(HRR2169VKA, HRR216K9VKA )
Slide the Clip Director® to switch from mulching to bagging or discharge with just one touch. No need for a mulch plug or other attachments.Watch Video
Honda's exclusive twin blade MicroCut System® uses four cutting surfaces that result in ultra fine clippings for superior mulching and more clippings per bag. The end result? A perfect cut, less time emptying the bag, and less work for you.Learn More Watch Video
Easy-starting, fuel efficient, and powerful, Honda's premium residential GCV160 engines are legendary for providing years of reliable service. All Honda lawn mower engines are certified to meet 50-state EPA and CARB emission levels.Watch Video
No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go!
Easily adjust the handle to 2 comfortable mowing positions, or fold over for storage.Watch Video
Convenient height adjustment levers to set mowing height for lawn conditions.Watch Video
Rugged, durable steel for long life.Watch Video
Better maneuverability, smoother drive, and increased durability.
Our large capacity grass bags are balanced so they are easy to empty, saving you time and effort.
Quickly stops the engine when you let go of the flywheel brake lever.Watch Video
The fuel valve can be shut off for transport, storage, or to performance maintenance.
You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 3 full years.
|Deck Material||Steel, 16 ga|
|Mowing height range||1 1/8 -4"|
|Mowing height adjustments||6.000|
|Drive Control||Variable Postion Smart Drive|
|Transmission||Variable Speed Fixed Gear Belt Clutch|
|Ground speed||0 to 4.0 mph|
|Handle||1" Steel Tube|
|Handle Height Positions||2.000|
|Ball Bearing Wheels||Rear|
|Standard Functions||3 in 1: Mulch, Bag, Discharge|
|Bag capacity (bushels)||1.900|
|Blade(s)||Twin blades (MicroCut System®)|
|Blade Control||Flywheel brake|
|Side/Rear Discharge||Rear standard|
|Dry weight||80 lbs.|
|Operating Weight||83 lbs.|
|Residential warranty||3 years|
|Commercial warranty||90 days|
Lincoln, NE Type of use: Residential
I just purchased the HRR216VKA Honda mower. The Honda compared to my $450 lawnboy is like night and day. The Honda runs much smoother and cut the grass more even. This is my first Honda mower and after cutting my football field of a yard in about 30 minutes less time and the bag on the mower holds more than the one on the Lawnboy.
I give this Honda mower five stars.
Nottingham, PA Type of use: Residential
pensacola, FL Type of use: Residential
Maplewood, MN Type of use: Residential
Jacksonville, FL Type of use: Residential
The only great thing about the mower is the motor is a one pull start every time. We purchased the mower over 1 1/2 years ago and thought we were buying a really nice cutting mower. We were completely wrong... The yard at first was just weeds and the mower worked great, then we laid sod down and the St Augustine grass grew quick and thick. We not have a great looking yard as far as green and thick but when we cut the mower leaves traces of grass standing up everywhere. I know have to go over the yard and basically cut the entire yard twice to try and eliminate the pieces sticking up left behind by the mower. I am not pleased with the mower and will be selling it soon.
We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the cut quality of this mower. St. Augustine is a very thick grass and can be a challenge for any mower. But we do have some tips that should help to improve your cut:
- Slowing down your speed can help considerably.
- If you are mulching, try bagging. The increased air flow creates a stronger vacuum and pulls the blades of grass up.
- Cut at a shorter height. The anatomy of this kind of grass means the shorter the stem, the straighter it stays up and the more likely you'll have a consistent cut. It won't look as good at first, but after a couple of weeks it will green up again.
- This problem can be worse when conditions are very dry. Watering your lawn may help. (Of course, do not cut the grass itself while it is wet.)
We also suggest talking with your local dealer. They are experts and know your area and your conditions like no one else.
We hope this helps!
Joplin, MO Type of use: Residential
We’re sorry to hear you are disappointed in the performance of your mower.
Hitting a rock or another solid object creates a huge amount of force, given the blades are traveling at nearly 200 mph. Honda realizes incidents do occur, which is why the crankshaft and blades are designed to be strong and to withstand impact without breaking. But considering the amount of energy involved, it’s simply not realistic to expect these components to incur no damage when impacting a solid or immovable object.
To help prevent unfortunate incidents, take some time before mowing to mark the location of any
hidden immovable objects in the lawn. We suggest that you push the mower around these obstructions and not use the drive control.
Gig Harbor, WA Type of use: Residential
I've been searching for some time for a hand mower to replace my older model riding mower. I've never owned a new lawn mower, but have used plenty during my adult life. My older Snapper died last year and in my research, Honda came to the top of the list. I decided on this model because I have over a quarter acre of grass with several slopes which make a manual push mower not the most fun thing to do on your day off.
I asked the person that works the return desk and gardening at Home Depot which mowers get returned. Hands down, all others but the Hondas. I chose this model for the size motor, the easy of switching between mulching, bagging and discharge and also, for the rear wheel drive.
Out of the box, the unit was perfect. It took me 10 minutes to put the bagger together, add oil and gas. I could not believe it started with the first, very soft pull. I adjusted the wheels, which is pretty easy to do, adjusted the handle height, which I was very surprised how I could get an acceptable height, and started mowing. Even in the thickest grass, it mowed like a champ, and mulched so well, I really had to look hard for the clippings. What I really like is the adjustable speed control and blade disengage system. It was so nice not to have to shut off the mower when making adjustments. Overall, I was so surprised that cutting my lawn didn't take much longer than my 38"riding mower. It was a pleasure to cut the lawn today.
I am so glad I went with the bigger motor. It is well built, it is easy to use, and the manual is written well. This is my third Honda power tool and if its like the pressure washer and generator, it will probably out live me.
jacksonville, FL Type of use: Residential
starts 1st time no priming required. very fast self propelled in thick st. augustine grass.
mobile, AL Type of use: Residential
Fair Oaks, CA Type of use: Residential
My old Honda commercial grade mower gave up after 15 years. Bought a new HRR216VKA this week. We have a large lawn that took 45 minutes to mow with the old mower. Fired up the new mower and went at it. After one hour, I finished and was exhausted. My lawn is not some nice smooth rectangle. Everything is curved with a dry creek bed running through it for 190'. The lawn is also lumpy with thin spots and clumps of fescue. Trying to mow this with Smart Drive (SD) was miserable. Every little bump upset my pressure on the SD speed control, resulting in speeding up followed by slowing too much as I tried to compensate for the speed change. I wish I had considered paying more for a mower with a regular transmission.
Also, the SD needs some sort of top speed restrictor. At top speed it is way faster than I can walk.
Otherwise, the mower engine started up just fine and ran great.
Take a good look at your lawn before you buy this mower.
Hi Lynn, we're sorry you had trouble. Try adjusting the Smart Drive control. It has 5 positions, up and down. Adjusting the position can help with speed and pressure issues you're experiencing – give it a try and we think you will find a position that is much more comfortable. Hope this helps!
White Oak, PA Type of use: Residential
Cumming, GA Type of use: Residential
Overall it's a pretty good mower though there's a couple of things to be aware of.
I primarily bought this mower because of it's touted mulching capabilities with the double blade and all. My experience has been that the grass will adhere to the deck if there's much moisture in the grass at all. Which means that the mower gets very heavy and begins to bog the engine down. The solution is to set the mower very high which isn't useful in my situation or catch the clippings which is what I was trying to avoid.
Another problem I found was that when I stored the mower between uses I would fold the handle all the way over and then when time to mow the engine was incredibly hard to start (20 - 30 pulls), very frustrating and lots of swearing at the Honda name. I attributed it to the choke problems I'd heard about in other reviews. Quite by accident, I found that if I don't fold the handle completely over between uses it will start on the first pull every time.
I'm not sure I'd buy another one. I'll see what kind of service I get out of this one first. My old mower was amazing, and still running, but it isn't self propelled.
Kennesaw, GA Type of use: Residential
galloway, OH Type of use: Residential
I now mow my yard in half the time, perfect cut everytime.love the double blade for mulching, i dont have to empty the bag ever two rows of grass I cut. Solid, reliable and it looks nice too! Wouldnt hesitate to recomend this mower to anyone.
mansfield, OH Type of use: Residential
I really like the mower as it starts easy, runs very well and tracks very well. But the only dislike is it leaves rows of higher grass where the wheels roll. Tried all types of cutting heights, narrower cutting paths and even uped the engine rpm but still had the grass higher where the wheels roll. Talked to Honda service and their reasoning is my grass is not suitable for this type of mower. Kentucky blue grass in Ohio is not good enough!!! Ouch. Too bad my Lawnboy wore out as it never had this problem.
Grand Rapids, MI Type of use: Residential
On May 7, 2014, I purchased this lawn mower. I used it four times. Each time it was hard to start. It would take 7 - 10 attempts before it would start. It acted like it was either flooded or not getting enough fuel. I returned it to Home Depot for an exchange. The second machine started on the first pull.
I contacted product support and felt that they really didn't care about my experience. After stating that they would take this occurence seriously, I was asked neither my name, phone number,or e-mail address. No request for product type, serial number, date of purchase, or location of purchase.
It's an open question whether or not I will purchase future Honda products.
Hi John, we are so sorry that you had a bad experience, and worse, that it came across like our Customer Relations team didn't care. That is not the case at all. We take quality issues very seriously and have good systems in place to make sure we can find and resolve them quickly. Because you'd already returned the mower to Home Depot, we knew that the service techs there would report this issue to us. This is why there was no need to get extra info from you. Again, we're sorry you had a poor experience - thank you for giving us another chance.
warwick, RI Type of use: Residential
We’re sorry to hear you are disappointed in the performance of your mower.
Hitting a rock or another solid object creates a huge amount of force. To give you an idea, a 21-inch Honda lawn mower blade tip moves at nearly 200 miles per hour. The kinetic energy of the rotating blades is roughly the same as dropping a 50 pound weight from a height of 17 feet. This is important to consider because it means the crankshaft would still bend, even if the lawn mower were equipped with a shear key.
Honda realizes incidents do occur, which is why the crankshaft and blades are designed to be strong and to withstand impact without breaking. But considering the amount of energy involved, it’s simply not realistic to expect these components to incur no damage when impacting a solid or immovable object.
To help prevent unfortunate incidents, take some time before mowing to mark the location of any hidden immovable objects in the lawn. We suggest that you push the mower around these obstructions and not use the drive control.
Edmonds, WA Type of use: Residential
Portage, MI Type of use: Residential
We've had this mower just over 2 years. It cuts fine. Handling is OK. Switching between bag, mulch, and rear-discharge is ok. The variable-speed control takes some getting used to, but it's ok. However, Honda seems to insult its buyers by making information unavailable to them. This evening, the power drive failed -- it seemed to jerk but wouldn't move the mower. I cleaned the mower, and it looks like the drive belt is a little worn and frayed. Simple replacement, right? Not to Honda. I've spent over an hour reading and re-reading the manuals, and there is NO mention of any drive belt. Does Honda think it's a secret? So Then I checked their web site -- again, Honda goes out of its way to make basic information unavailable. So I called their customer service number during normal business hours, and the phone tree made it impossible to talk to anybody. All I wanted is to know the size of the drive belt so I can buy the right one -- but Honda keeps that a secret. This reinforces my opinion that Honda really conceals information from its users, and goes out of its way to frustrate its customers.
This mower would be good if you only intend to use it a couple years. Or if you're wealthy and never maintain anything yourself. But if you have an ounce of initiative, you'll only get incredibly frustrated. When I bought this one, it was a close decision between Honda and Toro. I think I made the wrong choice.
Under normal usage conditions, the drive belt is designed to provide years or troublefree service and does not require regular maintenance.
If the belt has abnormal wear and/or dislodged, there may be a problem with the drive system, which may be covered under warranty. We'd suggest you take it to the dealer for review.
But if you prefer to do it yourself, the replacement procedure is listed in the shop manual. You can purchase it from our store on eBay or Amazon.
Please note that this is not an "off-the shelf" drive belt - it's specially designed by Honda, so giving a size is no use for a customer. The belt part number is 22431-VL0-P01 and can be purchased from any Honda dealer.
Hope this helps!
Austin, TX Type of use: Residential
Council Bluffs, IA Type of use: Residential
Pros: Solid frame; self-propelled wheels are strong and seem as though they will last; 3-1 option very convenient and can easily change between bag or mulch; bag very large and can hold a lot of grass; motor seems very well built/designed and starts very easily; when pulling mower backwards it doesn't lock up and smart drive control is very convenient; ability to fold up mower handle is very nice. Ease of use, quality, and features are outstanding on this mower.
Cons: cutting is not as nice as Toro my parents purchased a few years back; has difficulty with long grass which is understandable (as an owner you'll need to stay on top of your grass unless you want to bag; it bags very nicely). It cuts short/medium grass ok at best. I only say this because I cut very little grass off my lawn during the last mow (I first mowed on Friday and then mowed on Monday) and it still left streaks in wheels (I made sure to overlap) and it missed some spots (only 3 days between mows). I will say that if you stay on top of your lawn (mow often) and you don't rush through mowing, mower will cut to satisfaction. Also, no side discharger is offered, which is standard with my parent's Toro. I think for the price one pays for the mower, a side discharger should be included as opposed to an option.
Overall I ranked the mower three starts because of my current experience with cutting grass. Quality and features are outstanding. Mower seems as though it will last for a very long time, but cutting is average. Would I buy the mower again knowing what I know today? Yes; I definitely believe the quality trumps my current mowing experience. I will just have to make sure I go even slower when I mow and stay on top of my lawn. I'll try to follow-up with a review a few months from now to see if my opinion is the same.
West senece, NY Type of use: Residential
Honda strives for continuous improvement and closely monitors the quality of its products both in mass production and after-sale. Although the occurrence ratio is very small, we are aware some customers have experienced difficulties with the auto choke system and as a result, improvements have already been implemented in mass production. Authorized Honda power equipment dealers have also been made aware of these improvements and given instructions to repair any unit that exhibits auto-choke related symptoms. We appreciate our customers' feedback that helped us to identify and quickly correct the issue.
Centennial, CO Type of use: Residential
We are sorry to hear you are having problems with your Honda lawn mowers. Here are a few tips that might help. Surging is usually caused by clogging of the fuel system, which may be the result of water or contamination in your gasoline. All Honda lawn mowers are equipped with a fuel filter, but this filter cannot prevent water from entering the carburetor. Most fuel system problems can be avoided by following the steps at:
We hope this is helpful!
Centennial, CO Type of use: Residential
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NAPLES, FL Type of use: Residential
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St Paul, MN Type of use: Residential
chesterfield, MI Type of use: Residential
Pittsburgh, PA Type of use: Residential
Keller, TX Type of use: Residential
After a lot of research, I got the HRR216VKA. I was skeptical because usually the product doesn't live up to the hype. However, right out of the box, this mower has done everything promised. Starting immediately, zipping along effortlessly. I've used the bag, and I've mowed with just mulching, and both were easy to switch between. The mower feels well built, with quality and substance.
So far, very happy with this purchase.
Orlando, FL Type of use: Residential
Medical Lake , WA Type of use: Residential
Mark, we're sorry to hear you have had issues with your mower. Please do take it to a Honda dealer - the HRR216VKA carries a 3 year warranty and the warranty is still valid even if the lawn mower was not registered. You can find a local dealer here: http://powerequipment.honda.com/dealer-locator
The Smart Drive control does provide variable speed. This is accomplished by varying the pressure applied to the Smart Drive control. Your local dealer can help you with this feature, or you can check out a video on how to operate it here: http://powerequipment.honda.com/lawn-mowers/lawn-mower-videos
Again, we're sorry you've been disappointed in your mower - we hope you will take it to a dealer and give us the chance to make it right.
Bayamon, PA Type of use: Residential
The particles you are experiencing is probably dust from your lawn. The clippings themselves are too large to pass through the bag. This problem can occur when mowing in very dry or dusty conditions. The only solutions are to reduce dust by watering more often or mulch. Raising the cutting height can also help.
A lawn mower works like a vacuum cleaner. The grass bag is designed to allow air to pass through while capturing grass clippings. It's not designed to "filter" dust. Good air flow is critical to achieve excellent bagging performance.
Hope this is helpful!
New Iberia, LA Type of use: Residential
Austin, TX Type of use: Residential
Repeat Honda owner. First Honda used on residential lawn for more than 10 years. For optimum engine performance we used a fuel stabilizer late in the season then shut off fuel valve and ran dry prior to short winter storage. The engine started easily and ran perfectly during the entire time we owned the first one. Switched to lawn service when we moved and donated the mower. After several years we decided to cancel the lawn service and take over all lawn maintenance. Looked at several other top brands and researched ratings to confirm Honda was still at the top of our list. Purchased the HRR2169VKA for use on Bermuda grass. The mower starts on the first pull, and requires little effort when pulling the cord. The mulching capability was also a key decision criteria. Our yard is covered about 30% with large oak trees. We rake and blow the majority of leaves and when mowing following the annual leaf drop in the early spring the mulch setting is comparable to a vacuum when the grass bag is attached. The mower picks up almost all the leaves and the few left behind are chopped into very small pieces. The Smart Drive took a few passes to get a feel for controlling the speed and adjusting the position of the levers on the handlebar. Overall the mower is easy to use and the lawn looks better after a fresh cut than it did after the lawn service was here with their "commercial" mowers. Thanks Honda.
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miami, FL Type of use: Landscaping/Commerical
thankyou and sorry.
He comprado 3 maquinas honda modelo HRR216VKA8 en abril del 2013 yo las uso para trabajar desde el dia que las compre el motor es icreible siempre arranca del primer cuerdazo y queda moderando muy bien.
Su corte es impecable debido al sistema de doble cichilla. lo que he notado hace 2 meses osea mediados de noviembre del 2013 que he tenido muchisimos problemas con la transmision.
La caja de la transmision no es el problema sino que se empieza a comer o desgastar la punta del eje donde trabaja el reten y empieza a trabajar torcido hasta que se rompe. La unica solucion que he encontrado es cambiar toda la transmision.
Kealakekua, HI Type of use: Residential
I bought a Honda Model HRR2169VKA mower the other day. I replaced a similar model that was about 10 years old. After setting up the new mower I started it up. Guess what! No throttle. The engine speed is flat out and cannot be adjusted. I consider this to be a major problem for day-to-day lawn mowing. I think this could be very dangerous to the machine and those near it should the blade hit a small rock or other unwanted object. I can only imagine that the fuel consumption would be higher and that engine life would be reduce substantially.
While the quality of this mower is less than my current machine, it is still acceptable. I give this mower 2 STARS.
I returned the mower to Home Depot and am still looking for a new one.
Thank you for your review. As you noted, this model does not have an adjustable throttle. However, it is not a safety issue in any way.
The lawn mower is designed to always run at maximum engine speed during mowing. This ensures the best cutting performance will be achieved.
The adjustable throttle is most beneficial on models equipped with Roto-Stop Blade Stop System, where the blade can be stopped without shutting off the engine. For these models, the engine speed can be reduced while emptying the grass bag. There is no safety benefit.
If this feature remains important to you, may we suggest you consider the HRR216VYA, which does have an adjustable throttle. This feature is also available on several HRX217 models.
We hope this helps to address your concerns.
Cinnaminson, NJ Type of use: Residential