Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 660
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 LoveTheHonda Couldn't Ask for More!!!
I just cut my lawn for the first time with this mower, and it is incredible! It mulched my thick, wet, tall grass with no issue, and nearly did all the work for me with its self-driven system. I'll never go back to anything else! The clippings were completely decimated, with no long clippings or clumps left anywhere. As for the more expensive model with the push button start, it is not necessary in the least. It is not difficult at all to pull start this mower, and if you cannot handle that, you probably shouldn't be mowing your own lawn.
May 20, 2015
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 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 LawnDoctor A serious mower for those serious about lawn maintenance
Recently replaced a 4 year old Toro recycler with this model (carb blew out and self propel mechanism was long since gone, didn't want to repair). I've been mowing lawns for years, and used to work as an assistant greenskeeper at a local golf course in college. So, I like to think I know my way around landscaping equipment. Much of this review is based on comparison to what was a relatively good quality Toro mower.
Out of the box, set up was a breeze. Less than 10 minutes all in. The "how to" videos Honda has available online are excellent and really helped with the process. Added the included oil and gassed it up, literally fired up on first crank. Amazing. Cycled for about 30 seconds like a good engine should, then purred away. The mower is very sturdy, but not overly heavy. Ergonomics are excellent--the adjustable handle comes in very handy for me. At 6'1", I'm not overly tall, but the Toro did not have an adjustable handle, and it was set up for someone probably 5'9"-5'10". That makes a big differenence in terms of fatigue during use. The angled handles also help a lot in this respect.
An overall excellent experience. Due to rain, had to mow some soggy, six inch-high grass. This thing didn't break a sweat. Ample, and I mean ample, power. Didn't stall, strain or bog down even once, cut through the heavy, wet turf like warm butter. Had to stop a couple of times to clean out the underside of the deck, but that was expected given the moisture. Self propelled feature works great, and the rear wheel drive makes a positive difference when compared to front drive models. Lots of torque but smooth as can be.
Discharge chute is huge and never clogged, not even once. I really think the dual blade is a game changer in this respect. Clippings are MUCH smaller, therefore don't take up as much space and compact better in the catcher. I filled up only 2 lawn bags on my 11,000 sq ft. lawn on "full bag" setting--would have been a 4-5 bag job with the prior mower, marked by stopping each time after a couple of passes to emptly a clogged discharge chute and catcher. The extra time saved allowed me to double cut in the time it used to take me for a single pass. And, thanks to the blade stop clutch, I never had to restart the mower between baggings. Later in the season when I decide to mulch, I'm confident I'll get good results.
The cut is pristine. This was the first cut on a freshly overseeded lawn with perennial ryegrass, so I was concerned about damaging the new seedlings. Not an issue at all. The cut was clean, no pulling of grass or gouging. Even got some decent striping. See picture attached. The deck design helped out a lot as well--the suction effect is the most powerful I've encountered with a non-commercial product and lifted all areas of wet, matted down grass to mow height, ensuring an even cut. Having two clutches takes a bit of getting used to, but once I got my grip position correct (hands on the sides, use thumbs to control self-propel clutch), it quickly became second nature. Due to the sturdiness (weight), it was a little less maneuverable than my Toro in tight areas, but this didn't cause any issues.
Time will tell the story on durability, but if early experience is any indication, I expect to be with this mower a very long time.
October 26, 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bmac Didn't get what I paid for.
I've had Honda mowers all my life and they've been very reliable however after about 20 hours of use it started dumping oil on the mow deck. Took it back to Home Depot and they wanted to give me $448 store credit. I paid nearly $800 after tax for this thing so that wasn't gonna work. I had to send it to Home Depot repair (not Honda) and I was told it could take up to 2 months to get it back.
I paid top dollar for a Honda to avoid just this scenario.
July 25, 2015