Choose your speed: Honda 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.Learn More
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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.Learn More
Honda's revolutionary Versamow System allows you to mulch, bag, discharge, and shred leaves - or even a combination of mulching and bagging! Just slide the convenient Clip Director® knob to choose how much grass is bagged or mulched. No tools or costly attachments are needed. It's the ultimate in convenience and versatility.Learn More Watch Video
Honda's exclusive twin blade MicroCut System® uses four cutting surfaces that result in ultra fine clippings for superior mulching and more clippings per bag. The end result? A perfect cut, less time emptying the bag, and less work for you.Learn More Watch Video
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!Learn More
Easy-starting, fuel efficient, and powerful, Honda's premium residential GCV190 engines are legendary for providing years of reliable service. All Honda lawn mower engines are certified to meet 50-state EPA and CARB emission levels.Watch Video
No engine choke required! Just start the mower and go!
You can rest easy, knowing your lawn mower is covered from top to bottom for 5 full years.
The Versamow System helps you to mulch or partially mulch even in severe conditions. Just adjust the 10 position Clip Director to the right setting for your lawn.Learn More
Smaller grass clippings mean more grass fits in the bag. So you can mow 30% farther before you have to empty the bag.Learn More
The HRX has a convenient rear discharge door that improves maneuverability, eliminating the need for a separate discharge chute attachment. Clippings are directed out the bottom at the rear of the mower.
The HRX design makes leaf shredding easy. Tiny pieces minimize the use of leaf bags for collecting debris. No attachments or tools are necessary.
The quick release handle is easy to adjust to one of 3 positions for comfortable mowing. Or fold it over for more compact storage.Watch Video
Ball bearings in all four wheels offer better maneuverability, smoother drive, and increased durability.
Convenient height adjustment levers to set mowing height for lawn conditions.Watch Video
Our large capacity grass bags are balanced so they are easy to empty, saving you time and effort.
The fuel valve can be shut off for transport, storage, or to perform maintenance.
|Mowing height range||3/4" - 4"|
|Mowing height adjustments||7|
|Drive Control||Infinitely Variable Select Drive<sup>®</sup>|
|Transmission||Variable Speed Fixed Gear Belt Clutch|
|Ground speed||0 to 4 mph|
|Handle||1" Steel Tube|
|Handle Height Positions||3|
|Ball Bearing Wheels||All|
|Standard Functions||4 in 1 Mulch/Bag/Leaf shred/Discharge|
|Bag capacity (bushels)||2.5|
|Blade(s)||Twin blades (MicroCut System<sup>®</sup>)|
|Blade Control||Blade stop system (Roto-Stop<sup>®</sup>)|
|Side/Rear Discharge||Rear standard|
|Dry weight||96 lb.|
|Operating weight||98 lb.|
|Residential warranty||5 years|
|Deck warranty (non-commercial)||Lifetime|
|Commercial warranty||90 days|
|WARNING: California Prop 65 Information|
chesterfield , MI Type of use: Residential
Cuts uneven, clumps and leaves strips of mulch. More
Nashville, TN Type of use: Residential
This mower replaced a Toro recycler. This mower is simply in a different class. The mulching feature cuts the grass so finely, that it is hard to notice it has been mulched. I usually cut to 3 in. Even at this height, the Toro would often clump and leave large deposits. The double blades on this mower do nothing of the sort. I'm highly impressed.
The blade stop feature is awesome. With a smooth assist and easy start, this mower was easy to like. I have a .5 acre yard with some hills. While the Rear Wheel Drive is awesome for the most part, it can create problems on hill because the mower is so light. You must remain cautious and alert so that you not only cut all the grass, but don't hurt yourself in the process. Even with this tiny problem, I was quick to forget about the Toro I left behind.
I do wish this mower had the ability to stow standing, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
Grand Haven, MI Type of use: Residential
wilmington, MA Type of use: Residential
Machine is not good for hilly terrains although advertised as being appropriate for slopes and obstacles. Mower slips and slides on any slope. Light deck made of Nexite instead of metal seems to make this problem worse - not much of a problem with my old machine with heavy metal deck and which also had only rear wheel drive . There is no comfortable hand position with the select drive control and roto stop bar . Thumbs hurt after each use . A control bar instead of the "select drive control" would be a big improvement. My prior mower had a BBC mechanism also , but only one control bar( controlled both blade and drive) on the bottom of the frame rather than on top- a much more comfortable hand position.
I have used it mostly in the mulching mode and it does an excellent job with no grass residue. The deck is so light however I had a problem bagging as the weight of the grass tends to lift up the front of the mower . It seems lawn mower engineering has gone backwards i.e. simple time honored designs and metal have been replaced with weird mechanisms and unproven composites . Kind of a disappointment since I had heard so many good things about Honda mowers.
I don't think I am that fussy, I had my previous lawn mower for 23 years.
yulee, FL Type of use: Residential
Winter Park, FL Type of use: Residential
Southfield , MI Type of use: Residential
The HONDA HRX is like WWII Tiger tank. Good for open country and long passes when cutting. IT Always starts on first or 2nd pull. I’ve had mine little over 3 years. NO ISSUES! The blade shutoff and self-propel were new features for me on a mower. Happy I went for the upgrades. I appreciate the ‘stout’ low tech design. Easy maintenance. The dual blade is great. It goes as fast if you want it to. I’ve learned to use at it low speeds it tight areas. My house is on a cul-de-sac, I can cut and bag all the lawn in about an hour.
Great Product- solid; robust, engineering and reliable design. Thank you. The purchase date I reference, is a guess. Pretty sure I bought in April or May 2015 from the Home Depot near me.
It was the best reviewed mower for the features and options I wanted.
Mundelein, IL Type of use: Residential
Spring Branch, TX Type of use: Residential
SILVERTON, OR Type of use: Residential
Marion, IL Type of use: Residential
Rockford, IL Type of use: Residential
Researched a variety of lawn mowers and found the Honda HRX217VYA the best choice for me. Received by FedEx at garage door. Easy assembly and started on first pull. Controls are user friendly. Mowed lawn without difficulty and at speed I desired. Would recommend for ease of use and assembly. Handle folds down in one step for easy storage.
Lake Stevens , WA Type of use: Residential
FORT COLLINS, CO Type of use: Residential
boonton, NJ Type of use: Residential
Buford, GA Type of use: Residential
Shawn, OK Type of use: Residential
I bought this mower to replace my old HRX217TDA which had 12 years of service. This new mower looked like it would be a good replacement. The dealer delivered it, all set up and ready to go. It took 8 pulls on the starter to get it going. With a new engine, I expected to have some difficulty. Then I was ready to mow. I pushed down on the yellow blade clutch button, pulled the blade clutch lever, and nothing - no blade rotation at all. In looking at the design of the clutch engagement, the button is supposed to catch the blade clutch lever and pull the cable. This was not happening. The engagement mechanism was not catching the lever. The clutch lever was too far to the left. I took it loose, bent it slightly and put it back together. This sort of works. If I keep the clutch lever to the right everything is ok. If it happens to work itself to the left the blade stops.
This is a poor quality control. I don't see why the dealer didn't check this. It isn't hard to tell if the clutch is engaging without running the engine. I could have taken it back and I guess they would bend the lever like I did. My old Honda never had any problems. I hope this isn't a preview of other problems.
Blaine, WA Type of use: Residential
First time I tried this mower I was very impressed with it's operations
and features. It had no problem picking up soaking wet leaves that were surrounded by snow and ice crystals. I was very happy to not have to shut machine off to emty the bag that completely filled up with no clogging.
Babylon, NY Type of use: Residential
4" max cutting height
Walking speed adjusts from real slow to real fast
The bag holds a lot and packs grass & leaves real tight
Engine stays running while you remove the bag to empty clippings
It is heavy. You notice when you make a turn or drag it back.
If you choose not to have it in drive and just want to push it, it's hard to find a comfortable spot on the handle…there's enough room as the drive lever is in the way.
The handle is not high enough for tall guys…even at the highest setting.
The pull cord seems very thin…looks like it might wear fast…but, you don't have to pull the cord much as the engine keeps running while you dump the clippings.
Blade Control Lever pinches your hand while holding it as you mow and turn.
Drive Lever pinches as well.
There's not much grip area to hold on to when drive lever is engaged, and it's not that comfortable to hold after a while. If you keep the drive lever depressed with your thumbs, then your thumbs tire and ache. You won't know this until you start cutting at home.
There are eight levels of mulching in between full mulch and full bag…that's 10 levels. In my book, you are either mulching or bagging…there is no in between.
Home Depot puts all the lawn mowers on a shelf 5 feet high, so you can check them out properly. They won't let you "feel & touch" or move around on the ground. You have to ask them to take them down…it will take two workers to do that…Good luck!
Either get a real cheap mower or the Honda model above this one.
Gaffney, SC Type of use: Residential
I have had a HRX 217 for nine years. The only problem with the okder HRX-217 is that the transmission only lasts about four or five years. Probably not too bad considering the yard is one acre and on a slope. For a replacement, I wanted to buy a commercial Honda, or an Exmark-21, or an Exmark-30, or a Cub Cadet-800. However, all mowers (even commercial ones) have some sort of Achilles heel.
The commercial Honda has a 21-inch cut, a 160 cc engine, weighs 128 pounds, is a bit under powered and costs $1,200.
The Exmark 21 is a 21-inch machine via a single, has a 180 cc engine, good power and not prone to plugging; it is as heavy as the commercial Honda at 115 pounds and costs $1,300.
The Exmark 30 is a 30-inch machine via two blades but has the same engine as the Exmark 21 and weighs 170 pounds. The Exmark 30 blades run close to the frame and plug easily. The same power applied to the Exmark 30 as to the Exmark 21 left me with doubts. The $2,100 price is a bit steep considering that some of the time gained by the wider cut will be lost unplugging the blades.
The CC-800 is a 33-inch machine via two blades, has a 382 cc engine but weighs 300 pounds. While the base mower is $1,300, by the time you add mulching and bagging equipment (standard on Honda and Exmark machines), the OTD price is much higher.
So, after all that looking I settled on a HRX-217-VYA at $700. It has good power via 190 cc engine, a 21-inch cut, mulches great, bags OK and only weighs 94 pounds. Good combination of all factors considered.
Pittsburgh, PA Type of use: Residential
Just got it today after ordering it online. Had it up and running in 20 minutes. It started on the first pull!!! Had grass and leaves to mow today and it worked so much better than my old Toro Personal Pace. The Clip director shredded the grass and leaves and filled the bag completely allowing for less time emptying the bag. No grass or leaves stuck in the chute to clean out with the bag 1/2 full on my old Toro. The Select Rear Wheel Drive control works great and Roto-Stop Blade button is a great feature allowing you to stop and empty bag without having to restart the engine. The quality appears to be much better than my last mower. My only complaint is not getting it 1-2 yrs ago!!
we always had toros
this is our first honda
so happy with the quality and ease of use
Bolivar, MO Type of use: Residential
My second Honda Mower in about six years. The first one ran great for about a year, then refused to start. I bought a Toro Recycler Mower that I replaced it with and it has been a good mower for five years starting every time on the first pull but it is losing steam.
I went to Consumer Reports and found the top rated self propelled mower, Honda HRX217VYA. It arrived on 9/8/17. I assembled it on the morning of 9/9/17, added the enclosed oil, added gas and it started on the first pull. Impressive! I used it for about 20 minutes and it stopped running. After several pulls, it started and stopped. Next pull, nothing. More pulls and it started and stopped. I let it sit for about six hours and tried to start it again. It will not start. Very disappointed. Warranty says I have to transport it, at my cost, to a Honda dealer to have it looked at. I am inconvenienced having to haul it to the dealer and out of use of the mower until I go and pick it up. Very expensive mistake on my part, even though it is under warranty.
Shorewood, IL Type of use: Residential
My last Honda lawnmower died after 15 years of service. New one has Honda Select Drive speed control and its only one item I may complain about. Changing speed by it self and needs constant monitoring and adjustments. Missing old speed lever a lot. Beside this everything works just fine. One pull start, good strong and quiet engine, nice even cut. I like roto-stop option a lot. Hopefully it will works like old one for next 15 years.
Orlando, FL Type of use: Residential
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Bel Air, MD Type of use: Residential
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Groves, TX Type of use: Residential
Owensboro, KY Type of use: Residential
My son has autism but wanted to assist with the lawn maintenance so I searched the safety features and the operational features of several mowers and found this Honda to be the obvious choice. The Roto Stop is the #1 feature of this mower, as he can release the handle and stop the blade immediately, what a fantastic safety item. The quality of mower appears to be the tops and the ease of use if a big plus. Our dealer took the time to explain the features of the mower and it was ready to use when we picked it up. I will say that the purchase price seems a bit high, but I can not place a price on my son's safety.
Thank you Honda
Had a Deere JX75 for years. Finally needed some repairs, and couldn't justify $500+ for a 7 year old mower, used twice a week.
My dealer, is a John Deere Dealer, that sells Honda's, , and he recommended one for me.
Fuel consumption is a joke. I could mow my whole yard with my JX75 on a tank of gas. It takes two tanks with the Honda. No one can say why, but it is a pain to stop half way thru the job, and fill the mower. Also, it seems to fill in an hurry, so you really have to watch fuel level in the tank close, or it makes a mess. That little red gizmo in the filler neck, is a joke..what is its purpose any how?
Also, setting a speed on the select drive control is a joke also. I can set it where it is comfortable, and after 5-6 cycles, you have to set it again, because the knob has slipped to the place, it will hardly move. Also, we have a yard that gently slopes in the back. Say thing applies, you have to set the control to mid range or better, then it seems to struggle to climb the hill. I would guess that the yard is 100 feet up the grade, which I doubt is more that a 3/12 pitch or grade. I mow (a different direction each time) twice a week, and it is a longer process now than with the Deere.
There is also a recess or half circle on the back of the mower, where the bag attaches. This fills with grass clippings, and makes a mess when you change bags.
The "twin blade system" does a nice job of cutting. I compost my yard, and in the Spring, when the grass is green and Juicy...You might want to look at cleaning the underside out after every use.
Colton, OR Type of use: Residential
Shalimar, FL Type of use: Residential
Antigo, WI Type of use: Residential
We have a hilly lawn with many trees, gardens, and buildings. Purchased Honda to replace a 20 year old front wheel drive mower with the same cutting width.
starts easily, reasonably quiet, provides a clean cut, plenty of power to cut and go up steep hills, blade brake works great for stopping to move debris or go across gravel driveway from one section of lawn to another, easy to adjust height of blades, easy to attach/detach bag and switch from mulch to bag
I have not tried bagging, so I don't know how easy it is to empty a bag or mow with the bag attached, thus adding extra weight to the unit--afraid to try that on our hills, see below.
mulching still leaves visible clippings on lawn even when trimming off less than an inch of grass
can maneuver around objects, but more difficult than our old mower, probably because of the larger size of the mower (about 12" longer), greater weight, and rear wheel vs front wheel drive
grass does build up on deck, but not excessively (although it's only been used on short, dry grass so far)
cleaning does require scraping as the grass that does build up is "cemented" to the deck
Takes about 3 hours to mow lawn with new mower and about the same with old one, but new mower causes more fatigue because it's harder to maneuver.
After only an hour of use, the self-propelling feature no longer worked and required an adjustment to tighten the belt--hoping that is a one time fix because it is a new mower.
Uses 2 1/2 tanks of gas to mow the lawn compared to just over one with the old mower (not sure what capacity of tanks are, but prefer not having to stop so often to refill)
Easy to pinch hands with levers when operating the variable speed transmission. Am learning to hold the blade lever tight with one hand and operate the paddles with the other to avoid the problem.
Appears to be a learning curve for being able to operate the paddles to provide smooth acceleration (at least hoping it's a technique that can be learned)
Difficult to keep comfortable speeds on rolling lawns using paddles; either tends to jerk forward with too much power/speed on level areas if dial set for max power range or lacks enough power to go up a hill if dial set for slower speed range. Frequently having to adjust the dial rather than just using the paddles, which is inconvenient.
No resistance going down steep hills and operator has to pull back on unit to keep it from going too fast, which would be a challenge/danger for a small person, or if the slope were at all slippery. The old mower had a single speed. It was slower going up the hill, but did not accelerate going down the slope. (Mowing across the slope isn't an easy option as the hill is only about 15 feet across and 120 feet down.) Only solution found so far is to pull the mower backwards down the hill allowing the self-propelling function to pull the mower up the hill for resistance, but this is not convenient.
I would return the mower if I could. It is not suitable for a rolling lawn with many trees and gardens and a steep, narrow hill.
Overland Park, KS Type of use: Residential
Yorkville, IL Type of use: Residential
After research, this model had all the features I wanted. The leaf shredding will come in handy in the fall as I live on a wooded lot. The blade stop feature enables me to empty the bag without having to restart the mower every time. The rear wheel drive takes the slopes on my lot with ease without tearing up the lawn.
First Place Rental made the purchase SO easy! They delivered the mower assembled, all gassed up and ready to go. The man even did a brief demo for me, which was very helpful to me. Best of all, free of charge!
Marlton, NJ Type of use: Residential
Greene, NY Type of use: Residential
Bought this new one after 32 years of service by my 214GM. I still have the old one and its operational.
New features are great and transmission is nice compared to old two speed. Bigger bag and easy start are great too. Neighbors are all jealous.
Easy to put together and understand functions. I was mowing in 20 minutes.
i would highly recommend this mower.
Monroe Township, NJ Type of use: Residential
The review below is not about the HRX217VYA. Since I just received it yesterday, its review will have to wait for another day.
It is though about an old friend, my HRA214JJ (6044965) which I purchased about 30 years ago and finally had to replace due to a severe oil leak. That lawn mower never failed to start, usually on the first pull, even the very last time I used it. Other than a rusted deck and a few minor repairs, it always cut well, never stalled and ran great. And get this, I never had it professionally serviced. I did religiously follow the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual every year, performing all service myself. I only changed the spark plug twice. I did every season remove the plug, clean it and gap it. The paper element filter was never changed, only the foam element filter.
What a great product.
I hope the HRX217VYA performs just as well. If it does, it will probably out live me.
Monroe Township, NJ
Salem, OH Type of use: Residential
When I saw the price drop, plus the extra 1 year warranty, and it was a done deal! After more years than I care to admit of putting up used equipment that on it's best day did a marginal job it's so good to have a premium product that so many folks have been pleased with over their ownership.
Got this one off the showroom floor (it was the last one left) having NEVER had gas in its tank. Took it home, checked the oil and filled it up with Rec90 ethanol-free gas and it started up on the first pull!!!! Very happy! Mulched slightly over grown, slightly damp grass with out stressing the mower at all.
I hope with synthetic oil, proper maint and rec90 gas, will have many years of trouble free mowing.
Thank you Honda!!!
Lebanon, OH Type of use: Residential
Imperial, CA Type of use: Residential
La vergne, TN Type of use: Residential
replaced my old Honda harmony after more than 20 years of very good service. Only a few cuttings, but my observations, comparison is to it
Doesn't require as much warm-up time to engage the blades to not kill the motor
Engine is more powerful and will dig through thick tall grass better
More control (somewhat) of mowing speed
Deck appears to adjust higher
BIggest issue - drive system requires push even on flat, cosistant push required even more on low grade incline, then run required on same down grade, hard to keep consistent speed and what is slipping and will wear out sooner? Old Honda Harmony would maintain speed much better, more like a direct drive.
Heigth adjusters feel flimsy and are hard to adjust, feeling like something is going to break.
Uses more gas or has smaller tank.
Doesn't mulch leaves as well (could be due to higher deck setting I was using)
Both have no fuel filter or oil drain plug and the newer one feels even heavier
Racine, WI Type of use: Residential
Haven't used yet as the snow is just melting, but all the features on this mower is going to make my whole mowing and leave raking seasons a breeze. My wife likes the fallen leaves mulched and returned to her flower beds, and the 4 in 1 features will make this feat a breeze.
Allentown, PA Type of use: Residential
I am now 76 years old. I have owned two previous lawn mowers, one snowblower, a trimmer and other Honda products with a high degree of satisfaction. After giving my son my previous lawnmower which I happily owned for over ten years I treated myself to a new HRX2175VYA. AFTER LESS THAN TWO MONTHS OF USE IT IMPLODED! As I said, I'm 76 and have average mobility for my age, my lawn is approximately 80'x30' with a slight grade. It is enough to require a relatively moderate pace of mowing. while mowing my lawn, the mower suddenly raced and I shut it down to inspect the cable etc. finding nothing obvious I restarted the mower and it immediately raced again. After sending the mower to Home Depot repair out of state UNBELIEVEABLE I was told the mower had a bent crankshaft due to governor stuck open, blade hit immovable object. WARRANTY NOT COVERED DUE TO MISUSE. REALLY?? Reviewed by Atlanta. Same result. Fortunately HOME DEPOT replaced the unit. DISAPPOINTED BY HONDA WARRANTY SERVICE!!!!!!!!
Loveland, OH Type of use: Residential
I purchased the mower based on many favorable reviews on the Internet. The 5-year warranty was a prime factor in my choice. We bought the mower from Home Depot. We have an area of about 1/2 acre to mow.
The features of the mower are excellent: the mulching and height adjustments are easy to use, the mower gives a clean and even cut, the "select drive control" self-propelled feature works well, and the blade control enabling me to stop the blades without having to stop the mower is convenient. The mower starts easily, usually on the first or second pull.
However, about half-way through the second mowing season, the recoil starter broke - two small plastic pieces that grip the starter rope broke - not what I would expect from an $800 mower and not a very good reflection on Honda quality. Worse, the $10 part has been on backorder for a month. It's hard to understand how there would be a shortage of parts for the current model of lawn mower in the middle of lawn mowing season. I will certainly keep this in mind when purchasing other similar products.
North Huntingdon, PA Type of use: Residential
Old mower was still running well after nearly 30 years, but rusted through and had other mechanical problems, so I replaced it with this one.
Engine is running badly. I'll call about warranty service tomorrow. Maybe it's the automatic choke, the way the engine revs up and down. I miss my previous simple mechanical choke.
Fancy Select Drive self-propel transmission can't hold a steady speed in my hilly yard. I'm always tweaking the speed control, and either trying to push it up a hill or running after it down a hill. It just won't climb my one embankment. I miss my previous simple mechanical 2-speed transmission.
I like to just push the mower in the flat or downhill portions of the yard. The transmission disengages pretty well, though not as completely as the old simple one did. The handle is not designed to push; there's no comfortable place to put my hands without pressing on the Select Drive control.
It doesn't seem to cut as well as my old mower did; the grass is a little uneven like it wasn't quite snipped off right. Maybe the blade is turning slower than it should because the engine is running poorly.
I can't judge the quality yet, since the mower is new. I imagine it's up to Honda's usual high standards, if the engine starts to run better. So I guess I'll just put up with the mower for another 30 years.
Naperville, IL Type of use: Residential
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st charles, IL Type of use: Residential
so far so good, easy to tart and runs quiet, little difficulty adjusting the rear wheels. would be nice if the scale was in a contrasting color. love the bag ease of operation. find the transmission control easy to operate and as widely adjustable as claimed. so far the product works as claimed.
Evans , GA Type of use: Residential
Winston-Salem, NC Type of use: Residential
sykesville, MD Type of use: Residential
Loganville, GA Type of use: Residential
Moss Point, MS Type of use: Residential
Concord, NC Type of use: Residential
My yard is relatively small at approximately 1/4 of an acre, with some minor slopes and hills. Additionally, I have 2 types of turf - tall fescue in the front and Palisades zoysia in the back. I purchased this mower to replace a Toro Model 20332.
All that being said, this is a feature packed mower that was thoughtfully designed. The pull start is quite possibly the easiest I have ever encountered and all I did was add gas, oil, and pull, and the mower started up on the 1st pull.
I love the Nexite deck and the twin blade cutting system impressively cut my yard and did a much better job than my previous mower.
That being said, I have 2 negatives to point out.
The first is the design of the rear discharge. The way the bag sits on the mower that allows a gap to be filled with clippings. This does not impact functionality, but when I remove the bag, clippings fall out all over my freshly cut yard and this just seems like an oversight. Hopefully, Honda will address moving forward.
The 2nd issue involves the Roto Stop blade break system. I actually returned the first mower I purchased because the Roto Stop system kept disengaging for what seemed like no reason. I cleared the discharge area, emptied the bag, checked for other impediments that may cause a disengagement, and yet the system continued to disengage. I returned the mower and was promptly given a replacement. Hopefully, the problem will not continue and was limited to this particular mower and is not reflective of all Honda mowers with the Roto Stop system.
Sugar Grove, IL Type of use: Residential
Palatine, IL Type of use: Residential
I had a Honda Commercial Model for over 30 years, and it performed flawlessly. I plan on this unit outlasting me. My only criticism is that at even its slowest speed it goes too fast for a 75 year old.
Stoneham, MA Type of use: Residential
Rensselaer, NY Type of use: Residential
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Alexandria, VA Type of use: Residential
SUMMERVILLE, SC Type of use: Residential
I purchased this on sale from Home Depot. I struggled for months on a variety of mowers from several vendors, then finally decided on Honda. Question was the $$. I Didnt want to spend over $400 but lucked out on this mower on a deal I could not refuse. I got home and couldnt wait, but before I fired it up I wanted to check some reviews to be sure.
I became nervous after what I read, but I do take reviews at face value and look past the complainers but there were too many complaining about the roto blade. I think half these reviews are people not knowing or are not used to the controls nor probably read the manual. I had no problems whatsoever. I oiled it, fueled it and started it first time. Followed instructions to the "T".
The only one thing was that if the mower does stop from say cutting too much grass at one time and it stalls from that which all mowers would do, and if you have the speed dial up midway or further, and try to
restart, engage blade it conks out. Speed dial must be turned down low then
engage blade. This solved the trick. A little learning of the controls.
Mulching was awesome, was like I had used a bag "no clippings" left behind. Powerful, quiet. Step up from my lawn boy which lasted 15 years. There are extra controls on this item and a little coordination curve but great. This was a floor model and I was afraid of maybe cylinder rust because i doubt HD placed oil to prevent this and it was displayed outside. Was an awesome day, no stress. I had no problem with the blade operation whatsoever, I am either good at what I do or just plain lucky, I think I am just plain good....
Snellville, GA Type of use: Residential
Florence, KY Type of use: Residential
I have owned Honda self-propelled mower for many years. My old one had 3 speeds and now that I am older I just used the slowest speed. When I bought my new mower I thought this new variable speed control would be great. NO! It only works on level ground at slow speeds. I have a hilly yard and the mower won't pull itself unless you crank up the speed control quite a bit. I hate this system. I wish I had the option of a set speed.
The mower is great but I hate the speed control.
West Valley , UT Type of use: Residential
Winfield, IL Type of use: Residential
Tinley Park, IL Type of use: Residential
Just tried out the mower and am very disappointed:
The versa drive is very erratic hard to control, also the blade control system is cheap plastic and will not stay engaged. During first use it snapped out of the engaged position at least 20 times. Not at all impressed so far as I have had an older HONDA mower for ten years with no problems, this one appears to be is cheaply constructed. Should return it and purchase another model or Mfg.
Garland, TX Type of use: Residential
Forest Hill, MD Type of use: Residential
Woodstock, GA Type of use: Residential
Used it just 5 times.
The Versamow/Clip Director got stuck every time. Grass was accumulating behind the rear sliding door.
I cleaned it and unblocked it each time, but eventually had to return it to the store as on the last occasion I couldn't move the setting at all, so now I am without a mower for probably 6-8 weeks.
$750 for a mower. You'd expect kinks like this to be ironed out, no? Perhaps a piece of vinyl would prevent such clogging. Researching it, it seems that there are many others who have had the very same problem for years, so well done in addressing that problem, Honda.
Shame, because it has the potential to be a fabulous mower. It starts first time, cuts well and is easy to control. The bag is easy to deal with, I don't need to switch off the mower to empty the bag and the Versamow was great when it worked.
But the sliding door problem makes it a big pain in the bottom, and as a result, my grass is growing and I will need to borrow my neighbour's Toro.
I cannot recommend this mower with this problem. Sorry.
AVON LAKE, OH Type of use: Residential
Oswego, IL Type of use: Residential
I've owned a Craftsman, a Toro and a John Deere over the years, and my new Honda puts them all to shame. The quality, craftsmanship and features are far superior, not to mention easier to maintain and use.
$$$ well spent!
Muscatine , IA Type of use: Residential
Mower handles very well on thick turf, cuts the grass evenly over the yard. No ridges are visible from one pass to Am very impressed with the clip director design, no need for attachments
Humboldt, TN Type of use: Residential
Huntsville, AL Type of use: Residential
The mower started with a single pull out of the box. The roto blade engagement feature kicked out as several other people have written. I sent an email to Honda customer relations and they responded promptly with a copy of the simple adjustment that was to simply pull the blade engagement bar out of the left hole, bend it a fraction of an inch to put more tension on it and put it back. Takes 30 seconds and no tools. Mower ran without failure for the next 45 minutes. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for ease of use is that it is heaver, longer, faster, and stiffer than the 30 year old mower that I have been using.
Bear, DE Type of use: Residential
Dunlap, IL Type of use: Residential
I have had my Honda HRX217VYA lawn mower for three weeks. The Honda seems to have the power to mower 4-5 inch grass to a 3" height. I only mulch and like the twin blade design and even cutting. My 4 year old Toro self propelled left and annoying windrow of mulched grass behind the right rear wheel whenever I would mulch the grass. I tried to get a solution to this problem from Toro but they had none - I solved the problem by buying a Honda! I like the dual cutting blades and the blade brake that stops the blade but lets the engine run (same as my Toro). The Honda seems to mulch grass much better than my Toro and doesn't leave the unsightly windrow of mulched grass behind the rear wheel. The only concern is that the rear discharge chute (even when fully closed for mulching) fills with mulched grass. I expect good reliability and service from the Honda Mower - for $750 it should last at least 10 years.
I have a Honda single stage snow blower that I have used for 12 years and it starts on the first pull every time even after summer storage. I maintain my Honda equipment and expect long life and good performance. I hope to receive the same service from my Honda lawn mower.
Rapid City, SD Type of use: Residential
denver, CO Type of use: Residential
Des Moines, IA Type of use: Residential
akron, NY Type of use: Residential
Cumming, GA Type of use: Residential
lakewood, CO Type of use: Residential
Colonia, NJ Type of use: Residential
Stillwater, MN Type of use: Residential
Bolingbrook, IL Type of use: Residential
Huntington, NY Type of use: Residential
Oakdale, MN Type of use: Residential
Clinton, MO Type of use: Residential
VERONA, PA Type of use: Residential
Herriman, UT Type of use: Residential
Port Jefferson Station, NY Type of use: Residential
York, PA Type of use: Residential
This is my second review since my first review was not posted. When this mower arrived at my home, I took it out of the box, added the oil and gas and proceeded to try and start it. It took me 6 pulls before the engine finally started. I let it run for about 3 to 4 minutes before trying to engage the blades. What a joke.
I pressed the Roto-Stop Button and then pulled the Blade Control Lever (all this as instructed by the user manual). The blades would start to engage and then after about 3 seconds, a loud "pop" would come from the Roto-Stop Button housing. It did this each time I tried to engage the blades. After about 10 attempts, I gave up and called the place I bought it from. They told me to contact Honda and so I did. Honda told me to bring it to my nearest authorized Honda Service Center for warranty service. Great product! Haven't even cut a blade of grass and it's in for warranty work.
What they found was that the Blade Control Lever did not go far enough into the Roto-Stop housing to stay under the hook that engages the blade. Once the blade would begin to rotate, the vibration would move the Blade Control Lever enough so that it would rattle out from under the hook that holds the blades engaged. Design flaw perhaps? The authorized dealer took the control lever off, stretched it by hand and reinserted it into the housing, while scratching the mower pretty badly I might add. Not impressed with this mower at all. My old steel deck Honda was a work horse. This model is a pretty pony.
Lincoln, NE Type of use: Residential
Wetumpka, AL Type of use: Residential
Green Bay, WI Type of use: Landscaping/Commerical
Wylie, TX Type of use: Residential