Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 747
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Limestang New mower after 24 years
I purchased this mower to replace a honda mower purchased in 1992. The new model is impressive. Noticeably lighter, more powerful engine, larger cutting height range, faster hydrostic top speed, and on the fly mulching adjustment and with the larger wheels, very easy to Maneuver. Mine started on the second pull and ran without issue right out of the box. The plastic deck is very easy to clean and appears very strong. I am very pleased with my purchase.
October 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AB76 Worth every penny!
I had been looking to replace an 8 year old Troy Built mower for close to a year. I have a 3/4 acre lot in Florida with a very mature St. Augustine grass. I take pride of my lawn and have gotten "Lawn of the Month" several times in my neighborhood. St. Augustine grass, when properly manicured, gets very thick and you must cut it at no less than 3.5" otherwise you end up scalping it and hurting the roots. My older Troy Built had a 160cc Honda engine and did the job fine but not without rigging the wheels height to increase it just enough not to scalp my lawn (the highest setting was not enough for my lawn). Also, even though it was a rear wheel drive with high wheels in the back, it had a hard time getting good traction especially when the grass was wet.
When I started looking for a better mower I was originally interested in a riding mower. My train of thought was bigger mower, bigger cutting width = faster and better mowing... Not totally correct. As much as I would've loved to sit back and mow my lawn while sipping on a soda, I soon realized after borrowing my neighbor's John Deere that the mower left behind a very evident mower foot print and mulching of the grass (he didn't have a bagging kit) was not as efficient as I would've liked for a riding mower (I was able to see clumps of grass).
I spent the next 3 months reading reviews for self propelled mowers and the consensus was Honda engines were the most reliable. I totally agree with that given that I've had one with no issues for the last 8 years. I was expecting to pay a bit over $1K at first for a riding mower so at first I couldn't justify paying close to that for a self propelled mower. So I started looking at the Honda's HRR216K9VKA model. Priced at $399 I think that it was the sweet spot for what I considered a good purchase. I was originally concerned with not having a high profile rear wheels given the fact that my older mower had them and I thought I would need them. However, this turned out to be a non-issue with the my new Honda. I was pretty close to purchasing the HRR model I mentioned above, primarily because I wanted one that I could purchase at my local Home Depot store rather than waiting for one to be delivered. Then I did a bit more research on all other Honda self-propelled mowers and found out about the HRX217HYA. It is basically the Bentley of self-propelled mowers. At a $729 price tag I had to find some clear benefits to justify the additional $300+ from the HRR model. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, my determining factors for the HRX over the HRR were: rust resistant deck (definitely a plus to this type of deck compared to any other steel deck out there, nothing sticks to it and it can't rust!), bigger engine 190cc instead of 160cc (although I had a 160cc before and had no major problems with it, I found that when some areas of the grass where getting very tall the engine struggle to stay on, the bigger engine cuts the grass like a hot knife on butter), the Clip Director is a genius way to determine how much bagging vs how much mulching you want, the Hydrostatic cruise control (this one I found works better than the other ones that adapt to your pace), the blade break I thought it was a cool feature but wasn't sure how much I was going to use it, I have to say it is another great invention so that you can kill the blade without turning off the mower, and finally the 5 year warranty instead of 3.
All things considered I am very pleased with this mower. Long term I expect it to be reliable and the ease of use of all the features I mentioned will make the task of mowing a more enjoyable task for years to come.
October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shaggy Awesome
Best mower I've ever used. The NeXite deck is super durable and light. The hydrostatic variable speed control works amazing. Not having to stop and start my mower every time I had to bag was great and time saving too, thanks to the blade clutch. Bought this because my grandma's 20 year old mower has the hydrostatic VSC and is still in tip top shape, plus with a limited lifetime warranty on the deck, you'll be cutting grass for 20+ years with this baby.
September 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MJL Great Mower!
Easy assemblage-15 minutes and I was mowing. Started on 1st pull. Excellent cut. Great for my lawn - approx 1/2 acre. Cut mowing time of lawn in half. Effortless to use. would highly recommend this mower and if available 10-20 years down the road, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this same model again..,and I'm a Toro guy.
September 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by H2OCycling Best Tall Persons Mower ever!!!!
I bought this mower about two years ago. I had a good quality mower before it, but this mower cuts incredible well. I was able to cut fescue that was much taller than it should have been (as in would stall my old mower) and it never bogged or clumped. There is usually no evidence of clippings and there's never any stragglers. I ended up moving to a house with a much larger yard with Bermuda built on a cow pasture. With all our rain it was growing 4+ inches per week and I ended buying a rider because it was taking me three hours. I still use this to cut areas my big mower won't get, but if this was faster it'd be my first choice. At 6'5" it's the only mower adjustable to my height. If it lasts forever I'll never buy another push mower again!
August 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2112 My first Honda mower
Had to finally break down and replace a 21 year old Toro that worked flawlessly until July of this year. I tired to save its life but the tranny was shot and the cost of the repair was more than I cared to part with on a old mower.
Now to the Honda. I read a ton of reviews and in the interim watched my grass grow to the point of almost no return. With my wife ready to kill me... I pulled the trigger and bought the Honda. To start with its very simple to assemble right out of the box. Directions are outstanding and in no time I was mowing grass.
Mowing with this machine is a dream. Disclaimer: I do use canned gas that doesn't contain ethanol... so 1 pull start and off she went. After a practice run in 104 degree heat I loved it so much I kept going. LOL I didn't realize how much work I was doing with the toro until I realized I cut my time in half! The bag fills completely and is very easy to empty. BTW cutting 7-8 inch high grass was easy and the machine never bogged down. Sorry Toro but you just didn't cut it. No pun intended. Cleaning the mower is a breeze. I just tipped it over as they say to do in the directions and everything sprayed off easily.
Got my fingers crossed that I will be passing this on to my son!
September 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CaptainCook69 Honda and Home Depot are the best
Almost no assembly, and free shipping. Unbeatable. Home Depot credit is great with no interest for 18 months on this purchase. Makes buying easy.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobC Love this mower.
Had an earlier version of this mower for years, and when it was time to replace it, this was an easy decision. One-pull starting and easy to use. Perfect for a 1/2 acre lot.
April 19, 2016