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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Choose your speed: Select Drive<sup>&reg;</sup>
Choose your speed: Select Drive®

Easily adjust the mower's speed to your stride by rotating the speed adjust dial. Then engage the Select Drive® control for intuitive, comfortable speed control. Variable speed from 0 to 4 mph.

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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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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.

Honda Auto Choke System - easy starting

No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go!

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 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 design 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.

Flywheel brake safety system

Quickly stops the engine when you let go of the flywheel brake lever.

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

HRX217K6VKA

Carton label

HRX2176VKA

Engine

Honda GCV200

Deck Material

NeXite®

Cutting Width

21"

Mowing height range

3/4" - 4"

Mowing height adjustments

7

Drive Control

Infinitely Variable Select Drive®

Transmission

Variable Speed Fixed Gear Belt Clutch

Ground speed

0 to 4 mph

Starter

Recoil

Choke System

Automatic

Throttle Control

Fixed

Drive

Slipping 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

Flywheel brake

Side/Rear Discharge

Rear standard

Dry weight

89 lb

Operating weight

91 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

HRX217VKA Mower Operation
HRX Mower Initial Set Up
HRX Mower Maintenance
HRX Mower Storage Tips
HRX Mowers Blade Replacement

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My new HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 18, 2020
Eddiefromoverlook
Centerville, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Honda products are and have always been good IMO. I have owned four Honda mowers a 750 motorcycle and two Honda cars. I usually get 10 years out of their mowers. Bought a new HRX217VKA last week. It handles different than my other Honda mowers. I was worn out mowing my half acre lot . My front lawn is not flat and the machine is a handful going up and down to the street. The blade / engine stopping when the lever is released is going to take a time for me to get use to. The HRX217VKA is the easiest starting of all my mowers. The back yard is flat and a piece of cake compared to the front. I "think" the trick to mowing my yard is setting the speed to a semi-brisk walk and throttling the paddles on the handle to a walking comfortable pace. Time will tell?

My new HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 18, 2020
Eddiefromoverlook
Centerville, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Honda products are and have always been good IMO. I have owned four Honda mowers a 750 motorcycle and two Honda cars. I usually get 10 years out of their mowers. Bought a new HRX217VKA last week. It handles different than my other Honda mowers. I was worn out mowing my half acre lot . My front lawn is not flat and the machine is a handful going up and down to the street. The blade / engine stopping when the lever is released is going to take a time for me to get use to. The HRX217VKA is the easiest starting of all my mowers. The back yard is flat and a piece of cake compared to the front. I "think" the trick to mowing my yard is setting the speed to a semi-brisk walk and throttling the paddles on the handle to a walking comfortable pace. Time will tell?

Honda doesn’t stand by their warranty

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 11, 2020
Mark
Archbold , OH
Type of use:  Residential
I bought a similar mower a couple of years ago and it was burning through oil.  I took it into a certified dealer as it ceased up and he told me it had a small oil leaked which there was never any indication.  I would check the oil level occasionally and it always seemed fine even though the oil dipstick was hard to read.  I did add oil a couple of times but because there was no indication of a leak I thought nothing was wrong.   The dealer contacted Honda and sent in pictures per their request.  Honda responded by saying it was not under warranty.  I’ve owned multiple mowers and have never had one burn through oil like this one.  I will not be buying another Honda mower in my lifetime.

Used Three Time Out Of Service .

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 11, 2020
Drew
Hoover , AL
Type of use:  Residential
I paid a lot of money for this mower used three times,Broken.... Honda will not stand by there "warranty" what a joke.  do not buy a Honda mower they are junk!! over all would never recommend this hrx217 mower."junk".

Nice mower with lots of power but not perfect

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 11, 2020
wb
Miamisburg, OH
Type of use:  Residential
My main problem with the mower is when I have it in the mulch position, there is a great amount of clipping build up in the bagging compartment so it appears that clippings is escaping from the mower deck even though the lever is set to full mulch. I do like how the discharge is in the back and the one pull automatic choke is nice...I have had to pull several times once to start the mower since I have had it (which is about 3 months). I bought the mower because of the Honda engine and I have always liked them, they seem to out last the deck of the mower, will like to see how the composite deck holds up.

Charles Coufal

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Chuck
Omaha , NE
Type of use:  Residential
Love this lawnmower. Easy to start, quite and does a fantastic job mowing. Would and have recommended this mower to friends and family.

Very impressed

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Nick
Dearborn Heights, MI
Type of use:  Residential
This is a very nice machine!  Sturdy. Researched internet and found good ratings and reviews all around. Replaces a 27 year old department store brand model that I took good care. Hopefully this will last as long!  I would have given it 5 stars on quality but the deck and a lot of other parts are made of plastic. So let’s say we’ll wait and see.  So far, I am quite satisfied!

It is a Honda!!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Douglas Egenolf
Indianapolis , IN
Type of use:  Residential
I used to ride Honda motorcycles! Fast, reliable, awesome! I bought a Snapper commercial grade! The four stroke Kawasaki motor was strong! That is about it as far as something great to say about it!?!? 1,200.00 with all the trimmings and it couldn’t even cut very well much less more than that!!!! A bunch of my neighbors swear by their Honda lawnmowers!!!! I think to myself, Doug you loved their motorcycles why don’t you give their mowers a try???? I pick up the box in the store and it seems like it was empty!? Man the Honda mower is light! Easy to put together and way too easy to get it running!!! I was still weak from getting over Covid, I give a pathetic soft and weak pull on string....putt putt putt vrooom as it started on that first pathetic pull!?!?!? The mower is like a vacuum cleaner for grass!!!! I have been trying to beat/trick it and make it not cut right!! Too wet, too long, bag it , mulch it, it does not matter as this thing cuts like a dream and inhales the grass no matter what speed you run at!  I have long legs and cannot keep up with this mower!  I love that!!! The controls are comfortable and where they need to be!  This has been my best mower since they stopped making the original lawn-boys!!!! Okay two beefs but not that big of deal really! 1. The bag I wish was a little bigger because this mower really does pick up the clippings at a high speed operation! 2. I can’t tell if it is me or the variable speed knob sometimes seems to move from the position I set it at??? I guess I should not be so surprised by my blown away feelings of this lawnmower!? It is a Honda!!!!!

It's in the shop

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Max
Crescent City, CA
Type of use:  Residential
I spent the big money and bought this mower. It worked okay the first time I used it. After that, the self propelled feature was extremely slow, even on the highest setting. The transmission was leaking. So now, it's been sitting in the shop for the last two weeks waiting for parts. My grass is getting pretty tall. I'm not real happy.

Mower review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
TM
Hamilton, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Honda mower is very easy to start, usually on first pull. Wish wheels were bigger. With square design deck, hard to get close to some areas of yard. Other then that, very happy with purchase.

Clarence Simmons

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
JR
Metairie, LA
Type of use:  Residential
I have only use the lawn more about five times since I bought it the only problem that I find with it the mulching device does not mulch and expel the grass adequately enough in the rear wheels does not grab the ground they spin I think they need some type of knobby wheel on the back for traction other than that I would recommend this unit

Awesome

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Dan
Denver, CO
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
I have a small lawnmowing business and I bought 2 of these, they are amazing, easy and cant kill them

Almost 100% Happy

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Streetdog
Puyallup, WA
Type of use:  Residential
The GOOD: Powerful performance in thick grass; great cut; starts dependably; Select Drive system works great; excellent fit and finish. The NOT SO GOOD: Very hard to see the height adjustment numbers for the rear wheels (some white paint on the height numbers would fix this); the molded plastic space where the grass bag clips onto the mower fills up with debris and is difficult to clean (removing the plastic ridges where the bag clips to the mower would solve this problem).

self propelled is poor

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Ken
Pensacola, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Bought this $619 self- propelled based on reviews. Would not have bought it if know how hard the self propelled is to use. It is very poor traction on my somewhat flat yard. Also very heavy mower. It is also a gas hog, uses one tank of gas to mow my yard, and my yard is not large! Would not suggest and elderly person (I am 72) buy this mower. The Honda reputation is misleading. Buy a cheaper mower is what I would suggest and not self-propelled..

Overall Excellent

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lew
Bloomington, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Have had the mower about a month. Previously owned Toros. Disliked that the self-propelled drive always went out in Toros after a few years and could never get a repair to last. I'm still adjusting to the Honda self propelled feature as it goes a bit too fast for me on level and downhill grades and too slow on uphill. Find myself adjusting the speed control to compensate. Hopefully will get the hang of it with further experience. My yard is hilly and rough with about 1/2 acre to mow. I also have lots of obstacles and edges to mow around. These are hard on the self propelled feature and I'm hoping the self-propelled drive will last. The mower is high quality, heavy duty, and obviously built to last. The cut is good and mower is easy to clean. Always starts on first pull. Also like the big gas tank which holds enough for me to mow on a single tank. The mower body appears to be made out of a heavy duty plastic material. Will be interesting to see if the body holds up over time, especially the areas around the wheel height adjustment. The key selling points for me were the 5-year warranty, the non-steel body, the Honda reputation, and my personal desire to get away from the problematic Toro and the lack of durability in Toro's self-propelled feature. So far so good!

Honda Self Propelled Lawn Mower Outstanding

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lee
Stow, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I bought my first Honda self propelled lawn mower last month. I now will buy no other brand. This lawn mower is extremely powerful and cuts the grass to be picture perfect. Thank you Honda for the high quality mower. 

Mike Thompson

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Mole
Mechanicville, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I’m very happy with the mower, however it normally takes me 3 pulls to get it started, I had a much older model before and it always only took one pull. 

Honda review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Mike
Vestal, NY
Type of use:  Residential
Awesome mower. Pay the extra money, well worth it.

Great mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Papaheiser
Rittman, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I have been wanting this mower for a long time and was finally able to pull the trigger on buying it. I have had it for a little over a month now and so far it has been excellent. I'm able to adjust the speed to my liking, it starts on the first pull EVERY TIME and I am emptying the bag far less often than with any other mowers due to the fact that this has two blades and then I was able to adjust the Clip Director so that half goes on the yard and the other half goes in the bag. With the two blades cutting finer than other mowers, the half in the bag takes up much less space. Overall, great mower. I'm looking forward to many years with it.

Buy the Honda HRX

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Seahawks Fan
Alamosa, CO
Type of use:  Residential
I have owned what I thought were the best mowers on the market. They all were garbage & cheaply made. (Craftsman, Toro, John Deere.) I went to the internet and started looking at reviews the Honda HRX kept coming up on top of the reviews so I bought one. It is hands down the best mower I have owned it’s easy to use and quality built and it’s just a BEAST!!! Quit reading my review and purchase one I PROMISE you it will be the best mower you will ever own!!!

Honda as a great cut

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Tvsteve
Elkhatt, IN
Type of use:  Residential
The twin blade cuts my grass into small  little pieces. easy to start easy to clean. The self-propelled feature is fantastic. just really like this lawnmower.

Another great Honda product

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Mcriceute
Taylorsville , UT
Type of use:  Residential
Two blade system is awesome, mows and mulches excellently, starts easily. If you keep the door that closes to mulch clear of grass when you clean it, it’ll do a great job for a long time. 

Best Mower I have Ever Owned in 40+ Years

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 30, 2020
WEF
Raleigh, NC
Type of use:  Residential
The Honda HRX is the premium lawn mower, it has exceptional cutting performance and perfect cut quality. The GCV200 is easier to work on, along with being even more powerful and efficient. This Mower Bags and mulches very well, and with a 6 year warranty on everything but the deck, i am very pleased with how much you get for the price. Plus, you get a lifetime warranty on the deck, which performs really well. All the materials are very high quality, and also very durable. The self-propelled works very well, and i would definitely buy another HRX.

Good mower but should be better

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 28, 2020
DJT
Elwood, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Very good mower, has plenty of power for tall grass even on a full mulch setting. One problem I have and see that others have the same issue is the height adjustment, with right rear being very difficult. I am no engineer but contact me I will give you a simple fix that will give you 5 more height adjustments for finer height control. 

Wow

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 25, 2020
Robert
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Type of use:  Residential
I replaced a Honda I had for over 25 years, the transmission finally went out. After shopping all the Honda mowers I decided on this one. It had all the features I wanted and some I didn't know I wanted until I started to use the mower. It will actually go much faster than I can which is a plus. The 200 motor is a bonus as well as the upgraded mulching system. The backyard was always bagged so our dogs and grandson wouldn't track the clippings in the house. The mulch is so fine I don't have to bag anymore. We're a Honda family, ATV's, snow blower and my wifes SUV. If they made a full size pick-up that would be a Honda also. I would recommend this to anyone. You'll be very happy.

Why is it so hard to find replacement belt

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 17, 2020
Sod father
Des plaines,
Type of use:  Residential
Please help on finding proper belt for my machine thanks!

Honda Quality-Just As I Expected

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, February 24, 2020
smilinsam
Charlotte, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Just unboxed and completed my first cut/mulch for this product. First impression of the unboxing, excellent quality and care of the packaging. Any place there could be a scratch or shipping/handling damage was covered well. I read the clear instructions, set up the mower for my comfort, added oil and methanol-free gas, adjusted the wheel height and pulled the starter twice. Fired up quickly and quietly. In spite of being a gas mower, this Honda was extremely quiet. It took a few passes on the lawn to get used to the speed select and mower handling but overall it operates smoothly over the variable terrain in my yard. I had the cut-height set at 3" front and back and the mower cut and mulched cleanly and effortlessly. The Nexite deck cleans easily and appears very durable. I expect to mulch my yard most of the time but bagging will come with the fall leaves. This is my first Honda mower and I am not disappointed after just a week. It does everything I read about and hoped. A very high quality tool that I expect will outlast my need for a mower (at 70 yrs of age)! Kudos to Honda for another quality product.

Great First Time Use

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, February 2, 2020
Happy Mower
Austin, TX
Type of use:  Residential

This is probably the most expensive lawn mower I have purchased, but I was not disappointed. Out of the box, it there were only a couple of things I had to do, and I was mowing in just a few moments. The glass clippings feature was so efficient I collected more bags of mulch and leaves than I ever had.  It took a little bit of getting to use to the Drive Control but once I did it made mowing effortless.

The only challenge I have is emptying the grass bag into a standard glass clippings bag. If I let the grass bag get too full, it was almost comical watching me try to dump the grass into the bag. But very small challenge compared to the great benefit of the new mower.  I look forward to my weekly lawn therapy sessions with my Honda mower.

As a side note, I had only been mowing a few moments when someone drove by, stopped and said he had just bought the same mower for his mom and she raved about it.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, January 6, 2020
Honda User
Clermont, FL
Type of use:  Residential

The mower starts on 1 or 2 easy pulls. Has plenty of power to cut heavy St. Augustine grass with no noticeable strain on the engine. I only use the mulching mode and the twin blades mulch so fine that you don't see any clippings at all.

Best of The Best...!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, December 22, 2019
MagMax
Dallas, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Of all the mowers I've owned in the last 50 years, including a Craftsman that lasted me about 10 years, this Honda

feels like driving a Cadillac after having driven a Chevy most of my life...!!!

Hope it lasts me at least 10 years...!!!

Check the Details

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, December 9, 2019
Opa
Princeton, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
The Mower worked 'out of the box' after the addition of oil and fuel.  Manual start is easy with traditional one to two pulls required.  The blade control lever is an on/off device and the motor must be restarted if it is released.  The "Select Drive" mechanism is annoying as the mower speed is too sensitive to the slope of the ground and its material.  Neither of my two previous mowers had this behavior and I fail to understand why Honda thinks it is acceptable.  On this basis I do not recommend this mower and would select one with a better drive and blasde control.

easy to start

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Paul
Weatherford, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Love how easy it is to start, even on a slow pull it will start on the first pull.

The cut height is a little hard to move but the unit only has a few hours use and may become easier to move with additional use.

The cut quality is great, the lawn never looked better.

The handle has a sharp corner that I bumped while pulling the starter cord, so I did file the edge down to prevent any injury.

The bagging system is very easy to remove and install and is the best that I have ever had.

Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, October 25, 2019
Botchie
Layton, UT
Type of use:  Residential
Cant really  rate it today as Blades do not engage. Awaiting C-A-L Ranch mech. to arrive and look it over.

First Pull Start

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, October 19, 2019
Jack
Fredericksburg, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I bought my much wanted dream Honda mower yesterday morning, brought it home and took it out of the box.  Looked it all over, read all of the Owners Manual and put it into my storage shed until this morning.  Added the oil to the engine, put fresh gas into the gas tank.  Really liked the large gas filler opening.  I then stood back and admired it a bit.  Gave the starter cord one ,not to strong of a pull and it fired right up.  I was impressed.  I let it run for a short time and started mowing.  Boy does it mow!  I played a bit with the Select Drive speed adjustment and really like the way that works. I did have to stop mowing once to pick up one of my dogs play toys and when I restarted the mower it again fired right off.  I can not see anything that is not great about this mower.  I am 72 years old and from what I believe this will be my last mower I'll ever need.  Don't have a very big yard, but wanted a first class mower that would help with my older years of mowing.  Thanks Honda

Never been more satisfied

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, October 10, 2019
Ron
Canton, OH
Type of use:  Residential

I find the Honda HRX217VKA far superior to any mower I have ever owned. Mulching capability is paramount for me, and this mower with its dual blades provides clump-free performance. The 200cc engine powers through reasonably high grass growth without a problem. The Clip Director is ingenious, allowing clippings or leaves to be fully mulched or partially diverted into the bag. The ergonomics attest to Honda’s attention to detail. And the five year mower warranty (lifetime on the deck) gives me confident expectation of a satisfying experience going forward. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase!

Excellent product

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Steve
Falmouth, ME
Type of use:  Residential
i am ver pleased with this lawnmower.  It has the power to get through the toughest of jobs, it is easy to start, adjust, etc. and prduces a great cut.  I highly recommend.  

OWNER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, September 25, 2019
DOC
AURORA, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I THINK THIS IS A GREAT MOWER, I AM 74 YEARS OLD AND BOUGHT IT FOR THE SELECT DRIVE, ITS A LITTLE TRICKY TO USE BUT OTHER THAN THAT ID DOES A FINE JOB OF MOWING MY GRASS.

Replacement Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Frank
Bossier city, LA
Type of use:  Residential
This is a replacement for one I purchased 31 years ago. That should be enough said.

Lawnmower purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 22, 2019
Ed
Baton Rouge, LA
Type of use:  Residential
I recently purchased a Honda Self-propelled, Select Drive Lawn mower with auto choke. I have used the mower 4-5 times since I purchased it. I did some research on self-propelled walk-behind mowers and discovered the model I purchased came highly recommended by a popular consumer magazine. I can state without a doubt that this model lawnmower, HRX2176VKA, is the best mower I have ever used/owned. I am very pleased with the performance of the mower and the double blades that power through my lawn with minimum effort. My only regret is that this is my first Honda Lawnmower purchase. I can assure you I will always purchase Honda lawnmowers in the future.

2nd one and HAPPY

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Happy Mower
Middletown, OH
Type of use:  Residential
We have nothing but kudos for this mower.  This is our second purchase of comparable models.  Is it possible the newest one improved on the first purchase!  Hard to believe.  I love to mow but could never start the pull start mowers without starter fluid before...just not strong enough I guess.  Never a worry with these mowers. I am used to it now, but will never forget my amazement from the first purchase and that first pull....it started like a dream!  You will never get a better mower!

Great product

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Nani
Burke, VA
Type of use:  Residential

the Select Power Drive control allows me to safely mow my steep back yard. As a 58-year-old woman, i was having trouble making the steep upward path with my old mower. Now I can get the assistance I need from the mower, go any walking speed and mow the lawn...multitasking at its best!

HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Steve
Redding, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Just got my new HRX217VKA at Home Depot.  I highly recommended this mower.  I used a neighbors similar Honda and loved it.  Easy minor assembly on handle, load oil, and gas. Yes it is a little heavier than used to, but it is balanced well so it is still pretty easy to roll it or lift the front wheels. It is very powerful and the blades are undaunted by the tallest of grass (I tested it). I recommend reading the owners manual to understand all the features, and how to benefit the most from this mower. it is the advanced lawn mower I have ever owned.  My only cons are it's a little noisy with its large engine, nothing some ear plugs couldn't fix. It also has the lowest self propelled speed set at a normal walk, but my wife likes to walk a little slower. The top speed is almost a run, so there is room for some lower ratio gearing.

Good overall-disappointed with drive system

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Goldwing Mike
Harmony, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased this Honda lawn mower because of past experience with Honda products being exceptional. Grass cut and appearance was excellent.  Appreciated the larger grass bag. Was disappointed with the drive system. I have hills and mower slowed to a crawl up the hills and when on the flats the same setting had it moving faster than I could keep up. Had to keep Select Drive Knob on Max up hills and then either feather the Select Drive Lever to keep it from running away or stop and reset the Select Drive Know.

DJ Self Propelled Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 30, 2019
DJ
Shawnee, OK
Type of use:  Residential
Received the mower on the day was scheduled to arrive. Added oil and fuel pulled the rope a couple times and the started right up. No problems at this time. I have used the mower one time and it performed great. I am having a little trouble getting used to the speed control. Overall my experience with this purchase has been great. I would recommend this mower to others.

Honda HRX217VKA Excellent

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 30, 2019
Les
Seneca, SC
Type of use:  Residential

Read reviews on-line and watched YouTube reviewers.  I have had Troy Built and TORO lawnmowers in the past, TORO Timemaster being the most recent.  Like the 30 inch cut of Timemaster but repairs became too frequent and continued to be very noisy.  I wanted self-propelled non-riding mower and Honda had several models that met my criteria for mulching and bagging.  I have had electri-start mowers before, nice but stop working and becomes a pull-start after all.  The ease of starting that YouTube reviewers demonstrated was a big plus as was the maintenance.

I used the mower for the first time this morning and it exceeded my expectations.  Speed control was easy to learn and very responsive.  The grass is mostly Zoysia (southern drought resistant, wide-blade, more like Saint Augustine) at about 4 inches in height so I set the cutting height to 3 inches.  I used a partial bagging/mulching setting (4) and it reduced the number of bags for clippings from around 6 to only 2.  I believe the use of mulching AND bagging plus the small size of clippings made the difference.

And ease of start -- Oh My!!!  What a pleasure.

Slightly Disappointed

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 29, 2019
Mr.
Troy, NY
Type of use:  Residential

Overall for now it appears to be a good mower. I was very disappointed in the wheel height adjustments. It seems most all mower manufacturers do not mow lawns where they have to change the height often. It should be Click and go. The adjustments on this mower are very difficult to operate especially the right rear on this model. By the time I pull the handle away from the mower body to release the current height position, the lever hits the wheel before it disengages from its current position. This forces me to "force" the lever in the direction I need it to go typically causing me to over shoot my intended position, now requiring me to do it again. This is a Lawn Mower, it should be SIMPLE!

Can we get this fixed on my mower please, because the other side works as it should (even though its a lousy method).

30 years and going strong

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, August 28, 2019
VABJON
Virginia Beach, VA
Type of use:  Residential

Purchased my first mower (Craftsman) in 1987. It was a gem, but sadly it failed me after two seasons. I opted to bite the bullet and purchase a mower from in the highly touted HR 216 series of Honda mowers. Not knowing what to expect.. but certainly expecting to get more than 2-3 years out of the Honda mower. To my ultimate surprise, it lasted 14 years. Yes, I replaced the bag, wheels and a couple brake cables but in the end, my $400 purchased spread over the time was $2.39 per month. Unthinkable.... Right!! So in the end I donated to a buddy who was a genius with small engines and when I eventually moved out of the neighborhood, he was still using it. Of course my second purchase of the Honda line of mowers was an upgrade. The new Nexite deck was more expensive but still the same quality mower that I had become to expect. After 16 years of use ($3.13 per month), a couple discharge bags, 2 sets of wheels, one set of cables, one oil change and one tune up, this beast is still rolling. In fact, my neighborhood, which housed a plethora of alternate mowers, from Toro, Cub Cadet, Craftsman, Husqvarna and an electric are all now happily Satisfied Honda Mower owners. My second mower of 16 years has now been relegated to a rental property in Richmond (but still gong strong) and I am now the proud owner of a New HRX217VKA mower. I am positive that I will get the same great service out of this newest addition to the Garage. Worth mentioning that have .78 acre lot and enjoy mowing my lawn and then having a cold one afterwards. Honda... Thankyou for making such a great product. You've made my life easier.  

Here I go again

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Disgruntled
Northville, MI
Type of use:  

I bought this mower as a replacement for my previous Honda mower which lack of a better word was a lemon. I managed to use the new mower for 4 months and now the trouble begins.

I do not abuse my equipment one bit. When pulling the starter cord I just give it a slight pull and within a pull or two it would start. I never yank the cord fulling extending from the reel. This time after starting the mower the cord did not retract. I stopped the mower so that I could get the cord to reel. Well the cord did not reel, it completely unspooled.

Honda is supposed to have the best mower on the market so far I am not impressed. The quality controls are definitely lacking. The previous mower would never start, two engine failures and now the new mower is having problems. One more problem and I will be done with Honda.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 24, 2019
Tony
Burnet, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I’m replacing my 10 year old Honda mower with this HRX217VKA. So far I’m loving it even more than my trusty old Honda.  Started on the first pull, the composite deck makes it a breeze to move around, the bigger engine goes right through the thickest grass, and it will definitely go faster than I could ever hope to actually use.

My only negative is that the the dial that selects the speed tends to move it to a slower position as the mower hits the inevitable bumps in the lawn - mighty picky, but unexpected for Honda.

Overall, it’s a great mower and I look forward to using it for many years.

Wheel problem new

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 17, 2019
Mikey
North Tonawanda , NY
Type of use:  Residential
Brand new having trouble with getting one of the back wheels to move into the different slots for adjustment height. 

Rock solid mower that may out last my lifetime

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 17, 2019
SwimDad56
PLYMOUTH, MN
Type of use:  Residential
Gave my old Honda lawnmower to our son when he purchased a house.  Went with model because of the large motor, the markings on the mower for adjusting the height & first pull starting.  The more powerful motor helps stuff the clippings deep into the bag and handles tall grass with ease.  My one disappointment is that grass collects along the top were the bag attaches to the mower & not the easiest to remove.

Awesome Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Greatcontender
RANDLEMAN, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I have only used the lawnmower once, but I really appreciate how well it works. I did notice that after it had a few minutes to cool off, and was pushed across my stone driveway roughly 400 feet to the next location to mow, it took several pulls to start again. Kind of annoying, but it works great and I like it a lot. Hope it continues to work well.

problem

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 9, 2019
Firefighter
Edgewood, KY
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this model and took home. When I opened the box the left front wheel was bent into the frame.  I had to return it to the store & get another one.  This one.

Pretty good but................

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 4, 2019
Fred
Hubbard, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Quality product with easy assembly. I am 71yrs old and this is my first self propelled mower. Two problems. Even at the slowest speed this tries to get away from you, at fast speed you need to be an olympic sprinter. Blade height adjustment at lowest setting this becomes a stationary roto tiller. Highest setting still has tendencies to scalp. Poor engineering. You will know when the bag is approaching full as it starts pulling wheelies.  

HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 4, 2019
ninodiceglie
woodbridge, NJ
Type of use:  Residential

I was looking for a new mower and went to Metuchen Mower. After discussing the various mowers available I decided on the Honda HRX217VKA. The personnel at Metuchen were great, and after two months of using this mower, I realized they knew what they were talking about. They listened to my situation and gave me sound advice and let me make the choice. 

The mower is the easiest unit to start and cut the grass. The height levers are great for changing the cut height the bag catcher is easy and the mower has enough power to do all the mowing that is necessary. I was skeptical about the plastic base but I'm convinced that it will last many years.

GREAT PRODUCT. 

Loving My Third Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 4, 2019
LPayne
Harpers Ferry, WV
Type of use:  Residential
Over the past 30+ years, I've chosen Honda self-propelled mowers and I've never been disappointed. This mower is the easiest to start, maintain and so far, has been completely reliable. I mow approximately 1/2 acre on a slope, most of which requires mowing across the slope. I chose this mower because it offered the features that would make it easy for me to use and maintain, independently. The cutting swath is wide enough to provide an excellent cut at 3 inches, when maintaining a reasonable speed. Changing oil is not difficult at all, and the mower is easy to tip when checking the blades. I am extremely pleased with my new mower and highly recommend it--wish my parents had this mower 50 years ago when I mowed their lawn!

No Complaints

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 3, 2019
Bob
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI
Type of use:  Residential
 So far, after three months, great!  One would expect it to be....a Honda and top of the line.  I have a large lawn and this mower, with its variable speed, allows me to  cut it quickly and the mulch feature leaves fine mulch which has added to the lawns thickness....maybe i'm hallucinating...hahaha  I'll come back at the last cut this fall and leave an update...maybe every year for the five years that mower is under warrantee.

Nice new power

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 3, 2019
Dunner
Cincinnati, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Beats out my 20 year old Honda mower !

My Second Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 2, 2019
Eddy
BENTONVILLE, AR
Type of use:  Residential
This model has features that no other mower offers.   First, it has the option of 100% mulching or you can adjust the door so you go all the way to 100% bagging or somewhere in between like 50/50. Its called Clip Director.   There is several different ratios you can choose.  And that is important especially if you skipped a week and the grass is high and you decide to not do 100% bagging.  Or the grass is not high and you want the benefits of mulching.  And with 2 blades spinning, the grass gets chopped up into very small pieces.  It has a larger bag than the competition.  My model has variable self propelled speed.  Can go faster than I can walk.  The rear wheel drive is great on hills. Fuel cut off valve so you can run out the gas in the carburetor easily before storage (be sure and use stabilizer on gas left in tank).  Big gas tank too.  Adjustable handlebar for different heights.  Can also mow using 7 different heights ranging from 3/4 inch up to 4 inch.  And last but not least, it has a 201 CC size engine.  Most of the competition uses 150 to 160 CC.  Believe me, the 201 can handle most any grass.  Wash out grass bag occasionally because the grass is chopped up so fine it can clog up the bags air holes.  I changed it to synthetic oil after the first 2 mows and I buy non ethanol gas but it runs on 10% ethanol just fine.  

Good mower, terrible rear wheel adjustment

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 28, 2019
Steve
Manassas, VA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower has performed flawlessly for the 3 years that I've owned it. My only complaint is that the rear wheel height adjustment is extremely difficult to use.

HRX217K6VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 28, 2019
sidrod
Land O Lakes, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Just got it so far it works great. This is my second HRX217. I purchased my first one back ln 2007. I still have it still starts on the first pull. It just need a shifting cable. My son and daugher-inlaw purchased my new one. I’m going to fix my old one and see if I can sale it. Honda mowers are the best mowers in the market I feel. 

best mower on market

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 26, 2019
Pat
Pocatello, ID
Type of use:  Residential
They just don't get any better than this lawn mower

BEST LAWNMOWER I EVER HAD OR USED

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 20, 2019
Daniel
Houma, LA
Type of use:  Residential

I am really quite pleased with my purchase. The quality of this mower is evident. I added the 12 oz bottle of Honda oil that came with the mower, added some gas and it started on the very first pull.  The self-propelled feature is nothing of great engineering. I was very surprised at the pace the mower went even dialed down to a very low setting. My yard is St Austine and I live in the Bayou region of Louisiana (very tropical). We cut grass most of the year. The grass is thick, but my yard is relatively small (175x60), really too small for the expense of a riding lawn mower (IMHO). I was able to cancel the yardman at $35 /cut. So this mower will pay for itself in 18 cuts.

I could not be happier. At first, I wanted the electric start, but so far I think that would be something I would not need whatsoever since it starts so very easily.

The yard looks picture perfect! and I am a perfectionist.  

This is my first mower in 8 years, and it is truly worth every single penny even though it is on the pricy side. After doing a lot of research on the internet, I landed on this mower and am extremely pleased with it. I could have gone cheaper, but I am so glad I didn't skimp on the quality and reliability of this mower.     

  

Awesome mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, July 15, 2019
Bren
Massena, NY
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased and used today.  Very easy to handle and pulls back easily. 

So far so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 13, 2019
Jeff
Tyler, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Day one.  Started first pull.  The self-propel feature runs like a beast.

Mower Dependability

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Trainwreck
Lakewood, CO
Type of use:  Residential
When the mower starts, it's great.  But it is temperamental and only starts half the time. So it's pray for it to start or put it back in the shed and try tomorrow. The technology is almost there, but the fuel, choke and throttle are not syc'd oor by any means perfected yet.

First Use

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 9, 2019
JIMBO
Gree, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Mowed front lawn after getting home. My new Honda mower worked well in all modes of bagging and mulching at various heights. Started on first and subsequent pulls. Very satisfied with this mowers operation and controls. The handlebar adjusts to both short and tall people. The owner's manual is specific and explains operation, controls, maintenance and safety instructions at the grass-roots level of understanding for most first-time users. I was also impressed with the ability to adjust the range of bagging and mulching. Highly recommend this mower for first time use, or as a replacement mower.

Great tool

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 5, 2019
User
Great Falls, VA
Type of use:  Residential
This is a very power machine, can move thru wet grass.

Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 4, 2019
JUJU
Fairfield, TX
Type of use:  Residential

We've always tried to buy mowers with the Honda engine but never total Honda.  WOW what a difference it makes!

Our grass looks like carpet and I bagged it for the first time.  So easy to put the bag on and off.  Also, it starts the very first time you pull it. I love this mower! 

WoW - Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Annie19
Dunedin, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is a great purchase. Looked at Honda and other mowers at my local Home Depot and purchased this one on-line to be delivered to my home.  A customer in the store highly recommended the mower; and that influenced my decision.  Setting up the mower was a breeze.  Easy to read and understand instructions.  I have approx. 1/4 acre of level ground.  Mower started on the first easy pull.  The Select Drive Control is easily adjusted to your pace of walking.  When I needed a little more "pull" for thicker grass I just stopped and turned the knob a little higher.  I cannot imagine turning it all the way to MAX, unless you want to run with the mower!  Cutting height adjustment is easily changed.  Double cut blades really do a great job mulching.  I'm 72 and extremely happy with the ease of using this mower.  My lawn looks great!

NICE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 30, 2019
Muhammad
lawrenceville, GA
Type of use:  Residential
NICE MACHINE

Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 30, 2019
non
Lenoir City, TN
Type of use:  Residential

Has the best features in any 21" mower built today, Lite, easy to start, easy to use,ball bearing wide wheels, rolls the best, great paint job, best height adjustment, easy handle adjustment. I wish Honda put all these features in a 32" or so mower. This replaced a Toro Super recycler. 

Thanks Honda for making a great mower!

    

personal

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 29, 2019
Geo
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential
great machine easy  to use.

A Real Work Horse

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 28, 2019
Sail & Oar
Southport, NC
Type of use:  Residential
We bought and large property and the self propelled mower has been great. The modern plastic body has help up perfectly and it has started easily every time for three years and counting !!

owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Tony
GRAND JUNCTION, CO
Type of use:  Residential

Very good lawn mower, very like machine.

Love it

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 24, 2019
Ed
Liverpool, NY
Type of use:  Residential

Just purchases this lawn mower on June 19th, 2019. I did a lot of research and compared it to a number of manufacturers and decided i would try Honda. I have always owned Toro with little or no issues but after reading reviews and checking where i purchased it i thought lt was worth a try.

The best thing you can do is read the owners manual before you do anything. Everything was clear and very straight forward.

It takes a little getting used to but love how it operates. I would say it is the best mower i have ever owned in my 50 years of being a home owner.

Love all the special features but easy to use!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 24, 2019
Grant
Omaha, NE
Type of use:  Residential

Mulching feature saves SO much time and you can't even notice whether lawn was bagged or mulched - Amazing upgrade from my regular mower....Pace Control is right on - took a little getting used to - especially on turns but learning curve was quick and easy.  Phenomenal quality and the warranty is unmatched!  Ten year old son mowed 2 lawns in 1/2 the time as it used to take!

Cut through thick grass like butter

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 23, 2019
Mntxco
Maple Grove, MN
Type of use:  Residential
Really impressed with the mower.  Some minor things, the top speed of this mower using the self propelled system is 4 mph, it's a little over kill but if I had a perfect lawn like a golf course maybe it could be done.  Second, I really wish there was a under-deck wash feature. It's a little tough to clean underneath but again minor.  Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the cut and mulch (the stacked blade is awesome) and it is super easy to start. 

MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 16, 2019
Butch
Lees Summit, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this mower because the last one i bought lasted 15 years. The engine still started with 1 pull after all those years, the body was just worn out. I work at Home Depot and have noticed that Honda mowers rarely come back for problems. So this purchase was a no brainer for me.  

New Mower very powerful

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 14, 2019
Rick
Marysville, OH
Type of use:  Residential
One of the best mowers I have ever owned.  Tall grass or wet no problem.  Just keeps cutting.

So far so good.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Ursula
McHenry, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I have only used it once so far but it seems to be fine so far. I had another Honda mower before this BUT the self-propelled  feature went bad RIGHT AFTER the warranty period was up & I had not registered it so I was plumb out of luck!!  Let's hope this one won't do the same in a few years!!

best lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 10, 2019
bill
valrico, FL
Type of use:  Residential
it is the best lawn mower i have ever had great job

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Jim
Harpswell, ME
Type of use:  Residential

I'm very impressed with my new Honda mower.  That began with ease of assembly and clarity of instructions.

Mower started on second pull of starter cord, then first pull thereafter.  Wheel adjustment is easy and the Mulch/Bag selection is a great idea that I expect to use frequently. 

I bought a Honda because my pressure washer has a Honda engine and starts easily and reliably.  Previous mower could not make that claim.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 4, 2019
ninersbum
Fishers, IN
Type of use:  Residential

I have a little more than a 1/4 acre of grass that I cut, with terrain that is flat and slopped. The 'select control drive' is absolutely amazing on this mower. I can set it to my own walking pace and if I crank it up, wow, its a speed walk/light jog pace. The assembly was extremely simple. The grass gets a nice clean even cut. I used to typically bag before but have since changed to mulch. I didn't like to mulch with other mowers as it left towns of grass on the lawn. I believe the twin blade that Honda uses really cuts the grass into fine pieces. In the mulch mode you don't see clumps of grass left behind. I don't track it back into the house after being on the lawn great mulching function. When fall comes around i won't be racking up leaves this year.

COMPARISON: I have used my buddy's Honda Model#  HRR216VKA mower and it is a very nice mower. The self pace works good (not as good as the HRX model). The cut seems to be the same but they both have the twin blade so it would make sense they cut the same (though i didn't use the mulch setting). The HRR says its recommended terrain is 'slopped' but cut just fine on flat areas. Overall its a very good mower as well. I went with the HRX as I live in Indiana and with the rain and moisture I liked the fabricated deck (no rusting). I expect to get at least 15 years out of this investment. The HRX is a little heavier but you won't even notice that just set it to your pace. 

ONLY NEGATIVE: For the price I would have hoped for a little more functionality. This is a $640 mower (after taxes) and isn't cheap. I would have liked to see blade stop added to this model or maybe non-manual adjusting wheel heights. 


Have to love Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Russ
Winter Springs, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Fantastic mower at a great price! Easy to start, speed adjustable self propel, and great mulching! This is why I own so many Honda products!

Great

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 2, 2019
BoWee
Fitchburg, MA
Type of use:  

I recently have had several back surgeries and the best therapy is walking.

So with that being said, I purchased the Honda HRX217K6VKA figuring that I might as well mow while walking

I've had other mowers that claim to mulch and the Honda cuts more evenly than all the rest and leaves almost no visible clippings. That depends on how tall your grass is.

Mulching is the way to go and exercise at the same time! 

Well Built, Quality Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 2, 2019
Jack
Bel Air, MD
Type of use:  Residential

NEXITE DECK
Had been concerned about NeXite deck, but seeing it now believe it is indestructible despite reviews saying rocks made holes. Deck has many more cavities (mostly for strength on edges) for grass particle collection than I imagined, but next day was dry enough to easily brush off or pull out with fingers. Deck also captures wheel levers, nuts and bolt heads. I'm sensitive to handle attachment to deck, and this looks promising. Lots of ordinary nuts and bolts, and some of these might work loose, get lost, but should be able to replace. Anyway, discount reviews about deck integrity: Deck is fine, glad I chose it over steel and over some aluminum decks.

SELF-PROPELLED SPEED CONTROL
Review(s) about are accurate, and my only slight negative. No idea what max speed is like, but about quarter on speed dial is pretty fast for grass cutting. I am a fast walker, can walk faster than max setting, but doubt cut quality would be good. One may hold the bar down for the set speed or relax slightly to vary speed from that set to slower speed for maneuver. The bar is designed to be held by thumbs, and in 1hr15min mine were sore. I will try to figure out how to modify my hold to prevent that. Bit if you want to run through a quick and dirty mowing, set to max and off you go.

ENGINE
Started/re-started easily. Lots of power for deep grass and hill. Filled tank was empty at end of first cut. Noise pretty typical. 

BLADE LOCK
Good safety design feature, but heads up for new owner. Unless you hold the bail, you can not pull the starter rope. OK, but this includes unfolding the handle. The bail hooks under the engine front when handle folded, and you need to hold it as if running engine to get past engine and  to erect handle. Otherwise rope will not extend to permit handle deployment. Bit of surprise respecting handle unfolding.

MY ONLY USE SO FAR
On about .25 acre, half with modest hill, but worked fine cutting at 3" with some tree roots. Will cut at 3.5" next time to get back to previous cut height of 3.25", and further mss roots. Previous mower had slightly smaller wheels, so newer/bigger wheels better. 

best mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 2, 2019
Bob
Liverpool, NY
Type of use:  Residential
this is the best self propelled lawn mower I have owned. The controls are very easy to use and is easy to roll when not engaged.

Nothing beats a HONDA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 1, 2019
Lawnboy
Chesapeake, VA
Type of use:  Residential
I have had an 216 Honda for the last 10+ years. To this day it stills runs. My wife decided to buy me a new lawn mower for my birthday. Thank goodness it was a Honda. As expected it started on the first pull. I have used it several times since then and it cuts like a champ. I know it a little costly but with routine maintenance this mower should last for a long time. We are donating the still running 216 Honda to the DAV.

quality mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 1, 2019
tony
Grove City, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Nice cut through 5 inches of tall grass on almost the lowest setting and mower had no problem cutting through it.  Love the mulcting ability and how fast it is which cuts down on mowing time.

New mower -bad carburetor

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 31, 2019
Steve
Sayre, PA
Type of use:  Residential
After using the mower four times, each time of use, the carburetor float sticks open causing the gasoline to exit the carburetor through the air filter and poor engine performance. When the mower runs right, power is exceptional and the results are great looking yard. I would like to get the carburetor issue fixed. 

Great Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Terry
Waukesha, WI
Type of use:  Residential
After doing lots of research and reading reviews we purchased the HRX217VKA.  Got it home went through the owners manual, added the oil and gas and on first pull it started.  We usually have to bag our back yard so I was very pleased that when using the mulch setting, there was hardly any grass clippings laying on the ground.  The next test was the front yard where we have a hill going down to the sidewalk.  The select drive works great going up the hill and my legs did not kill me like they always do when mowing.  I would recommend this mower to anyone and sorry I did not buy one sooner.

Cuts good but needs improvement on the height adjustment

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 27, 2019
Randy
Trussville, AL
Type of use:  Residential
Bought one brought it home mowed a couple of streaks and realized it was set to low. front wheels adjusted easily but the right rear wheel was impossible. Took by to HD and they couldnt adjust it either,  Swapped out and had same issue, finally with turning mower on side able to adjust. Definitely a poor design . Should be much easier to adjust . I am keeping the mower after mowing in mulch mode and with a bagger but, hope the adjustments become easier after changing a few times. 

All I Can Say is WOW

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 25, 2019
Dan
Gulf Breeze, FL
Type of use:  Residential
My old mower died after almost 15 years...so I started the search for a replacement.  Looked at a variety of sources for online ratings and asked two of my friends at work.  As a result, I went to a Home Depot to look at Hondas.  The salesman in lawn tools was extremely helpful and I narrowed it down to this model of Honda.  Unboxed it read the instruction manual, placed oil in it, gassed it up and adjusted the height of cut.  The mower started on the first pull, engaged the drive and had set it mid-way on the speed dial. I took off at a trot!  Slowed it down a little (as I'm an old guy) and it performed beyond my expectations.  Grass was exceedingly long as I hadn't mowed it in a week and a half - this mower didn't hesitate and took it in stride too!  Emptying the grass catcher was easy even when it was completely full.  As the title says "All I Can Say is WOW!"  It doesn't get any better than this!

Truly, As Advertised

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 25, 2019
Bob
Doraville, GA
Type of use:  Residential

At 71, I have resumed taking care of my own lawn and property. I did some research and decided on my Honda HRX after reviewing about a dozen top-rated products, and reading many reviews for each. I was shopping for easy handling, and reliability. Before first use, I read the owner’s manual, twice – which I highly recommend. Started early yesterday morning and finished by noon, having accomplished more within that timeframe than in the last 40 years with lesser equipment. 1. Easy starting (every time), powerful Honda GCV200 engine (power to spare throughout my varied mowing conditions. Hills and rough ground, no problem): Check. 2. Self-propelled, variable speed Select Drive (read up on the Self Drive Control paddle & Control Knob and give yourself 10 minutes hands-on to start your mind meld with the HRX – Magic!) Check. 3. 4-in-1 Versamow System with Clip Director - mulch, bag, discharge, and leaf shred (mulched to perfection over grass with bag off – with bag on, mulched and cleared out a woodland margin, removing ivy, leaf fall, and small branch litter in one pass) Check. 4. MicroCut® Twin Blades (I set the easily adjusted wheel height to mid-way and the lawn looks ready for a round of golf. I hit an unexpectedly thick area of caterpillar grass and simply gave the handy Self Drive Control Knob a tweak to power through the area with consistent trim quality) Check. 5. ETC: Highly agile handling, easy cleanup (deck underside was clear of debris with my dry conditions), convenient equipment design for fueling, oil & air filter access, and aside from a 4.5-star review from hundreds of users, a 5-year warranty! [pay attention to reasonable but substantive equipment care and use issues that can affect the warranty – find the detailed description in Owner’s Manual]. To top it all off, I am less than a mile from my Honda dealer, and Honda Certified service provider. I’m in ‘Honda Heaven’, and recommend this fine mower to anyone interested in excellent lawn care and avoidance of physically “over-doing it” with use of less powerful and reliable equipment.

Correction to my review that is currently under review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 25, 2019
Bob
Doraville, GA
Type of use:  Residential
centipede, not caterpillar grass - haha

Upgrade

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 25, 2019
tld
Joliet, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Best Lawn Mower I have had in a long time. Its so easy to use and makes mowing the lawn something to look forward to. Great quality. The mowing assistance makes it so much easier to go up hills and the adjustment to the speed helps a lot too. I would recommend this mower to anyone. I have had it only for a few weeks now but it definitely seems like one that is going to last me for years to come.

Best Mower Ever!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 23, 2019
Marv
Brandon, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Honda HRX217VKA is best mower ever!!  Excellent power, easy to use and cuts great!.  Mows thick St. Augustine grass with ease.  No more exhausting pushing!!   Highly recommend! 

Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 19, 2019
Loud Pa Pa Mot
Lawrence, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Did some homework to find a new mower.  Checked out all major brands and settled on the HRX217VKA.  Current mower had a Honda engine.  Started every time on first half pull for the 10 years i was cutting my lawn.  Originally purchased that mower with frint wheel drive the home had a flat yard no hills or inclines.  Moved to present home 3 summers ago and home is on a hill with about a 30 degree incline.  Everytime i cut grass for the last three years its been a struggle pushing lawn mower up the incline.  Had enough rear wheel drive has got to be better i am told so researched mowers available and really wanted another Honda engine for the ease of start on present mower.  Well purchased the Honda Mower at Home Depot this morning got it home and had to try it our.  Unbelieveable was able to use one hand guiding mower up the lawn did not even have to push and had it on the minium setting for the drive.  The icline is about 30 degrees and goes from home to street which is about 50 feet in the front.  Could not believe the power the mower has and how it just climbed up the incline with no assist from me at all besides stearing with one hand.  Can not say enough after the first use words cannot describe the way it went up the incline, fantastic, great, marvelous, why did i struggle for three years.  All i can say is it cuts fantastic and is effortless for the operator.  Shoud have bought one years ago but you always think a mower is a mower, well think again not all mowers are created equal BUY A HONDA, BEST MONEY YOU WILL EVER SPEND.  Sure they are a little more but well worth it.  

BEST ON EARTH

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 19, 2019
Hulk
Pittsburgh , PA
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical

This is definitely the best mower I have ever OWNED. In the past I've OWNED Honda motorcycle,  Honda pilot, why not a lawn mower.  Cuts great ,love the lifetime deck, variable speed . HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BEAST.

Honda HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 18, 2019
bobby
trotwood, OH
Type of use:  Residential

I just purchase my Honda Hrx217 this month and I absolutely love it.  It is very light and has a beautiful cut. I do plan on purchasing another one soon for my wife it is very light and I don't have to worry about her pushing because it basically guides it self.

Thank you,

Unbelievable, spend the money - you won’t regret it!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 18, 2019
Mike Q.
Monument, CO
Type of use:  Residential
I can’t believe I’ve been killing myself with a low quality push mower for the last 20 years, trying to save a couple bucks.  This thing is amazing.  Strong motor, razor sharp blades, and drives as fast as a slow jog.  It ripped thru my small yard in 2 seconds, my mow time is now cut in half!  Don’t use that cheap mower of yours ever again, spend just a bit more cash, go out and buy yourself a self propelled Honda mower with a big strong engine!

Replacing a CRAFTSMEN

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 16, 2019
Denny
cedar Lake, IN
Type of use:  Residential

this isw my first Honda lawn mower.  I have had Craftsmen mowers in the past and still own one at another location.

I used my son which help me make my selection.  I ordered it online Amazon.  Received it in 5 days.  I was very impressed with the packaging of the mower.  It was easy to unpack and very little assembly necessary.  I like the w3ay it operates but I'm not used to the rear wheel drive.  When I push the drive button the mower has a tend ency to raise the front wheels off the ground.  I will have to get used to this and will see after a few cuts.  I have a HONDA POWER WASHER.  The products are very easy to use and far superior too others that I've used and previewed.

Just what I expected

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 16, 2019
Nick
union , NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Went from 160 Honda upgraded to the 200 motor hrx217 , best mower yet for sure, very Smooth , I was a little apprehensive about the drive system it is very similar to the paddle on my old Honda but not quite Cant adjust the position like the old paddle  my only gripe not a complaint. I don't have a throttle control anymore its an auto choke I thought it would be an issue but its not  . This is the Ferrari of Lawn mowers , I take Pride in my lawn and only buy the best equipment and this is it. Plenty Power , it can out run me if you set it to max and squeeze hard enough , so that's a plus. I'm American and only buy American, I don't see myself buying a Honda Motorcycle or a Honda automobile but as far as mowers go I dont have time for BS and need things to work,  its a good investment and it is assembled in the USA. 

Happy With My Honda!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 16, 2019
Ernie
Wooster, OH
Type of use:  Residential
This is the second one I have purchased. The first one I had for seven years for my residential use. It is still running great. I moved it to use on another residential property I own and bought a new one for my residence. I am in my mid 60s and this is a fun mower to use. I am very particular about how my yard looks and this mower keeps it looking great. Thanks for a great, dependable product.

Great Value

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Jon
Hartville, OH
Type of use:  Residential
This is an excellent mower and was easily assembled right out of the box. Added the oil and easily started with the first pull of the starter, no reason to purchase an electric start. I've only used it once but I'm impressed with the mulching and even cut of the blades. It is a bit heavier than my previous mower but I will adjust to it. The engine noise is much less than noted by other reviews and quieter than my old Toro. This is a quality mower and I have not experienced the negatives some have noted. I would recommend it.

It is HONDA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chuck
Lincoln, NE
Type of use:  Residential

This one works exactly what I expected from HONDA. The 200cc engine is strong - no hick ups.

I have been using HONDA engines from 1980. They never disappointed me.

Very light effecient mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 11, 2019
Simon
Warren, OR
Type of use:  Residential
Downgraded from semi commercial zero turn mower to this one. Great value for $600. Starts first pull, 2 fingers! Great 6 HP engine. Wish they made one with zero turn wheels on the front! Only complaint is not heavy enough on the front axle! ...it pops up if the bag is 1/2 full!;-)...first world problems!! ;-) Can remedy by adding weight to the front deck though. Easy to change height on all wheels. Reminds me of my toddlers bubble mower...it is SO light!!!! Recommend though. Lots of power ( think V8 in a fibre glass corvette or TVR Sports car!!!! ;-) ). Cheers.

Best of the best

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 11, 2019
Jeremy Chester
Whitehouse, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Best damn walk behind lawn mower with the best damn cut on the market!!!!!

New Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 11, 2019
DUBYA
Centerville, UT
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased a new Honda HRX217VKA lawn mower from Home Depot. The price was around $100 cheaper than the local independent dealership. Have used it twice and it runs like a champ. It started on the second pull out of the box. I have been using my mothers older version of this mower and it was awesome too! You can't go wrong with Honda products.

GREAT PRODUCT

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 8, 2019
PWB
NORTHWOODS, IL
Type of use:  Residential
EASY TO SET UP, STARTED MOWING 5 MINUTES OUT OF THE BOX.  TACKLED MY LONG GRASS WITHOUT A PROBLEM.  IT IS ANOTHER FINE PRODUCT BY HONDA, THIS IS MY SECOND HONDA MOWER IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.  THIS MODEL HAS PLENTY OF POWER WITH THE 200CC ENGINE AND MULCHED MY OVERGROWN LAWN WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.  I'M VERY HAPPY.

New Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 8, 2019
none
Chandler, AZ
Type of use:  Residential
This is probably the best mower I have used in the last 30 years.  It has good quality and is easy to use.  I would buy this product again.

new review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Mower buddy
Lincoln, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Had to do a bit of adjustments but I love the power this machine puts forth.  

First time Honda owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 4, 2019
Bobdog
Sponane, WA
Type of use:  Residential

I am so glad I bought a Honda. What an easy to use smooth operating machine. It was the quickest I have mowed in years and my yard looks great. I would recommend a Honda for everyone. Thanks.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 4, 2019
Luke
Searcy, AR
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is top notch. The 200 cc engine matched with the lighter deck (with great warranty) will surely allow this to be at least a 15 year mower. I was worried about the deck but it is very sturdy and has held up remarkably. Mows 2 feet of grass in a single pass easily. My only complaint is the drive control is a little strange. Supposed to be palm control but leans more towards thumb however, the variable speed is an easy fix to this though. Also a wash out port would be good because although the deck is VERY nonstick, grass still sticks to it like it would on anything else. Recommended to several people who have bought and they all Highly recommend. If you are reading through these comments disregard the rest and pull the trigger. Great buy. 

POOR QUALITY CONTROL

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ken
Sylvania, OH
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower online from Home Depot. When I received the mower ahead of schedule, I could not wait to try it. HOWEVER, I did not receive an Owners Manual, or the bottle of oil that were supposed to come with the mower. No big deal, RIGHT. Well, when you buy a mower this expensive you expect everything to be right so I called Home Depot to ask for my items. I spent an hour trying to talk with a person who could help me. It was one answering machine after another. When I finally reached a person to talk to who would help me, they encountered the same problem that I did. The Honda supplier for Home Depot could not be reached. The number was busy. OVER and OVER and OVER again. She then told me that Home Depot could not help me. I would have to call Honda myself. After many, many calls to the Honda number, I finally got through. After going through the choose this number game on the answering machine I was put on hold. After 28 minutes  on hold I gave up! 

I downloaded the Owners Manual online and purchased my own oil.

waylow

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 1, 2019
waylow
Germantown, WI
Type of use:  Residential

I Just bought this unit April 30 2019

We had rain for a good week so the grass is just wet and ground is soaked.

The mower never slowed down and I did not have clumps of grass when I was done.

I just love that unit

Go For It, Nice Mower, Everything You Would Expect From A Honda Product

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Jerry
Dayton, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Mower cuts well, with ease.  Right out of the box, started first pull. 

Designed very well.....I've used it two times....will see how it holds up.

Awesome Mower Cuts Evenly

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 29, 2019
jay
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential
This lawn mower is great , it cuts evenly and it's a little lighter and my older one , of course my other honda mower is over 15 years old and still runs , I decided on a new one because it was time , immediately I was able to open the box and put this mower to work asap just pour the oil that came in the box and filled it with gas and It started on the first pull, I cut the front lawn in about 5 minutes the yard look all even. Great mower.

Replace my 2012 Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 28, 2019
Range6
Media, PA
Type of use:  Residential

CONS: I miss the blade brake feature-now I need to stop the engine and restart to empty the bag, move a stick, etc. Seems louder than previous. Wheel height adjustment was hard on the 2012 Honda, and even harder on this one.

PROS Easy starting, just like my old one. The Variable Speed control takes some getting used to, but an improvement. 

Broken Plastic Deck covered by a useless warranty

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tim
Johnstown, PA
Type of use:  Residential
This is a long-term review of a mower 1 year in service.
I've used this mower for about a year. PROS: It cuts great, is easy to handle, and runs like a champ. CONS: The plastic deck that is susceptible to cracks from rocks.
I was recently changing the oil and removing the blade to sharpen. When doing so I found a crack in the deck/blade guard area. It had a hole about the size of a quarter and a crack extending about 3-4 inches from the break. The deck is covered by a "Worry free lifetime limited warranty" so I took it to Home Depot, which is an authorized dealer, to be submitted for repair. The cashier balked at taking it initially until I explained it to her the warranty and that Home Depot was a dealer. This should have been my first red flag of things to come.
2 weeks later I received a call from the Home Depot Repair Center informing me that my repair would be $404.21. I explained that this was not correct because the deck was covered by a lifetime warranty, but she refused to accept that and said it was due to "abuse". If the warranty views hitting a rock in a yard while mowing "abuse", then it is no warranty at all. Either the warranty is useless, Home Depot repair is ignorant of the warranty, or Home Depot repair is willfully trying to gouge me for $400 bucks. Whichever applies, it speaks very poorly of this mower and of Home Depot.

One Major Feature mission from New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 22, 2019
Kay
New Providence, NJ
Type of use:  Residential

I have worked with new mower last week end to find following comment.  As reported, Am very much satisfied with new mower but the silent mower reputation is not with this new 200cc machine anymore, specially when previous 160cc mower that just retired after 16 years of service.   Maybe the reason is, new machine which I did chose the unit without slot control, which previous 160cc mower had, but even though, the REV of new 200cc fixed slot is too fast and too lousy.  Even my neighbor came to me why new Honda mower is so loud noise!

Even though I noticed that I did make a wrong choice without slot control, is there any way to reduce REV as it is so noisy and eat up gas so fast.  I need to slow down about 25% to achieve 75% of current REV slot level.  Another misunderstanding of Select Driver Control,  I thought that this will control not only Driving speed, but also control slot control, but apparently it is not.  Conclusion:  Is there any adjustment available to fix the issue through I understand it is still a fix control.  I just need to regain the "silent Mower" image to my new mower.

Little pricey but great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 20, 2019
Michael
San Antonio, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Easy to start.  Mows through thick grass with very little effort.

New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, April 19, 2019
chris
Huntington, WV
Type of use:  Residential

Took the mower from the box and unfolded and adjusted the handlebars; added the supplied oil and slowly pulled the engine through about 5 times. Filled the fuel tank and the engine started on the first pull.
My grass had gotten taller than I usually like due to the rainy weather we have had lately. I elected to use the discharge with the control all the way to "bag", and with the wheels on 3, the mower didn't miss a beat! The rear discharge did not clog, nor did it leave many clumps; just a heavy haze on top of the yard, like any other mower would in high grass. I feel that it would be perfect if I hadn't had to wait so long for the first cut of the year.

Really like the smart drive control. Just set the dial to the desired speed and use either thumb to engage. Typical of most self propelled mowers, it does take a little effort to back the mower up, but this is not a big deal for me.

a tremendous step up

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, April 19, 2019
MikeS
Durham, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I had an older HRR model that I just upgraded to the HRX217VKA.  The different is almost night and day.  The drive is much easier and quicker.  The entire chasis is lighter and more manuverable.  I really like the variable mulch/bag setting for setting to the various mowing conditions.  

Great mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Johnny
Choctaw, OK
Type of use:  Residential
I researched this mower thoroughly before buying.  I was ready to buy in the fall of 2018, but the mower was so popular that there was not one to be found in the metro area.  I had to wait for the 2019 models to come out before I could buy one.  Assembly was easy and everything worked as advertised.  The mower gives me a much more even cut than I could achieve with my quality lawn tractor or previous push mower.  The self-propelled feature is far superior to my previous push mower.  And, this is the easy starting mower I have ever owned.  

Works Great Moving Forward

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 15, 2019
Steve
Kirkwood, MO
Type of use:  Residential

Second Honda I've owned. First one (push mower) went 22 years ... still runs!!  Never changed the oil ... and it never burned any!  Amazing machine. I sharpened the blades and replaced the wheels dozens of times. But I was getting too old to push anymore, so I bought this new self-propelled one.  Works great ... can't keep up with the high speed walking setting ... too fast.

My only complaint so far, is that it is difficult to pull backwards because of the gears.  I've had to learn a new way to mow the yard ... always forward.  But you can't always do that.  Advantages outweigh the disadvantages though.

HRX Incredible Machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 14, 2019
Malcolm
Boise, ID
Type of use:  Residential

Started first pull out of the box!!!  Had the best rated battery powered mower, I guess they have there place. This mower cut HALF of my mowing time first mow. Sold the battery mower and will not look back. Honda quality and power just can't be beat! 

Malcolm, Boise, Idaho

First Start

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 8, 2019
momule
Rural Eastern, MO
Type of use:  Residential
Set it on the ground, added oil, added gas and it started on the first gentle pull. Have had a Honda before, when the plastic deck was a new thing, and loved that machine. I'm hoping this one will probably be the same great grass cutting machine. Too bad America can't produce a product this fine....

Good but EXPENSIVE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 7, 2019
Thomasr1950
North Little Rock , AR
Type of use:  Residential
It's a nice mower. I didn't find the mulching as good as I read. Easy to start  powerful but not much more than the 160cc. I didn't much difference in the speed. I like the way you control the speed.  It doesn't on a slope much better than the 160cc. Im debating on whether to get the Toro super recycler.

What a difference!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 6, 2019
Mimi
LODI, CA
Type of use:  Residential

We just purchased this lawn mower - why have I been killing my body the past couple of years with our dying lawn mower.   This is a dream!  I will not dread mowing the lawn anymore!!  Pros? Responsive, starts easily, cuts great!  There are no cons!!   

Thanks Honda!

HRX Push mower 200cc - Awesome mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, April 5, 2019
Dave
KNOXVILLE, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Started on first pull right out of the box. This is the best mower I have ever purchased. I'm a little concerned about the plastic deck, however is has an awesome warranty. I would highly recommend buying this mower.

Rear wheel drive Honda mower 200 cc motor

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, March 30, 2019
Marke
Canton, GA
Type of use:  Residential

Very positive experience with first week of use. Was a bit concerned when I observed oil on the cardboard of the shipping carton, then I speculated that the factory test run caused a bit of spillage when the oil was emptied from engine factory test run. No more leakage was noted after adding oil for my initial test run.

Mulched grass from the initial mowing was so fine that almost no clippings discharged from the rear of my mower. Starting was easy. Plenty of power to pull me and the mower uphill. Inspection of the underside of the mower revealed almost no residual clippings after the first couple of days of mowing. I am very pleased with the GCV200 engine. Love the light weight design and transmission operation. The drive controls were easy to use and well conceived. Light weight is very important when pulling the mower backwards. The manual is very well written although would like to have seen move use of bold print in critical notes. 

Wonderful machine!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, March 28, 2019
SWC
Lacey, WA
Type of use:  Residential
This lawn mower is a fabulous machine! It was easy to assemble out of the box, started with one pull, and mowed my lawn in half of the normal time. Worth every single penny!! 

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ash
McKinney, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Best mower I have ever owned!

Love my Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Dave G
Broken Arrow , OK
Type of use:  Residential
Cut with it once and already love it!   Easy to start and cuts amazing, I totally recommend it. 

Great engine marred by bad design decisions

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 27, 2019
michael lovett
Charlotte, NC
Type of use:  Residential

The mower runs like a top, cuts like a champ and has great features. I love being able to leave mower run and have blade stop spinning. It starts easily and moves easily for being a heavy mower. 

The totally stupid things Honda did: The rear wheel adjusters are horrible, one of mine can't even be moved into all positions. The metal level is not stiff enough, it just bends outward toward the wheel. For an $700+ mower? Really?

Next item seems to be a trend. It is uncomfortable to hold/push because of the handle design. The clutch bail/level is designed that the only spot you can hold onto all three bars comfortably is if your hands are near the center of the handle. Who wants to push a mower around with your hands almost touching in the middle? It's almost like being handcuffed. The other option: if you have size 24 hands and can span from the outside of the handle to the inside - covering the clutch bail, then you might be okay too. Apart from that, the best I've found is holding the right hand on top of the handle, and the left hand more on the left outside.  This is partially all because of the special yellow button you need to push to engage the blade; it's big and bulky. In my opinion is setup is a major fail. What about the old bail designs that followed the contour of the handle so you could hold the handle in the best position for you??

Don't know yet if I'm keeping it. It's a lot of money for a mower I gripe about every time I have to push it around.

Who tests these things? Anyone in the real world?

The cadillac of mowers

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, March 22, 2019
nurseburns
Tampa, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This is the best and easiest to use mower I have ever had! I struggled with and old used one. UGH! Then bought a brand new Torro which never started despite the troubleshooting "help". Returned it and got the Honda. It started on the first pull and rarely do I pull more than twice. The mulching feature is go good I don't plan to ever rake leaves again. It is self propelled and I can't push the lever to high or I have to run behin it. My husband is much taller and can mow both front and back in about 20 minutes. I grew up on a farm with about an acre of lawn. Wish I'd had this then!

Love It

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, March 22, 2019
Ray
Portsmouth, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Really like the ease of use of the self propelled controls.  Bags better than any previous mower I've owned.  Plenty of power.  Worth the extra money - finally decided to treat myself as I'm getting older (I've always gone for "the deal").

junior malburg

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, March 21, 2019
no 1
pairs, TX
Type of use:  Residential
love it  best lawn mower i ever own

Great Machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Curly
Wolfe City, TX
Type of use:  Residential

We bought this mower to do precise work around trees and borders and to get into tight spots that are too risky to try with an 1100 lb zero turn Grasshopper.  It starts on the first pull, cuts great, and is easy to operate.  This is the second one we have purchased, same model.  

The only thing that gave it a 4 for ease of use is the height adjustment for the rear wheels.  The space between the wheels and the adjustment lever is too small to pull the lever out of the notch to move it because it flexes too much and contacts the wheel.  I have to use a long pry tool (long screwdriver) to move it out of the notch to make the adjustment.  This was the same problem with the first one (same model).  But as you can see we still bought another one.  it is otherwise a very good machine.   

Powerful and light.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Steve
Chula Vista, CA
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 5th or 6th mower in 17 years.I really like the manuverability,weight,speed and power of this mower. It is my favorite mower to this piont.

Leaves trail of uncut crass even if overlapped

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, November 18, 2018
Test
Crestview Hills , KY
Type of use:  Residential
This mower leaves a trail of uncut grass, particularly when using 3 inch (the recommended height by most lawn experts) or higher settings. This is a design flaw that is not acceptable for any mower, much less one that is priced at a premium. The mower starts easily and seems to be well made but it doesn't deliver a nicely manicured lawn. I would return it if I could.

Honda hrx217vka

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, November 15, 2018
None
Salem, VA
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 2sd hrx217 mower. 1st purchase was in 2003. Mowed Dads 1/3 acre until 2017. Cut my neighbors yard for 2 years. Have cut my sisters annd both my daughters yards some. I cut grass at my mothers  mobile home for 3 years.  That mower had the equivalent of 25 year wear. A fantastic mower! Reason for replacement was the transmission Finally failed. I find my new Hrx217 has most of the same qualities. Im not totally sold on the Select Drive but will see. I also have a honda generator and powerwasher. By the way, im still using that hrx217 that i bought in 2003. Its just a push mower now.

very impressed

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, November 11, 2018
large bermuda yard
Pampa, TX
Type of use:  Residential
picks up better than i expected, rear wheel drive works great, pull start works great but requires at least a good medium tug. i bagged a bunch of leaves and it chopped them up very fine i only had to dump the bag 3 times .it usually weight 10lbs, but the honda bag weighed 20 + lbs (less dumping the bag).  the bag fits tight and doesn't leak. the sides of the mower are lower this prevent grass from coming out the side. the exhause is on the side(better than a front blowing exhaust). this prevents leaves from blowing away when you try to mow them over. this mower will easily save me a hour cutting lawn, and it will look better too.

Quit Running

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Bo
Delta, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Mowed about half my yard .... I stopped ... would not start again. &nbsp;Took to Bunde Sales on Mon. they repaired in just over an hour. &nbsp;I believe the tech. said it was an air intake valve that was stuck open. &nbsp;

New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, October 18, 2018
David
Austin, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Bought new after last mower went bad. Out of the box,assembled,added oil and gas and mower started on 2nd pull. have not had any problems yet..only a month old.

Very Good Mower - minor shortcomings

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, October 18, 2018
PhilRoundRock
Round Rock, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Just bought this top-of-the-line mower to replace an EGO Self-propelled Battery powered mower (1 year old - had circuit board problems that they had trouble fixing - otherwise excellent mower)

GOOD THINGS about new Honda Mower: Powerful 190 CC engine; Electric Start - starts quickly; Quite well balanced; very good mulching; very even cutting has lawn looking flat/good; okay maneuverability; Appears to be good quality; lot of good feedback from other owners.

NOT SO GOOD THINGS about new Honda Mower: Select Drive Speed Control -- doesn't really effectively or accurately set maximum ground speed. Set at minimum it may or may not move based on how you hold both sides of control lever down.  Two sides of control lever are very flexible and how/where you depress them varies the amount of engagement. Seems like all select drive knob settings from 1/4 to full turn set mower at very fast pace and it's difficult to find a setting for a medium speed walk. By contrast the EGO cordless mower had an extremely easy and accurate speed control. Also mower is somewhat awkward and heavy to maneuver on a lawn with many obstacles and non-straight lines. Engine is louder than other gas mowers I've had - but it could be due to larger engine. Mower is expensive but does have high quality/reputation plus all features.

OVERALL: Am quite satisfied with mower and will recommend to others but with reservations about ground speed control.

Residential mower review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Richard
Concord, NC
Type of use:  Residential
LOVE this mower.  Easy to use and to change from bagger to mulcher (or in between).  I also like the adjustable speed dial and the 'paddle' to engage the self-propel drive. 

Residential mower review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Richard
Concord, NC
Type of use:  Residential
LOVE this mower.  Easy to use and to change from bagger to mulcher (or in between).  I also like the adjustable speed dial and the 'paddle' to engage the self-propel drive. 

HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, October 15, 2018
RON
Noblesville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
I had a nearly equal toss up between the Honda HRX217VKA and a Toro Super recycler. The deciding factors were the clipping director feature. I am still getting used to the Select Drive, but I think it will be a nice feature on my steep inclines.

Great Mower--Until You Need Warranty Work

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ben
Lexington, KY
Type of use:  Residential

As a former Honda automotive engineer and three-time Honda car owner, I bought my mower a little over 3 years ago from an authorized Power Equipment dealer (along with a Honda HHT25S trimmer) with full confidence in Honda quality and that they would stand by their product and treat me right if there was a problem.  Thinking the price premium for Honda quality is worth it, I convinced my wife and spent the $600 on the mower.  I love this mower--functionally, it's great except for the mulch/bag setting in the middle of the range is iffy.  Easy to start, cuts great, solid deck, large bag that actually fills.  Powerful engine.  Actually made mowing somewhat enjoyable.

BUT---

This season, toward end of season, one day it just wouldn't start.  I did some basic inspections (no clogged fuel filter, carb was clean, plug was new, oil level OK, gas is good) and then took it back to the dealer and they determined a valve was seized and impossible to un-stick.  After nearly 6 weeks of waiting, Honda authorizes a full engine replacement due to internal failure (still waiting for it to be installed.)  So in the meantime, I pay someone to mow my yard (not reimbursable under warranty per Honda) and get told by Honda that this is being handled per standard procedure.  No one from Honda called me apologetic or eager to fix the issue, dealer says it's all a wait on Honda, blah blah.  So in the meantime, I sit waiting...

Long story short--if you don't get a dud, it should run great for a long time.  I mean, it's a Honda right?  And people sell these used with 10 years on them right?  And they are 3x the price of a Troy Built at Lowe's so they have to be better right?  And your local dealer told you it's a great warranty but they don't break right? 

But have a problem?  Have fun working with Honda on a warranty claim.  Be ready to explain multiple times it's not for commercial use (if you use it for your home), estimated hours on the unit, and deal with your dealer that--according to Honda--is an independent operation that they have no control over in terms of how your claim is handled.  My opinion, a premium branded product like Honda Power Equipment should mean that when there is a problem, the dealer/Honda takes care of you immediately.  In other words, within a week or so after the unit was checked by my dealer, I should have had either 1) my unit back with a fresh engine or 2) been sent out the door with a brand new mower--or even a loaner.  $600 is chump change for Honda.  You get better service at Harbor Freight or Sears when something breaks.   

So no more Honda for me--NOTHING.  I was shopping for a $2000 generator for home backup before this happened, but have to reconsider that.  I have zero confidence that if the unit has a problem, Honda or my local dealer would take care of it, and quickly at that.  I'll go to Harbor Freight and throw it away if it breaks, buy another 2 or 3 times for the price of the Honda.  Hopefully my Billy Goat with the $300 extra Honda GSV190 engine doesn't take a crap like this GCV190 did, since apparently I'll just be SOL and have to remove and replace the motor myself for $300 or so.  

So here's my invitation to HONDA to make this right by me:  Send me a check for my yard mowing fees for as long as my mower is down (soon to be $80).  If you want me back as a customer, let's talk about a better price on your super premium generators that I'll have to buy from your super premium dealer network, and why it's a better long term buy than something else like a Yamaha or Predator or Kohler.  Cuz the dealer told me they don't break and since it's a Honda, they command the super premium price

So my star rating reflects how the company handled this issue.  If they would have just did it right, 5 star review no problem.  But, they chose not to.  

Call me anytime.  

Dead after less than one year

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, October 6, 2018
Tl
West chester , OH
Type of use:  Residential
Worked great for one season. Followed all the maintenance instructions, and it began to stall, replaced the spark plug again, changed the oil and replaced the air filter again, even a new tank of gas. Now it doesn't start at all. I bought it because it was supposed to be so reliable. It's just another POS from Honda.

Review for HRR216K9VKAA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, October 4, 2018
Richard
Aurora, CO
Type of use:  Residential

I bought a Honda because I've owned two Honda SUVs which have been very reliable. The mower was easy to start and quieter than my old mower. My first problem was controlling the speed. Instead of being described as "walk behind" it should be "run behind". The clutch was way too sensitive and the mower deck would raise up skipping over parts of the lawn. Fully engaged the speed is way beyond a walking pace. I found a cable adjustment that I was able to back off enough to make speed control manageable. Although rear-wheel drive gives you more traction, the front-wheel drive is more manageable. With my old front-wheel drive mower I could just pull down on the handle and raise the front wheels off the ground and easily make tight turns and adjust the position of the mower.

One other concern is I read in the manual that if you operating the mower above 5,000 feet you should take it to a dealer to have the carburetor modified. I presume that since I bought it in Denver that it would already be ready to operate above 5,000 feet. It seems to operate fine so I'm not going to worry about it.   

 

Blown away

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 28, 2018
Bean
Rochester , NY
Type of use:  Residential
Wow, pulled out of box, added oil, adjusted cut, set to full multch, filled gas tank and 1st pull started up imediately. Set cut to 2.5”, lawn was about 8”. Cut like a dream at full speed set on full mulch. Engine never lost power, no clumps complete mulch of clippings. Handle and controls very comfortable. Self propell drive very powerful, went up front hill like it was flat. My last mower was a Sears Craftsman with a Honda motor. Still runs and starts first pull but frame has finally broke after 12 years, repaired frame but was time for a new mower. Love the NeXite deck and quick lock folding handle. Can’t wait to mulch leaves this year with the versamow system. I’ll park this next to our CR-V and Civic. Seriously this is a great mower with enough features and tons of power for a great experience. This is a quality tool that gets the job done with excellent results.

From Rider to Push Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 28, 2018
Joe
MCKINNEY, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I, previously, used a Zero Turn on my 5 acres.  

However, I have relocated and now have Quarter acre, so I ordered a Honda push mower, because of their motor quality.  

I was pleasantly surprised that very little assembly was required.

It was easy to start.  However, I found it Hard to turn, and Very hard to adjust the rear wheels up and down because, unlike the front wheels, the mower has to be lifted up.

Honda hex 217 lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, September 27, 2018
woody
Hunker, PA
Type of use:  Residential
i purchased this lawn mower about 1 month ago. I have used it about 4 times and i love it.  Before i got this mower i had a toro mower that i had for 30 years, it was the only other mower yhat i owned.  This mower seems to be better than that one.  I looked at the new toro mowers and this one seems to be better built.  The height adjustments are easy to use, and the ability to bag as much or as little as i want, the rest being mulched up.  I love this mower!

Honda HRX217KA Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Rich
Loudon, TN
Type of use:  Residential

I've had this mower for two years now and have found it to be absolutely terrific in the quality of the cut it produces.  I've used the versa mow feature at many different settings but found the setting of 8, which mulches about 80% of the clippings and back discharges the remainder to produce the best results.   It appears not placing the setting all the way to 10 allows some of the vacuumed air to exit the mower deck.  I live in Eastern Tennessee and portions of my lawn are filled with bermuda grass and the lawn looks like a perfectly laid carpet when I'm done, and changing directions each time I mow.  This is the best mower I've ever owned.

When I choose to bag I place the versa mow setting on 6.  It seems I need to empty the bag less times as the clippings are reduced to the smallest size.

I make sure the blades are sharp and I change the oil (synthetic) according the the specs.  I also use ethanol free gas to ensure longevity.  I'm expecting a very long life from this mower.

Review for hrx217vka

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, September 19, 2018
red
Springfield, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Ordered on line. Opened box, added the oil, started up on forst pull.

Can't use this mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Ron
Damascus, OR
Type of use:  Residential

The self-propelled feature on this mower is a joke. When you are going down a slope it literally pulls you faster than you want to go, even on the low setting. When going up a slope, when you really need it, it doesn't even engage or work most of the time; and when it does work you have to assist it by manually pushing it along.

The wheel height adjustment levers are so stiff and hard to move, that it is pretty much beyond my ability to adjust the height of the mower.

I will try it one more time, but at this point I am pretty sure I will be returning the mower.

MR.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, September 6, 2018
Uncle
Bridgeport, CT
Type of use:  Residential
Very good lawn mowers.

Heavy and mulches poorly

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 1, 2018
KCREV
Columbus, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Has a great engine, nice feature set but don't be fooled. The twin blade system does not mulch well. Consistently leaves a inch wide row of clippings as you make a pass and periodically 'belches' a clump of grass during a pass.  Make no mistake, this not overgrown or wet grass.  My turf is in excellent shape and thick but this mower performs poorly in mulch mode.  Even in full bag mode, the suction is lacking.

Lastly, the mower is very heavy. Leaves deep wheel mark impressions which make for an ugly, messy look. My previous mower performed so much better on both of these points that I regret switching.

First 30 minutes of use - So far, so good!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 1, 2018
Tom
Fort Myers, FL
Type of use:  Residential

My first HONDA mower, after 10 great years needs replacement,  but the engine (160cc HRR21969VKA) still runs as new!  Needs tires/wheels, maybe new transmission, new mulching blades (the old ones lasted 10 years), maybe new belt(s).  Might pass it on to my son...  However, I still used it this past week while taking time to carefully shop many other makes and models.

Still, after all the comparisons, I came back to HONDA. 

The new HRX317VKA has a larger engine (190cc), new composite deck, larger wheels and more substantial height adjustment, etc...  Started on first pull..!!!!  Very strong...

We shall see how it goes through the rest of the SW Florida summer season.

Two thumbs up

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 31, 2018
Floyboy
Cottage Grove, MN
Type of use:  Residential
One grass cutting and our lawn already looks better. First Honda mower and we really like it.

DISAPPOINTED

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 30, 2018
WILLIE T.
SUSSEX, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
PURCHASED HONDA FOR THE GEUINE MOTOR.  THE DECK IS SIMPLY PLASTIC.  SALESMAN STATED CUTTINGS WILL NOT STICK.  IN FACT THE DECK GOT FULL EASILY.  NO ELECTRIC START FOR THE 650.00 SPENT.  NO HOSE WASH PORT MAKES CLEANING DIFFICULT.  OIL EXPOSED AND LEAKS WHEN TILTED.  WAS GRANTED END OF SEASON DISCOUNT WHICH WAS APPRECIATED.  WENT TO ANOTHER STORE THE VERY NEXT DAY THE EXACT MODEL $100.00 LESS THEN I SPENT.  NEEDED THE MACHINE SO USED IT TWICE SINCE.  NOT WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GETTING. WOULD HAVE BOUGHT 2 OF ANOTHER BRAND/COLOR.

Owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Ellis
Alexandria, LA
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
Outstanding...i have four honda lawn mowers...

1st cutting impressions

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 28, 2018
RWAinCT
Fairfield, CT
Type of use:  Residential

Very strong engine and effortless with self propulsion system.   

Expect mower to last and purchase decision influenced by the 5 year, versus 3 year, warranty.

Initial cutting operation as expected, neat and clean.  

GREAT Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 27, 2018
Nana
Tuscaloosa, AL
Type of use:  Residential
Only used once, but it is wonderful!  Has a beautiful cut and is very easy to operate.  Picks clippings up very well.  I am looking forward to mulching my leaves this fall!

TOP QUALITY MOWER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 25, 2018
BOOTER
GLENVIEW, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I'm 53 years old and have been cutting grass since I was 8. I've tried a lot of mowers over the years and decided it was time to try a Honda and see what they are all about. Totally Impressed sums it up. Absolutely top quality, no regrets, mowers gives a great cut, overall feel is very comfortable and very easy to use. I LOVE THIS MOWER.

GREAT

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 25, 2018
Terry
BRISTOL, RI
Type of use:  Residential
USED FOR FIRST TIME TODAY 8/26/18.HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH SETUP AND STARTING. RAN WONDERFULLY ESPECIALLY ON UNEVEN GROUND.

Satisfied Customer

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 24, 2018
DK
Bedford, TX
Type of use:  Residential

I picked up my mower from the store and saw it was well boxed and Undamaged. Got it home, cut one end out of box so I could roll the mower out of the box (myself). Checked the mower for any damage, non existed. Assembly was easy, which was fitting the bag to the bag frame. Read the operator's manual, poured the 10w-30 oil provided in it's receptacle, filled it with gas, readjusted 4 wheels to the same height, pull once on the start cord and off with my dream machine. My previous mower was a Honda Harmony 215, so you can understand why I'm thrilled with my new Honda Mower.

Very good

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 18, 2018
bdd031t
Madison , FL
Type of use:  Residential

This lawn mower is replacing a husqvana 800 awd. I have used it twice and it has done a great job of cutting grass.  It is easy to start and the feature of mulch or bag or a combo of both is easy to use  The engine seems to be the same one I had on my husqvana so I emagine the engine will never be an issue  

Honda won't seell replacement parts....$600 piece of trash now

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 18, 2018
Unhappy
Holly Springs, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Shame on you Honda.  I need to purchase a few replacement parts for the handle.  It should be easy.  I found the parts on the Honda web site, but you must contact your local dealer.  Guess what....my local dealer just wants me to bring the mower in for expensive service.     Also, they are only open during business hours.  I have a job people!    I am very unhappy with Honda now, and now I'm certainly gonna make this public when I have an opportunity.  I have two elderly parents to care for, and this runaround takes time that I do not have.   I should be able to buy online and be done with it.    IT's a great mower, but I can't use it because the handle needs parts, and nobody will sell me the parts.  I'm not bringing it to the shop to have an idiot charge me a lot of money to twist a bolt.   I"d rate the mower higher, but it's useless without the little plastic parts that hold the two parts of the handle together.  I see the parts on the web site, and I can print the list.   Sell them to me!  Sell them to me.    I have the part numbers   Sell them to me Damn it!

Honda Mowers are the Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 10, 2018
nemichman
rose city, MI
Type of use:  Residential
This is my 3rd Honda mower, with non-steel housing, since 1993.  I still have my previous version 217VKA mower that I use at a summer getaway home.  These mowers always start on the 1st pull and they seem to never break down.  And they mulch the grass very finely to approximately 1/2" pieces.  So far I prefer the "thumb" push paddle speed controls on my previous model to this new one's finger pull controls.  The minimum speed range setting is a little faster than my previous model's, and I like the slower range better.  And the maximum speed setting on this new one is for joggers!  I am a runner, but not when I mow my lawn.  I feel Honda unnecessarily reinvented the wheel with this speed control design.  I much prefer the previous design.  I know I'll get use to the new, only because I have no alternative.   Lastly, I like Honda's rear wheel drive design.  I've used mowers with powered front wheels and they pose more problems than benefit.

Runs Like a Dream

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 10, 2018
Chris
IRVING, TX
Type of use:  Residential
This mower was very easy to get assembled and started on the first pull.   The mower I replaced sounded like a wounded angry bear being attacked by wolverines.  The Honda is whisper quiet compared to the other one.  I feel like the proud father of a new baby as I mow my lawn.

Good Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 6, 2018
B
easley, SC
Type of use:  Residential
  The mower was so much better than I expected. Plenty of power. Had to slow speed down just to keep up with mower. The cut on the grass was great. Only had to make 1 pass, and the yard looks great. Now this was the first time using mower. Still very impressed.

Mechanically Sound

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 3, 2018
ARK1958
Magnolia, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Mower started on first pull! Light and easy to maneuver. Was surprised that deck is constructed of high density polymer (plastic). Time will prove if that design is worthy of the price.

Can't get much better

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The BigGuy
Bracey , VA
Type of use:  Residential
Excellent quality mower.. On the heavy side but with the self propelled feature no problem. Starts right up every time first pull. With proper care this machine will outlast me. 

Amazing!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, July 30, 2018
Moehead
Odenton, MD
Type of use:  Residential
I mowed an overgrown lawn with my new Honda HRX217 mower, & I am amazed by the performance! Tons of torque & power available.  The speed is easily controlled & it will mow very fast, if desired. The dual blades did an outstanding job both while bagging & while mulching.  Absolutely a joy to use!!

Like the lawn mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 28, 2018
Jim
Rothschild, WI
Type of use:  Residential
I'm enjoying my new Honda HRX217VKA lawn mower.  It has nice features and plenty of power.  Typically, I've been placing the Clip Director in the 5th slot from the left.  For me this is the "sweet spot" for combination of nice mulching and vacuum bagging of debris.  Ease of use is great - I find the lawn mower to be much less labor intensive.  The only slight drawback I would comment on is that lawn clippings/debris accumulate along the top edge where the bag hangs on the back of mower.  It stays inside the bagging area, but is a bit of a housekeeping item.  Overall, this is a very nice machine!  Jim

blades dont turn

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 26, 2018
Jim
CLAREMORE, OK
Type of use:  Residential
the blades have a clutch that is poorly constructed. after the first use I cant get it to cut grass at all. 

The best yet

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, July 23, 2018
Lowell 72
Williamsville , NY
Type of use:  Residential
Have had several Honda Lawn Mowers over the years, and although they’ve always been reliable, the features on my new one make this the best ever and easiest to use. No more choke and no seperate piece to insert to convert to mulch.

Best mower ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 18, 2018
newsbreaker
Paia, HI
Type of use:  Residential

awesome !

easy wheel adjustments

great cutting and mulching adjustment

Never buy any other mower

Excellent Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Brittany
Lancaster, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I've had this mower for several months and am very impressed with the quality and ease of use. I mow about 1/4 acre of relatively bumpy ground, and this mower takes care of it with ease. I'm a petite female and have no trouble handling the weight of the mower.

Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 12, 2018
Robin
Landing, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Great Lawn Mover.  Received it as a Father Day present from my children.  Used it twice so far and have nothing but praise for the ease of use.

Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 28, 2018
Stick
Fredericksburg, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Awesome machine

Lawn mower wont start

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Jerry
Cleveland, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Thought Id spend a few extra bucks and get a good mower. Wow!! Really disappointed. Lawn mower started the first time and now it wont start. Brand new mower and off to the repair shop I go.

I Love My Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 24, 2018
Dave
Cottage Grove, MN
Type of use:  Residential

I Love All The Features. One Pull It Starts All The Time, the mower is easy to keep clean, it isn't that heavy

the instructions were easy to understand,  it's easy to check the air filter, easy to fill with gas, it's easy on

gas seeing the price of gas now day's. It's easy to adjust the deck also. You really come a long way's.

I owned I Honda Lawn Mower since 1988 it served it's time never had issue's till yesterday the the

axel broke so it was time to make the change. And I'm glad I Did. I Know the Mower I purchased

will give many good years of service. keep up the good work thank's. 

Lawn Mower Heaven

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 21, 2018
Pete
Conneaut Lake , PA
Type of use:  Residential

Love the electric start and love the rear drive wheels.  Easy to operate with the thumb controls. Simple to adjust the height and no difficulty getting the full grass bag off the lawn mower to empty. Wish  I got a extra key for the electric start and I also wish I got a battery charger to keep the battery charged over the winter.  This is without a doubt the best lawn mower I have owned. 

Perfect Push Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I love to mow
Sioux City, IA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is easy to handle and does a great job cutting the grass.  We live on an incline and the mower handles the steep ascent without spinning out while providing a good mowing.  It is easy to start, run, and turn!

clutch

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 18, 2018
samuel
olivebranch, MS
Type of use:  Residential

I should have waited until honda dealer was open , I had one before an it had a blade clutch, this one does not , disappointed.

Disappionted

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 15, 2018
Steve Z.
Champlin , MN
Type of use:  Residential
i bought this to replace my 25 year old similar harmony mower with composite deck.  It mulches grass fine but cannot even mulch the smallest leaves. I’m wondering if i can use my old Honda mulching blades in the new mower?  I realize the new mower does not require separate blades for mulching or bagging like my old mower, but that system provided excellent bagging and mulching!  I’m also surprised how much heavier the new mower is.  I’m not sure the reason for that?  Perhaps ths engine and transmission are larger than my old mower but i cannot image why that would need to be.  All things considered, I don’t think this mower performs like old mower did for mulching, so I’m disappointed it cannot do that for a price that’s about twice the cost of the competitor's mowers!

NEW PURCHASE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 14, 2018
ONC
Land O Lakes, FL
Type of use:  Residential
After researching for this product, I decided to purchase it and got impress with the quality and reliability. Very happy with the purchase thanks. 

JUST AS I EXPECTED

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 14, 2018
Noodie
SOMERSET, KY
Type of use:  Residential

It's just what you expect from Honda.

Simple easy quality

I only rated 5 Stars because they didn't have 6

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 13, 2018
J.J.
Cedar Grove , NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Great mower. Extremely pleased .

Nice mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Chip
Spingfield, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I really enjoy this lawn mower.  It's very powerful and doesn't bog down even in very tall grass.  The mower starts very easily and runs smoothly.  I don't think it mulches quite as good as my Toro Super Recycler but it is certainly more powerful.  I also like the Personal Pace system on the Toro better than the self-propelled system on the Honda.  It tends to hurt my thumbs after awhile cutting the grass.   My only other complaint is that one of the rear wheel height adjusters is very difficult to move.  

Honda Bagging is Unsatisfactory

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Jim
Columbus, NE
Type of use:  Residential

I like my

Works as promised

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Mek
OLD FORGE, PA
Type of use:  Residential
This lawnmower does exactly what it claims.  The best feature is the bag/mulch lever option.  Simply moving the lever while mowing allows you to bag when you want, such as at the edges where the grass meets the driveway, or mulch when you want, which I do with the rest of the yard.  The speed control also works well and is actually too fast for for my yard at the highest setting but may be needed if you have extremely hilly areas.

Best so far

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Bubbles
Des Moines, IA
Type of use:  Residential
So far best mower I've every purchased.  turns out the Cadillac of mowers is a Honda

Worth The Price

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 8, 2018
Ben-Tzion
Cooperstown, PA
Type of use:  Residential
After struggling along with cheap mowers for years in my large uneven yard, I finally took the plunge and invested in a "real" mower. It started easily on the first pull, and mowed right through my tall grass. The speed control (touch of a thumb, literally!) worked so well I had to slow it down going uphill. This mower has more power than I have ever experienced, cuts quick and even, and adjusts easily enough. What used to take over an hour took me ten minutes. There is a lever with which you can select how much grass gets bagged/mulched, there is no choke to fool with or bulbs to pump - it's all automatic, plus the speed control covers any speed you could possibly need at the touch of a thumb. If I could have tried this mower out years ago I would have bought it years ago. It is a pricey machine, but worth the investment. To be fair, it's the first day with the mower. I am trusting Honda reliability to live up to its reputation. If it lasts through the five year warranty (very nice, btw) I will be more than satisfied! So far, so good!

So far, so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Rich
LaGrange, IL
Type of use:  Residential

I just replaced my previous Honda, which I have had for 19 years.  Starts on the first pull, runs great and works exactly as advertised.  Excellent quality.

Self propelled speed is amazing with variable speed selections.  At some of the lower setting it's almost too fast.  Not sure I could keep up with it at some of the higher setting.  Can be used as a self-propelled, but can also be pushed if you are so inclined.

Hopefully this mower will also last 19 years!!

Best mower EVER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Mitch
Midlothian, TX
Type of use:  Residential
This is my second Honda HRX mower (sold the first one when I moved out of state) The quality is second to none.  Easy to start, the two blade system eats up the grass, bagging works extremely well also. Self propel system makes mowing effortless.

HRX217VKA; Started on first pull

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 2, 2018
Mr. Bo
Bethlehem, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Right out of the box, the HRX217VKA started on the first pull.  It's a bit heavier that my previous 21" Toro, but it seems to have enough power to propel me along.  I'm impressed so far....

great so far-impressive mulching capability

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 2, 2018
Dman
Auburn, MA
Type of use:  Residential

started first pull right out of the box-comfortable operation position-cut through heavy growth in mulching mode with ease-cutting height settings out of the box not equal- adjustment of rear wheels alittle bit of a struggle-self propel knob did drift with operation and I do think the drive could be stronger however if your lawn has no slopes mower would be perfect. One more note- gas tank is too small for larger areas- keep the gas can nearby.

This is a great lawn more !!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Baldhill
Batesville, MS
Type of use:  Residential

This mower is a pleasure to use. It starts on first or second pull every time. The bag has a large capacity and is easily dumped. The mulch/bag lever is easily moved to adjust amount bagged. Works great for leaf removal. It has plenty of power easily cutting high grass without  any bogging. It cuts evenly and leaves no trail of grass the mulch is very fine. The power assist is adjustable to any terrain and operates very smoothly with no abruptness at all. I highly recommend this mower.

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Geo.
Ainswort, IA
Type of use:  Residential
What a lawnmower!  Received this as a birthday/father's day gift and it is really impressive.  Of course the Honda engine is the best out there.  The mulching with the two blades is excellent.  It is hard to even see the cuttings left in the grass.  The "Clip Director" works great and does the self propel controls.  I like the way the height adjustment slots are numbered to match the cutting height ie. placing the adjustment lever in slot 2 produces a 2" cut.  How simple can it get.  Nice work folks.  This is a great mower.

New Honda Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 28, 2018
JohnR
Des Moines, IA
Type of use:  Residential
Just got it yesterday and used it today.  Runs really well, love the Select Drive system!!  Wish you could empty the bag and not have to restart the mower every time!  Kind of a hassle, but will learn to work through it.

Engine issues

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 28, 2018
Jeff
Pittsburgh, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased my mower at Home Depot less than 2 months ago.  I have used it 3 times.  2 of the 3 times, when I started the mower, the engine idle went from fast to slow - back and forth and then stalled out.  Today it stalled out 1 minute into cutting and I could never restart it.  I'm irritated that I paid $640 for a "top quality" lawn mower and my old Yard Machines mower  lasted 15 years.  Now I will have to be inconvenienced and take it to some repair shop instead of returning it to home depot since I'm beyond the 30 day window for returns.

Awesome Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 26, 2018
General
Kettering, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I have only used my lawnmower 3 times since I bought it this month and it is absolutely wonderful. Very easy to assemble and operate. One pull start and the 190cc engine has more than enough power to cut through tall grass. Bag holds lots of grass and is easy to empty and reinstall. Mulching feature leaves grass looking great also. Extremely happy with this Honda lawnmower purchase so far.  Best lawnmower I have ever owned!

Less than Satisfied

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 26, 2018
Bob
Hudsonville, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I recently purchased an HRX217VKA.  Perhaps it is because I owned a high-quality John Deere 14SB push mower for 27 years that I have the opinion that I do, but I am less than satisfied with this new Honda.  On the positive side is the reduction in overall weight.  Because nearly everything on it is plastic, including the deck, it is easier to lift, turn corners, and generally around the yard with.  I am concerned how all the plastic will hold up in 20 years.  It also runs well, but every brand new engine SHOULD start on the first pull and run well.  On the down side is the self-propelled drive.  It is either way out of adjustment or poorly designed from the start.  The mower will not maintain a constant walking speed, except when set to the higher speed range.  When set to a slower speed it will stop when it encounters an even moderate incline.  If this is "normal" operation then buyer beware.............     Bob in Michigan 

My Second Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 25, 2018
Ty
Delaware, OH
Type of use:  Residential

My Honda Lawn Mower finally died after 22 years of trouble free service.

So there was only on option when it came to a new one.

Just used my new Honda HRX2175VKA for the first time, yesterday and I love it.

I like the new, adjustable self propelled drive system and the ability to mulch and bag at the same time is a great feature that was not available on my previous model.

The best Lawn Mowers available !! 

Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 24, 2018
Mark
Salamanca, NY
Type of use:  Residential

When purchasing my Honda mower at Home Depot in West Seneca NY a notice by the mower said if I purchased it there that there would be an additional year of warranty added to the original warranty, I truly hope that is the case.

Thank you, Mark A. Brahaney

P.S. My 1986 Honda HTR3009 Riding mower is still in operation- it is all original aside from cutting blade replacement. Still going with original belts!

worth every penny

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Mario
Lindenhurst, NY
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
This lawnmower and its features are outstanding.  The speed control is amazingly very fast, as fast as you can keep up with.  Its quiet and started on the very first pull, the twin blade system is phenomenal, I was so used to stopping to empty the bag, each time there was so much more room to fill the bag, I was able to cut my entire front lawn without emptying the bag once.  Honda makes the best mowers in the business hands down.

Happy Owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 21, 2018
Steve
Greensboro, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Assembly instructions were easy to read and the product was equally easy to assemble.  The engine started on the first pull as advertised.  I'm very pleased with the lawn mower's mulching feature and the quality of the cut.  I have used the mower several times since it was purchased and continue to be very pleased with it's performance.  

Love It

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 21, 2018
Geeno
Summerville, SC
Type of use:  Residential
Used today for first time. Loved it. Started first pull. Self-propel pulls STRONG. I had to set to almost minimum setting. And my grass is thick. Mulched so fine I didn't even see clippings on ground when I turned it around.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 20, 2018
Dennis the Menace
Dickinson, TX
Type of use:  Residential
 My old Honda mower got destroyed by hurricane harvey so i purchased the HRX217vka. Like the bigger engine and the mower performs great.

Powerful machine

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 19, 2018
Jack Robinson
JACKSONVILLE, NC
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
This is a sturdy, well built machine.  Easy to maneuver with easy control and adjustment handles.  Very powerful and cuts through tough wet grass with ease.   

Mulching mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 18, 2018
BJ
DAVENPORT, IA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower really performs.  Easy to put together.  I love the speed control on the handle where when going down hill you can slow it down without a lot of trouble.  I like that the bag is in the back so you can make turns without problems.  It mulches really well. East to start and use, I'm a senior citizen-woman can have no trouble using this mower!

Lawn Mowing

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 17, 2018
Bill
Leavittsburg, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Awesome it makes mowing the lawn enjoyable.

Honda Dream

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 17, 2018
Ragincajan
Venetia, PA
Type of use:  Residential
The mower has no equals for a residential home owner.

HRX217K5VLAA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Goecko
Tremonton, UT
Type of use:  Residential

I have to confess I was a scared spending this much money on a lawn mower. But I had to change mowers. Ive had 2 back surgeries and if I keep bagging our lawn cause our toro wouldn't mulch at all any more, I would end up with another back surgery. I love mowing the lawn and being out side. So a new lawn mower that could mulch better seemed like a good idea. My husband has mowed and liked Hondas before and when he saw the twin blade action he thought that would be best. I moved Monday after purchase on saturday and the lawn looked great. I set it to full mulch, and there was not one blade of grass not cut and mulched, looked fantastic. One of the features I like is you can half mulch and bag if you want. great idea!!!!

It only took me 45min to mow verses the last one 1 hour 30 minutes plus bagging and emptying the bag. Hard on my back lol. No Joke! I was in pain!

This new mower from Honda Yeah!!! Love it!! I can be outside, walk along, great for back surgery and enjoy the great outdoors and get exercise all in one, enjoying the fresh smell of cut grass. I have to tell you I had to turn the speed low, it moves quick, but as I mow more through the season I hope to move faster. 

Best choice that we made. Thank you Honda, thank you my sweet husband for buying it for me for Mothers Day. Best gift ever.

Honda Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 14, 2018
G. Lowe
Northville, MI
Type of use:  

This lawn mower is the best mower I have used by far.  It is head an shoulders above Toro or Lawn Boy.  The clip director is probably my favorite feature.  You can select how much of the clippings are mulched and how much of them get bagged or discharged.  It really works well.  

The select drive takes a bit to get used to but once you have gotten used to it, it feels very natural.  

I can't say enough good things about this lawn mower it's well made, very powerful and does exactly what it is intended to do: cut grass.  I will never buy another brand of mower.  This is the best.

Good choice

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 13, 2018
AB
FORT WAYNE, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Easy to start, excellent mulching, good maneuverability, convenient to store.  Good choice all around.

Mixed Bag!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 11, 2018
Macdawgg
CHARLOTTE, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I just brought this mower today and love the Honda name but when I took it out of the box and tried to start it up after putting in oil and gas the machine wouldn't start. OK it's a BRAND NEW mower right out of the box and no go-Well I called Honda's support line and the tech asked me if I had the fuel line in the correct position-Yep, did you have the spark plug cap on ?-Yep Was the oil in the machine?-Yep still it wouldn't start then I asked him if the blade control was supposed to be in the back position without me holding it down? He said no! I said well it stays n the back position  and I'm not even holding it down. So I said hold on I think I see the issue. The cable had came out of the hole and there was no tension on the blade control and the mower wouldn't start. Once I popped the cable back in the hole it started right up. Cmon Honda surely this should have not passed inspection. So after cutting my grass I must say I was impressed. The drive control was set to minimum and I can see why. If you set it half way the mower will literally run away from you!! So far so good and yes overall i'm pleased but for $600.00 they could do a better job of putting the mower together.

nice mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 10, 2018
sir
Sanford, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I have found wheel height hard to adjust on right rear side. the clippings get by the edge of bag.

2018 Honda HRX227VKA lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Harbs
Connellsville, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy to put together out of the box. The variable speed with select drive control is a plus, great on hills and uneven terrain. Honda mower is much lighter to move around then my 16 year old lawn mower that i kicked to the curb last year at this time (ran it to the wheels fell off).Just bought the HRX217VKA on May 9, 2018. First cut in the early going has been good so far. Hopefully it continues to work well for years down the road without any major problems. Might be a little bit on the pricey side, but sometimes you get what you pay for. 

Intitial Opinion

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 8, 2018
rlbewick
Camas, WA
Type of use:  Residential

The mower works and  has excellent power.  But, the drive track is an issue, you always have to adjust it.  I am unsure of the reason for this.  Does the Manufacturer have a solution....

Excellent replacement for my Super Recycler

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 5, 2018
Happy Mower
Dunlap, IL
Type of use:  Residential

Need to replace my Toro Super Recycler after 20 years of use. This spring the old mower just wasn't getting through the grass well and the bag chute was plugging frequently.

So after a great deal of research I opted for a change and went with the Honda. My initial concern was that it wouldn't power through my very thick grass. Well this machine ate it up and didn't bog down at all. The 190cc provided plenty of power and I was able to completely fill the bag. This is a significant design improvement from the narrow chute my old mower had. I really like the ease of use and especially the select drive. I have many obstacles to mow around and the drive didn't drag when pulling back like my old mower. My new Honda mower runs great and definitely gets the job done.

In 6 inches of grass the Honda cut right through and bagged very cleanly. The cut was clean and left my lawn looking immaculate. (Just the way I like it.)

I really hesitated buying the Honda just as I didn't have any experience to draw on in how it would work. But I have to say I am very satisfied as I am very particular about my tools and how well they work and hold up. This is just my first use so I will have to check back in once I have several cuts with bagging and mulching so I can provide a full review. 

I don't mind paying a little premium for a good quality product and so far the Honda mower hasn't disappointed. Ease of use couldn't be better and I was in the grass mowing from the box in les than 15 minutes.

Spinning Wheels

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 4, 2018
me
Wilmington, MA
Type of use:  Residential

Very disappointed seeing the rear wheels spinning and the lawnmower going nowhere.  It happened too many times.

I have cut my lawn for the past 31 years with Craftsman lawnmowers and have never had this issue 

Very difficult for the wheels to get enough traction to go over small bumps in the lawn.

switch from toro

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 4, 2018
frz61brn61brn
south plainfield, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
what a difference!!great job honda.the nexite deck makes a world of difference in handling and a game changer in maneuverabilities and turning on a dime.should of got a honda long time ago, by the way i just finished cutting lawn, and got mower this morning,easy set up upland thanks to jacks small engine for thinking ahead of the game by putting foam inside box to prevent moving in shipping and the foam also protects the the whole unit. thanks jacks for looking ahead and looking out for the consumer..

Power

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 28, 2018
E
Richmond, VA
Type of use:  Residential

The 190cc engine has good power and the ball bearing wheels make it easy to roll.  There is slight engine vibration and have to give a full hard pull to start engine.  It will start on first pull and is fuel efficient.  Some grass areas have to be mowed twice for smooth looking cut.  It would be nice if could mow at least 1/2 inch higher at 4.5 inches.  Overall so far it is getting the job done.

first time use

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 28, 2018
Gordon
Centreville, VA
Type of use:  Residential

outstanding unpack & assembly (very minor assembly) instructions.  attachment of grass clipping bag to bag frame was not readily obvious, but instructions were very clear.  about 10 minutes to get mower ready to operate (including fast read of operating instructions).

Filled with gas (oil fill was part of assembly), started on 2nd pull.  I had read the instruction to let run for about 10 minutes before stopping. No problem; started on first pull each time I emptied the grass catcher.

Great cut of lawn. Especially nice: instructions tell you which wheel setting to use for different grass cutting heights.  No trial and error required.

Only criticism: set speed control on level ground, but mower speed varied significantly when changing from up to down-hill, and vice-versa, use.  Had to adjust speed many times in one cutting of lawn.  Perhaps I will get used to it over time.

Just unboxed it...

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, April 26, 2018
jam436
Monroeville, PA
Type of use:  Residential

I just brought this unit home this morning, so I really can't give a valid review on overall performance yet, but it was purchased based heavily on its review in Consumer Reports.
I'm getting up in years and I decided that this year I was going to treat myself to a self-propelled model. I've never had one before.  I have an acre of grass to cut. and I use a John Deere lawn tractor to do most of the back, but I still like to use a push mower in the smaller front yard and around the sides of the house for that neater look.
This machine is everything they said it was. It's heavier than most standard lawnmowers out there, but the quality is evident right out of the box. This is one solid machine.
I gassed it up and just ran it around the backyard for ten minutes but the cut it gave me looks like carpet.
And naturally it started on the first pull.
I had it set on full mulch, and I can't see any clippings at all. I may never use the bag.
And this thing is POWERFUL. It will pop wheelies being it's rear-wheel drive.
While many mowers sold today use a 163cc engine, this one is 190cc, and the difference it obvious.
I very much preferred RWD over many other models FWD after reading pros and cons in reviews.

The drive speed control is nice, and when set at full speed you almost have to jog to keep up with it. But what's really nice is that no matter how high you set the speed, it's still variable via the hand levers.
The lever on the deck that lets you select between "full bag" and "full mulch" is fantastic because there's 10 variable selections between the two so you can choose any degree of 'bag and mulch' simultaneously.

I LOVE the composite deck since it will never rust, and from the reviews I've seen, grass won't stick to the underside like every other steel deck mower. That  remains to be seen if it's true or not, but I really like the idea of easy cleanups.
Even adjusting the deck height is easy. Each wheel has its own lever but for once, the slots are large, well defined
and clearly marked for perfect adjustments every time.
The inline gas valve is a nice feature too, it will make it so much easier to run the mower dry come winter, and it's location lends itself well to draining the gas tank.

Between the 5-year factory warranty, and the lifetime warranty on the deck, this may well be the last lawnmower I ever buy...

ABSOLUTLY THE BEST

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, April 25, 2018
M.Boatner
Fresno, TX
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical
I have compared this lawnmower to at least 5 of the top brands that lead in multiple categories for residential use ... and none meets or exceeds this unit.

Honda self propelled Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Greek
Amarillo, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Of course Honda mowers are of excellent quality. The only issue I have with mine is it won't maintain the speed control. It is a dial type control, and when I turn it up, in a short time it gradually drops back down to the lowest setting.

Making the Turns

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, April 19, 2018
Harley
Fishers, IN
Type of use:  Residential
This mower was used for the first time on a fairly tall stand of grass.  The setting was on total mulch.  The resulting grass as mulch was very fine and left only a trace of clippings in its path.  While the mower is a plastic deck - the mower weight and resulting footprint are clear and reflect that mower's weight.  When making a 90 degree turn I found it difficult to maintain both thumbs' pressure on the Drive Control mechanism.  As such I was unable to maintain a constant speed and drive help throughout the 90 deg turn.  Otherwise my Ease of Use and Overall ratings would have been 5 Stars.  I like that I do not have to add parts to the mower to accomplish a Mulch vs Bag and vice-versa.  It was this feature that sold me on this brand of mower.

Best lawn mower ever made!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 16, 2018
David
Oak Hill, VA
Type of use:  Residential
You don't push this mower, you drive it.  And with fingertip control.  I have a lot of flower beds, and thus do a lot of tight control.  The self-propel feature is so sensitive and intuitive that I can self propel for distances as short as 3 feet, and then disengage, pull back, and do it again.  The bag opening is 3 times as big as my old Troy-Bilt, and thus empties with about 10% of the effort.  Mowing the yard now takes less than half the physical effort as before.  It also seems to have good suction.  I have a lot of sticks in the yard, and if the stick is finger diameter or less, I can just mow right over it.

Only one issue

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 14, 2018
bill_91
Xenia, OH
Type of use:  Residential
After one mowing this seems like a great machine so far. The only problem I have with this machine is that in order to keep from tearing up the sides of the NeXite deck you must purchase and install a set of stainless steel rub rails so you don't have to worry about the damage that will be caused by rubbing against landscape bricks, sidewalks, etc. At the price point for this machine, those rub rails should be factory installed, not available at extra cost.

21 inch selfpropelled mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, April 12, 2018
john
cumming, GA
Type of use:  Residential

very impressive. easy to unpack and set up. started on 3rd pull. operation is great. dual blade system does a great job cutting and mulching. engine has plenty of power. emptying the bag is extremely easy. getting used to the self propelled system takes some time, but is coming around. I keep mowers a long time, and I think this is a keeper.

Excellent Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, April 11, 2018
ET
sacramento, CA
Type of use:  Residential

Received Mower in a box purchased from a Honda Authorized Dealer on internet. Very simple unpacking of mower, unwrapped packing on mower, adjusted handle bar made sure it was secure, filled oil as indicated, gas in the tank, I noticed no choke on engine, pulled in blade control lever pulled starter rope/grip. fired up on 1st pull. So easy to mow with lots of power, really munches the grass, all easy adjustments: Cutting Height, Clip Director, like the Select Drive Control!    I give this mower 5 star !!

Smooth as Silk!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Brill John
Benicia, CA
Type of use:  Residential

My wife has a "broken" left arm but She normally mows our lawn with our 5+ year Craftsmen self-propelled mower.

I mowed the lawn 1-time recently with our "old' mower & knew that it was time for a change!  I read the outstanding ratings the HRX series mower just received in CR and knew that "now was the time"!  I started shopping Online & found Max Tools.  They processed my Order & delivered in less than 4 days!  Set-up was a "no-brainer" - just take it out of the box, put in the gas & oil & start mowing!  The really great news is that my wife went our & mowed our big lawn with "just one -arm"!  Amazing!  No sweat!  Nice job Honda!

Out of box will not restart

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 9, 2018
Patrick
Griffin, GA
Type of use:  Residential

Started on first pull out of box.  Then barely starts, and sputters for 

5 minutes before taking off and running normally or killing.

Gas was sold as non ethanol and no apparent moisture

in it. Runs same with fuel valve on or off.

New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, April 9, 2018
Mike
Haysville, KS
Type of use:  Residential
This is the second Honda mower, the first one lasted 15 years, this one has a lot more features, but the self propel will take a bit of getting used to.  ALWAYS start on the first pull.

Best Push Mower I've Owned

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 7, 2018
Mitch
Sikeston, MO
Type of use:  Residential
If you are looking for a good reliable push mower, this is the one to own. It cuts and mulches beautifully. It also handles so easily. Easy to use and the self-propelled speed is as fast as I can walk comfortably. It is so easy to start don't even bother to consider an electric starter. We researched all the major brands and this one came out on top of all the sites we looked at. They were right on the money. My yard looks the best it ever has by the even cut and mulching this mower has with the duel blades. This one replaces a Cub Cadet I've had and it doesn't come close in comparison, the Honda wins hands down. You can't go wrong with this one especially at finding this one at $599.

Well worth the upgrade

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, April 3, 2018
MesaENGR412
Harrisburg, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Bought this mower and used it in place of an older mower from a different brand, (red, starts with a T), and it outperformed it in every way. I have a very healthy yard with thick grass that is happy to choke a lawn mower to a stop. This mower's engine never changed pitch as it mulched its way over the entire yard in about 2/3 of the time it took me with the old mower. The twin blades on this mower are fantastic in mulch mode. I must reiterate, I have VERY thick grass, and this mower never flinched. I would recommend this mower to anyone that has a lawn with thick grass (or weeds, it will eat it all) and needs something with enough power to get through it without the lawn mower bogging down or choking out. I look forward to years of service from this great machine. Thank you for making great mowers. 

Great mulching mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ken S
Wichita, KS
Type of use:  Residential
i hated baging grass no more this mower mulches so well i will never put on the grass catcher.

Disappointment

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Bob
Schenectady, NY
Type of use:  Residential

Bought this model five years ago. Nothing but troubles after two years. Chute wont close totally shooting grass in abundance out the the back. Never starts easy, even after continous use. Pull your butt off on every start. 

Brought back to local dealer for service twice. Fixed for a couple weeks but returned to old ways of improper operation

bought at Home Depot. Told to send to All Seasons equipment for repairs. Treated very disrespectfully there because of not buying it there.

Going to another dealer further away this spring hoping for a permanent fix

Ironman

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, March 25, 2018
Ironman
Ofallon, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I love this lawnmower!! The old saying you get what you pay for holds true with mower. I paid 600 bucks at home depot. There is a pretty steep hill in my backyard and this mower climbs it with no effort. I like the nexite deck. My Dad liked it so much he bought one just like it. I would buy it again if I had to. Honda's are suppose to last awhile so we shall see. I've had mine for a year and a half. Its been sitting for about 4 months or so for winter. Just fired it up yesterday to get it ready. no problem.

Exceptional

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, March 24, 2018
Patrick
Baltimore, MD
Type of use:  Residential
Exceptional

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Roberta
Chuluota, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Easy to start, good performance.

Mower Quality

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, March 15, 2018
Mike
Kannapolis , NC
Type of use:  Residential

After researching for several weeks I decided to purchase this Honda mower yesterday and I'm very pleased with the quality of the mower.  The design is simplified and there is not a lot of plastic parts to break.  It was very easy to unpack and setup.  The operation instructions were very clear and informative.  After the initial setup was completed the mower started up on the first attempt.  I like to cut my grass high and this mower with adjust up to 4" cut height.   I'm looking forward to cutting my lawn this summer to see how this mower performs.   

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, March 14, 2018
John
Lake Stevens, WA
Type of use:  Residential
This is a terrific lawn mower! It has the renowned long life Honda engine coupled with the new deck that's guaranteed to never rust out. Used it for the first time recently. Easy to assemble (tilt the handle up, add oil and gas, one pull and she's good to go), and it mowed great!  

Honda Lawnmower always reliable

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, March 4, 2018
Jim JTF
Cary, NC
Type of use:  Residential

I have just purchased a Honda Lawnmower model HRX217VKA with self propelled drive to replace our 22 year old Honda model HRM215PDA self propelled mower.

We provided one of our family members with our old mower that is still running fine with no issues.

Just had to replace a set of wheels twice over the years and 2 blades.  But the engine is running fine.

We wouldn't consider any other mower other than a Honda.  

 

Honda Twin

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Answer man
Melrose Park, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Last fall, I  gave an old lawnmower to a family,  that was really in need of a mower. My twin brothers lawn always looks great. After I told him that I was  looking for a lawnmower,  he insisted that I try his. Just waiting for Home Depot to put them out on display, I  bought mine asap. I ran it the next dayat 45 * outside. April was close enough for me. It runs great. Best purchase ever.

My One Time Use Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Mark
Goleta, CA
Type of use:  Residential
The Lawnmower was expensive, $600.00 , But worth it. Wished I had purchased it years ago. I have a sloped yard which is now easy to mow with the Rear Wheel Drive assist. The grass catcher bag is smaller than the one on my old lawnmower but holds almost twice as much grass cuttings, probably due to the twin blade technology. I've only used it once so far and I'm very impressed. If the reliability matches that of our Honda and Acura cars I'll be completely satisfied.

Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Rick
Fort Myers, FL
Type of use:  Residential
Satisfied! A little heavy to maneuver without engaging the self propel mechanism when getting in tight areas - but good quality

Best lawn mower I've ever used!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, November 30, 2017
Chris
ABINGTON, MA
Type of use:  Residential

This lawn mower is incredible.  I was a bit skeptical about the plastic type material, however I go over twigs and other debris all the time and it's no problem at all.  I was also skeptical paying such a premium for a lawn mower but I have no regrets.   I'd say the most incredible features really has to be how it picks up everything if you change the selector to bag everything.   I was going to buy a professional leaf blower but now there is no need to as this lawn mower picks up everything very cleanly without leaving any leaves on the ground and I don't even have a smooth lawn.   The other thing that is nice is you don't need to prime the fuel or set the choke, instead you just pull one time and it fires up easily.  If you are debating price, features, capability, etc. this is definitely one of the best lawn mowers your money can buy!!

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, November 18, 2017
NOØC
Kearney, NE
Type of use:  Residential

My mower arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, added oil and gasoline. Pulled the rope and it started and ran great on the first pull (50°F).

Mowed the lawn and it worked great. Being used to a Lawn Boy with Sens-A-Speed it was a little different to make it go, but I soon got the knack of it. Being the end of the season, the goal was to pick up leaves more than mow the grass and it did a beautiful job using the full bagging option. Engine power is superb.

I do need to adjust the drive cable as it pulls a little hard in reverse and low speed is pretty fast.

Only one problem. The right rear height of cut mechanism was not working as designed. I could tell that the adjusting lever was not pulling out far enough to allow the easy movement to change cutting height. I removed the mechanism and a slight grinding of the lever and the adjusting arm slot, did the trick and it works as advertised. I lubed the shutter with some silicone spray, which really helped its operation. I did have to add an additional 2 oz of oil to bring it up to the full mark.

So far, so good, and I'm looking forward to many years of service from this great machine. I love the ball bearing equipped wheels and the composite deck. It will get about 80 hours of operation each season.

Top notch, A-1 product, IMHO.

New Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, November 13, 2017
Tom D
Hamilton, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I received my online purchase of my Honda HRX217VKA mower today.  Added the oil, filled it with gas and it started on the first pull.  My yard hadn't been mowed in two months due to new seeding.  parts of it were very tall.  The mower walked thru it with no hesitation and it didn't slow the motor at all.  This is the 2nd Honda with the composite deck I've owned.  I let the first one go with my house when I sold it.  I was sorry that I did.  I've been just using a rider ever since but I recently downsized and I like the looks that the push mower leaves better than a rider.  Besides, it's good exercise and gets me out of the house.  My yard is pretty good sized to be mowing with a push mower but I got it done on just one tank of fuel.  No issues whatsoever and I really like the variable speed drive on this mower.  You can adjust the speed you want to go by the pressure on the handle which is nice when going up and down steeper grades.  Very satisfied with it so far.

New Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, November 13, 2017
Tom D
Hamilton, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I received my online purchase of my Honda HRX217VKA mower today.  Added the oil, filled it with gas and it started on the first pull.  My yard hadn't been mowed in two months due to new seeding.  parts of it were very tall.  The mower walked thru it with no hesitation and it didn't slow the motor at all.  This is the 2nd Honda with the composite deck I've owned.  I let the first one go with my house when I sold it.  I was sorry that I did.  I've been just using a rider ever since but I recently downsized and I like the looks that the push mower leaves better than a rider.  Besides, it's good exercise and gets me out of the house.  My yard is pretty good sized to be mowing with a push mower but I got it done on just one tank of fuel.  No issues whatsoever and I really like the variable speed drive on this mower.  You can adjust the speed you want to go by the pressure on the handle which is nice when going up and down steeper grades.  Very satisfied with it so far.

I like my mower but....

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, October 30, 2017
Ice T
Kimberling City, MO
Type of use:  Residential
I borrowed my sons Honda mower and used it the whole summer (2017).  His complaint and mine too is that his 160CC motor isn't quite big enough to mow through the tall stuff. But, I liked it good enough to buy my own Honda mower but with the 190cc engine.  There are a few minor differences between the two as far as features go but overall, I like the mower.  I have some pretty steep slopes to mow that are about 150' long so I had to have a self propelled mower.  They both did the trick.  I actually wore out his set of rear tires and yes I replaced them for him.  The slope is pretty rocky so I guess the wear is to be expected.  The 190cc engine pulls through the taller grass with ease.  Both mowers start with one pull.  Even when I got a bit lazy and barely pulled the starting cord the mower starts. I haven't used the grass catcher yet so I can't comment on the bag or ease of use.  The height adjustment changes with ease as does the change for mulching to bagging or something in between.  My only issue is with the travel speed handle.  I wish is was a bit wider to fit in my hands better. My hands are large enough but small hands will notice the discomfort faster.

HRX2.17VKA Review - Oct 2017

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 29, 2017
Roger
Saginaw, MI
Type of use:  Residential

This mower is rated one of the top machines in Consumer Reports magazine.  I like the 5-year warranty, ball bearing wheels, the feature that allows one to mulch, bag, or do some of both.

I expected the engine to start easier and quicker. I have used the mower twice in the two weeks since I bought it the middle of October, and both times it has taken me three pulls before it started.

I also have been somewhat disappointed in the self-propelled feature.  It seems to be inconsistent in the speed at which I have it set -- slowing almost to a crawl at times, and going at the set speed about 60% of the time.  When I adjust the speed setting, it seems to take about two minutes before the new setting is recognized.

First Honda Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 22, 2017
Scott B
Richmond, VA
Type of use:  Residential

Lawn mowers are generally very reliable and typical wear out.  As such, in 20 years, I have only had three lawn mowers - a craftsman (that is still running fairly well and is used at our rental property); a Troy Built (which had a great Honda motor but EVERYTHING else about the lawn mower was deficient); and, this new Honda.  The price was very high, but right out of the box, it was up and running in less than 5 minutes.  Cranked first time and I was literally cutting grass 5 minutes after getting home.  The engine is smooth and powerful and the mulching/bagging operations are superb.

My only initial concern is related to the Nexite deck - I really wonder how well that will hold up with bumps and scrapes against tree trucks as I mow around them.  It has a lifetime guarantee, so I guess they will stand behind it.

My only real gripe (and I have read this in other spots) is that the speed range (set by dial) goes WAY WAY too high.  Even at the very lowest max speed setting it moves faster than I like.  I want to have my grass very neatly cropped and I prefer to move at a slower speed to ensure proper cutting and mulching.  Using the drive engagement lever, though, i can modulate the speed to my liking.

Other than that, this is by far the best mower I have ever had.  

...and did I mention that I LOVE the motor.  Phenomenal Honda quality!

Lawnmower HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 15, 2017
Dave
Lakeland, TN
Type of use:  Residential
i bought one of these two weeks ago replacing my other Honda lawnmower that i had for almost 10 years. When i would go up a hill the drive would stop working.  I took the mower back yesterday and exchangednit for the same thing. Well see how this one does.  If it doesnt do any better it too will go back and i will look for another brand.

Great mulching mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, October 13, 2017
JB
Annandale, VA
Type of use:  Residential

This mower replaced my previous 13 yr old Honda mower (which was built like tank and reliable like Honda is known to be). I was searching for a mower that had better grass mulching capabilities; havent tried mulching leaves yet since its still early fall. This mower has exceeded my expectations with its cutting and mulching capabilities; the deck is super lightweight; I have a hill that I must maneuver around. And its self propelled mower can propel the deck as fast as a light jog. 

The only downside I have is the handle for select drive requires a bit of a learning curve. I have knob set at the first split bar of the select drive; and if you gently depress the handle it moves forward at proper pace; however if you depress the handle all the in; the mower moves much faster! I'm not sure if that is the way it was designed but I can live with it. 

I know these mowers are built to last; so if properly cared for I plan on enjoying this mower for another 10-13 years. thanks Honda.

plenty of power and superior traction

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, October 9, 2017
Effective mowing without hassles
Austin, MN
Type of use:  Residential
I had questioned whether to spend the additional money on a HONDA mower..... after a couple uses it is a no brainer to make the purchase. This mower has superior self propelled power and plenty of blade torque to mulch heavier grass. More speed will mean less time mowing.

Awkward

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 1, 2017
Moe-r
Moses Lake, WA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower does not handle easily. I have a half acre. Mowing was something I had to do and was not a big deal. Now I hate it. The mower may last, but it is not easy to maneuver. It leaves uncut blades frequently. Try it before you buy it is my advise. 

Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 30, 2017
Stan
EVANSDALE, IA
Type of use:  Residential
Out of the box, fresh gas & oil, turned the key, fired right up. Started mowing with ease and pleasure. The select drive took a bit of adjusting to find the correct foot speed, but after a minute or so I had it figured out and the rest of the job was easy.

Powerful Mower for Saint Augustine lawn

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 30, 2017
Mark
Fresno, CA
Type of use:  Residential

I wish i could have given if 5 stars but i just couldn’t. First, let me say that i was replacing a 6 1/2 HP Craftsman lawnmower that i have had for about 15 years. It had become tired and wasn’t mowing my Saint Augustine lawn very well anymore. I don’t have a huge yard but Saint Augustine is a very thick lawn requiring more HP that a typical lawnmower. 

Pros:

-Very powerful mower. glides through the St. Augustine with ease even when lawn is overgrown.I would have to creep through the thick stuff with the old mower or it would die.

-Self propelling is very powerful. It will do wheelies. I keep the adjustable self propel power at about 1/3 power.

-Starts with ease. no priming needed

Cons:

-While its fun to have your wife take a video of you doing a wheelie with your new mower and putting it of Facebook, It tends to still do wheelies even when turned down to 1/3 power and it doesn't mow the lawn where you did a wheelie

-My biggest disappointment is with the rear wheel drive for two reasons. First, with my old mower i could easily go over sprinkler holes by lifting up the back of the mower and letting the front wheel drive propel me. I now basically have to lift up the whole mower and push in over sprinter holes or even up on to the lawn from the sidewalk or it will gouge out a 21" circle in the lawn. Second (and most frustrating), My front yard is on a slight incline and when I try to mow directly up this incline, it will literally peel out and not drive forward until I push it up the incline. Now, instead of going directly up that incline, I mow in the opposite direction and am going uphill at an angle on the other side of the yard. Luckily my yard is angled on one side.

I can't help wondering why they wouldn't make this mower with all wheel drive like some of the other cheaper mowers??

A Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 29, 2017
tod4
Union, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I like the features on this mower - the drive feature is great for mowing giving you the opportunity to select the right pace. The height of the handle is nice because other mowers it is sometimes to low. 

Purchased Today and Used Today and This What I Think

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 23, 2017
damdana
Kyle, TX
Type of use:  Residential
After several hours of online research and absolutely overthinking the whole "which one is best" mower thing I finally decided to buy the Honda. My decision was based by online reviews both from neutral third parties and customer product reviews. I'll put your mind at ease. This Honda mower with it's select drive control performed as well as advertised. It started on the first pull. It cut my grass well with no stragglers left behind. The motor was powerful and the "self propelled rear wheels" made my grass cutting session considerably easier than with my old push mower and the results look wonderful. I couldn't be happier with my first impression.   

Super mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, September 23, 2017
Second Chance
Wilton Manors, FL
Type of use:  Residential
best overall mower I've ever owned??

MY HONDA LAWNMOWER HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 19, 2017
CHIEN TRAN
LARGO, FL
Type of use:  Residential
So far, everything's just perfect. It always starts on my first pull. I've already performed the first oil change after approximately 5 hrs of use and the first month after purchase as recommended by Honda. I also bought genuine Honda engine oil from Home Depot and use non ethanol gasoline to protect my new Honda lawnmower carburator.

Best Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Duke
Jefferson, OR
Type of use:  Residential
My husband is in love with lawn mower.

Awesome

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 3, 2017
Bob
Dunwoody, GA
Type of use:  Residential
We have Meyers Zoysia in our front yard.  This stuff is so thick that it must be cut once a week.  I usually hit it once with my riding lawnmower, then cut on the diagonal with my push mower to pick up the cut grass.  This acts like a vacuum cleaner and gives the lawn a great look.  I use to hate doing this because I would have to empty the bag after every two passes.  When I started my new Honda, it cranked 1st pull.  After adjusting the height, it pulled me along at a very brisk pace as if it wanted me to finish as fast as possible.  This is adjustable, but I loved it.  Only had to empty the bag a couple of times.  As I was cutting, all I kept thinking was this is "absolutely awesome".  It was the best push mower I had ever used. I was finished in very little time and the yard looked amazing.  I did all this without cutting it first with my riding mower as it is "out of commission" for service.

I Love Hondas!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 31, 2017
Moore
Bountiful, UT
Type of use:  Residential, Landscaping/Commerical

I have enjoyed using my Honda brand Lawnmowers over the past 2 decades.  Generally speaking, their performance and reliability has been stellar.  However, this new mower has been causing me stress, due to improper cutting, i.e., it leaves a small "mohawk" line of uncut grass on the right side, causing the lawn to look like an infant has done the mowing.  I have had many complaints, and, have this one and only complaint thus far.  I am looking forward to stellar customer service from American Honda Motor Co., Inc, and it's many authorized dealers to rectify this situation.  Through my research online, I have discovered that this is a common problem for the new and current line of mowers, and I take it that many other owners believe it may be due to a possible design flaw. ????  

Anyway, I would still recommend Honda brand Lawn Mowers to anyone... 

Best Mower Ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 21, 2017
BH101
Martisnburg, WV
Type of use:  Residential

I am a cheapskate first off.  I did not want to pay over $600 for a lawn mower.  However, after reviewing this one on Consumer Reports, it was top rated even higher than the best Honda mower.  We have used this mower since June and it is the best mower that you will ever own.  I have a very large lot and did not intend to use the bagging system and wanted to mulch only.  This mower really does the best job and does not leave large piles of cut grass as a normal mower would do.  This mower works great and speeds the process by making you keep a steady pace.  The select a drive system is outstanding, I have it set very low and this is fast enough for me.  

The UPS driver even commented on the mower and said that I would really love it once I started cutting grass with it.  He was right.  I will forever own Honda Mowers.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 20, 2017
Ron
Ooltewah, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Just bought a house in TN on some fairly steep terrain.  This mower starts on the first pull every time! It cuts evenly and strongly and pulls the hills well.  The bag fills as full as you want it to be (the grass is usually wet and gets heavy quickly). The drive control on the handle makes it easy to control/change speed and is very helpful on the uphill. I owned a Honda mower years ago and liked it a lot.  I like this one even better.

Love the design

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, August 16, 2017
RGC
Meridian, ID
Type of use:  Residential
I just brought home my new mower today.  Started up on first pull.   Mowed a few feet to check it out.   I won't actually mow my lawn till the end of the week, so it's hard to give a review of the actual mowing as compared to my previous mower, but it looks great.   Everything seems to be working properly and it will be exciting to try it out in a couple of days.

EASE OF USE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 15, 2017
DON
AMARILLO, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I LOVE THE MULCH OR BAG FEATURE. KEEP MAKING GOOD PRODUCTS. THANK YOU!

Do not buy any equipment with the Honda GVC engine

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 11, 2017
Design Engineer
Seattle, WA
Type of use:  Residential

The GVC engine is delivered with a poorly engineered auto-choke feature.  Honda charges 15 dollars for the repair parts and 16 dollars for the silicone needed for the installation of the new replacement parts.

Designed intentionally to fail and renders the mower useless. 

Shame on you Honda and your engineers.  Stand behind your design and own up to your mistakes.  Supply your consumers with free upgrades for faulty designs. 

Makes it impossible to start - One star for Ease of Use

Poor quality design - One star

Features - Auto choke feature is faulty - 1 star

overall - 1 star.

Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 10, 2017
Chipper
Cambridge, MA
Type of use:  Residential
Simply the best.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Mel
Ellensburg , WA
Type of use:  Residential

I hate lawn mowers! It seems that no matter what I. Ut, they last about three years, ans then i have to buy another one. I'm not particularly hard on them, but I do expect them to last, and to do a good job.

I purchased this Honda because,they have a reputation for longevity, quality, and come with a 5-year warranty.

Right out of the box,I could tell this one was good. It felt "solid" and started with the first pull. The dial for spped on the propulsion system is a bit ambitious; I usually mow pretty fast, but on the slowest, I felt like I was jogging! And that's okay.

Mowed easy, flat, cut was excellent, mulching was grear. No complaints.

Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Sal
Sacramento, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Bought  it used had only one cut on it great mower very easy to use

Easy to set up; easy to use

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 7, 2017
LEH
Simi Valley, CA
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased the lawnmower today.

I carefully read the instructions to make sure I did not miss anything. The instructions were very clear.

After putting in oil and gasoline the lawnmower started on the first pull. I like the powered wheels and the Select Drive Control. I can set the lawnmower to move at a pace comfortable to me. Nice.

The grass bag is easy to put on and to remove.

For having just bought the lawnmower and using it once, I am pleased.

Lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 4, 2017
F.T
wylie, TX
Type of use:  Residential
every thing is perfect i love it ease to use

Brand New

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, July 31, 2017
Paul
Shrewsbury, MA
Type of use:  Residential
 Received this mower as a gift. Took it out of the box and the right rear wheel was at a 30 degree angle. The adjustment rod was bent and stuck. I'm disabled but I figured I could fix it myself, which I did. Drive control at min is too fast for me or my wife. For a $600 price tag I thought I'd get something better. I didn't get a receipt since it was a gift,so I figure this won't be resolved. And by the way, I haven't even mowed yet...

HRX2175VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 30, 2017
Ken
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Simply the best, lawn looks fantastic, and was so easy with this beast.

The best lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 30, 2017
Kevin K
Sandwich, IL
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is amazing, the best I have ever owned. I had been using Snapper's top of the line mower owning two in the past 25 years. This Honda mower cuts way better than the Snapper mower and you can see it in the grass. We took the mower out of the box and in five minutes we were putting fuel in it. Then on the FIRST pull the mower fired right up. Five Stars all the way across Honda with a job well done!

Awesome Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 30, 2017
Paul
Madison, MS
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is awesome.  Bought this mower at Home Depot.  Assembly is a piece of cake.  If you have trouble with the bag assembly or other problems, get on Youtube and watch the video on Honda Maintenance and Assemble.  One pull and the motor starts. I had this for a month and I had no problems.  Please remember that rear-wheel can go really fast. so adjust your speed at Min first before you go faster.  Going backwards is a challenge because its big and heavy.  Make sure you trim the edges and corners.  Height adjustments are on front and back.  If the grass is very high, adjust front and back wheels forward to adjust the height higher.  Please watch the tutorial video.  When cleaning your mower, wait until the mower cools off.  My wife and I have enjoyed this mover.  Beware:  this mower does not have an electric start.   Its more expensive is you buy the electric start. One pull and the motor will always starts.

crazymowinglady

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 27, 2017
jewels
Cocoa, FL
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower based on hours of research, I wanted the best and that's exactly what this mower is, the best. I could hardly wait to get home from work, get it out of the box and try it out. It took me ten minutes max to take it out of box, set handles, assemble the bag frame, add oil, gas and on one half of a pull I was literally off to the races!!! I'm actually glad no one saw me, I must of looked like Lucille Ball when I took off. Had the speed set to half, turned it back to a quarter and it's still a fast walk to keep up with it. It does exactly what it says it can do, mulches high grass down to nothing, leaves no grass laying anywhere, does not bog down, I don't see much bagging in my future, with this excellent mulch job this mower can do. I have only used it once, can't see one thing negative to write about, this mower is a real grass shredder. I'm a 57 year old woman, I have an acre and a half, bought this mower as a back up when the rider occasionally will go down during peak mowing periods. It's been years since I've walked behind a mower, it was enjoyable and probably much healthier than sitting on a riding lawn mower. I feel like it was Christmas today, I sincerely would recommend this mower to anyone interested in getting a mower that does what Honda says it will do.

Replacement Honda Lawnmover for 18 yr old Honda Harmony

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 23, 2017
Hayes
Lexington, KY
Type of use:  Residential
Original Honda was flawless until my daughters ran it without oil.  This unit works has a 190cc engine vs. the 135cc engine I had before.  The engine started on first pull out of box.  The unit is essentially assembled in the box with fold down handle.  The instructions were clear and understandable.  Mover performs well, has a wider height range than the previous mover, and I especially like the clip director feature that allows you to 100% mulch or 100% bad or 6 steps in between.  This should really help when the grass has gotten too high to mulch.  The only comment is the Select Drive Cable needs adjustment as on the minimum speed it is really moving forward quickly.  Very nice lawnmover, very high quality.  

HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Noisey
Eureka, MT
Type of use:  Residential

A lot of power 

Have to go over it twice to get a good mulch.

Perfect Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Buckeye4ever
Palm Bay, FL
Type of use:  Residential

This mower is perfect for my needs.  Starts on first pull.  2 blade system cuts beautifully.  The height adjustment is perfect for Florida st Augustine grass.  Honda has the highest cut among comparable products. The weight of the mower is moderate and does not sink in my thick grass.

I have had the mower for 1 month and love it.  I hope time will be on my side and the mower holds up as I expect it will.

An excellent mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 16, 2017
Wes
Gladewater, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I originally bought a Husky mower, but the drive mechanism failed after about 3 hours of use.  I returned the Husky to the store, and then went to their competitor and bought this Honda mower to replace it.    Overall, the quality of the Honda stands well above that of the other mower.   The design of the handles makes the Honda easier and more comfortable to use; the larger engine gives the Honda a noticeable advantage in our thick St. Augustine grass; and the appearance of the finished cut is far smoother than the Husky delivered.  Plus, the Honda comes with a much longer warranty than the Husky did.  Yes, the Honda costs more than the Husky did.   But, as the saying goes; you get what you pay for.    I highly recommend the Honda, and I'd certainly buy one again.... but I don't expect I'll need a new mower for a LONG time.     By the way, I really do like the Honda's new polymer deck.   It's light, strong, and far easier to keep clean. 

Awesome machine.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 13, 2017
D
irving , TX
Type of use:  Residential
incredibly powerful, starts with ease  and cuts amazing. its defiantly much more expensive then the other models but in my opinion  its worth every penny.

So far - great

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 13, 2017
Rich
Huron, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Just replaced my 4 year old Snapper COMMERCIAL EXPENSIVE JUNK mower with this Honda machine.  I use my mower for easy residential service ... bought the Snapper thinking it would last me a lifetime ... wrong ... TOTAL JUNK!  I have faith in Honda ... Honda cars for years!  So far ... GREAT ... easy to assemble, great starting and easy mowing.  Call me in 5 years and I will complete this survey --- but so far, Great!

Best Mower I ever owned.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 12, 2017
na
Mobile, AL
Type of use:  Residential
Durable and easy to operate, not having to worry about the deck rusting is a plus.

HRX2175VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 9, 2017
DAVE
TOPEKA, KS
Type of use:  Residential
THIS LAWNMOWER IS GREAT, SO EASY TO USE. IT IS FANTASTIC!

HRX2175VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 9, 2017
DAVE
TOPEKA, KS
Type of use:  Residential
THIS LAWNMOWER IS GREAT, SO EASY TO USE. IT IS FANTASTIC!

Worst Mower Ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 21, 2017
CoryMoto
Southfield, MI
Type of use:  Residential
My last mower was a Honda HRB216 and it was amazing and lasted 14 years until the drive clutch gave out.  So rather than spend $120 on a new transmission, I thought I'd invest $600 in a brand new Honda.  What a mistake, this new mower is horrible in many ways.  The engine surges when it starts then levels out after 30 seconds, my old one never did that.  It also doesn't always start on the first pull, my 14 year old one still does.  It bounces across the lawn like crazy and I can't get straight lines, probably because of the bigger 9" wheels?  The speed control is the real deal killer.  At it's slowest setting, and fully compressed, it's almost too fast.  The instruction say to hold the control lever flush, then press it in all the way for extra power when you need it (?)  This results in variable speeds unless you're mowing a freshly paved parking lot.  I also find the 45 deg. angle of the handle uncomfortable.  I just mowed less than half of my third of an acre and my hands hurt.  She's going back to the Depot.  Thanks Honda for all the improvements over the years, I'm sure you hit your cost down targets.  

So far so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 17, 2017
Rto
west Columbia , SC
Type of use:  Residential

just got rid of a toro personal pace mower 

it took 2years to realize that is was a glorified push mower.

immediately purchased the new Honda mower 

wow what power it drives...... I steer....just what I wanted 

even on the low speed ...it's very fast ....

wish it had blade break ......but is very comfortable on the hands and starts with one easy pull

i always hear that Honda was the Porsche of mowers ...now I know why ..

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 16, 2017
Jared
Sugar Land, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower little over a year ago. I like the way it cuts and handles. It has a great powerful engine. Highly suggested.

HRX217

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 11, 2017
Scottdag
Clarence, NY
Type of use:  Residential
Starts on first pull every time even right out of the box. The bagger holds a lot of grass and mower has plenty of power for high grass. My only complaint would be the self drive needs a little push if you are going up a steeper hill.

First Honda mower - very impressed!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 10, 2017
Terry
Lakewood, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I needed a new walk behind mower. After much online research comparing different reviews of Hondas and other brands of mowers and visits to a couple of stores, I decided to invest a few more dollars in a Honda. Unpacking and assembling it was straight forward. After addng oil and gas, it started easily. I found getting used to the hand controls easy and was surprised at the speed. At first, I popped a few small wheelies as I mowed until I adjusted the speed setting and learned to release thumb/grip control for turn and manuevering along edges and around flowerbeds and trees. My first mow was a real eye-opener, the lawn looked great and the mower performed as advertised - best mower I have ever used! Makes the job shorter, less tiring and a real pleasure. Really looking firward to using it again. Great product!

Rowlett

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 9, 2017
sailer
rowlett, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I have used the lawnmower once and I like it except the speed control does not  slow down enough when on Min. Lots of power and speed, great cutting.

Very good quality mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Dimitri Georgakopoulos
Weston, MA
Type of use:  Residential

I have used the Honda HRX217VKA four times since I purchased it in May 2017. I am mowing a mostly flat (two inclines, 10 and 20 degrees respectively) 1 acre lawn with a lot of nooks and edges. I have been very satisfied with the mower as it has been providing a cut far superior to what I had been used to by my landscapers using commercial riding mowers. The cut is perfectly even and the grass clippings are fine enough to not create an overly messy appearance when using the "mulch" setting. Controls are easy to use, especially the wheel drive control which I have found to be very responsive and not at all "jumpy". I have not had any problems with wheel traction even is damp conditions. The ergonomics allow for a perfect in-place pivoting when reversing directions at the end of the mowing line (I am particular to this as I do not like adjusting the mower position when starting a new line). A full gas tank lasts for about one hour of engine running so you can do a lot of work without stopping to refill. The hard plastic material makes the mower lighter and probably quieter. It does not dent or rust and cleans easily. Speaking of cleaning, I found that a chunk of clippings does enter the rear chute even in the full mulching setting, so you have to manually remove these clippings after each mowing if you care to keep the mower clean at all times.

Overall a very good purchase so far, the freshly mowed lawn looks so good that I am actually looking forward to mowing each week.

Two Month Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Dick
Collierville, TN
Type of use:  Residential
I have not had a mower for 30 years and had others do the lawn.   However I decided that I needed an easy mower with good reliability.   Honda starts on the first pull and its so easy to start and use.   I am still learning the best way to walk with this and other things but am happy with the start of the lawn season.

So far so good

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 5, 2017
Lily's Mum
Clinton, WA
Type of use:  Residential
I have a huge yard with a very steep hill.  This mower is night and day from my other one, very easy to use and seems to do a great job on the grass.  Hopefully it will be as durable as the last mower if so I will be VERY happy.

Surprised

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 4, 2017
Todd G
Elkhorn, WI
Type of use:  Residential
My last mower was a Cub Cadet with a Honda GCV160 motor and it was a very good machine - or so I thought. Only used the new Honda once but can't believe how nice it cut, bagged, mulched and didn't bog down in the thick grass. I bought this machine partly because of the GCV190 motor hoping it would be worth the extra money as I am frugal. So far, I feel the extra money was well spent.

Bad out of the box

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 3, 2017
Jay
Baton rouge, LA
Type of use:  Residential

when i opened the box three nuts and two bolts lay on the ground.  They had come out of the handles.    I had to go back to HD to buy a replacement bolt and then spend thirty minutes reinstalling them and checking every other bolt.   Not at all the quality that i exect from a $600 Honda mower.   It did a good job once i finished checking it out but the poor quality control of the fastners concerns me.   What else wasnt done properly that i cant see?  

Review for HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 1, 2017
Bob C
West Islip, NY
Type of use:  Residential

Out of the box, almost no assembly required, only the catch bag.  Filled the engine with the oil supplied, fueled up. Pulled the cord once, bingo, started.  Ran roughly until the fuel flowed, then smooth and quiet.  Had to run it at the slowest walk speed, it was a little quick for this old guy.  Let's hope it runs this well in the foreseeable future.

New Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 1, 2017
John C
Kingston, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Ordered online -Got it within a week-free shipping. After the oil and gas was add -it fired up on the first try. My lawn was a bit high because of all the rain  in the area. It cut it like it was butter. The ability to control speed is great as I live on a hill. It handled the hill easily.  Hope to get many years from it.

GREAT PRODUCT

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Bob
Harrison City, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I have owned nothing but Lawn boy and Toro mowers all of my cutting life. I am 65 and I wish I would have purchased this lawn mower 15 yrs ago. I took it out of the box, put oil and gas in it and on the very first pull, that bugger started right up. It cut very evenly and had great power, not leaving clumps of grass. I would recommend anyone looking for a mower don't waste your time, just buy a Honda the name is a proven industry product. I give this mower a 5 star rating. Only thing I missed is the blade cut off. That is ,when you let go of the handle the engine keeps running and the blade stops.

Great product

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 29, 2017
atTheHELM
Aurora, CO
Type of use:  Residential
Highly anticipated upgrade and I am more than pleased with the quality, build and reliability of this product. Honda builds a superior quality mower and will be a lifer for me. The variable drive speed is awesome, my only quam is a desire for four wheel drive as I have large hills in my yard and two extra drives would be a plus other than that the mower is top notch.

my first lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 29, 2017
miifiikii
Tobaccoville, NC
Type of use:  Residential

In El Paso, TX there's not much to mow. But now, 35 years later, I'm in North Carolina and there's PLENTY to mow.

This was an exciting purchase for me - when I brought the mower home I immediately mowed for 1 1/2 hours - well past sundown. The smell of the new engine burning in, and the fresh mowed clippings, together with occasional clacking of twigs caught underneath...it was sheer pleasure. Altogether, over the next two days I mowed 1.2 acres. When I get my technique down it will probably take about 3.5 hours. The lay of the land is nearly flat, and took 3 tanks of gas (.75 gal total). I started on the 2.5" setting, but agreed with a friend's advice to move the blade to 3". He convinced me I'd be glad to spare the blade of many twigs.

Word of mouth said Honda was the way to go. Really only looked at the Honda line. After my purchase I discovered that Husqvarna also uses the Honda engine (not re-branded, it clearly says Honda), and it's possible other lines use the Honda engine too. It might be worthwhile to consider their features and pricing too.

Considered options like Blade Stop System and Electric Start but cost was the driving factor. 

While I wasn't interested in spending more on the aforementioned features, I was, however, more willing to spend a bit more to get into the HRX line due to upgrades in wheel size, engine size, and warranty.

There are 5 trees on the property, of the oak and hickory variety, so I'm looking forward to trying the Mulch setting in autumn.

Early signs are good that this will be a fun machine to own for the next few years. The Select Drive Control is a good design effort, but hand(s) must be kept close to the center of the bar to keep a grip on it. This makes it hard for one-handed, under-the-tree-limbs driving.

The range of speed settings does not feel "infinite", as advertised, but the knob is in a handy position for operation. Also, the knob is a bit difficult to twist and could have used more grippy notches.

The lay-down handlebars make it super compact for storage or transport. Engine starts with a half effort pull! 

Honda has a great lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 29, 2017
Steve
Pinecrest, FL
Type of use:  Residential
This model is by far the best model and easy on the body, goes by itself almost, just guide it a little.Use Toro all my live with riders, walk behind self propelled, but this is the future, very good and cuts thru anything, very impressed.

Nice mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 25, 2017
Littlemetz
Hammond, IN
Type of use:  Residential
The mower for the most part is 5 star but when I tried to change the hieght of the rear wheels I needed to place 3 by fours under the rear to raise the wheels off the ground then place wedges in front of the front wheels.Then it takes about 20 to 30 lbs. of pressure to pull the lever out and move it the very worst setup Ive ever seen and I've been buying lawnmower for over 45 yrs.

adequate

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 24, 2017
dennis
Concord, NH
Type of use:  Residential
Powerful, but slowest speed is a very fast walk. Mulchs well after 2 passes. Doesn't have clean out port. Poor design for drive lever. Thumb/hand gets tired easily. Factory setting for grass height is too short. Adjustment levers difficult to reach on rear tires. Rear wheel drive not the greatest, I prefer all wheel or front wheel drive.

Overall great mover

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Jake
Lititz, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Just picked up mover and used it today,so far love it not sure why you would not?

Overall great mover

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Jake
Lititz, PA
Type of use:  Residential
Just picked up mover and used it today,so far love it not sure why you would not?

Love my new mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Ray
Katy, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Used the mower once.  Was easy to get ready for use.  Easy to start.  Controls took a little getting use to but by the time I was finished I was very comfortable with them.  The lawn was absolutely beautifully cut.  Very even.  I can't wait to mow again.  Can't remember ever thinking that before.

Awesome Machine!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Mr. C
Plainfield, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I've been a Craftsmen owner over 30years. I decided to try a Honda lawn mower because I heard that Honda has a great engine. Let me tell you! This engine is very powerful. 190cc. I was quite surprised how this lawn mower cuts grass so effortlessly. Very smooth and sturdy. The MicroCut twin blades makes my lawn look like a Fresh new Hair Cut. I was very impressed. The Ball bearings on all four wheels seems to glide through the grass with better maneuverability. Today was the first day I tried my new lawn mower. Can't wait to mulch and leaf shred using the 4-in-1 Versamow System. There are a lot of features with this Lawn mower that saves you time and money. So far I'm glad I purchased this Lawn Mower. Comes with a 5 year warranty too. I think it is a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. A Smart Buy!!

New Honda HRX Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Cuc
Littleton, CO
Type of use:  Residential

Having averaged 20 years per lawn mower, this is now #3 in my ownership. I expect a good lawn mower to last a long time.

After a lot of research, and soul searching I decided to spend more than intended in hopes of having another 20-year lawn mower.  Out of the box this Honda was ready to start mowing in about 15 minutes.  I have about a 1/4 acre yard, and had over 2 weeks of growth to mow.  After checking the oil - the mower already was filled with oil, despite the warnings that there was no oil installed, adjusting the wheels height (a little difficult as the levers on the rear wheels did not disengage easily, but this should only be a 1-time setting) and then adding fuel, the mower started on the very first pull.  The Select Drive Control took a little getting use to, but works great. I bagged the first mowing, and after stopping 7 or 8 times to empty the clippings, the mower again started on the first pull EVERY time!  I love it!  The bag is a very nice size, simple to use, and to empty (much easier than my old Craftsman mower bag). I am about 5"10" and feel as though the handle is a little higher than I would like, even on the lowest of 3 settings, but it could just be that my old mower handle was getting worn and drooping lower than when it was new.  If this 1st-pull starting performance continues, I will be loving this lawn mower.  It appears well-constructed, easy to service and maintain, and after only one use, so far, I highly recommend this HRX217 model.  I hesitated because of the plastic instead of steel deck, but it appears solid, and with the lifetime warranty, I decided to go with it. Now, for the test of time.  By the way, the lawn looks great - a very nice cut.

HONDA HRX217VKA Worst lawnmower I ever owned

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 15, 2017
acdc2008
Alpharetta, GA
Type of use:  Residential

We purchased a HONDA HRX217VKA form Home Depot last summer and every time I use it my hatred of it increases.  My reasons are listed below:

1.  The electric start is sluggish, it is not an easy start.  On the other hand it will eventually start.

2.  The extra large bag is not  convenient for transferring yard waste to mandatory lawn waste bags - the dimensions of bags was not even a consideration for Honda when they decided to create a bag that was more square than rectangular.

3.  Yard waste accumulates around the bag and chute area, so grass and leaves are deposited/blown into the yard when the mower is restarted or it remains and needs to be blown off with a compressor or leaf blower.

4.  On a related note, the machine has too many nooks and crannies where grass and leaves can accumulate under the machine which also need to be blown out.

5.  Maneuverability is a joke, especially when you are mowing up a hill using the power boost and holding the self-propel, you have to release the power boost to turn left or right.

6.  Mower does not easily go backward.

I truly wish we had never purchased this mower and I will never recommend it to friends or family. 

SOLID

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 12, 2017
Snake Ju
Lafayette, LA
Type of use:  Residential
only used it once so far.  very solid and well designed.  you can tell this is a quality mower when sitting in the garage.  I currently have a lawn man but I am planning on mowing my lawn on my own because it relaxes me.  this mower makes it enjoyable.

Superb Mower for varied terrain yards

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 11, 2017
mmotsko
Catasauqua, PA
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this mower on a Saturday to replace a Sears RWD Self propelled mower purchased 1 year to the date. After a bit of research I decided on this mower, but went to a dealer to see what they would recommend. They had this mower and my 2nd choice (22" cut with Self Pace). So after pushing and lifting, I went with my first choice. This mower performed well on my first use (Wednesday). Very easy to start. We cut and bag so, while cutting at approximately the same height, we went from 8 to 9 bags  and almost 2 hours to 4 bags of grass clippings in an hour and 20 minutes. The mower really cut the pieces up smaller so more grass would fit in the bag. The propulsion took a bit getting used to since it takes off like a rocket on paved surfaces, but responds a better on grass. It will definitely pull its own weight and once I figured out the speed control is basically a throttle, I would turn it up to push the mower up the hills and not use it on the downhills. This is a really nice quality built mower and I wish I would have made the purchase last year but was deterred by the cost. If you value your time and a nice looking yard, this mower is definitely worth a second look.

A superb lawn mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Customer
N. Chesterfield, VA
Type of use:  Residential
This Honda HRX mower is outstanding. Plenty of cutting power and fast. Quality you can feel, sturdy, and fuel efficient. I have larger residential size yard, uses just over a half of tank to cut entire yard. Awesome for the power of the mower. I was not interested in the (rear) power wheels, previous experience with (rear) power wheels has been costly and a bit of a nuisance. Consumer Reports rates Honda self propelled as very reliable, I do hope to experience that reliability. Overall a great machine, much higher quality, expensive to purchase, but you get what you paid for.

Great Mower good price

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Scott_HRA-to_HRX
South Jordan, UT
Type of use:  Residential

I have had a honda HRA214 since 1984, it still runs but it was time for something new that doesn't burn oil.  I had actually considered rebuilding my old mower but the cost would've been more than what I paid for this new one.
We brought it home I had it together with oil in it in under 10 minutes, my wife pulled the starter and it started first pull!

She mowed our front lawn in about 30 minutes and declared she loved it, we are on about 1/2 acre.

If this mower lasts just 1/2 as long as our last honda that will be 17 years!

The only complaint is there is that the old HRA would let the mower run without the blade turning and it shuts the new mower off. 

Great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Charlie Wu
Arlington, VA
Type of use:  Residential
This is a great mower. It is easy to setup. I am so surprised that it starts at the first pull. 

Easy Setup, Excellent Results

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 9, 2017
John K
Delran, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Tried another brand and was thoroughly disappointed.  Took the neighbors recommendation and bought a Honda.  Easy setup; add oil and fuel, and only one easy pull start and I was cutting grass in a flash - no primer bulb to push, no multi-pull process.  The results are fantastic. The lawn was smooth.  And the lawn mower was faster than expected.  It popped a wheelie until I dialed in the speed.  I love everything about the mower.  Could not be happier with this product and the beautiful results it provides.   

You get what you pay for.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 8, 2017
Gib
Manchester, NH
Type of use:  Residential
Mower only needed engine oil (included) and gas- no assembly other than setting the handlebar which was easy. Started on first pull out of the box. Mower tracked very well, was easy to keep on line for nice looking lawn. My lawn was wet but there were no clumps left behind the wheels. Select drive control was easy to figure out, made it feel like a walk in the park. The grass bag capacity is HUGE compared to my last mower.

Honda Quality but "come on"

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 7, 2017
Rick
Pine Plains, NY
Type of use:  Residential

Easy assembly, started on first pull. Have only used for about 10 minutes so far, so input is limited at this time. Direct drive seems to work well so far, but I cannot see using any more than the minimum setting.Would not be able to keep pace with the mower. Only real complaint is wheel adjustments, especially rear wheels. I have (still) a 15 year old honda mower, and rear wheel adjustments are exactly the same. Horrible design and I would have expected an improvement after all these years ,especially at this price. Very poor to say the least, and honda needs to go back to the design stage on this so very basic yet essential detail. Very disappointed in this as it has been a very weak design issue with my original mower and now I look forward to the same problems.

9

Something new

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 7, 2017
Mike
Clearwater, KS
Type of use:  Residential
I am replacing my Honda HRX217 TDA, with this new model.  The old mower is going to my sister to replace a newer, but less than fabulous cheapie. The HRX 217 TDA is going on its 9th year, but is in better shape, and cuts better than the one she has.  We both make out.

The Cadillac

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 6, 2017
Page2
Portage, MI
Type of use:  Residential

Learned about Honda Mowers about a year ago from a co-worker. What particularly interested me was the blade and speed control at the top of the handle and clip director option. In April 2017, my current walk behind mower failed prompting me to make a decision on a new mower. I did a little research online. One site called the Honda "The Cadillac" of mowers they evaluated. I purchased the HRX217VKA and very pleased with the results. The cut is excellent and the Clip Director serves my purpose well. One of my neighbors has an older Honda mower and came over to take a look as if it were a new car. He too thought the Clip Director was a great feature.

I am very pleased with the mower and features I highly recommend this model.

First Mowing

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ev
Elkview, WV
Type of use:  Residential

Purchased yesterday and mowed, it is everything I was hoping for.  My mowing is primarily on the side of hill and mowing going up was unbelievable, first time it pulled me up the grade, didn't have to push, great!!  The reason I gave it a four (4) was getting use to the rear wheel drive, but that became easier as I mowed and will improve with further use.

So far, great mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 4, 2017
Golfguy68
Happy Valley, OR
Type of use:  Residential
I've only used our new mower once but it does everything it was advertised to do as far as easy starting and etc. The self propelled option works great and is easy to adjust. My only comment would be if your spending almost $700 on a Honda mower, it should have the blade stop option where you can leave the motor running when emptying the bag.

Worst Customer Service EVER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 3, 2017
DISAPPOINTEDUSER
Montgomery, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Worst buying experience I have ever had, contacted Honda Power about dealer, they never even read my letter just sent back a response to do the things I told them I had done in my short letter.

Packing was awful oil everywhere, this unit appeared used and not new to me.  The model number on the box is HRX217VKAA  what the extra A stands for no one can tell me but not the same as the one in Home Depot.   It going to cost me $150 to send this heap of @#$% back.

Honda NEVER AGAIN. 

Moves Me

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Mark
Street, MD
Type of use:  Residential

Just bought the mower yesterday.  My previous mower lost it's drive tranny and had been bogging down on the thick grass.   To find a replacement, I did some research online for a mower that could handle hills -- not just power assist but would that would pull me if I wanted.  The Honda stood out not only because of the drive, but because of the 4-in-1 capability, the two-blade mulching feature, and the advertised one-pull engine.  So I got the mower home, added gas (oil had been added at the dealer) and started in.  To my delight, the engine started on the first pull, the speed setting I selected was too fast and I had to slow it down, and the double blade system, mulched the grass into little pieces.  I gave the mower a test and tried mowing the hill (about 20 degrees) vertically.  Aside from the drive (rear) wheels slipping a bit on the wet grass, the mower handled it with ease.  Once I got it moving up hill, I didn't have to push!  (I know that's not the recommended way of mowing a hill, but this was a test.)   On flat ground, the mower easily pulled me along if I set the speed high enough and it cut through the thick grass without even a hint of the engine working harder.  I did have to raise the mower height to avoid minor clumping, but even before I did that, the mower would charge through the toughest grass.  However, the one negative I have is that raising and lowering the mower height is a bit of a pain.  All four wheels have to be adjusted and the springs are so tight that you have to walk around the mower to move each one. 

I have yet to try the bagging system, but I suspect it would have come in handy if instead of raising the mower deck, I had the bag on with mostly mulching.  Might have picked up the clumps I saw with the deck lower.  I'll try that in the future. 

All in all, I finally sprung for an excellent mower and am very satisfied with its first performance.  Cut my mowing time by about 30%.

Best Lawn mower today

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Shotgun
Oshkosh, WI
Type of use:  Residential
Monday 5/1/17 I purchased a lawn mower online from PED.  I did not pay no sales tax or shipping.  I checked out  all reviews and benefits of a Honda mower.  I then ordered and received shipment two days later.  Fast service.  I added oil and gas.  Put together the grass catcher.   Started up on one pull.  Ran around the lawn a few times.  I gave 5 stars.  I also recommend this model to anyone  that wants a great mower.  

lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 2, 2017
barks
ALBANY, NY
Type of use:  Residential
I've been BUYING Honda PRODUCTS FOR YEARS cars, mowers etc.  You can NEVER go wrong with a Honda.  Quality Quality Quality. btw this mower is Great...  Once you buy Honda, you will never go back...

Satisfied customer

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 1, 2017
David Luman
LAWRENCE, KS
Type of use:  Residential
Wow!  First thing I noticed is that when I came off my lawn to turn around in my driveway there were no clippings.  When I was done mowing I didnt even need to blow off my drive and sidewalk.  There were no clumps left behind anywhere and cut was very smooth.  I could only turn the variable speed up to midway and still be able to keep up.  Even at that setting the engine never bogged down once.  Although I mulched, the bag slips on and off with no effort.  You can leave the bag on with no issues but I'll store my in the shed until its time to bag leaves.   I bought this mower after reading reviews at consumer reports.  Lived up to everything they said and more.  Only downfall is the mower seems to drag when pulling backwards.  Almost as if it doesn't fully disengage.   Very satisfied after my first use and I'm glad I chose to go with the 190 versus the 160 CC.

the best

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 1, 2017
Daniel Jenkerson
Saint Helens, OR
Type of use:  Residential
Best dog gone mower i have ever owned

Ratings

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 1, 2017
Mikey
Eastlake, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Awwwwwwwwwwwsome!!!!!!

Best mower ever

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 30, 2017
Matt
West Haven, CT
Type of use:  Residential

I purchased this to replace an HRR216 mower that I purchased sometime around 2003, which up until now was the best mower I ever owned. Never failed to start, and required absolutely nothing except fuel. I replaced the blades and air filter a few times...that's it. 

So, when the deck began rotting through, I never thought twice about another Honda. I did decide to go with the Nexite deck, mainly since I seem to be lazy about cleaning the mower as much as I should. After using the HRX217, I truly believe this mower will easily last me 15-20 years.

I brought it home, opened the box, raised the handle, added oil, filled the tank and it started without hesitation on the first pull of the rope. It is an absolute joy to use, simple, intuitive, and it does a fantastic job. The Select Drive lets me move at a pace that saves me at least 15 minutes every time I mow, and the Clip Director mulches and bags amazingly well. 

It hurt initially to spend $599 on a mower when another HRR216 would have surely served me well for another 15 years for $200 less, but after using this mower, I have zero regrets about upgrading to the HRX217. You cannot go wrong with any Honda mower. Find the one with the features that best fit your needs, and don't even bother looking at anything else. 

Happy with my New Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 30, 2017
Taylor74
Halifax, MA
Type of use:  Residential
After a lot of researching, I decided to buy a Honda Lawn Mower HRX217KA.  I was hesitant about purchasing due to the price, but I'm glad I spent the extra money.  I had read in reviews about the "velvet" cut and really wasn't sure what exactly that meant, but I do now!  Most likely you won't know either until you try it out, but it does have a velvet cut.  I had a $50 push mower that I bought off the side of the road and had been using that for about 5 years.  My yard is about 10,000 sq ft so I really didn't think I needed a self propelled mower even though I have a hill in the back yard, but I was getting tired of pushing that old mower up the hill.  What a difference the new Honda is! The select drive is great and made the job that much easier.  I had it a few notches off the min setting and was walking a brisk pace.  I feel that if I had it set to the max setting, I would probably be running.  I feel as though I cut my yard faster that I previously was due to the select drive.  It was very easy to use and dial the the exact speed I needed. The initial set up out of the box was very simple and had it up an running in about 20 minutes after reading the manual.  Highly recommend this mower!

Great Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 29, 2017
Wendell
Clearfield, UT
Type of use:  Residential

Very nice quality as you would expect from a Honda product. I added the oil, put in gas, pulled rope slow once and it Started right up. so easy!! the pull pressure is very slight. The adjustable speed control is flawless, except, make sure your holding on and ready for some cardio if it is set to hi ground speed. On high you literally are jogging behind it and it still cuts through tall grass like it's not even there. the speed is adjustable so you can slow it down to a slow crawl, and finger pressure on the speed control paddle also makes it adjustable to your exact speed and releasing it, slows it down for corners or changing direction.

Fantastic Mower, I'm sure it will be handed down to the Grandkids.

OWNER

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, April 25, 2017
SHORTFATGUY OR "TINY"
ASHWAUBENON, WI
Type of use:  Residential
HONDA MOTERS START WHEN YOU WANT THEM TOO AND JUST RUN AND RUN AND RUN. YEARS AGO,AS A YOUNGER PERSON I CUT AND SOLD FIREWOOD. MY COMMERCIAL WOOD SPLITTER WAS POWERED BY A 11 HORSE KOHLER. IT HAD TO BE RE-BUILT AT LEAST YEARLY AND SOMETIMES TWICE EVERY YEAR, PISTON,CRANK AND RINGS, AND WAS A COLD HEARTED,MISERABLE STARTING ENGINE. I PAID THE BIG MONEY FOR A STAND ALONE 5&1/2 HP HONDA AND SWAPPED OUT THE KOHLER, IT PERFORMED EQUAL TO THE 11 HP KOHLER. IT STARTED EASILY IN ALL TEMPERATURE RANGES OF MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENISULA WEATHER. THE FIRST YEAR OF SERVICE, BEING PREVENTATIVE, MY SMALL ENGINE REPAIRMAN TORE IT DOWN EXPECTING SOMETHING WOULD NEED REPLACEMENT. HE CALLED AND SAID IT STILL LOOKED BRAND NEW WITH NO SIGN OF WEAR AND TEAR. HE PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AND WE NEVER TORE IT DOWN AGAIN. IT WAS USED HEAVY FOR 10 YEARS AND THAT WAS 25 YEARS AGO. MY SON AND DAUGHTER STILL USE THE WOOD SPLITTER FOR PERSONAL FIREWOOD. SPARK PLUGS,AIR FILTER NEW OIL AND CLEAN GASOLINE IS ALL WE HAVE TO DO FOR THAT HONDA 5&1/2 HP ENGINE. I ALSO OWN THE LITTLE HONDA 160 CC 4 STROKE CULTIVATOR. IT IS A BEAST IN THE DIRT!! 

Happy Customer!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 23, 2017
Richard
Raleigh, NC
Type of use:  Residential
Just retired our Toro Super Recycler and decided on the May 2017 Consumer Reports #1 rated HRX217 Honda Lawn Mower. Cut our zoysia grass on Saturday and very pleased with the mower handling and quality!!  My wife even commented on how well the lawn looked after being cut. Our Toro mower deck just didn't hold up.  Will still use it to cut the weeds in the natural areas and save our new Honda mower for the nice grass. The Select Drive is a great feature!!  I had to use it near the Min setting for a comfortable mowing speed. The Clip Director is another great feature and look forward to trying different settings.  Thanks Honda for building a great residential mower!!

Very nice mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 23, 2017
Mark
gibsonia, PA
Type of use:  Residential

Select drive works well.  Mulches reasonably well considering that this is not designed to serve exclusively as a mulching mower.  I do not bag my clippings ever. Honda should offer a mower that is made to just mulch like Toro does.  The Toro Pace drive is very cumbersome on hills and not good for maneuverability.  I replaced a 29 year old Toro, but didn't like the Pace drive system at all.  So I went with a Honda.

Gave up the blade clutch to save 8 extra pounds of weight.  This was a good move, as the mower is much lighter than my old mower and very easy to maneuver.

The speed is very controllable with the select drive when going around beds and tree rings.

Tested my neighbors HRR mower with a smart drive.  Found this to be totally uncontrollable with respect to speed.  Honda should not offer a smart drive and use the select drive instead for these HRR models.

The Honda engine is very quiet

Very satisfied with my Honda selection. It is more fun to mow my grass that it was with my old Toro.

Honda mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 22, 2017
Dan DesJardin
Pewaukee, WI
Type of use:  Residential
love this mower this is the second honda i have owned and this one is so improved over my last one I had. (15 years old). It cuts perfect and eats up everything in its way.

HRX217VKA 3-yr review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 2, 2017
Dave in SW Ohio
Cincinnati, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Having used my Honda mower (2nd walk-behind, self-propelled) for over 3 yrs (first Honda mower lasted over 10 yrs), it works fine. The only drawback is the recoil starter must be in the full (i.e. no slack with slight tension on cord) recoil position when pull-starting to get the full rotation on the motor. Otherwise, mower runs smoothly and cuts efficiently (mulch-mode or side discharge mode). Easy to remove/reinstall rear bag. 

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, April 2, 2017
Doug
Canal Winchester, OH
Type of use:  Residential

My daughter just just moved into her first house so I gave her my my older model that was going into its 8th Year of service. Still looks great, runs flawlessly, and cuts like new. She loves the adjustable and smooth "thumb" speed control and the 4-in-1 Versamow system that lets her determine how much to mulch and/or bag. To replace my older HRX I looked/tested several other brands at lower prices to replace it but none compared to the quality, features and ease of use I have experienced with this Honda equipment. I still have/use a Honda riding mower model 4514 hydrostatic trans with liquid cooled engine that runs, mows and still looks better than many comparable riders on the market today. I am just sold on the quality of all the Honda products I have owned. If you do the recommended simple routine maintenance (monitor and change the oil per the owners manual, keep air filter clean/replace as needed, inspect/service the spark plug and keep the blades sharp it may be the only push mower you will ever have to buy! On top of that all the maintenance mentioned is very simple to perform.

Awesome Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, March 25, 2017
Brian
Frisco, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Just bought my new Honda mower and I couldn't be happier.  I had to replace a Cub Cadet mower I had used for years and I can't believe how much lighter, easier to use and quiet this new Honda mower is!!!  Very easy to use and almost no assembly needed!!!  So far, I'm very impressed.  

First use

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, March 23, 2017
Brad
Spring, TX
Type of use:  Residential

Easy assemblyy started on first pull wow

This mower hauls ass had to keep the speed on min uless you wanna jog at 4 miles per hour lol

lots of power and left a fine looking cut.

Hopefully will have lots of years of good service

Also you have Blands listed one of your authorized service dealers.

Sorry but if you live in the spring area I would from previous experience suggest you go elsewhere.

Honda HRX

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, March 20, 2017
Jerry
Mount Carmel, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Mower runs good, starts good, mows great for about 2 1/2 years, then would not start. Dealer service department kept 2 weeks, then said it had water in fuel system. They charged me $87.00 to drain water out of fuel system and replace with fresh fuel. Mower started and ran fine one time. It would not start the next day. Called Honda and got laughed at because I thought their 5 year warranty meant something. I paid another shop $132.00 to replace the defective choke parts. I got rid of it as soon as possible. DO NOT BUY A HONDA MOWER IF YOU WANT ONE THAT WORKES MORE THAN 2 YEARS.

Daniel

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, March 11, 2017
Dan
Springfield, MO
Type of use:  Residential

After my purchase of the HRX217K5VKA I added the oil, added fresh gasoline and on the first pull my Honda started.

Every time since it has been just one pull to start the mower.  It cuts beautifully.  I'm hoping for many, many years of good service.

mikeyb

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Mike
Orlando, FL
Type of use:  Residential
great mower so far.

HondaVersa Mow Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, February 25, 2017
brian2371
San Antonio, TX
Type of use:  Residential
This is the second Honda Versa Mow mower I have  had. I love the twin blades because  it mulches the grass  so fine there is no need to bag it. The new features like auto choke and easier speed control are perfect.  It started the first pull and my yard looks  great.

Honda forever

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, February 16, 2017
Dan
Greenville, SC
Type of use:  Residential
If it does as well as my 35 year old Honda mower I will be 112 yrs old. It runs smooth, is simple to operate and seems rugged. I have owned Honda mowers for 18 yrs longer than I sold Honda cars. Never! have either car or mower left me strandad.

Great Mower!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, January 20, 2017
Sbj
Canton, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased the mower in July 2016 and haven't had any issues. The mower runs smoothly and I love the feature that allows me to switch between bagging and mulching. Using the Select Drive feature allows me to slow the mower down when mowing down hill in my back yard.  The mower is very easy to setup and use even for the novice. Overall you can never beat a Honda!

GOOD QUALITY & GOOD VALUE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, December 19, 2016
Chuck
El Cajon,, CA
Type of use:  Residential

Bought it at Home Depot...on-line & shipped free to store.  Features I like:  The ability to choose whether to bag or mulch the clippings...or to choose some of each. The bag is easy to empty.  The grass clippings are shorter & therefore I don't have to stop as often to empty bag. Plenty of power.  Adjusting the walking speed...nice feature, all though doubt I will vary it much.

For me, it was a nice "upgrade" from my previous 13 year old Costco self propelled mower.

Bottom line...Very happy w/ this purchase

Heavy and Hard to Start

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, December 15, 2016
Bill
St Peters, MO
Type of use:  Residential

Mower is less than one year old.  Bought in the spring of 2016.   Its very Hard to start in colder weather.   It takes several hard pulls to start in 50 degree weather.  Cannot start at all in colder weather.  Must rely on auto choke as there is no manual choke override.  Mower is heavy and, at times, hard to maneuver.  No impressed with the 5 year warranty as the items that are most likely to fail are not covered  (such as pull rope).

Happy with Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, November 13, 2016
Mr. Happy Now
Carmichael, CA
Type of use:  Residential
Ok, I don't know what I was thinking when I first bought a real push mower. It wasn't long before my back was blowing out over long damp grass. Using this mower was like getting a massage. I have some gentle slopes in the yard. This mower went over them like a jeep. It is the beginning of fall now, and there were plenty of leaves on the ground. I put the mulch setting 2 notches up from full mulch. It sucked up the leaves like a vacuum bagging a lot and mulching the rest. No more wasted time raking. I will never rake again. I'm lazy that's why I go this mower! One thing about the leaves they can get thrown out the right side just a tiny bit. Mowing around the edge of the lawn clockwise kept the driveway and sidewalk clean. I highly recommend this mower. And, the kid across the street thinks it looks cool like a race car. I do, too!

Honda Lawn Mower HRX217

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, October 31, 2016
Jerry
Orlando, FL
Type of use:  Residential

Best mower out there for cutting and bagging. Thank you Honda

First use Fall 2016

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 30, 2016
Mowerman
Tonganoxie, KS
Type of use:  Residential

After much research, we just purchased this Honda mower late in the season since we just moved into our newly constructed home in the woods.  New grass growth encouraged by a warm fall meant I would need to mow a time or two before a frost sends the grass into dormancy.  Lots of leaves and nuts were accumulating in the new grass since our home is surrounded by mature oak, walnut and hickory trees.  The mower starts very easy and is easy to maneuver on our sloping lot.  Really like the adjustable self-propelled speed adjustment...you can make adjustments while moving.  The mower cuts very evenly and the mulching feature really works great even with the leaves and nuts.  Quiet too, didn't even awake my napping wife while I mowed.  Would highly recommend this mower.     

Honda HRX217 Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Jack
Mount Carmel, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased my second HRX today.  This one came from Home Depot. The first from A Honda Dealer/Service Center. I unpackaged the mower, put it together, added oil and gas. It started on the first pull and mowed nicely. My first HRX was the same for about 2.5 years. It then developed choke problems and would not start. The Dealer Service people told me it had water in the fuel system. It started one time after I took it home, after paying them to remove the water. The choke would stick open. The Dealer would not fix it and Honda did not care about it. I got rid of it. The choke is a typical problem with these mowers. I hope to have better luck with this one, if not, after about 3 years I will throw it away. Lastly, the 5 year warranty means nothing to Honda. Expect to pay for any repairs after you buy one and take it home.

The Best

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 9, 2016
BensDad
Eastlake, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I have had many a mower over the years, but this lawn mower, bar none is the best for features, ease of use, quality of cut, and any other benchmark you can think of!

replaced first 2003 hrx with new 2016 hrx

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, October 5, 2016
lj
cicero, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Dependable,quiet,quality cut, and my 2003 still starts with first pull. 

awesome!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, October 3, 2016
htp
somewhere, FL
Type of use:  Residential
I am not sure what else you could ask for in a mower.  I live in South Florida.  St Augustine grass grows thick and full and tough, especially in the summer.  This mower goes through it like it's not even there.  The twin blades mulch the grass to the point that there is never even a trace of clumps or cuttings sitting on top of the lawn.  The variable speed drive is convenient and easy to use.  It starts with one pull, every time.  I haven't bagged, so I can't speak to that, but other than that I can say that I am extremely happy with my choice and I would buy it again without a second thought.

Honda HRX2175VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, October 2, 2016
Drm
Aubrey, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Assembly was easy out of box add oil and go.  My biggest concern on my first use of the mower was the self propelled feature seems to lurch a bit.  This may just take get used to but compared to my old Honda Harmony was considerably noticeable.  Time will tell but was impressed with the speed and the cut of thje mower.

Craig

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, October 1, 2016
Craig
Sandwich, IL
Type of use:  Residential
Excellent mower , quiet, great on gas, cuts even, starts easy,starts on first pull every time 

mower drive

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 23, 2016
mike
alpharetta, GA
Type of use:  Residential
after reviewing several mowers I selected the Honda 21"self propelled with select drive control, even though it was more expensive.  I have some pretty steep hills in my front and back yards.  I started using the mower in mid-May and by late August I noticed that it was no longer propelling itself.  I checked the belt and it was intact and I tried adjusting the drive cable according to the owner's manual - no joy.  After mowing for a couple of more weeks with no power drive help, I must now either figure out a way to get it to the repair shop or pay quite a bit of money for pickup or $65/hr for a person to come to the house to fix it since I do not have a truck.  Needless to say that when I laid out $689.53 for the mower, I expected it to at least outlast my old Toro.

Finally

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 11, 2016
DIY-er
Lake Orion, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Replaced my 30 + year old HR214-SX at a similar price. My neighbors over the years joined in on the Honda act too.  I like my replacement, more power and the mulching blade feature so far. The clippings allow fewer empting of the grass bag.  I have 2 minor complaints; the think the self propelled drive speed on the lowest setting could be a bit slower for elderly or younger kids, and the size of the grass bag is larger than my old mower not allowing it to slip inside your standard large 30 gallon? paper waste/leaf bags.

Nice Cut

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 4, 2016
bakerlexky
LEXINGTON, KY
Type of use:  Residential
Easy to start, large bag less stopping, nice even mowing. I especially like the larger wheels, they don't get hung up on my wood fencing!

A Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 4, 2016
Downtown
Delaware, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Just purchased this mower and it was extremely easy to set up and I was extremely impressed with this product. Keep up the Great things you are doing !!!!

Disappointing Results

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 2, 2016
Bruce
Houston, TX
Type of use:  Residential
How disappointing it is.  I'm on 2nd season with this lawnmower.  It starts easy, easy to control, but the results are not to the quality of my neighbors lawns.  My lawn looks like I planted a corn field.  Every wheel mark stays.  Wet or dry, or perfect conditions the wheel marks remain.  Sometimes they've stayed visible for two subsequent mowings.  I figure the rear wheel drive pushes the grass down and it doesn't get cut to same height. Then later the grass pops up & leaves a 'row'.  Poorest result I've had after 40 years of following these things around the yard.  May be time to replace. 

Easy to set up

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, September 2, 2016
Billyo44
Juniata, NE
Type of use:  Residential

Wife and I set it up in a few minutes...set mower to full mulch @ 3.5 inches high in thick bluegrass mix...performed well. Noted that the engine slightly revs up and down when it is cold until it warms up...then the engine runs steady...I assume this is a function of the governor and/or choke.

If I knew that a mower existed that mulched this efficiently I would have switched from a standard bagging mower before now.

Consumer Reports rates Honda mowers #1 overall...I would agree.

Worth Every Penny

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, September 1, 2016
Sides
East China, MI
Type of use:  Residential

After owning an MTD-Pro push mower with a honda GCV160cc 5.5hp motor for many years, purchasing another mower with a honda motor was a no-brainer. I expected quality craftsmanship and great results and this mower exceeding my expectations. At home depot, after tax, this mower was about $630, which seemed steep to me, but as I expect it to last just as many years as my last honda engine mower I purchased it anyway. The superiority of this mower over every other push / self propelled I had used was immediately clear. The first thing I mowed was an area that we had neglected for a number of weeks and the grass was about 18 inches tall. This mower cut right through this, without the motor bogging down even a little bit. Set to full bag it didn't leave any noticeable clippings and the up-draft under the cutting deck must be phenomenal because, where our last lower would typically lay down half of the grass this long and require multiple passes, this mower left each pass looking like it had never gotten out of hand. 

The select drive max speed is incredibly fast, you almost need to jog behind it. Even when bagging very tall grass moving at such a speed the mower is able to leave each pass looking great, not missing a single blade of grass.  My wife and kids are able to operate this model with ease. Changing the cut height, select drive speed and bagging was no issue for anyone in the family. My daughter does have a bit of trouble starting it, but I believe this is only due to the fact we purchased the 190cc motor and it's a bit harder to pull start than our old 160cc. This model is available with an electric start, but we passed on the option.

I highly recommend this mower!

great mower overall

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 20, 2016
Dakotabs
Ramsey, MN
Type of use:  Residential
I've used this mower about 5 times now and it blows away my previous Craftsman with Honda engine. it feels well built, sturdy and super easy to follow a straight line. My only complaint is that its harder to pull backwards than my previous mower. I'm in my 30's, healthy and like some hard work in trade for a job well done but could see others having difficult time. The mower starts easy and the dual blades make bagging much easier by having to empty the hopper fewer times. The speed control is great, my neighbor has the previous model and its harder to control the speed compared  to this one. Good job Honda, I hope this lawn mower lasts a long time.

Excellent performance

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, August 19, 2016
J.
Birmingham, AL
Type of use:  Residential
I went with this model for the GCV-190 engine, because it has performed well on my pressure washer, and the mower has not disappointed. Setup was simple, it starts on the first pull every time, and it handles a yard that left my old Craftsman begging for mercy. The twin-blade setup mulches much finer than a regular blade, too. It would be nice to have a side discharge occasionally, but I don't miss it much. All in all, I am very impressed. 

Big John's Honda HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 18, 2016
BigJohn93612
Clovis, CA
Type of use:  Residential

I really like my new Honda mower.  I bought it on-line 05/02/2016.

It does a great job even on my crappy lawn (no water in California, so grass grows very poorly).

It starts easy and moves very quickly.

I warn you: Very sandy conditions at my house ate through my blade in just 5 mowings (an actual hole was created).

First oil change went well.  (Make sure you use a VERY shallow pan since there is no drain plug.)

Time will tell just how good this purchase really is, but so far, I am happy.

John G.

Work Horse and Built Like a Tank

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 16, 2016
T
Neptune City, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
This mower is built like a tank.  This is a great mower for someone who wants the powerful HRX motor, but doesn't want or need all the features.  I prefer this model because of its simplicity.  Mulching tall grass is a cake walk. This mower bags way better than experts give it credit for! My all time favorite mower.

Nothing made in America anymore

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 13, 2016
Mo wood
Independence, MO
Type of use:  Residential

I like the fact the deck is rust resistant and the engine is honda. 

My first use of the lawnmower was that it seemed a little bit quieter than the sears lawnmower that I had.

The twin blade was another benefit that I liked also.

I also put synthetic oil with Lucus oil additive to give it a better oil for longer life of the mower.

All in all Im enjoying the mower. 

What I expect from Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ken
Medina, OH
Type of use:  Residential

This is my second Honda VKA.  The first one lasted me 15 years and still starts just like it did on day one.  The self propel did not work well any more so I sprung for a new one.  Honda improved the self propel controls on the newer model, which I believe was needed.  Runs like a dream. If it performs as well as my first one, I know I made the right choice. 

New Purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, August 11, 2016
Russ
Kenvil, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
Brought this machine home from Dealer (Power Place, Rockaway, NJ).  Machine was all set up and serviced.  Sales Person (Scott)  went over controls and features during purchase.  I took machine home started first pull.  I set up cutting height and off I went.  This machine has plenty of power and cut my lawn with no clumps in the full mulch setting.  My old machine was a Toro and I am not going to say anything bad about the Toro, however the Honda runs circles around the Toro, a smoother cut and less time spent mowing, plenty of power even on up grade where the Toro required some operator assistance.  My Brother purchased a Honda last year and highly recommended the machine to me and so very happy I took his advise.  I own and drive a Honda Accord and as far as I am concerned the lawn mower has the same high quality workmanship.  I can't say enough good things about his machine, just love it. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only one speed - too fast

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 7, 2016
tireblock
Metamora, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Purchased one lawn mower from HD, returned it, got another one, ready to return it now.  Problem is the speed adjustment does not really work, set it for slow then the mower will not climb the slightest hill or get going unless you push it to get it started.  Set it where it will self-propel and the unit goes to the fastest speed.  Set the mower to the fastest speed and you get the fasted speed also with great pulling capability.  So, as long as you like to run/jog behind your mower you are all set with this model.  Heading back to HD to return the second unit that performed exactly as the first unit.  Engine starting and power, cutting capability, blade clutch are awesome!  Does Honda have a model that actually self-propels and has a speed adjustment.

Deck disappointment

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 29, 2016
mr mechanic
21921, MD
Type of use:  Residential
 A past Honda Motorcycle mechanic, the engines are best.  the cut is desired and care is taken with this mower and all equipment I use. The selling point of the Rust-free, no-dent Nexite mowing deck with lifetime  warranty. So durable it comes with a lifetime warranty (as stated)! Due to extensive cracks working outward at the engine mounting area causing concern for safety,  I have decided to replace mower. Per Honda, deck failure is not covered by the "lifetime limited warranty"  due too age of mower.

Response from Honda

Hi Mr. Mechanic, your mower has a different type of deck that did not have a lifetime warranty at the time of purchase. Your mower was purchased in 2004, and the Nexite decks were introduced several years later.  We're sorry for any confusion.

Top Notch

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 29, 2016
Wayne D Adams
Lewiston, ID
Type of use:  Residential

I am so glad my other unit failed I actually look forward to mowing can ya believe that LOL. 

Thank you Honda.

Wayne

HRX2175VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 29, 2016
JIM
VINELAND, NJ
Type of use:  Residential
THIS 1S IS A GREAT MOWER.SOLD MY 13 YEAR OLD HONDA WHICH WAS WORKING GREAT.I LIKE THE BAG MULCH FEATURE AND THE DECK.I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT THE AUTO CHOKE.I PUT ADDITIVE IN THE FUEL AND WHEN I AM JUST ABOUT DONE MOWING I TURN THE GAS OFF THAT WAY THE CARB HAS NO FUEL IN IT.MODEL IS HRX2175VKA I CLEAN THE BOTTOM OF THE DECK AFTER EACH MOW AND IT LOOKS LIKE NEW.HOPE THIS MOWER LASTS AS LONG AS MY LAST ONE

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Vince
Overland Park, KS
Type of use:  Residential, Other [parents lawn]
I've only used the mower 3 times, but seems to be everything that I expected. Easy to start. The select drive control was different than I was use to, but easy to use. The mower is a little heavier than my previous mower for transporting. The only complaint that I have is that when the sliding door for discharge is completely closed, some grass still comes through, especially when grass is a little taller. I used the bag to catch what did come through.

Wonderful purchase

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 23, 2016
Jeff
Katy, TX
Type of use:  Residential
With my old self propelled was I was used to having push it all over the place but this new mower if I'm not careful will drag me all over the place (its wonderful).  Its easy to empty the bag, and starts up easily.  I especially like being able to adjust how much grass goes into the bag and how much is mulched.  Now I only have to empty it once.  It wasn't cheap but the price ($599) reflects the quality.  You get what you pay for. 

Honda has done it right

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 23, 2016
Keith
Allen Park, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I mowed my lawn a few times and so much easier to use then my old snapper. My model has a clip director so I can set for bag or for mulch or both at once just by setting the lever. I love the speed control can be set as needed. My lawn has never looked better even though the tempertures are in the 90's.  I just water once a week and set my wheels at 3 inches. Oh I forgot to mention, this mower starts first time every time.

My Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 22, 2016
Z-Man
Williamsburg, VA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought my last one about five years ago. I did a tune up in the spring and its doing great. I gave that one to my son and bought another one for myself, same model.

Basic Orientation

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 13, 2016
GRASS
FAYETTEVILLE, GA
Type of use:  Residential
Out of box, Quick handle adjustment, oil in crank, fuel in tank, pull twice, engine start, and ran as expected. The only con. is that the hight adjustment is difficult but manageable. Would have liked a single point hight adjustment for this price! Don't think Honda makes one in this model?

Just purhase

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 9, 2016
Danny
Abita Springs, LA
Type of use:  Residential
Easy assembly out of the box. 1st cut today and was very pleased. Powerful & quiet, hand controls easy to operate, grass was high and it handled it with ease, used the mulch with no bag and not a trace of clippings. Only wish the gas tank was larger, had to refill after just 45 minutes. Tank is not .29 gals but .25 gals.

Love the lawn mower, best one I ever had

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 9, 2016
Geech
Simsbury, CT
Type of use:  Residential
The best Fathers day present ever. Love it

First Honda

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 8, 2016
Bob
Hamilton, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I joke that this is my first foreign vehicle I have ever owned.  After months of research I settled on this mower as it had the best overall reviews.  After the 7th mowing the select drive would no longer work and the back tires locked up in reverse.  Not much fun when you have nearly half an are to mow.  I brought it to an authorized Honda dealer for warranty repair.  After a week of waiting I called back and was told that it was a bad transmission.  They now have to submit a warranty order send back the transmission and wait for a new one, but feel free to come pick it up and use it as is until the transmission comes in.  Not the easiest thing mowing a half acre with no reverse let alone to select drive.  So my first and probably last experiences with Honda or any foreign vehicle for that matter has not been that great.  Now I get to drive back 30 minutes to pick it up to push it across my lawn to turn around and drive back 30 minutest to bring it back to the dealer to get fixed then go back one more time to pick it back up when the warranty fix is complete.

great

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 8, 2016
karl
Sylvan Lake, MI
Type of use:  Residential
love it......starts with a half a pull

First Pull Start-Up

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 5, 2016
George
Lorton, VA
Type of use:  Residential
I looked at all the reviews for the top 5 Lawn Mowers, although a little more expensive then your average Lawn Mower, I'm confident that this one will last.  The key word being "average"  this is a step above the rest.  Easy to operate, and started right out the box with my first pull.  You can control the percent of grass or leaves that you want bagged or mulched by using the select lever.  So far, I'm sold on this mower and performance.

This mower is worth every penny and more

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Conservative
Chesapeake, VA
Type of use:  Residential
I love this mower.. it does everything it says it will do and more.. more than enough power and will fly if you desire.. but it cuts so smooth and clean.. quality.. very well made.. I only wish I had purchased it years ago.. it would have made my job cutting the grass weekly so much easier.. I actually like mowing again with this tool.. almost completely assembled out of the box.. easy to start and go.. best mower I have ever had...

Awesome Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Don
West Bend, WI
Type of use:  Residential

I've had the mower for 3 weeks and I've used it 3 times.

So far I have not been able to find any faults. It does everything they say it can do and it does it very well. For the short period of time I've had the mower I have to say it is the best lawn mower I've owned out of the 8 different mowers I've purchased in my life. It is the second Honda lawn mower and I was happy with the first one but I gave it to my son so I needed a new one but I was happy with the first Honda mower as well.

owner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 24, 2016
roy
corpus christi, TX
Type of use:  Residential
good preforming mower I don,t like the  new smart drive .

First Honda lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Bidtigger
Biddeford, ME
Type of use:  Residential

very easy set and easy to use

just what I expected

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 21, 2016
AZbob
gilbert, AZ
Type of use:  Residential

It was delivered today.   Started on the first pull just as everyone else says.   I was replacing a dying tiff mower which would have been $2000 to replace.  I wanted similar cut as the tiff but was pretty sure that a rotary mower would never give as clean a cut.   I was wrong.   On the lowest height setting of the HRX, I was able to mow the same height as my tiff mower. The Finished lawn looks velvety smooth - at least as good as with the other mower.   Needless to say, I'm very satisfied.   

Lawncleaner

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Radio
Pittsburgh , PA
Type of use:  Residential
Great mower. Very pleased with ease of use. 

Mower construction

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Tony
Roanoke, VA
Type of use:  Residential, Other [additional mowing]
The shoulder bolt connection between the handle and  body backs and fails easily

Girly Girl

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 20, 2016
San
Pearland, TX
Type of use:  Residential
Thank you for this great lawnmower.  I only gave the four for 'Ease of Use' because I so don't want to help cut the lawn....I'm a girly girl!! Love it!

Honda 21" lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, June 19, 2016
Bill
Hudson, OH
Type of use:  Residential
A little more expensive than peers but I wanted quality and durability over price. I was surprised that it is fairly quiet running. I wasn't really expecting that. Gas capacity is also very good. Changing oil was typical and okay. Does not bog down in reasonably thicker grass. I really like that the handle folds up to allow easy of loading into my van. The only issue so far is that that left rear drive wheel has some play in it. This bothers me because it's a drive wheel. I'm taking it to one of three convenient Service Stores within 15 miles of my home.

What a great mower!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 18, 2016
Jeff Allison
Maumelle, AR
Type of use:  Residential
This is my first self-propelled mower, and I have to say after only one use I LOVE IT!!! My lawn was terribly overgrown because our old mower simply wasn't cutting it. Pun intended. It was taking me two 2-hour sessions to mow our average residential lot here in town. This mower cut it down to a single sessions of just under 2 hours. I had gotten to the point of hating to mow and considering hiring a lawn service to do it. When I was done this morning I was thinking of doing the neighbors lawn. This thing is wonderful. It has put the fun back into lawn care. On minimum speed setting it crawled right through the overgrown and very thick WET grass without a hesitation. I have a lot of obstacles to mow around so the minimum speed is generally ok. Occasionally I turned it up a tad. Out of the box I put in the included oil and some gas, snapped the handle in place, and it started on one easy pull. Not as loud as I expected. It's a substantial mower, but the NeXite deck really cuts the weight a bit. Controls are easy to use and ergonomically placed. I like having a fuel shutoff switch. It's a great feature. The wheel height adjustment is the only thing that is old fashioned on this mower. But it's marked well and not too difficult to use. The double blade system is amazing. Tall, thick, wet grass on the full mulch setting it never bogged down, and the lawn looked great when I was done...no clumps or lines of grass anywhere. I wish I had spent the money for something this good years ago. This $600 investment looks like it will pay off in the long run. Worth every penny.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 11, 2016
Art
Omaha, NE
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this mower for the second time after one of my sons hit a metal stake with the first one which ended up damaging the crankshaft.  I have a 3/4 acre lawn and this mower is a breeze to mow with. 

Best Lawnmower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 11, 2016
Erv
Macomb, MI
Type of use:  Residential
My last lawn mower was a Honda. It is 20 years old and still running. I gave that one to my sister because he(Toro) is starting to fail after 8 years. I got the Honda lawn mower out of the box and added the oil and gas and just like a Honda it started on the first pull. My old Honda starts on the first pull to. My friends ask me why pay so much for a lawn mower and I tell them if you want Quality, Dependibility, and a mower that will last a life time you buy a Honda. I also have a Honda snow blower to that is 20 years old and it is still running!!! If you want a product that last you buy a Honda.

The best!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 9, 2016
alex
sibiu, AL
Type of use:  
So sad I wait 6 years with 4 different mowers in testing and I don't buy from the beginning a Honda! The real Rolls Royce of lawn mowers cuts excellent! Thank you Honda! I advice you all to buy it!

First time Honda user

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 9, 2016
Tom
Grafton, WI
Type of use:  Residential
I was going to purchase the HRR2169VKA based on a Consumer Reports review, but I went for the HRX217VKA instead, because the HRX217VKA has the light weight NeXite deck and the variable speed Select Drive.  Pros: Easy to start, easy to maneuver, fuel shutoff valve, 4-in-1 Versamow system.  Cons: Select Drive knob slowly rotates back towards Minimum setting while cutting lawn.  Handlebar adjust could use one more height adjustment setting for tall people.

HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, June 8, 2016
rob
gustavus, AK
Type of use:  Residential
This mower can efficiently bag wet grass. I live in a rain forest.gustavus

This replaced a Toro mower, but its not as good...

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, June 6, 2016
bob
atlanta, GA
Type of use:  Residential
I have tall, thick fescue grass and cut at about 3 inch height. After 6 years of great and weekly service the transmission went out on the Toro 20017 Personal pace mower. Reading reviews I thought the HRX217VKA was the one to get... if you have very short sod grass, its perfect. Give it some tall fescue and you have problems. I feel the upper blade is pushing the grass down allowing the lower blade to miss it. I have lots of stragglers after I mow. I get better results by removing the top blade in my situation. Bagging, it does a good job. High mulching not so much, low mulching,very good. Rear discharge is terrible. It just covers your feet with globs of grass! It needs a side discharge chute like Honda used to have. Leaf mulching mode? Not really. It does not have enough suction to pull up much and if it does it does not get shredded. So what do I do? I bag every time I mow to get a decent cut. If you could get a Gator blade for this mower, I think it would be much better. I may get a riding mower or another Toro Personal Pace mower.

For the money - I chose the Honda Brand of Quality

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 4, 2016
MB
Grandville, MI
Type of use:  Residential
I was happy with my Toro so this was a tough one however the success I have had with my Honda snow blower is what took me to a Honda lawnmower this time.  I like the feature to simply swith from mulch to bag without interacting with the bag or mower deck covers.  The only downside I see is the voice activation does not work.  After setting up the mower and training the mower with a couple lines of mowing, I commanded it to mow the rest of my yard and nothing.  It just sat there?  After all this was the VKA model the one I read so much about with the German Voice Kommand Actuator, but nothing.  Honda, Mow, I commanded and the mower shut off!  I restarted it and again issues the command, Honda, Mow.  If it was a vacuum, it would know what to do, cars drive themselves, Honda is famous for there robots, I can talk to my phone and get directions, but "Mow", and nothing.  You know what, I need the exercise. 

A WISEPURCHASE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ralph
Schererville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
A powerful machine that mows through tall grass as if it was a golf putting green.

A WISEPURCHASE

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ralph
Schererville, IN
Type of use:  Residential
A powerful machine that mows through tall grass as if it was a golf putting green.

Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, June 3, 2016
Dean
Arch Cape, OR
Type of use:  Residential
We love this mower and all the features it has.  The only difficulty we have found, it could be easier to back up.

Very nice mower, couple of minor flaws

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, June 2, 2016
MichMan
grand haven, MI
Type of use:  Residential
Overall this mower is great.  If I could do half stars, it would be a 4.5.  It is POWERFUL, and light, and cuts like a champ.  The minor flaws:  at "Minimum" speed, I can barely keep up with it.  There's probably something I can adjust, but I haven't found it yet.  The bag is a little awkward to take off to empty, as it barely fits between the handles.  Other great stuff: the pull is SO easy, it's unreal.  And did I mention it cuts like a champ?

Lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Jim
Altoona, PA
Type of use:  Residential
It starts on first pull. It runs quiet. It cuts excellent. Its priced right. Its the best mower that I have ever used. Buy one. 

Finally Got It

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Mark
Winston-Salem, NC
Type of use:  Residential
I gave in to one of my "whats" and picked this up at the Home Depot. It is pricey but based on reviews this lawn mower may out live me (added 3 year extended warranty).   Very little to do to get it up and going. Unfold and adjust handle, add oil and gas and attach grass catcher Pulled the starter grip and it started on first pull.  The double cutting blades really creates a fine grass clippings and with the "clip director" produces a great looking yard.  This is my first self propelled mower and select drive is easy and was adjustable to meet my walking speed. Great product!

Easy to uses

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 31, 2016
beadyowl
Round lake, IL
Type of use:  Residential
This was the easiest lawn mower to set up and start mowing. I just had to pull up the handle, put the grass bag together ,put in the oil, which came with it and put in the gas .  It started right up. Two negatives to it  the wheels are a little hard to change into position and the grass bag is wider then my old one and doesn't fit in the grass bags .  That is why I gave it 4 stars. Other then that it is easy to start and push. The grass was very high and I had no problems.  I love the way the special blade cuts everything ( leaves and grass) into very tiny pieces.

best mover ever purchased

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 30, 2016
Steve
Erie, PA
Type of use:  Residential

Best mover I ever purchased, even with the grass as high as it was today, I went up to Home Depot and purchased the mower. Brought it home, put in the gas and oil and it started up on the first pull.  

I used the mulch setting and with the grass nearly 6 inches high as we were out of town, it cut fast, clean and never stalled in this high grass. The other mower I purchased which is less than a year old would constantly stall in in normal grass height in mulch mode. Going to sell it.

Love your product and the information I viewed on line before I purchased was exactly what I received, a great mower from a great and trusted company.

Thank you

Best mower that I have ever owned.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, May 29, 2016
None
Overland Park, KS
Type of use:  Residential
This lawn mower handles great and does a great job at a fast speed.

Lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, May 28, 2016
frenchy
Burlington, MA
Type of use:  Residential
I had the chance to use 4 times already and it is great on all aspect, starts great, cuts great, easy to adjust cutting height and also to adjust the speed. I would recommend this mower to all.

HRX217VKA - Honda Push Mower Review

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 27, 2016
Glen
Hartford, WI
Type of use:  Residential

I would like to say this is the best mower I have used in 50 years of mowing experience. After reading the manual, added the oil & gas, it started on the first pull. After 4 tanks of gas I must say Honda got it right. Adjustable wheels & handle bar height are very easy to use. Don't forget how light the mower is. The bagger will fill the bag completely. The engine runs flawlessly with no throttle, choke or primer needed. I liked this mower so much I bought my daughter one as a house warming gift. 

Great mower.

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, May 26, 2016
chris
WINCHESTER, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Having one use on it so far I like it. My only problem is I feel the blades could be sharper from factory. The self propel goes at a good speed but I kept finding stray blades that didn't get cut. Quality is top notch and the features are great. Starts first pull and a little bouncy in the engine speed cold but thats to be expected. Over all happy with it but will take the blades off the spend the time making them really sharp.

Excellet Mower!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tony
Canfield, OH
Type of use:  Residential
Love how it cuts and the ease of use!

Outstanding mower!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Chris K
Poplar Grove, IL
Type of use:  Residential
I've used this 3 times and love it.  It replaced a 10 yr old John Deere that was just falling a part.  I was blown away at the speed at which this mower moves.  The cut is fantastic.  One pull start every time.  The handle bar set up is very comfortable.  The ability to keep the bag on the mower but still mulch is something I completely LOVE!!!  This mower has it all and as of right now I completely love it!!!

HRX217

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 20, 2016
Mike
Denver, CO
Type of use:  Residential, Other [see above]
I just bought this but have not opened the box.  I see a common theme of Honda not honoring the warranty and would like to hear from Honda on how many warranty claims they have fully honored without the customer of a faulty machine paying.  Would you also break that down my how old the mower is?  I'm a little concerned, but my neighbor say good things about this model.

Why Did I Wait So Long?

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, May 13, 2016
Val T
Frankfort, KY
Type of use:  Residential

I have owned 3 TORO mulching mowers in the last 10 years. They all seem to wind up with the same problem, the drive system/transmission starts acting up after about 3 or 4 years. After spending about $115.00 to try and ahave my last one repaired I decided it was time to bite the bullet and purchase a new mower. I didn't know what brand to buy, only that it wouldn't be another Toro. After I read numerous customer reviews on many different websites I decided it was time to buy a HONDA. I couldn't find anyone that could say much of anything bad about them. I drove to the nearest HONDA dealer to me (Central Equipment in Lexington, KY) and spoke to 2 differtent salesmen, one of whom actually owns a HONDA himself.

Long story short, I have mowed my yard 9 times since purchasing my new HONDA on 4/1/2016. I am still amazed every time I mow at how well it slices through all types of grasses. No clumps of grass left behind, even if my grass has gotten a little too tall, or if it is a little wet when I mow. It has actually cut my mowing time by about 25%, because it cuts so cleanly with one pass. I was concerned that it was a 21" cut when I had been used to a 22" cut on my old mower. Due to the HONDA's efficiency I have cut my mow time from 2 hours to 1 1/2 hours and yard has never looked better.

It starts with one pull every time and the self propelled function is amazing!

Do not buy the select drive

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, May 2, 2016
jrmast2
Dallas, TX
Type of use:  Residential
This will be my 3rd Honda Mower in 20 years and i was talked into the Select Drive. Biggest mistake I've made. Its horrible. Its either ripping my arms off or I'm having to push it. There is no in between. Stay away. Besides that the mower itself is fine.

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, April 2, 2016
DJ
Aiken, SC
Type of use:  Residential
This mower performs as well as expected. Great Mower. I have only one concern I have just purchased this over today and I used it today. After cutting the grass I was pushing it to the storage building and the back tires has a clicking sound coming from the drive system. Did not affect the drive but it is new and clicking.

A GREAT MOWER!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, March 24, 2016
bushcutter
BUSH, LA
Type of use:  Residential
First start up on one short pull.  Engine runs smooth and quiet. Did not use bag as my lawn is too big (3/4 acre). Will probably use bag in front of house. Excellent drive system-easy to adjust speed. One of the best lawnmowers I've ever had-the other one I really liked was a 17" Honda for a small yard in New Orleans.  Recommend to anyone that has a large yard and wants to get some exercise cutting grass.   Better and cheaper than a sit down mower.

Disappointment

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, November 7, 2015
ASE
Fairborn, OH
Type of use:  Residential
I purchased this mower this summer (Jun 2015) and due to a military deployment, I have only used it 3-4 times.  During this limited use, I notice that it tends to vibrate and runs a little rough than I was expecting for a Honda mower.   The first couple of uses it started on the 1st pull, but since then it now the 2nd or 3rd pull that it will start.  Overall, I am quite disappointed with the mower, considering it the expense of $600

Too costly for an average mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, September 13, 2015
Joe
Reisterstown, MD
Type of use:  Residential
Frustrated! This mower is over priced. Could have bought a Sears Craftman with the same dual blades and self propelled features for almost half the price. Paid $741, Sears $423. Went with the Honda thinking it was a better brand name. It is not. Bought 4/2014. Ran good for the first 6 cuttings. On the 7th, had trouble starting. Found if I walked the mower around the yard pushing it back and forward, it eventually started. Did this for the remaining of the summer and fall. In March of 2015, took it to an authorized Honda repair shop figuring they would repair under the warranty. Was told not a mechanical problem. Just a dirty fuel line, which they claimed they cleaned plus they replaced the air filter and spark plug. Cost $120. First cutting, mower started, but in August, the same problem started again. Checked the spark plug and found it was a different number than the owner's manual called for. Bought the proper plug. Mower started on first pull, but runs at a lower torque and sounding as if it will conk out at any second. Bought new gas, and added a stabilizer. Checked the air filter, clean. Per warranty, must have an authorized repair facility to look at the fuel line and filter. More cost. Sorry I bought this mower. Never buy another Honda power equipment again. The manufacturer should stick to cars.

Nice mower except....

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Michigander
Portage, MI
Type of use:  Residential

I bought the 2015 model hrx217vka to replace and upgrade from my previous Honda mower. The new smart speed control is different but nice. The old mower had the 160 engine whereas this one as the 190. The 160 always had enough power, but I figured more is better. 

My complaint is the mulching quality. It is very sub par and requires me to have to go back over the same spots multiple times. The mulch clippings collect at the left rear tire and leave a streak of grass clumps. The grass is not that long and is not wet. 

How do I stop this from happening or is this just a flaw in the deck design?

First Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, August 15, 2015
Theo
Warren, OH
Type of use:  Residential

Well my last mower finally died it was a beast a Husqvarna as long as you didn't have to mulch with it.

I didn't want to spend the very over priced money on the honda HRX217 But when i seen it had the duel micro blades and the leaf shread mode I thought ok lets give it a try. And I looked at alot of the reviews. I will have a lot of leaves to deal with this fall and I hate bagging them so I am looking to see if this cuts the bagging in half. Plus I wanted a mower that can mulch grass wet,dry or tall. My last mower could not but culd plow through tall grass and shoot it out the side. Ok Bought the Honda at Home Depot not a dealer because I saved big time. Took back something to get a nice credit and I only Paid $300 for this more not bad. After  taking it out of the box adding the oil and gas. It took about 15 pulls for the mower to start. Then once it started took about 40-50 seconds for it to reach the right running speed not a great first impression here Honda. I have used the mower three times now in the all mulch mode and love it. Cuts nice and smooth eats tall grass up. I don't understand though when I go to start the mower now it starts on first pull. But you have to wait a good 40 seconds for the engine to warm up to right speed this is a tad wierd never had to wait on any of my other mowers once started. Once warm mower is ready to cut and I am pleased with the cutting. I can't wait to use the leaf shread mode this fall.

Lasted 3 Months Before first issue

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Chris
Chesapeake, VA
Type of use:  Residential
Bought my first Honda mower in February of 2015.  Began using it about mid April, everything seemed great.  Half way thru my first mowing season, the self driving belt has already come off.  Called Honda, told me to take it to a dealer.  Dealer tells me it's $50 to fix, not something you can easily do.  Not what I was expecting after paying $700 for a mower.  All I can think is....What Warranty!?!

Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 3, 2015
Bob
Monroeville, PA
Type of use:  Residential

Have used this mower a few times and it works great!

I set it as partial bag & mulch and it does a fantastic job.

Don't know why I waited so long to change to Honda!!!!!!!!!!!

Mostly pleased, few flaws

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, August 3, 2015
Lindy
Chesapeake, VA
Type of use:  Residential

I've only had this lawn mower for a couple months, and use it weekly for 1/3 acre yard.  It is stored away in a shed, so it is not in the elements (minus having spider webs on it).  So far, I am mostly pleased with it's performance.  I felt that it is a bit over priced, but hopefully worth it in the long run, which is why I decided to buy it.  I wanted a quality lawn mower that was going to last, and Honda engines are known to be of great quality.  Plus I did a lot of research and this had the best reviews, which was also important in my decision into paying this much.

Pros:  Starts up every time, usually on the first pull and a few times it took three pulls.  I love the mulch system.  Prior to owning this mower, I've always bagged my clippings, but no longer have to with the mulch capabilities this machine provides.  I can barely see the clippings left behind.  It looks as if it were bagged (huge plus in saving lots of time and no bags).  I also like the self-propelled feature.  Pulls very nicely which almost makes me run! It cuts the grass very evenly, and cleans up easily thanks to the material of the deck.

Cons:  One flaw that I have noticed is that the speed dial (that increases the speed of self-propelled feature) will generally go back to the lowest setting when I go over bumpy terrain.  So every once in awhile, during the course of my mowing, I will have to turn the dial back to the speed I desire.  It gets annoying sometimes.  Another thing I am starting to notice is the wear on all 4 of the tires.  They are starting to peel off the edges of the tires.  So I will probably have to get new tires in a year or so.  

If you can afford it, I would recommend it.

A Great Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 2, 2015
Cindy
Broken Arrow, OK
Type of use:  Residential
It was the easiest to set up out of the box.  It worked great and I could not find anything wrong with it.  I love my Honda Mower...

You Will Only Cry Once With This Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, August 2, 2015
ASE
Fairborn, OH
Type of use:  Residential

I had been a John Deere user for the past 10 years, but the problem that bothered me the most of its inability to mulch without leaving grass clippings all over the side walks while cutting.  I had heard a lot about Honda's mowers and their mulching capabilities, so I decided to make the Pricey plunge for the Honda HRX217VKA.  It was a very easy setup, straight out of the box, added oil and gas and I was off to tackle my lawn.  My initial observation: Twin blade system does a great job of leaving a smooth lawn and very small clippings.  It starts so easy even my 10 year grandson was able to start it first attempt, it cuts so nicely it leave my yard looking like a golf course.  I would highly recommend this mower to anyone.  The only tear I shed was shelling out the $600 to purchase.

Honda HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 30, 2015
Charlie
Navarre, FL
Type of use:  Residential

AAA+++

Surpassed my expectations...bought this off a consumer reports review.  I am impressed with this mower.  I can say it's the best one that I have owned and you just can't beat the Honda Warranty. 

Heavy duty but heavy for a woman

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Wednesday, July 29, 2015
JJ
Lincoln, NE
Type of use:  Residential

I did lots of homework before making this purchase.  We hadn't purchased a mower in 21 years. (The old one was a push mower.)  I like nearly everything about our new Honda HRX2175VKA except:

* it weighs 89# and I find it hard to maneuver around trees, bushes, etc. I'm exhausted after I get done mowing.

* I started out with the "paddle drive control (HRX2174 Model)", but have a somewhat uneven lawn and couldn't maintain a steady speed.  It surged ahead when I tried to speed up and when I made a turn on my uphill lawn it would do wheelies. So I replaced it with the 2175 "Select Drive Control" model.  I much prefer it. I can set a maximum speed which works great and have more control overall.

* I was charged a $60 restocking fee when I returned the 2174 model (which I was not told about when I purchased it. At first they wanted to charge me a $120 restocking fee!)  I was very upset about this!! I bought the 2175 from a different store. 

* This is an expensive machine

*I like that the blade is close to the side so it can get pretty close to fences.  However in the front, the blade is 8" into the body of the mower so it's hard to mow under plants. 

*It mulches the lawn great! I completely mulch 95% of the time. I don't find clumps of clippings at my feet as other reviewers have mentioned, (but I don't mow when it's wet.) I look forward to seeing how it does with leaves this fall which is one of the reasons I bought the heavier duty mower.

I just wish it were a lot lighter weight.  We can send people to the moon but can't seem to make a lighter weight mower (or vacuum:)

Love it!!!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Jenifrmac
North versailles, PA
Type of use:  Residential
I am a small woman in my 50's and I have over an acre of grass to mow. My lawn tractor was broken and wouldn't be fixed for weeks. It had already been 2 weeks, so I paid a service to cut my grass for $100, then they said they wanted an additional $60 to bag it! I had no choice with my grass almost a foot high.  I vowed that would not happen again and I stepped up and  purchased this mower. I couldn't believe how simple it was to pop the mower together, ( no assembly really). Removing the bag to empty is so easy too. This mower starts with barely a tug! Self-propelled mower is for sure the way to go! Especially if you have a large yard or lots of hills! Love it!!!

MY HRX217VKA lawn mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 25, 2015
derano
EVANSVILLE, IN
Type of use:  Residential
QUALITY VERY GOOD,LOT OF POWER LOVE THE DOUBLE BLADES.STARTED RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. MY OTHER MOWER WAS A SEARS BIG DIFFERANCE HAD FRONT WHEEL DRIVE THIS MOWER WILLTAKE SOME GETTING USE TO WITH REAR WHEEL DRIVE ANY POINTERS. OVERALL MY LAWN LOOKS GREAT THANKS. 

Engine Great Transmission Not-So-Great

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 24, 2015
None
Cleveland, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Overall I've been very pleased with the self-propelled mower.  The engine starts on the first pull and has worked well.  The transmission stopped working recently and the mower is now at Honda of Chattanooga being repaired.  I also had an earlier Honda self-propelled that had transmission problems so I feel that Honda needs to buy their transmissions from a third-party firm rather than trying to design their own.  I paid a premium price for the Honda mower and should not have continual transmission problems. 

Very good mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Thursday, July 23, 2015
J. B.
Imro, SC
Type of use:  Residential
The vka was ready to go right out of the box. Added oil and gas, 1 minute set up, I pulled the trigger once and it started. Good smooth cut, easy to operate. Took longer to dispose of the box than it did to get it ready to cut.

Great Lawn Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 19, 2015
Happy Owner
Savage, MN
Type of use:  Residential

I have had this mower for just over a month. LOVE it. I think the bag is my favorite feature. You can actually pull it off and lift it up between the handle rails. All my old mowers, you had to drop it on the ground and drag it out. The way the blade cuts the clippings and the design of the bag, which actually fills up with out clogging the mower, has reduced my bag dumps from 6 or 7 per mowing to 3. HUGE time save. The select a mulch setting is great and very easy to use. Just set the lever to the amount you want bagged or mulched and you are good to go. No dumb blocks or deflector to install. Starts on the FIRST pull every time and the pull requires very little effort. There are many more postive things I could list, but I think you get the idea by now. 

I strongly recommend this mower to to anyone in the market for a new mower.

The BEST mower ever, no Seriously the BEST!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 19, 2015
GA
Alpharettta, GA
Type of use:  Residential
I bought this to replace a Troy-built unit, needless to say the Honda HRX mower cut (pun intended) the mowing time in HALF!  Plenty of power for my Bermuda grass and I wait too long to mow every time, it never bogs or cuts out like my previous mower.  The only item I would add or change is the height and/or length of the handle, makes tight turns little harder than my older mower. 

Disappointed in Auto Choke - wont start in year 2 & 3

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 18, 2015
Greg
Muscatine , IA
Type of use:  Residential

Honda has a problem with the auto choke feature and the mower wont start in year two or three with out manually reaching under the breather and pushing the auto-choke forward.  Starts on first pull every time once you do this.  Honda needs to fix the linkages on auto-choke to make it reliable in out years.

I bought the Honda mower because I have had good luck with Honda small engines and figured their mower should be a solid purchase.  Disappointed.   If they fix the choke - everything else is good.

Wow!

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Saturday, July 18, 2015
Bruce
Greenwood, IN
Type of use:  Residential
Very easy setup and it started the first time with a partial, and SLOW, pull on the starter cord.  I really like this machine.

Good, Solid Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Friday, July 17, 2015
Will Power
Missouri City, TX
Type of use:  Residential
I previously used an Ariens mower; dependable, and solid.  After using the Honda mower, I understand what I was missing. . . weight!  The Honda mower delivers everything the other mower did, but with much less weight, which makes a difference in my overall exertion.  Also, with the adjustable lever for bag vs. mulching, I don't have to retrieve a plug to stick into the shute when I want to mulch.  So far, it has been a very enjoyable experience.

Our Second Honda Mower

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Tuesday, July 14, 2015
2monkees
Franklin, TN
Type of use:  Residential
Awesome... Started first pull out of the box. Auto choke was a little weird at first, then I realized the mower will pulsate until warmed up. Worth the extra $200.

Honda HRX217VKA

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Monday, July 13, 2015
john
Corpus Christi, TX
Type of use:  Residential
The mower arrived with a damaged right front wheel adjuster plate and wheel bolt. The bolt was bent at the threads and the adjuster plate bolt hole threads were stripped and bent.  I am waiting for the parts once I replace them will see how this mower works.  It appears that the bolt was not installed correctly at the factory it was only in a few threads.

Replaced a 2 Cycle Lawnboy

Model Reviewed: HRX217VKA Sunday, July 12, 2015
Nick
Athens, GA
Type of use:  Residential
This mower replaced 2 very old 2 cycle Lawnboys. After 35 years, no more repairs. This mower