Honda HRX217VKA Self-Propelled Lawnmower

Honda lawnmowers

I recently decided that I need a new lawnmower when I saw this mower on clearance at Home Depot.  Why was it on clearance?  Home Depot had used it themselves for a year and there was a year of wear on the mower.  Also, it had been to a shop for repair.  However, this mower came with the regular warranty and it also had an extended warranty as well as a 90 day return policy, so what the hell.  The cost to me was almost $200 less than the retail price.

Now the old mower was a Honda as well.  I had a Honda Harmony HR216SXA (I am fairly certain this was the model number).  At the time it was the top of the line mower Honda made for residential use.  It had the plastic deck, it was self-propelled, it had a clutch (to stop the blade but not the mower), and it had adjustable speeds.  I bought that mower 16 years ago in 1993 and it had never had a problem.  I sold the mower, sans bag, for $75 dollars on CL and I had multiple offers.  I would have sold it for $100 if I sent the bag with it but I needed the bag for my new mower so I kept it.

Why the new Honda is better than the old

This new mower has a much bigger engine than the old mower.  It is 190cc instead of 160cc.  What does this mean in real life?  It means that this new mower never has been bogged down by long grass or wet grass or any thing else that may bog down a mower.  My old mower would bog down and quit running if any of the above conditions were present.  The old engine just was not big enough to muscle through.  Like the previous engine the mower starts with one easy pull every time you start it.  I am a huge believer in winterizing  a mower so I am very good about changing oil, spark plus, draining gas and adding Stabil, and putting in a new air filter every year.  So the new mower starts with the same ease as the old.

Next, the mower is much lighter than my old mower.  It is easier to manuever and push around the yard.  Instead of two speeds for the self-propelled portion of the mower there is a thumb switch that you depress to run the mower as fast or as slow as you want it to go.  It is nifty.  It took about five minutes to get used to this but I really like the variable speed function on this mower.  Since this is not the top-of-the-line home mower, it is the step below top-of-the-line, it does not have the blade clutch or two set speeds.  What is does have is one handle you depress to start the mower and keep it running.  If you release the handle the mower stops.  It is different, but since restarting the mower only requires one gentle pull, it is not really an issue.

Final Honda thoughts

Honda mowers are top-of-the-line.  They do cost more money but you absolutely get what you pay for in quality.  The engines never seem to quit running and they last forever.  The plastic deck on this model means there is a lifetime guarantee on the deck.  It will never rust.  The mower cuts an impressive figure.  It looks manly.  It is even better than my old mower which I loved very much.  Honda has another great product.