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Honda HRX217VKA
 
Approximate retail price:
$599.00
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Summary: This Honda 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a premium engine.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Honda HRX217VKA

The Honda HRX217VKA is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the HRX217VKA are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Mulching:
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging:
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
About This Brand

Honda is a prominent engine maker and sells a premium line of lawn mowers. Honda lawn mowers are known for innovative features and come at premium prices. Honda makes gas-powered lawn mowers with unique drive systems, mulch control, and steel and plastic decks. Honda does not make electric mowers. Honda mowers are among the most expensive on the market. Honda mowers are sold through dealers and Home Depot.

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Features & Specs - Honda HRX217VKA
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 190
info Engine manufacturer Honda
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Honda HRX217VKA
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1.0
Not like my previous Honda lawnmower
3/14/2014
Pros
Cons
Heavy
Noisy
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Mulching
Comment:
Good mulcher, but that's it, hard to handle and heavy
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Throughally Impressed - It's a Honda
12/27/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Easy To Start- First Pull
Ergonomic Grips
Lightweight
Reliability-it's A Honda
Very quiet
Cons
Can Not Think Of Any
Best Uses
Landscaping
Large Lawns
Leaf Collection-mulching
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
The Ultimate Mulcher
11/24/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Easy To Start
Ergonomic Grips
Lightweight
Cons
None
Best Uses
Landscaping
Large Lawns
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
Over the years I have owned Sears, Toro, Murray and Lawn Boy lawn mowers and none of them can compare to this Honda lawn mower. The Honda is very easy to start and use and it mulches grass so fine that it is barely detectable. My grass had overgrown to a height of 8 inches and the Honda easily cut and mulched thru it like it was butter.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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