Honda HRX217VKA self propelled mower

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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 HRX217VKA

The Honda HRX217VKA is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the HRX217VKA 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.

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 HRX217VKA
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 190
info Engine manufacturer Honda
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Honda HRX217VKA
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Honda is not as superior as I expected
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Cuts evenly
Easy to Push & Steer
Very Powerful
Rear Wheel Adjustment Imp
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Mulching Leaves Excellent
Both rear wheel adjustments very dificult. Had to modify them = Poor quality control at the factory.<br />Variable speed not reliable. The internal clutch slips at slow speed.<br />Power is spectacular in thick grass and weeds. Even, smooth cutting. Bag capacity as claimed and is easily removed. Starting ease is superior to Brigg-Straton engines. I made a good choice for the money.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Sooooo disappointed!!
Cut And Mulched Well
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Extremely Fickle On Fuel
Only Ran Once
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
I intended this high quality mower to be a reward for several decades of doing my own yard work, which now includes mowing about 1/4 acre of slightly sloped lawn (and some weeds - OK, more than some). I don't recall being more disappointed in a product and service! I researched this purchase over the winter - diligently. The second time I tried to start it - it wouldn't. When I contacted factory tech service, I was treated rudely and told the high efficiency Honda mowers required gas that was less than a week old. And that I should drain the fuel and replace it with fresh. My prior two mowers lasted about 14 years and 24 years and were quite reliable starters, even after a winter with the same gas! Done with the expense and excuses!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Worth the investment
Cuts Tall Grass
Cuts Wet Grass
Double Blade Benefit
Even cut
Gas Sipper
Mulch Monster
Variable speeds
Reach Too Long
Best Uses
I have about a half acre lawn which I have been mulching for 20 years. This mower is so good at mulching, regardless the length of the grass, wet or dry. Yesterday cut my grass two times in between rain downpours. I did not get all of it cut since the rain would not go away and finished it today. I have never had an even cut like this mower does, regardless of wetness and length of grass. I am so pleased with this mower I wish I had had this one years ago. I've had to get used to the weight of the mower and the rear wheel drive. My previous mowers have all been front wheel drive which makes easier cutting on ditches and on uphill changes of yard contour. The length of the handle requires more needed room in turning. Would be nice to telescope the handle to lessen the turning distance needed. However, it is easier to cut in a straight line and make the cuts look very even and straight. When the grass does grow back, it is so even to the view. I can't say enough about this mower. It does have some things I would like to change, but I am so pleased with this mower that those are minor in the long run. If you need a mower that cuts evenly, even on a lawn that is not very smooth, this is the one you want. I can't believe I had to wait 20 years to get the right mower. Thanks Honda! Even though this mower cost almost twice as my previous mowers, it has been worth the investment, no question. I debated on the 160 cc vs the 190 cc mower. The 190 has proven to be the better choice, since my last mower was 160 and would stall in long grass and not do well on wet grass. Even though I got just over 2 of rain yesterday, there was no problem in the grass being wet or long today. I am just so thrilled with this mower!!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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