Self-charging electric start
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Simple, effortless key start.Watch Video
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 turn the key 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|
|Starter||Electric / Recoil|
|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||88 lbs.|
|Operating Weight||90 lbs.|
|Residential warranty||3 years|
|Commercial warranty||90 days|
Midlothian, VA Type of use: Residential
Newington, CT Type of use: Residential
I'm very,very satysfyed with that product.
Romeoville, IL Type of use: Residential
Provo, UT Type of use: Residential
Belleair, FL Type of use: Residential
Kahoka, MO Type of use: Residential
Lodi, WI Type of use: Residential
RIVER RIDGE, LA Type of use: Residential
Monroe, MI Type of use: Residential
Steilacom, WA Type of use: Residential
Wyandotte, MI Type of use: Residential
Newburgh, IN Type of use: Residential
Bakerstown, PA Type of use: Residential
This lawnmower is about the nth degree of manufacturing something expected to be used by idiots and dimbulbs with no sense of their own safety. It has automatic everything: Automatic choke, automatic throttle, electric start, automatic blade operation, and, oh yes, a user controlled speed adjuster that wants the user to be a sprinter or long distance runner. I bought it to replace a 22 year old Honda that had just about given up the ghost, expecting more or less for a replacement. Boy was I wrong.
You can't start the thing without hold down the blade operation lever, because the moment you let go of the lever, if the engine is running, it shuts down. You have to have the blade going anywhere you go, and you can't let go the lever to move something, open or shut a gate, empty the grass bag without the engine shutting down and needing to be restarted. That's a real pain especially when you are supposed to pull start the engine for the first hour or so of operation to charge up the battery for electric start. The old mower enabled one to stop the blade and leave the engine running while you moved something, opened or shut a gate, emptied the grass bag, etc. This bit of shutting the engine down every time is DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, AND A ROYAL PAIN IN THE ARSE.
In addition to this piece of engineering stupidity, is the fact that to start the machine you have to hold down the blade operation lever (the one that when you let it go shuts down the engin!!!)
The old Honda enabled you to go somewhere under wheeled power without the blade running. Not this one. You want the mower's self-propelling ability, you HAVE TO HAVE the blade operating lever pressed against the handle (just as you do to start the thing and keep the engine running).
There is NO throttle or engine speed control either. It either runs full blast with the blade control pressed against the handle or NOT AT ALL. Throttle control is totally the job of the blade control handle. Fooey!
And the speed control---push it down ever so slightly and it expects you to tear along at a speed that amounts to that of a fast jog. NO DAMN GOOD in tight places. One has to really finess the speed control to get the machine to move at a decently controllable slow speed. Another FOOEY!!!
If the machine has to sit without operation for more than 3 or 4 weeks, you are told to let it run with the fuel turned off until the engine quits. Great! BUT...to keep the bloody engine running that long, you have to stand there with the lousy blade control lever held against the handlebar. Let the lever go, and the engine quits.
This is obviously a machine created for dimtwits, dimbulbs, and idiots who don't know better than to stick their feet under the blade cover with the blade and engine running, and who like, while mowing large and also confined spaces to do it at a runner's speed.
I only wish Honda made a mower like my old one. The quality is Honda's usual excellent quality. But the 'safety design features' as I suppose they 'might' be called...STINK when it comes to lawn mowing convenience. Safe you will be for sure. But continuously botherated royally every time you have to stop to do something or transport the mower, or try to move it along at a decent slow walking speed.
We're sorry to hear you are unhappy with your new mower.
The CPSC requires all mower manufacturers to stop the blades if the operator lets go of the handle. It is an important safety feature. Some models offer Roto-stop, which keeps the engine running but stops the blade. Others use the flywheel brake safety system, where the blade and engine both stop once you let go of the handle. The model you selected uses the flywheel brake safety system.
We recommend you talk to your dealer about the possibility of exchanging your mower for a different model. You likely would prefer one of the three models below. All have Roto-stop.
If electric start is important to you, the HRX217HZA has both Roto-Stop and Electric Start.
Canonsburg, PA Type of use: Residential
Elk Grove, CA Type of use: Residential
I'm very pleased with my new Honda Mower. Even though this engine is small compared to Snapper and Toro, it has very good power. This is my second Honda Mower with power to the rear wheels. The only real difference is that my new Honda has electric start and I noticed that Honda created a mulching door that opens and closes. Rather than sliding a plastic insert that redirects the grass so that it doesn't enter the grass bag (Mulching). Great Improvement from my old Honda Mower. The only thing I wish Honda would improve on next, is to make the grass bag larger. This is a Great Mower! Thanks Honda...
newport, RI Type of use: Residential
Having issue with cold start, engine RPM cycles until it warms up. Needs handle on back of grass catcher to help lift rear of bag when dumping. Very nice mower, handles well, great pickup of clippings.
Arvada, CO Type of use: Residential
Williamsburg, VA Type of use: Residential
Fort Worth, TX Type of use: Residential
Clearwater, KS Type of use: Residential
;Portland, OR Type of use: Residential
Mesa, AZ Type of use: Residential
Trussville, AL Type of use: Residential
Fall River, MA Type of use: Residential
Laurel, MD Type of use: Residential
Bermuda Run, NC Type of use: Residential
Our lawn is small and cut up with landscape beds etc. leaving only a few good straight easy runs. Although a bit pricey the quality is there and it is the only machine that met all my criteria. I thought the electric start option was a bit more than I needed, now after mowing 4 times it is my favorite option. They don't say a lot about the "Clip Director" lever, it is genius. Without using the bag the bagger door remains closed but when the Clip Director is put in the "Bagger" position the chop clippings are discharged to the rear along the full width of the mower on to the foot guard drag. In the Mulch position it does a great job as well, especially with the fine chop result off the two blades. In full bagger configuration it couldn't work better. The speed control works great with smooth transition of speeds controlled by your thumbs. I am 75 and very happy with my choice of paying few extra dollars to buy this mower with true quality components that work well.
Lodgepole, NE Type of use: Residential
Fortson, GA Type of use: Residential
Aurora, CO Type of use: Residential
Lawton, OK Type of use: Residential
moon twp , PA Type of use: Residential
Just having used my HRR2169VKA for the first time, I noticed that grass catcher is starting to wear on the bottom. Fretting of the nylon material is apparent. I also am dissatisfied with the plastic debri protector which inhibits the backing-up when trying to cut grass on small radius turns. The mulch/bag positioner is a discreet position and not variable positioning as your better models.
Baltimore, MD Type of use: Residential
Made the purchase, Had the dealer prep it for operation, took it home mowed two lawns in 90 minutes,
this mower did not miss a beat ,concidering the lawns were saturated with water, the electric starter fired
the mower on the first try every time, as well as the pull rope start. the drive system is awsom, the mower
is smooth and quite , if your thinking about buying this product stop thinking and buy it already
Gibsonia, PA Type of use: Residential
We purchase the mover on Monday and Tuesday my husband was very anxious to use it and he doesn't like to cut the grass. He told me I would love it. I own a Honda Civic and hey why not get a mover by Honda. I love the fact that it's a key start because that's my biggest problem (getting it started after I've shut if off to empty the bag.........Thank you HONDA!!
Greensboro, NC Type of use: Residential
brighton, CO Type of use: Residential
Grantsville, UT Type of use: Residential
Virginia Beach, VA Type of use: Residential
I had waited years wanting a Honda lawn mower, but they were always so expensive. Finally the HRR2169VLA model came out and it sounded perfect.
Too bad I'm disappointed.
1. The air filter cover is cheap plastic with plastic tabs to hold it on. It frequently pops off in the middle of mowing.
2. The self-propelled design is quirky; the paddles have to pushed at least 3/4 of the way down before it even moves, but then look out; if you push the paddles all the way, the mower moves so fast you are almost at a jog.. who mows the lawn at a jog? I can tell you the old Toro we had with the Personal Pace where you just lean in to the handle was much better.
3. We're at the end of year 2 with this mower and unfortunately it has become really hard to start. Yes we did a tune up with oil, air filter and spark plug for year 2.
I guess the cheaper price was too good to be true and I should have saved up for the expensive ones (although don't get me wrong, at $499 I don't consider this inexpensive, only compared to the other Honda mowers).
New Plymouth, ID Type of use: Residential
I will need to review booklet on electric starter. I haven't been able to get it to work yet.
The mower works great, thanks for making great products!
Metairie, LA Type of use: Residential
I purchased this mower last summer because it had an electric start advertised on the carton and description. The only problem is that the so-called "electric start" hardly ever works! I have to actually use the pull rope half the time. I figured initially it had to be running for quite some time so that the unit would charge the battery. Obviously this was a wrong assumption. Sometimes it might start when using the key to crank it and other times it sounds like it is just spinning or something and it will not start the lawn mower.
My ONLY salvation on here is that when I DO have to use the pull starter, it will start up easily. But this is NOT why I bought this lawn mower. I have had three arm operations and have limited mobility and usage of my arms and to be trying to crank up a lawn mower is not what I want to do when I am able to cut the grass.
I gave this review 2 stars on features because the "features" are misrepresented since the electric start is extremely flaky. Why advertise something that does not work as it should. If the starter would work like it is supposed to, I would have given this review 5 stars all across the board.
Maybe Honda should INCLUDE the charger that I discovered as an "option to purchase" since the mower is useless for someone who needs an electric start. Maybe the charger would solve the problem, BUT.......if it charges automatically as Honda claims, then you shouldn't even need a charger.
West Linn, OR Type of use: Residential
I hadn't had to mow the lawn since I remarried my current husband 33 1/2 years ago, and when he developed a rare disability a few years back, we had to hire someone. I got tired dealing with the guys I could afford, but I couldn't handle our old power lawnmower -- it was a honkin' moose! I checked out the new Honda's at Home Depot and love the new RECHARGEABLE ELECTRIC start! Plus, this mower is more compact. After running into a flower pot and trying to go under a deck, I am now able to control the speed better, too! My hubby just laughed when I panicked the first time the speed kicked in -- I kept hanging on instead of letting go!!! Besides, I enjoy getting the exercise and admiring my beautiful yard and flowers. By the way, I'm turning 72 in June. I recommend this mower -- the rechargeable electric start is worth the extra money -- and I get to keep the $ I was spending on lawn guys, just as soon as the mower is paid off! I'm thinking I'll hire a maid to do housework....
Liberty Township, OH Type of use: Residential
Was excited to get this Honda for Father's Day last year after having had good service from several Craftsman mowers for years. Have Honda engines on several other products, and they have always performed well. Mower is very sturdy, which also makes it quite heavy - thankful for the self-propelled feature. The variable speed drive is also nice as it can accommodate anyone's walking speed. Mower ran fine through the summer, but I started having problems when the weather turned cooler in the fall. Whenever I try to start the mower below about 50 F, it will initially start just fine, then after a few moments, it begins to sputter and continues until I shut it off (maybe 30 seconds to a minute later). Immediate restart attempts only result in more sputtering. Usually, if I let the mower sit for about 15 minutes, it will start well on the next attempt. If it's really cold out (say, below 40), I've had to go through a couple of sputtering cycles followed by 15 minute waits before finally getting it to start and run correctly. Haven't taken it in for warranty service yet, but will certainly do so if this operation continues. After reading another review for this mower on auto choke problems, I figured I would post my experiences with similar symptoms - I assume it is a problem with the automatic choke as well.
Hi Bill, what you are describing is a normal characteristic for auto choke when starting the mower in cold temperatures. During the normal mowing season, when temperatures are warmer, you should have better results.
Wichita, KS Type of use: Residential
North Ridgeville, OH Type of use: Residential
After several months of use, here are my thoughts on this mower;
Unlike others, I have had no problems with the electric start. The easy switching between mulching and bagging is very convenient.
I did have one problem for which I took the mower back to the dealer. I was told I had turned the mower to the wrong side (for cleaning underneath). The mower must be turned with the the air filter up, otherwise gas can get into and ruin the air filter.
The reason for lower ratings is the cut. Being a new mower with a new blade, I'm surprised at how poor a job it does. After making sure it wasn't because of anything I was doing, I realized the mower frequently misses blades of grass. When checking an area immediately after mowing, I can see sections where the grass is not evenly cut. It's as if the part of the blade merely pushed the grass rather than cut it.
This is disappointing, since it is not a problem I had with my 20-year-old mower by another manufacturer.
Everything else about the mower is good if not excellent, but this one fault makes it impossible for me to give it a high rating.
We're sorry to hear you are disappointed with the cut quality. Here are some suggestions that should help:
- Slowing down your speed can help reduce the stray blades of grass.
- 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.
- 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 is helpful!
Arlington, VA Type of use: Residential
Fort Mill, SC Type of use: Residential
McAllister, MT Type of use: Residential
Started out in May with an electric start Toro mower from Home Depot. That one would not start when I got it home. They gave me another and it worked fine until it got hot and then would not start. Took it back to HD and ordered this Honda. Assembled it and it would not start, just sputtered. Took it back to HD and they ordered me another one. This one started first pull and ran great until we turned it off to dump the third bag of grass, then, it would not start. Finally after drying the plug, I tinkered with the throttle mechanism and got it running. Took,it to the Honda service center who called today to say it was ready. It will be interesting to see if they actually did something to fix the mower. It seems to me like an auto choke problem. I like the mower as it cuts well and when it ran, it ran well. If not, this one will also go back to Home Depot as I live 50 miles from HD and 60 from the repair shop.
mcqueeney, TX Type of use: Residential
The battery/electric starter has not worked consistently. I have tried to mow 6 times now and the electric starter has worked once. My previous mower, a Toro, had an electric start and worked with out failure for over 10 years. That mower was $100 cheaper. So, giving Honda a chance, I looked to purchase the "Optional at additional cost" battery charger accessory described in the Honda Manual. No one sells that part number which is 3150-vh7-s51. After calling Home Depot, who didn't have a clue how to find it I searched on-line and the only available charger is 3150-vh7-b01. Is it compatible.....no-one could tell me.
I just called the phone number for Honda, provided on the Home Depot website. After waiting forever, I navigated to parts, only to be told "Honda doesn't sell parts to consumers"..........
The path of least resistance is to return the mower to Home Depot. It's a shame I must return it, because when started it is a great lawn mower.
East Norriton, PA Type of use: Residential
I've used a commercial mower on my home lawn for 25 years. It finally needs some work so I decided to buy a 'residential' mower. I've also drove a Honda Accord for 16 years and was thoroughly pleased with it. So I thought I'd give another Honda a try. Well, maybe I shouldn't have. The starter leaves much to be desired. It doesn't engage the engine consistently, and this was the feature I was most in need of. While bagging the clippings the engine turns off, ok, but when trying to turn it back on most attempts failed. This is brand new....the first cut!!! I kept trying and eventually the thing started, but it's very frustrating. It sounds and feels like there is not enough cranking power to turn the engine over. Not impressed and not happy. If the 'optional' charger does a better job with charging the battery to full power, then Honda should include this with the mower.
The rear discharge without the bag doesn't blow the grass, so it tends to leave a line of clippings along one or both sides. Needless to say, I'm not happy with my purchase and would not recommend this mower to my friends or family.
St. Paul, MN Type of use: Residential
After one mowing - electric start wouldn't work - see other reviews.
Honda Support suggested that the dealer use their charger to get the battery fully charged. Why doesn't Honda admit this is a required purchase or at least will be in the future?
Note - I was sold the Honda came with a 4 Year Warranty - but the battery is only warrantied for 12 months.
Hindsight, I would've saved money and bought the Toro, at least they don't misrepresent their battery as self charging and include a charger.
We're sorry you're having trouble. After talking to you and your dealer, this is being handled properly and your mower will be working as it should shortly. Thanks for giving us the chance to make it right.
Elkhart, IN Type of use: Residential
Plymouth, MI Type of use: Other [Vacation home]
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ Type of use: Residential
Update: I receive the charger and charged the battery for about 18 hours. I keep the starter engaged until it fully starts up, which might take a second or two. I have not had any issues starting the mower since then and I am very happy with the mower.
Thank you and customer service for following up with me. I really do appreciate it!
Purchased on May 21, 2014 and was excited to use, since the electric start is exactly what I needed. Came from the dealer, that I've gone to for nearly 25 years, fully assembled and was given a full run though of the operation ,hightlighting exactly what is in the operator's manual.
Started it up for the first time and, all was well, when I had to stop to empty the bag it would not start again. I waited about 15 minutes and it did start OK. The next week went to do my second cutting and the mower would not start (turn-over). The dealer picked up to investigate, brought it back in a few days. When I was shown again how to start all seened well. Then I tried and it would not engage at all. Back to the dealer. They gave me another machine. I cut the grass all was well until I stoped and tried to start it again. It would not engage. I waited a few minutes and tried again. Got tho mower to start. Hope this is not my future experience with this mower.
Delaware, OH Type of use: Residential
loveland, CO Type of use: Residential
Bought late last season. 1st mower would not run more than a minute or so then die. Return to Home Depot. 2nd mower worked and mowed cleanly and efficiently.
I'm 75, 6ft and about 195# and in good physical shape. My yard is established blue-grass, about 5000 sq.ft., with several trees and bushes, and 4 separate areas that need mowing. Therefore, lots of turns and short straight strips. This mower is rear drive which make turning often harder than it was with my old front drive mower. Also, the speed control is very sensitive, so bouncing over a rough lawn causes speeds to vary too much and the sudden speed changes yank my shoulders and back. I REALLY ache after using this mower.
Is there a fix to make the so called smart drive less sensitive?--- or should this mower be the big item in my next garage sale?!?
Adjusting the Smart Drive control up or down should help with this concern. There are 5 different settings, so you'll want to experiment with it a bit to find the most comfortable position for you. You can find info on how to adjust the Smart Drive control in your owner's manual: http://powerequipment.honda.com/support/owners-manuals/lawn-mowers/hrr
If this still does not resolve the problem, we'd recommend you consider a mower with hydrostatic drive (Cruise Control) like the HRX217HYA. Hydrostatic drive maintains a consistent speed with no effort on your part.
Norcross, GA Type of use: Residential
Nice mower and starts easily with manual pull start. However the electric start doesn't work reliably (won't engage the engine). Get the model below without the electric start and save $100. Dinging this model because of the starter but would give the non electric version 5 stars.
Cranbury, NJ Type of use: Residential
chantilly, VA Type of use: Residential
I recently purchased a HRR216VLA, 21" self propelled, electric start with a self charging battery. The first Honda I ever owned. I bought it from Home Depot. When I assembled the mower, the starter would not engage the engine, it just spun. I took it back to Home Depot, they gave me another with no hassle. I put the replacement mower together, it stated as expected, the starter engaged the engine. The next time I tried the mower, the starter did not engage the engine, it would only start pulling the cord.
I called Honda, the number in the manual. The only advice they could give me was to take it to a Honda dealer, bear in mind that the lawn mower had never cut the first blade of grass. I called the preferred Honda dealer: Scotts Turf Equipment and Supply, Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA. They required a $40 deposit, which would be returned if it was covered under warranty, plus I would be without the mower for 2 weeks. Manassas is about 25 miles from my home plus the trips back and forth to Home depot were another 25 miles, let alone putting the mower in my car 2 extra times.
Needless to say, I was not too impressed with Honda. I returned the mower to Home Depot and bought a Craftsman at Sears. .