The Honda HRR2169VKA is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower
models like the HRR2169VKA are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
About This Brand
Honda is a prominent engine maker and sells a premium line of lawn mowers. Honda lawn mowers are known for innovative features and come at premium prices. Honda makes gas-powered lawn mowers with unique drive systems, mulch control, and steel and plastic decks. Honda does not make electric mowers. Honda mowers are among the most expensive on the market. Honda mowers are sold through dealers and Home Depot.
Forward speeds Some self-propelled mowers have one speed, usually about 2 1/2 mph; others have several. Still others have a continuous range, typically from 1 to 3 mph. Two or more speeds let you adjust to the terrain and grass.
Drive wheels Front-wheel drive lets you make U-turns by pushing down on the handlebar and swinging the mower around without disengaging the drive. The downside is less traction than you get from mowers with rear-wheel drive.
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
Engine manufacturer Stated manufacturer of a gasoline engine. For some mowers the engine manufacturer is not documented and is listed as "unknown."
Electric start Starts a gasoline-powered engine with the turn of a key by the operator. An electric start is powered by an on-board battery that requires periodic charging.
Blade brake clutch Allows the gasoline engine to continue to run when the operator leaves the area behind the handlebar to empty the grass-clipping collection bag or to move an object in the path of the mower. It saves wear on the engine by reducing stopping/restarting cycles.
I only serviced this model.<br />Won't run unless blade is engaged.<br />Can't control throttle.<br />Can't control choke.<br />If you release the blade engagement to open a gate or door the engine dies.<br />Pulls backwards very hard.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Knoxville, TN
My second Honda, very plesed.
Easy to Push & Steer
Easy to use with a unique speed control, it should last 16 years or more like my previos Honda.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Lehigh Valley, PA
Wheels lock up when pulled backwards.
Overall, good mower; but I cannot pull it backwards easily. If the grass is wet, the drive wheels skid and will not turn backwards. It's like pulling a cinder block. My old Snapper didn't know the difference, I wish I had it back. I took it to a 'authorized Honda repair' dealer, he said he couldn't duplicate my concern and asked did you buy this from Home Depot? I asked why that should matter, he just smiled. I asked Honda what that meant, no response. I'm going to go to a different Honda dealer and hope for some kind of repair. Without exaggeration, my shoulders ache after using it. If I can't get it fixed I will dump it and try a Toro.