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GCV190 21 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Gas Mower

$729.00 /each
  • Features hydrostatic cruise control
  • Handles 7 different mowing heights
  • Customers appreciate powerful Honda engine (see reviews)

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The Honda 21 in. GCV190 Gas Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower features hydrostatic cruise control that provides gradual speed adjustment to match your mowing conditions. The Blade Stop System (Roto-Stop) is a safety feature that stops the blades without stopping the engine. So you can safely step away without having to restart the motor.

  • Assembled dimensions: 24 in. W x 24 in. D x 18.37 in. H
  • NeXite deck carries a lifetime warranty and its 21 in. cutting width provides durability
  • Variable speed, hydrostatic cruise-control system offers self-propelled operation with a control lever for precise speed adjustment
  • 7 mowing heights ranging from 3/4 in. to 4 in. to manicure the lawn to your specifications
  • Twin-blade micro-cut design provides fine grass clippings
  • 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director provides adjustable mulching, bagging, discharge and leaf shredding and helps to prevent clogging of the bag chute
  • 9 in. wheels with rear ball bearings provide smooth movement over varied terrain
  • Handle offers 3 positions height and a comfortable grip for maneuvering the lightweight mower, handle folds for easy storage
  • Roto-Stop system stops the blades without stopping the engine so you can safely step away without having to restart the motor
  • Manual fuel-shutoff valve for your convenience
  • Lightweight and maneuverable
  • 5-year residential warranty
  • Delivered to your door mostly assembled, simply attach the handle using basic instructions and add gas/oil
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Directions say to release yellow blade button after engaged button will not release stays down will this harm mower

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July 4, 2013
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November 25, 2015
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The button is meant to be pushed down in order to "engage," then it stays down. If it were to pop up, the blades would disengage. "Releasing" the button simply means taking your finger off of it. If it pops up, you have to do it all over again, this time slower. It disengages on its own regularly - you have to listen for it, since it will not CUT unless the button stays down.
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June 19, 2015
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This answer applies to GCV190 21IN HRX217HYA
The directions are confusing. When mowing, the yellow button must stay engaged to prevent release of the control cable that keeps the blade clutch engaged. When the bar is released the blade clutch disengages and the blade stops, regardless of whether the yellow button is up or down. The button only latches the blade control bar to the control cable. Because
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The directions are confusing. When mowing, the yellow button must stay engaged to prevent release of the control cable that keeps the blade clutch engaged. When the bar is released the blade clutch disengages and the blade stops, regardless of whether the yellow button is up or down. The button only latches the blade control bar to the control cable. Because the drive bar is behind the blade control bar the button must be up (Disengaged) to drive the mower without engaging the blade. Whether there are other reasons for building it that way, I don't know, but that is how it works.
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June 16, 2015
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You're doing it right.
In other words "let go" of the yellow button once it's engaged....
The button will stay down until the bar comes fully back to you.
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July 8, 2013
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Hi Mower in CT:
The yellow blade control button has a spring that should project the button when the blade control lever is fully released (all hands off). Sounds like it may not be doing that, so please do not use the mower until you have your mower inspected and evaluated by a servicing Honda dealer. If your mower is still under warranty, and this issue is due to a manufacturing defect, repairs are Read More
Hi Mower in CT:
The yellow blade control button has a spring that should project the button when the blade control lever is fully released (all hands off). Sounds like it may not be doing that, so please do not use the mower until you have your mower inspected and evaluated by a servicing Honda dealer. If your mower is still under warranty, and this issue is due to a manufacturing defect, repairs are often covered. Here is a link to find a Honda dealer in your area; just select MOWERS and enter your ZIP code:
http://powerequipment.honda.com/dealer-locator
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Riverview, FL
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July 6, 2013
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If the yellow button does not release and pop back up, the danger you may encounter is that when the blade engagement handle is pushed forward, the blades will engage. The purpose of the button is to verify that you intend for the blades to engage when the handle is pushed forward. For example, if you are done mowing and release all handles, the mower will stop moving, and the blades dis-engage, however, Read More
If the yellow button does not release and pop back up, the danger you may encounter is that when the blade engagement handle is pushed forward, the blades will engage. The purpose of the button is to verify that you intend for the blades to engage when the handle is pushed forward. For example, if you are done mowing and release all handles, the mower will stop moving, and the blades dis-engage, however, the motor is still running. If you want the move the mower using the drive capability and not having the blades turning, you must push both levers forward, however, without pushing the yellow button down. If the yellow button is stuck down, you risk the blades engaging every time you push the levers forward when the motor is running. Read Less
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July 6, 2013
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Yes button stays depressed while blades are engaged
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Temecula, CA, USA
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July 6, 2013
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Are you saying that the button stays depressed while holding the blade clutch lever? Please clarify your question.
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Cheboygan, MI, USA
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July 5, 2013
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When I push down the yellow blade control button and then push the handle forward to engage, the yellow button on my mower does NOT release until you release the handle. I believe this is the normal operation for the blade control. No need to worry about the yellow button releasing until you release the handle. Hope this helps.
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Bellingham MA
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July 4, 2013
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If the yellow button does not come back up after pressing and engaging the brake clutch, you most likely have a broken or missing spring on the mechanism just below the button. If you looked at where the metal rod comes down from the button, you should see a spring. Check to see that it is there and/or possibly broken.
Did this just start happening and at one point worked fine, or did it always do this? Read More
If the yellow button does not come back up after pressing and engaging the brake clutch, you most likely have a broken or missing spring on the mechanism just below the button. If you looked at where the metal rod comes down from the button, you should see a spring. Check to see that it is there and/or possibly broken.
Did this just start happening and at one point worked fine, or did it always do this? If it's still under warranty, it should be covered. Talk to a Honda dealer.
If it stays down on its own is the brake clutch always engaged? If so, I would think it is possible to cause extra wear. Read Less
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Lynchburg, VA, USA
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July 4, 2013
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They mean you can let go of the button once it has latched the blade clutch cable mechanism. It will remain engaged with the cable mechanism in order to keep the blade clutch engaged while in use. Once you let go of the bar, you need to press the button again to activate the blade clutch. The reason is so you can engage the wheels without engaging the blade. This comes in handy when you are finished Read More
They mean you can let go of the button once it has latched the blade clutch cable mechanism. It will remain engaged with the cable mechanism in order to keep the blade clutch engaged while in use. Once you let go of the bar, you need to press the button again to activate the blade clutch. The reason is so you can engage the wheels without engaging the blade. This comes in handy when you are finished mowing and want to drive it back to the house, etc.. Read Less
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Can the self propelled feature be used with the blade stopped for moving the mower from back yard to front yard through an alley?

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Savannah, Ga
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Yes, the blade control is separate from the self propelled lever.
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St Louis
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yes, you do not have to have the blade clutch engaged to use the self-propelled feature.
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College Station, TX, USA
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August 22, 2015
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YES! It's a great feature on this mower.
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O'Fallon, Illinois
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June 17, 2015
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Absolutely, just did so two hours ago.
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June 16, 2015
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Yes! Power to wheels and none to blade....with a lot less noise. Simply push all bars (without pushing yellow button)
Get over a gravel driveway effortlessly without blade damage or rock-throwing... then engage blade when you hit grass. (Get the HRX217HYA version shipped to store)
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Atlanta, GA
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June 12, 2015
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No, because the drive clutch bar is behind the blade clutch, so the blade must be engaged to use propulsion.
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Coram, NY
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May 30, 2015
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No. This is quite annoying to me. I feel so wimpy trying to move it without the self propel going. I always move it with the blade going or I'll drag it (in reverse). I hope this helps answer you question.
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May 27, 2015
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Splash1: Yes, any Honda self-propelled mower with the Roto-Stop (blade clutch) feature can be driven/propelled with the blades OFF. There are three Honda models with this feature, the composite-decks HRX217VYA ($799), HRX217HYA ($829), HRX217HZA ($899), and the steel-deck HRR216VYA ($579) -Robert@Honda
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Is the height adjustment done with one lever or do you have to adjust each ilndividual wheel?

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August 13, 2013
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November 25, 2015
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Each wheel. Have a small sledge hammer nearby, you will need it. Poor adjustment system on the rear wheels.
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La Place, Louisiana
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August 14, 2013
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Each wheel has to be adjusted. I could be wrong, but I think it's so you can use the mower as a leaf vacuum. With the front wheels adjusted higher than the rear, the mower can go over the leaves without pushing them to the side before they can be bagged.
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Plympton, MA, USA
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August 14, 2013
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Each wheel is independently adjusted. However moving the height lever takes less effort than any other mover I have owned and I'm 72 so I have a bit of experience at that task. I don't dread the task anymore.
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Arlington, TX, USA
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August 14, 2013
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Each wheel
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Delafield, WI
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August 14, 2013
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Adjustment done on each wheel, small lever you lift and slide up/down to preferred height.
There are notches for lever to seat into that are numbered to allow same setting for all four wheels.
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Bellingham MA
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August 14, 2013
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Individually.
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Riverview, FL
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August 14, 2013
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Each wheel has their own lever. Adjustment is easy.
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Temecula, CA, USA
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August 14, 2013
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Each wheel is adjusted individually.
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Does the bag come as a standard item?

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May 3, 2012
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YES IT DOES COME WITH AN INFERIOR BAG & FRAME. IT LETS A VARYING AMOUNT OF DUST THROUGH THE FABRIC, DEPENDING ON HOW DRY AND DUSTY THE TURFS SOIL IS. IF IT IS DRY ENOUGH YOU CAN BE LEFT COUGHING & CHOKING FROM WITHIN THE CLOUD OF DUST. BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION. (BE PREPARED TO SPEND ~$ 85.00 AT AMAZON). THE SOLUTION IS FOR AN IMPROVED "LOW DUST GRASS BAG KIT". THE KIT COMES WITH THE IMPROVED BAG AND ALSO Read More
YES IT DOES COME WITH AN INFERIOR BAG & FRAME. IT LETS A VARYING AMOUNT OF DUST THROUGH THE FABRIC, DEPENDING ON HOW DRY AND DUSTY THE TURFS SOIL IS. IF IT IS DRY ENOUGH YOU CAN BE LEFT COUGHING & CHOKING FROM WITHIN THE CLOUD OF DUST. BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION. (BE PREPARED TO SPEND ~$ 85.00 AT AMAZON). THE SOLUTION IS FOR AN IMPROVED "LOW DUST GRASS BAG KIT". THE KIT COMES WITH THE IMPROVED BAG AND ALSO AN IMPROVED SOLID FRAME WITH A BETTER HANDLE ON THE FRAME. THE HANDLE MAKES EMPTYING THE BAG MUCH EASIER. IT ALSO HAS A SOLID PLASTIC BOTTOM ON THE BAG, MAKING EMPTYING SIMPLER, GRASS JUST SLIDES OUT, NO MORE SHAKING AND SPILLING. IT SOLVES THE DUST PROBLEM NICELY AND MAKES EMPTYING EASIER. . SEARCH AMAZON FOR "HONDA 04813-VH7-K50 KIT". WHY IT IS NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS $730.00 MOWER I DONT UNDERSTAND. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INCLUDED BAG & THE "LOW DUST GRASS BAG KIT" CAN'T BE THAT MANY $ $ $. THE FACT THAT THEY OFFER THIS UPGRADED ACCESSORY, INDICATES TO ME THEY KNOW THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. I'M HAPPY WITH THE SOLUTION, BUT STILL THINK IT SHOULD NOT BE AN UPGRADE. Read Less
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April 23, 2013
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Yes. Although I have yet to use it as the mulch system is great.
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Yes.However you must slide the fabric over the frame.
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Yes
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Bremerton, Washington
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Yes, the bag and frame comes in the box with the mower. You need to place the frame inside the bag to shape it but it's easily attached with clips that are on the bag.
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yes
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yes Tony , and it's designed to allow for more of the vaccum effect to collect the clippings. Some advice....the mower cuts the grass into very small lengths and can and will literaly stuff that bag full. Empty it often like the instructions tell you. I use my foot and place it under the rear edge of the bag to basicaly get a feel as to when I need to empty the bag before I make another lap.
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Yes, the grass bag is included as standard equipment on this and all HRR and HRX series models. -Robert@Honda
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 733 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent mower with a heritage. This mower is replacing a Honda Model HR215, also a hydrostatic drive - the "grandfather" of this mower. The HR215 was used regularly for 22 years and I'm looking forward to similar performance. The proven longevity, variable speed and lack of pulleys and belts make this an excellent mower in spite of its higher front end cost. This mower also offers a selective, (no blade change), mulching option the earlier HR215 did not. However, have yet to try out the Mulching option. Out of the box, gas & oil, she started with 1 pull. August 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Like the Select Drive Better After Having for Toro Personal Pace I really wanted to like this mower. I guess having a Toro Personal Pace for 15 years made a switch to this mower too difficult. I just couldn't get use to holding the three handles. Pinched my finger more than once. So I took Robert @ Honda advice and picked up the similar Select Drive model a couple days ago. I tried it out yesterday and like it much better. The Select Drive is more like the Personal Pace for ease of use IMO. HD also had it on sale for $599 which made the switch even easier. Now that I've tried both, will say I like the how the hydrostatic transmission requires no push to get it moving. The Select Drive does require a push at times especially going up hills. But overall, the Select Drive works better for me and what I'm use too. Both are great mowers. August 7, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Needs TLC, but a great machine These are great mowers....but the carburetor is a big problem. I am now a professional Honda lawn mower repair man. The problem is the ethanol in our gasoline. If you leave it in the carb on these motors, the carb gums up and good luck starting your mower. If you can get ethanol free gas...do it. One more tip. The valves on these things tend to stick on new mowers. Put a touch of two stroke motor oil in the gas. If you don't believe me...you'll find out the hard way...Other than that....these are great mowers... August 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by get the job done right the first time This mower has lots of power to cut the grass, the blade brake is such a nice feature. this mower cuts so well, real even cuts, the mulch feature is so nice. August 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding Lawn Mower What an outstanding mower!!! I looked at tons of expert and customer reviews. This mower is the best. Agree with some of the comments (wheels were not the same level out of box so check that, lawn mower is a bit heavy so if that is a concern take it into consideration, takes a while to get used to the levers and operation) but overall, the lawn looks like a carpet. I used to have to empty the bag on my Toro 20+ times to complete the yard.....just 4 times with this mower. Lots of power, easy to operate once you get the feel for it. My first Honda but I can see why customers rave about it......more expensive but really worth it! Love that lawn mower. June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Lawnmower Great lawnmower. Cuts extreamly well. Plenty of power even in high thick damp grass. Keeps cutting when other mowers would have stalled out. The only draw back is the blade control lever that must kept engaged. It has a strong spring and after cutting awhile your left hand gets tired. Not a big issue, just something that you have to get use to. The mower is also heavy, but has plenty of power to keep pulling it along when cutting. Well made. Hope it lasts 30 plus years like my last Honda mower! August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love this mulching macine!! After comparing comparable mowers and prices, I purchased the mower online and love it, Its' features are reliable and provides a beautiful finish for my one and a half acre property with some hilly terrain. Starts the first time every time and I especially like being able to disengage the cutting blade without stopping the motor. The mulching/bagger feature is superb. August 9, 2016
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