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Honda's revolutionary Versamow System™ allows you to mulch, bag, discharge, and shred leaves - or even a combination of mulching and bagging! Just slide the convenient Clip Director® knob to choose how much grass is bagged or mulched. No tools or costly attachments are needed. It's the ultimate in convenience and versatility.Learn More 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 GCV190 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!
You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 5 full years.
The Versamow System™ helps you to mulch or partially mulch even in severe conditions. Just adjust the 10 position Clip Director to the right setting for your lawn.Learn More
Smaller grass clippings mean more grass fits in the bag. So you can mow up to 30% farther before you have to empty the bag.Learn More
The HRX has a convenient rear discharge door that improves maneuverability, eliminating the need for a separate discharge chute attachment. Clippings are directed out the bottom at the rear of the mower.
The HRX Versamow System™ makes leaf shredding easy. Tiny pieces minimize the use of leaf bags for collecting debris. No attachments or tools are necessary.
The quick release handle is easy to adjust to one of 3 positions for comfortable mowing. Or fold it over for more compact storage.Watch Video
Ball bearings in all four wheels offer better maneuverability, smoother drive, and increased durability.
Convenient height adjustment levers to set mowing height for lawn conditions.Watch Video
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 perform maintenance.
|Mowing height range||3/4" - 4"|
|Mowing height adjustments||7.000|
|Drive Control||Variable Postion Smart Drive|
|Transmission||Cone Clutch Variable Speed Transmission|
|Ground speed||0 to 3.6 mph|
|Starter||Electric / Recoil|
|Handle||1" Steel Tube|
|Handle Height Positions||3.000|
|Ball Bearing Wheels||All|
|Standard Functions||4 in 1 Mulch/Bag/Leaf shred/Discharge|
|Bag capacity (bushels)||2.500|
|Blade(s)||Twin blades (MicroCut System®)|
|Blade Control||Flywheel brake|
|Side/Rear Discharge||Rear standard|
|Dry weight||93 lbs.|
|Operating weight||95 lbs.|
|Residential warranty||5 years|
|Deck warranty (non-commercial)||Lifetime|
|Commercial warranty||90 days|
N/A, OH Type of use: Residential
Since time has taken it's toll on my shoulders, I looked into a mowers that could be started with a key.
I looked at most, and went with the Honda and really like the ease of the electric start now.
Neighbor has one and loves it, had it for years. So it was a no-brainer.
Have not mulched with it yet, will wait till grass is dry, but so far so good!
Orlando, FL Type of use: Residential
Omaha, NE Type of use: Residential
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Type of use: Residential
Madison, TN Type of use: Residential
Bethesda, MD Type of use: Residential
Grand Ledge, MI Type of use: Residential
In this price range, you expect design features to be light years ahead of mowers of half the price, but such is not the case.
Maybe it’s because I’m tall, but I could not find a comfortable position for the Smart Drive control paddles. The flat paddles are designed to be held with your palms, but are positioned to be operated with your thumbs. All of the pictures show the operator using their thumbs to press the paddles. You cannot hold a steady speed with your thumbs, and holding the flat paddles with your palms is awkward.
The cut is smooth and even, the engine is powerful and did not bog down at all when mowing my heavy grass at 3½ inches. The grass was longer than normal due to the demise of my old mower and subsequent search for a replacement. I did not test its mulching ability due to the length of the grass, but I suspect it would do an excellent job based on the size of the clippings in the bag.
I had an incredibly quiet Honda HT3813 that performed very well for nearly 20 years. It was still running and working well when I sold it for nearly half the original purchase price. The very positive experience with that lawn tractor was the driving force behind another Honda. However, I am returning this HRX217VLA to the dealer today and getting the HRX217HZA (buying from a dealer has many advantages over the box stores or online). I’m hoping the drive system on the HZA is smoother than the VLA. Look for an un-biased review of the HZA in the coming weeks.
Grand Haven, MI Type of use: Residential
I love the overall quality of this lawn mower with the exception of the electric start. After following the owners manual and after (3) attempts of charging the battery while running for at least 1 hour the electric start still does not work properly. Simply put the battery does not appear to be robust enough to turn the engine and get it to start. After about 6 seconds of very slow cranking the battery charge gives out; the pull start will start the engine on the first try.
After calling the local Home Depot they told me I'm the 7th or 8th person this summer with the same problem on the electric start Honda lawn mowers.
Honda engineering needs to revisit the design of this electric start and come up with a better solution.
Greenwood, SC Type of use: Residential
Have mowed my yard twice so far (~ 5-6 hours total) and my only complaint is with the drive system. It has a delay if attempting to move slowly but once it gets moving it is very, very hard to maintain speed control.
With the design of the throttle, every time the mower hits a bump or a dip, that of course makes the handle jump up or down immediately, and by having to maintain a steady pressure on the throttle, when that pressure is altered by the handle movement, so is the speed.
I have had occasions where I would suddenly either ram my body into the handle or the mower would literally jump out of my control.
This system is ideal for a golf green, but not, IMHO, a residence of any size unless it is a smooth as a green
If I would not lose so much on a trade, I would get another brand with a different drive system immediately.
My old mower had the “push harder, go faster” system, and it took a little getting used to, but by the time I had used it as much as I have this Honda, it was a part of me.
I’m hoping, but doubtful, that I’ll find some key adjustment in me and/or the mower to make this one work.It does a magnificent job of mowing, and so far I like everything about it, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE DRIVE SYSTEM CONTROL!!!!!!!
las vegas, NV Type of use: Residential
i bought an expensive honda because i thought that they were reliable. It is very hard to start. Have to spray ether in order to get it to start. I have to start the mower every month in the winter or it wont start in the spring. I have taken it to the dealer and they said that these mowers were just hard to start. After it starts, it runs just fine. Also the carb plugs up easily and has to be taken apart quite regularly.
Would i buy another one? NO NO NO
FAyetteville, AR Type of use: Residential
After the performance of my Honda 3000iu generator, when the time came for a new mower I knew Honda was what I would buy. I wasn't sure I needed all the bells and whistles of the HRX line - I just needed something that would mow grass. After shopping the available models at my local Honda dealer, I chose the HRX217VLA. After I got it home I worried I had over purchased according to my needs. After a month's use, however, I could not be more pleased. The 190cc engine is powerful and efficient; the adjustable handle allows me to easily load the mower in the truck, the shed, or anywhere space is an issue; the mulch/bag feature allows for infinite ability to adjust to mowing conditions - also important, the discharge opening into the bag is large enough that clogs are no longer an issue, even with damp or tall grass; and the twin blade cutting system eliminates those rows of clippings that have to be raked after the moving is finished; and the electric start and self propel features are a luxury after a long hot day of mowing and there's still more to do - they will save the back and shoulders, that's for sure. The Nexite deck I was unsure of; turns out it it as durable as a metal deck without the worry of rust or paint peeling, and it is impervious to gasoline spills - just don't ask how I know. The only knock I can think of is the rear discharge - gives me a couple shoes full of debris, but that's easily cured by just moving the handle to mulch and leaving it there when you're not using the bag. I cannot speak to the Roto-Stop feature, as this model does not have it. This mower may seem expensive initially(it did for me) for a "push mower", but it is worth every penny. With care this will be the last mower you buy. After a month of use at home, however, I couldn't be more happy with my choice. 190cc engine is powerful and efficient; the easily adjustable positioning of the handle makes it a snap to load into the truck, the shed, or anywhere that space is tight; the bag/mulch settings are so varied I can match any condition in my yard to either pick up debris or grind it in; and, importantly, the discharge opening on the mower is large enough that grass does not compact there and cause a blockage - even damp grass discharges into the bag easily. The double blade system totally eliminates rows of clippings in the yard, even with 6" tall grass, and the electric start and self propel features are a luxury when you've been mowing all day and you still have more yard to go.
MAGNOLIA, NJ Type of use: Residential