the design of the controls, and was a bit of an idiosyncratic issue: I'm apparently developing early osteoarthritis, and the drive control on this mower requires a lot of thumb squeezing. By the end of a mowing session, my hands were sore. For $600, this didn't seem right.
It also was difficult to maneuver on the uneven parts of my slightly hilly front yard and around tight corners. It's quite heavy, and in addition to the above-mentioned thumb control issue, I didn't like the angled main handle -- I prefer one that runs straight across. Also, the overall angle of the handle relative to the mower isn't adjustable and is set really low, which -- combined with the large size of the deck -- makes the mower really "long"; this was another annoyance when trying to mow under low branches, etc. Finally, the bag was difficult to get off and on -- even after a dozen or so times removing and replacing it, I was still struggling. This is partly because a lot of grass gets caught up in the little groove where the top bag-attachment bars fit onto the mower, and partly because the bottom attachment bars easily slip below where they're supposed to go.
The mower does mulch pretty nicely, and there 's a knob for adjusting the mulching-to-bagging ratio so you can change how much grass ends up back on your lawn vs. how much goes into the bag.
The mower is really powerful -- I literally had to almost run when I set the speed control on a higher setting -- and it does start easily and cut very nicely. If you have strong thumbs; and if you plan to mulch rather than bag most of your grass; and if you have a big, flat, and even yard, this might be a good choice. But for the price, I think it's overrated (was #2 in Consumer Reports).
June 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by popop lawn mower
There was no assembly necessary, which made it a snap to remove from box put the oil and gas in and mow.
June 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wise High performance machine ,,,',,
The best machine ever on mine yard,,,,,I used to do lands keeping
June 9, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Mower777 Great motor bad design
First, it is a Honda with a Honda motor that starts on one pull and purrs like a kitten. However the rest of the design was not for me, the rear wheel drive made the front of the mower bounce especially when the bag starts filling. The speed control is hard to keep at constant pace unless you are on a flat strait run. The last major complaint area is the bagging system, it does not butt well with the mower and grass comes out around the edge and the opening of the bag is rather large which may be fine unless you are required as I am by my city to use the big brown paper yard bags and it is impossible to empty the bag into them without spilling grass on the ground.
May 27, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FreeAdvice The Stealth Fighter Jet of Lawn Mowers
This mower has exceeded my high expectations. It is expensive but it is worth every penny. I purchased this to replace a 11 year old Craftsman mower that had the smaller Honda GCV160 engine. The new mower is superior in every way. First of all, it is FAST. The bigger engine is more powerful and the rear wheel drive self propel will ramp up to a quick pace if you want it to. The engine is VERY quiet and the Nexite deck seems to be indestructible (note the lifetime warranty on the deck). The twin blade system does an outstanding job of evenly cutting grass. The free shipping from Home Depot was convenient considering that the box that the mower comes in is rather large.
June 11, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MountainMomma Excellent Purchase
Mower starts up very easily (that is if the fuel valve is on). I mowed over an acre without a burp. I also went over a hole, the mower and I both took a tumble causing the neighbors to give a resounding "WHOA." The mower started right up again, and I finished the job! This was a good purchase.
April 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Best mower I've ever owned
Over 25 years, I've owned mid-range Lawn Boy and Craftsman mowers. This is my first high-end mower, and now I know what I was missing. The adjustable handle is great since I'm 6'7". The engine has way more power than the 6.75HP Tecumseh in my Craftsman, and the Versamow system is slick. I always mulch, and if it's ever too wet or too tall, I'll send some out the back - no more piles of cut grass to turn brown and look bad. The variable speed drive is easy to use with either hand and I run it full-speed on straight sections - it's cut my mowing time by 25% or so. This is where I'd list the negatives, but I don't have any.
June 2, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by David Huge improvement
I've had two Personal Pace Toro's and Ive had serious issues with terrible rear wheel spin on both. the bagging system was terrible and it always bogged down in heavier grass. This Honda is lighter, cuts the grass so finely that I had to empty the bag once after mowing the backyard. Best lawyer mower by far.
April 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by stsaf Can't go wrong with this mower
Very good mower with lots of useful and convenient features. Very easy to start, large grass bag and a solid deck are but a few of the top-notch features on this mower. It has good "vacuuming" action, though not as good as my old Snapper Hi-Vac. I wish the height adjustment could be done with a single lever instead of having to adjust each wheel individually. And the self-propelled lever is a little tricky---it takes time to learn how to ease the lever so the mower doesn't "jump" from a low speed to a high speed. I still find myself popping wheelies with this thing. But overall, I recommend this mower.
October 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NickD Does a great job.
Time for this 75 year old guy to get a self propelled lawn mover, especially on a hilly lawn. With five white pine trees in the yard, and with those dual blades, worked exactly what I hope for. Just like a super vacuum cleaner.
And really powdered those leaves with far less stops to empty the bag. And could dump a lot more in my trailer with less drives to the dumping area.
If I wished for one improvement, would be an adjustable stop on that speed control. Hitting a bump, this baby really wants to take off. Maybe I will make one, somehow.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Indianadude Solid Purchase
I did a lot of research before purchasing. I have a 0.6 acre lot and this has worked perfectly. The variable speed control is easy to use and a great feature. The cut is top quality and power is plentiful. Honda is what Honda does.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ShortFatPat Amazing mower, if you're tall this mower is for you!
I've owned and used quite a few lawn mowers; Toro, Lawn Boy, Yard Machines. This Honda is by far the best I have ever used. The honda engine is quiet, buttery smooth, starts on one pull every time, and better on gas than my old Briggs and Stratton. Cuts grass clean, mulching is very good. Works great on hillside. I'm tall, 6'6", and this is the first lawn mower that has a comfortable handle height for me. If you are tall, buy this mower! Self propelled controls are great. When my son is old enough to mow it will be a great mower that I will feel comfortable with him using.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by meyersmowing 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 Vikster Excellent
Used it three times and works fantastic. I especially like the Mulch/Bag adjustment. Looking forward to Honda reliability and many years of use.
April 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Smash Great Push Mower
Easy out of the box setup. Mulching setting is amazing. The only reason I didn't rate anything as excellent is because you still have to walk behind it. Great mower but compares to the John Deere self propelled I recently gave to my father who has a bad back. I had the John Deere for a couple of years and still cranks on first pull with no oil changes or tune ups. Would have purchased another John Deere Self propelled push style but they are hard to find. The Honda cranked on first pull and I hope it will hold up as well as the green and yellow.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Camaro10 Very impressive
This lawn mower was very easy to put together.Took about 2 minutes. I have only mowed the yard once but i am very impressed how it works. i used the mulching mode to get rid of a few leaves left over from the fall. Starts on either first or second pull. Very easy to maneuver. I would recommend this mower to anyone.
April 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jonosay Is it wrong to want to mow the lawn?
It may be because the mower this one replaces was such a dog, but since I brought this one home, I have actually enjoyed mowing the lawn again. It is super easy to start and being able to switch quickly from mulch to bag or any combination in the middle is awesome - I can bag completely near the porch and walkways so they are not littered with mulched grass (although there is not much even if I do not bag) and then switch to mulch completely when doing the body of the lawn. the self propelling portion took some getting used to as it will rocket away at full throttle, but once you have it under control, it makes the 180 degree turn arounds easier even in tight corners. Over all this is one of the best mowers I have ever owned.
July 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GeoHarrison Now THIS is a lawnmower!
This past month I let me old Craftsman lawnmower die a gentle death and went to Sears for a new one. I tried for 2 weeks and 4 cuts to like it. I could not. Called the store and the manager said bring it back. I got a different model, cut the grass once and took it back and got a refund. Today, I do not think the Craftsman brand is engineered to be as effective as the brand used to be. I wound up at Home Depot and bought this Honda lawnmower. It, unlike the 2 new Craftsmans, did what it was supposed to and exceptionally well. Just like my old Craftsman mower USED to do.
May 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tatanka Poor Reliability
My Honda lasted through two seasons before it needed to be brought into the shop. It was blowing lots of blue smoke (oil), and was hard to start. It ended up needing a new choke, a new carburetor, and a valve adjustment. The carburetor was not covered under warranty, even though (according to what the mechanic told me, and I trust him) they fail ALL. THE. TIME. on these machines.
I took care of my lawnmower meticulously, and followed all directions to the letter, including seasonal storage. My mechanic advised doing what they recommend for storage, but then also letting it run until it dies from fuel starvation, and then using a 10-mm wrench to remove the carburetor bowl, and dumping out any gas in it. This should help prevent the carb from going bad. Another thing that will likely help a lot is avoiding gas that contains ethanol. Unfortunately, for most of us, this is not possible.
I've had lawnmowers that lasted for many years, despite worse treatment. This will be my last Honda small-engine product.
March 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fustrated do not buy
Bought 2 and had to return 2 all within a two month period! The 3rd one worked for 8 months then died too. The last one I had for 10 years. I don't know what's going on with Honda but they all are horrible now.
Such a hassle to buy and return. Home Deport made it look like it was my fault but their techs tied and it wouldn't start on them too. The 3rd one I tried to fix myself and was so irritated I just tore it apart. $600+ dollars for headache, stress, and no lawn mower. Pieces of junk now! Once I understand but 3 times that's junk!!!!
September 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Best mower I've ever used
I've been mowing lawns since I was 10 years old(42 years now).I bought this mower (june 11) and waited til now (nov 11) to rate it.I have used it at least twice a week now for the last 5 months at the townhomes we own.Approx 3/4 of an acre. It starts first pull every time. Runs great, and after the blades are sharpened (which is easy to do) it leaves such a perfect cut. Even in the mulch setting.The nexite deck is light and very easy to maneuvre. The variable speed adjustment is a great feature. It's a little on the pricy side,but I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for". and this was well worth it.
October 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jz123 impressive start pull, blade, self-assist
I had a John Deere before this and returned it in 6 months after I discovered a manufacturing defect. The mulch, start pull, self-assist, and ergonomics of the Honda is vastly superior. Pull start is smooth and doesn't require a jerking motion; twin blade mulches into tiny pieces; ergonomics of the handle makes pushing the mower up and down and sideways on hills for hours a non-issue; and the self-assist variable control is amazing, the fastest speed requires you to run with it.
I am blown away at how much better the Honda is in every category. To be fair, it was almost double the price of the John Deere.
April 16, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by John Ok mower
I bought this mower because it was Consumer Reports top rated self propelled device. It is a fine unit but I should have done more research. The body is plastic not steel, it is a rear discharge so you either bag or mulch. I needed a more heavy duty mower....my fault not Honda or Home Depot.
This mower starts easy, cuts nice, but i am tall and the handle does not adjust upright enough to mow comfortably. You cannot engage the propulsion without having the blade engaged. You must stop and restart the mower each time you empty the bag.
August 26, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Carson Hands down this is a painful paddle system. Ouch!
The quality of the mower and the cut is fine, but I could not stand the paddle system of this mower. It absolutely killed my wrists/hands to use this thing, and I tried all the height adjustments on the paddle. I cannot believe that ergonomic engineers tested this and deemed it to be the best option. Took the mower back after two mowing attempts because the pain in my wrists/fingers was so bad. And I'm a healthy, youngish man with no prior wrist or hand problems. I ended up buying (and keeping) the more expensive Honda model with the hyrdostatic drive control.
May 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrsW Great Mower
I am loving this mower. I have an acre of sloped country lawn and this machine has powered through long damp grass time and again. It bags well.
Two small things that I would change.
1) The lever that adjusts the grass clipping from mulch to bag opens into the blade compartment. I have been hit in the forehead by flying debris a couple of times. I think it is coming through that opening.
2) I wish there were a hose hookup for cleaning out under the deck. Damp grass does collect under there and is hard to remove without help. I don't know if those actually work, but I have seen them on other models.
August 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Happy Spendy but worth it.
This mower sucks! and that is a good thing. My 3 year old craftsman just wasn't cutting it, pun intended, or bagging it for that matter. I have very thick, moist grass and my old mower would never properly bag the grass, always had clumps everywhere, looked horrible. I started shopping around, doing some research and I found this Honda. Without regret so far, I bought it and it works wonderfully. I would have bought the less expensive model, but this one has a larger engine and I really wanted a mower that would bag properly. This Honda is like a vacuum cleaner, it picks up everything.
I attatched an early morning photo of my back yard lawn after being cut by the Honda the night before.
May 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pjshell Amazing
I purchased this mower because my husband purchased a lawn boy approx. 6 years ago and we have been fighting about it ever since. The lawn boy never started until pull 18 and serveral nasty words later. I got fed up and figured our marriage would be better without the yearly lawn boy fights. I love this mower. I picked it up and assembled it by myself and it started on the very first pull out of the box. It took me less time to mow our 1/2 acre, yard which consists of uneven ground and numerous hills. I wish I would have spent the money sooner. The controls are easy to use and the mower is light weight. This mower will not mess up a manicure but if you want to jog behind it you could.
August 30, 2010