(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Throughally Impressed - It's a Honda
Easy to Push & Steer
Easy To Start- First Pull
Reliability-it's A Honda
Can Not Think Of Any
I have owned my Honda lawn mower for since 2005. I purchased it due to the reviews of Consumer Reports, and from the dealer where I purchased it. The dealer, was the most influential in my purchasing it. They said if for ANY reason (I go that is writing from the owner), that I did not like the machine, with-in one year, that I could return the mower and they would return my full purchase price towards any mower I wanted, even if it was from a competitor of theirs.<br />Very impressive product backing. The mower it was replacing was a John Deere (previously recommended by CR), which I had many issues with (transmission mostly) of three years. The only repairs that I have made to my Honda mower is the cable for the speed/transmission. Last week (12/23/2013)is when the cable broke and I took it back to the shop where I purchased it. I perform the normal/recommended maintenance on it, which includes oil change twice a year, air filter and spark plug replacement once a year, sharpen the blade and lube the cables once a month (I have two sets of blades, one in use, one for the ready), clean out under the mower deck after every use. I cut my yard twice to three times a week from mid-March through mid-October, and then usually once a week thereafter. My yard is .75 acre with @.25 acre taken up by the house, garage, work shed/outbuildings, driveway, landscaping and vegetable garden. It takes me @1-1/2 hours to mow the yard. During the off season every Saturday or Sunday, I corral all of the leaves that have found their way to my yard into the driveway and mulch them up. I have usually have two piles of leaves, each pile of leaves are close to the size of a Honda Accord. I remove the collection bag, and place the bag/mulch lever about half way, and start passing back and forth over the leaves until it is a small pile, then I place the lever to mulch, lower the wheels to the second to last notch and run over the leaves until they are the size of a small fingernail. Then I put the collection bag back on the mower return the lever to bag, and it picks up the results of the mulching. I put the end result into my garden and flower beds. as a result, I have very loamy soil. As for the grass clippings, I have a 4 bin compost pile that I put them in. Each bin is 6' X 6 X 4'. We also put food scraps, paper, cardboard.. into the compost piles well.<br />A very wise man (my DAD) said many times, take care of your tools, and they will take care of you (Dad, I miss you).<br />I hope that my experiences with my Honda have been of assistance.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.