HRX217HYA

HRX2176HYA,HRX217K6HYA

21" Lawn Mower, Hydrostatic Self Propel, Blade Stop System

  • Self-propelled, hydrostatic Cruise Control
  • Roto-Stop® blade stop system
  • Easy starting Honda GCV200 engine
  • 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director® - mulch, bag, discharge, and leaf shred
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MSRP

$819*

Features

Powerful, reliable Honda GCV200 Engine
Powerful, reliable Honda GCV200 Engine

Easy-starting, fuel efficient, and powerful, Honda's premium residential GCV200 engine delivers even more power and torque than its predecssor. The result? Superior mowing performance, and easier and faster cutting, even in heavy, thick grass. Increased power also means increased durability, providing years of reliable service.

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Cruise Control: Simple, precision speed control
Cruise Control: Simple, precision speed control

Honda's hydrostatic Cruise Control allows precise speed control that's fully adjustable from 0 to 4 mph.

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Roto-Stop<sup>&reg;</sup>: Stop the blades without stopping the engine
Roto-Stop®: Stop the blades without stopping the engine

Honda's Roto-Stop® blade stop system allows you to step away from the mower, without having to stop and restart the engine. Move items out of the way, empty the bag, or take a break, without having to restart your mower.

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4-in-1 Versamow System<sup>&trade;</sup> with Clip Director<sup>&reg;</sup> - Mulch, bag, discharge and leaf shred with no tools or attachments required
4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director® - Mulch, bag, discharge and leaf shred with no tools or attachments required

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.

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Honda MicroCut<sup>&reg;</sup> Twin Blades: superior mulching and bagging
Honda MicroCut® Twin Blades: superior mulching and bagging

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.

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Rust-free, no-dent NeXite<sup>&reg;</sup> mowing deck with lifetime warranty
Rust-free, no-dent NeXite® mowing deck with lifetime warranty

The HRX's 21" deck is made of NeXite®. This high impact resistant material does not dent, rust, or corrode over time. So durable it comes with a lifetime warranty!

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Honda Auto Choke System - easy starting

No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go! The adjustable throttle control allows engine speed to be adjusted to idle when emptying the grass bag or transporting the mower.

5 year residential warranty
5 year residential warranty

You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 5 full years.

Want to mulch, but worried about leaving clumps? No problem.

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.

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Go further before emptying the bag.

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.

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Easy, convenient rear discharge
Easy, convenient rear discharge

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.

Make quick work of leaves, with no attachments necessary.

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.

3-position Quick Release adjustable handle
3-position Quick Release adjustable handle

The quick release handle is easy to adjust to one of 3 positions for comfortable mowing. Or fold it over for more compact storage.

Large 9" ball bearing wheels
Large 9" ball bearing wheels

Ball bearings in all four wheels offer better maneuverability, smoother drive, and increased durability.

7 position cutting height adjustment (.75" to 4")
7 position cutting height adjustment (.75" to 4")

Convenient height adjustment levers to set mowing height for lawn conditions.

Large 2.5 bushel capacity grass bag
Large 2.5 bushel capacity grass bag

Our large capacity grass bags are balanced so they are easy to empty, saving you time and effort.

Manual fuel shut-off valve
Manual fuel shut-off valve

The fuel valve can be shut off for transport, storage, or to perform maintenance.

Specifications

Full model name HRX217K6HYA
Carton label HRX2176HYA
Engine Honda GCV200
Deck Material NeXite®
Cutting Width 21"
Mowing height range 3/4" - 4"
Mowing height adjustments 7
Drive Control Cruise Control
Transmission Hydrostatic Variable Speed
Ground speed 0 to 4.0 mph
Starter Recoil
Choke System Automatic
Throttle Control Manual
Drive Belt
Handle 1" Steel Tube
Handle Height Positions 3
Wheels 9" Plastic
Ball Bearing Wheels All
Standard Functions 4 in 1 Mulch/Bag/Leaf shred/Discharge
Bag Standard
Bag capacity (bushels) 2.5
Blade(s) Twin blades (MicroCut System®)
Blade Control Blade stop system (Roto-Stop®)
Side/Rear Discharge Rear standard
Dry weight 97 lb
Operating Weight 100 lb
Residential warranty 5 years
Deck warranty (non-commercial) Lifetime
Commercial warranty 90 days

Accessories

Lawn mower cover
Stainless Steel Guard Decks

How to Videos

HRX217HYA Mower Operation
HRX Mower Initial Set Up
HRX Mower Maintenance
HRX Mower Storage Tips
HRX Mowers Blade Replacement

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First mulching mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 28, 2020
Way2nutz
Orondo, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Mows fine. Needs more RPM. Even when mowing a 1/4" in mulching mode its clumping. (very dry grass) With full throttle, its just barely above idle, and since its not bogging down, the governor isnt kicking in for more throttle. Walk speed doesnt seem to effect the larger deposits of grass.

Worth the money

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 18, 2020
Phil
Somerdale, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
I had the same model without the Hydrostatic Self Propel & Blade Stop. After over a decade I gave it to my son-in law and it is still running strong. I bought this model because I like the Hydrostatic Self Propel. My wife is able to adjust the speed that she likes and I can adjust the speed to fit my needs. I like the Blade Stop for when I come across dog poop, I can pickup and get right back to mowing. I feel that it was definitely worth the money. I used it after dethatching and aerating my lawn. I will use it to pickup and mulch leaves this fall. I do follow the user manual especially with the oil changes. It is simple and only takes a few minutes to keep my investment running at peek performance. The only request I have and would like to see is caster wheels. This would make it easier to turn. You would be able to go from a zero turn to a locked wheel would be awesome. And if you could have one handle to change the wheels instead of having to do each one would be great.

Lineman mows grass

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 18, 2020
"Wally"
Bonney Lake, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I am a fan of all Honda products, and this is all that I could ask for in a mower. The clutch engagement, and drive speed control are outstanding. It starts on first or second pull, runs smooth, and cuts like a dream. The only thing that I find not as handy as my old mower is the weight. It is heavy, but more than made up for with the drive system. LOVE it!!

Pleased with purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Jack in KC
Overland Park, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Quality product. Easy to start. Plenty of power from 200cc engine. Does a good job of mulching. Drive is far superior to the competitors Personal Pace. Easy to set and maintain speed appropriate for the conditions.  Wish it had a side discharge option. The span required to engage the blade clutch and drive is wider than most peoples hands, making it a two hand operation. 

Dream machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 14, 2020
Rho
Fountain Inn, SC
Type of use:  Residential
DreamMachine  This lawnmower does everything good easy to bag the clippings the lawnmower always starts on the second pullI’ve never had a lawnmower that’s good

Owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 13, 2020
Sid
Radcliff, KY
Type of use:  Residential
Hard to start out of box and still hard to start only one I’ve seen like that bad for 800.00 dollars

Great

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 13, 2020
Stephen
York, PA
Type of use:  Residential
This lawn mower is easy to operate and always starts on the 1st pull.

Even better than my old one

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 13, 2020
Lawnbuster
Commerce Township, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I owned a Honda Harmony self-propelled mower for 23 years and it was still running and working well. I decided I was ready to get a new one, and was able to sell the old one in a matter of minutes! This new mower is better in every way. I love the ability to switch from bag to mulch so quickly. It is super quiet and efficient. I researched several of the models and their features and am very happy with this one. I love the blade brake feature to keep the mower running while emptying the bag. This may be the last Honda mower I ever buy!

JOYCE LOVES HER HONDA MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 11, 2020
JR
CONESTOGA, PA
Type of use:  Residential
SALESMAN WHO ASSISTED ME WITH MY PURCHASE WAS GREAT. FRIENDLY, DEMONSTRATED HOW EVERYTHING WORKS. DID A COMPARISON BETWEEN DIFFERENT MODELS I WAS INTERESTED IN. LAST BUT NOT LEAST THE MOWER DOES EVERYTHING I WANTED AND IT IS AN EASY START WHICH IS A MAJOR PLUS FOR ME.

Great Landmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
BJH2152
Franklin, MA
Type of use:  Residential
I have owned a Honda mower for more than 25 years. Never gave me any problems and started every first or second pull in all those years. I gave I away a couple of years ago because I have a company mow my lawn for quite a few years. I purchased a new mower this year because in late Fall and Early Spring before the landscapers start and after they finish I enjoy cutting some grass and mulch and bag leaves before winter sets in.  New mower has the same great quality and craftsmanship as the old one did. Something I expected it to have. I wasn’tBJH  disappointed.  

Excellent lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Redwood Ed
Wilkes Barre, PA
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 2nd Honda HRX mower - it replaced one that gave me 15 years of great service. It is powerful, cuts beautifully, mulches well, and intuitive to use. The mower is very well made, sturdy, and starts every time on the first pull. The Clip Director feature, which allows the user to select what percent of the clippings are mulched and/or discharged, allows cutting of tall grass without leaving clumps on the lawn. The blade control, which allows the engine to keep running while stopping the movement of the blade, makes emptying the grass bag easier.

Fantastic

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Hoss
Smithfield , UT
Type of use:  Residential
Love this mower!! Couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you!! 

Gary

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Gman
Rochester hills, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Third honda lawnmower for me great products keep up the good work

My new machine.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Aztec Lord
Taylorsville , UT
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy to unbox and get ready for use, I had the machine on the lawn within 10 minutes dicing to unbox it as with anything new it might take a few minutes to get really good good at the controls but once you become familiar with the machine you will know that you made an excellent choice.

My new machine.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Aztec Lord
Taylorsville , UT
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy to unbox and get ready for use, I had the machine on the lawn within 10 minutes dicing to unbox it as with anything new it might take a few minutes to get really good good at the controls but once you become familiar with the machine you will know that you made an excellent choice.

My new machine.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Aztec Lord
Taylorsville , UT
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy to unbox and get ready for use, I had the machine on the lawn within 10 minutes dicing to unbox it as with anything new it might take a few minutes to get really good good at the controls but once you become familiar with the machine you will know that you made an excellent choice.

Love My New Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Jeff
Arvada, CO
Type of use:  Residential
This is my third Honda. I gave my second to my daughter and purchased this to replace. More power and wheel height easier to adjust. Can't wait until Honda has an electric model.

The Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Mark
Hillsboro, OR
Type of use:  Residential
Own 3 Honda grass mowers. One 18 years, one 8 years, and now another new HRX217HYA. This excellent model has been out a while. Is virtually identical to my 8 year old, EXCEPT new engine.

The Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Coach Russell
South Ogden, UT
Type of use:  Residential
At the age of 75, I have owned many lawn mowers, including the old fashioned push mower, but this Honda that I now have is the BEST! With this mower I can choose to bag or to mulch! I have never owned a mower that you can choose to do either. Another great factor of my mower is that it vacuums the lawn as it cuts the lawn. There are many seeds and pine needles that we had to rack up before we mowed, but no more. This Honda vacuums the lawn as well as cuts the lawn. We also purchased a Honda Mower for our son, who loves it. He has a much bigger yard and with the speed control on the Honda he can almost jog behind his mower. Honda is number ONE with our family!

Honda Mulching Mower - Central Iowa KBG lawn

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
RWJORGY
JOHNSTON, IA
Type of use:  Residential
I recently replaced my 18 year old Honda mower with a brand new Honda HRX217HYA Mulching Mower in April, 2020. It is self propelled and mows beautifully. The reason I purchased this mower is the success I had with my previous Honda mower which lasted a very long time. I would highly recommend when you are going to purchase a new mower that you get this one. I use it the mower in the mulching mode and it mulches the grass to a very fine mode. You will not regret it as it leaves your lawn looking beautiful

Woman's Point of View

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 6, 2020
AJE'sMom
Crystal, MN
Type of use:  Residential
Pros:  It cuts the grass beautifully!  (It looks like a golf course!)  It mulches and does not leave clumps behind even when the grass is long and thick.  You can choose to bag part and mulch part.  (Really cool!)  It is not super noisy, but the neighbors know it's running.  The self-propel works nicely even going up a hill.  Did I say it cuts the grass beautifully?  This mower is worth the extra money- truly it is. Cons:  It is cumbersome and it feels much larger than my old mower. More importantly, it is difficult for me to start.  If you are brawny and strong, get this model.  If you are anything else, consider getting this model with an electric start.  In retrospect, I wish I had ponied up for that feature.  I can start it, but it takes me a couple of tries whereas my husband can do it one mighty pull.  

First Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Mark
Forest Hill, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I'm coming from several Toro personal paced lawn mowers. The last one is 10+ years old. I didn't buy another one because Toro sealed the crank case and had no way to change the oil, by Toro! I've used this HRX217K6HYA purchased from Home Depot for 3 months now. So far I've had ZERO issues. The lever for the drive can be adjusted easily to control pace speed. I just put the transmission in a higher gear and adjust the drive bar handle with my thumb to adjust the speed of movement. My other hand holds the blade engage bar and mower main handle. I got use to doing it like this with the first mow, so the loss of the Toro personal pace system wasn't any big deal as this worked very well for me! I guess if someone isn't very coordinated it maybe a higher learning curve. I love the blade disengage without stopping the mower. Several times I see something in the yard that I don't want to run over and in the past had to shut down the Toro mower to deal with it... No more! Plus if I do bag, I don't have to shut off the mower to empty the bad. My backyard has about a 35 degree incline in a section of it. When bagging the Toro didn't have the power to pull it off, but this 200cc Honda does it with ease! I'm very impressed with the power of this 200cc mower! This Honda starts first pull everytime so far. I'm in my 60s and thought I might need an electric start model, but I'm glad I didn't waste the money on it. This mower is the easiest pull start that I've ever used. This Honda's folding handle is quick simple and very easy to fold and unfold the handle unlike the Toro which was a real pain to fold and unfold the handle due to turning the knobs countless number of times. This Honda 5 sec. My old Toro 3 to 4 minutes! The look of this 200cc model is sleek as compared to other brand mowers. It has a kind of a new age look to it. My neighbors have used it just to try it out and they're sold on it. As soon as Home Depot gets them back in stock online they're buying one. The only thing I can say that I'd like it better if the rear bag was a little bigger, but 90+% of the time I mulch. The mower is fairly heavy it doesn't put ruts in my yard, but then I haven't tried mowing with the yard soaked and probably never will... If you're not of average strength this mower might be a little heavy for you if it's not running and you're stuck on an incline. I'm really glad I bought this Honda mower and my neighbors have mower envy until they can get one... This Honda made mowing my lawn fun again!

Not very good quality so far

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 25, 2020
Josh
Marysville, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower about a month ago and have only used it about 3 times on my small yard and the welds on the handle on the grass bag already broke 

Haven’t push a mower in a long time

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 24, 2020
Jim
Upstatev, SC
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower yesterday from a dealer and brought it home and had to set the wheel where I wanted them and crank it up the ease of this mower was awesome and I had it on almost full speed it was better than expected but for the price it should be . I wish these mower was had a long time ago when I had to cut my grand parent yard when I was a teenager I wouldn’t have minding doing it I really like this mower 

From a man who know lawn mowers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Billyde
Owensboro, KY
Type of use:  Residential
My model HRX217K5HYAA is starting the forth season, normal use running time is less than 45 minutes per week from mid March to mid December. This machine starts almost every time, no complaint there, a change in height adjustment is performed several times during each 45 minute run time. There was a problem with the height adjustment the first year that required service. This model with the engine GCV190 was purchased because of Bermuda Turf grass in the back lawn. The GCV190 is the bigger engine available on this model. The engine does not have enough RPM's to cut the Bermuda grass at a normal rate. It has to be cut slower because the engine will not handle it. The third problem has been the blade clutch which went bad the end of the third season.

Easily Damaged

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 11, 2020
Mower Dad 99
Rootstown , OH
Type of use:  Residential
I have a 7 year old version of this mower. It has performed mostly well over the years that I have owned it. Pros: - Composite deck is very sturdy and as promised does not dent or rust. - Engine starts on first pull every time. Even after storage it takes max 2 pulls to start the mower. - Hydrostatic transmission is very easy and comfortable to use. - RotoStop and independent throttle control are wonderful, you can stop the mower to move obstacles or empty the bag without leaving the mower on the highest power setting or stopping the engine. - For 7 years following the recommended maintenance the unit was trouble free. Cons: - Unit is very heavy and the wheels are narrow for the weight. This results in the unit sinking into the turf if the ground is soft, or leaving mower tracks in the ground. - The "Clip Director" is a novel ideal, however the director chute clogs almost as soon as you start mowing so you cannot change the setting easily. - Even in dry grass the unit has a tendency to miss some blades of grass. - Having to adjust each wheel for deck height is annoying. - Lastly, the unit does not survive unexpected impacts with lawn debris / objects well. Over the winter the utility company installed a piece of plastic pvc (2 in thick maybe) that stuck up from the ground in my yard by about 3-4 inches . During my first mow of the season (grass was a bit overgrown) I forgot about it and ran it over. The mower cut the plastic cleanly and I continued mowing with no issues. When I stopped the blades the engine sounded way different. I took it to the Honda dealer to get diagnosed and was hit with a $400 repair bill to replace the crankshaft. All in, this mower is a good product, but you are paying dearly for the Honda name. Personally I think the Toro Recyclers / Super Recyclers are a better value with similar features / quality at a lower price.

Best mower ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Don
Natick, MA
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda lawnmower. My first one only lasted about 25 years before it decided to retire! I bought a RX217HYA and it is even better than my first one. I love the variable bagging feature, and how easy the mower is to use. I would never buy another brand - EVER!

Great Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, December 27, 2019
Richard
Indianapolis, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this to replace another Honda because I needed the clutch to keep motor running when I unbag my leaves. Runs quiet and smooth. this is my third Honda mower since 1987.

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH A HONDA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, December 15, 2019
STEVEISH
KELLER, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I will never buy another power tool that does not have a honda motor. Had an old honda mower that was going to outlive me but thankfully my daughter finally bought a house and needed a mower so I could give her my old one and buy this really really really nice new one. I have a honda edger after having 4 other edgers that would only last 2 to 4 seasons and then die. The honda edger is about 12 years old.

Overall Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, November 25, 2019
ag86
Dallas, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Likes: 

1. Blade disengagement with engine running. 

Dislikes:

1. self propelled variable speed control handle (Go with the Toro Personal Pace). 

2. Very difficult to start. Issues for years that have not been addressed.    1st cold start after 2 or 3 summer uses (purchased late in summer of 2019) .  Been reading it's the auto choke. 5 year warranty but it will take too much time and effort. Apparently an $11.00 part. Warranty for that is useless. 2 months in a shop for an $11 part.  May as well just add it as spare parts when you buy the mower. 

3. Gimmicky bag vs mulching selector. I never used a bagger with the Toro. It mulched fine. not sure what this thing does other than let you play around. I always saw grass clippings behind when trying to use it in combo mode. 

4. Difficult to maneuver if you have to turn and/or dodge trees/objects in yard. It is fast if you can get wide open spaces.  Have to be able to control the variable speed and turn at same time. The Toro self paced will stop the drive when you quit pushing on the handle/pull back on the mower. 

Summary:

Came from Toro personal pace and for most users, that will be hands down the better mower.  The Honda engine is only slightly larger.  No difference.  The Toro has started on 1st pull every time for the entire time I owned it. Only issue with it was I had to replace the transmission twice in 10 years.    The variable speed handle on the Honda is very uncomfortable for long periods of mowing.   The rear bagger is about the same for both mowers. Both are convenient.  I do like being able to stop the blades without turning off the mower.  Wont use the gimmicky mulch selector. Either mow with bag or mulch.  Negatively surprised with the mower after reading so many good reviews with it. Amazing that those good reviews never mentioned the auto choke or hard to start issue. Google it and you'll see it's been an issue for several years.  Stuck with a $750 dollar mower that may or may not start. 

Strange coincidence. I just spoke with my father and he said he wanted to mow his yard last weekend to get leaves picked up but his mower wouldn't start. I asked what kind he owned. He said a Honda HRX217.  Buyer beware. 

long time buyer

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, November 24, 2019
shar
oklahoma city, OK
Type of use:  Residential
I have not purchased very many mowers. The 3 I have owned in the past 35 years should say something.  My last one went with the ex.  The new model is very quiet. I always buy Hondas because of the Blade Brake Control.  Such a convenient feature.  I have had an issue with the 'Blade control button.  It does not engage well but only requires a few adjustments.  I can image some movement of the product during shipping; still frustrating.   

The Best Lawnmower I have ever owned.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, November 9, 2019
Mike
O'Fallon, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I can't say enough about the quality and performance of this lawnmower.  You just can't beat Honda equipment.

don w

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 25, 2019
dude
evansville , IN
Type of use:  Residential
so far great mower , have used it three times, no problems , starts very easily pretty quick on high speed, glad i purchased it . love the quick fold handle

Not worth the money Update #1

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, October 10, 2019
Jeff
Lake Worth, FL
Type of use:  Residential

First I’d like to start off with I did a lot of research on buying this Honda lawnmower and reading the reviews on a positive note. I went and purchased this Honda mower based on the reviews. After getting the lawnmower  and using it a couple times I was in love with the mower I love the way it performed the way it drove the way it cut the grass. Now after approximately three cuts the lawn mower started to hesitate. I took it to the authorized Honda dealer for repair. I was told it was my fault there was wet grass clogged underneath the mower causing it to bog down I was charged $30 for a service fee as it was not a warranty issue. I agreed and went along with the professionals and what they told me. Now I after three more cuts the mower started doing the same thing again. Brought the mower back to the authorized dealer who told me this time it was the throttle they adjusted it all should be OK. Brought the mower back home went for approximately three or four more cuts again with some hesitation with the motor revving up and down now to be told there’s a carburetor issue.I feel after owning this mower for just a few months it’s been to the shop three times maybe I have 20 cuts on this mower I called Honda customer service to only get a reply that under warranty for five years we will replace every single part on your mower but we will not give you a new one I feel that’s very poor customer service as I have to pay a lawn service to cut my grass when the mower is in the shop three times now cost me well over $200 additional now to maintain my lawn while the mower is being repaired for the third time under warranty. I feel Honda should’ve done the right thing and replaced my mower after spending over $600 but that’s not the case with this review I would highly recommend not buying a Honda mower as the warranty is only good to replace parts and it’ll be your cost to maintain your lawn while it goes in and out of the shop for the next five years.

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had to call Honda again today still no mower,still no phone call from honda.

The finger pointing is on rep blaming other rep from honda for not writing up complaint the first time.

Now have a case number will be in touch I was told possible a week.

Another week of paying someone to cut my grass as I still don't have my over $660.00 mower

James G

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, October 7, 2019
Jim
Brunswick, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Mower works really well, good power. Handle assembly attachment point where bolted hasn't changed from

older models--still a weak point. That is the point where handle broke off on my older model. That is a part that 

should be improved. Otherwise the mower would be excellent in everyway. Very much improved power over older

models. Gas tank opening was improved--much easier to use without spilling. 

What a quality mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, October 5, 2019
John
Atlantic Beach, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This Honda mower replaces a 30 year old Toro blade brake clutch 21" self propelled mower.  The quality of this Honda far surpasses the current Toro lineup quality.  This will be the last mower i ever have to purchase.  A little preventave maintance will ensure i get at least 30 years of service out of this mower.  Thank you Honda for the engineering that has gone into this mower to make it what it is.

Not worth the money

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 4, 2019
Jeff
Lake Worth, FL
Type of use:  Residential

First I’d like to start off with I did a lot of research on buying this Honda lawnmower and reading the reviews on a positive note. I went and purchased this Honda mower based on the reviews. After getting the lawnmower  and using it a couple times I was in love with the mower I love the way it performed the way it drove the way it cut the grass. Now after approximately three cuts the lawn mower started to hesitate. I took it to the authorized Honda dealer for repair. I was told it was my fault there was wet grass clogged underneath the mower causing it to bog down I was charged $30 for a service fee as it was not a warranty issue. I agreed and went along with the professionals and what they told me. Now I after three more cuts the mower started doing the same thing again. Brought the mower back to the authorized dealer who told me this time it was the throttle they adjusted it all should be OK. Brought the mower back home went for approximately three or four more cuts again with some hesitation with the motor revving up and down now to be told there’s a carburetor issue.I feel after owning this mower for just a few months it’s been to the shop three times maybe I have 20 cuts on this mower I called Honda customer service to only get a reply that under warranty for five years we will replace every single part on your mower but we will not give you a new one I feel that’s very poor customer service as I have to pay a lawn service to cut my grass when the mower is in the shop three times now cost me well over $200 additional now to maintain my lawn while the mower is being repaired for the third time under warranty. I feel Honda should’ve done the right thing and replaced my mower after spending over $600 but that’s not the case with this review I would highly recommend not buying a Honda mower as the warranty is only good to replace parts and it’ll be your cost to maintain your lawn while it goes in and out of the shop for the next five years.


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Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 4, 2019
paul
longwood, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 3rd HRX mower and have been very satisfied with them all.  They are durable, easy to maintain, and their engines are the best.

Honda Walk behind self propelled mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, October 2, 2019
David
Renton, WA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower works great. It quite, powerful and easy to use!

Honda Lawn Mower HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, September 26, 2019
Jim
Stone Mountain, GA
Type of use:  Residential
Great lawn mower and the customer service at Mower Menders of Georgia was outstanding.  This is a replacement of a Honda Lawn Mover that I had for 13 years.  Looking forward to this new mower lasting as long.

BY FAR THE BEST

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 30, 2019
NY VIRGINIAN
Spotsylvania , VA
Type of use:  Residential
This is my third top-of-the line Honda mower over a 30 year span. I never mind paying a few bucks more for Honda reliability. Each new mower I’ve purchased has had improved user-friendly features to make the job of mowing easier and quicker. On this model  I like the easier pull-start, a wider, more visible gas tank opening, a wider and more accessible oil fill tube and more precise calibered mowing height wheels, just to name a few (as compared with my last— HRX217–which lasted 17 years with just yearly oil and air filter changes). 

Keith

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Keith
Coral Springs, FL
Type of use:  Residential
The mower was easy to assemble and starts 1st pull every time.  So far it works beautifully, but i have only used it twice.  Ease of use is only 3 stars because the Blade controll lever and the Drive Clutch lever are very clumsy to use together.  Not a great design.  Overall the mower is great.

Great Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 16, 2019
L&L
Mesquite , TX
Type of use:  Residential

Im sure is going to be as good or better than my Old Honda HRX217 We still have it just needs  some repair. Just want a new  toy for my guys.

Excellent Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 6, 2019
PB
Williamsville, NY
Type of use:  Residential

replaced a 22 year old hx 215 and I am very impressed with the mulching capabilities, even the bagged grass is powderlike.  Like my old honda this will get a lot of use as I cut my lawn 2x per week. My Honda snowblower is the same age and I am passing to a family member and looking forward to a new honda. Best made mowers and snowblowers on the market!

 

3rd Honda mower in 35 years!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 6, 2019
TJ
Smithville, MO
Type of use:  Residential

Honda consistently produces top quality lawn equipment.  We had to finally replace our 16 year old Honda HRX217, as we basically wore the transmission out, and it was time to give the old girl a rest.  The motor is still rock solid and still starts after 1 pull.  We will sell it to someone that will hopefully get several more years of use. 

Great product Honda!

Impressive

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Hoagie
St. Francis , KS
Type of use:  Other [Both ]
Already in Love with this mower. Love the ease of transition from bag to mulch. Best mower I’ve had thus far.

Very Quiet

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 20, 2019
Bandcy
92399, CA
Type of use:  Residential
The Honda mower I purchased is powerful, quiet and very lite.  It is easy to start and extremely maneuverable. It is the second Honda mower I have purchased and with all the new refinements it is a breeze to operate.

Replacement for 17 year old HRB216

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 15, 2019
Retired
Flemington, NJ
Type of use:  Residential

Pro:  200 cc engine is nice upgrade

        Top speed of 4.0 mph is way fast

Con:  None so far      

The Beast

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 14, 2019
Doc
Antioch, TN
Type of use:  Residential

Powerful self-propelling lawn with lots of great features.  Cutting my flat front yard with the HRX217HYA is a breeze. However, some areas to keep in mind: The lawn mower is heavy, will take some time to use the blade stop and clutch proficiently when mowing around objects, and considering it is also heavy, you will probably use the weed eater more than with other mowers. I have a steep and sloping backward and quickly to learned engage the cruise control (on slow) to stop the lawn mower from racing down the slope due to its weight-when mowing top to bottom. The HRX217HYA has no problem moving upward.  I found mowing side to side a much better method. Pulling backward when cutting is easy so as long as you disengage the clutch (just let go) and if keeping the blade spinning you will cut when pulling.  Side discharge would be an improvement over rear discharge, although I found that using bag and mulch would limited the amount of grass clipping sitting in the rear compartment. If cutting tall grass, using the bag is probably a good decision because the rear compartment might clog using rear discharge. Overall, I love this mower.

SO light, but bad for my back.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 14, 2019
Me
Atlanta, GA
Type of use:  Residential

FAR lighter than the 35-year old Kubota 22" it replaced.  I can lift the front end to turn around with  one hand.   Took two to lift the old one.   It's almost too light, since I keep inadvertently lifting the front end now. I may add some weight to the front to help keep it on the ground, especially when the grass bag is over 1/2 full.

It's a very long, and painful reach to open the rear cover from the bottom edge, so I added a handle about halfway up (just below the safety label.  The handle also contains a magnet that sticks to another one mounted on the engine cover.  This keeps the cover open while I empty the bag, further reducing the need to bend over and lift the cover every time I put the bag back.  Lift, dump, replace, then tap cover to drop it in place.

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# 1 in walk behine mowers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 10, 2019
none
tulsa, OK
Type of use:  Residential

This is the 2nd Honda I have owner in 27 years of home ownership and I still have the first one. they cost more for a reason. You get what you pay for.

David-Tulsa OK

Hill climber

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 9, 2019
alan
latrobe, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I had a Honda 160cc for 10 years and it still starts on one pull!! Recently moved into new home and the yard is very hilly which forced me to buy the HRX with rear self propel. I received it this morning and its everything that is says it is, climbs the hills with ease and the dual blades along with the 200cc gives me all the power to cut my high grass with hills. Honda is the best and worth the extra few dollars for an excellent product.

Fantastic Cut

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 6, 2019
Chris
Montgomery, AL
Type of use:  Residential

I have had this lawnmower for a few years and absolutely no problems at all.  It runs great, has plenty of power, and the ability to bag what percentage of the grass and mulch the other is the best feature.  I mow it 50% bag and 50% mulch and in combination with the twin blades cutting the grass in fine particles I only have to empty the bag on third the times it took on my other lawnmower.

Blade stop feature is very handy since you do not have to stop the engine to empty bag.

Starts every time on the first pull!

10 out of 10 in my experience with this mower.

My lawnmover

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 4, 2019
Tosiek
Lake Zurich, IL
Type of use:  Residential
This my second Honda Lawnmover.It's the best on market.I love Honda products own also snow blower

Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 4, 2019
al
Gunter, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I bought the mower on 7/3/19 at a Home Depot and had to return it the next day at another location that one in stock. I had previously had the same model for about 25 years and passed it on to my son. After getting this one home I found that the blade engagement mechanism would not work. Im not sure if it was bent out of place or assembled wrong, but it would not latch and it was so tight that it would barely move. You could press the yellow button and it would not catch the cable to engage.  I took it back to Home Depot and they exchanged it. They did not give another receipt showing todays sale date so Im hoping that this serial number shows as sold on the 4th. 

Honda Mowers - Synonymous with Quality

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 4, 2019
HiWay96W
Manhattan, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased a new model nearly identical to the old Honda, which was 17 years old. Several parts were showing the wear of time, plus it just started dripping a bit of oil. Only expenses were gas, oil changes as per manual, and occasionally a new blade.  Never failed to start on first pull, which was very important to the my wife who insisted in mowing more than her share of the time. All drive functions were as advertised and easily changed for conditions and time of year etc. Unit could mulch or bag as well as any other self-propelled mower we have had.  My math says it cost us about $40/year -- all trouble free.  Being a repeat buyer was a no-brainer.

OUTSTANDING LAWN MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 22, 2019
SEABEE CHIEF
BLUE SPRINGS, MO
Type of use:  Residential
OUTSTANDING LAWN MOWER.

Nice Machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 18, 2019
CAM
Zion, IL
Type of use:  Residential
So far, starts with one pull.  Does a good job @ 2.5 inches.  I have a large yard and I have to refuel often.  That I do when I empty the grass bag when 2/3 full; however, I never fully mulched.  I'll now try her out without the grass bag and possibly total mulch.

Luxury Mowing

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 15, 2019
Guantanamera
Epworth, IA
Type of use:  Residential

This review represents the latest model as of 2019 (HRX2176HYA) and was purchased and delivered from a brick and mortar, big-box store. I have only used the new Honda once out of the box and I will update this review at the end of the summer and future years if needed.

My lawn: I mow under a ¼ of an acre on a typical postage stamp-sized property. While most of the mowing is typical back and forth (trees are behind an edged garden), I do have a few obstacles: a curvaceously-edged garden area, a large play structure that sits at a pitched angle, a shared power supply area, and a deck/patio area. The front lawn is pretty level, the sides are steeply sloped to the backyard, and the backyard itself slopes down the farther from the house you go and is not level in any direction. While my lawn does not have bare patches and is full of grass, it has plenty of thick, perennial grassy weeds growing among the regular grass (thicker the farther back you go) and some prairie grass in the far back. My lawn is almost always in shade, keeping the grass rather moist until rather late in the day. My two previous mowers, a hydrostatic Honda that I have been using since the late 80’s/early 90’s and a Craftsman purchased in the last handful of years, have had difficulty not clumping up the continually wet grass, and add to it the thicker, hardier grassy weeds in the back, my mowers have had a hard time not making more work for me, usually raking. To my neighbors chagrin, the most success has come with the side discharge, but the cut quality and occasional clumping still make a mess.

The new Honda: I opted for the HRX model for its big engine (the latest model has a GCV200 engine), the mulching capabilities, the 5-year warranty, the dual blades, and the Nexite deck; I was a little concerned about the rear-only discharge option. Also, I specifically chose the HYA model for the hydrostatic drive system; the lesser models have the gray-plastic handle/knobby things that look rather cheap and didn’t pique my interest in the least. My old Honda also had the blade stop option with the motor running, a feature I really missed when I got the Craftsman a number of years ago, so I wanted that as well. The HZA model has an electric start, but I didn’t think I would particularly need that. It has an easy set-up with everything attached in the box, just add oil, gas, and you’re off to the races. Starting the mower took one easy-going pull and everything started handily. The size of the mower was a little disconcerting as it looks like a beast for a push mower, but the handling is actually lighter than my older Honda model and I can set the handles higher than that one too.

Since it was my first mow with the new Honda, I set the speed slower than I normally would and set the height at 3 inches (the 3 setting (it goes to 4)) only because it has been rainy this season and I wasn’t sure if too low of a setting would clog it up; I also set this on full mulch as our neighborhood doesn’t accept bagged grass or burning and I was afraid the rear discharge would leave a trail. In any case, the self-propel moved like a dream; on my old Honda, I pushed that beast most of the time even though it was self-propelled. The high handle position was great for my height (another difficulty with the old Honda was the unadjustable low setting). The mulching was great; in the past my sidewalk was filled with clippings, and I would be walking over clippings and clumps as I mowed. Today, I can think of two instances where I noticed the tiniest pile of finely cut grass, and it was from a rather uneven part of the lawn that also housed the end of my tiled water pipe, otherwise the sidewalk was completely clear of grass. Any other accumulation was unnoticeable, the drive was great, although I look forward to see how it handles at a faster speed.

 

Final Thoughts: I still have to put this new Honda through the paces, but there was no trail of clippings, the drive system was smoother than my car, there were no clogs (although there was a handful of grass in the closed off bagging chute), and I didn’t walk into the house with back problems when I was done. The cut of the lawn was even (no oddly un-mown blades of grass left behind) and since the deck of the mower is ½ inch wider than the tires, it did a little bit better than my other mowers along edges, although I will still need to trim. If you aren’t used to a self-propelled mower of this size, I could see people being unhappy with the weight, especially if you have more obstacles than me, in addition to having to hold down both the forward-motion bar and the blade activator bar whilst mowing; I’m used to it. The price for all of these options could also be a deal breaker for many, but after using this, it is definitely a luxury mower. In the end, the fact that it successfully mulched even my heartiest grassy weeds without a trace, easily climbed my side slopes, and didn’t take a bit of effort for me, makes the mower a success so far. After the first mow, the Honda HRX-HYA is highly recommended.

Great Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 10, 2019
KG
Lewis Center, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Been saving up a lot of years for this Lawnmower.  Everything is top quality.  Best cutting lawnmower.  Don't like all the controls.  To engage drive clutch, have to push it forward which is awkward.  Kinda heavy.  Expect to get a lot of years out of this lawnmower

Review for HRX217HYA Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 10, 2019
Tom
Amelia, OH
Type of use:  Residential

 I bought this mower in March 2019 and it has done very well. Starts easy, cuts good. I like all the features this mower has. A little pricey. but it's worth it.

It Just Works

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 8, 2019
Cliff
Centerton, AR
Type of use:  Residential

Had a similar Honda mower 20+ years ago.  Loved it.  Just moved into a residential subdivision from a large country yard and didn't need the 60" zero turn mower on a postage stamp lot.  I bought this mower this morning, got it home, did the 2 or 3 things necessary to use it and them mowed the lawn.  Just like I remembered, easy to use an fantastic looking lawn.

Bottom line, it just works as it should!

ANOTHER QUALITY HONDA PRODUCT

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 8, 2019
KCK1954
CAROL STREAM, IL
Type of use:  Residential
JUST PURCHASED THE HONDA  HRX21HYA  AS A REPLACEMENT FOR MY PREVIOUSLY HONDA MOWER THAT LASTED ALMOST 12 YEARS. THIS IS MY THIRD HONDA MOWER I WON'T BUY ANY OTHER BRAND. THE QUALITY AND THE NAME SPEAKS FOR ITSELF I ALSO HAVE A HONDA TRIMMER , ROTO TILLER & SNOW BLOWER . HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS MOWER YOU WON'T BE SORRY !  TO ADD A NOTE I WORK AT A HONDA DEALER AND ALSO HAVE 4 HONDA VEHICLES IN THE FAMILY

Great Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Niko
westtown, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I dont normally do reviews but this needed one. This lawn mower is quiet and cuts great. The blade break is a great addition, especially with kids and a yard where you need to move things while mowing. I was skeptical of it as online reviews said there was a problem with it a while back. My sales representative assured me Honda has fixed it. He was right, blade break works every time without hesitation. Plenty of power! 

Best Yet

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 1, 2019
Bert
Schenectady, NY
Type of use:  Residential
This is the third HRX I have owned and it the best of the best

Great Mower, Bought for Specific Features

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 30, 2019
Trebuchet
Wasilla, AK
Type of use:  Residential

After many hours of research I found there are very few mowers on the market that met my specific feature requirements. I generally look for power equipment manufacturers that place more emphasis on quality (better wheels, stronger wheel adjustment levers, better motors), durability (thicker or stronger decks, stronger levers, stronger bolts and handle bars, stronger bag skeleton).  IMHO and spending time actually manipulating the handle adjustments, the wheel height adjusters, thickness of the decks, etc, the more features highlighted on the brochure, the cheaper the core components seem to get, unless you move up the product line with associated cost.

My absolute requirements were: rear wheel drive, adjustable height push handle, adjustable FIXED speed settings, Reliable pull starting (Can you say "Honda"?), Large and easy to use bagging. 

I absolutely did not want the "go at your pace" varieties which are deployed via either pushing down or letting off the entire handle OR gripping a nearby additional handle more or less to set your speed.  Either of these makes mowing frustrating up/down hills, bumpy terrain (where wheels drop into a dip) or when on side hill and you have to stand down hill from the mower with one hand to keep the mower going straight.  I could easily live without an electric start (just one more thing to go wrong and maintain in our extreme winters (this model does not have it :)) and stays running when changing bags (this one does have this feature and is super nice when you are bagging a large yard:)).

Only one thing we have encountered so far that is more a 1st world nuisance to get used to than a show stopper to buy.  1.) When bagging, cut grass builds up on top of the rear bagger area where the bag attachments are located and the grass needs to be pushed away each time to allow the bag to be put back on the mower.  

I am confident we are going to really like this Honda mower for many years.  My last one (Deere JS63) lasted approx. 15 years! 

Cheers

Excectional Performance

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 30, 2019
Rich
Lockport, NY
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this Honda model in 2005 from same dealer.  It ran perfectly for almost 20 years, but it was time for new machine.   The 2019 model is vastly improved.  Easier to start, height adjustment easier, and engine is more powerful.

The first time cutting I noticed dramatic difference in the size of clippings (I set at half way - half mulch and half bag)

This is a nice machine and worth the extra money.   Transmission is smooth, and motor runs if mower blade handle released, so no restarts are necessary.

I would recommend this model.

Mulch mania

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 29, 2019
GrassDoc
FAYETTEVILLE, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I've bagged grass for 35 yrs.  This mower has created a mulch master.  While we've had a WET spring with heavy growth, where our neighbors have masses of grass left after mowing, my yard is clipping free! (Including not clippings tracked in on our dog's paws)

Already in the Shop

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Mike
Ashburn, GA
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased my lawn mower 8 months ago and got 4 lawn cuts and now it's in the shop. It ran well and cut superbly for the first 4 mows, then suddenly started choking and sputtering for no reason at all. Didn't even make it to the first 5 hour run time oil change. Apparently it's not the same Honda engine that my parents bought 20 years ago. Overall, it's a good mower, if I can keep it running, that is. 

Impressed from the start

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 27, 2019
Ray
Orem, UT
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower this last week.  It was easy to start and mow from the first pull.  I was able to get my Grandson to mow approximately 3000 square feet on his first go.  As a ten year old, it started on his first or second pull. He was able to quickly find a comfortable speed using the orange handle adjustable speed control. Very impressed.

Local dealer, Cutler's, was extremely helpful to explain all the features and send me down the road with a full tanks of non-ethanol gas.  Cutler's reputation for service was one of the purchase reasons I made the purchase. I have used lots of other brands of mowers, but Honda has always been the top of the list.  The investment in this mower is more than other brands, but I feel and reason that this will outlast the others I have used for many years.

One word for ya....WOW!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Mick
Tulsa, OK
Type of use:  Residential
I have been mowing my own lawns since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I have owned all kinds of push mower brands but never a Honda. I always thought they were way to expensive. Last week I went to my local Lowe's to buy a mower. The Husqvarna 22" with a Honda engine. I took the mower home and mowed my yard. I keep my lawn at 3". The lawn was maybe 4" when I mowed it. The Honda engine ran like a top, but I was noticing a lot of grass clippings and grass clumps left behind by the mower. I actually had to mow my yard "twice" to get rid of the clippings. I was shocked how this $530 mower mowed. I wasn't happy at all. After reading all the "bad" reviews about this mower that had the same problems I had, I took it back to Lowe's. Well, I bit the bullet and bought the Honda HRX217HYA at my local HomeDepot store. The mower was super easy to set up. I was quite shocked how high the quality is in this mower. Everything just seemed "solid". I just got done mowing my yard a couple of hours ago. All I can say is "WOW!!!". My yard has never looked so good. Not one grass clipping, no clumps of grass. Everything is even. I am very happy with this mower. It is worth every penny. 

Good product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 17, 2019
D.T.
SIKESTON, MO
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second one. Bought my first in 2005, still have it. Got this new one, work's great. Got my neighbor to get one.

Best Mower on the Market

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 16, 2019
206slake
Carrollton, GA
Type of use:  Residential
The best mower on the market for residential lawns! New 200cc engine works even better than previous model. 5 stars, Thanks Honda.

Awesome Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 16, 2019
TXHONDAOWNER
Bedford, TX
Type of use:  Residential
My previous Honda mower was an HRR216 model and recently started having issues.  I decided to upgrade to a new mower rather than repair the old one.  Let me tell you, I had a hard time spending this much on a lawnmower but was it ever worth it.  The difference is night and day.  While this mower is heavier and larger, it is a beast.  Went from a 160cc engine to the new 200cc and it will go through anything without struggling.  The blade stop feature was the main reason I went to this model as well as the hydrostatic transmission.  I have a rather large lot and prefer to bag a portion of it.  So being able to stop and empty the bag without killing the engine is really nice.  Also having to stop and move kids toys etc. having the feature is great.  Let me tell you - this mower will move as well.  The self-propel is powerful and I like the selector to adjust the speed.  If you are on the fence as to whether the extra money is worth it, I highly recommend it.  Hoping this one well outlives the 8 years my last Honda did.  

Finicky Engineer

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Sparky
Hattiesburg, MS
Type of use:  Residential
Used in addition to a 2007-2008ish HRX217. Excellent features and build quality. Hydrostat transmission seems to have good speed selections. Mower is a bit heavy if pushed manually. Easily controlled if self propelled. Climbs small grades easily. Good bag capacity. Easy bag emptying. Durability is excellent. Cut is excellent. Adequate power for any reasonable grass height.  Cables, wheels, controls, accessories on old mower are all original.  If not for ethanol fuel, I would have had no issues. Expensive mower, but will likely outlive me. Only issue with existing 10 year old mower has been carb. issues due to ethanol. Well worth the money to me.

Home review by Stan Toner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Dixie
ROCHESTER, MN
Type of use:  Residential

Bought at end of March. Assembled yesterday, May 13, 2019. Assembly was straightforward and took very little time.

Mowed today and all went well. Machine seems well built and handled our lawn very well. Utilized both bagging and mulching features.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 10, 2019
Kenny
Ardmore, OK
Type of use:  Residential

Great lawnmower - The last Honda lawnmower I bought was in 1985.

That lawnmower lasted 34 years.  I hope this lawnmower is just as good.

Kenny

Honda vs Toro

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 8, 2019
educated homeowner
saintblaise, LA
Type of use:  Residential

I once owned a Toro with a Tecumsha Engine that was suppose to mulch, had zero problems but that was years ago so after contacting many local Toro dealers they explained that Toro no longer has this engine and now only supplies their mowers with Briggs & Stratton / Their own make engine (made in china) and only a select few of their High End Models come with the Honda engine it would’ve been ludicrous to buy anything other than the Honda product after learning this.           I have only used this mower once and comparing to the Mulching Toro I once owned the Honda Mulching Mower is truly a mulcher to where I did not even need the bag. 

HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 6, 2019
John
London, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Just purchased my secound HRX217HYA, I hope this one last 

ten years like last one has. Self-propelled went bad, and cost 

for a new one was a better choice than the repair cost.

 Very pleased Honda mowers! 

Do not buy

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 6, 2019
Pete
Lincoln, RI
Type of use:  Residential

I bought the HRX2174HYA from Home Depot on May 11, 2015.

For the past 3 seasons the machine worked fine.  All required maintenance has been kept up using the Honda tune up kit sold by Home Depot.

I started it up this past weekend and it ran loud then died as soon as I tried engaging the blade.  Took the machine to Home Depot and have been told the motor is blown and that Honda will not stand behind their warranty and I can buy a new motor for $500.

Why would I would I spend money on a motor from a company that does not even honor their warranty.

So much for Honda having "good motors" needless to say I am very disappointed.

First Impressions after today's 1st use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 6, 2019
sketrr
Great Falls, MT
Type of use:  Residential

Third attempt to write this review. Something wrong with this website?? Timed out?

Keeping this short, the mower has many useful features, but requires studying the owner's manual frequently.

Started 1st time, runs quietly (compared to my old Honda 160cc), more power, better cutting and mulching (very fine). The large grass bag reduces time spent dumping grass.  Blade stop works well, another time, effort saver. I am pleased about all the features except for the mower's weight and maneuverability. It rolls well forward, but pulling it backward is awkward and difficult. For those that mow forward on short stretches of lawn, then pull the mower backward, this method I NOT an option. Those with tight yards and a lot of obstacles (trees, flower beds, chain link fencing etc.) should consider a lighter, more maneuverable mower. Per usual, Honda quality will assure good dependability and service.

No regrets

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 3, 2019
John
McKinney, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Third Honda mower in past 30 yrs.  Replaced ten yr old HRX217HXA that performed flawlessly.  Wanted new more powerful engine for cutting dense Emerald Zoysia lawn.  Noticeably smoother and quieter than previous motor.  Appreciate the wider fuel neck opening for easier no-spill filling; had to buy funnel for previous one.  Handles seem a tad shorter than previous model; I can navigate a couple areas that were difficult to get around with crazy long handles on HXA.  Love the continuous variable speed control offered by function of the clutch lever (up to max set by shift lever) on this model.  Noticed other reviewer commented on blistering and loss of paint and rust at weld points on the handlebar.  I did experience that with the HXA (which was always garaged), so am taking the time to whip off sweat on this one.

just purchased

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 2, 2019
Chuck
Gahanna, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased yesterday and did a short test run today. Started on the first pull. Seems solid. Had a Honda mower before. I like them; they run well and reliably. I expect to get years of good service from this one, too.

Exceptional Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 1, 2019
(none)
Ravenel, SC
Type of use:  Residential

This is the second Honda hydrostatic drive lawnmower I've purchased.  The first is still going strong - gave it to my "starving veterinary student" daughter.  A more expensive lawnmower but worth it in every respect.  I only purchase homeowner power equipment powered by Honda engines.  Incidentally, I made my living in the large construction equipment / agricultural equipment industry.  I know power equipment and believe me, you know the manufacturer!  The manufacturer is fabled in country western music!

Great Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Carloss
Ceres, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Would definatley recommend this product and well worth the price.  My parents had one used it once and that was enough to go out and get my own.  Love the power option for mulch and the ability to engage or disngage the blade at my convenience.  I also like how easy it is to start the lawn mower.  The mico cut twin blade does a great job of cutting the grass.  

Everyone should own a Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 26, 2019
Hank
GREENSBORO, NC
Type of use:  Residential
This my 3rd. Honda Mower. I will use Honda Mowers. They Cut Great. There almost like a vacuum cleaner the way they pull leafs up into the bag. They always start on the first pull. They are the best.

NICE

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 26, 2019
Paul
FAIRHOPE, AL
Type of use:  Residential
I concur with every positive review.  NONE of the negative reviews could I agree with.  ALL wheels easy to adjust and position number easy to read and wheels easy to adjust. Blade engage, increasing speed on the fly, switching from bag to mulch all great.  Out of the box, oiled and cranked in 4 min (I timed myself).  Nothing to assemble... Awesome!  If you are on the fence, go to Home Depot buy and try.  They have a 30 day return policy.  I love cutting grass again.

FC

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 25, 2019
FC
Clarksville, TN
Type of use:  Residential
The mower is heavy and long from front to rear handle. A bit cumbersome to use when trimming around trees. It takes a little getting use to operating but mastered it by the end of the first use. Excellent for mulching or bagging. That said it is the best mower I have ever owned! I am 60 years old and doubt I will ever need another mower but if do I will buy another Honda.

So Far So Good

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 25, 2019
JayBee
Chino Hills, CA
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower about 2 months ago, replacing a Toro model which I gifted to my daughter and son-in-law. As is typical with large purchases I make, I did tons of research to make sure to get the features I needed, and not waste money on those I wouldn't use.

My lawn is about 7000 square feet, and a mix of St. Augustine and Fescue. The lawn can be quite thick and pose a challenge in terms of clogging, etc. I wanted to get 5 - 6 mowings under my belt before writing a review.

Ease of Use: This mower starts right up. I like that I can use the propulsion to get the mower in place without having to engage the blade(s). The propulsion bar was a challenge at first, and I found myself running into flower beds, etc. as I didn't let it go fast enough. After a couple of uses, I learned to hold the propulsion bar down with one thumb, then release it at the end of the yard. I have no issues with this feature now and greatly prefer it to my prior mower's "self pacing" system. I had thought that having to choose a specific speed would pose challenges, but this isn't the case. I found the right pace for my gait (and yard) and have no issues with ever being too fast or too slow. 

Features: The blade clutch is awesome. I have to mow on different sides of our walkway, and like that I can stop the blade and avoid the possibility of catching it on the edge of the concrete. Also, I mow my back yard at a different height setting, so it's great to change the wheel settings without having to shut off the mower. The folding handle is great, and allows much better use of my storage shed. It's easy to fold and unfold. I like the fact that I can either bag or mulch or something in between. I like to mulch, but given my grass, sometimes the grass is too thick for a full mulch, but bagging seems a bit of a waste. I've found the right setting in between to return nutrients via mulching, but avoid clogging the mower by bagging just a portion. 

Quality: I've only had the mower for about 2 months, so it's too early to tell about longevity. Build quality on my unit is excellent. I purchased it from a dedicated mower shop (vs. Big Box store). My store unpacks, inspects and tests all units before delivery, and given the fact that all they do is mowers (and sell a ton of Hondas) I was confident that they would make sure my unit was top notch. The Toro that this mower replaced was about 12 years old, so I expect this unit will last at least this long. I do plan to take it to the shop each year to make sure the blades are sharp and everything is running right. 

Overall: This mower has exceeded my expectations. It's easy to use, the features are all things that help me do my yard work, and my grass has never looked better. The mower is so easy to use, my wife and I argue over who "gets" to mow the lawn. Her eagerness is a plus, as I can trim, she can mow, then I can come right up behind with the blower, all allowing us to knock out the full trim/mow/blow process in just over a half hour.

Is the mower more expensive than a newer version of what I had? Yes. But, given the features and performance, I feel the investment is well worth it. If I were to hire someone to do my hard, it would likely cost at least $50 per week, so the break-even is about 4.5 months. And all the while I get to work with a mower that is truly enjoyable to use.

After first use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 25, 2019
Lyn
Denton, TX
Type of use:  Residential
The manager of the household was very pleased with the lawn.  She said that it looked better than it ever had using the previous mower, a Honda Harmony. 

Quality not what it used to be

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, April 24, 2019
kdutchy
Iowa City, IA
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower late last year after selling my riding mower. I’ve owned 2 other Honda mowers in the past and they’ve all performed spectacular. This mower however is a different story. To start with, the entire left side of the handle around every weld has rusted and the paint is peeling and bubbling from sweat and moisture. The handle is also extremely uncomfortable since there’s no padding or cushion. My old mower(s) used to start on the very first pull every time, this one takes 3-6 pulls. I also don’t think it cuts or mulches better than any of my old machines.

Since I’ve only mowed with it for a few months i took it back to my dealer and asked if i could trade it in for the cheaper model with the plastic paddles since there’s no welds on the handle and less chance of rusting. He stated that wasn’t possible but they would replace the rusted parts under warranty. Unfortunately this wont fix the underlying problem which is a bad design, cheap metal and bad paint. When i get it back I’ll sell it and buy something else.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Pete
Wallingford, PA
Type of use:  Residential
8 years ago I purchased the predecessor to this mower, and it served me very well.  It started easily, mowed beautifully and I only had one issue that was covered under warranty.  So I decided to purchase this model to replace it.  I ordered from Home Depot on-line, and it was quickly delivered to my house.  However, the first time I used it, gas was leaking out of the carburetor behind the air filter!  I returned it took it back to Home Depot, and purchased another one.  Luckily, this one does not leak gas, and hopefully it will be as good long-term as the previous one!

Drive failure after 10 months

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 19, 2019
Satya
Medway, MA
Type of use:  Residential
This is an excellent mower with really good mulching ability. However the folding handle came bent with the product, must have been damaged while shipping. While not a big issue, is an inconvenience every time I fold - unfold the handle. I have been using for almost a year now and it starts with 1 pull every time - Honda reliability there! However this spring when I took it out for the second season, I started to use it to mulch some leftover leaves from the yard and the self propelling drive gave up on me. I was a bit disappointed that a premium product had reliability issues so early on its life. While its still under warranty, and is with one of their 'premier' repair shops (waiting for more than 3 weeks now - I was told a lot of mowers are in the repair shop so it will take 4 weeks at least for the repairs to complete) as I write this review -  I expected more from a Honda both as a product and after sales support. 

Problems with the self-propelled system

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 18, 2019
Mark100904
Galena, OH
Type of use:  Residential
The self-propelled feature has slowed down considerably. When I first used it, I could not keep up at its top speed, especially around turns, etc. Overall I'd say it has good torque, can get up decent slopes no problem. And the double-mulching blade is great, very few lawn clippings visible, even when the grass is high (4" or more). But now the self-propelled unit has slowed down so much, I can't even walk at a normal pace, I walk very slowly even when it's maxed out,  and any slope at all I find myself pushing it. This is only after 2 mowing seasons. So off to the shop it goes, I hope they honor the warranty and fix it, otherwise you will hear from me again.

Comparison with other lawn movers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 18, 2019
BIT
Murrysville, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I have used several lawn movers and this looks the best, especially in hilly lawn.  The hydrostatic cruise control is very powerful self moving and easily used although it costs more than the others.

New Honda lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, April 1, 2019
Arch
Bountiful, UT
Type of use:  Residential
Really enjoying my new Honda lawnmower.  It starts first pull, has plenty of power, excellent quality and cuts my lawn very evenly.  Croft Power Equipment has knowledgeable and helpful sales people.

Honda RULES

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, March 29, 2019
Will
Dallas , GA
Type of use:  Residential
This is by far the best mower I have ever experienced I will always buy Honda products from now on.

AFTER USE

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 27, 2019
ROR
MOORE, OK
Type of use:  Residential
MOWING WAS FINE. HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT FOR REAR WHEELS CAN NOT BE DONE WITH OUT A TOOL TO FORCE THE LEVER OUT FAR ENOUGH TO MOVE THE LEVER. ALSO WOULD LIKE THE WATER CLEAN HOSE CONNECTOR ON TOP.

Great mower except discharge system!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 27, 2019
moby
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I have had several Honda mowers in the past, however this one is the best I've owned less the rear discharge system. It's easy to start, very reliable, cuts great, and quiet. The rear discharge system however is the worst: (1.) It clogs up with tall thick grass  (2.) Selector knob often almost impossible to change positions without turning mower over  to clean tract causing gas to spill out of carburetor  (3) No way to adjust rear discharge deflector allowing thick grass to be discharged.

Be nice to have side discharge system back on this model as an option for Souther lawns that ofter grow fast and thick. 

Without the rear discharge system, this mower would easily be a 5+ rating.

4th Honda Mower in 35 years

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, March 14, 2019
Mike
China Spring, TX
Type of use:  Residential

   So I'm obviously a fan of Honda mowers especially the HRX217HYA. This one started on the first pull out of the box. These decks are indestructible and I like the new /bigger motor. Like my past Hondas these mowers have incredible pick of leaves grass etc. This mower is used as a trimmer mower on 2 acres. In Texas we have a very long growing season so these mowers last about ten years given eight months of use per year. I simply will not buy any mower without Honda's blade stop safety feature.

   First purchase from Mowers Direct online was flawless after a very frustrating time with Home Depot who delivered a damaged unit and it was returned - no customer service from Home Depot forced me to find an alternative source for my new HRX.  Mowers Direct was outstanding! 

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, March 9, 2019
Lori C Pertuit
Acworth, GA
Type of use:  Residential

This is the best mower on the market.  Easy to use and maintain.  My old honda finally gave out on me after 10 plus years.

I have owned other named mowers and ended up taking them back or giving them away.

Honda blade stop mower makes emptying the bag easy and not having to stop and start your mower

each time.  I recommend Honda its worth every penny

Noticeable Lack of Suction!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, March 3, 2019
Chuck
Seattle, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this as a replacement for my long-time HR215 mower.  I expected this model to be even better.  While it does have a few nice features, I am overall disappointed.  Primarily by the noticeable lack of strong suction with this model.  I live in the Northwest, with trees around our property.  Even when I wasn't cutting the grass, I could use my HR215 mower to "vacuum" the lawn and suck up all the small debris (leaves, helicopter nuts, etc. ) that would fall throughout the year.  It would do an excellent job of picking that stuff up in one pass.  However, my new HRX217HYA does not seem to be designed for that same high level of suction.  I have to make multiple passes over the lawn to pick up some of this stuff, and that's no fun.  I wish I had kept my HR215!  

Just got mine!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, February 26, 2019
lizzard
Madera, CA
Type of use:  Residential
it is far ahead of what i almost purchased. Thank god i stopped in Clovis Ca at Jensen and Pileguard and talked to the pro’s and also purchased a new Power Trim edger too

Review of Honda lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, February 23, 2019
Karen M Hoff
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I love that this lawnmower starts very easily on the first or second pull. It has rear wheel drive and the lawnmower does all the work going forward and if at top speed, I will be walking very fast. It also picks up all the grass clippings and puts them in the bag-does not leave a trail of clippings on the lawn. The only thing that is at all hard about it, it is a heavy lawn mower, and when mowing under trees where I must pull the lawn mower back and then push it forward repeatedly because of branches hanging down, it is a little difficult. But 95% of the time, I am going forward, so overall, I really, really love this lawn mower. Maybe I will trim the branches so that it will be easier to pass under the trees. 

Worth the extra money

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, February 11, 2019
John Infosino
Lebanon, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Our previous Honda mower's deck rusted through after 13 years of service.  Looked at many on-line reviews and bought the top of the line HRX217HYA and have not regretted it.  We have a lot with about a 30 degree incline, and this mower climbs it with no problem.  It is also easy to switch from bag to mulch depending on the section of the lawn.  It is worth the extra money.

Clean/Quite

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, November 22, 2018
Angel
Homestead, FL
Type of use:  Residential

This Lawn mower is excellent Put fuel and First pull its starting

Its easy to operate , clean cut , smooth operation , walking speed is very adjustable.

Mulch diverted is a great Item.

Only negative is , if the grass is tall without the bag the machine lacks power , with the Grass catch it Goes thru tall Grass like Butter.

IN overall its a great machine, this is my third Honda in Lawn Mowers ,. I can't see Purchasing any other Brand.

 

Even Better the Second Time Around

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, November 9, 2018
LDG
Lewisville, TX
Type of use:  Residential
My last Honda mower lasted almost 20 years.  This one is even better, I expect it will do as well.  If you are in the DFW area I love the folks at North Texas Farm and Garden in Lewisville, Texas.

Great lawn mower but small fuel tank

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, October 28, 2018
Jerry
Plymouth, MN
Type of use:  Residential
I love the mower after a season of use.  However, I have to fill the gas tank twice to finish my lawn, while my prior mower (roughly same size, power and features) had a bigger tank that got me through the job.  Also the blade control button on the push bar rattles annoyingly.  If I keep my hand on it, then it is OK.  But it is not always convenient to keep a hand on it.  The deck does a nice job of keeping the mulched clippings on the ground.  I have much fewer clippings on my socks and shoes after mowing. 

5 stars

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, October 22, 2018
Betty
West Richland, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Love this lawn mower.  I get my yard done in half the time I normally would get it done.  It  takes me up the hills and doesn't throw grass at me!  It has been my best investment this last summer.  Awesome lawn mower!   Thank You!  Betty

Honda Means Quality

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 19, 2018
AndyB
Toms River, NJ
Type of use:  Residential

I was so sorry to get rid of my old HRX-215 but it was time.  Amazingly the ergonomic design concepts incorporated into Honda's lawn mowers 20 years ago could not be improved.  What was good - stayed good.   So the new mower is basically same as the old one, (which I was able to sell as used after all those years).  

Out side of the engineering box came the twin blade mulching system.  My pre purchase research said they clippings are cut smaller  for faster break down and for better compaction in the bag.   I could never say enough good about all Honda products, not the cars, generator nor lawnmower.  One last thing, funny as it may seem.....  After I bought the new mower....I continued to use the old mower until it sold.  (I sorry to be getting rid of an old dependable friend)  I am over it now mostly because of the twin blade improvement.  For me Honda always means quality.

Service Sells

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 19, 2018
10Roadking
murrrells inlet, SC
Type of use:  Residential
I needed to rent a mower and found a local dealer who rents and sells equipment. They rented me a Honda HRX, my first experience with Honda. The sales department (Paula) called back to Scott in service to get the mower ready. When I pulled around to load the mower, Scott took the time to explain how to start, adjust the wheel height, use the mulcher and then helped me load in to my truck. That experience was so good, I rented the mower for about 10 weeks before buying a brand new HRX. I love how it starts, cuts, mulches. I haven't used the bagger yet, but it looks and feels like it will last a long time. Kudo's to Surfside Equipment Rental & Sales. Thank you Paula, Laura and Geo. 

Suggestions for improvement

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 19, 2018
Richard
Rochester Hills, MI
Type of use:  Residential
This mower replaces a 27 year old Lawn Boy which still runs great, but the transmission failed and parts are no longer available.  I'm a mechanical engineer and am very particular when it comes to power equipment.  Overall this machine is well made, but I have a few suggestions for improvement.  First, the plastic throttle and drive levers feel flimsy like a kid's toy, not at all in keeping with a machine at this price point.  Second, the levers for the blade and drive clutches are not ergonomically designed.  On my previous mower, the blade clutch lever pulled down onto the top of the handle and the drive clutch lever pulled up to the bottom of the handle.  This made it very easy to release the drive clutch while still holding the blade clutch.  In addition, both the blade clutch and drive clutch levers ran the full width of the handle.  On the Honda, neither clutch lever runs the full width of the handle, and the way the drive clutch lever is biased to the right requires me to hold it with only my right thumb in order to keep my hands toward the outside of the handle - no two handed operation unless I put my hands in the center of the handle.  Also, this machine is much heavier that I expected given the plastic deck, and difficult to maneuver.  In addition to the lawnmower, I also own two Honda motorcycles and a Honda ATV, and have had no issues with the feel or operation of any components.  Wish I could say the same for this mower.  I would appreciate a reply e-mail from a live person to acknowledge receipt of this review, and would also be interested to know or speak to a Honda engineer on why the lever systems on this mower were designed this way. 

Love My New Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, October 14, 2018
montibon
St. Louis, MO
Type of use:  Residential

I had my old Honda for 24 years and the wheel feel off due to rusted body. So when I saw this model with the life time warranty on the body I could not pass it up. Have to admit I could not believe how easy the unit started. Don't get me wrong my old mower still started on the first pull (choked) and then I adjusted throttle. With this new model I just pulled and it was running at idle. Yes, there is no need to choke my friends. The height settings are nice with many to choose from. Also it has a nice option to select amount of bagging vs. mulching. 

Now I just wish it warms up again so I can go out and mow my yard again.

My Second Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Grumpy
Albany, GA
Type of use:  Residential

I received my mower less than a week ago and mowed the lawn the next morning.  The mower worked great - one pull start, variable speed self-propelled was easy to use, and lawn looked the best it has in a long time.

I had a similar Honda for several years but replaced a Snapper with this one.

I highly recommend this model.

Honda Mowers-above the competition

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, September 22, 2018
MarioKart82
Pleasant Grove, UT
Type of use:  Residential

I have been recommended Honda mowers from multiple people.  When my old mower had too many issues to continue using it, I decided to spend the money and purchase a new Honda.  I could not be more impressed. It has started on the first pull every time, the engine is strong and has not hesitated on long grass.

This mower shows that you get what you pay for.

Great purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Jaglady
Baton Rouge , LA
Type of use:  Residential
Just bought this lawn mower on 9/11/18. Used it immediately. So far very pleased with this powerful machine. Best we have ever had so far. Will come back later with another review.

Love this thing!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Justice
Tracy, CA
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this lawn mower as an upgrade from a corded Greenworks 21 inch, and let me say that I am glad I did the upgrade.  The cut is so much better than the Greenworks, even with a new blade put on.  There's just no comparison.  This lawn mower cuts fantastic and is very easy to use.  It took a while to get used to as this one is self propelled and my corded one wasn't.  This lawn mower has some kick to it.  I set it to go at about 3 MPH, and when I press down on the clutch, there's quite a bit of torque that the front wheels fly up.  I have gotten used to working the clutch so that the wheels do not fly up.  But when I first was getting used to it, the lawn mower was flying all over the place.  I would recommend this lawn mower and would never look back.  I'm so glad I purchased this, as I was initially considering just getting the HRX217VKA.  But after reading all of the reviews, I chose this one due to the history that Honda has had with developing the clutch system on this mower.

Just purchased,excellent price, courteous and very helpful salesman - Brett Hambrick.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, September 10, 2018
Sam
Sam, AL
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased a week ago, have not used yet,very courteous and helpful salesman - Brett Hambrick.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tony
PHenix City, AL
Type of use:  Residential
5 Stars because i knew what i was getting into when i got this mower.  The discharge shoot does not close all the way like everyone has said, that is not an issue as i clean my mower after every use.  The motor is strong and cuts thick wet grass with ease.  The duel blade design really cuts my yard clean and even.  Getting use to the way it mulches at first was hard but after two months worth of cutting i've got it down to were its doing great.  I have a think green bermuda lawn in south west alabama.  Its weed free and healthy as all get out.  Mower goes at a good pace when you use the self propelled feature.  The blade stop is awesome when bagging or stopping to pick up something in the yard.  

Third Time Around

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 26, 2018
Bob
Newport News, VA
Type of use:  Residential

This is my third Honda mower in 35 years and it is the best.  Very smooth blade clutch.  The hydraulic drive is far superior to the three speed models I had before, allowing me to gently put the mower in drive and accelerate from there.  The engine runs smoothly as well.  The grass cut is clean even on my very think zoysia yard.  The bagging is as close to effortless as it comes.  My only complaint is the wheels are hard to set for cutting height, but that is no different from my previous two Honda's, so I expected it.  I like that the cutting height is marked on the wheel levers; that is an improvement.  Now to see if it lasts 17 years like each of the first two did.

Pretty good

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, August 25, 2018
Bill
Grosse Ile, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this top of the line, higher priced model based on superior reviews by consumer report and many other online sites.  Easy to set up at home.  Very good at collecting/bagging.  Very good at self propelling, so that I did not have to push it as much as my other "self-propelled" mower. Very good mulching of just grass, but less than I expected when mulching small amount of smaller sized leaves that have fallen so far on my lawn under the trees (thus the 4 star rating, not 5 star).  I have a LOT of big deciduous trees, so that was why i was looking at a good mower for fall cleanup, so that I did not have to collect leaves each week.  I know that i'll have to collect leaves during the peak times of fall, but I was hoping to mulch at the slower beginning and end of fall leaf season.  I usually have to put out 10-20 yard waste bags of leaves each week for 4-5 weeks each year.  I had to slow down much more than I expected with this top of the line HYA to adequately mulch the leaves. Lowering the deck 1/2 inch helped too.   When I attached the bag, it collected all the leaves very well, and the big bag helped me not have to stop as often to empty as my other (Toro) mower requires. Not as loud as other mowers, too!

Good mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 24, 2018
Lenny
Silver Spring, MD
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this to replace my Craftsman pro 8.5 HP with swivel front wheel mower that died after two years and three days of ownership. The warranty on it was just two years and it died on me as the warranty lapsed, even the pro-shop can't fix it without charging me over $300.00. So I decided to just purchase a new mower instead. Never again a Craftsman mower!!!! I needed a mower that could handle the climbing of hilly lawn and has a good reputation for dependability and durability.  This mower has a strong engine, good reviews and has the "Honda" reputation. The features are excellent!! Except for the speed adjust, which you have to take your left hand to adjust, but it's something I have to get used too. Overall I like it and would recommend it over the Craftsman I had. The price is about the same but I think this Honda has a 5 year warranty on it, so it is better value for the money.

Awesome Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 20, 2018
Kelly
Braselton, GA
Type of use:  Residential
I was looking for a great mower that was easy to use.  This mower is very easy to set up and to use.  It cuts great and I love the fact that I can mulch and bag at the same time.  The cruise control is amazing and the feature I was looking forward to most as I am not getting any younger!  The mower practically runs itself!  It turns on a dime!  Love it!

The Honda Lawn mower with Hydrostatic drive

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 15, 2018
VR
Snowflake, AZ
Type of use:  Residential

This is a great lawn mower. It cuts the grass evenly and has plenty of power to work on through tall patches even when they are a bit wet.  It starts with one pull. Mowing speed is easily set and adjustable as you mow. I slow it down for working around trees and edges and open it up for the long straight stretches. It can be used as push mower if need be but the forward drive is so easy to work with that I rarely need to do that.  It is great to just leave the mower running when removing an obstacle in the path.  The blade engages with a hand lever.  When you let go of the handle the blade is disengaged, a good safety feature. I use the mulch setting on my lawn and I rarely see any clippings unless I plow through a patch of long wet stuff. The bag works fine but I only use it in the fall to pickup mulched leaves.  It runs about an hour on an 1/4 gal tank of gas.  I cut a .5 acre lawn and it usually take me about an hour and half. ( I have about 25 trees to work around otherwise it would be faster.)  Another nice feature is that you can move the mower with the blade disengaged under power.  So I can just walk behind it when going back to the garage or to my neighbor's yard, ( I do not have to push it or worry about the blade catching a piece of gravel etc.    

Best mower I've ever used

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 10, 2018
Doc
Dyer, IN
Type of use:  Residential

I've waited a couple months to write my review so I would have several uses under my belt.

The title says it all. Powerful and easy to use. I don't even need to bag anymore. Even on full mulch in 8" tall grass, this thing leaves nothing in it's wake (cutting height at 2.5 "). Looking forward to leaves this fall. No more gathering for me, just pulverization. 

Where my old 6.75HP Briggs would struggle and die out even with 6" grass, the GCV romps right through without bogging down in the least while traveling at a faster pace. 

I actually look forward to mowing now. Sad but true!


Back to Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 10, 2018
Littmad
Greenville, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I had a Honda mower about 15 years ago and sold it to a friend (he is still using it!!). When my JD mower broke I returned to the Honda brand and I am so happy I did. I forgot how easy Honda mowers were to operate and the great job they do on lawns. Glad to be back.

Another Fine HONDA Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 10, 2018
SLAM
Hanover Park, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Perfect engineered mower for someone who is willing to pay for it.  The mower is a bit more than others on the market, however the Honda Power-equipment Team does innovate to make it nicer for the person behind to mow the lawn.  I actually enjoy mowing and this add to my enjoyment of having a well engineered machine to cut with and maintain for many years to come. 

Broke on first use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Billy
Raleigh, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Halfway through mowing my lawn for the first time with a new mower, some connection device on the blade control must have come loose and dropped onto the lawn.  That caused the blade to stop.  I tried to find the connector but was not successful.  I returned the mover to the store where i purchased it but since they had no in store repair facility, they offered to swap out the mower for a new one.  I have always had confidence in Honda products and despite a bad experience with this mower, i decided to make the swap.  I have not tried the new machine yet. 

One Pull to Rule Them All!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 8, 2018
DR
Uplsnd, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Was finally time to retire the JD (John Deer). JD finally died a few weekends ago, just wouldn't start and knew taking to the repair shop was going to run me a couple hundred in repairs. So I started the search for a new mower.  Heard good things about Honda mowers and looked at what the local gardeners were using and saw a lot of Honda commercial mowers being used. Of course check out the Youtube reviews and made the purchase of the HRX217HYA. Was easy to un-box and prep to mow. I've got 5 mows on the HRX217HYA and it runs great and cuts like a champ. I did do a few mods, I put a K&N Air-filter on PN#33-2238 as well I moved the throttle spring to the 2nd hole getting the RPM's up to the proper spec and couldn't be happier! 

really deluxe Honda quality

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 6, 2018
60 years of mowing
Gig Harbor, WA
Type of use:  Residential
After first use of one hour - Nicest mower I've ever used!   As advertised- first pull, and it was so easy to pull- it started!  Hydrostatic drive will go slower than you want and faster than you want with smooth adjustments in speed between fast and slow while you are going.   Roto-Stop- so nice not to have to restart the engine every time you empty the bag or whatever.   Mulching- never had luck with it before but with this machine even in some 6" grass I couldn't see anything left on the surface, admittedly I slowed down a little but not having to stop to empty the bag will save time.  It just looks and feels like a solid, well done machine.  Thank you.

Excellent Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 5, 2018
Derrick
Arlington, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Best mower i ever purchased.  Very expensive

Best Mower I have ever owned, Used, Rented or touched.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 5, 2018
Revo2Maxx
Masury, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Ok, So We have a 2017 Honda Accord 2009 Honda Odyssey EX-L and no that didn't make us buy this HRX217HYA. Now I have had others mowers with Honda Motors, Not the Same. The Deck on this mower is the best I have ever used in the last 38 years. Features are very nice, Quality is very nice and Ease of Use is very easy with easy start system, 1 to 2 pull starts. Great in all grass heights and types. There was some tall grasses that I set to full bag and removed bag to cut it down. 3 to 4 foot tall. So tall that it would make a hill from the grasses laying over. Once over  backed up and second time over was down to the normal height to the rest of my lawn. Then would put bag back on and mow 50/50 and grass picked up. Love this mower. While I am not 100% sold with the idea of the Local dealers Maintenance and service prices with parts some people have mowers that cost less. So if you can do it yourself *Maintenance* then I would unless you have extra cash to spend.  

The Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 5, 2018
John
Rising Sun, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased my HRX217HYA Honda push mower at Bud Herbert in Harrison, OH. Fantastic dealer carrying great Honda mowers. They helped me select the right mower for me and I couldn't be any happier. After using it for 4 months of use it still mows like brand new. It is a heavier mower but it is steel not a bunch of plastic. I have mowed in tall grass and the mower cuts it like it was short. Love how you can leave the mower running to empty the grass bag. The self propelled and speed adjustment are amazing. I am glad I purchased this mower. It is solid and feels like it will run forever. Thanks Honda for making a great product! and Bud Herbert for the great sales experience.

Stay Away

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, August 4, 2018
The BC Factor
Reading, PA
Type of use:  Residential
After years of buying, using and replacing cheap mowers, I wanted to get something with some power, ease of use and longevity.  This one was not it.

During my first summer, the mower would stall when the blades were engaged.  To combat this I had to start pulling the blade clutch in very slowly.  By the end of the summer the engine would keep "surging" when the blades were not engaged.

In my second year of ownership, the unit would not start at all.  I called Honda to have it looked at under warranty and they told me it was not a warranty issue.  Then I was quoted  about half the cost of a new unit as an estimate for repair.  

I am appalled that such an expensive mower comes with no customer service.  I would recommend that everyone look elsewhere to a company that cares about their products and customers.

New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, August 2, 2018
David
Marble Falls, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Just received and operated my new Honda Mower. Was using a 20 year old Commercial Deere that served me well. Wanted something equivalent or better. Couldn't be happier. 20 More years of happy mowing.

Honda HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Yamahoppy
Satanta, KS
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda Mower. My first one went 16 years. I replaced blades and a set of wheels during that time period and it still started on first pull the day I passed it on to one of my sons. The Honda motors run and run and run. And with proper servicing periodically I think it would have lasted forever. The only reason I purchased a new one was to get the blade brake feature. You wont be disappointed with any model of Honda Lawn Mower

HRX217

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 29, 2018
Butch
Tulare, CA
Type of use:  Residential

First hydro drive mower Love it so far,

Nex deck is very easy to clean,again first Nex deck also

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 29, 2018
Clyde Rydyr
Hutto, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Purchased this mower a month ago and have mowed with it 4-5 times.  Starts first pull every time, even out of the box.  I've only used it in mulch mode but it does exceptionally well with that.  Mulches to very fine pieces, much smaller than any other mulching mower I've used. This is the first mower I've had with the blade clutch/brake feature and I love it.  This mower pulls itself so the operator doesn't have to exert much energy at all.  Handle folds up easily for storage and easily adjusts to different heights if others need to use it.  Again, I've only had this mower for a month but, at this point, it is well on its way to being the best mower I've ever had.

Great mower bad controls

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 28, 2018
larry
altamonte springs, FL
Type of use:  Residential

If you have open yard would be all right but I have trees and a lot of other plants tough to use .Better clutch control needed and blade control needs something to keep it on without holding all the time

would I recommend this mower highest price hardest to use  had previous mower like this with thumb controls

Awesome mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 26, 2018
kb
greenville, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Hands down the best walk behind mower i have ever used.  Awesome in every respect - only one down side the gas tank it too small.  Don't have a big yard and have to refill the fuel before i finish.

My 3rd Honda since 1983

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 18, 2018
JR
Carmel, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Today, I purchased another Honda self-propelled mower. Its my second HRX. With simple but consistant maintenance, these mowers continue to perform extremely well and last.  My previous mower was an HRX217HXA Which I purchased in 2004.  The engine continues running well but the transmission was locking up. I believe these Honda mowers are the best on the market. 

Love the new mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Mike
Youngsville, LA
Type of use:  Residential
Have a HRX217VKA and always wanted the HRX217HYA.  Purchased today and cut with it.  Seems to be just what the raving reviews say about it.  Hard to beat Honda quality.

Best Residential Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 16, 2018
Mazz
Flowery Branch, GA
Type of use:  Residential

    As a former Owner/Operator of a landscape company, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with this mower. This mower is one step down from a commercial mower and it is evident with the quality of the cut. Assembly took less than 1 minute once removed from the box. An you cannot beat the quality of the GCV190 motor powering this lawn mower. My previous mower was a simple Home Depot Toro Recycler that allegedly was equipped with self propelled wheels however, it was a chore to push it up my hill in the back yard. The Honda HRX217HYA pushes itself and in essence it is doing all the work as you are simply walking behind the mower. 

     I also own a commercial  Tru-Cut reel mower and a Toro Z500 52" zero turn mower and the Honda's cut is just as good. Most residential home owners wouldn't recognize a great cut in a lawn but, as previously mentioned with my background, I can reassure you this mower will perform at a commercial mower level in performance and in cut.

     I strongly recommend this mower and although the cost may deter you, I can tell you that you get what you pay for. If you're not willing to cough up the money for a quality mower, the Honda HRR217VKA powered by the GCV160 is a good alternate at $399.

     

Great

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 15, 2018
Nawlins
Plano, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Fantastic lawn mower! It has a short learning curve. It does everything as billed.

Nothing but Honda will do

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 14, 2018
George
Springfiled, VA
Type of use:  Residential

I had a Honda HR195 mower (Manufactured in 1991) that ran well for 27 years.  I also have a Honda power washer and a Honda tiller.  They all work wonderfully.  So, when the mower needed replacement I went to Honda.

Picked it up today at Home Depot.  Out of the box, put in the furnished oil, put in gas, checked everything over and pulled the cord.  Started with one easy pull.

Previous mower was also self propelled and with Blade Stop feature, so operation was just like before.  Even the controls on the handlebar are just like the ones before.  Except this one feels easier to maneuver since it has the handle positioned better.  The Clip Director and the Discharge Guard work very well.  We tried bagging as well as rear discharge.

My 15 year old grandson has done a lot of mowing with various machines and he also loves this mower.  Said he would do my mowing for free, since this Honda is so easy and fun to operate.

Mower is still brand new, so not much more to report now.

My second Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Ridgerunner
Birmingham, AL
Type of use:  Residential

My first Honda mower was a predecessor to this model. I bought it around 1996. Honda has made several improvements to this latest version: 1. The twin blades are now offset so that grass doesn’t get caught in between them. Many times with the older model, which lasted 18 years, I would have to stop mowing to tilt the mower on its right side to unclog the deck because grass had gotten caught in between the blades and the deck and the blades wouldn’t turn. 2. The redesigned handle bar is much more easily controlled in turns. Feathering the clutch while making a turn is much easier than on the old Honda. 3. Engine size has increased from 159cc to 187cc or rounded off for marketing 160cc to 190cc. Additional displacement isn’t the only thing that’s changed; for any engine geeks like me you may look at the specs and see that Honda has lowered the engine RPM from 3,600 to 3,100. Why would they lower the engine speed? There is significantly more torque at this RPM than would be available at 3,600 RPM. Approximately 1 1/4 lb./ft. of additional torque! This makes climbing steep banks easy which is important in my yard. Additionally, the lower RPM helps descrease fuel condumption. I’m not a fan of the automatic choke, they could have left that off. The old mower placed the choke on the same lever as the throttle and that worked just fine. But the auto choke is NO deal breaker! Most owners won’t even notice. The extremely useful hydromatic transmission remains unchanged as far as I can tell. No belts to adjust or change. Maybe a cable adjustment once every year or two if it performs like the old one. The transmission is as smooth as it gets. And I’ve noticed several professional contractors are using this so called residential machine as well. Truth be told, i owned an Exmark Commercial 21 model mower for a year and a half before buying this mower. There is one feature on that mower that i miss: the speed of the transmission is controlled by a single bail from underneath the handle. Hard to describe but it is the most natural and instinctive drive mechanism I’ve encountered, BUT it controlled a single speed transmission with a belt that is allowed to slip in order to slow down. This requires a REGULAR belt adjustment most homeowners wouldn’t tolerate. And I wouldn’t trade it for the hydromatic transmission, no way! And I’ve adjusted and moved on. So why would someone sell a mower like the Exmark for this one? I can explain in one word: mulching. This machine was born to mulch, grass doesnt stick to the plastic deck so no regular deck cleaning. I’ve yet to encounter anybody cutting grass that enjoys bagging, but the capability is there. The Exmark bagged beautifully buy didn’t mulch well at all. My philosophy is keep the nitrogen in your yard. Those twin blades chop the grass so fine, most days you’ll never notice any leftover grass at all. The other big advantage is the new Honda is 16 lbd. lighter than the Exmark. I apologize for the lengthy review here but i will say if you are considering a mower in this price range you will not be disappointed. Keep stabilizer in the gas as Honda recommends and change the oil after 5 hours per Honda and by the schedule after that, and you will be rewarded with a mower that will perform flawlessly for years to come.

Mower gets clogged of grass while cutting once a week.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 9, 2018
Jason
Leavenworth, KS
Type of use:  Residential
The mower starts up beautifully on one pull. The issue I have is that I normally cut the grass once a week with the height setting in the middle for the mower. I have tried cutting the grass with mulch turned all the way off, in the middle, and all the way on. And most of the time the mower gets clogged of grass where I have to clean it after 100' of cutting. The mower also leaves a heavy grass trail. I'm still on my first season with it and definitionally would not purchase again. I'm guessing once a week grass cutters in Kansas need side discharge mowers.

Great Buy for Slopes!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 8, 2018
Jay
Brentwood, NH
Type of use:  Residential

I bought this mower last month after a 20+ year old commercial mower I bought used died.  My yard is about 1 acre and slopes from front to back.  The back yard is relatively steep and the side of my yard is pretty much a cliff.  The HRX217HYA handles the slope really well.  The commercial mower I had was too large and bulky (54 inch deck) so I was using string trimmers on the entire side slope.  I was able to use this mower and it handles the ~60-70 degree slope pretty well (Note: Just like Honda, I don't recommend the use of any mower over 20 degrees......but somebody has to cut it)!  I had my lawn professionally done for the first 2-3 years here but got sick of paying $70/mow (and watching them struggle with the slope even with top-end commercial equipment).

I focused on this model thinking I was going to need the Roto-Stop blade stop system, but I hardly use it with the slope that I have (wasn't thinking that the mower would probably move if i stopped holding it).

I love the clip director (although I've only used it on Mulch so far).  Looking forward to the fall to see how it handles the leaves.

Has a lot of speed, I never put it over about 50% and it provides a really great cut!

I was really concerned with moving to a 21 inch deck from a 56 inch deck.  Although, I need to walk about 2.5 times more to get the grass cut, I've been very happy with the results.

I definitely recommend it and would maybe even give it all 5's once I start to use more of the features and see how it runs after a season or two.

Didn't last 3 months

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 7, 2018
ET
Wentzville, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this product because it was rated the best on Consumer Reports.  I was able to cut about 10 times before it quit working.  I stopped the engine one time, and when I tried to restart it, it shot gas out the exhaust.  Tried the troubleshooting steps but, didn't stop.  Went to the shop, and got it back one week later.  I was really disappointed and now am nervous if this is going to be a recurring theme with this motor.  This mower is twice as expensive as many of the competition.  

Excellent Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 6, 2018
Coug
Puyallup, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Last mower was a Honda that lasted 20 years. This one looks like it will do the same. Starts on one pull and cuts nice. The price wasn't much more than I paid, for the one I bought 20 years ago. 

Only used it once so far

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Steve
Northbrook, IL
Type of use:  Residential
So far I've only used this once and it is my first rear wheel drive which seems hard to control but maybe I'll get used to it. I like the way you can walk away from it without the blades turning or motor shutting off. so far not very impressed with how much grass it bags hen in the bag setting; I only got one full bag and I am used to getting 5 or more. It does seem to cut well and did not leave "hay" piles of cut, but not picked up grass so I guess I'll have to wait on that issue as well. Why do they ask for a review right away? Afraid of the truth after a month or two? I wonder...

Honda Walk Behind

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 28, 2018
Warren
Indianapolis, IN
Type of use:  Residential

I bought this model 13 or 14 years ago.    Though the motor and housing are still in very good condition, the Trans-axle is in need of repair (again), the wheels are worn out, and it needs new throttle and speed cables.  Rather than spend the considerable amount required to repair-refurb it, I simply bought a new one.

I bought exactly the same model again!

Every walk-behind mower rating I have found rates Honda far and away the best for Quality and Reliability, and I found no reasons not to stay with what has been good for me.   Outstanding mower.

Lawn Man

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 24, 2018
Mike
Hillsborough, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Have always bagged my clippings.  This mower picks them up very well and the mulching action shreds the clippings so tiny that I am amazed at how infrequently the bag needs to be emptied.  The engine cranks on the first pull every time and the self propelled features are easy to adjust on the go.  Very powerful engine and it is so great to be able to empty the bag without having to shut off the motor on this model.  

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 21, 2018
Erik
Bountiful, UT
Type of use:  Residential
This is my third Honda Lawn Mower. Although we all would like them to last a life time they do need repair. The drive mechanism on the last one, which I have had for over 10 years, gave out and considering other things that was pretty worn, overall repairs would have cost about $300. I therefore decided it was time for a new lawn mower, and based on my past experience I have no trouble in making the selection. I bought the exact same model and was happy to see that it had some improvements like automatic choke. I have used it twice since the purchase and it is like a good old friend has come back in renewed condition. I am very happy with my choice.

Mows well, Quality issues

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hal
Seattle, WA
Type of use:  Residential

I oiled and gassed her up, all was well. And then the blade brake cable went slack the second time I stopped to empty the catcher. The ball pulled off the end of the cable. The blade plate slot for the cable is too big and it cut the ball off the end of the cable. So no way to engage the blade. Kind of defeats the purpose.

Of course all the shops are closed on a Saturday and because I live on the west coast and it was afternoon. No tech phone available til Monday. The lawn was about 25% mowed and I now have a mower where the blade wont  engage.  Assembly quality was sloppy and the tolerance on the blade stop plate is way too loose. So... wait until Monday? I am an engineer, so no. I went a got a swage-on cable crimp and crimped a new end on. It works, I lost some length so its slightly too tight at the end of the travel on the adjustment nut.

Very irritating. Very sloppy on Honda's part in their assembly plant. I will try and see if I can get a new cable and maybe even a new blade stop plate since the slot's too big,

Now.. it mows great but I wonder what else will happen. And if I will have to hit the shop with a mower that has an hour on it.  Frustrating.

Engine Knocking Noise!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 15, 2018
Hardwareman
Burke, VA
Type of use:  Residential

I've been very happy with Honda mowers for over 25 years... Bought the HRX217HYA at Home Depot and am extremely disappointed with it. Extremely loud engine knocking noise at idle/slow rpm's. First thought it was a engine break-in issue. However noise hasn't gone away. Called Honda customer service to complain. Was told Honda re-designed their engines and the knocking is normal because of some "counter balance" design? They gave me a authorized Honda repair dealer to call. Called dealer and was told to bring it in, and...I would have to wait 6 weeks before they can look at it! What am I suppose to cut my lawn with while I wait 6 weeks?

This is ridiculous! Paid top dollar for a poorly designed mower. Very frustrated with Honda.

In an effort to provide excellent customer service, Honda should provide a "recall" to fix their design flaw!

C'mon Honda, you can do better... 

 

Almost perfect......but

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Misterwhisker
Jackson , NJ
Type of use:  Residential

This is our fourth Honda self propelled mower and has had a few problems in the first month of ownership.

The first day using the mower and fuel started pouring out of the carburator after about ten minutes of use, turned out to be a small piece of plastic keeping the needle valve from closing, most likely something that was in the gas tank during manufacturing.

After a few weeks the mower would no longer shut off, the throttle cable could not push the linkage back far enough to kill the ignition, has to adjust the cable and lubricate the linkage to get it to shut off.

The mower height adjustment is the weak link on these mowers, i have had $120 mowers from walmart that had better height adjusters than this Honda, the height adjusters barely move when the mower is new and are mostly impossible to adjust once a little grass builds up in the mecanism, Honda really needs to improve on the design, my Toro Timemaster height adjustment was light years ahead of this mower, in a word, it stinks.

Worth the price of admission

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Bo
Pelham, AL
Type of use:  Residential

Been using it for about 2 months and has cranked 1st pull everytime.  Cuts superbly.  I cut different direction each time so I’m uphill/downhill and on a slope.  Regardless of speed it never seems to be in any strain.  I have thick Z52 Zosia and this Honda just glides through it.  It took about 5 minutes to get used to the controls.  Mulch or bag, it is just so smooth.  Worth every penny.  Kinda made a chore a pleasure as it starts/restarts so easily and cuts so smoothly.  I keep using the word "smooth" but it describes everything about this machine.  Get one!  You’ll be glad you did.

Awesome lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Kevin
Grosse Pointe, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Simply the best lawnmower on the market. It was floor model at HD and I got my 10% military discount. It only cost me $525 plus taxes. Started on first pull after putting oil and gas in the tanks. I like that Honda switched how to adjust the handlebar heights by just turning the connector instead of unscrewing bolts on both sides of the handle. Also, like that you can leave mower running while you dump grass clippings in bag. I like the variable speed walk settings too. You will not be disappointed if you buy this mower. 

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Peter
Millville, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 3rd Honda Mower and the best one yet. I was concerned about the NeXite cutting deck versus the metal decks I used to own. What a difference. Mower is so much lighter in weight with the NeXite deck yet the deck seems to be very, very durable indeed!! As always, love the clutch blade release as well as the twin blade cutting system that makes for a very clean cutting of my lawn. As always Honda has the best mower because they put the best quality into its structure from start to finish. 

Worthless warranty

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
X Honda Customer
Augusta, GA
Type of use:  Residential
If I had a chance to change my mind I would have made different choice. Honda warranty is worthless, they have a problem with the carberator and they like to blame it on the gas you use to get out of repairing it under warranty. I only used non ethanol gas with a fuel stabilizer in my lawn. The carberator had no gumming or dirt in it. It look just as clean as a new one, but now they want to charge me 129.00 to repair it. My other 2 neighbors are having the same problem.  I called Honda's customer service number and the where as worthless as the honda warranty. They probably will not post this review. I'll be watching. 

Great Machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Chip
Lexington, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Great Mower.  The last one lasted 15 years, plan on this one doing better!  It is so easy to use the wife and I argue over who gets to use it!

This Mower is worth twice the price!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Russ
Dacula, GA
Type of use:  Residential

So I did my research on several different Honda push mowers and settled on the HRX217HYA.  I got this one because it had the hydrostatic transmission.  It was a couple hundred more than the one without, but I wanted a transmission that was more robust without moving up to the contractor grade unit.  I bought it at Home Depot, took it out of the box, put oil and gas in her and two pulls the mower came to life.  No issues at all.  It was getting dark but I went ahead an took the mower for a spin and ended up cutting the whole front yard.  I also installed an hour meter/tach so I can keep track of the hours for maintenance.  I went on YouTube and watched hours and hours of review videos on this and other mowers.  I originally was leaning toward the Toro Super Recycler, but the Honda has way more advantages over the Toro.  I also like the fact that the mowers are super popular and parts are both inexpensive and easy to obtain.  The other pro that sold me on the Honda and this particular model, was that I will be mulching my Bermuda exclusively and this mower is the kind of mulching.  Look at all the comparisons between this model and other brands and you will see it excels at mulching.

Hope to have this mower for decades with nothing but a smile on my face.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 3, 2018
Jerry
LaCenter, WA
Type of use:  Residential
My 28 year old Honda lawn mower was getting tired, so I decided to purchase a new one. Of course the only one I looked at was a Honda. I thought my other Honda was a dream to use but this one is even better.  It's simple to adjust and does a fabulous job of cutting our grass.  I don't have one negative comment to say about this mower. It's perfect.

Can't do any better than this

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 3, 2018
Magnum
Fort Collins, CO
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda HRX217HYA. First one was in 2014. Changed the oil every year at least once and common sense maintenance and the mower started on the first pull every time. Went to buy a new blade and came home with a new mower instead. As with the first one, right out of the box, started the first pull. The new feature allowing the push bar to raised or lowered very easily is why. My wife decided she like to mow too and the old mower was more involved to change the height. Not sure what I will do with my other mower because it works perfect. Hate to get rid of it. Can't go wrong with these mowers.

Out of the box easy

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 1, 2018
Roy
North Attleboro , MA
Type of use:  Residential

very easy to set up and operate. Love the clutch feature. This is second Honda mower. After first died, i bought a Husqvarna. Hateded it. Just sold it to my neighbor and bought this HRX. 

Hope it continues as it began. Just outstanding

Honda HRX217HYA Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 31, 2018
Steve
Burke, VA
Type of use:  Residential

This is my second Honda Lawn Mower... First one lasted 25+ years. Very happy with it. However, bought new Honda HRX217HYA Lawn Mower and am disappointed. I hear a constant knocking noise from inside the engine. At first I thought it was just a engine break-in noise/problem and it would go away. Not the case. Still there, no change. Same knocking frequency as RPM's. Never had this problem with my first Honda mower.

Tried to let it work itself out to no avail. Now I have to figure out who to take it to for fixing.

Very annoyed after spending "top dollar" for this new mower I'm now inconvenienced and have to waste my personal time to get it fixed.

C'mon Honda - you can do better!   

   

hrx217hya

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 29, 2018
jim
geneva, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Bought my first hrm 215 kept for 20 years sold it for a new hydrostatc worh the extra money

Honda 217HYA mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Len
Irwin, PA
Type of use:  Residential

Absolutely the finest self propelled mower i have ever owned or operated. Consumer Reports rated it exceptionally high and rightfully so. Could not be more satisfied.....

Great mowers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 27, 2018
TJ
Lexington, SC
Type of use:  Residential
This is my fourth walkbehind Honda mower.  The first 3 I have handed down to my children and they continued to run well.  Minor issue on the first three is that the handle bars tend to form rust after only 5 years or so, I hope the paint is improved on this model.  One difficulty I have noticed on all four is the right rear wheel is much more difficult to adjust the height than the others.  Anyway great product really like the blade stop feature and the  clip director.  I thought that the clip director was just a gimmick but it really works well and is very useful, I had this feature for the last 6 years.  This model is the first with automatic choke and at least the first two times it has worked like a charm.  

Second Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 26, 2018
rm14400
Kansas City, MO
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second (similar) Honda mower in 39 years.  This one works as great as my last one did.  Like me, though, I wish it would lose about 20 lbs.  The hydrostatic drive helps, but it's still cumbersome at turning corners.

A heavy well built machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Jack
Modesto, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Carefully study grass bag frame diagram before installing. Bag removal and installation is very easy. Notched speed adjustment works well and holds speed well. I finally learned, at my age 71, how to take proper care of the engine because I studied owners manual. The machine will jump when clutch is engaged if you leave speed adjustment where it was before engaging clutch. If you turn corners in a curve rather than a sharp 90 degree you won't have to disengage clutch.  Turning the sharp 90 or having to backup the mower is the only drawback i found with this heavy 100 lb. mower. The only alternative, in my opinion, would be to buy another Honda without power drive, clutch, and double blades but that's too much to give up. I would pay another 100 to 150 for a slow or slow+ reverse gear but that would add more weight and would surely block path of grass into grass bag. Overall this machine is great.

This is the Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 21, 2018
jb62
Granite Falls , NC
Type of use:  Residential

Got mine last month. After putting the oil and gas in, it started on the second pull. After that it starts on the first pull each time. Runs very well and I love that you can adjust the engine speed. I plan to own this mower for many years.

EXCELLENT

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 20, 2018
GEORGE
PLATTSBURGH, NY
Type of use:  Residential

I should have bought this machine years ago. Great machine - easy to use and does a great job. I never knew how light and easy this machine would be to push around and as a walk-behind.

I can only hope this machine will lasy for as long as my previous machine.

Thank you

OUTSTANDING MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 19, 2018
Kiddillon
SPOKANE, WA
Type of use:  Residential
This is one heck of a mower. I love this mower. The twin blades are impressive. i progressively moved the mulch selector towards mulch and frankly I can't seem to find any mulched grass, even when i move the lever fully to mulch and my grass was anywhere from 4 - 6 inches tall before cutting. the plastic base makes this mower very light compared to my last mower. Its half the weight of my last mower. The motor has plenty of power and I have an incline hill that I mow and it doesn't bog down ever! I love the cruse control, very positive positioning. Stays where i put it and it has never creep-ed up in speed or down in speed. The blade brake feature is awesome, although it does sounds like it wants to stall when you engage it, but never has so far. The auto choke system is great. Like they say, "one pull to start." As far as economy goes less than one tank of gas to mow my yard, 20,000 sq. ft., compared to my last mower which took a tank and a half. I wish it had swiveling front wheels like my old mower, but as light as it is no problem with just pushing it around trees and shrubs. I would definitely recommend this mower to anyone looking to get a new mower.

Out of the BOX - Powered thru Mid-Calf Grass 'n Weeds

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 18, 2018
KC
Evergreen, CO
Type of use:  Residential

I cut the Honda's box sides & packing off, rolled her out, oiled & fueled her up.  She started on the 1st pull - and didn't stop until our 1/2ac of knurly foothills terrain was cut.  She never slowed nor choked - even in the tall/thick stuff.  Heck, she cut 100ft of our very thick/rough/steep roadside bar ditch.  I'm usually swinging a weed eater several hours too, but only some light edging needed today.

We live in Colorado at 7,500 elevation.  The Home Depot folks weren't totally sure if Honda had shipped this machine tuned for high altitude.  After her preformance today - I'm not worried!!

Cheers

4-Hour Heview

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 16, 2018
JT
Beavercreek, OH
Type of use:  Residential

This is a very early review, after about 4 hours of use on a 1/2 acre residential lot, with grass at about 'needs to be cut' height.

1. Unit seems to be well designed and built.  

2. Unit is heavy, not easy to move around in grass unless engine and drive are ON. 

3. Unit is hard to pull backward when engine is ON, as if the gearing is causing resistance. 

4. Starter pull-rope is slightly too short: when removing a full grass bag from the right side, and not very carefully, the bag contacts the rope and starter is engaged; PS: engine is ON!  Rope has to lengthened, even a 1/2 inch would solve the problem.

5. With bag full, on a slight up-hill, the CG is slightly too far back.  User has to gently hold the handle up while moving. 

6. Changing oil is not traditional, but works.  A larger oil fill opening would be nice.

7.  A disappointment:  In the past I have been using 2 bags, one person mows, second person empties bag #1 while mower is filling bag #2.  An extra bag costs $150 !!.  Shame.  There should be a hefty discount for a 2nd bag if purchased together with the mower.

More reviews coming as we get to know the mower better.

5.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 12, 2018
Chad
Edmond, OK
Type of use:  Residential
My old Honda mower finally wore out after 11 years, so I broke down and bought a new Honda HRX217HYA.  It looks and works great.  It started on the first pull right out of the box.  The new "Versa Mow" option is a pretty cool feature.  It has plenty of power and does a really nice job of cutting the grass.  Honda mowers are the Gold Standard of mowers.  That is why one sees all the YouTube videos comparing other brand of mowers back to the Honda.  I am completely sold on Honda.  If this mower last another 11 years like my old Honda mower, I will be more than happy.

Nice machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 10, 2018
Bajamark
Copperopolis, CA
Type of use:  Residential
After owning my current Honda mower for 30 years, I bought a new one for my new house. Starts first pull! Hydrostatic transmission is great..set it for whatever pace I want to walk today. Runs quiet. Now for the things I didn’t like so much. When backing up it has a drag so it takes more effort and the grass bag at the top seal doesn’t seal very good so grass builds up there. 

Honda knows their stuff

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Jerry
Rochester, NY
Type of use:  Residential

I'm replaced my 4 year old push Honda mower because I moved and now have hills to deal with.  I stayed with Honda because they are just solid machines.  I have owned a Toro SR and while it was a good mower, it is not in the same league as Honda for quality of cut.  I went with the HRX model because I wanted the larger 190cc engine. Boy am I glad I went that way!.  My first use was today and the grass was think, slightly damp and 4 to 5 inches long.  I set the wheel height to 3.5 inches and this mower didn't even bog down once when going through it.  This is not typically how I cut my lawn, but its the first cut of the season and I already fell behind on it!.  Controls are simple, I used the middle of the road speed for the first cut and it was plenty fast.  The Versamow feature for adjusting the chute is absolutely amazing.  The Engineers really did their homework on this feature.  It's a premium mower with a premium price, but the days of buying the lower end models are gone for me.  Well done Honda!

Upgrade from my older Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 6, 2018
Ron
Eugene, OR
Type of use:  Residential

My older Honda lasted 19 years. Gave it to someone who needed a mower, still running.

Change the oil at season end minimum. New Honda is a little longer (6") and a bit heavier.

 The plus is it tracks straighter and doesn't bounce down the yard. Bigger motor (190cc) and

blade stop are great!

Right out of the Box

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 4, 2018
Brian
Hagerstown, MD
Type of use:  Residential
Truck delivered it yesterday and I set it up.  Went for the Owners manual PACKED with the bottle of oil ! You guess it. Bottle had leaked and owners manual was soaked with oil. I made a contact and they are sending me another one for free. BUT ! Not being able to consult a manual yet I added fluids and started it. Started excellent. Tried to mow, didn't seem like it was doing any thing,  like the blades were not turning, they weren't.  Didn't know anything about the yellow button until I got online with the manual. This morning I get it out and check the yellow button and it is completely useless ! It is not mechanically connected to anything at the handle ! So now I'm trying to contact a free Honda repair service. Did not need this aggravation.

GREAT new mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 29, 2018
Greg
Overland Park, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Set up was simple, just add oil and gas, started first pull.  Love the start/stop blade control and cruise control self-propelled system-my hilly lawn is now effortless.  Everything is high-quality.  I generally mulch my lawn; this mower is the best I've seen making my lawn look great!  My first Honda mower was purchased in 1980 and my father-in-law took it over in 1993 for many more years.  I'm now 65-this is likely the last mower I will ever buy.  Thanks, Honda!

Review of mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, April 28, 2018
bob
Everett, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Great mower. Had idling problem, surging while at idle, and not much power either. Took mower into Siskuns in Everett to repair and fix problem. I have to pick it up Monday,April 30, 2018.

Great Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, April 26, 2018
DC
Edmond, OK
Type of use:  Residential
I've owned and run Honda commercial mowers for 15+ years, and have always appreciated their quality and productivity.  I recently purchased the 217 for personal use at my home and so far, it's been great.  All the usual Honda attributes - starts first pull, smooth operation, nice finish.  I was a little skeptical going to the homeowner version, only because I'd been so use to the ruggedness of the commercial series.  However, I'm confident it will more than handle the job and am very pleased with the purchase.

Honda Mover

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, April 23, 2018
Roman
Auburn, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Powerful & easy to use lawn mover.  this machine has easy start and versatile to use

Butter Cutter

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 22, 2018
Gibberdog
Lexington, SC
Type of use:  Residential
After much research, I finally decided to spend the money and buy a well-reviewed self-propelled Honda.  It's absolutely worth it.  First impressions are very strong.  Started on first pull. The money spent repairing the previously owned Toro would have more than paid for what this mower cost.  The effortless static drive, ease of turning with clutch feature, and a precise "butter cutter" makes easy work of the most difficult lawns.  I'm beyond impressed.  The only downside is the dust created from using the bagging system.  I would definitely recommend this lawn mower.  Time will tell about it's durability; but I'm looking forward to the journey.

Honda Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 20, 2018
Johnnie
Gresham, OR
Type of use:  Residential
A great lawnmower however the engine appears to have failed after less than four years.  Runs rough. Smokes.  Spark plug is coated oil.  Crankcase oil is moving past the piston into the combustion chamber.  Obviously a major engine failure.  Totally unacceptable for a mower of this price, limited use and age.

Always wanted a Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, April 16, 2018
Baskette
Crowley, TX
Type of use:  Residential
    Yes Honda mowers are expensive, but well worth it.  Easy to start (1st try every time), cuts great, practically start it up and steer.  If you can afford it- it is well worth the money!  Should have bought a Honda in the first place.

Just Awesome

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 15, 2018
Vizslas&Beemers
Woodbury, MN
Type of use:  Residential
The amount of grass that it can cut at one time is impressive. My favorite features are: variable speed, ability to stop the blade, easy folding arms for storage and everyone in the family can use it

First Mow

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 13, 2018
Carey
The Colony, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Compared to my existing 15 yr old HRR216PDA Harmony II, this is quite an upgrade, and maybe too much for my 5,500 sq. ft. lawn. I like not having to push anymore (most of the time), but when it comes time to take a corner or get into a tight spot its a bit awkward to disengage, slow down, turn, and re-engage. The rear wheel height adjustment is a bit difficult to decipher height at first, but should not be a go forward issue.  I found that it starts first pull. That was my expectation (from my old mower), so I passed on the electric start option model.  When it starts cold it revs up and down until it warms up a bit  - so right now I'm running it low speed for about 20 seconds to let it 'level out'. Its fairly easy to maneuver with the clutch disengaged, but I don't like having to reach back so far for the clutch (or the blade stop) handle when it's time to engage them. I have only used it full mulch so far. so I have no comment about how it bags yet.

Great Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Roger
Ironton, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased today and got to try it out, I love the hydrostatic drive and control for it, you set it and there are no surprises when you engage the drive. It mulches great and I like not having a side chute that dictates which way I have to approach something. I think me and my HRX 217HYA are going to get along great.  

I like it so much I bought two

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, April 7, 2018
Zelda
Terryville, CT
Type of use:  Residential
I love how versatile this machine is.  It is easy to use, starts right up and I love the options of either mulching or bagging.  I bought my first one in 2013.  It is such a great machine that when my son bought his first house and needed a mower I told them to take mine and I will buy a new one for me.  Everyone is happy and hacve a great mower.

Ran great - once I fixed the carburetor.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 6, 2018
ALF
Huntsville, AL
Type of use:  Residential

Out of the box, gas would dribble out of the air filter.  Once I removed the carburetor and cleaned the float seat and needle, it ran great.

Very powerful.  Nice and quiet. Overall very satisfied.

However, I should not have to work on a new product to get it to function properly.  That is why only a four star overall rating.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 1, 2018
Too much grass to cut
Wahiawa, HI
Type of use:  Residential
Best mower I have ever owned.Cut through the thickess  grass /weeds.Almost completely filled the grass bag. The twin blades are amazing. If your ready to buy a new mower. I recommend a Honda

New Mower is excellent!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 1, 2018
Gil
Corpus Christi, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Starts Easy, cuts clean, picks up leaves and debris.  I like the adjustable hydraulic drive.  Great product

Love My New Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, April 1, 2018
Mike G
Loveland, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Mower started on the first pull. Best looking lawn in the neighborhood due to the twin blades. This is the 4th Honda mower that I have owned over my 44 years.

new mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, March 30, 2018
Harley
Rome, GA
Type of use:  Residential
ive owned 2 other Honda lawnmowers since 1998. this new one has been made cheaper than the others in that the motor vibrates more and the under deck plastics are thinner.the same transmission is there and it will tear up because the oil leaks out and the brass worm gear will strip out.you have to buy the whole transmission. other than that its a good mower that will last several years.if Honda would add grease to the transmission it would not wear out. 

BROKEN OUT OF THE BOX

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Boomer
Aiken, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Bought the mower online from Home Depot.  Free home delivery great...on time, but box top open and crushed when I found it sitting in my driveway.  Upon assembly found blade engage button nonfunctional and left side of handlebar bent during shipment.  So the mower looks great, started easily, but no way to engage blade and actually cut grass.  I was able to insert my finger into handle and manually pull cable to engage blade, but shouldn't have to do this.  Am taking to local Honda dealer for warranty service less than 24 hours after receipt.  Bummer!

best mower ever and i know

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, March 26, 2018
sheddski
seabrook, NH
Type of use:  Residential
this is the best mower ever i know because i haved fixed the others and this mower puts them to shame i was given a old harmony with a stuck motor nobody checked the oil so i added oil and broke it loose started right up after a few pulls mowed the lawn for a couple years then sold it and i bet they still have it when i moved to a new house i needed a lawn mower i went out and bought the hrx 217hya and never looked back i have a hill in front of my house and on the side because of a 2 car under garage this thing makes that hill feel  like its flat some people in the neiborhood say i,m allways smiling when mowing the lawn i say its this mower you know they believe me again great product i,m eyeballing a honda snowblower next .

Solid top quality mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, March 15, 2018
Dave
Makawao, HI
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy to setup. The instructions were clear and straight forward.  The mower started on the second pull with very little effort.  The adjustments to cut height and mulch or bag was easy to do.  The shift lever to adjust the speed of the mower was silky smooth and it was no problem adjusting the speed on the go.  The double blade makes for a nice even cut on uneven terrain.  

Had to return next day do to gas leaking

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, March 15, 2018
EJ
Fortmill , SC
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased the Honda HRX217HYA and noticed that it was leaking gas all over my lawn.  I wondered why I had to refill so soon.  Thought it was because new and breaking in.  Then I saw that gas was running out of the air filter area.  Had to shut it off, and load back into my car and take back to Northern Tool for replacement.  At first they wanted to blame it on dirty gas, but I had purchased a new can and ethanol free gas at my local station.  They did replace the mower and raining today, but will try tomorrow to see if it leaks gas.  Hopefully all will be good and then I will write a new review.  

Initial Impressions

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, March 2, 2018
Damagio
Vislaia, CA
Type of use:  Residential

Well, after one use, I can already say that this is by far the best mower I have ever owned.  I got the best mower in the store.  I believe this is the top of the line minus the electric start.  I live in California where we have short warm winters and the backyard is problematic for me.  Grass will grow a foot or more in a week with the rain.  My old mower would not get through it without clogging, stalling, leaving clumps all over the place.

I was shocked when I tried the Honda.  It blasted through damp foot high grass without leaving a single clump on the ground, without clogging and without bogging down.  When I was done, I wanted to keep cutting the grass, and it is usually something I HATE doing.  This mower cost twice as much as my last one, but in my opinion it is worth every penny.  It's probably overkill for my yard, but it is making a chore a pleasure.

Pull Start...almost effortless.

Self Propel...it's really fast....on the higher settings you are jogging...I keep it on the second to lowest.

Bagging...nice wide opening that does not clog!  This thing is like a vacuum.   I don't even have to sweep the driveway.

Mulching...have not tried yet.

Power...plenty with some to spare.

Opening the Box and Set Up

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, February 26, 2018
Bill
Signal Mountain, TN
Type of use:  Residential

Took maybe 15 minutes (mostly making sure I was doing steps in order).  The bag assembly was a bit difficult, probably taking most of this time. Had to cut the box to roll the mower out.  The handle set up, adding oil and gas was a cinch...maybe a couple of minutes.

Once all of this was done it was ready to start.  Fired off on first pull and purred like a kitten.  That's what I call a good beginning.

Grass cutting starts when things dry out a bit.  So it's a little early to rate the main event.  But this model has a lot of really good features (like blade stop, mulch to bag and everything in between with one (on mower) feature and variable speed control independent of throttle).   Looks to be the best self propelled I've every bought.

My Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Glenn
Post Falls, ID
Type of use:  Residential
Just dropped it off for the second time at selling dealer for a warranty issue that first surfaced after I had purchased it in 2016--the Mulch Shute Deflector is failing to stop clippings to accumulate behind it-New Shutter was ordered and installed by selling dealer 11/3/16

After 4 years, still works perfect & starts with one pull!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, February 6, 2018
kpgray
Rochester, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Bought this lawn mower in 2014 when my old Snapper threw a rod. I wanted a 4-cycle self propelled mulching mower that was quiet and reliable. After 4 years, it still looks new, starts on the first pull, each time, every time, and mows as well today as it did from day one! Money well spent! This one is easy to tune up, change oil, sharpen blades and it cleans easy. When I first bought it, it was heavier than others, however, the self propelled unit works flawlessly and it feels lighter than it is with a well balanced and stable feel. If something happened to this unit, I would not even look at another mower, just get as close to this Honda as a replacement that I could get. They say you get what you pay for, this is proof! I am so happy with this Lawn Mower, I just bought a new Honda Snow Blower. Nice job Honda! Customer for life. 

Disappointed in First Honda Purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, January 27, 2018
Nate
Miishawaka, IN
Type of use:  Residential

I ordered this lawnmower on October 15, 2017 online from Home Depot's website. I had just purchased a new home and wanted to replace my old lawnmower with a new one. All of the positive reviews prompted me to spend a little more money and buy this one. I picked it up from the local Home Depot on October 21 and stored it in my garage until I could get a chance to use it. That chance came on December 03, 2917. It was 63 degrees outside and I decided to cut the grass. I assembled the mower and after adding oil and gasoline I fired it up. It started right up on the first pull. No effort at all. I then followed the instructions to engage the blade control lever and then the clutch control lever. I walked up and down a patch of grass a few times and noticed that the grass was not being cut. I fooled around with it a few more hours while checking on the mower operation online at youtube.com before I noticed that the yellow button on top of the blade control lever did not stay engaged when I pushed down no matter how often I tried. The clutch connecting the yellow button to the blades was not connected !!!  I could not return to Home Depot as it was past their 30 day return policy and I was told that I would have to deal with Honda directly to get this taken care of under warranty. I don't own a truck and now must deal with the hassle of securing one and taking this mower to a local service center. It is my fault for not using the lawnmower sooner otherwise I would have discovered the issue and retuned to Home Depot. As it is, I am now stuck with a 700 dollar lawnmower that doesn't cut grass, that is 3 months old and has a major issue right out of the box before I can cut one blade of grass. What else is wrong with this mower that I have yet to discover? Now here it is on January 27th of 2018 and I get a call from the service center. They have fixed the problem and it will cost me 46 dollars for repairs and 28 dollars to have the mower delivered to me from the service center since I don't have a truck to pick it up. WHAT ????? I haven't cut one blade of grass with this mower yet. I have read reviews of this mower on other sites and this is not the first time this particular problem with the unconnected clutch has occurred on new purchases.

By far the best lawnmower I've purchased

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Paul
Eagan, MN
Type of use:  Residential
It's a Honda, what can I say.  I've purchased several products, and the company doesn't disappoint.   This is such a smooth machine and I've used for a lot of mowing, mulching and to bag the dreaded fall leaves.  It starts right up everytime.  Highly recommend!

Disappointed

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Disappointed
MISHAWAKA, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I ordered this lawnmower on October 15, 2017 online from Home Depot's website. I had just purchased a new home and wanted to replace my old lawnmower with a new one. All of the positive reviews prompted me to spend a little more money and buy this one. I picked it up from the local Home Depot on October 21 and stored it in my garage until I could get a chance to use it. That chance came on December 03, 2917. It was 63 degrees outside and I decided to cut the grass. I assembled the mower and after adding oil and gasoline I fired it up. It started right up on the first pull. No effort at all. I then followed the instructions to engage the blade control lever and then the clutch control lever. I walked up and down a patch of grass a few times and noticed that the grass was not being cut. I fooled around with it a few more hours while checking on the mower operation online at youtube.com before I noticed that the yellow button on top of the blade control lever did not stay engaged when I pushed down no matter how often I tried. After further investigation I discovered that the lever attached to the yellow button was not assembled properly right out of the box and sat on top of the pivot pin and therefore would not engage the pivot pin that engaged the cable that activated the blades. This was why the grass would not cut. I could not return to Home Depot as it was past their 30 day return policy and I was told that I would have to deal with Honda directly to get this taken care of under warranty. I don't own a truck and now must deal with the hassle of securing one and taking this mower to a local service center. It is my fault for not using the lawnmower sooner otherwise I would have discovered the issue and retuned to Home Depot. As it is, I am now stuck with a 700 dollar lawnmower that doesn't cut grass, that is less than 2 months old and has a major issue right out of the box on the first use. What else is wrong with this mower that I have yet to discover? I have read reviews of this mower on other sites and this is not the first time this particular problem has occurred with new purchases.

Out of the Box - Problem

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, December 3, 2017
D
Tulsa, OK
Type of use:  Residential
Right out of the box, there was a problem when pulling the mower backwards.  The feeling is that the transmission is still slightly engaged and not fully in neutral.  Otherwise everything was working and easy to set up.  Fired right up and did some easy mowing to see if the transmission would start releasing fully into neutral and some use.  No luck.  Must have been overlooked in the quality control phase of manufacturing.  Will see if local Honda shop will resolve problem quickly while under warranty.

New Honda Lawn Mower Owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Paul Johnson
Clinton, MD
Type of use:  Residential

When my lawn mower died, I started researching a suitable replacement and settled on the Honda HRX217HYA.  After driving over an hour away from home to pick it up, I finally found what probably will be the last lawn mower I'll ever own.  I took it home, opened the box, and to my surprise, the only thing that was in the box was the lawn mower and the oil for the engine.  I called the store (Home Depot) where I purchased it from and talked to Joseph in Customer Service and told him that the paper work was missing from the box.  He provided me with two options: 1) I could drive all the way back to the store and he will printout a copy of the instruction manual or 2) I can go to any Home Depot and pickup the paperwork.  I don't think either one of those options would suffice.  If I spend my hard earned money on a premium lawn mower, I should receive a complete product.  I believe that if I provided full payment that I should be provided with all of the items and not some printout or photocopy that I have to hunt down myself. 

With that being said, I'm VERY disappointed with my buying experience, which I believe tarnished my overall experience and put a damper on the excitement that I initially had.  So if I can get a copy of the included paperwork I will really appreciate it (Paul Johnson 9116 Banleigh Lane, Clinton, MD 20735).

After I finally figured out how to put everything together, the lawn mower performed marvelously.  This is hands down the best lawn mower I have ever owned.  The reason why I didn't give a 5 rating is due to my horrible buying experience.

Won't continue running

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, November 18, 2017
slag
East Setauket, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this unit from Home Depot in May 2017.  In August it started acting up and I have barely been able to mow may lawn since then.  Seems that the problem may be a sticking automatic choke that they can't fix.  It runs well for about 10-15 minutes and then runs rough and stalls.  I tried new gas and brought it back to home depot twice.   So far no luck.  My old Honda lasted 25 years with no problems so I bought this one.  Nothing but problems with the engine

BOUGHT NEW IN FEBUARY 2016

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, November 6, 2017
BUCKSHOT
MARIETTA, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I BOUGHT MY HONDA HRX217 HYA BRAND NEW IN FEBUARY 2016 FROM HOMETOWN HONDA IN MARIETTA OHIO AND SO FAR HAVE USED IT ALL OF 2016 MOWING SEASON AND 2017 MOWING SEASON AND IT HAS RAN GREAT NOW AND HAS NEVER CAUSED ME ANY ISSUES AT ALL I REALLY LIKE THIS MOWER AND AM VERY HAPPY I PURCHASED IT MY DAD WENT WITH ME WHEN I GOT IT AND HE SAID I CANT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SPEND ALMOST $900.00 ON A MOWER I SAID YEP IT WHAT I WANT TO GET. I HAVE MOWED MY MOM AND DADS HOUSE AND HELPED A FEW OF MY MOM AND DADS NEIGHBOR'S GET THERE MOWING DONE AS WELL. MY MOM AND DADS NEIGHBOR A RETIRED POSTAL WORKER HAS THE HONDA HRR 216 I HAVE USED IT AND IT DOES A GREAT JOB AS WELL HIS HAS THE 160CC ENGINE AND MINE HAS THE 190CC ENGINE . I REALLY LIKE MY HRX 217 HYA AND HOPE THIS IS THE LAST MOWER I EVER HAVE TO BUY. I HAVE ALSO USED IT TO MOW MY GRANDPARENTS HOUSE AS WELL AND IT MULCHES LEAVES LIKE A CHAMP I REALLY LIKE ALL THE FEAUTUERS ON MY HRX 217 HYA REALLY WELL. THIS MOWER IS VERY EASY TO KEEP CLEAN.

satisfaction of product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, November 6, 2017
Ken
Taunton, MA
Type of use:  Residential
Although I have only used this lawn mower once and not being firmiliar with it I found it very easy and comfortable to use, even in tight areas. I am pleased that I bought this product over the others that I checked out. Way to go Honda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20+ YEAR MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, November 5, 2017
TWC
Freeport, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda. The first one is 20+ years old and was still performing when I decided to purchase another new model.  The mower is not only a tool but an investment.  With proper service/maintenance this machine will be one of the most invaluable assets in the garage. The blade control is a must for I did not want to restart the engine each time after releasing the blade. The variable speed control allows me to mow and my speed and not some preselected speed. Thanks Honda for such a quality product.

HONDA CLIP DIRECTOR LAWN MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, October 30, 2017
GENE
MOLINE, IL
Type of use:  Residential

THIS LAWN MOWER IS AN EXCELLANT MACHINE.  I LOVE THE BLADE STOP FEATURE WITHOUT HAVING TO RESTART THE ENGINE.  THE SELF PROPELLED FEATURE WORKS GREAT WITH SEPARATE SPEED CONTROL AS AN ADDED VALUE.  THE ENGINE SPEED CONTROL IS GREAT TO USE ON VARYING GRASS LENGTH.

THIS IS THE BEST LAWN MOWER I HAVE OWNED TO DATE.

A little pricey but worth it

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, October 26, 2017
Leo Cote
Jamestown, RI
Type of use:  Residential
Over many years of home ownership, I have purchased many brands of lawn mowers.  Some have served me well for a few years and others have been very disappointing.  My new Honda offers features that others did not have and based on the limited use I have experienced so far, I am very pleased with the product and the ratings in Consumers Report are well deserved. 

Great mower. Bring back the Element.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 20, 2017
Chuck
Taos, NM
Type of use:  Residential
Had one summer with my Honda mower and it works great over pretty rough terrain. Always starts right up and the dealer seems to be incredibly knowledgeable.  I especially like how easy it is to control blade movement while mowing is in process. Looked at several cheaper mowers but I'm glad to have settled for the best.  Already influenced two other sales.

Ran Great Except For One Problem

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, October 19, 2017
Pete
Garden City, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Engine started on the first pull of the cord.  Ran well and did a good job of cutting the grass and mulching leaves.  However, I noticed a bad gas leak from the carburetor.  Removed the bowl and found the float stuck down.  Manipulated it up and down and put the bowl back on and it appears fixed at this point.

HRX217HYA Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Stonewall
Middletown, MD
Type of use:  Residential

I have used this Honda model for many years and bought this new one today to replace a different Honda mower I was unhappy with.

I believe this is the original Honda with blade control.  I like the hydrostatic drive mechanism (the chief reason I was unhappy with the other Honda - the drive); its easy to use and reliable.

This is definitely a 5 star design.

Excellent Quality Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tfat
Rolesville, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I finally decided to pay the extra money for a Honda mower after reading a lot of reviews and researching reported problems.  The rundown: I like the quality of the design; everything feels very solid, durable, and well-made.  I like that there is nothing hanging off the sides of this lawn mower that can get snapped by say getting to close to a fence post. I also like the extra power of the GCV190 engine and the mulching capability of this mower; it shreds the grass up very fine and didn't get bogged down in my tall grass (missed a week of mowing). I love the blade stop feature which was a must have as I got used to it on my last mower. I am still wondering how well the NeXite deck will hold up in time.  I do prefer the hydrostatic drive system, but I wish that it was a little easier to control. If you have big hands and long fingers, you might be okay with the controls, but I found them to be quite cumbersome to operate the levers for both the clutch and the drive, preferring to use my abdomen at times to push up on the drive lever to control the pace of the mower.  However, you could not do this in the turns, so you'll have to get use to operating the levers at some point, but for now it added about 20 - 30 minutes to my mowing time just getting use to these.  This lawn mower also cuts the grass very evenly and I was extremely impressed by the end result, and I only saw one or two blades of grass that it missed in my whole yard.  One last thing, the mower is quite heavy compared to others I've owned, so if you have to do a lot of backing up you will get a work out.  Thus far I am very satisfied with this purchase.

Best Mower I Have Owned

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, October 14, 2017
Gerry
Spring, TX
Type of use:  Residential
The mulching function hands down the best ever.  Even thick grass leaves very little if any residue or trail of cut grass.  The bagging mode leaves no grass, it even does not blow any out the bottom into the flower beds.  This mower is a must if you lake a manicured yard.  Super Impressed.  You get what you pay for!!

Superior Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 13, 2017
Dave
Rochester Hills, MI
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda Lawn Mower. I would still have the first one but it was damaged in an accidental situation otherwise I would still have it.   The new one is even more advanced and greatly improved over my last one and I am really appreciative since all improvements are geared to the ease of  operation by the owner.  They are superbly manufactured with great fit and finish and quality construction materials.  They are very durable and very easy to use.  I particularly like the model I chose.

Second one I’ve owned

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, October 9, 2017
Tim
Kernersville , NC
Type of use:  Residential
Father-in-law had one. we bought same model about 10 years ago. Its still running great with no issues. We have a second home. We just purchased a Second one this year. You pay more bur it out preforms all others. 

Honda 21" Self Propelled Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, September 30, 2017
Randy
Hudson, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Used it once so far. Excellent power and mulching. Very neat cutting, even when grass is heavy. Only problem I had was the front wheels. The right wheel wobbles pretty bad and the left wheel wobbles a little. I think the wheel bearings are bad. That's why I gave it 4 stars.

Ask questions before buying

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Luke
Pittsburgh, PA
Type of use:  Residential
First one I picked up right out of the box, easy to put together, actually nothing to it.  Hardest part was putting the lawn bag together.  Added the oil that came with the mower, put in the gas and the engine started with the first pull.  Cut the grass for a brief moment, stopped the mower in the driveway to get a quick drink and guess what ... When I came back after the drink, gas was dripping out of the carburetor and air filter both.  An entire tank of gas gone. Brand new mower and this happens?  I never saw anything like this in my life.  I took the mower back to Hampton Do It Best Home Center for a refund.  The floor manager's eyes bugged out when I showed him the video.  HE never saw anything like that either.  He unfortunately was not authorized to give a refund, but he would send the mower out for warranty repair.  I told him I wanted a refund or an exchange for a new one out of the box.  He said he would have the store owner call me.  Three days later the Store Owner (He said his name was James) called and said that their repair folks found "nothing" wrong with the mower, that it started right up.  He was also not willing to refund the money or give me a replacement / new one.  The owner did say the repair folks found a little smell of gas in the air filter but that there was nothing wrong with the mower.  Since they could not find anything wrong with the mower, but I had video evidence of mass dripping out of it on to my driveway, I know there is something wrong. The owner even asked if I tilted the mower while power gas into it?  Did I have the mower on a hill while putting gas into it?  Did I stop it on a hill?  Did I hose down the mower?  (I had to laugh at hosing down the mower!)  I did not want the mower back afraid that it  might blow up with gas leaking and hitting a hot muffler or something. They did not even pull the carburetor to see if the float was stuck, they never check the oil to see if any gas was in there...according to the owner, after I asked him.  He absolutely refused to give me a refund ...  since he said he could not sell "used" mowers...but in the end was willing to give me a new one that was on the floor but never used.  I really wanted to support the independent owners of small stores, but when I check with Home Depot, they said they would have no problem refunding and/or exchanging the mower.  Interesting!  HE then proceeded to tell me that they have loaner mowers for people who have theirs in for repair.  Well I guess this one will go that route.  I went back to the store and brought home another mower.  First try, it started right up and cut well.  We will see.  Interestingly enough, the receipt I got back from the store indicated "Honda R. Bag Mulch Cruise Exchange for Defective"  Interesting HUH.  I have always been a Honda advocate, having had the last Honda Mower for 26 years, A Honda Rotor Tiller for 25 Years and a rider tractor lawnmower for 23 years with no problems.  This episode, handled so poorly by the sales people/owner of Hampton Do It Best Home Center has convinced me to never buy a Honda, and never to return to their store.  How sad.  Had they just cheerfully said, oh sorry, lets get you a new one and fix you right up, all would have been fine.  But no, I had to fight for what at the end, they could have solved in one sentence.  New meaning to  BUYER BE WARE ... Customers are always right?  Nope, not in this case.  I guess this won't get printed huh.  I still wonder what the "defective" meant for that Honda mower...Does the store owner and or repair men know something they don't want to share?  Makes me wonder.

Damaged

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, September 18, 2017
UPS
North Las Vegas, NV
Type of use:  Residential
Something really needs to be done about the handling of the product during shipment. I got 2 of them and both were damaged during shipment. the first one the handle was bent so bad it had to be returned and a new one shipped. the second one, the handle was also bent to the point the blade would not engage. but they were able to bent it into place without damaging it further. It was still a big disappointment to see it standing on the end of the box in the UPS truck instead of it laying down with this side up arrows followed. By it standing on the end, every bump in the road the truck hit, just allowed the mower whole weight bounce up and down on the handle bar until it was destroyed.  

Awsome Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, September 17, 2017
CyberOzz
Langhorne, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Bought this to replace my old Honda Mower, First One Lasted 31 Years !!!

Really, really like this mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, September 17, 2017
Frederick43
Wilmore, KY
Type of use:  Residential
I've been using this mower for just over a year. It's been completely reliable, starting on first pull every time, and that pull (even for a 74-year-old man) is a piece of cake!. I purchased a walk-behind mower because I enjoy and need the exercise. I've found the variable speed features are terrific, enabling nearly an infinite number of custom settings--from a VERY, VERY slow, creeping-along speed (which I use for maneuvering over the tops of exposed tree roots) all the way to almost having to jog to stay the pace. With the mower's geared-transmission, it doesn't matter whether I'm mowing uphill or down (my highest rise is about a 3-4' over a 90' stretch), the mower maintains whatever speed I've chosen. And I can quickly switch as I mow between fast and slow, or make small, incremental adjustments. Because of other commitments I wasn't able to mow my well-fertilized, well-watered, thick lawn for a week, but yesterday the mower (set at 3½")cut through 6-8 inch long grass like a hot knife through soft butter and the double blade system chopped so finely that there's hardly any evidence of clippings laying on top of the lawn (nothing like my previous mower which would clump up under the mower's cowl and lay bunches of "grass-eggs" all over the lawn--even when the grass was dry). Of course, I mowed fairly slowly to give this beauty plenty of time to finely chop all that grass. And, speaking of chopping, with this mower's wide range of grass-handling options, you have your pick from 0% to 100% rear discharge, 0% to 100% mulching, or 0% to 100% rear bagging by adjusting to any of several combinations of mulching and bagging, or mulching and rear discharging. There's a setting for everyone. Frankly though, with the way this mower handles 100% mulching, I don't know who would even need the grass-catching bag that comes with the mower--except, perhaps, the most fastidious lawn artistes and virtuosos. If I could, I'd give this mower a 10 out of 10. Well, what do you know! I just did. :-)

Good lawn mower, not so good blades

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, September 12, 2017
MS
Chicago, IL
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this lawn mower as it was top of the line with all the features I needed. You could set the speed you want it to run and further adjust it using a lever, or use it like a manual push mower if you want some exercise. Works excellent in all modes. Easy to maintain and the build looks sturdy after a summer of usage.

It does not cut the blades clean though. I observed fraying of the tips from day one. I returned it after first use and got a replacement. The replacement did not perform much better either. I checked the blades and they were brand new (as expected on a brand new model). I am living with it since the mower seems to be very good otherwise and durable. If it had a sharp cut, I would call it the best walk behind lawn mower.

This is "Lawnmower Heaven"

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, September 2, 2017
Tom
Penfield, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I have a lawn with about 40% hills on it and I've always had self-propelled mowers.  These mowers were OK but I still had to strain on the uphill legs, thus making it quite a chore to cut the lawn.   However, this Honda has surpassed all of them for sheer power going up those same hills.  Even with a full bag of grass, this mower literally pulls me up those hills.  I've also noted that when I bag my lawn clippings, this mower is the best I've used.  The control that disengages the blades while letting the engine idle makes for a quick bag dump without restarting.  In addition, if I decide to mulch, the Honda does not leave strings of clippings that I must rake up afterward.  The grass is so thoroughly mulched that you can't even notice it on the ground.  All in all, it's certainly worth the additional expense over lesser mowers.  I'm hoping to have many good years of use from this mower.  Great Job, Honda!!!

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 28, 2017
ardagman
Little Rock, AR
Type of use:  Residential

This is one great lawn mower. It has Plenty of power, yet very quiet compairatively and the drive train is smooth and pulls well up hills. A bit heavy to pull back on in tight corners. 

I replaced an 8 year old manual powerd Craftsman which I thought was a very good mower. There is a huge difference in the way they cut. I used the bag on my first mow on 4-5 inch tall bremuda grass, and wow does it hold some serious weight, the blades of grass were cut so fine, that it really packs in the grass. Be Careful that you dont over fill it, as the weight can be hefty to lift. 

My Second mowing, I used the mulch mode and zipped through my acre of yard in no time. You dont really see any grass trail as you did with the Craftsman. 

My Overall first impression, is that it's a very good cutting mower with plenty of power and drive to go though tall grasses easily. 

i would reccomend this model or any Honda Lawn Mower for that matter.

Spend the money its worth it. 

Love my new Honda Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 28, 2017
Stephanie
Germantown, TN
Type of use:  Residential
I was crushed when my 1983 model finally started smoking like crazy.  Didn't think my neighbors would appreciate me clogging the air weekly cutting my grass.  I was thrilled to find a new one that still had all the features that my old one did.  This one is even nicer!  Lighter and the handlebar was adjustable - crucial for us short people!  I love it!  It's quieter, lighter and does an awesome job!!!  Couldn't be happier!

Thank God I finally have a real lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, August 26, 2017
BobbyB
Manchester, NH
Type of use:  Residential
Just picked up and used for the first time. #1 make sure all wheels are set at the same height. Looked at front wheels only from factory at correct height, back wheels way lower. Made a 10' long mistake. After that everything went perfect. This mower holds the terrain, bag holds an incredible amount of clippings. Very happy. I will tell you that this is not a light machine. This is a heavy duty mower but with drive it goes and very easy to control. So long Toro, Craftsman and all you other pieces of crap. 

surging of engine without blade engaged

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 25, 2017
Jim
Emporia, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Have recently taken to shop for warranty work on carburetor due to terrible surge of engine without blade engaged.  it also has ceased to start on first pull and will not run at rest on low throttle setting.  Mechanic assures me that it is a jet which needs to be reamed out in carburetor, he says it is a very common problem even though the mower is new.  This should be addressed at assembly by dealer instead of requiring transportation back to dealer and waiting for service to be performed.

Warranty issues

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, August 24, 2017
jeff
Clearwater, FL
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased the HRX217HYA lawn mower in July 2015. I purchased the HRX because the Dealer said it was the top of the line in its class. I have a property that has a pond on it and it has been difficult to cut with other mowers.

This mower worked great for 2 years. Then the transmission started slipping so I brought it back. The dealer has now had it 5 weeks and says that Honda will not honor the 60 Month warranty. They say it is normal wear and tear.

This is a complete lie as this is supposed to be the best. So someone is lying to me

So far so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, August 23, 2017
JamesM
Talbott, TN
Type of use:  Residential

After owning a Toro recycler personal pace self propelled for 6 years, I was not happy with the drive system.  I worked good on concrete, but when pulling was really needed, I had to help it to much.  After much looking and discernation as to self propelled mowers available, the hydrostatic drive on the Honda appealled to me, even though the price was over double for what I had spent on the Toro 6 years prior.

So far I have used it twice.  Cutting thick and tall zoysia grass.  Pros:  can use regular gas with 10% methanol, started on first rope pull each time, easy to pull rope start, the variable speed lever has good settings, drive mechanism really pulls good-uphill with full basket, has large basket for catching clippings.

Cons:  If you have a lot of turning and twisting and backing up, the operation will take some getting used too.

So far I am happy with my purchase, but have only had it less than one week.

15 years of a great lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 21, 2017
JAD
Cabot , AR
Type of use:  Residential
this is my 2 honda lawnmower , the first one lasted over 15 years and it still going , i gave to a family that needed it , so i got a new one and I enjoy the twins blades and rear wheel drive . 

Honda HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 20, 2017
Damon
Rapid City, SD
Type of use:  Residential
Works really well in long thick grass like mine.  Has plenty of power and is relatively quiet compared to other mowers I've owned.  Transmission is a pleasure to operate and doesn't stall out in the thicker heavier grass.  Is not real easy to turn around in close quarters while handling the transport bar on mower.

Cuts well, runs good

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, August 17, 2017
BJ
Jackson , TN
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 3rd Honda of this model.  They last well, start easy, runs good in heavy cutting.  It does need wider tires and swivel mounts on the front.  Some type of gas gauge.  Overall, it is worth the big bucks, just for the clutch on the blade, witch will release itself at times. 

money well spend

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 14, 2017
DEMPSEY
COLLEGE PLACE, WA
Type of use:  Residential
this mower is easy to use and start. the blade clutch is a great feature, letting you empty catcher without stopping engine. speed control is also great. the control are very handy to use and adjust while mowing

Honda Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 13, 2017
Mike
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Everything was great on this lawnmower except the blade control lever would not engage. The metal of the lever was deformed so the clutch would not engage when I pushed the yellow blade control button. I had to use a pair of pliers to bend the end of the lever metal to free the obstacle.

I had bought two other Honda lawnmowers before and did not encounter any quality issues. I thought about taking the bright new lawnmower to the local Honda dealer to repair. But I could not wait because the grass was very long in my yards. So I took the risk of repairing myself. Fortunately it worked although I scratched the paint on the metal.

Dependability

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, August 12, 2017
Builder Bob
Draper, UT
Type of use:  Residential
Started on the first pull, rear wheels hard to set height but front wheels are easy, this is my third Honda mower so I believe in them, very expensive compared with other brands so I am hoping the quality expected is proven over the coming years.  Obviously I believe so.  Now that I bought this one, I certainly hope so!

sometimes a little patience helps

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, August 11, 2017
Mowermoto
Roscoe, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I ordered same model as this one 5 days earlier and when I started it up outside the mower made a high pitched screeching sound.  Ran it about 100 ft., headed back to garage, and left front wheel fell off just before getting there.  I loaded it up and went back to Home Depot.  They advised me to order another mower and that one would go back.  New one came to my house in two days and this one runs like a Honda should.  The first one must have had something wrong from assembly.  Thank you Home Depot, and thank you Honda. 

My second one

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Jimmy
Plymouth, MN
Type of use:  Residential

Was mowing last Thursday when my 12 year old Honda gave up. Went right out to Home Depot and replaced it. Set it up and continued mowing. I mow twice each week and people walking by usually comment that I have the nicest lawn in the neighborhood. I just love my Honda HRX217HYA, I always mulch when cutting grass and haven't raked a leaf since 1977.

Happy to have bought another HONDA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 30, 2017
Clubbie
Union Mills, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I've only had an opportunity to use the mower twice but I'm well pleased with its performance. For a mower with these features, it is surprisingly light weight and I have no problems handling it in tight quarters without using the self-propelled. I like being able to set my walking pace with a lever and I've become a fan of the rear discharge option when I'm not bagging, no discharge shute to keep up with. I feel the price was a little bit high but if it lasts as long as my last Honda lawn mower, I'll get over it.

BAD HONDA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 28, 2017
Tony Esqueda
Groves, TX
Type of use:  Residential
TAKING IT BACK TO THE DEADER!! DOES NOT CUT WELL, THE SPEED IS TO SLOW, AND TO TOP IT OFF IT'S MAKING A BIG NOISE, I THINK IT THE TRANSMISSION... THIS IS MY THIRD HONDA AND VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS PURCHASE!!!!

Works Amazing

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 24, 2017
Dom
West Mifflin, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Cuts good on all settings/discharge/mulch/bag. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to get a quality lawnmower.

Review for HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 21, 2017
Mark
Baton Rouge, LA
Type of use:  Residential
Love the mower hate the wheel adjustment. The back wheels are hard to adjust and see which setting they are on. I admit I am a little old man and not real strong in my hands this makes it harder than it should be.  Have had a mower with a Honda motor for over 14 years. The motor is still great it starts with one pull but the body is shot and getting it fixed was a pain.  The transmission is so smooth, I can adjust the speed as I mow without stopping.

Amazing cut

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Al
Rensselaer, NY
Type of use:  Residential
This is the second Honda HRX217HYA lawn mower I've used.  I talked my girlfriend into buying one and I mow her lawn.  It has been a joy to use.  It starts real easy, provides a great cut, and is easy to push forward.  Also, compared to others in the neighborhood the bag is much larger and really dices up the grass blades.  Although mine arrived whereby the blades won't engage properly, I'm sure once the factory authorized repair shop is done it'll perform just as well as my girlfriend's.  Just remember to change the oil, blades, and air-filter to ensure a long lasting, reliable mower for years to come.

It only worked 15 minutes. Stay away from this unit

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 18, 2017
lframirez
Omaha, NE
Type of use:  Residential

I used it only 15 minutes and it stopped working. I made sure the gas valve is on, spark plug cap did not come off, it just does not start. I  bought in Omaha, store: Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), and they does NOT exchange or take it back. NFM will not stand behind any power equipment that requires gas/oil to operate because some OSHA regulations. However other local stores (Home Depot, Lowes) do exchange and returns.
Do yourself a favor and buy your lawn mower elsewhere. 

Customer Service at NFM said they can't do anything about it and gave me the Honda Power Equipment Division phone number. nice!!

I called Honda, and they said to take the lawn mower to a local service repair shop. I will have to pay for the pick/delivery, and be out of lawn mower for 2 to 3 weeks. 

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 16, 2017
PaPa
Midwest City, OK
Type of use:  Residential
This is the 3rd mower that I have had of this type and have loved each one.  One I gave to my son and the other I worked it to death.  Started on first pull, went as fast as I wanted to go and easy to set up and change to another setting.

Awesome Mower!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 14, 2017
Chef
Anchorage, AK
Type of use:  Residential
Great quality with added features like the blade stop that allows your mower to idle while you change out the grass bag. Started right up on first pull and did a great job on the first mow. Adjusting the height on the mower in order to get your grass the perfect length is super easy. This mower is worth the extra bucks.

bad move

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 13, 2017
rod
seneca falls, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower for my wife to make it easier for her mowing.It starts easy,and cuts great even in tall wet grass. The design of this mower stinks.After one use the clutch handle wouldn't release.After two repair visits they told me to oil it after every use.The lever for mulching or bagging doesn't work.You have to reach under the deck to open or close the door. The speed control is a joke.It works great if its on a flat surface,but if you're going up a grade you have to change the speed,then chase the mower going down.They should take a lesson from Toro with their personal pace system which works great no matter what grade you're mowing on.The rear wheel drive is really bad.You have to release the clutch every time you want to turn or the mower will pull you away.we're really disappointed in this Honda product.Now i'm stuck with the Honda,while my wife uses my Toro.

Love My Honda Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 13, 2017
Jeff T.
MESQUITE, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I've used my new Honda mower twice since I bought it last week. It leaves the yard looking better than it ever has. Cuts great and the hydra static transmission makes mowing a breeze.  I did have a problem with the carburetor leaking fuel after I mowed the second time and filled the tank up, fuel ran all down the deck. I took the mower to a Honda repair shop, they had it fixed in about 20 minutes.  Don't know what the problem was but it's back home and ready to mow again. I am very happy with this mower!

Love My Honda Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 13, 2017
Jeff T.
MESQUITE, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I've used my new Honda mower twice since I bought it last week. It leaves the yard looking better than it ever has. Cuts great and the hydra static transmission makes mowing a breeze.  I did have a problem with the carburetor leaking fuel after I mowed the second time and filled the tank up, fuel ran all down the deck. I took the mower to a Honda repair shop, they had it fixed in about 20 minutes.  Don't know what the problem was but it's back home and ready to mow again. I am very happy with this mower!

From Toro to Honda...never going back!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 10, 2017
K.Alexander
Annapolis, MD
Type of use:  Residential
I've had Toro mowers for years and was always happy with them...until, I got a Honda!  Now i'm a Honda guy.  It was time for a new mower and after doing a lot of research I decided to spend a little more and go with the Honda HRX 217 HYA.  Wow what a difference!  Cut quality, build quality and features are all top notch!  This mower is by far the best mulching mower i've ever used and when it's time to bag, its got that covered too.  No more struggling on hills and no more bogging down in thick grass.  This thing eats through even the thickest grass and flys up hills as if they weren't there at all!  My old toro struggled with hills and thick grass and when I used attached my lawn stryper it became almost impossible to mow up hill.  As for the Honda, well its no problem...even with the stryper attached and the bag almost full.  The Honda transmission is insane!  Set it to full speed and good luck keeping up with it!  This mower is fast, solid and worth every penny.  Compared to the Honda HRX 217, every other mower is a toy.  Buy it and don't look back!

Honda has the best lawnmowers on the market

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 10, 2017
Chris
Ponchatoula, LA
Type of use:  Residential
After 21 years of service it was time to make a new purchase. I did do some research on other mowers, but could not find any to compare with the Honda. As I went to the store to make my purchase there was a guy passing by and he said he had his Honda mower for 12 years. Used it today and it performed as expected. Great mower!

Best lawn mower ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 10, 2017
Bob
Mobile, AL
Type of use:  Residential
My last two mowers were craftsman with Honda 160 engines. My new house is hilly and the 160 needed a little  help going up hills. The new Honda has all the power I need. I will take a little getting used to because it feels like it is trying to get away from me. I love it.

I guess I'll give Honda a Second Chance...

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 10, 2017
Drew
Madison, AL
Type of use:  Residential

I only got 25 years out of a HRM15HXA.  I mean, it still runs, but the hydrostatic drive is making a clanking noise.  It probably needs more fluid, but I am tired of this one.

No kidding.  25 years and still running.  Original engine with a new carb. No smoke, etc.  It HAS been transferred to a HRM14SX deck because I shattered the original.  The blade caught a bungie cord deep in the grass and slung the metal end against the deck.

Unlike many of you, I knew what I was getting into, but I was also familiar with using the system. 

It's heavy. Learn to dance with it. Let it do the work.  It can take it.

It starts first time every time.  I like the auto-choke much better than the manual choke.

The built in mulching system is a champ.  Try replacing a lost mulch plug from an earlier system?  Good luck with that.

It goes much further on a tank of gas. 

The microcut blades do in fact seem to shred everything smaller and pack it in tighter.  It goes much further between bag empties.

It will adjust as fast or as slow as you want. 

It has an additional height adjustment over it's predecessor.

The deck is shatterproof (!)

It has a 5 year warranty if registered.

It powers through the thickest, deepest grass

I am pretty sure I just bought my last lawnmower.

So far so good....

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 8, 2017
RonBMC
Knoxville, TN
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this mower as a replacement for a 23 year old troybilt.  Assembly was super easy and it started on the first pull.  Everything seems to work great.  Cuts good, operation is simple. I used it on dry and wet grass and it cut both equally well.  The bagger seems to work pretty good.  I have not yet tried the mulching option. I like the fuel cut-off valve and the option that allows you to stop the mower  blade without shutting off the engine. Ergonomically, the placement of the handle, clutch and blade operator could be better, its a little awkward and takes some getting used to.

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Snake
Garden City, MI
Type of use:  Residential
My current Honda mower HRM215HXA was purchased on May 29, 1999, and although it started smoking a little, it still starts on the first pull. The wheels have been replaced and the start pull cord has been replaced, but overall it has been an Excellent lawn mower.  I have used the New mower two times and found it to be every bit a quality mower as my old one. The wheels on all Honda mowers feel solid with ball bearings and not flimsy like some mowers. You get what you pay for, in my opinion.

Great machine, mediocre cut quality - stragglers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 19, 2017
Mike
Fort Wayne, IN
Type of use:  Residential

I had one small issue with the carb out of the box, but it was a quick fix. The mower runs great, starts up first pull, very powerful, mulches super fine, handles good, but it's got no suction whatsoever while mulching. The result is it leaves stragglers, uncut blades of grass that were bent over or not standing up perfectly straight. The areas the wheels go over are the worst, as they lay the grass down, then the mower is unable to fully stand them up to cut them. I can mow over sticks and rocks without fear, because this mower simply won't pick them up.

It's a bit better when bagging or cutting fairly short, but I live in northern Indiana and I want to mulch and cut high. I've tried many fixes, including verifying the RPMs, tilting the mower deck forward or back, opening the clip director chute some, mowing very slowly, new blades - but the results are always similar.

After doing a lot of research online, I believe the older versions of this mower are considerably better for suction, many with older HRX217 owners  say their mower actually has a lot of suction while mulching - which is something no one could say about my fairly new HRX217 (purchased fall 2016). There are many revisions to the HRX217, my theory is perhaps they tweaked the deck and it inadvertently removed all suction from the design - but it could be many things. I hope Honda recognizes this issue and determines a fix somehow, I've been hearing more and more people complaining about this same issue recently.

I've attempted to contact Honda directly, they refuse to talk and simply direct me to my nearest dealer, who has been no help at all - the mower is working fine mechanically. In the mean time, my neighbor's HRR216 cuts significantly better, and I'm feeling cheated out of the extra $329 I spent on the HRX.

My 1st Honda Mower, Why Did I Wait So Long???

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 19, 2017
SCBadger
Fort Mill, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Honda mowers have long had a reputation as a top rated machine.  Money is well spent on design, features, materials, ease of use, ease of maintenance, reliability, and top performance.  A short cut to finish my lawn today started to demonstrate some of these to me.  I'm looking forward to a long relationship with this mower and am kicking myself for putting up with the frustrations of the previous (non Honda) machine as it came to it's end.

Just What I Needed!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 19, 2017
Marty
Edgewater, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is awesome!  I live in Florida and my yard is very thick St. Augustine grass.  My yard is not flat either as it has a swale for when it rains.  This mower cuts through the thick grass up and down the swale with ease.  Is starts with the lightest of pulls and always on the first pull.  I've used another very popular brand (rhymes with flapper) for years and wish I would have switched a long time ago.  The engine is not nearly as loud too.  The easy to fold up handles saves a lot of space in my garage.  Thats worth the price of admission alone!  I'm very pleased thus far.  

First Impression

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Gregs
Marquette, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Just pulled it out of the box and it took all of 15 minutes to start it up. Spent most of the 15 minutes reading the manual. Very, very easy to start. I'm glad I did pay to get the electric start as I don't think I would use it anyway. Ran fine and looks like a winner!!

A good mower, but....

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Ron
Punta Gorda, FL
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower in January and thanks to the long Florida drought I used it for just the fourth time today. This is my first Honda mower,but I have driven Honda cars and SUV's exclusively since 1990 so I am very familiar with Honda quality. So here are the positives so far:

The cut is first rate. I have the mower height set at the next to highest setting possible as I like my grass longer, plus it's healthier for the grass.

The controls are located in a good spot and are comfortable to operate.

The ability to select bag,mulch,or someplace in between is a great feature. 

While the gas tank could be a bit larger, I appreciate being able to mow my small lawn on one tank of fuel. The engine appears to be very efficient.

This mower starts on the first pull every time. That is priceless!

The engine noise is much lower than my neighbor's walk behind.

Now for some "opportunities for improvement":

I purchased this mower in January of this year. Brand new, in the box, and never opened. Imagine my great surprise when I found out that it was actually built in 2014!! Why did the dealer sell me an old stock mowervwhen I wanted a brand new model?

I have noticed that the drive wheel will not drive the mower at times, but the wheel continues to spin. Is this a defect, or is only one wheel supposed to drive the mower? With the mower height set at the next to the highest level, I know the mower isn't bogging down due to that. I have actual to push the mower several times to get it going. Having a serious back injury, I do not like this at all.

So to summarize, the mower cuts well, is fuel efficient, quiet, has a lot of valuable features, and is a quality machine. The two items I listed as areas for improvement concern me, if I'm being honest. Were I asked to recommend this mower I would do so, albeit hesitantly.

Owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 10, 2017
Shawki
Silver Spring, MD
Type of use:  Residential

Machine is excellent. I bought the first machine from Home depot, the Throttle Lever was not function properly. The manager immediately exchange it to another one which is functioning very well.

THANKS.

Defective transmission

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 8, 2017
Rich
Vernon, CT
Type of use:  Residential
Mower arrived with leaking transmission, wasn't obvious until after added fuel and oil and ran mower up and down the driveway, leaving behind a trail of transmission oil on my new driveway.   Transmission was also very noisy.   Transmission iis being replaced by Honda.   Poor quality control does not allow me to recommend the mower, as much as I've always owned Honda power equipment.

honda mowers

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 7, 2017
al
Midlothian, TX
Type of use:  
The best walk behind mower you can buy.

My 2nd Honda lawnmower in 25 years!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 6, 2017
MJ
Atlanta, GA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought the 1st one used and it lasted that long though I became pretty skilled at repairing it. I looked at the battery stuff which conceptually I like but in the end had to go with another Honda. At my age it will probably outlive me!

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Radari216
Loudon, TN
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda hydrostatic drive mower.  The first one lasted over twenty years and I only sold it because I needed to get a rider for a larger yard.  Moved into a different house where I needed a walk behind again and bought the same mower from Honda I used before except of course it was the updated model.  I am mulching now and the mower does a great job (no more bagging).  I had an aluminum deck before but the new model has a synthetic deck which so far I like.  Doesn't hold the wet grass so much and seems to be a lot easier to hose off after I finish mowing.  I am on a steep grade and the mower handles the incline fine.  Lawn cutting services around here charge $35 per cut so the mower will pay for itself in 6 months.  Five stars.    

Outstanding machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 5, 2017
Ron
Waynesville, NC
Type of use:  Residential

This mower is an additional one to supplement my 28 year old Honda mower that still starts on the first pull of the starter cord! The old Honda is very dependable; the only repair requiring the dealer technician was a broken shifting cable to the transmission. 

Due to my property and its topography, that makes moving a mower a real chore, I need 2 mowers.  I've had several of the $100 cheap mowers but they don't last and are not dependable.  My first Honda was the reason I bought a second one.  The features and controls on the new HRX217HYA are the same as my old Honda.  If this new mower works anything like the old one I'll be very pleased. 

I also get very good service from my Honda dealer; I prefer doing business with local folks.

My New Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 3, 2017
John
Monticello, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Wow! The Beast makes mowing as close to fun as it gets! I had some wet grass, over grown grass, even weeds and not once did the mower bog down. I have it set to mulch and what a wonderful job the Beast does! Clippings are super fine cut, no "dead brown grass" on top of my yard. I only have one complaint-I didn't get the Beast sooner!! 

Replaced 11-Year Old Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 2, 2017
Mike O
Broken Arrow, OK
Type of use:  Residential

My 11-year old HRX mower gave up the ghost this week, so it was time to replace it.  I replaced it with the same model, and can offer the following observations after my first mowing with it:

--  This one rolls much smoother.

--  I like the way the folding handle was redesigned...much easier to use now.

--  No more choke position on the throttle control...hopefully I won't miss it.  (LOL)

There are a couple of things I wish:

--  In over 10 years, this mower has essentially remained the same. Seems odd to me that Honda's not been able to come up with anything substantially better in that period of time.

--  I wish it had a mower deck washout port, as I wouldn't have to flip it over to clean underneath.

--  The deck height levers haven't changed.  While the deck height was easy to adjust before I used it the first time, I'm fairly certain it will be difficult after a few uses.  The levers are too short to easily move the wheels up/down the adjustment slots.

-- It's still too expensive...hundreds more than any other residential mower out there.

-- Still no AWD.

--  Still no oil drain plug.

--  Clip director still doesn't completely seal grass clippings from entering the discharge area when the knob is all the way over to the mulch position.

Despite the above, it's still the best residential mower out there. I consider over 10 years of life a sign of a well made product.

Upgrades

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 2, 2017
Tom
PLYMOUTH, MI
Type of use:  Residential

Fast start. No Choke.

Problem 1 month into ownership

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 30, 2017
gofisch
Bloomington, IL
Type of use:  Residential
The mower performed great for the first 4 weeks. On the 5 cutting I noticed gas leaking out of the air cleaner. I shut off the gas and cleaned up the mower. I took it to an authorized repair shop. They called me a few hours later and said that a piece of plastic was found in the carburetor as well as a piece of electrical tape on one of the gaskets. This mower was bought brand new from Home Depot. It arrived boxed up. It had never been out of the box as far as I could tell. The charge was $88 to make the repairs. I was told this was not a warranty issue. Nobody could explain how the plastic got there so I was charged. It's a shame to spend almost $800 on a mower and have to have repairs done after 4 weeks of use. This being said I still think this is a great mower - I just had bad luck.  

Excited

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Orlyn
Elk River, MN
Type of use:  Residential

While I have only used this lawn mower one time I must say I am excited to be able to go use it again.  I actually bought a zero turn lawn mower which I love riding but I have some steep hills and to be honest it is horrible on the hills as the rear wheels want to spin too much trying to turn.  Plus I have some areas it is difficult to mow around so I wanted a push mower.  I selected the Honda due to all of the  (1) great reviews.  Now I know why. Out of the box it was so easy to get set up.   (2) YES, it did start on the very first pull as has no choke to mess with.  Loved that!  I also purchased this mower because (3) it did not have a side discharge to shoot grass into the street (as I like to alternate directions so the grass does not continually lay in one direction), or into the landscaped areas, etc.  Love that feature for sure.  (4) The ability to "blend" the amount of grass into the bag/mulched.  (5) Hydrostatic drive is a real treat to use. (6) The feature of not having to restart to briefly stop mowing plus the engine speed control. (7) the fold down handle for storage is also quite nice. (8) Rear wheel drive for my hills...it worked flawlessly and made it very easy to mow hills.

 Thank you Honda for such a fine mower.

Fantastic Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 28, 2017
Mike
West Hartford, CT
Type of use:  Residential

Although it was at the high end of the price point I wanted to spend, I have only used it for a month and it is worth every penny.   This mower has a quality build, is quiet, quick, and cuts amazingly well.  I've used it a handful of times so far on my Rental Property and my own lawn. The  HRX2175HYAA is really light and sturdy, making it easy to transport.  Also, I have had a pressure washer since 2006 with a Honda engine, which I take care of, and it starts flawlessly every time.  Hoping this mower will last just as long and beyond.  Looking into Honda's modular trimmer system next.

Best,

Mike

Quality mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 28, 2017
Mike
Bernville, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I am very pleased with the performance of the mower. It mows beautifully and is very effortless to use. I wanted a mower with a good rugged drive system for the demands of my property and this mower has one.

Job will done

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Darwin L. Fullmer
Kearney, NE
Type of use:  Residential
I like the way the lawn mower handle and the quality of it!!

Great Mower-Disturbing Authorized Dealer

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Robert
Lebanon, MO
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased mower from Home Depot after two concerning attempts to purchase through authorized dealer Honda of Springfield. Almost didn't buy a Honda because of this. Easy mower prep before use (watch videos). Mower is great just need a bigger yard to use it at it's full potential. Have used it six times and always starts instantly. I would most definitely recommend this mower just be aware that it is a heavy mower and may be difficult to use in yards that are smaller or have many obstacles to mow around.

product registration

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ron
Graham, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I am very pleased with the mower but printing the product registration required six [6] pages when one would and should be sufficient. This procedure needs to be corrected. Thank you.

Initial Thoughts

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 22, 2017
CD
Mountain Top, PA
Type of use:  Residential

We got as far as assembling the mower as our grass didn't need to be cut yet. This mower is a replacement for our John Deere (17 years) which decided to die in the middle of mowing. Borrowed our neighbors mower to finish lawn. Looked at the internet to see what was rated the best. This Honda was the best. Located the store (Home Depot) and purchased it. It started right up. Looking forward to using it when it is time to mow again. If I am allowed I will add another comment once I put it to actual use. Love it so far.

Great Lawn Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 20, 2017
jo2017
Sewickley, PA
Type of use:  Residential

Great lawn mower.  I was a little concerned about it mowing up steep slopes as I have several and a hilly terrain.  I chose this model after reading a review by another owner that recommended the HYA model with the hydrostatic transmission for it being able to handle steep slopes better than the VYA model.  I am glad that I chose this model as it powers itself up the steep slopes.  The lawnmower I replaced this with I would have to help it up the steep hills (push) or otherwise it's rear wheels would spin in place.  This machine is a little heavier than my previous mower but that is what it takes to get up the hills.

I like all of the features especially the mulching capabilities.  I used to bag the grass clippings with my previous mower but this mower does such a great job on mulching that I have been mulching 100% saving all of the time and work. 

The only improvement that I would recommend looking into would be the use of the of the power clutch.  My previous lawn mower (different brand) the power clutch handle was within grasping grip.  It was easier to power up 4-6 FT hills and then release to lower the mower.  This model you have to keep one of your hands to the side to push the handle.  Luckily I have larger hands and I can reach it with my thumb, it takes a little bit of getting use to it.  This is the reason for the 4 star ease of use, otherwise I am very happy with the lawn mower and would recommend it. 

Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 16, 2017
John
Golden, CO
Type of use:  Residential

I'm very pleased with my purchase of this lawnmower. I like the ease in which my lawnmower starts on the first start.  I like the fact that I can let the motor continue to run while I empty the grass clippings. I like the ease in which the grass catcher is easy to remove from the rear discharge guard. The option of being able to either mulch or catch the grass with ease is a great option to have.

My son recommended this lawnmower to me and I would absolutely recommend the Honda Lawn Mower to anyone looking to purchase a lawnmower.

Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 16, 2017
engine jim
Excelsior, MN
Type of use:  Residential
Very high quality. The machine does a great job. The two issues I have is the mower is heavy and the fuel tank needs to be larger. I ran out of gas before I finished cutting my lawn. Highly recommend!

Love Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TD
Amarillo , TX
Type of use:  Residential
  I got my Honda mower today May 16 2017 . I inspected the box it came in from Fedx. Went over the directions and and filled with oil and fuel. When I started mowing fuel was all over the deck and leaking out of the Carb. Took carb off inspected it and found metal shaving stuck in float needle. Cleaned out reinstalled carb and ran and finished yard. The mower performs very well. This could have happen on any brand mower. Still glad I bought a Honda ! The reason I give it 2 stars is not for the quality of the mower the mower is great  but for quality control on the carb issue .

Satisfied customer

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 16, 2017
James Harlon Stewart
Advance, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Have used it twice already and very pleased with handling  and results!  Great mower!

Second Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 15, 2017
Mick
HUBER HEIGHTS, OH
Type of use:  

My only complaint, other than expensive, is the blade engagement yellow button could use a mirror on the right

side. The blade clutch is a wonderful feature, and the cruise-control self-propelled feature is great so far.

Almost perfect

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 15, 2017
Ray
Richmond, VA
Type of use:  Residential

 Not as nimble as I'd like around trees and shrubs. Would like if handles had a grip textured surface. Otherwise a great machine.

Yard Surgon

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 12, 2017
LikeItNeat
mesquite, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Best lawn mower I have used. It does all as advertised! Can't go wrong with this lawn mower by Honda.

best mower ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 11, 2017
joshua
bel air, MD
Type of use:  Residential
i work at a retailer that sells Honda and they are by far the best push mowers on the market bar none. my only problem is that they don't make tractors anymore lol cause we would have bought one of those as well

Perfect

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 10, 2017
GZ
Mantua, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
I had a Honda lawn mower for about 15 years and finally war it out. I didn't even consider another brand. The new Honda I purchased is excellent and I hope I get 15 years out of this one. 

out with the old in with the new

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 7, 2017
Craig
Kansas City , MO
Type of use:  Residential

Replacing an 18yr old Honda HRB 215 that just wore out. Mowed once with the HRX 217, outstanding. What more can I say, it's a HONDA!!

Wonderful lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 5, 2017
Chuck B
Tacoma , WA
Type of use:  Residential
This lawnmower replaces a 30 year old one. I tested it in tall grass with  the bag, no clumps left on the lawn. Then I tested it in another area in full mulch in 4" tall grass with no problems. The rear discharge works well too. Easy to start. Didn't need to stop the mower to empty the bag each time. Nice upgrade from my old one. 

Honda lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 5, 2017
Hal
Salem, OR
Type of use:  Residential
This is the third Honda mower that I have owned.  The first lasted 10 years and had an aluminum deck. The last one was just like this model and  the engine continues to run fine, always starts with easy pulls. I'm replacing it with a new one because the plastic deck cracked after about 19 years of heavy use.  The Crack allowed the drive wheels to get out of allignment and then they lost contact with the drive shaft.  When I purchased it it had a lifetime warranty on the plastic deck, but frankly that has been so long ago that I no longer have the receipt ,or know where I purchased it. It could probably be fixed, but I think now it would be more trouble than I want to go through and besides I wanted the new features.

217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Papa
Harrisburg, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I had a mower just like this one for 20 years, and it started on the first pull every time. I am not kidding this one is just as good if not better.  Easy setup and easy start.

BEST MOWER EVER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, May 2, 2017
grandpa
byram, MS
Type of use:  Residential

I have been a fan of another brand for 20 years. when it came time to purchase another mover I did my home work. Being 71 years young I need one that will last and must be easy to operate. Searching the web and reading reviews and actually visiting stores that had the different brands I settled on my Honda. I have not been disappointed. the Honda stars on first pull with no priming. The cut is terrific and the ability to select what amount will be bagged and mulched is the best feature. The mulched grass is so fine that I could not even see it. Unlike the other brand, the Honda packs the bag with clippings. The self propelled feature is a must with the contour of my yard and it will go from turtle to the rabbit and it maintains the set speed. I am happy I settled on the Honda because I am definitely not disappointed.

GREAT MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 28, 2017
DANDY
LAKEVILLE, MN
Type of use:  Residential
EASY START AND OPERATIONS.  I RESEARCHED ALOT OF MOWERS AND DETERMINED AFTER READING REVIEWS, AND TALKING WITH CONSUMERS, THE HONDA MOWER WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE.

Very impressive Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, April 24, 2017
ZZTODD
Lake Winnebago, MO
Type of use:  Residential

The 190CC engine went right through areas in my lawn that my previous mower would bog down, and leave piles of clumps.  Additionally the multiple speed options really helped during parts of my yard that require a lot of turns, as well as the long stretches that I wanted to move faster in.  I love the feature that stops the blade rotation but keeps the engine running!  When I bag later in the year, I will love that even more.  Great mower, only wish it wasn't so pricey, but it clearly separated from the rest of the mowers I considered.

Tall grass not a problem.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, April 24, 2017
Ray
Fairless Hills, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Lots of power, cuts through tall wet grass without stalling when moving at a normal speed. Mulches better than other mowers I had in the past. Starts on one pull. If tilting mower toward carburetor to clean, fuel will leak out of carburetor. Need to shut off fuel valve and run engine till it stalls before tilting. Need two hands on handle at all times to operate, one on blade lever and one on drive lever. Starting and stopping around obstacles using the drive lever is a little awkward, in time I think I'll adapt. Good quality, overall a good choice.

Duke

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Duke
Evansville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Bought a top of the line Honda HR214SXA mower in 1989 and after 28 years it still runs perfect and starts first or second pull every time. I'm giving my old mower to my son so that he can have a quality mower for his new yard and I have replaced it with a new Honda HRX217HYA. I wasn't sure if it could live up to my old mower but I have been impressed to see that the power, quality, and features are still in Honda mowers. The GCV190 engine with auto-choke starts first pull and it has amazing power, smooth running and quiet. The self propelled is hands down the best on the market, blades cut smooth and clean and i highly recommend getting Roto-stop blade stop system, which I had on my old Honda and knew I couldn't live without on my new Honda. There's just too many times you have to stop mowing to pick up a stick, move something or empty a grass bag and you don't want to have to re-start the engine every time you stop mowing. Hands down this is a better mower than my last Honda right now, but we have 28 years to go.  

great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, March 25, 2017
Big Dogg
Westminster, CO
Type of use:  Residential
initial use is amazing love all of the features. the blade stop feature is great for me as I have small children

HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Karen OConnor
St. Louis, MO
Type of use:  Residential

i have spent 2 days trying to contact Honda for warranty work on my lawn mower

with no calls back. Cannot speak with anyone.

Stumped

WIsh i had bought a Torro

Thanks for stealing my money

Not received any support from HOnda

Overall ratings POOR

Very frustrated

first use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Clark Rich
Yorktown, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Only used once so far! Reasonable set up; packaging adequate;instructions complete; started in one pull (tried several times and it was always one pull).  Runs strong and mulches very nicely.  I am adjusting to the variable speed automatic drive; it is powerful and works very well.  I like the ability to stop the blade without stopping the engine (so I can cross my gravel drive).  Adjustable height handle is great for multiple users.  Height adjustment is simple to use.  Much smoother running than previous mowers I have owned.  If you have the ability to buy this slightly more expensive mower, I recommend you do so based on my limited test.  

On Time

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ricky
Panama City, FL
Type of use:  Residential

I have been looking for years and now I have found what makes a great mower ,Honda. Thanks this the mower for life no more looking. Cutting is a breeze, I love my new mower.

Very smooth operator

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, March 18, 2017
GardNVarcher
Gardnerville, NV
Type of use:  Residential
The mower worked perfectly first time out.  The cut was very smooth, bagging of grass and lawn debris was very efficient, and it started easily on the first pull.  Documentation with the mower is well written

Honda mower with blade clutch and hydraulic drive

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, March 2, 2017
Tom
Mesa, AZ
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased the blade clutch model with hydraulic drive so I would not have to start the mower every time I needed to empty the bag.  The first thing I did was disconnect the starter cord from handle bar and rotated the starter so the starter cord comes out on the opposite side of the mower.  I have read multiple complaints that the starter cord when connected to the handle bar interferes with the removal and installation of the bag.  I agreed and made that comment at a dealer.  The dealer recommended that I do the above so it will be easier to remove and install the rear bag.  I am glad I did it.  The only other thing  I wish that the mower had was a mechanism to keep the black bagger cover up and out of the way so I don't have to hold it when removing and installing the bag.  It would be nice if it had that.  It is highly recommended that you shut off the gas valve and run the mower engine dry of gas to keep the carburetor dry and clean and eliminate the potential of gas going bad while in the carburetor and destroying the carburetor when not being used.  I have not yet dealt with the ease or difficulty of pulling the mower backwards.  I just got the mower today and made sure it would run.  The mower now has a automatic choke.  I believe that it had a manual choke in previous to this year.  At least the one on display at the dealer had a manual choke.  I bought mine online.

started instantly

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Clark
Yorktown, VA
Type of use:  Residential
works as advertised.  Easy start (even when hot).  I like the blade brake feature.  I can power it over my gravel driveway without problems.  

Very-very good Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, February 27, 2017
mjdart
Coral Springs, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Ordered on-line and it arrived in a very sturdy Honda Box. Opened the lid and all I had to do was lift it out, add oil and put the grass catcher on its frame. That took me a few minutes but that was it. Adjusted handlebar , twist pins are very nice.I put some REC 90 non ethanol gas in the tank and lightly pulled the cord. It started instantly - wow, new out of the box and it fires first pull, very impressive. Operation is very simple and once I got the hand of using left hand to hold blade control and right hand to engage drive I was off and cutting. I also like the mulch/bag lever for simplicity. I also really like the performance, very quiet engine and it's really a very stylish mower. I can see many years of service with this fine machine.

Honda HRX217 - Residential Use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, January 31, 2017
hunter629
hoover, AL
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
This is my 2nd HRX217 since 2004. My first mower lasted me 12 years and I sold it last winter for over $150.00. These mowers hold value because they are a great mower. I worked as a commercial landscaper for roughly 9 years through high school, college, and a few years after graduating (on the side) and I must say - this is as reliable or even more reliable than the high priced commercial mowers. The dual blade system gives you a great cut and a very clean look. I highly recommend this mower!

Can't be Beat

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, December 17, 2016
Bob
Edinburg, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I have only used this mower twice and only in mulch mode. It starts easily (especially if you remember to move the throttle from STOP to FAST) and cuts our St Augustine grass extremely well. I have adjusted the speed to a comfortable pace for me and can see that it has much slower and much faster speeds available. It is taking me a little while to become habitual about hand placement on the blade control and propulsion levers. It's not that it is difficult, just that it needs to be automatic without thinking about where each hand goes. The propulsion lever requires a little nudge when it is released or it wants to stay engaged. I especially like the 4" cutting height which allows the grass to be a bit more natural and look very green and lush compared to the previous mower which cut at 3" and exposed a lot of brown stubble.

Honda HRX is King

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, November 8, 2016
TP
Sioux Falls, SD
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is the best.  It started on the first pull.  It cuts beautifully and has great suction on the leaves.

Expensive, but very nice

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, November 7, 2016
Mar
Maple Grove, MN
Type of use:  Residential

His is a high end, self-propelled mower. My yard is hilly and hard to mow so 'self-propelled' was an important feature. Other feature are easy to use (bagger vs. mulch). It has a double blade and make a good cut. Starts easily. 

I wish there were a way to get fuel into mowers with no drips or spills! Seems like a no-brainer design issue!

homeowner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, October 28, 2016
mike
Farr West, UT
Type of use:  Residential
used one time feels just like the first one I bought 30 years ago seems to do just as good a job so far. I like the bigger wheels the bag appears bigger. 

Honda mower amazing

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Steve
Osseo, MN
Type of use:  Residential
I've had it less than a month. It cuts grass great and self propel is smooth and easy to use. Love that it mulches leaves so well.

Better than expected!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, October 23, 2016
Tom
Wilmington, NC
Type of use:  Residential

I bought the HRX217HYA as a replacement for my 30 year old HR215 which finally gave way to old age.

I know how well these mowers are made, having 30 years of trouble free operation, but I was very surprised as to how much better the new model performs. It apparently has more power, and its ability to lift grass and leaves off the ground is amazing. The ability to select bagging, mulching, or a variable proportion of each is, to me, a very useful option.

It carries a premium price, but I believe it is worth it because of its premium performance. 

Honda HRX217HYA Lawnmower review

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Moe
HOUSTON, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Great lawnmower. Having owned several Honda lawnmowers, this one is the best.

Had to get use to the rear discharge, however the other features make up for this.

Love this mower.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, September 30, 2016
rc
salt lake, UT
Type of use:  Residential

I'll look like a fool posting five stars on everything. I'll knock one star off for how it turns.  Its fairly heavy, and slightly cumbersome in sharp turns.  Of course, the machine is very stable in a straight line, and nothing knocks it off course.  This mower replaced my Honda Harmony that I bought in 2006.  The old one is still running, but ended up with transmission issues.  I mention it only because this mower has the larger, more powerful 190 engine, and it is amazing.  My lawn is very thick.  Its some special low water blend. Thats wonderful, until it rains and we get too much water.  It then grows into this nightmarish, thick thing that my older Harmony just wont go through. This mower went through this grass with zero issue.     Yes, its more expensive than others, but its quiet, the bag design is simple and tough, and this is the mower to have, if you possibly can.   Its very quiet.  Modern regulations, Im sure, but it is still very powerful, even at my 5000ft altitude.

Greatest Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, September 23, 2016
Doc
Bismarck, ND
Type of use:  Residential
Like the smoothness of the hydrostatic drive.  Also like the feature of mulching and bagging with a simple movement of a lever.  Also like the numbering of the cutting height.  All features that I did not have with my old Harmony mower.

HRX217HYA Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Alden
Spokane, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Extremely pleased with the HRX217HYA performance, especially the hydrostatic Cruise Control transmission. I had to return an HRX217VYA, as the Select Drive did not do well with the up & down hills and flats on my lawn. I had to constantly adjust the knob to the high side to get it up the hill, and then it would run way too fast on the flat. The hydro is much better suited to a hilly lawn, either that or the VYA I had wasn't working properly. Home Depot took it back; no problem with the return. As for the HRX features, the bigger 190cc engine does a great job starting with one pull and cutting thick grass. I really like the Mulch/Bag adjustment mix feature. Overall, I would highly recommend this mower. I do not normally post reviews, but want to let others know that if they have a hilly lawn, this mower is worth a serious look. It does get a bit heavy when it starts to accumulate grass and wants to wheelie on the up hill climb when getting close to full, but not a biggie to empty it!

owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, September 7, 2016
CEH
The Villages, FL
Type of use:  Residential

My new mower preformed as I had expected.  Very good handling & ease of operating.

ease of operation & handling

First Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, September 5, 2016
Steve
Elgin, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased my first Honda HRX217HYA mower. Love it and can't believe how powerful it goes thru thick wet grass with ease.  So far best mower I have ever owned. 

Great mower, horrible replacement blades

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Sgt. Mann
Jacksonville, FL
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this mower about 3 years ago.  I have used it twice a week with the exception of very short winter here in Florida. The original blades lasted more than one season and the replacement blades (I only use Honda replacement products) only last about two months ( i purchase about three sets every summer).  Now the mulch/ bag plastic guard is falling apart. Have to try and find a better mower that has better replacement blades.

Pushmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 23, 2016
miguel
belvidere, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
I don't have that same mower. Mines a little older but it still has that orange lever for the hydrostatic tranny. I think that orange lever is the smartest thing since sliced bread. Because you can pull it back and the self propel goes super duper slow. The reason I love that is because you can go super slow through super tall grass without pushing it and boging it.

good lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 8, 2016
C
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Have  new lawnmower, model # HRX217HYA since 2015 and as always, I like it. I have a Honda motorcycle and car and they perform well too.

Simply OUTSTANDING

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, August 7, 2016
TP in GR
Grand Rapids, MI
Type of use:  Residential

Weekend warrior's ... This is a good follow-up to the last Honda I owned for 23 years of service, the original plastic deck Honda...believe it was a HSX.  Two lawn mowers in a lifetime...  The last plastic deck Honda I owned (first year produced cracked in the left front...wish it was lifetime warranted...new one is)  withstood my second son not putting oil in it post a change for 10 minutes, and lasted 3 more years....or it may have gone to 30 years. I was able to re-in force the deck with metal pannels...to keep going... I was even able to rotate the tires with the gears...re-melted on, backs wore out.

Found this new HRX at Home Depot on model transition... Great Deal...  Again... Quadracut is great, and the newer model has that new bagging shifter, and unlimited speeds..vs just 3.

Great Mower... Clean cut if you keep the blades sharp and balanced.

The best thing about this mower.. It is quiet, and cuts well, and runs incredibly well.  Simple change oil twice a season, keep balanced blades sharp, and use fresh gas.....the old one could have lasted a lifetime.

Mr. P.... Grand Rapids (formerly Minneapolis)... Mow On !!!

Great but issue

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, August 6, 2016
Bob
Colleyville, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Everything is as expected. I really like the mower and took one mowing to get used to the levers.

Only thing I dislike is the bag. It doesn't seal well and grass accumulates on inside around top and when I take off to empty theirs lots of grass that falls on sidewalk where I stop to MT. Maybe a better design would help. Also had hard time restarting maybe due to I'm not familiar with it yet.

Other than that I'd buy it again. I like it.

best self propelled mower yet

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, August 4, 2016
dog
milford, PA
Type of use:  Residential
ordered from mowers direct. thanks! machine was fine. this is my third "HRX" mower. i own 3 houses. so i have one mower at each house. both i and my tenants love this machine. it is well built, like all honda products, but its a little expensive. honda should offer some sort of rebate. i am not disappointed in any of the three mowers, but this new one is for my use and it is awesome! this is the 7th honda product in the family. honda should help me figure out a way to get my wife to use it!

A great mower that could be better

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 2, 2016
DWSwager
Huntsville, AL
Type of use:  Residential

Reviewed after first use:  Purchased from MowersDirect.com and was delivered 2 days later.  After unboxing and assembly I cut the yard.  Grass was higher than normal so I decided to try out partial mulch/partial bagging.  Set Clip Deflector to middle position.  The cut was great and the mower never bogged down at all.  Seemed to be getting more bagged clippings than anticipated so I kept moving more to a mulch only setting.  Still seemed like a lot of clippings were ending up in the bag.  I filled 2 garbage bags full and usually I end up with 3 full bags.

The mower is quieter than the 8hp Snapper it is replacing but not much quieter than the 23 year old Toro Recycler.  The bag seems to hold quite a bit more than the bag on the snapper.  Don't know if that it is being packed in better or what but much less stopping and emptying.  Don't know if this is a plus or minus, but I finished the yard and the bag was jammed and the chute was jammed and I never noticed.  Hence it had to be mulching the final part of the yard without dropping clumps.

The controls take some getting used to.  Definitely have 1 hand on top and 1 hand on the side.  Looking at it, it won't matter which.  I used left hand on the side to hold the brake clutch and right hand to hold the drive clutch bale.  While not difficult, it is weird and I think the controls could be designed better.  I like the controls on the VYA model but wanted the hydrostatic transmission.

I need to keep testing the clip deflector settings, but it seems like it bags more than it should or you would think.  I also need to test straight mulching.

I like the handle positions and it folds down easy just by taking the pressure off the handle and rotating the little knobs.  Even the wife can pull it off.  So if space is and issue it stores fairly small.

Honda HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 30, 2016
George
Sutton, MA
Type of use:  
Great mower.  Only complaint, is throttle level is to sensitive.  Bump it against a branch and all of a sudden you are not mowing at full power.  Need to constantly watch lever.

Second Chance

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 25, 2016
Duke
Cincinnati, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I have owned a Honda lawn mower for 29 years and have had little to no trouble with it. I plan on giving it to my daughter, so I purchased a new Honda mower. The first time I used the mower fuel started to leak out of the carbureter, so I had to finish the cutting using my old mower. The dealer is going to pick it up and make the repairs. I hope I can get 29 years out of my new mower. 

I love this mower !

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 24, 2016
drc2tn
NASHVILLE, TN
Type of use:  Residential
I LOVE THIS MOWER !!!!!  WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE ?  It took maybe 15 to 20 minutes to get the hang of the controls, but they are easy !  The only thing easier would be a riding mower and my yard is too small for one of those.

Issue with the air filter cover

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 22, 2016
Alan
Winter Park, FL
Type of use:  Residential
The air filter cover seems to be under designed!  It falls off under certain conditions (on a sloping lawn service in particular).  The dealer was helpful in that the dealer provided me with a new cover.  It fell off.  Currently I have duct tape keeping it in place.   Not such a good representation on a brand new piece of equipment. 

love it!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 22, 2016
staples15111
bend, OR
Type of use:  Residential
this mower is better then most commercial mowers i have used. the only draw back is the plastic deck, it makes for a very light mower that can bounce off track very easily and can slow you down just a little bit. It starts right up every time i pull it. The dual blade system makes for an amazing cut weather your bagging or mulching. You definitely get your moneys worth with this mower. I know its not recommended but i bet a landscape contractor could be successful with this machine. Honda does make a commercial model just like this one but it has the metal deck.

Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 22, 2016
Gail
Clifton Park , NY
Type of use:  Residential
The design and ease of use of the mower are excellent. the lawn looks like velvet. Extremely pleased once again with Honda power equipment.

Hard start

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Yuriy
Rochester , NY
Type of use:  Residential
In overall it is a good machine. I have bought it at Homedepot.com. I like many control futures. I use this lawn mower for three months already and only one thing bothers me - it is hard to start the engine. I have to pull the starter grip 3-5 times to get engine start. My wife always asking me to start the engine. My 20-years old Craftsman lawn mower with Honda engine starts from first pull without any problem. I am not sure so far if it is defective or just a bad design?

ease of use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 13, 2016
m
peabody, MA
Type of use:  Residential
This lawn mower performed flawlessly. My lawn has a lot of inclines and it is very easy to control going up and down inclines. I am impressed with how easy it is to use and plus it is my first mulching mower no grass clipping to dispose of Yea. very happy with this product

Blade Brake would engage!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 11, 2016
Buster
Maurertown, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Out of the box the blade brake would not engage because of an alignment problem were handle connects to cables at the top bottom side of the handle bar. Now blade brake release intermittently disconnects while mowing.   Other than that it seems to be running just fine. It needs to be packaged better.

Glad I upsold myself to the HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 11, 2016
SalukiJim
Saint Louis, MO
Type of use:  Residential

I had a GCV160-powered mower for a dozen years.  When it finally became apparent that the Honda motor was going to outlast all the other parts (wheels, drive belt, bag, handles, etc. : ) after all that time, Honda was first on my list when shopping for a replacement.

I looked seriously at electric ones but did not fell comfortable being tied in to a single system for fuel - batteries are expensive, anyone telling you that those are more economical are leaving out that part of the equation.

So, looking at Hondas, I considered several models, the HRX217VKA was my first choice, but after reading enough positive reviews on MowersDirect.com and the lawnmowerforum.com sites, i decided to pull the plug and get the HRX217HYA - the "Cadillac" top of the line model.  And, I'm certainly glad I did.

First of all, the online buying experience couldn't have been easier.  Shipped in just a single day (!), and from opening the box to first pull was under 5 minutes - no tools needed, just snap the handle into place, put the bag on, add oil and gas.  Of course it started on the first pull!

I have a combination of zoysia (think 3-inch steel wool) and bluegrass.  The Versamow feature really shined here - the zoysia HAS to be bagged, so I had that on one notch up from "full bag".  The bluegrass can handle some mulching so I had it on 50/50.  Does this thing every produce finely shredded clippings!  Between the finer clippings (being more condensely packed into the bag), and the larger bag, I was able to do my 1/4 acre lot in just 2 "emptyings" of the bag instead of the normal 4 or 5.  And the blade-brake/Rotostop system worked great, no need to turn it off while emptying the bag.

Many thanks to Robert Coats ("Robert@Honda") on the Lawnmowerforums.com site for his helpful technical expertise and tips.  I'll be sure to take first-class care of this excellent mower, to enjoy it for many years to come!

Pros:

- Smooth, quiet operation

- Blade brake / "Rotostop"

- Versamow

- Nice lines left on the lawn (even given that it is heavier than my old mower)

Cons

- Uses about twice the gas as my old GCV160 (but for a mower in this price range, not really an issue)

- Smaller people may have a bit of a time maneuvering this  - I'm 6 feet tall / 240 and can mandhandle it.  It is a bit longer, handle-wise, and heavier, but not so much as to wear you out.

In all, I really like it - and am glad I opted up a model or two.

Wonderful to use; Expensive to repair

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 7, 2016
Joe
Valrico, FL
Type of use:  Residential
this is my second Honda, first lasted 14 years with no repairs. This one required a $350 transmission last fall with a 6 month warranty. Guess what happened last weekend 8 months later? Left drive wheel went out. Its at the shop and I sure hope its not another transmission. If it is, I cannot justify another $ 350 repair nor the additional  expense of another Honda. could be Toro-Time.

Doesn't get any better . . .

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Paddy O'Furnchure
ALSIP, IL
Type of use:  Residential
In the 30 plus year that I've owned my house, located on a relatively level half acre lot, this Honda mower is easily the best lawnmower I've ever owned.  It has started on the first pull every time and has made cutting the grass a piece of cake.  Took a few minutes to get used to the cluster of control levers but now, what with the paddle-type ground speed control, I'm able to speed up and slow down effortlessly as I work around obstacles such as a half dozen trees, an above ground swimming pool, and the kids' swing set.  Yes, it's a bit more expensive than most lawn mowers but as far as I'm concerned it's well worth the money.     

Cut issue, including

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 6, 2016
r
Orlando , FL
Type of use:  
This is an impressive mower as far as features and power are concerned, but I have run into an issue with cut quality, and customer service.  I bought this mower in Feb of 2016.  At that time the grass (St. Augustine in Florida) was fairly dormant so I didn't get to mow very often.  As summer hit, the grass began growing quickly.  When I mow, I am seeing random single uncut blades of grass as if they're being blown over.  I emailed Honda, and they replied quickly, asking me several questions about height of cut, how often I mow, etc.  I replied the next day including photos.  After 2 to 3 weeks had passed with no reply from Honda, I wrote again asking why I hadn't heard from them.  I was told "we must have replied to someone else" and I would to take it back to my dealer.  I advised them I was selling this one and going with a different brand.  Again no reply.  So much for customer service.

Awesome Piece of Equipment

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 5, 2016
RedVoodoo
Ellicott City, MD
Type of use:  Residential
Nothing beats a Honda...that's for sure.  First cutting season with my new 217HYA and the mower performs like no other I've had.  So far, this mower has started with the first pull.  I've had nothing but great success.  It's light, agile, and cuts through the tallest grass.  I've mulched and bagged, and both work fantastic.  The price may be a deal breaker for some, but I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for and this mower by far is the best.  I also have a Honda HSS928ATD snow blower that is awesome, so you can see I'm a Honda fan when it comes to power equipment. Don't settle for anything less if you want a reliable piece of equipment

I LOVE THIS MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 3, 2016
Steve
Mayo, MD
Type of use:  Residential
This is my first but will not be my last Honda (if it does not out live me). For an old guy 54 this is easy to use. I love the features especially the bagger. It is at the right height and effortless, not cumbersome at all. This mower blows through high grass without breaking a sweat. Love it!!!

Honda HRX217HYA Best Mower, Great Power, & Easy to Use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Cheryl
Salem, OR
Type of use:  Residential
This is the best mower I've ever used.  Powerful engine allows cutting of tall grass and mows great when the lawn is wet.  Love the ability to switch from mulching to bagging with simply sliding the lever.  The double blade system cuts the grass very small and fills the bag with no clogging.  When mulching, the grass is cut fine enough that you cant see the cut grass.  I highly recommend this mower.

You need one of these

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Lee
Home, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I've had one of these for a while. This will be the fourth or fifth season; I'm retired, so the years tend to run together. It starts every spring on either the first or second pull after sitting all winter. I have had absolutely no problems with it. I got sick and tired of paying half the cost of this mower for others that did not last and were usually hard to start. I know it's not going to last forever, so I bought another one to use when this one does need repairs. The cost of this mower is really inexpensive when you consider the aggravation that I don't have to put up with. I'm just sorry I didn't buy one long before I did.

Very good product

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 20, 2016
JC
Hooper, UT
Type of use:  Residential
Found this mower worked right out of the box.  A little heavy to pull attempting to backup with it, otherwise a very good product.  Instructions were accurate and easy to follow in how to operate the model.  For setup, only challenge appeared to be one had to count the rear wheel slots to get the mower deck level to the from wheels.  I left it at 3" height.  I would recommend this lawn mower to anyone. 

Fantastic!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 20, 2016
Vandyman71
Sandy Springs, GA
Type of use:  Residential

This Honda 21" self-propelled walk-behind lawnmower is fantastic . . . simply fantastic! It's top rated in Consumer Reports and has been so for years. I love the hydrostatic cruise control, which allows the mower to smoothly start moving from a standstill and accelerate to anywhere up to the user selected preset speed (set between 0 and 4 mph). The Honda MicroCut Twin Blades do an excellent job on my Emerald Green Zoysia.

This is the second one I've purchased, the first one being the HRX217HXA, which is substantially the same mower except it doesn't have the Honda Auto Choke System. I used the original mower for over 10 years and it still runs and looks like new, but I've passed it on to a close friend to enjoy.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this lawnmower!

 

Fantastic

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 17, 2016
G-Man
Springfield, MO
Type of use:  Residential
     I purchased my first HONDA self-propelled mulching mower, approx. 17 years ago. With only normal maintenance, I have used this same lawnmower, to keep my lawn perfectly groomed, that entire time.  About a week ago, this first mower appeared to be getting a little tired, and my wife advised me that I needed a new one for fathers day.   My new HONDA has many newer advantages then my first Honda. It is quieter than any mower I've ever heard.  The mulching mode can be adjusted to different coarseness.  There is no choke to mess with and it still seems to start every time, on the first try. (Just like my first Honda}.  I have found many other upgrades, on this Honda, that didn't exist, when my first Honda was developed, and I'm sure that I'll find even more as my new Honda and I get better acquainted. 

Fantastic

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 16, 2016
Clayboy
Rushville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I have used this mower 4 times..Each time I've been amazed how awesome this mower is. My wife said the other day,that she thinks our yard has never looked better and I agree. The 2 blade mulching is the best I have ever seen. Clippings just disappear. I could go on forever about how pleased I am with this lawnmower. I very very much recommend this mower. I rode motorcycles for 48 years "can't beat a Honda :-)"

HRX where you don't have to turn off engine to empty bag

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Frank
Roanoke, VA
Type of use:  Residential

I have had my previous HRX for over 6 years and it worked flawlessly up until this last season where the belt needed to be changed due to age.  My previous HRX was a workhorse not only making my lawn look great it was great on leafs during the autumn . 

My 13 year old will start cutting the lawn and I wanted the auto stop feature for his safety and eliminate the belt totally.  I purchased the HRX217HYA with the Hydrostatic Transmission With Cruise Control and Honda Roto-Stop® Blade Brake Clutch which gives me that extra sense of safety.  

What a difference in the transmission and the speed control over the older models.  Bottom Line:  Get the Hydrostatic Transmission as it eliminates the belt altogether "And" get the Roto Stop Blade Brake so you don't have to turn off the mower to empty a bag.  Start once and it stays on until you are finished.

The only other model above this one is the same machine with electric start.  Unless you can't pull the One Pull Start Honda Engine, then go with the electric start.

Great Mower and super smooth transmission.  Thanks. 

Excellent Product, Not as Easy to Use as Toro Self-Pace

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 11, 2016
jt
Kent, WA
Type of use:  Residential

Our now one month old Honda mower does a superb job mulching, far better than our Toro Self-pace mower has. But, it is a handful to maneuver compared to the Toro. The self-pace feature makes mower use incredibly simply. The Honda, being hydrostatically driven seems perfect for adapting to some kind of variable drive based on user forward pressure rather than the clunky separate control. This criticism aside, it appears to be an excellent product.

Engineering Screw Up

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 7, 2016
motmcd
Reading, PA
Type of use:  Residential

I just replaced a 10 year old Toro Super Recycler model 20039 for a Honda HRX217HYA.  When I purchased the Toro back in 2006 it was Toro's top model, and CR ranked it just below the top Honda model of the day.  The Toro was more expensive than the Honda, but I was interested in Toro's Personal Pace drive system.  Honda was rated (1) point higher on evenness of cutting, but I made the trade for the Toro transmission.  I was not disappointed and have been very please with the Toro's grass cutting performance.  That said, however, I was really annoyed with toro's quality.  Every safety feature had broken by the time I dumped it for the new HRX.  Every year I replaced at least (1) wheel.  That's a lot of wheels!!  I rebuilt the transmission (2) times, and on several occasions had to replace the wheel assembly mounting bolts because the snapped off at the collar.  

So this time around Honda is again just a point or two ahead of Toro, but I was not making the same mistake twice.  I loved Toro's Personal Pace, but too late Toro.  I had a hard time deciding on which transmission to select in the Honda series offerings, but settled on the HYA.  No regrets there.  It does cut and mulch a little better than Toro so that's a plus.  I find it very maneuverable and easy to use.  The multi-speed transmission seems to always have the right gearing for my needs.  Nice work Honda!!

All this said, however, I have one huge complaint.  Why, oh why, oh why did Honda engineers settle on a handle design that incorporates a forward-facing hook design?  And why didn't I see this glaring design failure before purchasing this mower?  This handle catches on every low branch, shrub, or whatever else gets in its way, and in the process pulling the mower out of your hands, disengaging the drive and blade, and requiring a total reset on the mowing groove.  Clearly this is a function of function following form.  It's a disappointment.


Awkward

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 6, 2016
Greg
Delaware, OH
Type of use:  Residential
This mower would be awesome if they could figure out better handle bar controls.  Too much going on for mowing around anything, but this mower is awesome.  I need to return it, just too awkward to use.

Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Rickey
Tuscola, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I have enjoyed my mower so far. It is very easy to start. I use the folding handle all the time. I am please with how the grass is cut very fine and more grass will fit into catch bag. Bag is easy to remove and emtey. Speed control is easy to use.

If I had one complaint it would be the cutting height adjustment. Having to adjust each wheel seperatly is a pain and the most difficult off all the feature to operate.

Excellent Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 30, 2016
Jerry
Portland, OR
Type of use:  Residential
This is by far the best lawn mower I have ever owned. It starts extremely easily and sounds like a beast. It does a great job of bagging and mulching at the same time which is one of its unique features. I love the fact that the mower will run with the blades stopped if you need to dump the bag or move something out of the way. It is very powerful but does not suck the gas down. I am planning on keeping this mower for a long time it was tough to spend the money on a walk behind mower but well worth it. I highly recommend this masterful machine.

Best Walk Behind Mower You Can Buy!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 30, 2016
Keith
Cincinnati, OH
Type of use:  Residential
My father had an HR21 mower that he bought in 1984 after seeing a news paper ad for Honda mowers.  I grew up with that mower, and to this day it still starts on the first pull!  He then upgraded in 2005, when Honda introduced the HRX line.  My uncle purchased one a few years later, and after he died, I used it to take care of my aunts yard.  Great mowers!  I love the Roto-Stop system, genius since they were first introduced.  I love the variable speed drive, especially since you can use that to move around the yard without the blades running.  The twin blade system works well, even in tall grass.  Bagging holds a lot of grass, and mulching is super fine, with no clumping when I mow at 3". Overall, the quality of cut is superb, the engine is powerful to do the tallest grass, and maintenance is simple.  I just bought this mower for my new house, and it's a joy to cut with a quality, hard working, Honda!

start up 6 yr warranty 5-15-2016

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 28, 2016
tim
Laguna Vista , TX
Type of use:  Residential
first pull up and running -- love it

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 27, 2016
Beth
Laurens, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Pricey?  Yes.  Worth every nickel?  Absolutely!  Great cut, easy to start and use, mulches wonderfully- haven't used the bagger yet, though I intend to come leaf season.  This mower is sturdy, easy to operate and has all of the bells and whistles.  Love the hydrostatic drive that lets you set what I would call the "base" speed with a lever on the right handle- which the mower remembers as you don't have to adjust it to start the mower, and then you can fine tune the speed from there to your preference using the typical rabbit/turtle lever on the left handle.  The release for collapsing the handles is super easy with no protruding knobs to catch on things as you mow and are attached so they can't fall off and get lost.   Love the idea that you can adjust how much you mulch/bag by adjusting the discharge lever.  Clever idea!  I've been using a 30+ year old Honda mower that I loved but it finally gave up the ghost.  I just just upgraded to this mower so maybe some of the improvements have been around for a while, but to me it's a big improvement.  Hopefully it will be as reliable and long-lasting as the old Honda.

My New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 23, 2016
JEFE
South Holland, IL
Type of use:  Residential

This is a piece of equipment you must have if you like to see your grass cut professionally, fast with no stress and in a timely fashion. The instructions to assemble the mower is easy to read and follow when putting together it is very light compared to my Sears Craftsman that I put to rest!!! The mower is well put together and to start the mower is 1 to 2 pulls with the automatic priming technology. It will give you a good cardio work out with the fast speeds. The price is high $$$$$ for the purchase and a nice Honda cover should come with it as a BONUS!!!!!. I will recommend this mower.

This is the Ultimate Mowing Machine!

Very Nice Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 23, 2016
ck39ck
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Very well packaged. Box filled with bubble wrap so no shifting around in the box.  Followed instructions for preparation.  Started first pull.  Let it run for a bit before mowing.  Works perfectly.  Feels very light while mowing.  Was surprised at that.  Hydrostatic drive will move mower faster that I care to walk behind it.  So you have lots of adjustment there to find a speed that is comfortable for you.  Smooth cut.  Easy to handle.  It's a Honda!

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, May 21, 2016
Pump & Seal Guy
Albany, NY
Type of use:  Residential

I’m a homeowner but I work with a lot of industrial equipment, as well as being an engineer, so I can tell the difference between Junk and Quality. This mower is definitely a quality mower, the big question you have to ask yourself is…Is this mower worth 2 or 3 times the price of a cheap box store mower or 20% to 30% more than some of its competition? Here’s what I can say to help you choose, all of the tests were done at the #3 height setting: 1) The design is traditional: fixed wheels, read drive, individual height adjusters so it works and operates just like you granddads mower. 2) The hydro-drive is flawless, smooth and even with a nice lead in, if you engage it slow, plus you can shift on the fly. 3) It’s bagging capabilities are unbelievable, it fills the bag full and tight like a bale of hay. 4) Mulches very well; I tested this on very tall grass, 8 to 10 inches. At normal pace it will leave a trail of clippings but very even. If you slow it down to half speed it works quite well. Under normal conditions you can’t even see a cut blade, one of the best I’ve seen. 5) All of the other functions; like blade engage, starting and constructions are all good but let’s face it any quality mower today will do all that. 6) It’s a bit hard to back up because the hyro-drive adds resistance, this is especial problematic on hills.  Lastly something not in the brochure, The Honda is American made, only the parent company is Japanese. All the Cub walk-behinds are made in Mexico with a Chinese motor. Toro’s are a mixed bag, some US some all over, same with Husq’y, MTD and the Briggs lines. In closing weigh your options; do you have a postage stamp of a lawn that you mow once a month or, like me, a tricky, hilly, thick lawn that will choke most mowers. Hope this helps.   

Back with Honda ...missed'em

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Blu_Centurion
Madison, WI
Type of use:  Residential

Back in 1989 I purchased my first Honda mower. It was a 21" rear bagger (I believe an HR?214 Series?) which was back in the time where mulching had yet to take off and our Midwestern cities would actually pick up our yard clippings each week.

A couple years later, in the early 90's Honda offered a "mulching kit" which consisted of another blade with a spacer to attach both blades at once. It did the job, but never as well as today's mowers do as it was under-powered for mulching (only 4hp) and never designed to be a mulcher in the first place. That mower finally ended its life in 2009. It was a workhorse but I wanted to try something different...I bought a Toro Super-Recycler.

Today I decided to give the Super Recycler to a family member and go back to Honda. The Toro did the job, but it never quite lived up to the hype and quite frankly, I didn't care much for the personal pace.

I brought it home from a Honda Power Center and gave it a workout. It took me about 5 minutes to fall back into the Honda Controls as my motor memory came back to them. I still find them more comfortable than the Toro could be, and am back enjoying a true self propelled mower once again.The hydro-static drive is very nice and is easy to adjust.

The Honda definitely gave a better cut than the Toro and yes the Toro had only 4 cuts on the blade so far this year. The mulching ability of the Honda surpassed that of the Toro by far. No excess cut grass trailing along the wheel tracks and I knew then for certain, Honda had me back.

This is a quality mower and I look forward to another 20 years with Honda.

Nothing but praise!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 2, 2016
SidH54
Thompsons Station, TN
Type of use:  Residential
My son bought this mower 9 years ago for his summer mowing job. My oldest son still has it and everything on it is original and it still starts on the first pull. The Nexite deck does not rust. When I moved in 2012 I bought another just like it and I am still using it. Everything is original and starts on the first pull. No problems on either. My son just got his own yard so I bought the 3rd one in our family today. There is no other mower I would even think about buying. I used to mow our church property and this think would pull the toughest hill and all I had to do was walk behind it. No rust, no fuss. Still use the original bags for clippings. When he bought it I told my son the variable speed was a waste. I was totally wrong. I love that I can set the speed I want to walk. If grass is thick I can slow it down if I want. I thought about getting electric start this time but why bother when it starts on first pull. I write a lot of bad reviews because I am disappointed in products and service. This is one that is fun to write because I love my Honda mower. They cost a lot of money but how many mowers have you kept through 9 years of brutal use and they still work like new?

A winner in all respects.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DV
Florissant, MO
Type of use:  Residential
My family has owned Toro mowers since the 1960's. My favorite one was my 1987 Super Recycler BBC mower with the Suzuki engine. I should have just rebuilt that one instead of buying a personal pace and inheriting another. 10 years of suffering. The closest thing that Toro offers with BBC and a true self propel is twice the price of this mower. I recommended my son buy a this Honda  mower last year and he loves his.  I just got this mower yesterday and I love it. 

Lifetime Warranty

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sandy
Monticello, MN
Type of use:  Residential
Great mower overall. What made me purchase this mower was the advertised indestructable deck. Well the deck broke in half when a hidden rock in my yard was picked up by the blades and tossed through the side. Honda wont stand by their product. $800 dollars down the drain. If you are going to advertise something the way they did for this deck, they should stand by it.

A for cut quality, C- fpr ergonimics

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bill
Leesburg, VA
Type of use:  Residential
I have only cut my grass with this mower once so far but as you can tell from the review title IMHO Honda did a good job on the grass cutting abilities of this mower but fell pretty short on the "user interface". If anyone from Honda monitors these reviews please take note, gear selector and throttle right next to each other = bad design. Very difficult to adjust the gear selection on the fly without unintentionally adjusting the throttle. Also the drive clutch bar is just plain awkward to operate. With the contoured design of the handlebar on this mower a pistol grip or inverted bike break style leaver would be much easier to manipulate than a second bar that moves in an identical plane to the blade clutch bar. Heck even a bar that comes up from below or the opposite side from the operator that you could grab and release with your fingers while holding the blade clutch with the palm of your hand would be fine. But one that pivots from the same point as the blade clutch bar is just not ergonomically practical and makes turning the mower quite difficult. You did a great job on the cutting system. The mulch/bag control system is a bit of genius and the mower seems to have plenty of power but the controls are just a hot mess and just do not seem like they were thought out very well. I'm going to say I would recommend the mower but not without these qualifications and they really are almost a deal killer.

Plastic Deck

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Home owner
Lincoln, NE
Type of use:  Residential
The light weight of the mower deck was appealing, but you have to remember its plastic and plastic breaks.  Honda will not back their product. At time of purchase my sales rep. told me there was a  life time warranty on the mower deck; "this is the hard plastic they make football helmets out of".  Guess what, read the fine print, its only for manufactures defects, guess they don't think you actually mow with it? Within two years of purchase my deck was cracked and when I inquired was informed that it was not covered by the "life time warranty".  Its not like I was mowing a field or using it for business; has only been used my own yard.  I will NEVER buy a plastic deck mower EVER again and I strongly suggest you look beyond Honda.  I will advise anyone who asks me what I think!

Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, April 1, 2016
BGW
Sufflok, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Quiet, smooth and powerful. Glad I chose this brand and model.

Amazing Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, March 10, 2016
Pete
Seattle, WA
Type of use:  Residential
Spent the extra money and got all the options, with exception of the electric start. Brought it home, added oil and gas. First pull, started right up. Hydrostatic transmission operates smoothly with drive clutch lever. Dual micro cut blades produce very fine mulch, practically undetectable. Roto stop blade stop system is the way to go. Start it once and idle it back when emptying bag. It's a good idea to add some ethanol stabilizer to the premium gas. This goes for all small engines. First oil change after 5 hours of operation. Read the manual thoroughly and watch all the videos on the Honda site for an accurate maintenance schedule and this mower should last for years to come. Cleaning is a must as well by following manual instructions. Enjoying my new HRX in Seattle where the grass can be wet at times, but mower has no problems and doesn't bog down.   

Used less than one year surging at idle now

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, February 14, 2016
Rl
Flower mound , TX
Type of use:  Residential
Very poor quality.   Purchased April 15. Started up and governer is surging at idle.  Called dealer and they immediately blamed it on bad gas, even though I followed owners manual to the letter. My last Honda Lawn Mower lasted 15 years and I never touched the engine.  I would think twice before spending the money on a Honda again. 

Fantastic mower! Easy to use and reliable.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, February 13, 2016
Rick
Birdsboro, PA
Type of use:  Residential

I had an old lawn boy mower for over 15 years of service.  Coil failed and had to wait for parts so I decided to upgrade.  Looking at the Honda mowers I was concerned about the weight of the mower and the rear discharge.  The old mower had offset front wheels for edging and was significantly lighter in weight being a two-cycle mower.

Using the Honda mower is true pleasure.   Variable speed hydrostatic drive is a phenomenal drive choice.  Goes up hills easily, across hills, and across flat land with great poise.  Leaves an amazing cut.  If the lawn is high I use the bag and set the clip director to partially bag and mulch.  Can mow an enormous area (1/4 acre) with no clumps and only need to empty the bad about two times.  Cuts beautifully even if the lawn is wet.

A great mower with great features and easy to use.  I did give four stars for ease of use as I would like to have a larger fuel tank.  Sometimes I need to stop and fill up after about an hour of use if the grass is high.  Has been in service for 4 years as of the writing of this review.

A little bit of a learning curve

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, November 19, 2015
Rocky
Ocoee, FL
Type of use:  Residential

Bought this mower used (1yr old) on Craigslist.  The previous owner gave mys original receipt so that the warranty will transfer to me.  Anyway, after 3 or 4 uses, I think I'm finally getting the hang of the rear drive system.  My old mower (a 16yr old Craftsman) was front wheel drive so you didn't have to stop the drive system when you turned for the next row.  My back yard slopes and it can pull itself up the hill with no problem (yes I have a hill in FL).  The old mower would either spin it's wheels or stop all together.  

The cut is much better, the mulching is excellent, and it is extremely easy to start.  

There are 2 things that prevent me from giving 5 stars all the way across the board.  The first is the power lever tends to get knocked back to idle when cutting near low branches.  The other thing is that the fuel capacity is relatively low.  

 

Brand new Honda HRX217HYA - not so great

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, November 2, 2015
Scott
Des Moines, IA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower when I got fed up with my old mower of 11 years giving me intermittent problems and finally breaking. I spent the last year or more looking at mowers and reviews planning ahead to replace the old mower. When Consumer Reports rated this as one of the top mowers I decided to by one. I bought it two weeks ago with the intention of finishing mowing and mulching / bagging leaves for the year. Right off I noticed it did not mulch very well at all, bagging was equally disappointing. I called my Honda dealer where I purchased it and explained the problem. Oh, I should also mention that I went ahead and repaired my old mower again just to see if I was expecting too much, I wasn't. My old mower (Ariens Classic LM series) made this look terrible for mulching and bagging. I thought maybe the blade was put on upside down - nope. So I took it into the Honda dealer and suggested that maybe the RPM was too low, causing low vacuum perhaps? After a week I went and picked it up, they had maxed out the adjustment for RPM per instructions from a Honda rep. It helped some, I fooled around with different settings on the chute slide - that helped more than anything. Bottom line - it's an okay mower, I wish I could have tried one out first. I did try my son's Toro Super Recycler - it's a better mower. I wish this would work better - I love the easy starting with the pull rope, the blade clutch and the power drive. My only complaints are the mulching / bagging quality and it's very hard to turn in tight spots, even though it's lighter than the Ariens. Also I like the price of replacement parts - blades, wheels, air filters all very reasonably priced. Overall, I would not recommend this mower. If I could return it and buy another Ariens, I would in a heartbeat. Sorry Honda, the quality just isn't there in my opinion. Way over priced for what it is I will probably be selling or trading it this spring - unless you'll be kind and take it back?????

Love My Honda HRX

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, September 13, 2015
Larry
Orange Park, FL
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased my Honda HRX217HYA almost two years ago and I couldn't be happier. It always starts on the first pull, it's quiet but has all the power I need to cut though the St. Augustine grass we have in Northeast Florida.

I'm in the construction supply business so I know well built equipment and my Honda mower is just that... well built. If you want to buy maybe the last mower you'll ever need get a Honda HRX217HYA... You won't be disappointed. 

Surging, Surging, Surging

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, September 1, 2015
AC
South Hampton, NY
Type of use:  Residential
Shame on me! This is the second one I have owned. I gave away the first one because I could not get the surging fixed. The dealer had it for a month, I called Honda in GA. they called dealer - he replaced the carb and called me 2 days latter to come pick it up. It worked!!....for 2 cuts. It then starts surging again. Honda claims it is the alcohol in the gas...hmmm so I ask where can I to buy gas without alcohol? Honda says it is available in quart and gallon cans. I finally found some at a hobby store but 3 times the price of pump gas!!! With the way this mower sucks gas I would go broke, so in the Autumn I give it away to a young new home owner who says he can manage it because he is house poor, I laugh and wish him luck. In the spring I look for new mower and go to new Honda dealer. He convinces me that the new ones are not affected by alcohol and surging problems are fixed. So I bought it because other than the surging it is a great machine. So, long story short 6 months later the new one is surging...bad, almost stalls. Dealer says it not warranty issue because I must have used bad gas. So I call Honda in GA, they tell me ...sorry you must have used bad gas, so not a warranty issue. So, now I am the owner of a new Toro. Not as nice a machine but no surging. Toro dealer says to use fresh gas every time and put in stabilizer and alcohol treatment, I say OK but why? He says it's to prevent surging. I go LOL. I own 6 Honda motorcycles from 1966 to 2005 never had a problem with pump gas on any of them. So,...HONDA...what is with you guys and lawnmower engines that can't run on pump gas????

Works Great

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, August 13, 2015
Stroh
Montgomery, AL
Type of use:  Residential
Runs exceptional however some of the gadgetry can be simplified around the handle.

Handle

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Al
Galesburg, IL
Type of use:  Residential, Other [as a trimming mower]

The handle is set up poorly because when you stop, the blades disengage each time you stop, inwhich you have to  engage the gears each time, causing the clutch to be worn inexcessively.

I just purchased the mower and I am having a difficult time adjusting to the Honda mower. I would suggest that Honda would follow J Deere way of constructing the mower handle.

Fuel Leak on original & replacement

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, August 3, 2015
John
Shawnee Mission, KS
Type of use:  Residential
The 1st unit leaked near the carburetor as soon as fuel petcock opened.  I could not find source and so returned it to Home Depot and bought another one.  This second one POURED FUEL straight out of the tank.  I found the fuel hose not connected.  I connected it.  Seems OK so far, but I have not even mowed yet.

Unboxing and Initial Use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 30, 2015
Mike
Dallas, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower to replace a 15 year old self propelled walk behind.  This review is based on my unboxing and first use.

The mower was/is fully assembled in the box. Simply remove from the box and fold the operating handle to your preferred height (3 settings available). Since I'm tall at 6'4", the highest handle height was most comfortable to me. Adjusting the handle height requires no tools and is extremely simple to do.

Before first use, users add the provided engine oil to the crankcase; and then remove all extra packaging from the mower. Slide the grass bag onto the bag frame (if you're using it) and install if desired.

I added fresh fuel, adjusted mower height. The mower started on the first pull - that impressed me (I expected 5-10 pulls on the starter handle since it had never had fuel before).

This model only spins the cutting blade when that lever is engaged. So the engine can be running, without the blade spinning. This allows me to move the mower around the yard under power, without having to worry about cutting things I don't want cut.

When mowing, I typically overlap the previous row by about 6-8 inches. This method proved to be effective for a consistent cut across multiple rows. I didn't feel like I was over or under utilizing the mower cutting width. Propel speeds are highly adjustable and I could easily speed up or slow down as needed.

Cleanup was a breeze. Since my lawn was very dry, I simply used my air compressor to blow out any clippings in crevices or under the mowing deck. 

After I use the mower for a season, I'll write a more in depth review of my experience.

Hubie's Honda HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 27, 2015
Hubie
Lawrenceburg, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I spent several days reviewing web sites on lawn mowers.  Also read C.R. May, 2014 review.  Thought about the Hus*******va brand.  Then really got serious and visited a Honda Auth. dealer.  If you want to learn anything about a mower go to a dealer.  Box stores haven't a clue what they are selling.  My dealer asked many questions about where & what I would be mowing. Not having a flat terrain , I needed a versatile mower.  Well I have been flabbergasted on how easy this new Honda HRX217HYA mower fits the bill!!  Being 75, I needed a mower that I could control the speed and still have full throttle.  Great job!!!  Picked up leftover grass left by my old Lawnboy,  no trace of any clippings and very easy to start!!  My wife even tried it out and she was very impressed with it's ease of operation.  Another BIG feature buying from an Authorized Honda Dealer is he will handle ALL repairs, operating questions on the spot.  The mower was ready to operate when I picked it up.  No waiting for shipment, putting together, etc.  If buying from a box store and repair is needed they send them out and who knows for how long!! Honda, you have done a great job in design, useful features, and simple instructions.  You might get the feeling I really like my new Honda, well I do!!! THANKS

The good and not so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, July 27, 2015
Navysquid
Lakewood, CO
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this to replace a 20 year old John Deere 14SB. It still runs but would tend to die after about an hour or little more of runtime. Ended up giving it to my daughter who has a much smaller yard and shouldn't run into the problem. In any case I bought the HRX217HYA at my local HD store. The things I like: Clip director; it's nice to be able to keep the bag installed and change to mulch or bag when needed. I always bag the perimeter and mulch everything else. With the John Deere I had to remove the bag and install the mulch plug. My John Deere (after 20 years) still started on the first or second pull as does the new Honda mower - we'll see 20 years from now if i'm still here. I can't complain about how it mulches but doesn't seem to have the same amount of suction under the deck that the JD had. However, I haven't had to mulch damp grass yet since I've gotten it. The JD would leave some clumps along the left side of the mower. I'm uncertain about the NeXite deck, I'll probably buy the stainless steel side guards to install. The JD had an aluminum deck and it held up beautifully. The drive/blade engagement handles are awkward compared to the JD. Maybe I just have to get used to them but haven't yet after about 5 mowings. The JD also had a blade brake system so that's not the difference. The one other complaint I have is that where the bag engages the NeXite deck that area seems to collect a lot of clippings that you have to pull out to put in the bag when you lift the rear deck lid. It seems that they could have designed that area to be smooth instead of having pockets and also have it sloped toward the bag so grass etc. wouldn't collect there. The clippings also do not pack to the back of the bag (although I haven't filled it completely yet) so when you lift the rear deck to remove the bag a handful or two of clippings fall to the ground. Haven't really used the hydrostatic drive to it's potential, i've found a comfortable speed and have left it there, maybe an overkill buying this feature. Would I buy it again, yes but might buy a little cheaper model.

Can you love a mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tunes
Brookfield , WI
Type of use:  Residential
Just got my second Honda mower (HRX217HYA)! After 10 years with my first one I passed it down to my son for his new house. I was sad to see it go, I loved that thing. Now I have my new love. This mower makes it fun to cut grass. Thanks Honda for 10 years with my first (still going with my son) and looking forward to 10+ with my new one. 

cuts well when walking fast

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ron
ste genevieve, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I walk really fast and this mower cuts well with that.  I have not been happy with other brands because of that but this mower can keep up with me.

Mower won't run after less than 15 hours of use

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 21, 2015
dash
Royston, GA
Type of use:  Residential

My experience with this mower has not been good. It performed pretty well for awhile. I did find the regulation of exact speed using the transmission bar a little awkward, as I have to do a lot of speed adjustment due to a yard full of obstacles and turns; but other than that it seemed to run well.

However, after the first run in spring of this year, the mower refused to crank. I did get it to eventually crank, but there was a lot of smoke out of the exhaust, and the engine would die after a minute or two or running. Later I discovered gasoline leaking from the air filter, and after several attempts, it will not run for more than a minute or two without stalling, assuming it will crank at all. I cannot store it in my basement anymore because of the fumes of gasoline leaking out.

I don't know anything about carburetors or disassembling engines, and I don't have any means of transporting this machine to a shop to be looked at. So at this point, I've got a 150 pound doorstop, and I'm not really sure what to do other than just try to sell it for parts and take my losses.

I took good care of this mower, followed all the maintenance instructions in the manual to the letter, and used good quality fresh gasoline with stabilizer added, so there is apparently some kind of internal defect in the fuel system from the manufacturer.

I’m really disappointed. I wanted a good quality mower that would last for a long time, and I had always heard Honda was tops in quality for lawn mowers. And to be fair, I have seen a lot of good reviews for this mower elsewhere, so I may have just gotten a lemon—but not very pleasant when you’ve just shelled out almost $800 for a lawn mower. So I don’t think I will be buying another Honda.

My New Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 18, 2015
Sal
Raleigh, NC
Type of use:  Residential

This purchase was made after 20 very good years from my old Honda lawnmower.

So far pretty good on the new one, and I love how easily it started up, and the smoothness of the clutch. 

On the downside, the parts seem far inferior to my old Honda mower.  The new one came with a broken plastic clip for adjusting the handle height.   The rear wheel height adjustment is very difficult to change. Time will tell about the overall quality of this mower, but out of the gate it seems pretty average considering this is one Honda's high end walk behind mowers.    

very pleased

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 18, 2015
bruce
east islip, ND
Type of use:  Residential
this is the 2nd mower received from cpo this week....1st one was damaged in shipment....the follow up replacement was fantastic...anyway...used mower twice....great great machine......tons better then toro

CAUTION BYING THIIS MOWER...

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, July 17, 2015
BOB
Omaha, NE
Type of use:  Residential
The mower is good. Bagging is dirty around the area where the bag comes off the mower allways dirty from and on the mower. poor designe when emptying the bag. otherwise looks fairly clean.  when mulching this is a whole lot worse. when you cut the outside perimiter a copual of times @ gut the other direction on the turn around it leaves a  lot of grass when you turn around,plus you can see a lot of clippings just lying on the top of the grass.the twin blade system was supposed to cut the grass up fine so you dont see this.as i see this is another expense for the buyer more profit for HONDA.The mower runs too slow,it needs the RPM<S set up 500/700 more for better clippings. for this reason I WOULD NOT RECOMEND A HONDA MOWER. The feeatures are well planed and very good. I really like the hydro drive system works great.

Excellent so far

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Pablo
Keller, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Just purchased from The Home Depot, and have used it on my half acre twice. It replaced a 10 year old Snapper Hi-Vac with the Kawasaki FJ motor. I had nothing but trouble with that mower pretty much from day 1. I kept having to go back to my 15 year old HRR Honda as a backup, and even after sitting around, it would fire up within 2 pulls and run like a top. On crap gas. Honda quality is evident, so I'm converted for good. 

Likes:

Easiest starting mower I've ever used

Hydrostatic clutch is super smooth

Non metal deck is genius

Variable mulching is even cooler than I thought it would be

Bag removal/dumping is really easy

Nit Picks(few)

Not sure if it's the wheel base or just the front wheels being a little farther from the blade than I'm used to, but it doesn't quite hit the tight spaces like my other mowers.

Wish the fuel tank was a bit larger. Had to refill prior to finishing, but I do have a large yard, and I was using the blade brake to keep it running while dumping the bag.

Pricey, but probably worth it.

I don't find this mower to be heavier than any other mower with like features. Also, if you hold the handles on the sides, there is no downward pressure on the handle, and it won't pop wheelies like some have suggested. 

Also, I bought the bullet and purchased a new gas can, and filled up with the corn free, real, high octane gas from my local outdoor equipment supplier. That with the Castrol synthetic recommended for my BMW, this thing will probably last forever.

 

damaged on delivery

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 14, 2015
bruce
east islip, NY
Type of use:  Residential

received today

damaged handle...wont go into blade and damage to one of the pins that adjust handle

I love this mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, July 12, 2015
HOA sucks
Noblesville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
My HAO cuts the grass but they never do a good job so I ended up getting this mower.  It's a great feeling to have the best looking yard in the nieborhood.  I'm so happy I spent the extra money and got this model.  It is very easy to use and maintain.  Cuts beautifully.  There is nothing bad I can say about this mower.  

new honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 11, 2015
rick
citrusheights, CA
Type of use:  Residential
After 20 Years and at least 1000 mows, I finally had to retire my hra 215.  I hope this new 217hrx is at least close in quality. I loved my honda and after starting with its little brother hra17. I'm sold for life on honda mowers.

Excellent Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, July 9, 2015
B. McNutt
Bridgeville, DE
Type of use:  Residential

     I bought the original version of this lawn mower about 12 years ago.  I broke down to buy the latest version. 

     I enjoy the versacut instead of the adapters on the previous version.  I like the extra power; the original had 130cc's, this one has 190cc's.  The new mower starts at once without setting a choke as on the old version.  I like the latest mower's maximum 4" height.  The older one's maximum was only 3".  The lower blade has a better cutting configuration than my original.  The plastic housing on both is easy to clean and will never rust.  I enjoy cutting at the speed I need.  Combined, these latest features makes my weekly mowing so much easier.  I've never had such a mower so easy to start with the power to cut and mulch without ever stopping.  Maintenance is also easy.  All together, my lawn is beautiful.     

     I highly recommend this mower for the average homeowner.  The quality and features are definitely worth the price.

Great mower carb problems out of the box

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 8, 2015
mossback
Terrebone, OR
Type of use:  Residential

Great mower fully fills bag with ease I haven't seen in years. Features I just love like the blade brake and rear drive. Best mow job on my yard ever. Now it is time for the "But" I am really disappointed in the fact that the mower does not stop when the lever is moved to the stop position after the second use. I have to go to stop and then engage the blade and hope it stops the engine. Is this really safe? and is the quality control any good at Honda when the damn thing stops working right the second time it is used? Does anyone even look at these things? is there any follow up on these issues, if not why do you ask for a phone number in the product registration.

Would I recommend this product   YES and NO

Again 2 uses....Really.

Fantastic Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Bro
Greenville, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Mows great the quadra-cut blades really do a good job mulching. The mower has all the features I am used to on my older Honda mowers easy to start, blade brake, and with the hydrostatic tranny I can my mow at my on pace.  

Very good mower for an elderly man.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, July 4, 2015
Ed
Crossville, TN
Type of use:  Residential
I've only tried it once - it takes a little while to adjust to the good features on this mower.  It is undoubtedly the best mower I have ever had.  Thank you.

Would buy another

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, July 1, 2015
NONE KNOWN
EAST WINDSOR, CT
Type of use:  Residential
Easy set up out of the box; easy start and operation; love the handle-length feature for different heights of people - all you could want in bagger - side discharge - mulcher

Awesome mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Jeremy
pittsburgh, PA
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
I got this lawn mower a little over 2 years ago and it is phenomenal. The engine runs low and quietly, and the blade brake is a gift for bagging or simply going over cement or asphalt, just traveling without the blades on. The cruise control is awesome as I can easily change my speed just by a quick switch. I usually use it at either the second fastest or fastest speed, and it is a smooth ride. This is the best mower out there bar none.

Awesome lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Honda
Cottage grove, MN
Type of use:  Residential
From unboxing to startup it was a breeze. The control fratures was easy and simply to learn in no time. The self propelled and variable speed control is a great feature and makes mowing the lawn quick and easy.

Second Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Mackron
Emory, TX
Type of use:  Residential
My second Honda mower in 30 years and 5 months. Went to start my old mower and it wouldn't go. I suspect the electronic ignition was played out and I just decided to put my money in a new mower instead of the old one. In 30 years I only had to replace the spark plug one time. Always started on the first pull except this time and the time the plug went bad. So another Honda was a no brainer. The new mower works as I would expect a Honda to work. Nothing else to say. It speaks for itself!

You get what you pay for with a Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Lenny
Roy, UT
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased a Honda HRX217HYA late last year and have been using it for several months now; and I'm delighted.  I'm a big believer in buying enough tool for the job and that philosophy really pays off with a lawnmower.  This mower is powerful, smooth, and very well built.  My previous mower was a commercial Snapper which served me very well for many years in Texas, but I decided to buy a Honda based on my brother's recommendation. I really like the fact that it is so easy to change the various settings for bagging/mulching, cutting height, handle height, etc.  Even my wife has gotten into the act when she saw how easy it was to use.  After about five minutes of training she's now decided she likes to mow the lawn! (Did I mention that I have a really great wife?)  Anyway, this is a seriously good lawnmower that's easy to use and maintain.  I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. 

Nicest Mower I have had

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, June 19, 2015
Jack
Edison, NJ
Type of use:  Residential

I am a long time (25 years) Snapper mower owner. After my most recent Snapper died after 4 years, I had it with Snapper's declining quality. In the last 10 years, I've had 3 Snappers that died. 

My neighbor has an old Honda mower going on 15 year that he loves and mentioned how it was trouble free. After reading the reviews, I took the plunge and purchased the HRX217HYA.

Some things I love about it:

1) True one pull starting

2) The blade clutch is awesome. You can leave the motor running but disengage the blade, which is incredibly helpful if you have to briefly stop to pick up an obstruction or clear something from your path. My old Snapper had to be stopped and restarted every time.

3) The composite deck should not rust through, a problem I had with 1 Snapper that rotted through after 5 years.

4) The mulching is amazing. The blades really do chop the grass into a fine mulch that falls into the turf. My old Snapper would clog and leave big wet chunks of grass all over the lawn.

5) Produces the most even and beautiful cut of any mower I've owned. My Snapper's drove me crazy with having to make multiple passes over the same area because the either did not cut everything or did not cut evenly. The Honda does it all in one pass.

Some things I'm not so crazy about:

1) In comparison to my old Snapper, the Honda is definitely a heavier mower to push. The self-drive helps a great deal, but the heavier weight is clearly felt when trying to maneuver in tight areas.

2) Not a great vac-mower. My Snapper was pretty good in picking up leaves, small twigs and other debris on the lawn. The Honda does not have the same vacuum power. It picks up grass just fine, but leaves and other heavier materials tend to get ejected out the side. During this Spring's Maple tree spinners drop, the Honda could not pick up the Maple tree spinners. It just left them. My Snapper would suck those up.

3) The settings for the self-propelled drive could use a bit of a tweaking. They start at extremely slow, but in the space of one setting go from a very slow to a brisk walk. It's almost like it's missing a notch or 2. I've left it at the brisk pace because the speed one tick down is just too slow.

4) The gas tank could be a little bigger. For my home, I could mow 2-3 times before needing to fill the tank again. The Honda needs a fill-up some time half way through the second mowing. If you have a very large property, the need to refill can be a headache. Fortunately, my front and back yards are not very large so the Honda does just fine for a mowing session.

Kick Grass!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 18, 2015
Happy Gilmower
Lawton, OK
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this awesome mower recently and used it for the first time last week. It cut through that grass like a mother-in-law's tongue going through a son-in-law's business! Very pleased! 

My Last Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 14, 2015
caseynet
Peoria, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Yeah, it's that good! I just mowed my yard the first time, trying to beat the daily rains. The grass was a little wet, but the Honda mulched it up fine. Sometimes I bag the grass. My previous mower had an electric start, but when I stopped to empty the bag I had to shut the engine off. It wouldn't crank after a few bags and I had to keep pulling the rope to get it started. No more - you can just let it keep running! It takes getting used to backing out of tight places where you can't turn around, but so did my other mowers.  Wheels too wide? No, better traction. It's called low ground pressure. Improvements? Maybe they could work on a Hoomba.

Honda lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, June 14, 2015
sharon
springfield, OR
Type of use:  Residential

Best lawn mower I have ever purchased, been wanting one for a long time. I just hope it outlast me. A little expensive but should be well worth it

Engine surging can't be fixed

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 13, 2015
BillP
Lutherville, MD
Type of use:  Residential

I've had the HRX217K3HYA for less than two years and the engine has an annoying surging when the blade is not engaged. Honda will not cover this defect in the engine - they blame it on ethanol in the gasoline. (Recall that ethanol has been in gas for at least 20 years)

The surging actually started after only 5 hours of usage, but this second year I decided to take it to an authorized service center, since there's supposed to be a five year warranty on the mower.  But after 10 days, the service dept. said that bad gas caused the problem and is not covered by warranty. They cleaned the carb but that did not help, and they said I need a new carb, which they had not yet ordered.

I called Honda in Georgia, and they said they will call the service dept. to provide assistance.  But instead I just decided to pick up the mower, and I ordered and installed a new carb myself.  The surging stopped for about 5 minutes, then started again.

And then I got a nasty letter in the mail from Honda, stating that bad gas is to blame for all the problems, and of course it's never covered by warranty.

Note that when the cutting blade is engaged the engine runs fine - it has lots of power. But when disengaged the engine revs and then almost stalls, about once each second, regardless of the throttle setting.

I suspect the problem is not with the carb but rather in the governor and the linkage to the throttle. With the blade disengaged and at full throttle, I'm able to grab the linkage and stabilize the engine speed - and it will not surge if I carefully let go of the linkage. It seems the linkage needs a damper to smooth out the spring in the linkage.

Awesome

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Saturday, June 13, 2015
Blue Sky
Des Moines, IA
Type of use:  Residential
Started on first pull out of the store.  Cuts clean with tiny little clippings.  Wide range of drive speed, easy to adjust on the fly.  

Happy in Leesburg Fl

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 11, 2015
Happy in Leesburg
Leesburg, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This was the first lawn mower I have ever owned.  It's all I expected after reading the  (excellent) reviews.  I removed from the box, put the handle on it, put oil and gas and it started first pull.  I thought I might have a problem understanding the manual with the operation but it was pretty straight forward.  I would definitely recommend this mower.  The Honda name is known for quality.     

Just what I wanted and a lot more

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 11, 2015
Terry
Spokane Valley, WA
Type of use:  Residential

This is an vastly improved version of the Honda mower I have been using with great satisfaction for over 15 years. 

The blade stop, which I would not be without, hasn't changed - a major reason I bought this mower. With your left palm you push a button down and a control  bar forward to engage the blade. As long as the bar, which lays against the main handle, is held down by either hand as you mow it stays latched. There are 9 detents on the drive control, which is very smooth and easy to accurately change on the fly as the grass density varies.  I have not tried either extreme but it will definitely go very fast or slow.  You can bag or mulch all the grass or vary the portions of each, and it is amazing how well it mulches, even in tall heavy grass, without leaving any clumps. 

After you unpack, the only assembly is mounting the grass bag on its frame.  Lift and lock the main control bar in the desired position, pour in the provided oil, fill it with gas, and start it.  Mine started on the second pull, but if I had allowed a little time for gas to flow into the carburetor I am sure it would have started on the first. I would rather not have the starter rope on the control handle, but if it will start easily in more adverse temperatures it will be okay.

There is very minimal packing to remove.  The oil, manual and grass bag frame were well hidden underneath the mower and out of sight.

This is a fine machine! 

use of mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, June 8, 2015
Don
Sterling, AK
Type of use:  Residential
excellent great job works perfect starts first time everytime.

Satisfied

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, June 4, 2015
John
Williamsburg, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Great mower. Doesn't mulch quite as well as I had hoped it would.

Elite mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, June 3, 2015
tylerman
quincy, MA
Type of use:  Residential
this is my second HRX series mower and it is by far the best mower i have ever owned.  Starts with first pull.

Great Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 31, 2015
Bob
Worth, IL
Type of use:  Residential
This one heck of a lawnmower. I just cut my wet grass in 30 min. If i used my old Toro it would taken at least 60 min. The wet grass didn't phase it all.One pull to start it. I love having the blade clutch. Did have to stop it to empty the bag. With my Toro i had to stop oit to empty the bag. What a pain. I named it Godzilla because it sliced through grass as easy as the big guy moving through Tokyo. LOL

Replacement Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 27, 2015
cvnflyer
Clovis, NM
Type of use:  Residential
This mower replaces a 22 year old Honda that still mows as good as when new.  I purchased this mower for the mulching option.  This feature has dramatically reduced the amount of clippings that I was putting in the landfill.  It literally started on the first pull out of the box.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Ms. Ambivalent
Branson, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower to replace a push mower (not self-propelled) that was no longer repairable.  I chose this one because of the excellent Consumer Reports review.  I've now had it about a month, we've used it 5 or 6 times and I'm very satisfied with my choice.  There was a learning curve; the speed control was a bit difficult after my previous no-frills mower.  But I definitely appreciate the smooth, even cut and the relative quiet of the Honda.   

HRX217HYA Grass Catcher poorly designed.

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 25, 2015
Jerry
Rock Hill, SC
Type of use:  Residential

The grass catcher is poorly designed. It allows glass clips to come through the top of catcher.

The grass catcher has a 2 inch space opening from catcher to mower housing.

Why is it designed this way? My John Deer Jx75 fits tightly. 

I have used the Lawn Mower 3 times with the same results.

Putting the lawn mower into service

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Monday, May 25, 2015
whiskey charley
Merritt Island, FL
Type of use:  Residential

The lawn mower was well packaged, and easy to put into service. Started first pull and operated as it should have. Zero defects, and was very happy with the packaging. Thank you Honda for another great product.     

Thank You,

Warren C.

Best Mower Ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Sunday, May 24, 2015
Rick
Olathe, KS
Type of use:  Residential

I have had several different lawnmowers. I won't mention brands but at least three other ones.

This is the best ever. One pull start, great power. Even when mowing really taller and somewhat wet grass this mower goes with absolutely no power lose. The blade stop feature I love. Multi speed control is great.

This is just a great mower. Oh and the ability to control how much mulch or full bad is a feature I love.

Big upgrade for a Po' ol' boy

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 22, 2015
Lil' Dan
Radcliff, KY
Type of use:  Residential
It started right up on the first tug-amazing! Then I engaged it at full throttle-down boy! It's seems heavier than I anticipated, but in good way. I am not going to be man handling this mower. Controls takes some getting use to, but I a country boy will survive. That's all! 

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 22, 2015
Matt
Wadsworth, OH
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is awesome!  I had an old hand me down Honda from my dad before this one that last me 5 years after he had it for 10 years.  I thought that was a good mower but when I got this new one I realized how far they have came over the last 15 years.  I have a hilly yard and I don't even have to help this mower along.  I just walk behind the mower and steer it.  It doesn't need any help being pushed up the hills (the old one did).  Really like how the handle folds right down with the quick release tabs, makes for easy compact storage.  Go for a Honda and you will be happy to mow your grass!  I don't normally write reviews but this mower is great!  Go for the higher end models they are worth it!

Honda HRX217HYA

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Friday, May 22, 2015
Cooper
Columbia, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Excellent equipment and so easy to use. Honda out classes all other brands of power equipment.

hrx2174hya

Model Reviewed: HRX217HYA Thursday, May 21, 2015
bates
reading, MA
Type of use:  Residential

excellent machine for mowing and mulching and very easy to run, built to last for ever and you get what you pay for.  very satisfied