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Lawn mowers & tractors

Honda HRR2169VKA
 
Approximate retail price:
$400
Summary: This Honda 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a premium engine.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Honda HRR2169VKA

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.


Mulching:
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.

Bagging:
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.

Side discharging:
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.

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Features & Specs - Honda HRR2169VKA
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 160
info Engine manufacturer Honda
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Honda HRR2169VKA
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4.0
I like everything but the speed control
11/5/2014
Pros
Cuts And Mulches Well
Starts Easily
Cons
Auto Choke
Jerky Transitions
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
I replaced a 9 year old Honda that had a failed tranny that wouldn't disengage. The only thing I didn't like about that mower was that occasionally blades of grass wouldn't be cut, even when I went straight over them.<br /><br />This is the new version of my old mower. It cuts much better and starts just as easily. I don't like the speed control on this one. It is tough to maintain a constant speed and it is easy to get it going too fast. I set the paddles on a high setting and just use the palm of my right hand to control speed. That helped.<br /><br />I had trouble with the auto choke one time when I mowed the back yard and waited 40 minutes to do the front. It wouldn't start, so I let it sit for a while.<br /><br />Personally I would prefer a single speed and manual choke. Everything else has met or exceeded expectations.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
good not great
10/6/2014
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Bags Well
Ergonomic Grips
Rear Discharge
Starts And Runs Well
Cons
Front Wheel Lacks Bearing
Hard to pull backwards
Hard to turn
Small Wheels
Best Uses
Large Smooth Flat Lawns
Comment:
wish C.R. warned me this mower was best for smooth lawns that most people don't have. Jumps and bumps around and hurts my wrists. hard to pull backwards. Missing my old high wheel push mower.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Not for Everyone
9/5/2014
Pros
Easy To Start Solid Cons
Good Construction
Honda engine
Readt To Go Out Of Box
Ready To Go Out Of The Bo
Very Easy Assembly
Cons
Drive Paddles
Jerky Transitions
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I owned an off brand, front wheel drive, one speed mower that served me well for 10 years before rust did it in. I compared mowers online for a couple of weeks and decided to spend the money on this Honda. I used it four times to cut an average (25-30 minutes) flat lawn. Drive paddles and engine vibration cramped thumbs and wrists. The drive paddle position on the mower handle is adjustable but that didn't seem to help. Hard to control speed over bumpy ground, while turning (I have a standard lot and do lots of turns) and when only using one hand (mowing next to bushes). I mowed my lawn four times with it and tried to control it comfortably, but between sore thumbs and wrists, unable to keep speed constant because you're trying to hold the spring loaded paddles steady in mid range while going over those bumps and making those turns, I found myself kind of wrestling with it to keep a steady pace without inadvertantly speeding up or slowing down. And the fact that I had only a 30 day return window, I chose to return it. I think that if they replaced the variable speed paddles with some sort of gear selector or paddles that click into place to hold a speed of your choice, that might work. Top speed of 4 MPH is too fast for a small or standard lawn with bushes, bumps, turns, etc Other than that, the mower felt solid and capable. Easy to set up and get going out of the box. Pull start was easy and fired right up out the box. Large grass bag and the mulch or bag selector on the deck is a great idea. And, of course, a Honda engine. Maybe I would have learned to use it comfortably given more time, but after 4 mowings I decided to return it and not chance regretting the money I spent on it. I would recommend it with reservations.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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