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Honda HRR2169VLA self propelled mower

 
Approximate retail price:
$500
Summary: This Honda 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a premium engine and electric start.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Honda HRR2169VLA

The Honda HRR2169VLA is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the HRR2169VLA 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 HRR2169VLA
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 160
info Engine manufacturer Honda
info Electric start Yes
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Honda HRR2169VLA
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5.0
Great little cutting machine
7/19/2015
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy start
Easy to Push & Steer
Fast
Mowes A A Quick Pace If Y
Cons
Takes Getting Used To
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Mulching
Comment:
I have mowed my yard 3 times. The speed control takes a little getting use to. But it certainly can travel faster than I can walk. Last mow the grass was 6-8 inches high as my Craftsman mower had $300 in repairs & then it died the same day I brought it home from the Sears Repair Center. So I replaced it with the Honda. The Craftsman required bagging as the mulching would require raking or 3 passes not to leave giant clumps. This Honda in mulch mode left better looking lawn than the Sears did in bagging mode. The Honda also mowed twice as fast as my old Sears self propelled did.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
electric starter is junk
7/18/2015
Pros
Pull Start Works Fine
Very good mulching
Cons
It's Rear Wheel Drive
Jerky Transitions
Best Uses
Mulching
Comment:
Electric start worked for about the first two times and now it doesn't start the motor. So it's under warranty, but I have to drive it 30 min to the nearest service center, drive back, they'll fix it over the next 10 days, then back and forth again to pick it up. I've read it's mostly always the battery, but they won't even try to it on the spot :-(. <br />Also, I hate rear wheel drive. The hand lever for adjusting the speed is very jerky, so you squeeze it in for a little more power going up an incline and it lurches forward. The rear wheel drive means the whole front of the lawnmower rises significantly when that happens and you leave behind a 4' long area of unmown lawn when that happens. The gas tank could be bigger. I've run out a couple times just shy of finishing, and I really don't think my lawn is that huge - certainly all of my other mowers never had this issue. It would also be good if the wheels a little more traction.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Won't buy this again.
4/23/2015
Pros
One pull start
Solid
Cons
Terrible Self Starter
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought this mower yesterday based in part on consumer reports review and on Honda'reputation for quality. Got it home and setup. Turned the key and the starter turned like crazy but would not engage the motor. Returned it an received a replacement and returned home. Same result. Took it back and received a refund. Sorry Honda but won't buy electric start from you.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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