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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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5.0
Love it
12/10/2014
Pros
Easy to Push & Steer
POWERFULL
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
Great mower. Works great on long thick grass. Quiet. Mulches great.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Solid Performer
12/9/2014
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Easy To Start
Superior Leaf Mulching
Superior Mulching
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Landscaping
Large Lawns
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
Used this mower from 5/2014 - 12/2014. So far, I am impressed by the build quality and ease of use. During mowing season, never used bag - mulched directly back into lawn. Used 2.5 height setting. Mulched grass and weed clippings virtually undetectable upon close inspection - mulching blades worked very well. Self propelled feature made mowing a 'walk in the park.<br /><br />Greatest surprise was how well mower shredded fallen leaves: combination of oak, pine needles, and dogwoods. Used bag to collect shredded leaves and left in mounds for use as mulch in the spring. Only minor drawback was leaves could not be finely shredded (less than 1) without clogging chute - but leaves that were shredded were small enough to use as mulch rather than tossed out. <br /><br />Must stress importance of proper maintenance: change engine oil as per instruction manual, use fresh 87 octane gasoline - ethanol free if available, fuel stabilizer added to gasoline storage container, clean mower after each use, and TURN OFF fuel line switch after mowing and run engine until it runs out of fuel. <br /><br />I plan on following manual for proper winter storage and feel that this mower will last many more years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Nice but not extraordinary
10/26/2014
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Cons
No Brake Clutch
No Gas Guage
Best Uses
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
I'm not the kind of guy who drops $600 on a lawn mower. The reason I did this time was my 1/2 acre lot is split between woods and grass and tends to fill up with leaves in the fall. This mower is designed to do a good job with leaves. Also, it's noted to be the most reliable brand and I do not want to waste time and money in the repair shop.<br /><br />So far, so good. The mower has tackled large grass and is sucking up a good number of the leaves. I have not had any maintenance issues. However a few small details are annoying:<br /><br />- There is no gas gauge. If you're not careful you'll get gas all over it.<br />- There is no brake clutch. So I have to start it a lot.<br />- It's not a perfect cut. I see plenty of bent blades.<br />- Draining the oil requires turning it on it's side.<br />- I feel it could have a higher speed. <br /><br />Overall I would probably buy it again, but I do wonder if I'd have the same results with another brand that cost half as much.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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